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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The Samsung Galaxy S5

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.

 

Smart’s UNLIMITED LTE Extended Till September 30, 2014!

Tech blog Yugatech has a screeenshot of a tweet from Smart’s official Twitter account that unlimited access (meaning no data cap) to LTE is extended until September 30, 2014!

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Photo credit: Yugatech

Smart Communications has been responding to tweets and questions from subscribers regarding the “unlimited LTE” offer which has expired yesterday, March 31. This is the Nth time that Smart has extended its unlimited LTE service without imposing any data cap.

 

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.

 

Globe Bares Pricing For The Samsung Galaxy S5

Globe has announced its postpaid pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S5. Check it out below:

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Globe has not released any pricing for its prepaid subscribers. We are lucky enough to place a pre-order of the Samsung Galaxy S5. Our unit will be delivered probably on April 11, 2014 which is also the Philippine launch of the new Samsung flagship. Expect our unboxing and first impressions ASAP.

Do you want to place your pre-order for the Samsung Galaxy S5? 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.

Smart To Offer Samsung Galaxy S5 at P1,799 A Month

Smart Communications Inc. has finally unveiled their postpaid pricing for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5.  Just like its rival Globe, Smart will begin offering the Samsung Galaxy S5 on April 11, 2014.

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You can get the Samsung Galaxy S5 at Smart’s Unlisurf Plan 999 with additional P800 cash out for 24 months. But if you want it free, you can get the new Samsung flagship at Unlidata Plan 2000. That comes with unlimited LTE surfing, 150 minutes  of calls and 200 texts to all networks. The downside though is you have to be tied up for 30 months in order for you to get it free.

Here’s a quick refresher of the specs.

Samsung Galaxy S5 specs:

  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16/32GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 128GB – WOW!!!
  • 5.1-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display (1080 x 1920 pixels) 432 ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • IP67 – water and dust resistant
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, image stabilization and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel rear facing camera
  • LTE, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, DLNA, WIFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared Port
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Nano SIM
  • 2,800 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat

Smart has no details yet for its prepaid pricing for the Samsung Galaxy S5.

 

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