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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 Pre-Holiday Lazada Sale: MateBook, MatePad get price cuts

Get the MateBook D 15 for below 25K

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Huawei is going on a huge Pre-Holiday Sale on Lazada on September 22, as part of the online store’s Super Brand Day Sale.

Here, various devices such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, and wearables will go for discounted prices, offering customers the chance to save up to PhP 7,200 pesos — with up to PhP 12,000 worth of gifts also to be given away.

Headlining the sale is the Huawei MateBook D 15, which is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor and comes with an 8GB memory and 256GB storage. For Thursday, the laptop gets a hefty price cut of almost 23 percent off from PhP 31,999 to just PhP 24,799.

Included in the Super Brand Day Sale are two Huawei MatePad tablets as well as two nova smartphones, to retail for the following prices:

  • Huawei MateBook D 15 (8GB+256GB): PhP 24,799 (from 31,999)
  • MatePad 10.4 2022: PhP 12,599 (from 18,999)
  • MatePad T 10: PhP 7,740 (from 11,999)
  • nova Y70: PhP 8,499 (from 9,999)
  • nova 8i: PhP 10,990 (from 13,999)

Different wearables such as the Band 7, a great selection of Watch GT 2 and GT3 smartwatches, and wireless earbuds will get considerable discounts too, in the list below:

  • Band 7: PhP 2,099 (from 2,599)
  • Watch GT 2 (46mm Fluoroelastomer Matte Black): PhP 5,990 (from 6,699)
  • Watch GT 2e (46mm Graphite Black): PhP 4,690 (from 6,990)
  • Watch Fit New: PhP 3,690 (from 4,999)
  • Watch GT3 (42mm Leather): PhP 7,990 (from 11,999)
  • Watch GT3 (42mm Fluoroelastomer): PhP 8,490 (from 11,999)
  • Watch GT3 (42mm Elegant): PhP 9,890 (from 13,999)
  • Scale 3: PhP 790 from 1,499)
  • FreeBuds SE: PhP 1,999 (2,499)
  • FreeBuds 4i: PhP 2,590 (3,599)

An additional 10 percent discount voucher capped at PhP 1,000 may also be up for grabs on the particular day.

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PLDT Home Fiber subscribers to get free Easy Speedboost

Until September 26

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Speedboost

Heads up, PLDT Home Fiber subscribers! From now until September 26, you can get a free Easy Speedboost offer to get up to an additional 200Mbps upgrade on your current postpaid plan.

All eligible subscribers will be notified via email and SMS on the free speedboost. Simply reply YES to avail and enjoy upgraded speeds for a minimal add-on of PhP 50 and PhP 100, respectively on your monthly bill.

Here are the following plans eligible to avail of the speedboost:

PhP 50

  • Fiber Unli Plan 1299: +20Mbps
  • Fiber Unli Plan 1699: +50Mbps

PhP 100

  • Fiber Unli Plan 2099: +100Mbps
  • Fiber Unli Plan 2699: +200Mbps

The upgrade in network speeds comes as PLDT was once again cited in the Ookla Speedtest Awards with an average speed score of 77.91.

The provider also tallied download and upload speeds of 210.83Mbps and 234.21Mbps, respectively.

 

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Xiaomi TikTok sale: Up to 33% off on Sept 15

Only on Xiaomi’s TikTok shop

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Xiaomi Philippines products will be available for up to PhP 1,930 off when the brand holds its TikTok Shop payday sale on September 15, 2022.

Various devices across Xiaomi’s range of smartphones and AIoT products will go on discounted prices, offering customers up to 33 percent off.

Smartphones get even more affordable

Headlining the sale are Xiaomi’s Redmi 9A, 9C, and 10C phones which will sell for an even better price, suiting those looking for budget entry-level phones.

In the mid-range category, 5G-capable phones from the Redmi Note 11 series will also be up for grabs.

Here’s the list of discounted prices:

  • Redmi 9A (2GB+32GB): PhP 3,999 (from 4,999)
  • Redmi 9C (3GB+64GB): PhP 4,999 (from 5,899)
  • Redmi 10C (4GB+128GB): PhP 6,799 (from 7,599)
  • Redmi Note 11S 5G (6GB+128GB): PhP 11,569 (from 13,499)
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro (8GB+128GB): PhP 12,729 (from 13,999)
  • Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Plus (8GB+128GB): PhP 17,269 (from 18,999)
  • Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Plus (8GB+256GB): PhP 18,179 (from 19,999)

Accessories join discounts galore

Aside from Xiaomi’s reliable phones, a broad range of AIoT products for lifestyle and home convenience such as Mi Band 7, Mi Redmi Power Bank, Mi Bluetooth Speaker, Smart Kettle Pro, and Smart Pet Food Feeder and Foundation will also enjoy price cuts for everyone to enjoy.

Here’s the list of participating items:

  • Mi Band 7 Smart Band: PhP 2,199 (from 2,499)
  • Smart Watch S1 Active: PhP 7,199 (from 8,999)
  • Mi 10,000mAh Redmi Power Bank: PhP 599 (from 899)
  • Mi 20,000mAh Redmi 18W Fast Charge Power Bank: PhP 999 (from PhP 1,499)
  • Mi Compact Bluetooth Speaker 2: PhP 429 (from 499)
  • Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker (16W): PhP 1,299 (from 1,899)
  • Xiaomi Soundbar 3.1ch US: PhP 9,299 (from 11,999)
  • Xiaomi Mi Camera 2K (Magnetic Mount): PhP 1,299 (1,499)
  • Mi Wifi Range Extender AC1200 EU: PhP 899 (from 1,499)
  • Mi Smart Kettle Pro: PhP 1,899 (from 2,199)
  • Xiaomi Water Ionic Hair Dryer H500 EU: PhP 2,269 (from 2,799)
  • Mi Smart Electric Toothbrush T700: PhP 3,799 (from 4,599)
  • Xiaomi Smart Pet Food Feeder: PhP 4,799 (from 5,199)
  • Xiaomi Smart Pet Fountain US: PhP 2,999 (from 3,299)
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