iPhone and iPad to be launched in Chile
More than three months after the iPhone was released for sale in April in the United States and four other countries, Chilean phone companies announced Monday they would “soon” begin selling the iPhone 4.
Without specifying exact dates, local operators, Entel and Movistar, have opened web pages for pre-registration for clients wishing to purchase the new Apple cell phone.
Though an exact date for the start of sales is still a mystery Entel claims the launch date to be “within the coming weeks.”
While the Entel site invites users to enter their data to “be the first to know when to come and buy”, the Movistar site asks its users to complete a form with more data for “initial reservation”, as it did with the iPhone 3G launch.
Although it has been shown that new iPhone 4 has reception problems, many anxious Chileans have opted to pay large sums of money to import the iPhone 4 from the U.S. or buy them here in certain specialty stores that offer it.
There is still no official word from companies on pricing plans and devices (16 and 32 GB).
Regarding the availability of the new MicroSim, the smaller chips that works with iPhone 4, the three local phone companies (Claro, Entel, Movistar) all claim they have stock in the country.
What about the iPAD?
The iPAD also has no official date for arrival in the country, industry sources believe later this month we will see the first
iPads hit the streets as Movistar has indicated a wide range of data plans specific to this device starting from CLP $ 8,900 pesos per month, while the MicroSim will cost CLP$ 3,990.
(Sources: EMOL, Apple.com)