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December 21, 2012

Smart adds LG Nexus 4 and HTC 8X to their line-up

Smart Communications has recently announced the two latest additions to their smartphone offering, the LG Nexus 4 and the HTC 8X. In line with this announcement, the telco also mentioned that they’ll start taking pre-orders for these two highly anticipated handsets which will be bundled with their UnliData plans.

First up is Google’s latest and most controversial Nexus device, the Nexus 4. This LG-made handset will come at no extra charge under UnliData Plan 3000 with a 30-months lock in period. If that doesn’t fit your monthly budget, then you can go for the cheaper UnliData Plan 1500 or 2000. You just have shell out an extra 8 or 4 grand respectively, should you choose to get the handset through either of the said data plans.

Nexus4

To get to know more about the LG Nexus 4, you can check out our brief first impression here.

If the aforementioned Optimus G’s twin brother doesn’t tickle your fancy, then HTC’s flagship Windows Phone 8 handset might just fit the bill. Though both smartphones are being offered under the same UnliData plans, the HTC 8X is the more affordable option as potential buyers just need to cash-out Php4,000 if they applied for UnliData Plan 1500. Otherwise you can get the handset without an extra fee if you avail either the UnliData Plan 2000 or 3000.

HTC8X

Should you need more information about the HTC 8X, we’re prepared a short first impression of the Windows Phone 8 handset here.

Below is the list of things (and rates) that are included under Smart’s UnliData Plans:

Plans

There you have it folks! Those are the two new handsets from Smart with its corresponding prices/cash-out fees. It seems that Smart has beaten Globe to the punch this time by being the first to offer these two handsets locally. But knowing that these two companies won’t allow the other get the upper hand, we can safely that the Globe is brewing up a comeback to match Smart’s offer.

Update: As per the corporate PR and with consultation with the Brand Manager that’s responsible for the pricing, here’s the correct one that Smart is offering:

Google Nexus 4
FREE @ UnliData Plan 1500 for 30 months lock-in
Php4,000 cash-out @ UnliData Plan 1500 for 24 months lock-in
FREE @ UnliData Plan 2000 for 24 months lock-in

HTC Windows Phone 8X
Php8,000 cash-out @ UnliData Plan 1500
FREE @ UnliData Plan 2000 for 30 months lock-in
Php4,000 cash-out @ UnliData Plan 2000 for 24 months lock-in
FREE @ UnliData PLan 3000

Apparently, and this is what is told of me, the pre-order page which @smartcares tweeted gave the wrong information. This could have been a mixed-up with the team that maintained Smart’s website.

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27 Responses to “Smart adds LG Nexus 4 and HTC 8X to their line-up”

  1. Dylan says:

    Overpriced ang Nexus 4. Dapat free na yan sa Plan 1500.

  2. JKisaragi says:

    There seems to be a discrepancy with regard to the plans and the cash-out price for the Nexus 4. These are the options available once you go to its pre-order page:

    Free at LTE Plan 2000
    Free at Unlidata Plan 3000
    Unlidata Plan 1500 + PhP4000

    Might want to clear that one up with SMART.

  3. The Judger says:

    Mas mahal pa ang Nexus 4 sa HTC 8X? SMART, U SERIOUS?

  4. philip
    Twitter: axedmozo
    says:

    kahit saan nga overpriced ang nexus 4 e. huhu.

  5. David says:

    WTF overpriced? Bobo naman ng taga smart. If i really wanted nexus 4, i’ll get 2k unli plan iphone5 or note 2 instead, sell it then buy nexus 4 for 22k.

  6. David says:

    Kaya siguro low stock ang google play store, because of LG wanting it to sell at a higher price.

  7. johnmark says:

    hi, ano bng magandang network sa pinas, i mean mura na may unli call?

  8. Kenneth says:

    Antay na lng tayo pag overstock na ang nexus 4. as of now all around the globe out of stock ang nexus 4. also if read some news if you get nexus 4 from google mas mura cya rather than getting it from lg.

    to justify the price it just means it cost more since it a
    hard to find phone at the moment.

    • Jm says:

      Its a lie, its available everywhere here in north america, and you pay zero now for all phones above listed.

  9. jm says:

    akala ko ba 4g lte yong samsung galaxy s3, note 2, and htc 8x soooooooo weird, so north america lang, sabagay s3 iba ang specs dito but note2 and htc h8x ang daya. so sad sa network dyan.

  10. sylv3rblade says:

    I tried the pre-order. There’s a discrepancy with the pricing. The main page sales 8k cash out with 1500 unlidata for Nexus 4 but when I pre-ordered, it went down to 4k cashout + 1500 unlidata.

    Smart needs better QA.

  11. Puroy says:

    Ang bilis! Ubos agad yung X8!!!

  12. Andrei Salta says:

    Is that the 8gb or the 16gb?

  13. jeykoy says:

    yey for nexus 4…
    hmmm. could it be mahal kasi LG ang tatak?

  14. al says:

    LG NEXUS 4 IS THE BEST SMARTPHONE RIGHT NOW. ! PERO SANA MEJO BABAAN NILA ANG PRICE…

    T.Y.

  15. nexus says:

    ^LG Nexus 4 is best phone for its price. But in terms of features, S3 is still better android smartphone. If i will to choose which phone to choose at the same plan, I’ll go for S3.

  16. ichigo says:

    For those of you who want Nexus 4 but don’t want to get locked up to these BS telco plans, then buy the unit, I already got mine for P22,240 from Memo Express. It’s way cheaper than KimStore’s P24,900.

    I like the camera of Nexus 4 because it shoots a lot faster than my Canon Powershot LOL.

  17. Name: says:

    How much is unlocked-Nexus 4?

  18. Anton says:

    Walangya! Bakit ang globe pansin ko kulang handset offerings!? Gusto ko ng nexus 4 sa globe! Nakakaasar itong globe oh!

    • Squirt says:

      tama. lately ang gaganda ng smartphone offerings ng smart. mas aggressive sila in getting latest phones. walang kwenta sa globe eh, masyadong pang mainstream lahat. iPhones and Galaxy phones that’s it.

  19. Jm says:

    Well, ang mahal ng nexus 4, only stupid ang bibili ng nexus na yan, buy note 2 ang pinakamahal same as iphone 5, but nexus 4 350 dollar here

  20. Mark says:

    ang mahal naman ng nexus 4 dito. antay na lang ako sa summer papabili sa US 8gb at $300 12,000 pesos.

  21. Josh says:

    Got the Nexus 4 through Smart’s All-in Plan. Apparently they have units readily available for walk-in clients.ents

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This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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