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Iphone 3G in Malaysia: Updated

Iphone 3G Black and White

Iphone 3G Black and White

Since AT&T in the US still doesn’t have certain date for contract-free Iphone, I’ve been trying to locate the best place to get Iphone 3G around the world.  One of the best place to get Iphone 3G now is New Zealand as all Iphone from there are already unlocked and confirmed can be used with Celcom, Digi and Maxis.

However, the price is still not buyer-friendly. It’s retailed at RM2800 for 16gb and RM2450 for 8GB. This is cost price and does not include handling and shipping which might reach beyond RM3k after all cost. At the time being, I won’t bring in the Iphone unless the demand is high enough to justify the risk. Otherwise, I might take some units if someone is really interested to get the Iphone and willing to deposit some amount first.

This is all that I got right now. Don’t forget to reply of what you think about the above price.

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Iphone 3G in Malaysia?

It’s quite disappointing that after a long, hopeful waiting, Iphone 3G won’t be officially launched in Malaysia. It’s sadder still, our southern neighbor, Singapore, is included in the official release soon. Heck, even Botswana is included.

However, as we already know, Malaysia is full of dedicated Iphone bringers. I myself will try my best to fulfill Malaysian’s hunger of these ’Twice as fast. Half the price’ Iphone. I’ll update with the link to my bulk later.

Update: Many news confirm that activation for the Iphone will be on the spot. Meaning they won’t let you leave the store if you don’t activate your phone. At the moment, there is possible way for me to conduct my bulk yet.

Even more Update: The best place to get Iphone is New Zealand as its iphones are officially unlocked. So no need warranty-voiding hack or sim-adapter hassle. However the price is not very nice and friendly now as it’s retailed at 979NZD and 1129NZD for 8gb and 16gb respectively.

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Back in Malaysia but…

…nothing much happening. I went back to Kota Bharu after three full days of staying in my brother’s house in Cheras. Other than going to the wedding of my friend’s brother, I met with several old friends and that’s all.

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Everybody seems to be talking about recent fuel price hike. This incident has been much taken as political issue rather than a problem that must be dealt with. We must face the fact that the world price for oil is soaring up to $135 USD per barrel. We are no longer enjoying $65 USD price point like it was when the oil price in Malaysia was RM1.92 per litre.

While the annual rebate is far from enough, it’s much better than blindly subsidizing the oil price. Here’s why:

1. It encourages petrol usage reduction.

Before this, there is no ’penalty’ of using a lot of fuel. If one use tons of fuel for business, he/she is consuming a lot of government subsidy which is meant for those who can’t afford the fuel. Now, if you use around RM140 fuel per month, the cost of the recent price hike will be covered by the RM650 rebate. If you use more than that, you will pay the full price (RM2.78) for the additional fuel.

2. Those in lower income bracket benefit the most from the rebate.

Majority of low income people is using less than 2000cc car and travel less than higher income people. By limiting the rebate to these lower income community, government is focusing its spending and could save a lot from that.

3. No more ’seludup minyak’ problem. Our neighbors also feel discouraged to fill their tank in our shore.

4. Less pollution by (#1) reason.

5. More money for government to spend. Hope their spending benefits us the most.

That’s all that I could think in this short while. If you have any comment or suggestion, let me know through the comment section.

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