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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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iPhone 11: Beyond The Box trade-in deal

Buy the latest iPhones at half the price

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Do you want to buy one of the 2019 iPhones at half the original price? Beyond the Box has you covered with their trade-in program.

Beyond the Box PH’s trade-in program lets you trade your old phone in exchange for a price discount towards the Apple’s 2019 iPhones. As much as 50% discount on the SRP of the latest and greatest iPhones is up for grabs with the trade-in program.

When you trade-in your phone at any Beyond the Box stores, store staff will evaluate it and give price estimate depending on the phone’s condition. The price estimate will apply as a discount towards the purchase of iPhones. Any other Apple device or premium accessory in the store is also eligible for the discount.

The eligible phones and their corresponding discounts are as follows:

Beyond the Box trade-in list

Photo by Beyond the Box PH

Is your phone not on the list? Don’t worry, Beyond the Box is constantly updating the list. So, expect non-Apple devices to be included in the future. You may also visit their store and ask their staff.

If you decided to trade-in your old phone, remember to erase all personal data from it. Backup your data, remove your iCloud account, and reset. Trading your phone is a simple process that only requires one valid ID, your phone for trade-in, and your phone accessories.

Undecided yet? Visit Beyond the Box’s Facebook page for more info. Also, you can watch our unboxing video to know more about Apple’s 2019 iPhones:

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Switch PH has a trade-in program for 2019 iPhones

Score big discounts with the special trade-in

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It’s only a matter of time before this year’s iPhones arrive in the Philippines. In anticipation, Switch — an Apple Premium reseller in the Philippines — announced a trade-in program where you can get big discounts on 2019 iPhones.

Switch’s special trade-in program offers up to 50% buyback value towards the launch price of 2019 iPhones. To participate in the trade-in, you must have the 2018 iPhone models in mint condition and carrier unlocked. After trading in, you get corresponding price credits that act as discounts for the new iPhones.

Here are the iPhone models and their corresponding credits:

iPhone XR

  • 64 GB – Php 25,495
  • 128 GB – Php 26,995
  • 256 GB – Php 30, 245

iPhone XS

  • 64 GB – Php 33, 995
  • 256 GB – Php 38,745
  • 512 GB – Php 45,245

iPhone XS Max

  • 64 GB – Php 37,495
  • 256 GB – Php 42,245
  • 512 GB – Php 48,745

You must download Switch’s Trade In app to participate. The app will ask for the store ID where you will complete the trade-in process. Each Switch store has its own store ID, which you can view here.

Got a phone that is not listed above? You may still trade-in your phone at participating Switch stores. Switch will assess your phone and give a discount if your phone is eligible. For more information, visit their website.

This year’s iPhones are expected to arrive by October 25. The iPhone 11iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max were launched last September. Here’s our unboxing video to give you some background:

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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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