Globe vs Smart: Huawei P20 and P20 Pro postpaid plans

One carrier offers it cheaper



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

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

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


Sony Days of Play: Discounts on DualSense controllers, titles

It’s that time of the year



Days of Play

The time has come for Sony’s annual Days of Play, offering gamers special deals on DualSense Wireless Controllers and software titles from June 2 to 12.

During the sale period, Sony’s DualSense Wireless Controllers will retail for a special price of PhP 2,990.

The controller is available in White, Midnight Black, Cosmic Red, Starlight Blue, Nova Pink, Galactic Purple, and Gray Camouflage colorways.

Popular PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 (Blue-ray Disc version) titles will also get special prices during the promo period:

Meanwhile, PlayStation 5 consoles are now available at all authorized retailer stores.

Continue Reading


OPPO 6.6 Mega Sale: Get discounts, freebies

Brighten up the rainy season



OPPO is set to brighten up the rainy season with its 6.6 Mega Sale on both Lazada and Shopee.

Customers stand to get discounts, vouchers, special freebies, and bundle deals from June 6 to 8 when they purchase participating OPPO smartphones.

Included are the following devices:

  • A16 4GB
  • A17k
  • A17
  • A55
  • A76
  • A95
  • Reno6 Z
  • Reno 6 5G
  • Reno8 T

On Lazada, customers can get up to a 10% cashback, capped at PhP 1,000. A 100% cashback raffle will also reward six lucky winners on both e-commerce apps.

6.6 freebie shower

On 6.6 itself, OPPO will offer buyers various freebies for its smartphones:

  • A16k: Free Bluetooth speaker
  • A16 4GB: Free memory card
  • A55: Free memory card
  • A76: Free remote-controlled selfie stick
  • Reno8 T series: Free Neon Island desk pad
  • Reno 6 series: Free Bluetooth speaker, selfie stick

Meanwhile, the first 12 buyers of OPPO’s latest foldable, the Find Flip N2, will get a free OPPO Enco Air3 and OPPO Watch Free.

Rainy bundles

The budget OPPO A series will also be part of bundle deals from June 6 to 8.

With OPPO Band:

  • A16k: PhP 6,099
  • A16 4GB: PhP 7,599
  • A55: PhP 8,599

With Enco Buds2:

  • A16k: PhP 6,299
  • A16 4GB: PhP 7,799
  • A55: PhP 8,799

In-app discounts, vouchers

Lastly, shoppers should be on the lookout for further discounts and vouchers during the sale period.

Lazada and Shopee both offer free shipping for a PhP 500 minimum spend, as well as PhP 1,000 livestream vouchers for a PhP 4,999 minimum spend.

Lazada will also have a Lazada Bonus for an extra 10% off, capped at PhP 1,000. On the other hand, Shopee will give out 15% off Shopee Mall vouchers capped at PhP 1,000.

Both apps also allow installment at 0% interest rates for OPPO’s smartphones.


Continue Reading


Great Samsung Sale: Own Galaxy phones for less

With bundles and freebies too



This June, Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones will come with big discounts of up to 25% off and freebies, offering customers a mid-year treat. From June 1 to 25, the Great Samsung Sale lets customers avail of these deals, as well as trading in their old phones for up to PhP 15,000 off.

Foldables go on sale

Included in the sale is the foldable Galaxy Z Fold4 which will retail for PhP 18,990 throughout the period and will come with a free Galaxy Watch5 44mm.

Meanwhile, those who purchase the Galaxy Z Flip4 will get a free Buds2 Pro for just a total bill of PhP 12,990.

Galaxy S23 series: Trade in for savings

Even Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S23 series will come with free Galaxy Buds2 Pro, while those who trade in their old devices get savings of up to PhP 49,000.

Galaxy A34, A54 5G bundles

The new 5G-capable mid-range Galaxy A34 and A54 phones will also be bundled with a free Galaxy Buds Live worth PhP 7,990.

If you have not yet upgraded your current smartphones, both devices have Super AMOLED FHD+ displays and come in lime, violet, and graphite colorways.

They also promise four generations of OS upgrades and five years of security updates, so they’re a sound investment.

Budget phone offers

For those on a budget, the Galaxy A14 5G will be packaged with a free travel adapter and a 128GB memory card for only PhP 12,990.

The Galaxy Tab S8 series will also get a free Galaxy Tab A7 Lite or Galaxy tab A8 Wi-Fi, as well as a free bookcover keyboard for a virtual buy one, take one deal.

Discounts on select Galaxy devices

Lastly, some of Samsung’s previous S series flagship smartphones will also get special prices throughout the promo period:

  • Galaxy S22 Ultra (256GB): PhP 58,990 (PhP 14,000 off)
  • Galaxy S22 (128GB): PhP 35,990 (PhP 10,000 off)
  • Galaxy S21 (128GB): PhP 28,990 (PhP 10,000 off)

These devices can get even more affordable, as they’re also eligible for trade-ins.

WATCH: Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra Review: One Week Later

Continue Reading