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Comparison: Globe ThePLAN vs Smart Signature Postpaid Plans

The postpaid game is heating up

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Are you getting a new plan soon? Or maybe you’re up for renewal.

Smart recently unveiled their new Signature postpaid plans that give larger data allowance and better call and text offers. How does it stack up against Globe‘s ThePLAN? Here’s a comparison.

Globe and Smart offer standard contracts for each postpaid plans with either a 6- or 24-month lockout. The terms and conditions may vary as well if you’re getting a promotional offer.

Both telcos offer postpaid plans with and without devices.

SIM-only Plans

The advantage of having a SIM-only plan is the bigger allowances for data, calls, and texts. Although, as its name implies, the telco will only provide a SIM card and it doesn’t come with any phone.

This type of plan is ideal for those who prefer to keep their old phone or for those who already purchased a brand new device somewhere else. SIM-only plans have a commitment period of six months on both networks.

Globe ThePLAN

Smart Signature

Plan 599 1.5GB data
Unli calls to Globe/TM
Unli texts to all networks
2.5GB data
25 minutes calls to all networks
Unli calls to Smart/Sun/TNT
Unli texts to all networks
Plan 799 6GB data
Unli calls to Globe/TM
Unli texts to all networks
Plan 999 8GB data
Unli calls to Globe/TM
Unli texts to all networks
10GB data
100 minutes calls to all networks
Unli calls to Smart/Sun/TNT
Unli texts to all networks
Plan 1299 12GB data
Unli calls to Globe/TM
Unli texts to all networks
Plan 1499 16GB data
Unli calls to Globe/TM
Unli texts to all networks
20GB data
200 minutes calls to all networks
Unli calls to Smart/Sun/TNT
Unli texts to all networks
Plan 1799 19GB data
Unli calls to Globe/TM
Unli texts to all networks
Plan 1999 21GB data
Unli calls to Globe/TM
Unli texts to all networks
30GB data
300 minutes calls to all networks
Unli calls to Smart/Sun/TNT
Unli texts to all networks
Plan 2499 26GB data
Unli calls to Globe/TM
Unli texts to all networks
Plan 2999 60GB data
600 minutes calls to all networks
Unli calls to Smart/Sun/TNT
Unli texts to all networks

The new Smart Signature plans have been upgraded to have more data allowance and better call and text bundle. All of the telco’s plans offer unlimited calls and texts within their network. If you have to contact peers from other networks, you have an unlimited text service and a generous number of minutes for voice calls.

Globe, on the other hand, offers a wider range of choices. The telco has more options to choose from based on your budget; however, the included data and voice call allowances don’t match Smart’s offer. Still, Globe has freebies for its subscribers including Spotify Premium, DisneyLife, iflixVIP, and Amazon Prime Video subscriptions.

With Device Plans

Of course, both Globe and Smart also offer their postpaid plans with the latest phones available. The catch is, the plans that come with devices have lower allowances and a longer contract period of 24 months.

Additionally, the bundled device will either come for free or with cashout depending on the cost of the device and the postpaid plan.

Globe

Smart

Plan 599 2.5GB data
Unli texts to all networks
Plan 799 1.5GB data
Unli calls to Globe/TM
Unli texts to all networks
Plan 999 4GB data
Unli calls to Globe/TM
Unli texts to all networks
5GB data
50 minutes calls to all networks
Unli calls to Smart/Sun/TNT
Unli texts to all networks
Plan 1299 6GB data
Unli calls to Globe/TM
Unli texts to all networks
Plan 1499 8GB data
Unli calls to Globe/TM
Unli texts to all networks
10GB data
100 minutes calls to all networks
Unli calls to Smart/Sun/TNT
Unli texts to all networks
Plan 1799 11GB data
Unli calls to Globe/TM
Unli texts to all networks
Plan 1999 16GB data
Unli calls to Globe/TM
Unli texts to all networks
15GB data
150 minutes calls to all networks
Unli calls to Smart/Sun/TNT
Unli texts to all networks
Plan 2499 21GB data
Unli calls to Globe/TM
Unli texts to all networks
Plan 2999 30GB data
300 minutes calls to all networks
Unli calls to Smart/Sun/TNT
Unli texts to all networks

Again, Smart’s new Signature plans beat Globe’s current offers. Smart has bigger data packages (except in Plan 1999) with a better bundle for calls and texts. Moreover, Smart’s plans are more suited for those who have a lot of contacts on other networks because of the allotted minutes of voice calls to any networks including PLDT.

Globe’s plans still offer great value, especially if the majority of your friends and colleagues are within Globe’s network. You could still message people from other networks with unlimited texts to anyone. Also, the freebies included in Globe’s SIM-only plan are included here.

Conclusion

Without a doubt, Smart offers the best value postpaid plan today. Thanks to the new Signature plans, Smart gives its subscribers bigger data with the most flexible call and text allowance. The ability to call somebody on any network without the high cost is the game changer here.

In the end, you’ll have to choose based on your needs because the unlimited offer is still “limited” within each telco’s network.

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Honor Watch Magic goes official in the Philippines

Feature packed smartwatch at a low price

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Want to buy a Huawei Watch GT but can’t afford it? The Honor Watch Magic may just be the answer. It does all the things the Watch GT can do, but for half the cost. And what’s more, it’s coming to the Philippines through Lazada.

Honor Watch Magic Lazada Poster

Honor Watch Magic features

The Honor Watch Magic is a smartwatch that features the same design as the Huawei Watch GT. This is not surprising, as Huawei owns and shares resources with Honor. Up front, the Honor Watch Magic has two stainless steel dials that controls the watch’s interface. Honor provided a 1.2-inch AMOLED display which is enough for a smartwatch.

Smartwatches have fitness tracking built-in as a core feature. The Honor Watch Magic is no exception. It has step tracking, continuous heart rate monitoring, and sleep tracking. With this feature, it manages to one-up the Apple Watch since the costlier smartwatch doesn’t have any sleep tracking feature at all.

The Honor Watch Magic also tracks different exercises. Its current selection includes running, hiking, swimming and cycling. It has GPS built-in which enhances the data collected by the smartwatch by adding location data.

Connectivity with a smartphone is not a problem since the smartwatch has Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy (BLE). This enables it to receive notifications and sync data to the Huawei Health app.

The smartwatch is waterproof up to 50 meters. Battery capacity is rated at 178 mAh, which is fine for a full day usage. It comes with a black sweat proof band to match any fashion styles.

Starting this October 15, the Honor Watch Magic will be available at Lazada online store. On its first day of sale, the smartwatch will retail at an exclusively low price of PhP 5,990. After October 15, it will retail at its SRP of PhP 7,990 only at Lazada. It will be available only in black.

Honor super brand day

Along with the availability of the Honor Watch Magic, other Honor products will be available at a discounted prize on Honor’s super brand day this October 15. Here are the discounted products:

  • Honor Band 5 — from PhP 1,699 to PhP 1,399
  • Honor 7A — from PhP 5,090 to PhP 4,890
  • Honor 8C — from PhP 6,990 to PhP 5,990 with a free gift kit
  • Honor 10 — from PhP 13,990 to PhP 7,990

To know more about the Honor Watch Magic and other discounts for Honor products, visit Honor Philippines’ website and social accounts on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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Pre-order the Vivo V17 Pro and get exciting freebies

All pre-orders come with freebies

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The much-awaited Vivo V17 Pro has finally arrived in the Philippines. The six-camera touting smartphone is up for pre-order online and through retail stores. To sweeten the deal for prospective buyers, Vivo is bundling exciting freebies with any purchase of the smartphone.

What freebies did Vivo bundled with the purchase of V17 Pro? A Harman JBL T110 wireless earphones and a six months extended warranty is up for grabs exclusively with Shopee pre-orders. Meanwhile, those who pre-ordered through Vivo retail stores scores a wireless earphones and a limited edition Vivo V17 Pro t-shirt.

Of course, all of these freebies come with the Vivo V17 Pro. This smartphone has six-cameras which seems a bit too many but ensures top-notch photos and selfies every time. On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48MP primary sensor, an 8MP wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro lens and, a 2MP depth sensor. The front has dual selfie pop-up cameras in a 32MP + 8 MP wide-angle lens setup.

A 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display adorns the front. Performance is backed with a Snapdragon 675 processor of 8GB of RAM. Large files are not a problem with 128GB built-in internal storage.

Pre-orders from the phone lasts from October 10 until October 18. It is expected to be available by October 19. To pre-order the device, visit V17 Pro’s Shopee product page.

The phone’s SRP is PhP 21,990.

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ROG Phone 2: Price and availability in the Philippines

Includes pricing for accessories

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The ASUS ROG Phone 2 is officially in the Philippines!

The ROG Phone 2 with 12GB RAM  and 512GB  storage began pre-orders at the price of PhP 49,995 (US$ 962) last October 3 to October 11, 2019. It will hit the market on November 2019 along with the Ultimate Edition that has 12GB RAM and 1TB storage for PhP 59,995 (US$ 1165).

The phone’s accessories are available at ROG Stores only. Pricing are as follows:

Accessories list Price
Professional Dock PhP 4,995
Lighting Armor Case PhP 2,495
ROG Kunai Gamepad PhP 6,995
TwinView Dock II PhP 14,995
Mobile Desktop Dock Revised PhP 10,995
ROG Phone Bag PhP 2,495
ASUS WiGig Display Dock
(Champion’s Super Pack Exclusive)
PhP 13,995
AeroActive Cooler II
(Out-of-box Accessory)
PhP 2,995
Aero Case
(Out-of-box Accessory)
PhP 995

 

Gaming phone refined

The ROG Phone 2 is perhaps one of the most specced out phone in the world today. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus with a 120Hz AMOLED Display, 12GB of RAM, 512GB storage, and 6,000mAh battery.

Other features like performance improvement and cooling that keeps the phone in optimal condition promises to deliver the best mobile gaming experience to date. There are even new and improved accessories like the Kunai gamepad that makes the phone look almost like a Nintendo Switch to take your gaming experience to an even higher level.

Editor’s Note: This article was updated on October 11, 2019 to add pricing details of the accessories.

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