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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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Buy the Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK edition now

You better hurry!

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BLINKs, it’s officially here — the Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition is now available for purchase.

The BLACKPINK edition package comes with the Galaxy A80 smartphone in either Angel Gold or Phantom Black along with the BLACKPINK case, charging stand, a photocard, and a mesh pouch for PHP 34,990 (US$ 685). The separate BlackPink Edition package is valued at PHP 5,999 (US$ 118) but buying online now will net you the package for free.


There’s also a free Nanofixit Screen Protection with 1 year screen cracking insurance warranty of up to PHP 5,000 (US$ 98) as well as a free Klook Voucher worth PHP 1,000 (US$ 20). This specific package is only currently available on July 14 via online purchase.

As an additional offer, you can trade in your old your old smartphone or tablet for the Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition for some discounts as well as an additional PHP 4,000 (US$ 78) token.

Availability in other Southeast Asian countries

A similar package is available in Malaysia for MYR 2,499 (US$ 607.58). However, they have an additional color option which is ghost white and instead of the Nanofixit Screen Protection, the package comes with a Samsung Galaxy Fit worth MYR 369 (US$ 85). This package is only available to the first 1,000 buyers.

In Singapore, the package only includes the Galaxy A80 along with the BlackPink case, charging stand, and photocard. The suggested retail price is SG$ 898 US$ 662). The BLACKPINK merchandise is valued at SG$ 188 (US$ 139).

The Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK edition was first announced in Bangkok, Thailand and also goes on sale today starting at THB 21,990 (US$ 719). During the launch, we also saw the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Watch in BlackPink edition.

Samsung Galaxy A80

The Samsung Galaxy A80 was first launched in April, also in Bangkok, Thailand along with the Samsung Galaxy A70 which at the time already had a BLACKPINK Edition.

The Galaxy A80 sports a set of triple cameras, octa-core Snapdragon 730G chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 3700 mAh battery, and 4G LTE support. It also runs Android 9.0 out of the box.

This is Samsung’s unique answer to the “notch problem” with its rotating camera mechanism. It was announced early in April but didn’t hit certain markets right away.

SEE ALSO: GadgetMatch in BLACKPINK’s area thanks to A Galaxy Event

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Get free Lightning cables by planting trees

Stay charged for the planet

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Sturdy Lightning cables that don’t break the bank are hard to come by, but one brand is here to save the day — and the planet.

You can get a free Lightning to USB cable from Nomad by making a donation to plant trees. You can choose the amount to donate — US$5 for 5 trees, US$10 for 10 trees, or US$20 for 20 trees — and 100 percent of the proceeds go to Carbon Fund. For comparison, Apple’s Lightning to USB cable starts at US$19.


Funds raised will help address deforestation in Brazil. Deforestation in itself is responsible for about 20% of global warming. Reforestation will help reduce climate change as trees absorb carbon dioxide emissions. Planting trees also helps preserve biodiversity, control flooding, and creates jobs.

Nomad is committed to offsetting all carbon emissions generated from production up until final delivery, so each shipment will be completely carbon neutral. The initiative will run until supplies last.

Money may not grow on trees but by getting a Lightning cable, your money can help plant trees. Visit Nomad’s website to get your free Lightning cable today.

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MacBook Air and MacBook Pro get updates

There’s a back-to-school promo!

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Apple’s latest updates on its MacBooks stream lines their laptop line which may have appeared confusing for a time. The 12-inch MacBook is now officially dead and refreshes to both the MacBook Pro base model as well as the MacBook Air creates a clearer distinction between the notebooks.

The Touch Bar Line

Beginning with this refresh all MacBook Pros will now feature a Touch Bar as well as Touch ID. These were only previously available to Apple’s higher end MacBook Pro models. The new entry-level MacBook Pro now offers a 1.4GHz quad-core 8th Gen Core i5 chip (upgradeable up to 3.9GHz) from Intel’s Coffee Lake lineup.


If you’re yearning for more ports, you’ll be disappointed as this model will continue to have only two USB-C ports instead of four that’s found on the 13-inch MacBook Pro.

MacBook Air’s new display

Apple has also updated the MacBook Air adding the True Tone display technology to keep it in line the company’s other devices. The tech automatically adjusts the display’s colors based on ambient light to achieve more natural colors. The specs remain the same meaning the MacBook Air will continue to be powered by Intel’s dual-core 8th Gen i5.

Student Promos

Both devices are part of Apple’s back-to-school promotion that can be availed by higher education students, their parents, faculty, staff and home-school teachers through the Apple Education Store. The promotion includes a pair of qualifying Beats headphones with the purchase of any eligible Mac or iPad, as well as education discounts on qualifying Mac, iPad, AppleCare, select accessories and services.

As part of the promo, the MacBook Air will start at US$ 999 and SG$1,449 in Singapore. Meanwhile, the base model MacBook Pro will start at
$1,199 in the US while it’s priced at SG$ 1,749 in Singapore.

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