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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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Plan for Black Friday early with these amazing deals

It’s time to ready your shopping list and wallet

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We’re midway through November already, inching towards Thanksgiving and one of the most awaited dates for shopping — Black Friday. To help you get yourself and your wallet ready, we scoured through the internet to find some of the best tech deals that’ll be popping up next week. Here are some offers that you might want to take advantage of on November 23rd.

17.3-inch ASUS TUF gaming laptop (US$ 999)

This ASUS Gaming Laptop will be going down by US$ 400, so if you’ve been wanting a gaming laptop, this might be the time to cop one. And if you have a more limited budget, you could also check out the HP Pavilion CX0056WM Gaming Laptop for  under US$ 600 with over US$ 100 worth of extra gaming software at Walmart.

HyperDrive USB Type-C Hub for MacBooks (US$ 69.99)

This would make a perfect gift for that person you know who lives the #donglelife. Check out the deal at Best Buy.

Sony PS4 1TB Slim Spider‑Man Bundle (US$ 199) and Xbox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators Bundle (US$ 299)

The best console deals come out this time of year, and next week, both the Spider-Man PlayStation 4 bundle and the Minecraft Creators Xbox One S bundle will be up for grabs!

Nintendo Switch Super Mario Kart Deluxe Bundle (US$ 299)

Another console being featured this Black Friday is the Nintendo Switch. Why not get the Switch with an amazing party game for your holiday gatherings? You can check the deal out at Best Buy or Walmart.

Pac-Man or Galaga Retro Arcade Machine (US$ 249)

For retro gamers or those who want to reminisce about the arcade days, this would definitely be a great item to pick up. Check it out at Target.

Amazon Echo Dot (Gen 3) (US$ 25) and Google Home Mini (US$ 25)

Get in the smart home/speaker game with the Amazon Echo Dot at half the price! You can also go with the Google Home Mini, if Alexa’s not your jam.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6 (128GB) with keyboard (US$ 599)

Why not get a powerful and portable device? The Surface Pro 6 will be US$ 360 cheaper on Friday, and it might be a good time to pick it up. The deal will be available at Best Buy.

65-inch 4K Smart Roku TV (US$ 398) and 40-inch Hisense 1080p TV (US$ 99)

This Walmart deal is probably one of the best TV deals we’ve ever seen. But if 65 inches is too big or you have a more limited budget, there’s also a 40-inch option that’s an incredible deal, as well.

Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones (US$ 99)

It might be a great chance to pick up a pair of wireless buds from one of the best audio companies out there for under US$ 100. If that’s still a bit too steep though, the Skullcandy Method Wireless Earbuds will also be available at Best Buy for US$ 25, and they’re good quality too.

Anki’s Cozmo (US$ 139.99) and Vector (US$ 199.99) Robots

Anki has been making their rounds on the internet with these two adorable little robots. They would make for a great gift for children and adults alike, and will be marked down at Best Buy this Thanksgiving weekend.

There you have it! Just a few sneaky bits we found ahead of all the ads. We’re sure there’ll be loads more amazing stuff to check out, but this is a good place to start. We hope you enjoy your holidays, and be careful if you’re planning to face the Black Friday mobs. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Smart now offers iPhone XS, XS Max on GigaX postpaid plans

Get the latest iPhones with a postpaid line

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The new iPhones are already set to become available in the Philippines, and Smart has just unveiled their postpaid plans and pricing for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. If you’re planning on getting a new line or renewing your contract, you might want to check Smart’s GigaX postpaid plans.

Smart is primarily offering the iPhone XS (64GB) for PhP 3,299 per month which includes GigaX Plan 1499 and the PhP 1,800 monthly installment for the phone. If you want the bigger iPhone XS Max (64GB), you’ll have to shell out PhP 3,599 every month which also includes GigaX Plan 1499 and PhP 2,100 monthly amortization.

The GigaX Plan 1499 includes 5GB of mobile data with 10GB additional allocation exclusively for video streaming, 60 minutes of voice calls, and unlimited texts to all networks. It also comes with a standard 24-month contract.

The new iPhones are also available on other GigaX plans with their corresponding cash-outs:

Smart is offering the new iPhones at a special price for existing subscribers, although it wasn’t specified on the website.

You may visit Smart’s landing page for the iPhone XS to know more about the plans and avail of a subscription.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, XR: Prices and availability in the Philippines

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Apple iPhone XS, XS Max now available on Globe postpaid

They don’t come cheap

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After posting the pre-order and availability dates, Globe finally unveiled the list of postpaid plans for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. If you’re planning on getting a new line or renewing your contract, you might want to check the offers for the new iPhones.

Apple’s latest iPhones will officially become available in the Philippines later this month. Apart from getting an unlocked version, consumers can also avail of a postpaid plan from Globe.

The telco offers both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in all of their ThePLAN lines. You can get it with the cheapest ThePLAN 599 but with minimal allocations or get the abundant ThePLAN 2499.

Here is a table of the cash-out per plan:

According to Globe, their main plan for the iPhone XS will cost PhP 3,499 per month. This is with ThePLAN 1799 plus the PhP 1,700 monthly amortization for the phone.

The line includes unlimited texts to all networks, unlimited calls to Globe and TM, and 11GB of data. It also comes with freebies like six-month subscriptions to Amazon Prime Video and DisneyLife, and a Spotify Premium subscription for three months with additional 1GB data.

Existing subscribers may also avail of the PhP 2,400 discount if they’ll recontract with ThePLAN 1799 and up.

You may visit Globe’s website (link here) for more details and plan application. Pre-order starts on October 19, while store availability is on October 26.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, XR: Prices and availability in the Philippines

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