Sometime in late May this year (which is about a month ago) Globe held an event to launch Apple’s new iPad into their product plan portfolios. This event was quite notable due to a couple of different reasons. For one, the telecommunications company was the first to launch the tablet device into the market ahead of other contract and non-contrast retailers. More importantly, it also ushered in a new plan to provide a data-only service that isn’t going to beused for calling or texting – made to be used on tablet that is more known for its WiFi version than its 3G one. With this new plan, aspiring owners of the new iOS-powered slate can get it for as low as PHP 21,990 (Plan 999) or PHP 28,990 (Plan 499). Or you can grab the Prepaid Kit complete with a MicroSIM for PHP 29,990 (16GB) version. (WiFi+3G unlocked is PHP 29,990 without SIMs elsewhere.)
The new iPad (dubbed as the iPad 3 to avoid confusion) is Apple’s greatest tablet to date and is held by majority of people as still the tablet to beat. The device’s most notable improvement is its new 9.7” Retina Display, which brings the resolution up to a massive 2048×1536 – higher than Full HD 1080p monitors and TVs. Rounding out the features you get a Dual-Core 1Ghz processor, Quad-Core PowerVR graphics, 5MP camera (which came from the iPhone 4), 1080p video recording, VGA front facing camera, and all the usual connectivity options running under the most current iOS version (5.1.1 so far). As with most iPads, it promises a fluid interface, unparalleled ease-of-use, 10-hour battery life, a great library of apps, and that Apple brand of solid-and-attractive industrial design. This new version of course doubles the amount of pixels from the iPad 2 (effectively trouncing pretty much all other tablets) as well as adding a quad-core graphics chip for improved performance. While the previous generation isn’t such a terrible device (and should be available for cheaper prices), you might still want to grab the higher-end iPad 3 for those extra new features.
Globe is offering the WiFi+3G version of the tablet both through their Postpaid Plans and as a Prepaid Kit. On contract for PHP 499 or PHP 999, you’ll get up to 50 hours internet (expandable) and unlimited use respectively. Though, you will still have to shell out a minimum of PHP 28,990 / 21,990 for those plans to get a 16GB unit. (Can be availed on a 12 month installment with 0% interest.) On the other hand, Prepaid Kits (comes with MicroSIM) will cost PHP 29,990 for the 16GB version. (Up to 6 months installment with 0% interest.) To get more details on the pricing, you can check out their charts here. And you can also use that link to buy it outright or apply for the plans online.
So if you’re looking for a new tablet that is fortunate enough to enjoy 3G connectivity, with possibly an interest-free way to get it with, check out Globe’s new iPad plans and prepaid kits and see if they fit the bill for you. Or if you want to see more of the new iPad, check out the video below.
To see more pictures of the launch event, check out the gallery below.