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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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ASUS ZenFone Max Plus (M1) gets a price cut

The affordable phone just got cheaper

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Just as we’re expecting ASUS to launch the new ZenFone Max Pro in the Philippines, they gave their other ZenFone Max variant a price cut. This makes it more affordable and one of the best cheaper options for budget-oriented consumers.

The ZenFone Max Plus (M1) had its suggested retail price dropped to PhP 9,995 from PhP 11,995 when it got launched. The so-called “Battery King” is ASUS’ first 18:9 phone announced back in January.

To entice consumers more about the price cut, ASUS is also raffling off three JBL T450BT headphones. Simply share and like ASUS’ post on their Facebook page from June 1 until June 15.

The ZenFone Max Plus (M1) boasts a large 4130mAh battery that’s claimed to last for up to 26 days in standby mode. It also has dual rear cameras, 4GB of memory, 32GB of expandable storage.

SEE ALSO: ASUS ZenFone Max Plus (M1) Review

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Planet Cable offers bundled 3Mbps unlimited broadband for PhP 674

Unlimited internet!

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Planet Cable might have the cheapest broadband plan available in the Philippines. And before you guys rant about throttling and data caps, they only offer unlimited internet. The catch, as always, is the coverage area.

If you are looking to install fixed broadband at your place, you might want to check out Planet’s latest offers. Too bad they only offer their residential broadband plans bundled with their existing cable subscription.

The cheapest available plan has a monthly service fee of PhP 674 which includes a Lite Cable plan with 36 SD channels and 3Mbps unlimited internet. Not bad, right? If you want slightly faster speeds, a 5Mbps bundled plan is priced at PhP 824/month while a 10Mbps bundled plan goes for PhP 1,324/month.

The best value would be the 20Mbps bundled plan for PhP 1,699/month. It’s considerably cheaper than PLDT or Globe’s 20Mbps fiber plan, plus it also comes with a cable subscription. It doesn’t beat Converge’s FiberX 1500 plan that has 25Mbps speed, though.

Planet Cable’s coverage is pretty limited in select areas of Antipolo, Cavite, Batangas, Iloilo, and Laguna. It’s best to contact them first through their Facebook page or website.

SEE ALSO: Comparison: Unlimited home broadband plans in the Philippines

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Globe GoWatch and Play adds 2GB of data to your favorite promos

For streaming and gaming!

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With the increasing demand for streaming services and mobile games, Globe is treating their prepaid subscribers to a new promo bundle that’ll let them play or watch on the go. If you’re a subscriber of GoSurf or GoSakto promos, you’ll get to enjoy additional mobile data.

With the GoWatch and Play promo bundle, select existing Globe promos will get extra 2GB of mobile data for video streaming and mobile gaming. The additional data can be used for streaming services, namely Netflix, HOOQ, YouTube, NBA, Cartoon Network, and Disney, while the supported games are Arena of Valor, Mobile Legends, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, and Pokémon Go.

The free 2GB video and game access on mobile is available for the following promos:

  • GoSURF50
  • GoSURF299
  • GoSURF599
  • GoSURF999
  • GOTSCOMBODD70
  • GOTSCOMBODD90
  • GOSAKTO120
  • GOSAKTO140

To register, simply dial *143# or use the Globe Switch app that’s available on the Google Play Store. For more info about the promo bundle, you may read the FAQs listed on Globe’s website here.

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