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Comparison: Unlimited home broadband plans in the Philippines

Say no to data caps!

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As much as possible, home broadband shouldn’t be limited to data allowances. While consumable plans are cheaper, they are not enough for binge-watching and large file downloads like game updates.

If you’re still subscribed to a consumable broadband plan, it’s time to make the switch! Unlimited broadband plans are the way to go. Four of the major internet service providers (ISP) in the Philippines namely Converge, Globe, PLDT, and Sky offer various unlimited internet plans.

Here are the speed options and monthly service fees:

Converge FiberX
Globe At Home
PLDT Home
OneSky Broadband
3Mbps
 –
 –
1,299
 –
5Mbps
 –
1,699
1,699
1,299
10Mbps
 –
1,899
 –
15Mbps
 –
1,899
 –
20Mbps
 –
1,899
1,899
 –
25Mbps
1,500
 –
 –
1,899
50Mbps
2,500
2,499
2,899
2,899
100Mbps
3,500
2,899
 –
3,899

Note: Globe’s Plan 1899 has three speed options depending on availability.

These broadband plans are either connected by copper (DSL) or fiber optic cables. All the plans are subject to availability in the area, especially plans 20Mbps and above since they require a fiber connection.

Which plan offers the best value?

After checking all the broadband plans from the four major ISPs, we can say that Converge’s FiberX 1500 offers the best value all around — that is if your area is serviceable. A 25Mbps connection is already enough for daily needs even if a number of people will be using the network.

If you want to get the fastest speed, Globe’s Go Unli Plan 2899 is the best on the list. For just PhP 2,899, you get 100Mbps speed which is already powered by fiber connectivity. The catch is, like with Converge, fiber-connected places are still pretty limited especially if you live in certain condominiums or a remote village.

What are the freebies and add-ons?

When it comes to freebies, Globe has the biggest offering while Converge has the barest offer to keep their price down.

Converge FiberX
Globe At Home
PLDT Home
OneSky Broadband

– Landline with unlimited Globe to Globe calls
– 6 months premium subscription to Netflix and Disney apps
– 2 months subscription to HOOQ
– Double speed for Plan 2899 for 6 months – Free Sky On Demand access

How much are the initial fees?

Monthly fees are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to broadband plans. Since this type of service requires a wired connection to your place, they have installation fees. These fees vary per ISP and, sometimes, there are certain promotions available.

  • Converge — PhP 2,500
  • Globe — PhP 2,500 (DSL) or P4,500 (vDSL/Fiber) for No-Lockup / PhP 1,000 with contract
  • PLDT — PhP 2,300 (DSL) or P3,600 (Fiber)
  • Sky Broadband — PhP 999 to PhP 3,898

Please check out their respective websites for the latest promotions and more details about the offerings: Converge FiberX, Globe At Home, PLDT Home, Sky Broadband.

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Honor Watch Magic goes official in the Philippines

Feature packed smartwatch at a low price

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Want to buy a Huawei Watch GT but can’t afford it? The Honor Watch Magic may just be the answer. It does all the things the Watch GT can do, but for half the cost. And what’s more, it’s coming to the Philippines through Lazada.

Honor Watch Magic Lazada Poster

Honor Watch Magic features

The Honor Watch Magic is a smartwatch that features the same design as the Huawei Watch GT. This is not surprising, as Huawei owns and shares resources with Honor. Up front, the Honor Watch Magic has two stainless steel dials that controls the watch’s interface. Honor provided a 1.2-inch AMOLED display which is enough for a smartwatch.

Smartwatches have fitness tracking built-in as a core feature. The Honor Watch Magic is no exception. It has step tracking, continuous heart rate monitoring, and sleep tracking. With this feature, it manages to one-up the Apple Watch since the costlier smartwatch doesn’t have any sleep tracking feature at all.

The Honor Watch Magic also tracks different exercises. Its current selection includes running, hiking, swimming and cycling. It has GPS built-in which enhances the data collected by the smartwatch by adding location data.

Connectivity with a smartphone is not a problem since the smartwatch has Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy (BLE). This enables it to receive notifications and sync data to the Huawei Health app.

The smartwatch is waterproof up to 50 meters. Battery capacity is rated at 178 mAh, which is fine for a full day usage. It comes with a black sweat proof band to match any fashion styles.

Starting this October 15, the Honor Watch Magic will be available at Lazada online store. On its first day of sale, the smartwatch will retail at an exclusively low price of PhP 5,990. After October 15, it will retail at its SRP of PhP 7,990 only at Lazada. It will be available only in black.

Honor super brand day

Along with the availability of the Honor Watch Magic, other Honor products will be available at a discounted prize on Honor’s super brand day this October 15. Here are the discounted products:

  • Honor Band 5 — from PhP 1,699 to PhP 1,399
  • Honor 7A — from PhP 5,090 to PhP 4,890
  • Honor 8C — from PhP 6,990 to PhP 5,990 with a free gift kit
  • Honor 10 — from PhP 13,990 to PhP 7,990

To know more about the Honor Watch Magic and other discounts for Honor products, visit Honor Philippines’ website and social accounts on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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Pre-order the Vivo V17 Pro and get exciting freebies

All pre-orders come with freebies

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The much-awaited Vivo V17 Pro has finally arrived in the Philippines. The six-camera touting smartphone is up for pre-order online and through retail stores. To sweeten the deal for prospective buyers, Vivo is bundling exciting freebies with any purchase of the smartphone.

What freebies did Vivo bundled with the purchase of V17 Pro? A Harman JBL T110 wireless earphones and a six months extended warranty is up for grabs exclusively with Shopee pre-orders. Meanwhile, those who pre-ordered through Vivo retail stores scores a wireless earphones and a limited edition Vivo V17 Pro t-shirt.

Of course, all of these freebies come with the Vivo V17 Pro. This smartphone has six-cameras which seems a bit too many but ensures top-notch photos and selfies every time. On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lens and, a 2MP depth sensor. The front has dual selfie pop-up cameras in a 32MP + 8 MP wide-angle lens setup.

A 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display adorns the front. Performance is backed with a Snapdragon 675 processor of 8GB of RAM. Large files are not a problem with 128GB built-in internal storage.

Pre-orders from the phone lasts from October 10 until October 18. It is expected to be available by October 19. To pre-order the device, visit V17 Pro’s Shopee product page.

The phone’s SRP is PhP 21,990.

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ROG Phone 2: Price and availability in the Philippines

Includes pricing for accessories

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The ASUS ROG Phone 2 is officially in the Philippines!

The ROG Phone 2 with 12GB RAM  and 512GB  storage began pre-orders at the price of PhP 49,995 (US$ 962) last October 3 to October 11, 2019. It will hit the market on November 2019 along with the Ultimate Edition that has 12GB RAM and 1TB storage for PhP 59,995 (US$ 1165).

The phone’s accessories are available at ROG Stores only. Pricing are as follows:

Accessories list Price
Professional Dock PhP 4,995
Lighting Armor Case PhP 2,495
ROG Kunai Gamepad PhP 6,995
TwinView Dock II PhP 14,995
Mobile Desktop Dock Revised PhP 10,995
ROG Phone Bag PhP 2,495
ASUS WiGig Display Dock
(Champion’s Super Pack Exclusive)
PhP 13,995
AeroActive Cooler II
(Out-of-box Accessory)
PhP 2,995
Aero Case
(Out-of-box Accessory)
PhP 995

 

Gaming phone refined

The ROG Phone 2 is perhaps one of the most specced out phone in the world today. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus with a 120Hz AMOLED Display, 12GB of RAM, 512GB storage, and 6,000mAh battery.

Other features like performance improvement and cooling that keeps the phone in optimal condition promises to deliver the best mobile gaming experience to date. There are even new and improved accessories like the Kunai gamepad that makes the phone look almost like a Nintendo Switch to take your gaming experience to an even higher level.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated on October 11, 2019 to add pricing details of the accessories.

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