I have written here in my blog a few weeks back about my intention to have an iphone 5 through this local mobile phone provider. I will be witholding the name of this provider but some of you may know who this local carrier is.
Anyhow, here is what happened when I was about to renew my contract with this mobile service provider a week ago (my plan is already up for renewal "retention" since I was able to finish the 24 months lock-in period).
Went to the sales office to apply for phone renewal and at the same time, to upgrade my plan to plan 999 which is the bundled plan for the iphone 5.
Frontliner: Sir, ano po yung concern nyo?
Me: Retention ko at the same time gusto ko yung iphone 5 plan.
Frontliner: (handed me a leaflet which has all details of the iphone 5 plan).
Me: Pwede ba sa plan 500 ko? how much is the cash out?
Frontliner: sir, kapag ni-renew nyo po yung plan 500 nyo wala na po yun automatically enrolled na po sa Plan 600. (was thinking, ano na naman ito at hindi ako informed before na ganuon pala)
Me: Ok. Kung data plan, ano mga options ko?
Frotnliner: (pointed the pen and discussed the details of the iphone 5. including the cash-out for iphone 5 units to be availed with the plan).
Me: Ok. pwede ba deferred yan? di ba kasi meron kayo yung kung gano katagal yung lock-in period ganun din yung monthly mo sa credit card to pay for the unit?
Frontliner: Ay opo meron po. Ano po card nyo sir?
FL: ay di po pwede sa BPI. BDO saka Metrobank lang po may arrangement kami for deferment of payment sa units. Pero pwede naman po straight payment charge sa BPI card ninyo.
Me: (having second thoughts already about availing yung iphone 5, but very much decided to get the iphone 5) Ok sige.
FL: sir, pwede po mahiram yung card ninyo at the same time valid ID saka proof of income po? (I came prepared. I have with me the current credit card statement as well as the previous month.)
Me: (handed-over all the requirements to her).
FL: sir, magkano po credit limit ninyo?
Me: around P xxxK
The frontliner photocopied the requirements, went to encode the information in her workstation PC. Printed out the form (application for rentention), attached the requirements she asked from me. then filled-up some info on the form, then asked me to affix my signature on the form where she put check-marks on.
Me: (signing the checked area). Miss, bakit wala pa yung PTF Amount Pre-termination fee amount? (the PTF amount is checked meaning I have to sign-it).
FL: ay sorry po. pahiram po muna ulit nung form. (she looked at the monitor again, affixed the PTF amount and handed me over the form again).
Me: (jaw-dropped) huh?! bakit P31,500?
FL: Sir, yan po talaga amount nya eh. Kasi po 32GB po i-a-avail nyo, yung sa 16GB naman po P27++K.
Me: eh bakit ganyan kalaki PTF eh since babayran ko naman yung unit ng straight-payment na nga sa credit card ko. (BTW, the cost of the unit to be charged to me is P24K.)
FL: Ganun po tlaga sir. Policy po yan eh
Me: (without having second thoughts). Ay sige di bale pag-isipan ko muna yung applicatin ko, pwede?
FL: Ok lang naman sir. (She handed me the form).
Me: (went out of the sales office and never came back)
I just thought maybe this is not for me and I don't really have the guts shelling-out so much from such a device. So, even though I was looking-forward to you before, my precious Iphone 5, i think I may just have to let go of you now. As per a PNR-mate, nasa nagdadala yan hindi yang brand ng phone (it's who carries a phone even if what brand it is you carry). Speaking of which, I have my possible candidates for pinoy android phones which are a lot cheaper but packs a lot in terms of performance and functionality.