Smart vs Globe Offering Comparison: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Nov 09, 14 Smart vs Globe Offering Comparison: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Posted by in Gadgets, Mobile, Tech News, Telecoms

With both Smart and Globe releasing their postpaid plans yesterday, you can now choose which telco you’d want to get your newest i-device from. Comparing them based on their plans, we compute their total acquisition cost to see from which telco you can get the cheapest iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 plus from. Prepaid: Smart vs Globe Globe Smart iPhone 6 16GB 37,500 36,700 iPhone 6 64GB 43,000 42,300 iPhone 6 128GB 48,500 48,000 iPhone 6+ 16GB 43,000 42,300 iPhone 6+ 64GB 48,500 48,000 iPhone 6+ 128GB 54,000 53,600 Smart is cheaper in all iPhone categories in terms of prepaid pricing. Postpaid: Smart vs Globe (iPhone 6) We can only compare certain plans and their total acquisition cost because both telcos do not offer plans that are entirely similar to each other. iPhone 6 24 month iPhone 6 24 month iPhone 6 24 month 16GB TAC 64GB TAC 128GB TAC Smart iPhone Plan 999 19200* 43176 25,200* 49176 27,700* 51676 Globe Plan 999 24,000 47976 30,000 53976 35,280 59256 Smart iPhone Plan 1799 10,800 53976 15,500 58676 26,300 69476 Globe Plan 1799 10,800 53976 14,400 57576 19,200 62376 Smart All-In Plan 1200 21,400 50200 26,000 54800 30,700 59500 Globe Plan 1299 19,200 50376 24,000 55176 28,800 59976 Smart All-In Plan 2500 11,700 71700 16,400 76400 21,000 81000 Globe Plan 2499 FREE 59976 4,800 64776 16,800 76776   As seen in the chart, Smart is cheaper in terms of TAC on all variants of the iPhone 6 in the iPhone Plan 999 and All-In Plan 1200 category. On the 1799 category, they both tied on the 16GB variant but Globe is a bit cheaper on the 64GB and 128GB variant. Globe is cheaper on the Plan 2499 category. Postpaid: Smart vs Globe (iPhone 6 Plus) iPhone6+ 24 month iPhone6+ 24 month iPhone6+ 24 month Smart 16GB TAC 64GB TAC 128GB TAC Smart iPhone Plan 999 25,200* 49176 27,700* 51676 32,300* 56276 Globe Plan 999 30,000 53976 35,280 59256 39,600 63576 Smart iPhone Plan 1799 15,500...

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SMART to install free WiFi hotspots in UP campuses nationwide

Nov 03, 14 SMART to install free WiFi hotspots in UP campuses nationwide

Posted by in Telecoms, Wireless Technology

SMART has just inked a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of the Philippines to provide FREE WiFi connectivity and access points to all UP campuses across the country. Initially, Smart will be installing 120 hotspots across UP campuses as well as add eight new base stations to six stations that are already inside UP. Under the agreement, UP students can access websites whitelisted by Smart and UP for free over WiFi inside UP campuses. Sites that are not whitelisted can still be accessed for free for 30 minutes per day, data usage beyond that period will be charged the usual rates. UP president Alfredo E. Pascual (right) and Smart chief wireless advisor Orlando B. Vea (left) “This fosters more collaborative learning within the UP community, and allows every Isko and Iska to access online learning resources for free,” said Vea. “For us at Smart, this is part of our vision for digital inclusion, of making the Internet more accessible so that more Filipinos get to enjoy its benefits.” For his part, UP president Pascual said, “This is more than just a simple triumph of technology. The hotspots will be a catalyst in unifying the seven constituent universities and one constituent college of the UP System and will signal the start of greater collaboration between UP and Smart in bringing Philippine education into the 21st century.” Related posts: No related...

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Davao City finds tech partner with Malaysian mobile content group

Oct 31, 14 Davao City finds tech partner with Malaysian mobile content group

Posted by in Business, Tech News

Davao City found a new tech partner with the Malaysian Mobile Content Provider Association (MMCP) during the 2nd Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines – East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) and the Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand – Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Trade Fair and Business Leaders’ Conference 2014. The ICT Davao Incorporated or IDI signed a memorandum of agreement with MMCP, attended by no less than MMCP’s president Johary Mustapha. MMCP is a voluntary body representing the majority of external mobile content providers who provide SMS and multimedia-delivered content to the telecommunications companies in Malaysia. The partnership’s main focus is to promote the development of business relations in the field of information and communication technologies and services. Both parties agreed to cooperate on receiving incoming delegations to promote their business missions, assistance in trade fair participation, organization and participation in seminars and workshops, as well as advisory services on industry status and prospects. (From left) Darwin Tan, founder of DARE BizStart Malaysia; Atty. Sam Matunog, president of ICT Davao Inc. (IDI); Johary Mustapha, president of MMCP; Nyaee Ayup, trade commissioner of the Malaysia External Trade Development Corp.; and Victor Sapar, executive director of IDI. Related posts: Davao City gears up for 2nd BIMP-EAGA & IMT-GT Trade Fair and Business Leaders’...

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Misfit Shine: Fitness with Style

Oct 20, 14 Misfit Shine: Fitness with Style

Posted by in Featured, Reviews, Wearable, Wireless Technology

Wearable tech are the “in” thing this year. From watches to Bluetooth tags, it’s everywhere! The most popular wearable tech would be the fitness trackers and you won’t believe the wide range of choices out there. Each has their own unique feature and some might fit you better than other but now, we are reviewing the Misfit Shine. It’s a fitness tracker that doesn’t compromise on style. Other than turn heads because of how it looks (Are you wearing a French Macaron?), it tracks your activity from walking to yoga to swimming and even sleeping! You don’t even need to buy a separate device for it (but you can if you want) for tracking sleep. Have I already mentioned that it is waterproof? Unlike some fitness trackers, you can use Misfit Shine to track your swimming activity. Here’s another part that you will like. No charging. As per inquiry, distributor said that on normal use, battery can last up to 6 months. That’s not bad at all. The device itself has no physical buttons. To sync it to your device, open your phone’s Bluetooth and click the sync button to update your selected settings to your phone and to upload your data from your Misfit Shine to your device. Data can usually be stored for around 2 weeks before it is over written so better upload data often (Check out the Misfit app for iOS and Android). Since it’s a small circular device without an LCD, it has 12 LED lights to inform you of basic information like time and your progress for the day. You have the option to choose whether you want to display the time first or your progress of the day first. Here’s how it looks like: After knowing how it works, you know have several options on how you want to wear it. As per trying, the most accurate way is to wear it as a watch. Inside the package, a wrist strap and a magnetic clasp is included. You...

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Fobo Wireless Tag: Personal Belongings Security Tag

If you’re like millions of people who’ve at one point left either a bag or other belongings inside a cab, hotel or plane, you know how hassle it is and sometimes, there’s even a chance that you might not recover your left item again. Forever. Sounds bad? Well, you might need one of these Bluetooth tags. We’ve been using Fobo tag for some time now to test how it works and it was effective in reminding us of our belongings. It’s a small circular device that can fit in your bag. What it does is by using Bluetooth technology, your device is connected to the Fobo and they communicate constantly. It can: – Sound an alarm when the Fobo tag is out of range. (E.g. when you leave your laptop bag inside the coffee shop, your phone will sound off an alarm) – Help you look for your personal belongings (E.g. If you use it as a key chain, you can use the “find me” function and the Fobo tag app on your phone will tell you if you are getting nearer.) – When someone moves an item where your Fobo tag is, your phone will sound off an alarm. (Ex: You’re manning a booth in a fair and you put it inside your bag. Once someone touches and with the slightest move of your bag, it will trigger the alarm.) There are also other features like SOS but we haven’t tried it yet. In case it gets disconnected with your device, by accessing the app, it will give you the last location information available when the Fobo tag is connected with your device. Nifty gadget, huh? Related posts: No related...

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Globe kicks off #Gen3NextACT, major makeover of Globe stores

Oct 09, 14 Globe kicks off #Gen3NextACT, major makeover of Globe stores

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Globe Telecom kicked off recently its #Gen3NextACT (Art + Community + Technology) event series coinciding with the major makeover of two of its biggest Generation 2 stores located at SM North Edsa in Quezon City, and at Limketkai Mall in Cagayan de Oro. Aimed at creating a whole new retail customer experience, the ongoing renovations are a refresh of Globe’s innovation in store designs when it first remodeled its stores in 2010. Both stores will reopen in December 2014. Globe’s Generation 3 stores have been featuring themed surprises such as arts, community, and technology. The Generation 3 store at SM North Edsa featured last September 25 distinguished Filipino artist Ross Capili along with fellow artists Percinette Sauro, Rem San Pedro and Herald Guarin Corpuz. And on October 4 another art event was held at the Limketkai Mall featuring the creations of Joey and Archie Balcos. Capili working with the theme ‘past to future’ designs the mounted mural on the Globe stores. The mural is set to surprise onlookers every two weeks as participating artists keep on adding and drawing on the canvass. The Globe Generation 3 stores are designed by Tim Kobe, founder and CEO of Eight Incorporated whose brainchild is the iconic Apple store in New York. “Globe is transforming the customer experience in the Philippines and it will send shock waves far beyond,” Kobe said on the upcoming Globe stores. The new stores are planned to house interactive lifestyle vignettes that will feature a myriad of products within interesting displays that make it more relevant to customers. The installations are made flexible and reconfigurable allowing the store to transform. Related posts: No related...

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SMART extends FREE Internet promo

Oct 03, 14 SMART extends FREE Internet promo

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SMART has just announced that it will be extending its FREE internet promo until January 5. Also, the FREE internet service will now be available to all prepaid, postpaid and broadband subs of SMART, TNT and SUN. via Related posts: No related...

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Get your Virtual International Number for only $ 1

Oct 02, 14 Get your Virtual International Number for only $ 1

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From October 1 to 31, 2014, you can subscribe to Globe’s DUO International for only $1 or Php 45. Originally priced at $25 or Php 99 per month, DUO International assigns virtual number to your Globe and Touch mobile number. Your friends and relatives abroad can then call the international virtual number and get charged domestic rates instead of standard IDD rates to the Philippines. The DUO international service is available in 24 countries including USA, Canada, Japan, Spain and UK. Visit this link for the steps on how you can register for the service. DUO international numbers are only designed only to receive incoming calls, you cannot use it for outgoing calls or texts.   Related posts: No related...

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Smart discussing with GSMA for anti-spam service

Oct 01, 14 Smart discussing with GSMA for anti-spam service

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Seeking to further protect subscribers from spam messages, Smart Communications is in discussions with GSMA, the world’s top association of mobile operators, Smart is exploring the use of GSMA’s spam reporting service that is being used by top operators abroad, such as AT&T, Vodafone, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon. The service will enable subscribers to easily report spammers to the National Telecommunications Commission, which can then determine the appropriate sanctions for the erring parties. Under the proposed service, subscribers can forward nuisance spam messages to the dedicated number 7726 (SPAM). Early this year, Smart launched an education campaign to inform subscribers about the modus operandi of unscrupulous scammers. Subscribers can learn more about scams and report scam incidents at www.smart.com.ph/smart2know The most common complaint involves Pasaload, a service that allows subscribers to transfer load credits to others. To address this, Smart now requires subscribers to confirm Pasaload requests to make sure they are aware of the transaction. If subscribers send an SMS to 808 – Smart’s Pasaload number – Smart sends a message informing them that they are about to transfer load to another person. Load will only be transferred once the subscribers send YES to 808 within 15 minutes. Related posts: No related...

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Globe intensifies #StopSpam campaign

Oct 01, 14 Globe intensifies #StopSpam campaign

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Globe intensifies #StopSpam campaign via page channel Globe Telecom is intensifying its campaign versus text spams and text scams by dedicating a web page channel where its customers can report such annoying messages. Customers simply have to go to http://www.globe.com.ph/stopspam and provide all the details required. Numbers that are reported to be source of text spams are first sent warnings and those that are persistent source of text spams are deactivated from the service. According to Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto, Globe’s commitment is to go after companies that engage in marketing activities thru text spamming. Proof of this, Globe recently filed before the National Telecommunications Commission complaints versus two companies whose agents keep on sending unsolicited promotional text messages to its customers. In separate complaints, Globe specifically asked the regulatory body to order the two companies the payment of appropriate fines and penalties for sending annoying text spam to Globe subscribers. Globe also asked the NTC to permanently bar the two companies its agents and employees from sending spam texts to Globe customers. “The recent filing of complaint against two companies that persistently make use of text spamming as a marketing tool is just an example of the extent we will go to address the issue,” Crisanto said. Spam messages are usually sent by prepaid numbers as they are untraceable and are easily disposable. Spammers also don’t need to specific numbers to send spam messages to as they make use of USB GSM modems and they spam number ranges. Legitimate text blasts approved by the regulating agency are properly identified and do not carry 11-digit numbers. Globe has also put in place other channels by which customers may report spam or scam messages: Customers who receive irritating text spam and text scam messages may also report via the Globe website through Talk2Globe Chat (http://chat.globe.com.ph); send a message through Globe Contact Form (http://globe.com.ph/talk2Globenow) and by tweeting @Talk2GLOBE on Twitter. Subscribers can put in the number, the exact message, and the...

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