Globe Offers Samsung Galaxy Forever Plan

Are you a loyal Samsung Galaxy user? Do replace your Galaxy device every year? We have some good news for you! Globe Telecom has  recently launched a unique postpaid plan for Samsung Galaxy users called the Galaxy Forever Plan. It is quite similar to Globe’s iPhone Forever Plan in which a subscriber can own a new Samsung Galaxy flagship every year without waiting for its 24-month contract to finish.

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A subscriber will get a Samsung Galaxy device after 12 months by renewing their contract and trading in their old Galaxy device and pay for a smaller cash out of the new device or pay the full one time fee if the subscriber wants to retain the old device.

Here are the available Galaxy Forever Plans:

Galaxy Forever Plan 1599

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 with P16,800 cash out
  • 1.5GB GoSurf consumable data
  • Free 6 months Spotify premium
  • Unlimited calls and text to Globe/TM or unlimited texts to all networks

Galaxy Forever Plan 1999

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 with P14,800 cash out
  • 3GB GoSurf consumable data
  • Free 6 months Spotify premium
  • Unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM or unlimited texts to all networks

Galaxy Forever Plan 2499

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 with 12,800 cash out
  • 5GB GoSurf consumable data
  • Free 6 months Spotify premium
  • Unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM or unlimited texts to all networks

Subscribers can sign up for the new Galaxy Forever Plan until July 31, 2014. Check out more about the Samsung Galaxy S5 here.

 

Spotify Arrives In the Philippines, Partners With Globe

For those who are familiar with Spotify. it is an online music streaming service with more than 30 Million active users worldwide. Spotify originated from Stockholm, Sweden in 2008 and got 10 Million users in 2010. As of December 2013, Spotify is now available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices. Unfortunately, Spotify remained to be unavailable in our country till last week when the service became official.

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Spotify has partnered with Globe to offer the service to the telco’s 38 Million subscribers. Globe will be offering a new internet service called GoSurf. Roll out for GoSURF will start on April 13. Prepaid subscribers can avail of the following: GoSURF 10 – 10MB of data plus Spotify for 24 hours; GoSURF 299 – 700MB of data plus Spotify Premium for 30 days; GoSURF 999 – 5GB of data with Spotify Premium for 30 days. Postpaid subscribers can avail of the GoSURF 299 and GoSURF 999.

You can download and subscribe to Spotify now on your Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices.

 

 

Smart Bro LTE Pocket WiFi (Alcatel One Touch Y800) Hands On Review

The need for a better internet connection especially if you’re on the go has become a serious necessity. What’s disappointing is that WiFi access is still very limited and WiFi connection in some areas like malls, office coffee shops, hang out areas are sometimes paid and most of the time crappy. No wonder why LTE pocket WiFi devices remains to be a hot item.

We got to admit, Smart’s LTE network remains to be superior and has better coverage. But our Smart subscription is used mainly for internet and not calls and texts like on our Globe subscription. So we decided to ditch our back smartphone (which Smart is inserted) and bought a Smart Bro LTE Pocket WiFi.

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The LTE pocket WiFi we bought is an Alcatel One Touch Y800. It surprised us since we are used to see Huawei-made pocket WiFi devices being offered by Smart.

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Alcatel One Touch Y800 (Smart Bro LTE Pocket WiFi) specs:

  • LTE Band 800/900/1800/2100 Mhz
  • 3G Band 900/1800/2100 Mhz
  • 2G Band 850/900/1800/1900 Mhz
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
  • 1,500 mAh battery

The package comes with a dock (nice touch), USB, Adapter and two 1,500 mAh batteries. We do love the extra battery which means the device can take an extra mile. Upon seeing the device for the first time, it looks like a phone from the early 2000’s. Hehehe. It really big since we are used to small mobile broadband devices. It is pocketable and very light though.

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We’ve have been using this device for 3 weeks now including the days that we were in Davao City for a vacation and here’s our take.

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  • It sends out pretty strong WiFi signal! We placed the device on a closed room at the 2nd floor then our smartphone at the ground floor about 10 meters away. Our phone is still getting about two bars of WiFi signal.
  • Idiot proof set up. Setting up the device is a breeze. You do need a laptop or desktop for the initial set up.
  • Forgot your passoword? There’s a reset button at the back near the battery. You just have to take off the back cover first.
  • Of course, we’ve experienced Smart blazing fast LTE connection! Although LTE areas are still limited, 3G and HSPA+ connection remains fast too.
  • The only downside is the battery. Now we understand why Smart included an extra 1,500 mAh battery. The battery lasted 5 hours before it screams to be recharged. But since we have two batteries, we have 10 hours of LTE goodness!

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The Smart Bro LTE Pocket WiFi is priced P4,888 if you opt for a prepaid subscription. You can also get a postpaid subscription from Plan 1299, 1749 to 3,500 with 24-month lock up period. For more information, please click here.

 

Cloudfone Excite 451TV Free At Globe MySuperPlan 599

Local tech brand Cloudfone and local telco Globe Telecom have been long-time partners when it comes to offering smartphones and tablets free and exclusive for Globe’s postpaid services. One of which is the Cloudfone Excite 451TV, an Android smartphone offered exclusively by Globe. Enjoy this phone Free with unlimited calls and texts to Globe and TM plus free TV at Plan 599. Yes, the Cloudfone Excite 451TV has analogue TV onboard that let’s you watch your favorite teleseryes, movies, news, sitcoms and TV shows from free channels like ABS-CBN, GMA, ETC, ABS-CBN Sports + Action, GMA News TV, Solar New Channel, and many more.

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Cloudfone Excite 451TV specs:

  • 1,3GHz Dual Core processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4.5-inch display
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera with flash
  • VGA front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Mobile TV
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean

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Just go to your nearest Globe store and apply/renew your postpaid service now.

Starmobile Navi Free At Sun Cellular’s Plan 350

Local smartphones are getting really popular up to the point that our local telcos are now offering them free on postpaid service plans. Sun Cellular is now offering the entry level Starmobile Navi FREE at Sun Postpaid’s Plan 350. This particular postpaid plan is Sun Cellular’s most popular plan has the most number of Sun postpaid subscribers.

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Get unlimited calls and texts to Sun and 250 free texts to other networks (Smart and Globe). We got a chance to review the Starmobile Navi so find out our take on this smartphone. Related article – Starmobile Navi Review

Starmobile Navi specs:

  • 1.2GHz Quad Core Broadcom BCM23550 graphics
  • VideoCore IV graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4-inch WVGA display (480 x 800 pixels)
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • VGA front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 1,500 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P3,990 unlocked

New Sony Xperia Smartphones Unveiled Locally

Sony has released a bunch of smartphones earlier this year on two separate tech events – Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and Mobile World Congress (MWC). Yesterday, Sony in the Philippines has unveiled all of these devices locally. Here, check out their specs, prices and availability.

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Sony Xperia E1

  • 1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor
  • Adreno 302 graphics
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable up to 32GB
  • 4-inch WVGA TFT display (800 x 480 pixels) 233 ppi
  • Scratch resistant glass
  • 3.15 megapixel camera
  • 3G/HSDPA, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.o
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 1,750 mAh battery
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean
  • SRP: P6,590 (Single SIM) P7,490 (Dual SIM)
  • Availability: March 2014

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Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

  • 1.4GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • Adreno 305 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 6-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels) 245 ppi
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 1.1 megapixel front facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, WiFi direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean
  • SRP: 18,990
  • Availability: 3rd week April 2014

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Sony Xperia Z2

  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 graphics
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
  • 5.2-inch Full HD IPS LCD display (1080 x 1920 pixels) 434 ppi
  • Scratch resistant and shatter proof glass
  • IP58 Water and dust resistant
  • 20.7 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 2.2 megapixel front facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, WiFi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB OTG (On-The-Go)
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 3,200 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • SRP: P33,990
  • Availability: May 2014

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Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

  • 2.2 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • Adreno 330 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4.3 inch HD TFT display (1280 x 720 pixels) 342 ppi
  • Shatter proof and scratch resistant glass
  • IP58 certified – dust proof and water resistant for up to 1 meter for 30 minutes
  • 20.7 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, DLNA, WiFi Direct
  • Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB On-The-Go (OTG)
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 2,300 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean
  • SRP: 25,490
  • Availability: 4th week March 2014

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z2

  • 2.3GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • Adreno 330 graphics
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
  • 10.1-inch Full HD TFT display (1200 x 1920 pixels) 224 ppi
  • Shatter proof and scratch resistant glass
  • IP58 certified Water and dust proof over 1 meter and 30 minutes
  • 8.1 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus
  • 2.2 megapixel front facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi direct, WiFi hotspot, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 6,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • SRP: P33,190 (LTE variant
  • Availability: April 2014

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Sony Xperia M2 specs:

  • 1.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • Adreno 305 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4.8-inch qHD TFT display (960 x 540 pixels) 229 ppi
  • Scratch resistant glass
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • Secondary front facing camera
  • Dual SIM
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, DLNA, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB OTG (on-the-go)
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • 2,300 mAh battery
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean
  • SRP: P14,190
  • Availability: mid-May 2014

SMART TO OFFER SONY XPERIA Z2

If Globe Telecom is prepping up for the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S5, its rival, Smart Communications has announced that they will be offering the Sony Xperia Z2. According to tech blog Yugatech, Smart will also offer a special introductory offer for the Sony flagship for a limited time. Stay tuned and we will update you once Smart announced its postpaid offerings. 🙂

Globe’s Samsung Galaxy S5 Pre-order Page Now Up!

Excited to get a hold on the new Samsung Galaxy S5? Globe has set up a pre-order page for interested subscribers on the new Samsung flagship.

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Unveiled in New York and on the recently concluded Mobile World Congress (MWC), the Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of the most anticipated smartphone to be announed. Samsung has also announced during the said event that the new flagship will be available on April 11, 2014 on 150 countries including the Philippines. Globe will be officially bringing the S5 locally on April 11.

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Before getting one, we suggest that you watch some of the international blogger’s first impressions with the Samsung Galaxy S5.