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:
|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|
|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.
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GadgetMatch ultimate 12.12 and holiday sale guide
‘Tis the season to shop!
Every month, your favorite shopping app holds their monthly sale, each with their unique discount and bundle offers.
December is quite different though; with Christmas season just a few days away, it’s the ultimate time of the year to score on top picks and get steals on smartphones, computers, and other electronic devices for yourself or as a gift to others.
There are deals for as low as PhP 12, discounts as high as 70% off, and a lot more offers in between.
Here’s GadgetMatch’s ultimate list to help you remember these deals and plan your holiday spending well.
HONOR: Free gift box, amazing deals
Until December 31, HONOR gadgets get up to a PhP 1,000 discount and come with a free gift box worth PhP 2,499.
Some budget choices to consider are the HONOR X8A (8GB+128GB) with its 108MP camera (PhP 9,990), the HONOR X7A (PhP 7,990) and the HONOR X5 Plus (PhP 5,940).
Higher end devices like the HONOR Magic5 Pro, HONOR 70, and HONOR 90 5G are also part of the promotion.
HONOR (global): Lowest prices for Christmas
For buyers overseas, the HONOR 90 is bundled with the HONOR Pad X9 for a special package price of just £419.99 on the brand’s official website.
The HONOR Magic5 Pro, meanwhile, can be purchased for as low as £679.99 when customers subscribe to HONOR and use the subscriber voucher.
The HONOR 90 can also be purchased separately for only £329.99 while the HONOR 90 Lite is priced at just £179.99.
OPPO: Up to 64%, Pad Air raffle
Favorite OPPO gadgets go on sale at up to 64% for 12.12 across all online platforms.
The OPPO Reno6 and Reno6 Z get vouchers of up to PhP 1,000, while purchases of selected devices get freebies such as Bluetooth speakers, SD cards, and power banks.
Until December 14, selected phones get bundled with either the OPPO Buds, Band, or Enco Buds for special prices.
Customers also get a chance to be one of 12 winners of an OPPO Pad Air when they buy any smartphone on 12.12.
realme: PhP 12 deals, up to 70% off
It’s going to be flash sales galore for realme on 12.12, as the brand has offers for as low as PhP 12 and up to 70% off on selected products.
On Lazada, the realme C33, realme 10, and realme C55 go for just PhP 12 on December 12.
The realme TechLife robot vacuum and Pocket Bluetooth speaker will also retail for the same price on December 14 and 16, respectively.
On Shopee, the realme Buds T100 and realme Watch 3 go for just PhP 12 on 12.12 on specific time windows.
Lastly, the realme C30s gets a PhP 1,212 price tag until December 12 on TikTok.
Samsung: Galaxy S23 deals, free soundbars for TVs
Samsung’s Galaxy S23+ and Galaxy S23 come with a special bundle deal wherein customers can avail of either phone and get the Galaxy Buds2 Pro for 50% off.
The Galaxy S23 SE also comes with a free storage upgrade worth PhP 3,000 and a battery pack.
The brand’s more budget-friendly A series, meanwhile, is on sale with the Galaxy A54 at PhP 24,990 and the Galaxy A34 at PhP 19,990.
Selected Samsung TVs also get paired with free soundbars or a one-year Disney+ subscription (worth PhP 2,950).
Lastly, Samsung’s line of Bespoke refrigerators gets a free Bespoke Panel this holiday season to give customers more options to style their fridge, available exclusively online via Samsung.com/ph.
vivo: Christmas edition vivo V29 5G
For 12.12, vivo is inviting customers to avail of the Christmas limited-edition pink colorway of the vivo V29 5G series as part of its 12.12 HoliDEALS promo.
The pink edition of vivo’s latest V series mid-ranger is priced at PhP 22,349.
More budget-friendly options like the vivo Y16 and Y02t, meanwhile, are also more affordable at just PhP 4,189 and PhP 3,229, respectively.
DOOGEE: S Mini, T20 Mini
DOOGEE’s latest smartphone offering, the S Mini, gets a PhP 12,699 special price on 12.12 and comes with a free CS2 smartwatch worth PhP 2,499 on the brand’s TikTok shop.
The S Mini is a 4.5-inch lightweight device that is military grade standard rated, powered by a Helio G99 processor, and has 8GB RAM+7GB extended RAM and 256GB of storage.
The T20 Mini LTE tablet, meanwhile, will get a discounted price on Shopee.
Acer: Up to PhP 8,000 off
For Acer, customers can get up to PhP 8,000 off participating Acer and Predator computers.
Every purchase also entitles them to a free appliance store eGift voucher worth up to PhP 7,000.
They must simply complete the registration and Acer will validate the details afterwards and send an eGift voucher to the customer’s provided email address and mobile number.
The voucher may be redeemed at any participating appliance store branch until January 15, 2024.
Logitech G products: Up to 35% off
For gamers who are keen on spending the holiday season catching up on their favorite titles, Logitech G products get up to a 35% off discount.
Included here are the G435 LightSpeed wireless gaming headset and G304 SE LightSpeed mouse combination, the G513 mechanical gaming keyboard, G Pro gaming headset, G502 X LightSpeed gaming mouse in black, and G903 LightSpeed wireless gaming mouse with HERO 25K.
These products are available both online via Logitech G’s website, Lazada, and Shopee, and Logitech G’s many partner retail outlets.
JBL Barkada Travel Tunes promo: Win a trip to Tokyo, Seoul
Plus a free ticket to JBL Sound Fest 2023
JBL has the ultimate giveaway promo for its customers this holiday season. With the JBL Barkada Travel Tunes promo, lucky groups of four shall win a four-day, three-night travel package to Tokyo, Seoul, El Nido, and Siargao!
To join, customers will simply have to purchase any JBL products worth at least PhP 3,000 at kiosks, dealers, and online stores until December 31 to earn a raffle entry.
There will be a total of 10 winners for this promo – two each for Seoul and Tokyo and three each for El Nido and Siargao.
Additionally, there will be 80 lucky winners of minor prizes such as the JBL Wave Beam, Quantum 600, Charge 5, and Pulse 5 throughout November and December.
JBL Sound Fest 2023
For music enthusiasts looking for somewhere to go this Christmas season, JBL’s Sound Fest 2023 event is happening on December 15 at the Mall of Asia Concert Grounds.
The cast of performers is headlined by popular Pinoy rock bands Parokya ni Edgar and Kamikazee.
And the best part: those who join the Barkada Travel Tunes promo until December 14 automatically get free passes to the concert. Talk about a two-in-one deal, right?
JBL announces Partybox Ultimate
Meanwhile, JBL has also released the JBL Partybox Ultimate speaker that sports JBL Pro Sound and Dolby Atmos sound technology.
The latest addition to the brand’s product roster is an ideal device for various events such as parties and sports. It can deliver sound that can fill up to two basketball courts with immersive 3D spatial effects. Its dual tweeters and subwoofers, meanwhile, can produce tremendous bass.
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Visually, the JBL Partybox Ultimate can project unique starry night effect or light trails and strobes onto any surface to make the experience even better.
The release of the speaker comes just a few weeks after JBL announced the Soundgear series with True Adaptive Noise Cancelling and Smart Ambient technology, as well as the JBL Authentics speakers and JBL Spinner BT.
vivo Y17s gets price cut for the holidays
PhP 1,000 off on vivo’s budget phone
The budget vivo Y17s gets even more affordable during the holiday season, retailing for only PhP 5,999.
The entry-level smartphone is a worthy holiday gift for techy customers, as it is packed with great features for its price point.
The vivo Y17s is equipped with a 50MP main camera that comes with Night Algorithm technology so users can enjoy vivid and lifelike captures even in challenging lighting conditions.
It has a 6.56-inch LCD display with 60Hz refresh rate for smooth and seamless streaming and browsing.
The phone also has 4GB RAM with memory booster, 128GB of internal storage, and a 5,000mAh battery for uninterrupted all-day usage.
This article is a sponsored press release from vivo Philippines.
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