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Globe vs Smart: Huawei Nova 3i postpaid plans

Where to get the new phone for free?

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Huawei officially launched the Nova 3i in the Philippines over the weekend. For those who like to buy it unlocked, it’s available for PhP 15,990 through Huawei Experience Stores, Lazada, and authorized retailers nationwide. But, the new midrange phone is also available on postpaid from Globe and Smart.

You can avail of the Nova 3i through Plan 599 on both telcos, but the phone is available for free starting from Plan 1499. If you don’t want to shell out a large amount of cash to get a new phone, you can choose between the two plans:

Globe
Smart
Plan ThePLAN 1499 GigaX Plan 1499
Calls Unlimited to Globe/TM 60 minutes to all networks
Texts Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Data 8GB 5GB + 10GB for video streaming
Freebies • Disney Life for 6 months
• Free Facebook w/ 1GB allowance for 24 months
• Spotify Premium w/ 1GB allowance  for 3 months
None
Device Fee Free Free
Monthly Fee PhP 1,499 PhP 1,499
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cost PhP 35,976 PhP 35,976

 

Since both Globe and Smart offer the Huawei Nova 3i for free on Plan 1499, the choice now is about which telco plan caters to your needs. Let’s break them down.

When it comes to SMS, both let you text anyone with no limits and have a standard 24-month contract. What differs between the two plans are their call and data offers.

If you rely a lot on voice calls, Smart’s plan allows you to make 50 minutes of calls to all networks. But, if most of your contacts are under Globe, their plan offers unlimited calls to any Globe or TM subscriber.

As for data, Globe’s 8GB allowance is free to use on any website and is good for a mobile hotspot. Smart, on the other hand, only offers 5GB of open data but gives you extra 10GB for video streaming on YouTube, iFlix, Fox+, and iWantTV. Keep in mind that subscriptions to paid services are not included in the plan.

Speaking of paid subscriptions, Globe throws in six months of Disney Life and three months of Spotify Premium with 1GB of extra data. Free data access to Facebook is also part of Globe’s freebies, although it’s capped at 1GB per month.

You can check out the postpaid product page on Globe and Smart’s website to apply.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Nova 3i Review: A supernova among midrange phones

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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. Partnering with Samsung Philippines, 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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Globe vs Smart postpaid plans comparison: Which is better for your Galaxy S20?

Pick what suits you better

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Samsung’s latest and greatest flagship, the Galaxy S20 series, is arriving in March to the Philippines. Pre-orders are now available for the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra. Both Smart and Globe have already released their postpaid plans, so picking the right one can be tricky.

That’s why we’ve come up with this postpaid plans comparison to help you out. For this comparison, we will be picking a common plan price that will give the best value to you. As such, we will be comparing Smart and Globe’s plan 1499 across the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra.

We will also be choosing the one-time cashout option since Globe doesn’t offer a monthly downpayment option. Plus, we’re taking into account those applying for a new application, not plan renewal. So without further ado, the postpaid plans:

Galaxy S20 (8 / 128GB)

Globe Smart
Data 11 GB 10 GB
Text Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Call
  • 50 mins. to any network
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 100 mins. to any network
  • Unlimited to Smart/Sun/TM
Device Fee PhP 26,400 PhP 29,400
Monthly Fee PhP 1,499 PhP 1,499
Freebies
  • 1GB free Facebook every month
  • 6-month Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB GoWiFi data access
  • 1-month GadgetCare
  • Free shipping
  • Free shipping
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cash-out Cost PhP 27,899 PhP 30,899

Galaxy S20+ (8 / 128GB)

Globe Smart
Data 11 GB 10 GB
Text Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Call
  • 50 mins. to any network
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 100 mins. to any network
  • Unlimited to Smart/Sun/TM
Device Fee PhP 31,200 PhP 34,200
Monthly Fee PhP 1,499 PhP 1,499
Freebies
  • 1GB free Facebook every month
  • 6-month Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB GoWiFi data access
  • 1-month GadgetCare
  • Free shipping
  • Free shipping
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cash-out Cost PhP 32,699 PhP 35,699

Galaxy S20 Ultra (12 / 128GB)

Globe Smart
Data 11 GB 10 GB
Text Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Call
  • 50 mins. to any network
  • Unlimited to Globe/TM
  • 100 mins. to any network
  • Unlimited to Smart/Sun/TM
Device Fee PhP 43,200 PhP 46,200
Monthly Fee PhP 1,499 PhP 1,499
Freebies
  • 1GB free Facebook every month
  • 6-month Amazon Prime Video subscription
  • 1GB GoWiFi data access
  • 1-month GadgetCare
  • Free shipping
  • Free shipping
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cash-out Cost PhP 44,699 PhP 47,699

A data-heavy user might appreciate Globe’s postpaid offering more than Smart’s. The extra 1GB coupled with free data allocations and Amazon Prime Video subscription lets you enjoy more content while on mobile data.

However, there’s a saving grace for Smart’s postpaid plan. If you always call your friends and family, the doubled call minutes allocation from Smart will go a long way to ensure you’re always connected. Plus, you won’t need to register for any postpaid promos sooner.

After deciding what postpaid plans best suit you, you may need to bring a valid ID to register. For Smart, you may visit any concept store nationwide to apply. For Globe, you may call their hotline: (02) 7730-1010. Alternatively, you may visit any Globe concept stores nationwide.

Wait no more

Samsung’s Galaxy S20 series will arrive in the Philippines on March 6. While you’re still waiting for your next Galaxy to arrive in your hands, you may view our hands-on below:

 

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ROG Phone 2 Strix Edition launches alongside a bunch of promos

Product launch + promos

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ASUS’ Republic of Gamers is having a blast this last week of February. From product announcements to promos, you don’t want to miss checking out what ROG Philippines has in store for its customers.

ROG Phone 2 Strix Edition

ROG has officially launched the much-anticipated ROG Phone 2 Strix Edition last February 22. This gaming phone is a variant of the ROG Phone 2. ROG Phone 2 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor, a 120Hz display, and a monstrous 6,000 mAh battery. The Strix Edition is a slightly cheaper variant featuring an 8GB RAM + 128GB storage configuration.

ROG Phone 2 Strix Edition is now available on these concept stores nationwide. It retails at PhP 34,995. While that might seem inadequate for a gaming phone, ROG is also bundling in the Aero Case and the AeroActive Cooler II for free.

Welcome to the Big Leagues Promo

You can now also buy a ROG laptop with a bundled gaming monitor. This promo launched last February 22 bundles select laptops with a gaming monitor for the ultimate gaming experience. Participating laptops include:

  • Zephyrus S GX531GX — free ASUS VA326H worth PhP 23,560
  • Zephyrus S GX531GW — free ASUS VG278Q worth PhP 16,200
  • Zephyrus S GX701GV — free ASUS VG258Q worth PhP 15,800
  • Strix Scar II — free ASUS 248Q worth PhP 15,910

Do note that the promo is available until stocks last. The promo is available on all ROG and ASUS concept stores nationwide.

Catch ROG at a booth on SM North EDSA’s Gamefest 2020

You can also visit ROG’s booth at the upcoming Gamefest 2020 this February 28 to March 1 at 4/F The Annex, SM North EDSA. ROG and TUF Gaming laptops will be available for everyone to try at the booth. ROG will also hold mini-tournaments for players of DOTA 2, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, and Tekken 7. Winners of the mini-tournaments will take home exclusive ROG merchandise.

On top of that, ROG will hold a promo for select laptops on those days. Buyers can either take home an ASUS gaming monitor or score big discounts on participating laptops. Plus, participating laptops come bundled with a gift certificate from Sperry.

Here are the laptops on promo:

Model Original Price Event Promo Price Event Cash Price Bundled Sperry GC
FX705GM-EV113T PhP 76,995 PhP 66,995 PhP 61,995 PhP 3,000
FX705GE-EV107T PhP 76,995 PhP 61,995 PhP 56,995 PhP 3,000
FX505GM-ES055T PhP 74,995 PhP 64,995 PhP 59,995 PhP 3,000
FX505GM-ES053T PhP 64,995 PhP 54,995 PhP 49,995 PhP 3,000
FX503VM-E4200T PhP 54,995 PhP 44,995 PhP 39,995 PhP 3,000
FX503VM-E4050T PhP 54,995 PhP 44,995 PhP 39,995 PhP 3,000

 

Model Original Price Bundled Monitor Bundled Sperry GC
GX531GX-ES005T PhP 189,995 VA326H PhP 5,000
GX531GW-ES006T PhP 149,995 VG278Q PhP 5,000
GX701GV-ES004T PhP 139,995 VG258QR PhP 5,000
GL704GW-ES006T PhP 134,995 VG248QG PhP 5,000
GL504GW-ES013T PhP 129,995 VG248QG PhP 5,000

You can visit ASUS ROG Philippines’ Facebook, Twitter, or their website to know more about exciting announcements and promos.

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