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Globe vs Smart: Apple iPhone X postpaid plans

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Globe and Smart recently released their Apple iPhone X postpaid plans, and since the latest iPhone is expensive to purchase in one straight payment, getting a line is one of the best ways to get the device.

Both telcos are offering Apple’s latest iPhone through regular postpaid plans for as cheap as Plan 500 or up to Plan 2999. Each plan has its own inclusions and cash-out fees.

In this comparison, let’s check out the offers for the iPhone X (64GB) with the telcos’ recommended postpaid plans: ThePLAN 1799 for Globe and iPhone Plan 1499 for Smart.

Globe

Smart

Plan ThePLAN 1799 iPhone Plan 1499
Calls Unlimited to Globe/TM 60 minutes to all networks
Texts Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Data 11GB 9GB
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 1,600/month PhP 1,700/month
Total Monthly Fee PhP 3,399 PhP 3,199
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cost  PhP 81,576 PhP 76,776

Globe’s package of unlimited voice calls within their network and unlimited texts to any network in the country is great for those who love to keep in touch. For mobile data, they offer 11GB with the usual freebies of Netflix, Disney, and Spotify subscriptions. The device has a PhP 38,400 cash-out which is still steep, but you can pay through a monthly installment of PhP 1,600 (either charged to your bill or own credit card). As always, a standard 24-month contract is required. The phone and the plan will cost PhP 3,399 per month or PhP 81,576 for two years.

Smart’s plan has unlimited texts and but only has 60 minutes of voice calls to all networks. Once consumed, users can enjoy a discounted call rate of PhP 4 per minute to Smart/TNT. The plan has 9GB of data with free monthly access to an app of choice including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Viber, or Waze. It’s got a PhP 40,800 cash-out or PhP 1,700 monthly installment, which can be charged to your postpaid bill or credit card. A 24-month contract will be in effect with a total monthly fee of PhP 3,199 or PhP 76,776 all in all.

Both plans have their own advantages. Globe has always been focused on their content freebies and unlimited chit chat via SMS, or voice calls to other Globe or TM subscribers. While ThePLAN 1799 has more allowance for data, it’s also more expensive per month and for the whole duration of the contract.

Smart is more suited for those who need to contact any number without thinking if they’ll be charged on top of their monthly fee. But, those limited minutes can be constricting if you make a lot of calls. Their suggested plan is cheaper than Globe’s even after two years, which means you can use those savings for unexpected charges.

The Apple iPhone X is priced in the Philippines starting at PhP 64,490 for the 64GB model and PhP 73,990 for the 256GB model.

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

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Essential Phone gets cheaper and comes with a bunch of accessories

One of the best Cyber Monday deals around!

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The Essential PH-1 or more commonly known as the Essential Phone has been around for quite some time and despite the challenges its maker faced, the phone was able to live up to its promise. Since its launch, the device went from premium to nearly a budget-priced phone. The latest deal for the phone is now up as part of the post-Thanksgiving celebration.

Available on Cyber Monday in the US, the Essential Phone is now priced at just US$ 329 and it gets better because the company is throwing in a few extra accessories: the 360 Camera with a protective case and their own Earphones|HD. If you want to get more accessories from Essential’s online store, they are also offering a 10 percent discount for the whole week.

Even though the phone is priced similar to most midrange devices populating the market, the Essential Phone is last year’s flagship-grade device that has a powerful processor, edge-to-edge display, and superb build quality. On top of that, it even comes with the latest Android 9 Pie software already with regular security updates that other manufacturers can’t deliver right away.

If you’re unsure about the Essential Phone, you could check out our hands-on with it back when it was still a premium-priced phone:

We also took the phone around as a daily driver in our full review here.

Source: Essential

SEE ALSO: Essential on getting Android Pie out on first day: ‘It’s the right thing to do’

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PLDT offers faster DSL and fiber plans for the holiday season

Exclusive promos before the year ends

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Just when the Philippine finally got their third major player, the country’s largest service provider PLDT is offering a limited-time holiday promo for new applicants and existing landline subscribers.

Until December 31, both the Home Fibr and Home DSL plans are getting the speed boost they need to entice users, starting from the cheapest available Plan 1299 with an advertised speed of up to 5Mbps.

Here are the upgraded Home Fibr plans posted on PLDT’s website:

  • Home Fibr Plan 12993Mbps 5Mbps
  • Home Fibr Plan 16995Mbps 15Mbps
  • Home Fibr Plan 189920Mbps 25Mbps
  • Home Fibr Plan 2899 — 50Mbps

If fiber connection is not available in the area, PLDT is also offering the following Home DSL plans:

  • Home DSL Plan 12993Mbps 5Mbps
  • Home DSL Plan 16995Mbps 15Mbps
  • Home DSL Plan 2899 — 20Mbps

Among the listed plans, Plan 1899 offers the best upgrade value for fiber with faster speeds of up to 25Mbps, while Plan 1699 for DSL is now boosted to 15Mbps which is three times faster than before.

All of the plans come with a landline and unlimited internet bandwidth. Also, installation and activation fees are waived plus there’s no cash-out.

Keep in mind that terms and conditions apply including a 24-month lock-in period for Home DSL plans and a longer 36-month lock-in period for Home Fibr plans.

Applications can be processed online through the PLDT Home website. Interested applicants can also visit PLDT Home booths, sales and service centers, hotline, and Smart/Sun stores.

Source: PLDT Home

SEE ALSO: PLDT, Smart activate Philippines’ first 5G towers

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Spotify re-introduces PhP 9 three-month Premium subscription offer

For first-time paid users

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Still using free Spotify? Now is the best time to jump to the Premium side because Spotify is bringing back its limited-time holiday offer. If you’re a former Premium user, Spotify also wants to welcome you back.

Until the end of year, free Spotify users can avail of the Premium subscription for just PhP 9. The promo subscription will last three months, so you’ll be able to enjoy it even after the holidays.

Spotify Premium offers on-demand access to millions of songs and thousands of playlists available for high-quality streaming. Additionally, paying users can also listen to podcasts and the best part is everything is ad-free.

As mentioned earlier, Spotify also has a pretty good offer for existing users. If you canceled your Premium account before October 16, you may avail three months of Premium subscription for the price of one or just PhP 129.

Eligible users can grab the holiday offer through spotify.com/premium.

SEE ALSO: Spotify introduces its app for Apple Watch

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