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Globe vs Smart: Huawei P20 and P20 Pro postpaid plans

One carrier offers it cheaper

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Alongside the Philippine launch of the new Huawei P20 series, local carriers released their postpaid plans for the P20 and P20 Pro. If you’re looking to avail of the new Huawei devices through a monthly plan, here’s a comparison to help you decide.

For this comparison, we’re going to use Globe’s ThePLAN 1999 and Smart’s GigaX Plan 1999.

Globe’s offering includes unlimited texts to all networks in the Philippines and also unlimited calls, but only within their network (meaning you can call any Globe or TM number for as long as you like). When it comes to data allowance, Globe is pretty generous with 16GB of mobile data (they should be since this is a costly plan already) with an additional 1GB for the free three-month Spotify Premium subscription.

Smart’s plan has 70 minutes of voice calls that you can use every month to call any Philippine mobile number and PLDT landline. Texting is not an issue since the plan offers unlimited SMS to all networks as well. As for mobile data — GigaX Plan’s supposedly strongest suit — it looks like it’s lacking compared to Globe’s similar monthly plan. You’ll get only 7GB of open data allowance (you can use this for any internet-related activity) and another 10GB solely for video streaming. That gives you a total of 17GB of mobile data, but a chunk of it is exclusive for video services only.

Now that we know the inclusions of the plans, let’s break down the cost.

Huawei P20

Globe
Smart
Plan ThePLAN 1999 GigaX Plan 1999
Calls Unlimited to Globe/TM 70 minutes to all networks
Texts Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Data 16GB 7GB + 10GB for video streaming
Freebies Spotify Premium for 3 months w/ additional 1GB allowance Discounted calls to Smart/TNT at PhP 4 per minute
Device Fee PhP 3,600 PhP 12,000
Initial Cashout PhP 5,599 PhP 13,999
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cost PhP 51,576 PhP 59,976

 

For the Huawei P20, you can get it really cheap through Globe’s ThePLAN 1999 for just PhP 3,600. That brings the initial cashout fee to PhP 5,599 (PhP 1,999 + PhP 3,600) which includes the first monthly payment and the one-time device fee. A standard 24-month contract will be in effect, so that means you’ll be shelling out a total of PhP 51,576 for the whole duration of the lock-in period.

If you’re getting the P20 through Smart, you’ll have to pay a bit more at first with its PhP 12,000 cashout. Good thing you can also avail of it through a monthly installment of just PhP 500 that’ll be on top of your plan, which will drive it up to PhP 2,499 per month. All in all, you’ll be spending PhP 59,976 after completing the 24-month contract.

Huawei P20 Pro

Globe
Smart
Plan ThePLAN 1999 GigaX Plan 1999
Calls Unlimited to Globe/TM 70 minutes to all networks
Texts Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Data 16GB 7GB + 10GB for video streaming
Freebies Spotify Premium for 3 months w/ additional 1GB allowance Discounted calls to Smart/TNT at PhP 4 per minute
Device Fee PhP 14,400 PhP 19,200
Initial Cashout PhP 16,399 PhP 21,199
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cost PhP 62,376 PhP 67,176

 

If you want the best phone Huawei has to offer, the P20 Pro is just a few thousand pesos more expensive. Again, Globe’s device fee is cheaper for only PhP 14,400 which means the initial cashout will be PhP 16,399. Smart is asking for a PhP 19,200 one-time payment of the phone or you can add PhP 800 to your monthly fee making it PhP 2,799 per month. Both are still under a 24-month contract with a total cost of PhP 62,376 for Globe and PhP 67,176 for Smart.

Other postpaid plans are also available which you can check out on Globe’s (P20, P20 Pro) and Smart’s (P20, P20 Pro) website.

The Huawei P20 has a retail price of PhP 34,990 if you’ll get it unlocked while the Huawei P20 Pro is priced at PhP 44,990.

SEE ALSO: Huawei reclaims top spot on DxOMark with P20 Pro

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Razer Phone has major discount ahead of successor launch

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Just as Razer subtly announced that the Razer Phone 2 is on the way, their original Razer Phone is experiencing a major discount on the company’s website.

Go the Razer Phone’s official product page, and you’ll be greeted by this text:

“Limited time offer: Get US$ 300 off your Razer Phone. Use Code WOOHOO on cart.”

This deal brings Razer’s one and only phone down to just US$ 399 from its original US$ 699 price tag. That’s a discount of about 42 percent!

That’s great for a gamer-centric smartphone with hardware that’s still competitive with this year’s best. However, Razer didn’t specify how long this promotion will last.

In our own review, we praised the Razer Phone for its great balance of power and entertainment features, as well as the long-lasting battery and incredible display.

Even if the Razer Phone 2 is bound to show up soon, grabbing the first-gen model at this price is a steal.

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ASUS ZenFone 5 gets its price slashed in early holiday sale

It’s about time!

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We’ve just entered September, and you know what that means? The holiday season is starting in the Philippines!

Yes, it’s premature, but this also means we’ll be seeing more discounts and sales from our favorite brands. The latest one to do so is ASUS with its popular ZenFone 5.

The company’s flag-bearer got its price slashed from PhP 19,995 to only PhP 17,995. There doesn’t seem to be a limit to this promotion, so you can taking your time in considering one.

The ZenFone 5 is best known for its AI-powered cameras, 6.2-inch display with a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, and reliable Snapdragon 636 processor.

ASUS may have also been considering the rising competition from rival brands when discounting this smartphone. Honor has a bestseller in its hands with the Honor Play, and the Pocophone F1 is gradually finding its way to more markets this month.

You can learn all about the ZenFone 5 in our full review:

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ASUS ZenFone Max (M1) and Max Plus (M1) receive major discounts

Get ’em while they’re hot

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The entry-level and midrange smartphone segments are getting fiercer than ever. While ASUS doesn’t have anything new to offer lately, the Philippine branch is at least cutting down the prices of a couple of their more popular models.

To be specific, the ZenFone Max (M1) and ZenFone Max Plus (M1) are getting their prices slashed in the Philippines. The former now retails for PhP 8,495 (from PhP 8,995) and the latter is currently going for PhP 8,995 (all the way down from PhP 11,995).

These phones carry the Max label for a reason. Both devices have a battery capacity of 4000mAh or more, making them endurance champs — or in ASUS’ words, “Battery Kings.”

Besides that, the two ZenFones own balanced specs fitting for their segments — including handy takes on dual-camera setups — and have even made appearances on our Best Smartphones lists.

You can learn more in our individual videos for these ZenFones:

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