Globe vs Smart: Which has better prepaid data promos?

Back in the day, Philippine telcos conquered the call and text market, but the shift to mobile data has grown rapidly since the rise of smartphone apps. Users used to be charged based on how long they browsed online; now with more data traffic (and slow loading times), telcos shifted to charging by how much data users consume.

In this comparison, we’ll compare Globe and Smart’s staple prepaid promos for mobile data:

Price

Globe

Smart

15

40MB

+ 30MB Mobile Legends
+ 50MB Instagram

Valid for 2 days

50

1GB

+ 100MB Instagram
+ 300MB App of choice
+ Unli text to all networks

Valid for 3 days

1GB

+ 300MB for video streaming apps
+ Unli text to all networks


Valid for 3 days

99

1.5GB

+ 300MB for video streaming apps

Valid for 7 days

299

1.5GB

+ 100MB Instagram
+ 1GB App of Choice

Valid for 30 days

2GB

+ 1.1GB for video streaming apps

Valid for 30 days

599

4GB

+ 100MB Instagram
+ 1GB App of Choice

Valid for 30 days

799

4.5GB

+ 1.1GB for video streaming apps

Valid for 30 days

999

8GB

+ 100MB Instagram
+ 1GB App of Choice

Valid for 30 days

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What are the advantages of each side?

Based on the data available on the telcos’ website, we learned the following:

  • Globe has the cheapest data promo at PhP 15
  • Globe also offers the most data in a single promo
  • Globe offers more flexible freebies
  • Smart still has a seven-day promo
  • Smart offers the better PhP 299 promo
  • They’re somewhat even at the PhP 50 mark

Which telco has better data promos?

Both Globe and Smart have comparable data promos. They don’t differ that much in terms of open data allowance (the data you can freely use on any website), so the contest relies on which freebie you’d want more, and how little or how much you’re willing to spend.

Globe gives free Instagram access to all subscribers of its GoSurf promos. Their cheapest offering at PhP 15 comes with a small allowance for Mobile Legends, while the succeeding options come with a free data for an app of choice like Facebook, Viber, Pokémon Go, YouTube, and more. Users can also avail themselves of individual add-ons for gaming, streaming, and social apps.

As for Smart, they include extra allowance for GigaSurf promos with music and video streaming on iFlix, YouTube, Spinnr, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and Dubsmash.

Which is the best value for your money?

Out of the nine available prepaid data promos from both telcos, their PhP 50 combos are still the best choices. They’re ideal for phone use, and also come with unlimited text to any network in the Philippines. Their three-day validity gives users ample time to enjoy the data allowance, as well.

If you’re going to use one of them for mobile Wi-Fi, it’s best to use any of the month-long promos starting at PhP 299, so that you can connect to the internet anytime without worrying about quick expiration.

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