Update: Picked up the Apple iPhone 4S 16GB Black from 3 Hong Kong at 3Shop on the afternoon of Nov. 11, 2011. Everything is good. Also updated iOS to iOS 5.0.1.
Update: My $28 VAS is waived since I use the $56 1966 IDD package.
I ordered an Apple iPhone 4S 16GB Black from 3 Hong Kong at 3Shop. The main benefit of ordering from 3 Hong Kong is that I can get the iPhone 4S before Nov. 12, that is, the same day or one day later of the release of iPhone 4S by Apple in Hong Kong.
I registered at 3 Hong Kong one week before and a sales of 3 Hong Kong called me the day before yesterday and told me that I am in the head part of the queue and can get the iPhone 4S in the first several days after Nov. 11. When I make the order today, the staff of 3Shop confirmed with me that I can get the iPhone 4S on or before Nov. 12.
The iPhone 4S from 3 Hong Kong must go with a plan. I choose the 298/mon plan, which is suitable for me and also the best price for me compared to my current plan with 3 Hong Kong (88/mon, I use around 1400 min per month). I pay around extra
$1083.84 $411.84 totally in two years compared to my current one (deduct the price for iPhone 4S) with some benefit (I show the details later).
I pay by the Manhattan Credit Card, so that I can enjoy additional offer: 1) $0 prepay ($4300 for a normal one. This is very nice, really.), 2) pay handset fee monthly ($19.16 each month) for 24 months, 3) waive of the HK$12 MTR/tunnel fee (nice, too), 4) VAS of $28 ($36 for a normal one) ($0 if subscribe the $56 1966 IDD package), 5) Unlimited local data usage for first 6 months.
A summary of my plan and a comparison to my old plan are as follows.
Old plan with 3 Hong Kong:
Month contract: $88 (1300 min basic + Environmental Friendly Plan).
For 24 months in total: $88 x 24 = $2112
iPhone 4S plan with 3 Hong Kong:
The package: 1800 min basic + unlimited Wi-FI + 500MB (unlimited for the first 6 months) Local Data + others.
Month contract: $298
$28 $0 (if subscribe the $56 1966 IDD package)
MTR/tunnel fee: $0 (Waived)
Handset (iPhone 4S 16G) price: $19.16
Monthly fee in total: $298
+ $28 + $19.16 = $345.16 $317.16
Fee for 24 months:
$345.16 $317.16 x 24 = $8283.84 $7611.84
Fee of iPhone 4S plan, deduct the price for iPhose 4S:
$8283.84 $7611.84 – $5088 (Apple’s price) = $3195.84 $2523.84
The difference (deduct my old plan):
$3195.84 $2523.84 – $2112 = $1083.84 $411.84
For each month:
$1083.84 $411.84 / 24 = $45.16 $17.16
So I pay extra
$45.16 $17.16 each month after subscribing the iPhone 4S plan. But I can get the benefit of 1) using iPhone 4S 16G just after Apple’s release, 2) pay the iPhone 4S’s price monthly for 24 months, 3) unlimited Wi-Fi + 500MB local data, 4) 3Screen one year (worth $3,380 according to 3), 5) $28 VAS package and $0 MTR/tunnel fee.
Although 3’s signal is not very good according to others, I use 3 for more than 1 year and I am happy with it signal and the $56 unlimited IDD plan (I call to mainland China a lot), especially that only 3 has signal in the Lab where I stay in HKUST.
The iPhone 4S plan is a good choice for those who want to use iPhone 4S but can not get into the pre-order phase and do not want to wait in the IFC mall before Apple Store for a very long time.