New iPhone 5 available starting November 15

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The Apple iPhone 5s and 5c that has long been awaited by Filipinos will finally be brought into the country by Globe Telecom Inc. and Smart Communication Inc.

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The two telecom companies said that they will offer the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c to customers beginning November 15.

Globe said that its customers can preregister at http://beta.globe.com.ph/iphone5c or http://beta.globe.com.ph/iphone5s, or visit https://iphone.globe.com.ph/.

Earlier, Peter Bithos, senior advisor for consumer business at Globe said that, “With our five-year history in launching the iPhone, Globe is definitely the perfect partner of the iPhone 5 as we strive to know and understand the customer, with our offers going beyond just pricing.”

In a statement, Ernest Cu, Globe president and chief executive officer, said that, “We expect mobile revenues to continue its growth trajectory as the country’s robust growth has been generating a lot of confidence in the local economy, leading to sustained domestic spending.”

Meanwhile, Smart said that its customers can preregister at www.smart.com.ph/iPhone.

Earlier, Smart said that its postpaid subscriber base grew by 24 percent in the first three months of 2013 versus the same period last year.

The company said that to help sustain its strong start in 2013, Smart is launching a new set of postpaid offer called Flexibundles, which aims to give postpaid subscribers better control of their usage through a simple process.

“The aggressive acquisition via handset bundling increased mobile Internet revenues by 42 percent year-on-year to P1 billion in the first quarter of 2013,” Smart said.

Filipinos spend an average of 171 minutes or almost three hours a day using their smartphones, a recent study conducted by global information and measurement company Nielsen showed.

Nielsen’s Informate Mobile Insights report also said that the Philippines continues to be one of the fastest-growing markets for smartphones in Southeast Asia.

In a separate study, TNS, a customized market research company, said that all facets of mobile phone usage that include mobile browsing, social networking, chatting and checking e-mails dramatically increased in Metro Manila.

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