Note that the only difference among iPhone 4 sold through mobile carrier partners, Apple authorized resellers and Apple HK store online is that the ones through the mobile carriers comes with a 24-month contract.
There are two hidden costs in the above tariff plans. One is that you must sign up for one or more of the VAS (value-added-service) valued at HKD36.00/month or more. The second is the HKD12.00 administration fee that all subscribers of any carriers have to pay.
Since the HKD12.00 administration fee is the same for all mobile carriers in Hong Kong. The actual price for these contracts are:
|(all amounts in HKD)||100MB
|Actual Cost||$138 + $36 = $174||$248 + $36 = $284||$398 + $36 = $434|
|iPhone 4 16GB
|iPhone 4 32GB
Non-iPhone 4 Plan
|Actual Cost of
iPhone 4 16GB
|N/A||N/A||($434 x 24) – ($298 x 24) = $3264|
|Actual Cost of
iPhone 4 32GB
|N/A||N/A||($434 x 24) – ($298 x 24) + $580 = $3844|
Also none of the above plans includes the SMV’s X-Power service, this is a HKD36/month additional charge. So this can be the required VAS you add to your plan.
Although none of the plans states, according to SMV Customer Service, Tethering is included in all three plans. Of course the first two plans will have a data limit the subscriber keep an eye on.
[Updated: July 28, 2010, 15:05]
Smartone-Vodafone now informs us that thee prepaid amount for the iPhone 4 are as follows:
iPhone 4 16GB = HKD4480
iPhone 4 32GB = HKD5280
The differences between these prepaid amount and the “Upfront” amount mentioned above are rebated back to the customer through the terms of the 24-month contract.
[Updated: July 28, 2010, 20:00]
Thanks to abc1230 (aka A網誘) on Twitter for putting together a spreadsheet to outline the different iPhone 4 tariff plans from 5 of the Hong Kong mobile carriers.
I have translated this spreadsheet into English (http://bit.ly/iphone4hkplans), but due to my limited Chinese comprehension there are still some work to do in the translation. Please feel free to contact me if you want to help complete the translation and or help update the information on the spreadsheet.