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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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Smart increases mobile data for postpaid plan subscribers

Stay connected for longer

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Staying connected with loves ones is important especially during these difficult times. Internet access is crucial more than ever as more people turn to online services to carry out important tasks.

Recognizing the need for people to stay connected, Smart is now rolling out additional data to its postpaid plans subscribers. The increase in data ranges from 2.5GB to 60GB depending on a subscriber’s plan.  The data increase is effective within a 30-day period.

Here are the respective data increase for each postpaid plans:

Plans Data Increase
Smart Signature SIM-only
Lite 2.5 GB
S 10 GB
M 20 GB
L 30 GB
XL 60 GB
Smart Signature with Device
S 5 GB
M 10 GB
L 15 GB
XL 30 GB
Other Smart postpaid plans
Below plan 999 2.5 GB
Plan 999 to 1999 5 GB
Plan 2000 and up 10 GB

Smart is also treating its new subscribers with a one-time data increase:

Smart Signature SIM-only
S 5 GB
M 10 GB
L 15 GB
XL 30 GB
Smart Signature with Device
S 2.5 GB
M 5 GB
L 7.5 GB
XL 15 GB

Aside from giving out bonus data to its postpaid subscribers, Smart has also extended its deadline for payment for 30 days. Plus, there’s a special 30-day e-load discount available at its online store. A 5% discount is available for PhP 200 to PhP 300 load, while a 10% discount is available for PhP 100 load. The discounts will run from March 17 until April 14.

For more offers and announcements from Smart, visit their Facebook page.

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Samsung’s great discounts still on despite COVID-19

Snag some great deals on Samsung’s latest devices

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Singapore’s IT Show 2020 is officially postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, that will not stop Samsung from showcasing great deals to its customers. This March, the company is giving away various freebies and discounts on some of its products.

Discounts and vouchers

Customers can either get the 2019 flagship Galaxy S10 at SG$ 400 off, or grab the SG$ 400 voucher for every purchase of Galaxy Fold. Also, they can receive a 20% discount on select phone covers when they purchase any phone from the Galaxy S20, S10 and Note 10 series at Samsung’s online or concept store nationwide.

Those looking for their next smartwatch or earbuds may want to look at Samsung’s line of wearables. Up to 50% off can be had on all of Samsung’s wearables, including the Galaxy Watch Active 2 and Galaxy Buds.

Freebies up for grabs

Those purchasing the latest and the greatest Galaxy tablet will receive awesome freebies from Samsung. For every purchase of Galaxy Tab S6, customers will receive a Galaxy Buds worth SG$ 238. Meanwhile, those who opted for the less-powerful but still capable Galaxy Tab S5e will get a black book cover worth SG$ 98.

Upcoming flash deals

These upcoming weeks, Samsung is holding a flash deal for those eyeing the flagship Galaxy S20, S10, and Note 10 series. By purchasing any of these devices on Samsung’s online store, they can get the following:

  • 14 – 15 March: a pair of Galaxy Buds at SG$ 118 (SG$ 238 retail price)
  • 21 – 22 March: Galaxy Watch 42mm LTE at SG$ 308 (SG$ 548 retail price)
  • 28 – 29 March: Galaxy Tab S5e 64GB WiFi at SG$ 418 (SG$ 598 retail price)

Those grabbing the deals may head over to Samsung’s online store, concept stores, or select retailers until 29 March 2020. To know more about Samsung’s latest promo, visit their website for more information.

SEE ALSO:
How to disinfect your tech from the coronavirus
Apple: Coronavirus might cause iPhone shortage
COVID-19 effect: Facebook, Twitter employees advised to work from home


As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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This is the best time to buy the Galaxy S20

Good things come to those who wait

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When is the best time to buy the Samsung Galaxy S20? Most might say that it’s right after its release. Whether we admit it or not, being one of the first to own the latest tech is always a good feeling. But there’s also a benefit to waiting it out a little longer.

A new product insight from iPrice indicates being patient could help you net the Galaxy S20 for less. iPrice researched the best time to buy the Galaxy S20. The research took into account the price drop of Galaxy flagships over the year, starting from the S8 up until the recent S10. They looked into two different time periods after a flagship’s release to determine its price.

Six-month outlook

If you can’t wait any longer than a year, then you should wait for six months to pass after the Galaxy S20 has been released. The research from iPrice found that the price of Galaxy flagships may drop by 21% after six months. As such, you may get a better deal buying the S20 six months from now than on March 6.

How will a 21% price drop compare across S20 variants?

  • Galaxy S20 — from PhP 49,990 to PhP 39,492
  • Galaxy S20+ — from PhP 55,990 to PhP 44,232
  • Galaxy S20 Ultra — from PhP 69,990 to PhP 55,292

One-year outlook

Here’s where it gets interesting. Galaxy S10’s price dropped by 45% after a year, while Galaxy S8 and S9’s price dropped by 30%. The research estimates that the price drop of Galaxy S20 may fall between 30-45%.

Even when you factor in the much conservative 30% price drop, you still get big savings with PhP 34,993 than today’s price of PhP 49,990 for S20. For S20+, you get PhP 39,193. Finally, for the Galaxy S20 Ultra, the price drops to PhP 48,993.

If you’re looking to save, it is best to wait some months before buying a brand-new Galaxy S20. Prices do fluctuate, so the final price after a few months maybe higher or lower than the estimates. As a general advice, it is better for you to wait before buying a brand-new device to weather out the demand and any issues that may appear after release.

See also: Galaxy S20 price and availability in the Philippines

 

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