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Globe vs Smart: Which has better prepaid data promos?

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Back in the day, Philippine telcos conquered the call and text market, but the shift to mobile data has grown rapidly since the rise of smartphone apps. Users used to be charged based on how long they browsed online; now with more data traffic (and slow loading times), telcos shifted to charging by how much data users consume.

In this comparison, we’ll compare Globe and Smart’s staple prepaid promos for mobile data:


Price

Globe

Smart

15

40MB

+ 30MB Mobile Legends
+ 50MB Instagram

Valid for 2 days

50

1GB

+ 100MB Instagram
+ 300MB App of choice
+ Unli text to all networks

Valid for 3 days

1GB

+ 300MB for video streaming apps
+ Unli text to all networks


Valid for 3 days

99

1.5GB

+ 300MB for video streaming apps

Valid for 7 days

299

1.5GB

+ 100MB Instagram
+ 1GB App of Choice

Valid for 30 days

2GB

+ 1.1GB for video streaming apps

Valid for 30 days

599

4GB

+ 100MB Instagram
+ 1GB App of Choice

Valid for 30 days

799

4.5GB

+ 1.1GB for video streaming apps

Valid for 30 days

999

8GB

+ 100MB Instagram
+ 1GB App of Choice

Valid for 30 days

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What are the advantages of each side?

Based on the data available on the telcos’ website, we learned the following:

  • Globe has the cheapest data promo at PhP 15
  • Globe also offers the most data in a single promo
  • Globe offers more flexible freebies
  • Smart still has a seven-day promo
  • Smart offers the better PhP 299 promo
  • They’re somewhat even at the PhP 50 mark

Which telco has better data promos?

Both Globe and Smart have comparable data promos. They don’t differ that much in terms of open data allowance (the data you can freely use on any website), so the contest relies on which freebie you’d want more, and how little or how much you’re willing to spend.

Globe gives free Instagram access to all subscribers of its GoSurf promos. Their cheapest offering at PhP 15 comes with a small allowance for Mobile Legends, while the succeeding options come with a free data for an app of choice like Facebook, Viber, Pokémon Go, YouTube, and more. Users can also avail themselves of individual add-ons for gaming, streaming, and social apps.

As for Smart, they include extra allowance for GigaSurf promos with music and video streaming on iFlix, YouTube, Spinnr, Vimeo, Dailymotion, and Dubsmash.

Which is the best value for your money?

Out of the nine available prepaid data promos from both telcos, their PhP 50 combos are still the best choices. They’re ideal for phone use, and also come with unlimited text to any network in the Philippines. Their three-day validity gives users ample time to enjoy the data allowance, as well.

If you’re going to use one of them for mobile Wi-Fi, it’s best to use any of the month-long promos starting at PhP 299, so that you can connect to the internet anytime without worrying about quick expiration.

SEE ALSO: Philippines still ranks near bottom for 4G LTE speeds and availability

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Our favorite smartphones on 9.9 sale

Great smartphones at a bargain

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Smartphone sales are one of the best times to get a new daily driver since buyers can score good devices at a bargain. Some of these smartphone sales happen online — take Shopee and Lazada’s 9.9 sale, for example. To help buyers decide what smartphone to buy at these amazing sales happening online, we at GadgetMatch came up with a list of our favorite smartphones on sale.

We’ve also included the links so you can shop directly — no Google search involved. Here they are in no particular order:


Budget smartphones (Below PhP 10,000)

Lower midrange smartphones (PhP 10,000 – PhP 20,000)

Upper midrange smartphones (PhP 20,000 – PhP 30,000)

Premium smartphones (PhP 30,000 and above)

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Lazada can take you on a Helicopter ride

No, we’re not kidding

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In case it isn't clear, this is a stock image. Photo by Alec Douglas

Yes, you read that right. Lazada announced a bunch of new features and offerings ahead of their 9.9 discovery sale. Chief of which is a helicopter ride.

Teaming with Ascent, the Helicopter ride the first e-commerce exclusive helicopter flight experience in the Philippines. You can choose to either hover over Metro Manila or Tagaytay. Check out the base pricing below along with the slashed price for the 9.9 discovery sale.


Lazada Helicopter Ride

Regular price

9.9 Discovery Sale Price

Manila Tour – 1 Pax – 15 Minutes PhP 9,990 PhP 7,992
Manila Tour – 2 Pax – 15 Minutes PhP 19,990 PhP 15,992
Manila Tour – 3 Pax – 15 Minutes PhP 26,990 PhP 21,592
Manila Tour – 4 Pax – 15 Minutes PhP 33,990 PhP 27,192
Manila Tour – 5 Pax – 15 Minutes

PhP 39,990

PhP 31,992
Manila Tour – 2 Pax – 30 Minutes PhP 37,990 PhP 30,392
Manila Tour – 3 Pax – 30 Minutes PhP 50,990 PhP 40,792
Manila Tour – 4 Pax – 30 Minutes PhP 64,690 PhP 51,752
Manila Tour – 5 Pax – 30 Minutes PhP 76,990 PhP 61,592
Taal Volcano Tour – 3 Pax – 60 Minutes PhP 89,990 PhP 71,992
Taal Volcano Tour – 4 Pax – 60 Minutes PhP 99,990 PhP 79,992
Taal Volcano Tour – 5 Pax – 60 Minutes PhP 109,990 PhP 87,992

New time-saving features

If flying’s not your thing or it’s just simply outside your budget, there are other new features that can help you save both your time and your money. And that’s always a good thing.

Pre-Sale Solution

We all know how crazy fast the items go once sale day hits. Lazada knows this and is offering you a way to get first dibs on items you really, really want. To get a head start simply order the item, place a 10% non-refundable deposit, settle the balance within the validity period, then wait for your order to arrive at your doorstep.

It’s important to note that this is only available on selected items as the feature is still under testing. It was first introduced in Malaysia and the company is hoping it gains traction in the Philippines.

Bills Payment

No need to leave your home to settle those pesky bills. If you’re the type who hasn’t set up online payment, Lazada is making it easy for you. You can now pay for your Meralco, Maynilad, Manila Water, Albay Power & Energy, Davao Light, VECO, Metropolitan Cebu Water and Prime Water bills on the Lazada app.

That’s not all, you can also get up to PhP 300 cashback when bills are paid using the Lazada Wallet from now until November 2019.

Additional Collection Points

If, like me, you’re not really sure where you’ll end up at any given point of the day, then you’ll find this super helpful. The list of Lazada authorized collection points have been expanded and spread-out all-over Manila in select SM Malls and GrowSari branches. Just add to cart and select pickup instead of delivery when you shop checkout your items. You can check out the full list here.

Lazada Loans

When you badly need an item or few items but just don’t have the cash on hand, Lazada is also giving you a… well, a hand. In partnership with BillEase, pera247 and TendoPay, you can now apply for a loan for of anywhere between PhP 500 to PhP 50,000.

All you need to do is complete the application process and submit all needed requirements. Once approved, the loan amount will be credited to your Lazada Wallet which you can use upon checkout. There will be one to 12 months repayment options.

Don’t know yet what you’re buying on Lazada’s 9.9 Discovery Sale? Check out our best smartphones list for some help: Premium | Upper Midrange | Midrange | Budget

Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

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Pre-order the new Vivo S1 and get a JBL speaker for free

That’s a pretty nifty combo

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Last July, Vivo announced the S1, a midrange phone that is a first in its S series. The company is bundling a freebie for those who would pre-order the device.

From August 30 to September 6, the Vivo S1 can be pre-ordered for PhP 14,999. A JBL Go 2 Bluetooth speaker is bundled with every pre-order of the device.


The bundled freebie is a compact Bluetooth speaker that is waterproof with IPX7 certification. Its battery can last up to 5 hours of playtime for that extended Spotify session.

Meanwhile, the Vivo S1 up for pre-order in the Skyline Blue variant that comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

It also features a 6.38-inch FHD AMOLED screen with a waterdrop notch housing the front camera. An in-display fingerprint sensor is also be available on the device.

Selfie-lovers will be happy with the Vivo S1’s 32MP front camera that comes with AI optimizations. Meanwhile, the triple rear cameras are comprised of a 16MP main, 8MP secondary, and 2MP wide-angle camera.

Performance is adequate with Helio P65 and Android 9 Pie powering the phone. Keeping the lights on is a 4,500 mAh battery that can be fast-charged with an 18W charger.

With its price, the phone proves to be a decent midranger that is surely a value for the money. Other Vivo phones that offer bang for the buck and has the same price point as the S1 includes the Vivo V15 and the Vivo V11.

To pre-order the device, head to the official Vivo online store at Lazada and Shopee.

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