What model iPhone do you use and what are the megabytes on it? What kind of service did you get in the Philippines? I think you had prepaid because I saw you buy phone cards in your videos. What kind data plan did you get? People keep saying buy an unlocked AT&T iPhone because it uses the GSM network that they use in the Philippines. I keep hearing that Sprint and Verizon Iphones will not work in the Philippines. I’ve been trying to wait for the iPhone 5 to come out, but I might buy the Iphone 4S with 64mb instead.
In a one word answer: Yes. Your iPhone will work in the Philippines as long as it is a GSM phone. Basically, any iPhone made by Verizon and Sprint will not work. None of them. The AT&T ones are the only ones I know of that work.
My megabytes are 16GB on mine. And yes, I buy prepaid cards. Actually, I don’t know anyone that has a phone plan. I think you need a permanent address to get one and a monthly contract. And that’s pretty much reserved for the more well-off Filipinos/business people. I’ve never met one person that has one. Wait, scratch that. I did meet someone one time that had it. I was blown away that she didn’t have to go get load every week. The plan was crazy expensive, that’s all I remember. Usually everyone just buys load at a sari-sari store.
There are no data plans like we have in America, unless you get one of those contracts. So I know nothing about that. But your regular load can be used for data but it eats it up quickly. They do have data promos which you can use to ease the pain.
With your iPhone, use Globe and only Globe. I learned the hard way. Globe is the only cell company in the Philippines that has a contract with Apple’s iPhone. When I first used my iPhone, I was using a SMART sim card. I started noticing that my load would vanish out of nowhere. 10 pesos here, 20 pesos there – without even using my phone.
Hours of internet searching told me to turn my internet off on my phone. Well, it was off. All my data settings were off. I ended up going to the SMART store (this was in Cebu, Ayala Mall). I sat down with the guy and he actually pulled up my phone number on his computer. It showed exactly what time my load was being used and for what it was being used for. I was actually impressed.
Apparently, when used with SMART, the iPhone automatically tries to connect to the internet, even if all your settings are switched off. The employee explained to me there was nothing that could be done about it. He reiterated the fact that only Globe works 100% correctly with the iPhone. He said if I wanted to keep the SMART service that I better change my phone. Needless to say, I switched to Globe and didn’t have that vanishing load problem ever again.
I have no knowledge if SUN also has the vanishing load issue with the iPhone.
Your iPhone will also need to be unlocked, so make sure you do that before you bring it over.