Globe, Smart to offer iPhone 6

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 25 2014 10:05 PM | Updated as of Oct 27 2014 04:09 AM

MANILA -- (UPDATED) Smart Communications, Inc., and Globe Telecom, Inc. will be offering Apple's iPhone 6 for their respective postpaid plans.

Both companies recently launched a pre-order page for the highly sought-after device, which was unveiled back in September. Those interested will only need to leave their names, mobile phone numbers and email addresses.

No price and release date has been announced as of writing. The 16GB iPhone 6 retails for $199 (around P9,000) with a contract in the US, while the iPhone 6 Plus version, which Globe has also made available for pre-order, is priced at $299 (around P13,000).

Apple announced on October 13 that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be available in a total of 69 countries, which includes India, Mexico, South Korea and Thailand, by the end of the month. It will be available in more than 115 countries by the of the year, the company said.

Both devices comes with the latest iOS 8, which made headlines when an early update caused several iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users to no longer receive cell service. It was also reported that the fingerprint-reading Touch ID of the handsets was disabled after users downloaded the faulty update.

The 8.0.1 update was immediately pulled out by Apple. A couple of days later, Apple released 8.0.2 that fixed those issues.

The iPhone 6 also made headlines when some buyers discovered their phones can bend when placed in back pockets. A tech reviewer also uploaded a video supposedly proving the claims in the reports.

However, Apple refuted these claims, saying these are extremely rare cases. The company also released a statement saying they only got nine reports of accidental bending.

According to ABS-CBN sources, the iPhone 6 will be launched in the Philippines on November 14.