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Vivo V7 price cut makes it an even better near-borderless selfie phone

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New year, new phone? If you’re in the market looking for a new handset, you might want to check out Vivo‘s midrange smartphone and its selfie prowess.

The Vivo V7 just got a price cut to PhP 12,990 in the Philippines. That’s 2,000 bucks cheaper than its initial launch price of PhP 14,990.

The device is promoted as selfie smartphone with a 24-megapixel front-facing camera with Face Beauty 7.0 software and a 16-megapixel rear shooter, but it’s more than just that. It’s basically a smaller version of the V7+ (which is priced pretty steep compared to its competition) with a 5.7-inch FullView display. It has an HD+ resolution with an 18:9 aspect ratio.

It’s powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor with 4GB of memory and 32GB of storage. It runs on FunTouch OS 3.2 on top of Android Nougat. Performance-wise, it can take on your demanding apps and last long on the road with its 3000mAh battery.

It also has a fingerprint reader and facial recognition unlock technology to keep your phone secure.

Check out our unboxing and hands-on of the Vivo V7 to get to know more about the device.

SEE MORE: Huawei Nova 2i vs OPPO F5 vs Vivo V7+ Camera Comparison

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Comparison: Unlimited home broadband plans in the Philippines

Say no to data caps!

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As much as possible, home broadband shouldn’t be limited to data allowances. While consumable plans are cheaper, they are not enough for binge-watching and large file downloads like game updates.

If you’re still subscribed to a consumable broadband plan, it’s time to make the switch! Unlimited broadband plans are the way to go. Four of the major internet service providers (ISP) in the Philippines namely Converge, Globe, PLDT, and Sky offer various unlimited internet plans.

Here are the speed options and monthly service fees:

Converge FiberX
Globe At Home
PLDT Home
OneSky Broadband
3Mbps
 –
 –
1,299
 –
5Mbps
 –
1,699
1,699
1,299
10Mbps
 –
1,899
 –
15Mbps
 –
1,899
 –
20Mbps
 –
1,899
1,899
 –
25Mbps
1,500
 –
 –
1,899
50Mbps
2,500
2,499
2,899
2,899
100Mbps
3,500
2,899
 –
3,899

Note: Globe’s Plan 1899 has three speed options depending on availability.

These broadband plans are either connected by copper (DSL) or fiber optic cables. All the plans are subject to availability in the area, especially plans 20Mbps and above since they require a fiber connection.

Which plan offers the best value?

After checking all the broadband plans from the four major ISPs, we can say that Converge’s FiberX 1500 offers the best value all around — that is if your area is serviceable. A 25Mbps connection is already enough for daily needs even if a number of people will be using the network.

If you want to get the fastest speed, Globe’s Go Unli Plan 2899 is the best on the list. For just PhP 2,899, you get 100Mbps speed which is already powered by fiber connectivity. The catch is, like with Converge, fiber-connected places are still pretty limited especially if you live in certain condominiums or a remote village.

What are the freebies and add-ons?

When it comes to freebies, Globe has the biggest offering while Converge has the barest offer to keep their price down.

Converge FiberX
Globe At Home
PLDT Home
OneSky Broadband

– Landline with unlimited Globe to Globe calls
– 6 months premium subscription to Netflix and Disney apps
– 2 months subscription to HOOQ
– Double speed for Plan 2899 for 6 months– Free Sky On Demand access

How much are the initial fees?

Monthly fees are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to broadband plans. Since this type of service requires a wired connection to your place, they have installation fees. These fees vary per ISP and, sometimes, there are certain promotions available.

  • Converge — PhP 2,500
  • Globe — PhP 2,500 (DSL) or P4,500 (vDSL/Fiber) for No-Lockup / PhP 1,000 with contract
  • PLDT — PhP 2,300 (DSL) or P3,600 (Fiber)
  • Sky Broadband — PhP 999 to PhP 3,898

Please check out their respective websites for the latest promotions and more details about the offerings: Converge FiberX, Globe At Home, PLDT Home, Sky Broadband.

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Cherry Prepaid launches KACHER70, their first tri-net data combo offer

New promo for the new year

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A new year means a new promo for Cherry Prepaid subscribers. A new tri-net offer is coming your way that’s good for web browsing, calling, and texting.

The new KACHER70 is Cherry Prepaid’s first tri-net data combo promo which includes 1GB of data and 60 minutes of calls and unlimited texts to fellow Cherry Prepaid subscribers, as well as their sister network Globe and TM.

The tri-net data offer is valid for five days for just PhP 70. To register, simply text KACHER70 to 2138.

Promo is valid until March 31, 2018.

If you want to try out Cherry Prepaid, you may purchase their prepaid LTE SIM card which is available at Cherry Mobile stores, SM Store outlets, and Puregold stores in the Philippines for only PhP 29. Cherry Prepaid is a virtual network by Cherry Mobile in partnership with Globe Telecom.

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Take more AI selfies with an even cheaper OPPO F5 Youth

AI selfies just got cheaper

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The new year has started with a battle between cheaper selfie-centric phones. Just last week, Vivo made a price cut for the V7. Now, OPPO follows with a more affordable F5 Youth.

The OPPO F5 Youth is a cheaper and slightly toned-down version of the regular F5. As mentioned, it’s a selfie-centric phone with a 16-megapixel front camera powered by OPPO’s AI Beauty Technology.

When it was launched last year, it got a friendlier price tag than its siblings due to some minor changes in specs. It’s now even more budget-friendly at just PhP 12,990. It’s the cheapest in the F5 series followed by the regular F5 at PhP 15,990 and the OPPO F5 6GB with a steep PhP 21,990 price tag.

A quick refresher: The F5 Youth has a 6-inch Full HD+ display with an 18:9 ratio. It’s powered by a midrange MediaTek P23 processor and has a 3200mAh battery. It runs Android 7.1 Nougat topped with ColorOS 3.2.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F5 vs OPPO F5 6GB vs OPPO F5 Youth: Which one is for you?

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