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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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5 reasons to gift yourself an LG OLED TV this Christmas

YOU deserve it 🎁

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The television has become a staple in every household through the years. Whether you’re single or with a family, the TV serves as a hub for when you need some me time or movie nights with the kids.

While the role of TVs hasn’t changed, TV resolution and picture quality have been through an evolution the last 20 years. Thanks in part to brands like LG who has taken strides in pushing for technological innovation, TVs have gone from plasma in the 1990s to LCDs in the 2000s, to OLED and 4K TVs in the 2010s. Today, hyper realistic details and 8K resolution are already available in the market.

Whether you’re getting a TV for yourself this holiday season or for someone else, here are reasons to get an LG OLED TV:

It has an IPS Panel and AI Picture

Wherever you place your TV — whether in the family room, the living room, your bedroom, or even the kitchen — you’ll get great viewing angles thanks to an IPS 4K panel. Even when you sit on the side and watch from a 60-degree angle it can display almost 100% color accuracy. The 2nd generation α7 Intelligent Processor recognizes the quality of the original content and optimizes the clarity and sharpness.

It has Dolby Atmos and AI Sound

A good Netflix and chill session is not possible without a good sound experience. A 360-degree surround sound ensures that you not only see the every detail possible, but you hear it, too. With AI Sound, you get the best sound no matter the arrangement of your room or where you are sitting. The technology will recognize your watching spot so you can fully enjoy the optimized sound.

It comes with a 2-year warranty

TVs are an investment; we grow up and grow old with them. Like any other investment, it’s important they come with good after-sales support. A two-year warranty will safeguard your purchase.

Its sales performance speaks for itself

A good brand track record is essential with every purchase. LG has been the world’s best selling OLED TV brand for six consecutive years. This just shows customers all around the world continue to trust and support the brand.

Proceeds go to a good cause

LG Philippines has dedicated a portion of each sale of an LG product to go towards furnishing the children of Shelter of Hope. LG has also committed to donate home entertainment and home appliances worth more than PhP 1 million to the organization. Shelter of Hope is currently building a new home for their resident children who are cancer patients.

Bonus: Get a raffle ticket with every purchase

OLED and NanoCell TV purchases from today until December 15th come with a raffle ticket to get the chance to win one of 10 LG TVs or soundbars. The grand winner can take home a 65” OLED TV. Winners will be drawn on December 16th. For more information, follow LG Philippines on social media.

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Sony products are discounted this Christmas

Discounts and cashback for the holidays

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While Sony keeps struggling in the smartphone market, it still remains one of the top products for digital imaging. Its line of mirrorless cameras is one of the best in business. Plus, Sony is doing well in home and personal entertainment, with its line of TVs, speakers and headphones remaining the best in their category.

Sony Singapore is offering discounts and cashback for select cameras, TVs, speakers, and headphones. Here are the discounted products:

Cameras

TV

  • A9G (55″ 4K TV)  — SG$ 5,799 after SG$ 2,200 cashback

Headphones and earbuds

Speakers

The promo runs from November 1, 2019 to January 5, 2020. The discounts are available on all Sony stores across Singapore. For more information about the promo, visit Sony’s website.

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Samsung TV offers huge discounts, free premium products for Christmas

Freebies include: Galaxy Note 10, Side-by-side fridge

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Samsung TV isn’t holding back at all on its discounts and freebies offerings for the 2019 Christmas season.

The company believes the best moments can be shared during the holidays are shared in front of television, and these moments will be merrier with a Samsung TV in your living room. To make this happen, Samsung Philippines is offering great deals on its QLED, UHD, and Full HD TVs with the Merrier Christmas Gifts promo for TVs. See the full list of discounted TVs here.

You can save up to 40 percent on top-of-the-line televisions with premium freebies from the Samsung Galaxy Note 10+, Side-by-side Refrigerator, a Dolby Atmos Soundbar, and many others.

Here’s a quick look at the 8K and 4K TVs on promo along with their discounts and freebies:

 

TV Model Price Freebies and/or discounts
QLED 8K Q900R 98″ PhP 4,990,000 Galaxy Note 10+ (256GB) and HW-Q90R Soundbar -OR- French Door Ref
QLED 8K Q900R 82″ PhP 999,999 Galaxy Note 10+ (256GB) -OR- 3-door Side-by-side Ref
QLED 8K Q900R 75″ PhP 599,999 Galaxy Note 10+ (256GB) -OR- 2-door Side-by-side Ref
QLED 4K Q90R 75″ PhP 334,999 HW-Q70R Soundbar and PhP 52,000 discount
QLED 4K Q90R 65″ PhP 264,999 Galaxy Tab SE and PhP 42,500 discount
QLED 4K Q70R 65″ PhP 169,999 Galaxy Tab SE and PhP 25,000 discount
QLED 4K Q70R 55″ PhP 114,999 Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and PhP 18,900 discount
QLED 4K Q60R 82″ PhP 319,999 HW-Q70R Soundbar and PhP 56,500 discount
QLED 4K Q60R 75″ PhP 264,999 Galaxy Tab SE and PhP 42,500 discount
QLED 4K Q60R 65″ PhP 119,999 Galaxy A20s and PhP 30,000 discount
QLED 4K Q60R 55″ PhP 84,999 Galaxy A20s and PhP 15,000 discount
Premium UHD TV RU8000 82″ PhP 249,999 Galaxy Tab SE and PhP 50,000 discount
UHD TV RU7100 75″ PhP 134,999 Galaxy A20s and PhP 35,000 discount

 

Promo runs from November 27, 2019 to December 31, 2019. Registration for redemption of the freebies is from November 27,2019 to February 29, 2020. For more, visit the Samsung Merrier Christmas gifts website.

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