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Globe vs Smart: Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+ postpaid plans

Where to get the latest Galaxy?

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are already confirmed to be offered by Philippine carriers. As always, we want to know which telco offers the best plan, so let’s compare Globe’s ThePLAN versus the new GigaX Plans of Smart.

Galaxy S9 (64GB)

Let’s start off with the “regular” Galaxy S9 which is going to be the best option for consumers looking for the latest premium Samsung phone that’s still fairly usable with one hand (due to its smaller display size) and not too expensive.

Globe
Smart
Plan ThePLAN 1499 GigaX Plan 1499
Calls Unlimited to Globe/TM 50 minutes to all networks
Texts Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Data 8GB 5GB + 10GB for video streaming
Freebies
  • Netflix for 6 months
  • Spotify Premium for 3 months
  • Discounted calls to Smart/TNT (PhP 4/min)
Device Fee PhP 1,000/month PhP 1,000/month
Total Monthly Fee PhP 2,499 PhP 2,499
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cost  PhP 59,976 PhP 59,976

 

Both carriers offer the Galaxy S9 under their respective Plan 1499 and the device cashout fee is also the same at just PhP 24,000 or PhP 1,000 per month if availed through installment. Whichever telco you choose will cost you PhP 2,499/month or PhP 59,976 for the whole duration of the standard two-year contract.

The cost might be the same, but the inclusions of the plans are quite different. Globe offers unlimited calls within their network, unlimited texts to all networks, and 8GB of data. The usual freebies of premium subscriptions to Netflix and Spotify are present as well. With Smart, the new GigaX Plan offers 5GB of data and another 10GB solely for video streaming services like YouTube, iFlix, Fox+, and iWant TV. It also includes unlimited texts plus 50 minutes of voice calls to all networks. Despite the additional data for the video streaming, paid subscription to some of them are not included, but at least the plan offers discounted call rates to Smart/TNT.

Choosing between Globe or Smart is a matter of which plan meets your needs. Globe’s 8GB mobile data is definitely more generous than Smart’s 5GB, but the additional 10GB for video streaming is perfect for those who watch on the go. Smart’s allowance for calling and texting is ideal if you have to contact people on both networks, while Globe just has an unlimited all-network text offer.

Galaxy S9+ (64GB)

The Galaxy S9+ is a more powerful phone with its big bigger memory (6GB vs 4GB), dual rear cameras, and — if size matters — larger display. With that, the Galaxy S9+ is more expensive but not by much when availed through a postpaid plan.

Globe
Smart
Plan ThePLAN 1499 GigaX Plan 1499
Calls Unlimited to Globe/TM 50 minutes to all networks
Texts Unlimited to all networks Unlimited to all networks
Data 8GB 5GB + 10GB for video streaming
Freebies
  • Netflix for 6 months
  • Spotify Premium for 3 months
  • Discounted calls to Smart/TNT (PhP 4/min)
Device Fee PhP 1,333/month PhP 1,300/month
Total Monthly Fee PhP 2,832 PhP 2,799
Contract Period 24 months 24 months
Total Cost  PhP 67,968 PhP 67,176

 

Again, both telcos recommend their respective Plan 1499 for the bigger S9 and offer an installment scheme for the device.

Since we’re still with Plan 1499, we have same inclusion as with the Galaxy S9: Globe offers unlimited calls within their network, unlimited texts to all networks, and 8GB of data, while Smart has 5GB data + 10GB for video, 50 minutes of calls, and unlimited texts to all networks. They also have their respective freebies.

The cost of both handsets is not far from each other with Globe asking for a device cashout of PhP 32,000 or PhP 1,333/month and Smart with PhP 31,200 or PhP 1,300/month. Adding this to the plan fee, the monthly fee is PhP 2,832 for Globe and PhP 2,799 for Smart. Either plan has a standard contract of two years, which drives the total cost of the plans to PhP 67,968 and PhP 67,176, respectively.

If you don’t want to have ties with the carrier, you can always get the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ unlocked for PhP 45,990 and PhP 52,990, respectively, for the 64GB version. The Galaxy S9+ will also be available with 128GB storage for PhP 55,990 and 256GB storage for PhP 60,990. Both will be available in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, and Lilac Purple

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 Hands-On: AR Emoji and super slow-mo

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Sharp AQUOS TV, other appliances on sale this June

Up to 60% off on select appliances

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Sharp is celebrating its brand month this June. As a sign of appreciation to its customers, Sharp is offering exclusive deals across all its appliances until June 30.

Across Singapore, customers can get exclusive discounts and freebies when they buy select Sharp appliances. Up to 60% off its retail, as well as freebies, can be had on select products. Discounted appliances are as follow:

AQUOS TV

Customers can get up to 60% off on select AQUOS TV. All AQUOS TVs include a 4K upscaling technology, color and tone optimizer, and a comfort luminance display for immersive viewing experience. Aside from the discount, Sharp is also bundling every purchase of select AQUOS TV with free car ion generator worth SG$ 299 or sound partner worth SG$ 299.

Plasmacutter™ Ion Fridge

The Plasmacutter™ technology present on this refrigerator eliminates 99% of all airborne bacteria and 97% of airborne molds. Plus, Sharp refrigerators with this technology releases ions that protect foods from contamination and keep them fresh longer. Customers can get up to 25% off and free rice cooker worth SG$ 99 or oven worth SG$ 529 on select models.

No-holes Revolutionary Tub Washer

On top of the 25% off for some models, those who buy Sharp’s washing machines can snag a free rice cooker worth SG$ 99. Sharp’s washing machines with no-holes revolutionary tub technology allow for less water consumption while gently cleaning clothes.

Plasmacutter™ Air Purifier

Sharp’s latest air purifier with Plasmacutter™ technology can eliminate various types of flu-causing viruses. The technology has been proven effective against bacteria and viruses including those that belong to the coronavirus group. Customers who pre-order FP-J80E-H and FP-J60E-W now will get a free FP-J30E air purifier worth SG$ 499.

To avail of these discounts and freebies, customers must visit Sharp’s official online store at Shopee and Lazada. They can also visit Qoo10, Audio House, Best Denki, Courts, Gain City, Harvey Norman, Mega Discount Store, and Parisilk online stores.

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vivo smartphones discounted on Lazada and Shopee

Customers can also win a Y-series smartphone

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Lazada and Shopee’s 6.6 sales are in full swing. Many tech brands are offering respective discounts and giving away freebies to customers on their respective stores. Among these tech brands is vivo, and you can get discounts and win prizes when you head over to their online store now.

For Lazada and Shopee’s 6.6 sale, vivo is offering the Y12 and Y19 with a PhP 1,000 discount and free nationwide shipping. Customers who avail of vivo Y11, Y15, and Y91C models may also avail of free shipping.

There will also be a storewide Shopee discount valid for June 6 only. Before checking out, customers can use the voucher code “VIVO66” to get a PhP 200 discount for any vivo devices. Those who missed this one-day promo can still use the code to redeem a PhP 100 discount for all devices until September 3. To avail of these discounts, customers must have a minimum spend of PhP 4,999.

Those shopping at vivo’s flagship store on Lazada can grab up to PhP 200 vouchers, while those who follow the store can collect up to PhP 100 discount vouchers. Both vouchers are redeemable from June 4 to 6, for a minimum spend of PhP 4,999.

Meanwhile, vivo will give away a Y-series phone to lucky customers who post reviews on Lazada or Shopee. To win a Y series phone, customers simply have to post a review of their newly brought smartphone along with a photo of the product and the hashtag #vivo66. Winners will be announced on June 17.

Check out a few of vivo’s smartphone offerings by heading over to their Lazada or Shopee store. For more information about vivo’s promo, visit vivo Philippines’ Facebook page.

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Acer launches Learn from Home program

Just in time for a virtual back to school

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File photo: Acer Swift 5

The Philippines is adapting to the new normal brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of physically going back to school, students are welcoming the new school year through online classes. As such, laptops and mobile devices are on-demand since they allow easy access to online resources. To help students and parents, Acer is launching its Learn from Home program.

where they can grab select laptops at discount prices. Select Swift 3 variants are available to buy with discounts as part of the program. Acer’s Swift 3 is a thin-and-light laptop that packs powerful mobile processors for everyday use.

 

  • Swift 3 (14-inch FHD , AMD Ryzen 5 3500U, 4GB + 1TB HDD, Radeon 540X) — from PhP 32,999 to PhP 28,999
  • Swift 3 (14-inch FHD, Core i5-1035G1, 8GB + 512GB SSD) — from PhP 42,999 to PhP 39,999

There are also discounts for Aspire 3 as part of the program. Every student will appreciate the Aspire 3 for its versatility, performance, and the assortment of ports present on the laptop. Those buying these discounted laptops may do so at Acer’s online store or any of authorized resellers online from May 30 to July 15, 2020.

To know more about the Acer Learn from Home program, visit their social media sites or their website.

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