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Free Gadget Magazines: Do they work?

The Mobile Philippines magazine has been offering subscriptions for free in the last 8 months (at least) and I only found about it today.

I’m not really into magazines lately although I still have that 12-issue subscription from Digital Photographer. Went around Virra Mall this afternoon to get me a new kick-ass PC case (that’s for the PCLabs) when I saw copies of Mobile Philippines being given out for free.

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It’s a good move I think since the focus is getting as many readers as possible and make money off print advertising. It’s pretty to sell magazines if they’re free, right? Inquirer’s Libre was a huge hit.

To those who aren’t into magazines any longer, would a free subscription change your mind and go back to reading a printed copy? In the era of Gizmodo and Engadget, could this be the future of gadget magazines?

Note: You can get a free monthly subscription by sending an email to [email protected] with your contact info and home address.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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31 Responses

  1. RJCA says:

    Just emailed them hahaha this seems interesting!


    How many pages is the magazine?

  2. Prokopio Dakuikoi says:

    got this link from the inquirer site but it’s not working:

  3. deuts says:

    In the era of Gizmodo and Engadget

    Of course, we shouldn’t forget Yugatech!

  4. carlo says:

    ofcourse ill still get gadget magazines even though theres gizmodo and yugatech and also the the new site I love to collect gadget mags, specially that ones that has great covers…hehe

  5. Patrick says:

    This looks nice. I was never into mags either but anything that can veer me away from my lcd monitor is always a good thing in my book.

  6. iMadrid says:

    Free Gadget Mags would work wonderfully IF the Advertisers take full advantage of it. It usually take 2 months before an magazine issue comes out. So the news is already stale.

    What they could do effectively is Gadgets Product Tie-ins where you could buy locally and order with ease (online or phone). Or at least point you the nearest retailer. But please include Price! I hate TBD pricing on any stuff.

    Oh BTW I still don’t know where I could find a Build To Order Dell Mini 10 Ubuntu Edition locally. Dell PH website FAIL!

  7. Raven says:

    Id rather g0 f0r the internet t0 check the latest news like here in yugatech…m0re precise & m0re specific.
    N0 need t0 wait the issue t0 be printed diba? Just a click away.

    Afterall…i can br0wse the net LIBRE..l0l

  8. bisdaktech says:

    going to give this a shot and try to email them. hehehe! as long as its free why not give it a shot.

  9. oh yes, they’d cool to have and to hold, but i stop reading tech mags because some of them are way too late for a news to be a news. the only mags that i read now are those culinary and restaurant-related mags.

  10. Vidar says:

    Can I subscribe even if I’m from Laguna?

  11. pablo says:

    i’ve been reading mobile philippines since i found out that it was free…the gadget reviews are a bit late as compared to the internet, but i like how it sounds more personal. i also like to tips and guides on how to do stuff which is quite helpful since yo don’t have to start up your browser and to search the internet just to find out how to do stuff more efficiently.

    the link works…it’s a bit outdated though

  12. MP says:

    just sent subscription request. Will just wait for confirmation

  13. Subscribed 8months ago pero isang beses pa lang ako nakakatanggap nito…

  14. greg says:

    I hope they include the prices and store, too, just like in PC Buyers’ Guide.

  15. erikjames says:

    nagmayat metten… mabalin nga libre forever???

  16. Darren says:

    Abe also did a great job for us. He filtered the interesting information always and shared here!!!
    THUMBS UP!!!

  17. August says:

    It should be free! Look at all the OLD GADGETS on the cover!

    but i’ll subscribe anyway

  18. This will really work. Since most people would really take advantage of it being free, they won’t even mind the ad drive magazine. Since most magazine that you buy for atleast Php 120.00 also have those ads… so why not get the same type of mags for free.

    I just subscribe to… just to see what’s this all about!!! :)

  19. BrianB says:

    Too many papers lying around the apartment already.

  20. I’ve signed up for a subscription. Now let’s see if they’ll deliver.

  21. RJCA says:

    When I sent the email I got this reply:

    Thank you for your interest in Mobile Philippines! We have received
    your email and are currently processing your request. Good day!

    Until now I haven’t gotten a follow up response.

  22. August says:


    if that response isn’t enough for you, then you should contact your lawyer.

    about my previous post, well the front page above was dated Dec 2008. no wonder they are old gadgets

  23. RJCA says:


    Didn’t mean to be impatient hahaha was just trying to say that I haven’t gotten a response yet :)

    Was just excited so medyo atat lol

  24. I love reading magazines, and this will be a hit for me..

  25. drew says:

    sir yuga,suggest ko lng po try mo ung gigabyte 3d aurora case. hehehe :)

  26. GM Tristan says:

    FREE is the best price.

    Sent my email to them.


  27. Dentist says:

    Ayos ito boss abe, libre.

  28. Prokopio Dakuikoi says:

    @ Pablo: I just checked the link now and it worked. Most probably my very slow connection at home is the reason why it didn’t worked last time. Thanks.

  29. Jeff says:

    Anywayz… As long as it’s free, then why not grab the opportunity. You can also verify it through this number. 759.2022 | 813.4396 | 840.0196 | 813.6848

  30. Raymund says:

    totoo ba talaga to? masubok nga! salamat sa pag inform!

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