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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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Razer Phone has major discount ahead of successor launch

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Just as Razer subtly announced that the Razer Phone 2 is on the way, their original Razer Phone is experiencing a major discount on the company’s website.

Go the Razer Phone’s official product page, and you’ll be greeted by this text:

“Limited time offer: Get US$ 300 off your Razer Phone. Use Code WOOHOO on cart.”

This deal brings Razer’s one and only phone down to just US$ 399 from its original US$ 699 price tag. That’s a discount of about 42 percent!

That’s great for a gamer-centric smartphone with hardware that’s still competitive with this year’s best. However, Razer didn’t specify how long this promotion will last.

In our own review, we praised the Razer Phone for its great balance of power and entertainment features, as well as the long-lasting battery and incredible display.

Even if the Razer Phone 2 is bound to show up soon, grabbing the first-gen model at this price is a steal.

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ASUS ZenFone 5 gets its price slashed in early holiday sale

It’s about time!

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We’ve just entered September, and you know what that means? The holiday season is starting in the Philippines!

Yes, it’s premature, but this also means we’ll be seeing more discounts and sales from our favorite brands. The latest one to do so is ASUS with its popular ZenFone 5.

The company’s flag-bearer got its price slashed from PhP 19,995 to only PhP 17,995. There doesn’t seem to be a limit to this promotion, so you can taking your time in considering one.

The ZenFone 5 is best known for its AI-powered cameras, 6.2-inch display with a 90 percent screen-to-body ratio, and reliable Snapdragon 636 processor.

ASUS may have also been considering the rising competition from rival brands when discounting this smartphone. Honor has a bestseller in its hands with the Honor Play, and the Pocophone F1 is gradually finding its way to more markets this month.

You can learn all about the ZenFone 5 in our full review:

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ASUS ZenFone Max (M1) and Max Plus (M1) receive major discounts

Get ’em while they’re hot

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The entry-level and midrange smartphone segments are getting fiercer than ever. While ASUS doesn’t have anything new to offer lately, the Philippine branch is at least cutting down the prices of a couple of their more popular models.

To be specific, the ZenFone Max (M1) and ZenFone Max Plus (M1) are getting their prices slashed in the Philippines. The former now retails for PhP 8,495 (from PhP 8,995) and the latter is currently going for PhP 8,995 (all the way down from PhP 11,995).

These phones carry the Max label for a reason. Both devices have a battery capacity of 4000mAh or more, making them endurance champs — or in ASUS’ words, “Battery Kings.”

Besides that, the two ZenFones own balanced specs fitting for their segments — including handy takes on dual-camera setups — and have even made appearances on our Best Smartphones lists.

You can learn more in our individual videos for these ZenFones:

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