MANILA and SAN FRANCISCO—June 9, 2008—Globe Telecom and Apple today announced that they will be bringing the highly anticipated iPhone™ 3G to the Philippines later this year. iPhone 3G combines all the revolutionary features of iPhone with 3G networking that is twice as fast* as the first generation iPhone, built-in GPS for expanded location based mobile services, and iPhone 2.0 software which includes support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and runs the hundreds of third party applications already built with the recently released iPhone SDK.
"We are very excited to be working with Apple to bring Filipino consumers iPhone 3G later this year," said Gerardo C. Ablaza, Jr. president and CEO of Globe Telecom. "Our customers are our greatest passion and we're constantly striving to offer them the most innovative products such as the revolutionary iPhone 3G."
"We are thrilled to bring iPhone 3G to millions of mobile customers in the Philippines," said Tim Cook, Apple's COO. "We can't wait to get this revolutionary mobile device in the hands of even more people around the world."
iPhone 3G will be available to Globe's postpaid and prepaid subscribers in the Philippines later this year.
*Based on 3G and EDGE testing. Actual speeds vary by site conditions.
Globe Telecom is a leading telecommunications company in the Philippines with more than 21 million mobile subscribers. As a pioneer, Globe Telecom continues to be a part of the revolution that's connecting millions of people across the Philippines and around the world. Beyond technology, Globe Telecom's business is truly shaped by the bonds that tie Filipinos together. Communications is ultimately about relationships, and this drives the company to innovate and constantly find easy and relevant ways to enrich people's lives.
Apple ignited the personal computer revolution in the 1970s with the Apple II and reinvented the personal computer in the 1980s with the Macintosh. Today, Apple continues to lead the industry in innovation with its award-winning computers, OS X operating system and iLife and professional applications. Apple is also spearheading the digital media revolution with its iPod portable music and video players and iTunes online store, and has entered the mobile phone market with its revolutionary iPhone.
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