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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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Smart increases mobile data for postpaid plan subscribers

Stay connected for longer

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Staying connected with loves ones is important especially during these difficult times. Internet access is crucial more than ever as more people turn to online services to carry out important tasks.

Recognizing the need for people to stay connected, Smart is now rolling out additional data to its postpaid plans subscribers. The increase in data ranges from 2.5GB to 60GB depending on a subscriber’s plan.  The data increase is effective within a 30-day period.

Here are the respective data increase for each postpaid plans:

Plans Data Increase
Smart Signature SIM-only
Lite 2.5 GB
S 10 GB
M 20 GB
L 30 GB
XL 60 GB
Smart Signature with Device
S 5 GB
M 10 GB
L 15 GB
XL 30 GB
Other Smart postpaid plans
Below plan 999 2.5 GB
Plan 999 to 1999 5 GB
Plan 2000 and up 10 GB

Smart is also treating its new subscribers with a one-time data increase:

Smart Signature SIM-only
S 5 GB
M 10 GB
L 15 GB
XL 30 GB
Smart Signature with Device
S 2.5 GB
M 5 GB
L 7.5 GB
XL 15 GB

Aside from giving out bonus data to its postpaid subscribers, Smart has also extended its deadline for payment for 30 days. Plus, there’s a special 30-day e-load discount available at its online store. A 5% discount is available for PhP 200 to PhP 300 load, while a 10% discount is available for PhP 100 load. The discounts will run from March 17 until April 14.

For more offers and announcements from Smart, visit their Facebook page.

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Samsung’s great discounts still on despite COVID-19

Snag some great deals on Samsung’s latest devices

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Singapore’s IT Show 2020 is officially postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, that will not stop Samsung from showcasing great deals to its customers. This March, the company is giving away various freebies and discounts on some of its products.

Discounts and vouchers

Customers can either get the 2019 flagship Galaxy S10 at SG$ 400 off, or grab the SG$ 400 voucher for every purchase of Galaxy Fold. Also, they can receive a 20% discount on select phone covers when they purchase any phone from the Galaxy S20, S10 and Note 10 series at Samsung’s online or concept store nationwide.

Those looking for their next smartwatch or earbuds may want to look at Samsung’s line of wearables. Up to 50% off can be had on all of Samsung’s wearables, including the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Galaxy Buds.

Freebies up for grabs

Those purchasing the latest and the greatest Galaxy tablet will receive awesome freebies from Samsung. For every purchase of Galaxy Tab S6, customers will receive a Galaxy Buds worth SG$ 238. Meanwhile, those who opted for the less-powerful but still capable Galaxy Tab S5e will get a black book cover worth SG$ 98.

Upcoming flash deals

These upcoming weeks, Samsung is holding a flash deal for those eyeing the flagship Galaxy S20, S10, and Note 10 series. By purchasing any of these devices on Samsung’s online store, they can get the following:

  • 14 – 15 March: a pair of Galaxy Buds at SG$ 118 (SG$ 238 retail price)
  • 21 – 22 March: Galaxy Watch 42mm LTE at SG$ 308 (SG$ 548 retail price)
  • 28 – 29 March: Galaxy Tab S5e 64GB WiFi at SG$ 418 (SG$ 598 retail price)

Those grabbing the deals may head over to Samsung’s online store, concept stores, or select retailers until 29 March 2020. To know more about Samsung’s latest promo, visit their website for more information.

SEE ALSO:
How to disinfect your tech from the coronavirus
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As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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This is the best time to buy the Galaxy S20

Good things come to those who wait

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When is the best time to buy the Samsung Galaxy S20? Most might say that it’s right after its release. Whether we admit it or not, being one of the first to own the latest tech is always a good feeling. But there’s also a benefit to waiting it out a little longer.

A new product insight from iPrice indicates being patient could help you net the Galaxy S20 for less. iPrice researched the best time to buy the Galaxy S20. The research took into account the price drop of Galaxy flagships over the year, starting from the S8 up until the recent S10. They looked into two different time periods after a flagship’s release to determine its price.

Six-month outlook

If you can’t wait any longer than a year, then you should wait for six months to pass after the Galaxy S20 has been released. The research from iPrice found that the price of Galaxy flagships may drop by 21% after six months. As such, you may get a better deal buying the S20 six months from now than on March 6.

How will a 21% price drop compare across S20 variants?

  • Galaxy S20 — from PhP 49,990 to PhP 39,492
  • Galaxy S20+ — from PhP 55,990 to PhP 44,232
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra — from PhP 69,990 to PhP 55,292

One-year outlook

Here’s where it gets interesting. Galaxy S10’s price dropped by 45% after a year, while Galaxy S8 and S9’s price dropped by 30%. The research estimates that the price drop of Galaxy S20 may fall between 30-45%.

Even when you factor in the much conservative 30% price drop, you still get big savings with PhP 34,993 than today’s price of PhP 49,990 for S20. For S20+, you get PhP 39,193. Finally, for the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the price drops to PhP 48,993.

If you’re looking to save, it is best to wait some months before buying a brand-new Galaxy S20. Prices do fluctuate, so the final price after a few months maybe higher or lower than the estimates. As a general advice, it is better for you to wait before buying a brand-new device to weather out the demand and any issues that may appear after release.

See also: Galaxy S20 price and availability in the Philippines

 

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