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Globe vs Smart: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 postpaid plans

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The Galaxy Note 8 is currently the hottest (and most expensive) phone from Samsung right now. With that in mind, one of the best ways to get a new flagship phone at a cheaper price is through a postpaid telco plan.

In the Philippines, the phone has a suggested retail price of PhP 49,990 (US$ 1,000), which is really steep. Good thing local telcos, Globe Telecom and Smart Communications, have already released their postpaid plans for the new top-of-the-line smartphone from Samsung.

Both telcos offer the Galaxy Note 8 in all of their monthly plans, from the cheapest Plan 599 to the most expensive Plan 2999. Each plan has its corresponding inclusions and freebies. Let’s compare the suggested postpaid plan of Globe and Smart for the Galaxy Note 8.

Let’s compare the suggested postpaid plans of Globe and Smart for the Galaxy Note 8:

Globe

Smart

Plan ThePLAN 1499 Postpaid Plan 999
Calls Unlimited to Globe/TM 50 minutes to all networks
Texts Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Data 8GB 10GB
Freebies
  • Netflix for 6 months
  • Spotify Premium for 3 months w/ 1GB monthly allocation
  • Discounted calls to Smart/TNT (PhP 4/min)
  • 500MB/month for Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber
Device Fee PhP 1,200/month
(via credit card or charge to bill)
PhP 1,000 initial payment + PhP 1,500/month
Total Monthly Fee PhP 2,699 PhP 2,499
Contract Period 24 months 30 months
Total Cost  PhP 64,776 PhP 75,970

Globe advertises ThePLAN 1499, which includes unlimited calls to Globe/TM, unlimited texts to all networks, and a meager 8GB mobile data allowance. As with other Globe postpaid plans, it comes with a free Netflix subscription for six months and Spotify Premium for three months with an additional 1GB allowance just for music streaming. Under this plan, the phone has a total cash-out fee of PhP 28,800, but it can be done through monthly payments of just PhP 1,200 through credit card or charged to your bill if you’re re-contracting with the telco. As advertised, the total monthly payment is PhP 2,699 and has a standard 24-month lockout period.

On the other hand, Smart recommends Postpaid Plan 999, which includes 50 minutes of calls and unlimited texts to all networks, and a larger 10GB monthly data allocation. You also get discounted call rates within their network for just PhP 4/min and an additional 500MB for messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Viber. As for the cost of the device, Smart requires an initial payment of PhP 1,000 and a monthly installment of PhP 1,500. All in all, the monthly fee is just PhP 2,499; however, Smart’s plan has a longer contract period of 30 months. Adding up the numbers shows that the device will cost you PhP 46,000 (not far from the phone’s SRP).

Both plans have different inclusions: Globe is great for contacting within their networks thanks to unlimited call and text services, while Smart is more inclined to connect outside their network, since you can use your inclusions to contact any subscriber in the country. Smart also has a larger mobile data allowance, although Globe’s freebies are fitting for entertainment consumption.

If we’re going to do the math, the total cost of Globe’s postpaid plan for two years (including the device) will amount to PhP 64,776, while Smart’s whole cost for 30 months (2.5 years) will reach PhP 75,970. You may be paying less every month under Smart, yet the lengthy contract makes it more expensive in the long run.

Globe has the cheaper total cost and the shorter contract. If you’re getting the Globe plan this year, the lock-out will end just in time for the Galaxy Note 10.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 video review

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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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