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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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Huawei Pre-Holiday Lazada Sale: MateBook, MatePad get price cuts

Get the MateBook D 15 for below 25K

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Huawei is going on a huge Pre-Holiday Sale on Lazada on September 22, as part of the online store’s Super Brand Day Sale.

Here, various devices such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, and wearables will go for discounted prices, offering customers the chance to save up to PhP 7,200 pesos — with up to PhP 12,000 worth of gifts also to be given away.

Headlining the sale is the Huawei MateBook D 15, which is powered by an Intel Core i3 processor and comes with an 8GB memory and 256GB storage. For Thursday, the laptop gets a hefty price cut of almost 23 percent off from PhP 31,999 to just PhP 24,799.

Included in the Super Brand Day Sale are two Huawei MatePad tablets as well as two nova smartphones, to retail for the following prices:

  • Huawei MateBook D 15 (8GB+256GB): PhP 24,799 (from 31,999)
  • MatePad 10.4 2022: PhP 12,599 (from 18,999)
  • MatePad T 10: PhP 7,740 (from 11,999)
  • nova Y70: PhP 8,499 (from 9,999)
  • nova 8i: PhP 10,990 (from 13,999)

Different wearables such as the Band 7, a great selection of Watch GT 2 and GT3 smartwatches, and wireless earbuds will get considerable discounts too, in the list below:

  • Band 7: PhP 2,099 (from 2,599)
  • Watch GT 2 (46mm Fluoroelastomer Matte Black): PhP 5,990 (from 6,699)
  • Watch GT 2e (46mm Graphite Black): PhP 4,690 (from 6,990)
  • Watch Fit New: PhP 3,690 (from 4,999)
  • Watch GT3 (42mm Leather): PhP 7,990 (from 11,999)
  • Watch GT3 (42mm Fluoroelastomer): PhP 8,490 (from 11,999)
  • Watch GT3 (42mm Elegant): PhP 9,890 (from 13,999)
  • Scale 3: PhP 790 from 1,499)
  • FreeBuds SE: PhP 1,999 (2,499)
  • FreeBuds 4i: PhP 2,590 (3,599)

An additional 10 percent discount voucher capped at PhP 1,000 may also be up for grabs on the particular day.

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PLDT Home Fiber subscribers to get free Easy Speedboost

Until September 26

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Heads up, PLDT Home Fiber subscribers! From now until September 26, you can get a free Easy Speedboost offer to get up to an additional 200Mbps upgrade on your current postpaid plan.

All eligible subscribers will be notified via email and SMS on the free speedboost. Simply reply YES to avail and enjoy upgraded speeds for a minimal add-on of PhP 50 and PhP 100, respectively on your monthly bill.

Here are the following plans eligible to avail of the speedboost:

PhP 50

  • Fiber Unli Plan 1299: +20Mbps
  • Fiber Unli Plan 1699: +50Mbps

PhP 100

  • Fiber Unli Plan 2099: +100Mbps
  • Fiber Unli Plan 2699: +200Mbps

The upgrade in network speeds comes as PLDT was once again cited in the Ookla Speedtest Awards with an average speed score of 77.91.

The provider also tallied download and upload speeds of 210.83Mbps and 234.21Mbps, respectively.

 

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Xiaomi TikTok sale: Up to 33% off on Sept 15

Only on Xiaomi’s TikTok shop

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Xiaomi Philippines products will be available for up to PhP 1,930 off when the brand holds its TikTok Shop payday sale on September 15, 2022.

Various devices across Xiaomi’s range of smartphones and AIoT products will go on discounted prices, offering customers up to 33 percent off.

Smartphones get even more affordable

Headlining the sale are Xiaomi’s Redmi 9A, 9C, and 10C phones which will sell for an even better price, suiting those looking for budget entry-level phones.

In the mid-range category, 5G-capable phones from the Redmi Note 11 series will also be up for grabs.

Here’s the list of discounted prices:

  • Redmi 9A (2GB+32GB): PhP 3,999 (from 4,999)
  • Redmi 9C (3GB+64GB): PhP 4,999 (from 5,899)
  • Redmi 10C (4GB+128GB): PhP 6,799 (from 7,599)
  • Redmi Note 11S 5G (6GB+128GB): PhP 11,569 (from 13,499)
  • Redmi Note 10 Pro (8GB+128GB): PhP 12,729 (from 13,999)
  • Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Plus (8GB+128GB): PhP 17,269 (from 18,999)
  • Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G Plus (8GB+256GB): PhP 18,179 (from 19,999)

Accessories join discounts galore

Aside from Xiaomi’s reliable phones, a broad range of AIoT products for lifestyle and home convenience such as Mi Band 7, Mi Redmi Power Bank, Mi Bluetooth Speaker, Smart Kettle Pro, and Smart Pet Food Feeder and Foundation will also enjoy price cuts for everyone to enjoy.

Here’s the list of participating items:

  • Mi Band 7 Smart Band: PhP 2,199 (from 2,499)
  • Smart Watch S1 Active: PhP 7,199 (from 8,999)
  • Mi 10,000mAh Redmi Power Bank: PhP 599 (from 899)
  • Mi 20,000mAh Redmi 18W Fast Charge Power Bank: PhP 999 (from PhP 1,499)
  • Mi Compact Bluetooth Speaker 2: PhP 429 (from 499)
  • Mi Portable Bluetooth Speaker (16W): PhP 1,299 (from 1,899)
  • Xiaomi Soundbar 3.1ch US: PhP 9,299 (from 11,999)
  • Xiaomi Mi Camera 2K (Magnetic Mount): PhP 1,299 (1,499)
  • Mi Wifi Range Extender AC1200 EU: PhP 899 (from 1,499)
  • Mi Smart Kettle Pro: PhP 1,899 (from 2,199)
  • Xiaomi Water Ionic Hair Dryer H500 EU: PhP 2,269 (from 2,799)
  • Mi Smart Electric Toothbrush T700: PhP 3,799 (from 4,599)
  • Xiaomi Smart Pet Food Feeder: PhP 4,799 (from 5,199)
  • Xiaomi Smart Pet Fountain US: PhP 2,999 (from 3,299)
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