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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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Lenovo offers the most affordable GTX 1050-equipped laptop

Good for gaming and editing

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If you’re looking for a new laptop that can handle demanding tasks, you might want to take advantage of Lenovo‘s offer for the IdeaPad 330. For just under forty thousand pesos, you could have your own 15-inch laptop with discrete graphics and fast processor.

Lenovo is marketing the decently specced IdeaPad 330 for casual gamers or individuals looking for a powerful laptop that can do video and photo editing with ease. The laptop mainly features an Intel Core i5-8300H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. Basically, Lenovo’s notebook has more than enough power than a conventional notebook in its price range.

Completing the specs sheet are the 15.6-inch Full HD display, 4GB DDR4 memory, and 1TB of storage. The laptop is also equipped with a plethora of ports including HDMI, full-size USB, and SD card reader.

You may get the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 for PhP 39,995 exclusively at the Legion Concept Store in SM North EDSA. Keep in mind that this is a limited offer until March 31, 2019. The laptop retails for PhP 47,495 in other stores, so you’re getting a pretty good discount during the promo period.

To make the deal even better, Lenovo is throwing in PhP 9,000 worth of freebies. This includes a JBL Clip 2, a Lenovo backpack, and Lenovo Accidental Daming Protection (ADP) on top of the 2-year warranty.

We already got our hands on one late last year. You may read our thoughts on the IdeaPad 330 here.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo Legion is sticking to PC gaming for now

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8 great games to buy at the Steam Lunar New Year Sale

Get lucky this year by playing some critically acclaimed games

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Lunar New Year is upon us, and all around the world communities are celebrating the Year of the Pig. Steam is no different. The sale may have started a few days ago, but it’ll be running until the 12th, so there’s still time to take advantage of what it has to offer.

This year, goodies come in the form of tokens in a virtual ang pao or red envelope. The initial number you get is based on previous spending on Steam, but buying games during this period nets you more tokens, which you then exchange for neat little profile changes, a badge, and even additional discounts.

Here are some ideas on what to spend it all on:

Celeste (25% off)

US$ 19.99 / US$ 14.99

You’ve probably already heard about Celeste, the award-winning game from small-time developer Matt Makes Games. If you haven’t already had the chance to play this challenging and heartfelt platformer, now’s the time to get it. It won Best Independent Game and Games for Impact at the recent Game Awards, and was the only indie in the running for Game of the Year alongside juggernauts like God of War and Red Dead Redemption 2. It’s definitely something special.

A Hat in Time (45% off) 

US$ 29.99 / US$ 16.49

The self-styled “cute-as-heck” 3D platforming game may be coming to the Nintendo Switch soon, but those eager to experience it earlier have a 45 percent discount to look forward to this sale. Recently reaching the milestone of one million copies sold across multiple platforms, Gears for Breakfast’s tale about a time-travelling, hat-stitching girl is a charming ode to N64 and GameCube classics.

Slime Rancher (50% off)

US$ 19.99 / US$ 9.99

The surprise simulation adventure hit is now 50 percent off, and for the price of around US$ 10, you too can experience what it’s like to be a plucky young farmer raising slime out in space. Originally launched in Early Access in 2016, Monomi Park has kept updates coming for the full release, with a free DLC released last December and regular events throughout the year. Plus, it’s rated “Overwhelmingly Positive” on Steam from more than 20,000 reviews.

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (34% off)

US$ 49.99 / US$ 32.99

The sequel to 2015’s Pillars of Eternity is now 34 percent off. A story-rich RPG, it was recently nominated for Best Storytelling and PC Game of the Year in the 2018 Golden Joystick Awards, and was in the running for Best Role-Playing Game at the Game Awards, as well. Battles are flashy and tactical, and the game boasts top-notch voice acting full of familiar names. You don’t need to have played the first Pillars to enjoy this one, but if you do want to experience it first, a bundle containing both games is also on sale.

Undertale (60% off)

US$ 9.99 / US$ 3.99

Who hasn’t heard of Undertale? As THE indie game of 2015, the critically acclaimed pixel RPG presents you with a unique premise: the ability to choose whether or not you defeat the monsters you encounter. With a Japanese translation and Switch release last year, as well as the surprise free release of followup Delta Rune, you can say Undertale is back — but really, it never left. Anyone interested in diving in can enjoy a 60 percent discount

Subnautica (30% off)

US$ 24.99 / US$ 17.49

The open-sea exploration game was originally released for Early Access five years ago, but has since grown into a behemoth in the single-player survival game scene. The winner of PC Game of the Year and Breakthrough Award at the Golden Joystick Awards, it takes traditional open-world mechanics and takes it to new depths, inspiring fresh new awes and terrors.

Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice (50% off)

US$ 29.99 / US$ 14.99

Ninja Theory’s first self-published independent game made waves with its nuanced and thoughtful depiction of an individual’s struggles with mental health. This paired with its folklore and mythology-inspired setting, action-adventure gameplay, and stunning landscapes won it numerous accolades from the Game Awards, the Independent Game Developers’ Association, and more.

Cuphead (20% off)

US$ 19.99 / US$ 15.99

Prepare to rage. Cuphead is a difficult and sometimes frustrating run-and-gun shooter with no mercy for those who can’t adapt to attack patterns, but for those up for a challenge, it’s a godsend. From the incredible 2D retro cartoon art direction to the precision of controls, Cuphead’s award-winning game design is a masterclass in wrapping everything up into a neat package.

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Sony announces Valentine’s promo for PlayStation 4 bundles

It’s the season of love… and games!

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Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, and what better way to celebrate the season of love than by getting a brand new PlayStation 4!

Sony announced that there’ll be a PhP 3,000 discount on select PlayStation 4 bundles starting February 8 until February 17. Specifically, the select bundles with the discount are the following:

  •  PlayStation 4 1TB God of War Bundle — PhP 20,990 (from PhP 23,990)
  •  PlayStation 4 500GB NBA 2K19 Bundle — PhP 17,490 (from PhP 20,490)
  •  PlayStation 4 500GB — PhP 14,990 (from PhP 17,990)

Sony mentioned that all PlayStation Authorized Dealers in the country are offering the discount. In the Philippines, dealers such as DataBlitz have already begun rolling out the promotional bundles.

So, if you’re looking to give your special someone (or possibly yourself) the gift of love, cash in on this promo while you can!

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