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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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Samsung and TikTok team up for a dance challenge in Singapore

A Samsung GALAXY A80 BLACKPINK Edition awaits you

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To celebrate positive and creative expression in culturally-diverse Singapore, TikTok partners with Samsung for the first time to bring the #slideandswivel dance challenge to the country.

The Samsung GALAXY A80 features a camera that slides up and swivels when you take selfies. TikTok wants you to flaunt your best moves by incorporating slides and swivels for a chance to win a Samsung GALAXY A80 BLACKPINK Edition.


All you have to do is open the TikTok app, record a video using the “MVP” track, create unique dance moves, including slides and swivels, and post the video on TikTok with the hashtag #slideandswivel.

You can watch the demo videos below to further guide you.

Contest is open to residents of Singapore and must be at least 18 years old and above. You still got plenty of time as this contest will run until the 26th of July.

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Buy the Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK edition now

You better hurry!

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BLINKs, it’s officially here — the Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition is now available for purchase.

The BLACKPINK edition package comes with the Galaxy A80 smartphone in either Angel Gold or Phantom Black along with the BLACKPINK case, charging stand, a photocard, and a mesh pouch for PHP 34,990 (US$ 685). The separate BlackPink Edition package is valued at PHP 5,999 (US$ 118) but buying online now will net you the package for free.


There’s also a free Nanofixit Screen Protection with 1 year screen cracking insurance warranty of up to PHP 5,000 (US$ 98) as well as a free Klook Voucher worth PHP 1,000 (US$ 20). This specific package is only currently available on July 14 via online purchase.

As an additional offer, you can trade in your old your old smartphone or tablet for the Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK Edition for some discounts as well as an additional PHP 4,000 (US$ 78) token.

Availability in other Southeast Asian countries

A similar package is available in Malaysia for MYR 2,499 (US$ 607.58). However, they have an additional color option which is ghost white and instead of the Nanofixit Screen Protection, the package comes with a Samsung Galaxy Fit worth MYR 369 (US$ 85). This package is only available to the first 1,000 buyers.

In Singapore, the package only includes the Galaxy A80 along with the BlackPink case, charging stand, and photocard. The suggested retail price is SG$ 898 US$ 662). The BLACKPINK merchandise is valued at SG$ 188 (US$ 139).

The Samsung Galaxy A80 BLACKPINK edition was first announced in Bangkok, Thailand and also goes on sale today starting at THB 21,990 (US$ 719). During the launch, we also saw the Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Watch in BlackPink edition.

Samsung Galaxy A80

The Samsung Galaxy A80 was first launched in April, also in Bangkok, Thailand along with the Samsung Galaxy A70 which at the time already had a BLACKPINK Edition.

The Galaxy A80 sports a set of triple cameras, octa-core Snapdragon 730G chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 3700 mAh battery, and 4G LTE support. It also runs Android 9.0 out of the box.

This is Samsung’s unique answer to the “notch problem” with its rotating camera mechanism. It was announced early in April but didn’t hit certain markets right away.

SEE ALSO: GadgetMatch in BLACKPINK’s area thanks to A Galaxy Event

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Get free Lightning cables by planting trees

Stay charged for the planet

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Sturdy Lightning cables that don’t break the bank are hard to come by, but one brand is here to save the day — and the planet.

You can get a free Lightning to USB cable from Nomad by making a donation to plant trees. You can choose the amount to donate — US$5 for 5 trees, US$10 for 10 trees, or US$20 for 20 trees — and 100 percent of the proceeds go to Carbon Fund. For comparison, Apple’s Lightning to USB cable starts at US$19.


Funds raised will help address deforestation in Brazil. Deforestation in itself is responsible for about 20% of global warming. Reforestation will help reduce climate change as trees absorb carbon dioxide emissions. Planting trees also helps preserve biodiversity, control flooding, and creates jobs.

Nomad is committed to offsetting all carbon emissions generated from production up until final delivery, so each shipment will be completely carbon neutral. The initiative will run until supplies last.

Money may not grow on trees but by getting a Lightning cable, your money can help plant trees. Visit Nomad’s website to get your free Lightning cable today.

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