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Globe vs Smart: Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus postpaid plans

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The two major wireless service providers in the Philippine have finally released their postpaid plans for the new Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Which provider offers the better deal? Let’s find out.

Globe and Smart are offering Apple’s latest smartphones to subscribers through regular postpaid plans for as cheap as Plan 500 or up to Plan 2499. Each plan has its inclusions and cash-out fees. In this comparison, we’re taking a look at the telcos’ recommended postpaid plans: ThePLAN 1799 for Globe and iPhone Plan 1999 for Smart.

iPhone 8 (64GB)

If we’re to avail ourselves of the Apple iPhone 8 (64GB), this is the breakdown:

Globe

Smart

Plan ThePLAN 1799 iPhone Plan 1999
Calls Unlimited to Globe/TM 70 minutes to all networks
Texts Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Data 11GB 12GB
Freebies
  • Netflix for 6 months
  • Disney for 6 months
  • Spotify Premium for 3 months w/ 1GB monthly allocation
  • Discounted calls to Smart/TNT (PhP 4/min)
  • Free interchangeable monthly app
Device Fee PhP 800/month PhP 700/month
Total Monthly Fee PhP 2,599 PhP 2,699
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cost  PhP 62,376 PhP 64,776

With Globe, their regular package of unlimited voice calls within their network is included, plus unlimited texts to any network in the country. For mobile data, they offer 11GB of open data, which means this is what you’ll use for any internet activity on your phone (i.e., streaming, browsing, downloading, or tethering). The usual freebies of Netflix, Disney, and Spotify subscriptions are included, as well. The device has a PhP 19,200 cash-out, but the telco offers it through a monthly installment of PhP 800 (either charged to your bill or your own credit card). As always, a standard 24-month contract is required. The phone and the plan will cost PhP 2,599 per month or PhP 62,376 for the whole contract period.

Smart’s plan is quite different. It has unlimited texts and 70 minutes of voice calls to all networks. If already consumed, users can enjoy discounted call rate of PhP 4 per minute to Smart/TNT. The plan has 12GB of open data with free monthly access to an app, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Viber, or Waze. It’s got a PhP 16,800 cash-out or PhP 700 monthly installment, which can be charged to your postpaid bill or credit card, too. A 24-month contract will be in effect with a total monthly fee of PhP 2,699 or PhP 64,776 for two years.

iPhone 8 Plus (64GB)

If you’re after the iPhone 8 Plus, it’ll be a bit more expensive:

Globe

Smart

Plan ThePLAN 1799 iPhone Plan 1999
Calls Unlimited to Globe/TM 70 minutes to all networks
Texts Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Data 11GB 12GB
Freebies
  • Netflix for 6 months
  • Disney for 6 months
  • Spotify Premium for 3 months w/ 1GB monthly allocation
  • Discounted calls to Smart/TNT (PhP 4/min)
  • Free interchangeable monthly app
Device Fee PhP 1,050/month PhP 1,000/month
Total Monthly Fee PhP 2,849 PhP 2,999
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cost  PhP 68,376 PhP 71,976

Since we’re still under the same postpaid plans on both telcos, nothing changed with the allocations. What’s different is the device fee, driving up the monthly and total cost of the plans.

Globe offers the bigger iPhone for PhP 25,200 or PhP 1,050 per month to make it lighter on the pocket. The total monthly fee is PhP 2,849 and will add up to PhP 68,376 over two years. Smart’s cash-out is slightly cheaper at PhP 24,000 or Php 1,000 per month, which means the total monthly fee is PhP 2,999. Doing the math, it’ll cost PhP 71,976 for the duration of the contract.

Which plan is better?

Availing yourself of a postpaid plan means getting into a two-year relationship, but you can always opt out for a fee. With Globe, you’ll get the best package if most of your contacts are also using the network, thanks to their unlimited calls and texts to Globe or TM. If you want a more business-like package, Smart’s calls and texts package to all networks is the better option. Call minutes are limited, but the discounted call rate to Smart and TNT is a nice offer. Data-wise, both are pretty much on par and they offer various data promos if you need more. You get better freebies with Globe, but if this is to be shared with your data allowance, you may want to get the streaming-only data promos.

The total cost of the plans on either phone doesn’t differ that much, which is good for subscribers. The choice between the two telcos will depend on your needs and also your circle of contacts. If re-contracting, you should ask about a loyalty offer.

You may check out the other postpaid plans of Globe and Smart on their respective websites. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are up for pre-order, and will be available starting November 17.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Review

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Huawei MateBook X Pro coming soon to Singapore

Pre-order now and get freebies worth up to SG$ 1,161

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There’s a new ultrabook contender coming soon to Singapore. Singaporean buyers looking for a new sleek and powerful laptop will soon get their hands on Huawei MateBook X Pro. Plus, Huawei is also launching a new MatePad tablet to complement the laptop launch.

MateBook X Pro launch and availability

Pre-orders for the new Huawei MateBook X Pro will start on July 18 and last until July 24. Business professionals looking for a new laptop should take a look at this new ultrabook from Huawei.

The MateBook X Pro features an unconventional 3:2 touch screen with 3K resolution and 81% screen-to-body ratio. Powering the device is the 10th-gen Intel Core i7-10510U with NVIDIA GeForce MX250. Huawei guarantees all-day battery life on this laptop, especially with a 56Wh battery inside.

Those who pre-order the device will get a special bundle of freebies worth SG$ 1,61. Bundled freebies include Huawei Sound X smart speaker, Huawei Watch GT 2, Bluetooth mouse, backpack, and an additional 1-year warranty worth SG$ 199.

Huawei MateBook X Pro will be available in the sole configuration: 16GB of RAM coupled with 1TB of HDD.  It is priced at SG$ 2,688.

MatePad launch and availability

Huawei is also bringing the latest MatePad tablet to Singapore this July 25. Huawei MatePad features a 90% screen-to-body ratio, wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging for the user’s convenience. It supports a wide plethora of accessories such as the Huawei M-Pencil and Smart Magnetic Keyboard that connects via Bluetooth. It runs the latest EMUI 10.1 that comes with a bevy of unique software experiences such as multi-screen collaboration and the Huawei MeeTime.

Huawei is pricing the MatePad at SG$ 498 with a configuration of 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and LTE connectivity.

Other Huawei Mate bundles

Other Huawei Mate devices are also bundling freebies with every purchase from July 18 to August 16. These devices include the MateBook X Pro laptop, MatePad tablet, MateBook 13, and MateBook D15 laptops.

  • MateBook X Pro — Watch GT2, backpack, wireless Bluetooth mouse, and additional 1-year warranty (worth SG$ 663)
  • MatePad — FreeLace, flip cover, Huawei Video subscription, and 15GB of Huawei Cloud storage (worth SG$ 498)
  • MateBook 13 — FreeLace, backpack, wireless Bluetooth mouse, and additional 1-year warranty (worth SG$ 1,598)
  • MateBook D15 — mini Bluetooth speaker, backpack, wireless Bluetooth mouse, and additional 1-year warranty (worth SG$ 998)

These devices can be had on all Huawei stores nationwide. Buyers can also find these devices at Huawei’s Lazada and Shopee page. Alternatively, they can head over to authorized resellers including Best Denki, Challenger & Hachi.tech, and Harvey Norman. It is important to note that Courts will not be participating in the pre-order promo, but they will still be selling the MateBook X Pro and MatePad from July 25 onwards.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020 Review

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realme offers huge discounts at Lazada’s midyear sale

Up to 41% off on select products

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Looking forward to buying realme’s newest devices? You might want to check out their Lazada store on July 15. realme is participating in Lazada’s midyear sale, where buyers can snag their favorite devices with 41% off their retail prices.

Students and work-at-home professionals can buy realme devices at their lowest price from 12am – 2am. Various smartphones are on discount during that period. Some of the smartphones to watch out for include the newly-launched realme 6 and X3 SuperZoom. Completing the smartphone discounts are a bunch of accessories on offer too.

Smartphones

  • realme 5 (4 + 128GB) — from PhP 9,990 to PhP 7,990
  • realme XT (8 + 128GB) — from PhP 16,990 to PhP 13,210
  • realme C2 (2 + 32GB) — from PhP 4,990 to PhP 4,590
  • realme C3 (3 + 32GB) — from PhP 5,990 to PhP 5,490
  • realme 5i (3 + 64GB) — from PhP 6,990 to PhP 6,590
  • realme 6i
    • (3 + 64GB) — from PhP 7,990 to PhP 7,390
    • (4 + 128GB) — from PhP 9,990 PhP 9,390
  • realme 6
    • (4 + 128GB) — from PhP 11,990 to PhP 11,490
    • (8 + 128GB) — from PhP 13,990 to PhP 13,490
  • realme 6 Pro (8 + 128GB) — from PhP 16,990 to PhP 16,590
  • realme X3 SuperZoom (12 + 256GB) — from PhP 24,990 to PhP 24,790

Accessories

  • realme Buds 2 — from PhP 690 PhP 590
  • realme Buds Air — from PhP 3,990 to PhP 2,790
  • realme Band — from PhP 1,390 to PhP 990
  • realme Buds Air Neo — from PhP 1,990 to PhP 1,590
  • realme Powerbank — from PhP 1,690 to PhP 990
  • realme Powerbank 2 — from PhP 1,190 to PhP 990
  • realme Adventure Backpack — from PhP 1,490 to PhP 1,190

Whole-day sale

Those who might miss out on the brand’s mega offer sale may still avail of discounts the rest day sale happening on July 15. realme is offering up to 10% discounts on select smartphones and accessories. Plus, it is also discounting the newly-launched realme Watch for PhP 1,000.

Smartphones

  • realme C2 (2 + 32GB) — from PhP 4,990 to PhP 4,790
  • realme C3 (3 + 32GB) — from PhP 5,990 to PhP 5,690
  • realme 5i
    • (3 + 32GB) — from PhP 6,490 to PhP 6,290
    • (3 + 64GB) — from PhP 6,990 to PhP 6,790
  • realme 6i
    • (3 + 64GB) — from PhP 7,990 to PhP 7,690
    • (4 + 128GB) — from PhP 9,990 to PhP 9,690
  • realme 6
    • (4 + 128GB) — from PhP 11,990 to PhP 11,790
    • (8 + 128GB) — from PhP 13,990 to PhP 13,790
  • realme 6 Pro (8 + 128GB) — from PhP 16,990 to PhP 16,790

Accessories

  • realme Buds 2 — from PhP 690 PhP 620
  • realme Buds Air — from PhP 3,990 to PhP 3,590
  • realme Band — from PhP 1,390 to PhP 1,250
  • realme Buds Air Neo — from PhP 1,990 to PhP 1,790
  • realme Powerbank 2 — from PhP 1,690 to PhP 1,520
  • realme Powerbank — from PhP 1,190 to PhP 1,070
  • realme Adventure Backpack — from PhP 1,490 to PhP 1,340
  • realme Watch – -from PhP 3,990 to PhP 2,990

Buyers may snag these great devices and accessories by heading to realme’s Lazada page. For more updates, visit their Facebook and Twitter, and Instagram page.

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XTREME TVs, appliances discounted for Lazada’s 7.15 sale

Great appliances with up to 50% discount

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Lazada’s 7.15 sale is almost here. Many tech brands are participating in the sale, with many devices on discounts. One of the brands participating is XTREME. Buyers can get discounts of up to 50% on appliances this July 15.

Select appliances will receive temporary price reductions as part of the sale. Buyers may get discounted XTREME TVs, blenders, microwaves, and more at their Lazada online store.

XTREME TVs on discounts include their 40-inch and 32-inch TV models. These TVs cover all the basics with slim bezels, bundled remote controls, HDMI, VGA, and USB ports for convenience. The discounts are as follows:

  • 40-inch — from PhP 10,495 to PhP 9,995
  • 32-inch — from PhP 11,995 to PhP 5,975

These TV models are discounted only from 12am – 2am, 12nn – 2pm and 6pm – 8PM.

Various kitchen appliances are also on discount. These include blenders, electric kettles, multi-cookers, and induction cookers ready to serve your cooking needs. From 12am – 2am and 12nn to 2pm on July 15, these appliances will also participate in a brand mega offer sale.

Blenders

  • 1.5L plastic jar blender (SRP: PhP 1,695)
    • PhP 1,595 (brand mega offer sale)
    • PhP 1,650 (whole day 7.15 sale)
  • 1.25L plastic jar blender (SRP: PhP 1,495)
    • PhP 1,395 (brand mega offer sale)
    • PhP 1,450 (whole day 7.15 sale)
  • 600ML personal blender (SRP: PhP 1,295)
    • PhP 1,195 (brand mega offer sale)
    • PhP 1,250 (whole day 7.15 sale)

Electric kettles

  • Stainless electric kettle (SRP: PhP 1,495)
    • PhP 1,395 (brand mega offer sale)
    • PhP 1,450 (whole day 7.15 sale)
  • Glass electric kettle (SRP: PhP 995)
    • PhP 895 (brand mega offer sale)
    • PhP 950 (whole day 7.15 dale)

Multi-cooker

  • 1L digital multi-cooker (SRP: PhP 2,495)
    • PhP 2,395 (brand mega offer sale)
    • PhP 2,420 (whole day 7.15 sale)
  • 1.8L digital multi-cooker (SRP: PhP 2,995)
    • PhP 2,895 (brand mega offer sale)
    • PhP 2,935 (whole day 7.15 sale)
  • 1.8L jar-type multi-cooker (SRP: PhP 1,995)
    • PhP 1,895 (brand mega offer sale)
    • PhP 1,950 (whole day 7.15 sale)

Induction cooker

  • Induction cooker (SRP: PhP 1,995)
    • PhP 1,895 (brand mega offer sale)
    • PhP 1,950 (whole day 7.15 sale)

Microwave

  • Digital microwave oven — from PhP 3,995 to PhP 3,295 (whole day sale)

Bundle promos and free shipping

XTREME is also throwing a bundle promo on Lazada. Buyers can snag an automatic washing machine and get a microwave oven for free. To avail of the bundle, they should either buy a front-load condensing dryer or front-load washer both priced at PhP 24,995. Buying anyone of these will entitle them to a free XTREME manual control microwave.

Plus, some XTREME appliances are also eligible for free shipping. For a limited time, select LED TVs, washer, condensing dryer, and other appliances can be shipped for free with no minimum spending.

To see the full list of discounted products and products eligible for free shipping, visit XTREME’s website or Lazada page.

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