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Globe vs Smart: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 postpaid plans

Where to get the most expensive Galaxy Note?

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Samsung’s latest phone is out of the oven. The Galaxy Note 9 is currently the company’s top dog and their most expensive phone in the market. In the Philippines, the Galaxy Note 9 starts at PhP 55,990 for the unlocked 128GB variant, but the phone is also available through major telcos’ postpaid plans.

Both Globe and Smart are already accepting pre-orders of the Galaxy Note 9 (128GB), but where should you get it? Let us help you with this comparison using Plan 1499 on both telcos.

Globe

Smart

Plan ThePLAN 1499 GigaX Plan 1499
Calls Unlimited to Globe/TM 60 minutes to all networks
Texts Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Data 8GB 5GB + 10GB for video streaming
Freebies
  • DisneyLife for 6 months
  • Spotify Premium for 3 months w/ 1GB monthly allocation
  • Free YouTube w/ 1GB or 1-hour daily allocation
Device Fee PhP 1,300/month
(via credit card or charge to bill)
PhP 1,300/month (with advance payments)
Total Monthly Fee PhP 2,799 PhP 2,799
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cost PhP 67,176 PhP 67,176

 

With Globe’s ThePLAN 1499, you’ll get unlimited calls to Globe/TM, unlimited texts to all networks, and 8GB mobile data allowance. Like with other Globe plans, it comes with a free DisneyLife subscription for six months and Spotify Premium for three months with an additional 1GB allowance just for music streaming.

The device cashout is PhP 31,200 which can be broken down into 24 equal monthly payments for PhP 1,300 via credit card or have it charged to the bill if you’re a recontracting subscriber. You’ll be initially paying PhP 2,799 which includes the first monthly payment for the plan and the phone. Since the plan comes with a standard two-year contract, it’ll cost you PhP 67,176 in all.

As for Smart’s GigaX Plan 1499, it comes with 60 minutes of calls and unlimited texts to all networks. The plan comes with 15GB of total monthly data allowance that includes 5GB of open data, which you can use with any website or app, and 10GB for video streaming on YouTube, iFlix, Fox+, or iWantTV. As for freebies, Smart has an ongoing free daily YouTube access.

The device cashout with Smart is also PhP 31,200 outright or PhP 1,300 per month. There’s no need for a credit card, but if you wish to pay in installments, you’ll have to pay advanced fees that are equivalent to two months of the device fee and the postpaid plan. The monthly fee is PhP 2,799 with an initial cashout of PhP 8,397 which includes the first monthly fee plus the advanced fees.

You can check out Globe’s ThePLAN and Smart’s GigaX Plan websites to apply. Pre-orders are open until August 19 with freebies including a free Gear Fit 2 Pro and NanoFixIt Liquid Screen Protector. You can also avail of the 512GB variant (at a higher price, of course) and you’ll get a Gear IconX for free on top of the existing freebies.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Note 9 accessories for every mood

Accessories

Hot deal: Buy a Sony Xperia 1 III, get a Sony WH-1000XM4 for free

Match made in Sony heaven

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Sony Singapore is offering one hot deal. For every purchase of the Sony Xperia 1 III, buyers will get a free Sony WH-1000XM4! Interested buyers can get either the black or the blue colors for the Xperia 1 III. Promo period is from July 26 to August 8, 2021.

The Sony Xperia 1 III retails for SG$ 1899 while the free Sony WH-1000XM4 originally retails for SG$ 599. Buyers can avail of this deal here.

Xperia 1 III

Sony’s 2021 flagship has power packed hardware. It rocks the latest Snapdragon 888 processor with 5G support and Adreno 660 graphics. It also boasts 12GB of RAM and comes in either 256GB or 512GB storage options.

The 4,500mAh battery may sound like it’s a lot, but Sony’s Adaptive Charging technology gives you the best of power and performance. They’re also promising a 3-year longer lifespan battery compared to conventional smartphone batteries.

It also supports Qi wireless charging and has IP65-68 water/dust resistance just like its predecessor.

The main draw is the Xperia 1 III‘s shooting capabilities. It has triple 12-megapixel cameras for its wide (f/1.7), ultra-wide (f/2.2), and telephoto (f/2.3-2.8) lenses, plus an extra 3D iToF Sensor. But another first in this list is Sony’s variable telephoto lens that supports 70-105mm focal length (equivalent to 2.9x and 4.4x zoom) that can zoom up to 300mm (12.5x) digitally.

Other than that, it’s also the world’s first smartphone that’s capable of shooting 20fps burst mode and has the new Real-time Tracking technology that can focus on moving subjects while shooting.

Sony WH-1000XM4

The Sony WH-1000XM4 is the latest iteration of its over-ear wireless headphones. It’s every bit as good as its predecessor with additional features like Multiple Device Pairing as well as Edge-AI and DSEE Extreme which more accurately rebuilds audio lost during digital compression for a full fidelity experience.

In our co-op review, we called it “The best choice as the premium, everyday headphones. It’s the perfect travel companion — that is, for when we can all actually travel again.”

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ASUS ROG launches Cool for School Promo

Exclusive bundles and discounts!

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The start of the new school year in the Philippines is right around the corner. With that in mind, ASUS ROG is offering plenty of devices on their lineup for exclusive bundles and discounts with its Cool for School promo.

Promo duration is from July 15 to August 31, 2021 and features laptops, desktops, smartphones that are available for up PhP 18,000 worth of discounts. Take a look at the bundles below.

ASUS Notebooks and Zenfones

  • All ASUS ZenBook — Nespresso Mini Essenza with free Coffee Capsules (PhP 7,500)
  • All ASUS VivoBook — Aviche M5 Wearable Air Purifier (PhP 2,500)
  • Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip — JBL Go 3 (PhP 2,300)
  • All ASUS X Series laptops with Intel Core i5 and i7 processors — PhP 2,000 discount
  • All ASUS X Series laptops with Intel Core i3 processor — PhP 1,000 discount

ROG

  • ROG Zephyrus S17 GX701LXS/LV, ROG Zephyrus S15 GX502LXS/LW, ROG Zephyrus M15 GU502LW/LU — Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Starter Kit 9W, Google Nest Hub (PhP 18,000+)
  • ROG Flow X13 SuperNova Edition, ROG XG Mobile GPU with RTX 3080 — ROG Slash Cap, ROG Slash Sling Bag, Xbox Controller (PhP 8,500+)
  • ROG Flow X13 — ROG Slash Cap, ROG Slash Sling Bag (PhP 2,500+)
  • ROG Zepyhrus G14 GA401IVC — ROG Slash Cap, ROG Slash Messenger Bag, Chromecast 4K TV, Google Nest Mini (PhP 8,500+)
  • ROG Zephyrus G15, ROG Zephyrus G14 GA401IV/IU/IH/II — Chromecast 4K TV, Google Nest Mini (PhP 4,500+)
  • ROG Strix Scar 17 G732LXS/LWS/LV, ROG Strix Scar G532LWS/LW/LV — ROG Slash Cap, TUF AX3000 router, Xbox Controller (13,000+)
  • ROG Strix G17 G712LV/LU, ROG Strix G15 G512LV/LU/LI — Google Nest Mini, Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance Bulb 9W (PhP 4,000+)
  • ROG Phone 5 Classic — ROG Cetra II Core (PhP 3,300)
  • ROG Ranger Backpack (RGB BP3703) — PhP 1,000 Discount
  • ROG Ranger Backpack (BP2500) — PhP 500 Discount

ASUS and ROG Desktops

  • ASUS Desktop S3401SFF — PhP 1,000 Discount
  • ASUS Desktop S500SA — PhP 1,000 Discount
  • ROG Strix G35DX-PH009T, ROG Strix G35DX-PH011T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
  • ROG Strix GD30CI(OPT.)-PH003T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
  • ROG Strix G15DH-PH014T , ROG Strix G15DH-PH002T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
  • ROG Strix GL12CM-PH019T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
  • ROG Strix GL10CS-PH042T , ROG Strix GL10CS-PH040T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A
  • TUF Gaming FX10CP-PH004T — TUF Gaming VG249Q1A

For the complete mechanics and list of participating products and stores, check out https://bit.ly/ASUSROGCoolForSchool2021.

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Get PhP 5,000 discount plus freebies on iPhones until July 15

Available on all Beyond the Box or Digital Walker stores nationwide and online

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Beyond the Box and Digital Walker are offering up to PhP 5,000 off plus freebies on every purchase of select iPhones. Buyers can  also get a free case upon purchase of a brand-new iPhone SE.

Discounted iPhone models with freebies include the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, and the iPhone SE. Even the iPhone XR comes with discounts and freebies too. However, stocks of freebies are limited per store. Plus, buyers may only get these discounts and freebies until July 15.

iPhone 12

  • 64 GB + free Momax 20W mini USB-C charger: from PhP 50,990 to PhP 45,990
  • 128 GB + free Momax 20W mini USB-C charger: from PhP 53,990 to PhP 48,990
  • 256 GB + free Momax 20W mini USB-C charger: from PhP 59,990 to PhP 54,990

iPhone 12 mini

  • 64 GB + free Momax 20W mini USB-C charger: from PhP 44,990 to PhP 39,990
  • 128 GB + free Momax 20W mini USB-C charger: from PhP 47,990 to PhP 42,990
  • 256 GB + free Momax 20W mini USB-C charger: from PhP 53,990 to PhP 48,990

iPhone XR

  • 128 GB + free Momax 20W mini USB-C charger: from PhP 34,990 to PhP 29,990

iPhone SE buyers can will also get a free protective case while stocks last. Furthermore, the bundled freebie is only available for physical retail purchases.

iPhone SE

  • 64 GB — from PhP 27,490 to PhP 22,490
  • 128 GB — from PhP 31,990 to PhP 26,990
  • 256 GB — from PhP 37,990 to PhP 32,990

Buyers may avail of these discounted iPhones on all Beyond the Box or Digital Walker stores nationwide. They may also grab these deals through Digital Walker’s online store or Beyond the Box’s LazMall. Different installment options are also available for iPhone buyers who wanted to make the most out of their budget.

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