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Smart gets exclusive; Globe gets first dibs

After reading the two press releases from Smart and Globe as well as talking to several tech journalists today, I finally figured out the confusion on the HTC Magic announcement.

Smart Communications snagged the exclusive deal with HTC to offer the phone in the Philippines. This deal has a locked-in period of 2 years. Smart Communications will start shipping units of the Android-powered HTC Magic to the local market by the end of the month (end of June 2009 or July 1, 2009).

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Since that date is “yet to come”, Globe Telecom was able to start selling the HTC Magic since Friday of last week (June 12, 2009). That means, between June 12 to 30, 2009, Globe can still offer the phone to its subscribers (assuming the official exclusive contract between Smart and HTC starts on July 1).

After that short period, Smart will have exclusive rights to offer the HTC Magic in the Philippines. (Update: See Smart subscriber price for the HTC Magic here.)

Hope this clears up the confusion between the two telcos.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

28 Responses

  1. Avatar for Eka Eka says:

    @beadfreak: Sana mag dilang anghel ka. I’ve been lemming for an iPhone.

  2. Avatar for beadfreak beadfreak says:

    Globe will be bringing the iPhone 3Gs and i’ve heard it is cheaper than the iPhone when it was first launch here

  3. Avatar for culdado culdado says:

    @ calvin – san makakagawa ng ganyang avatar.. i have seen some na in other sites.. just dont know where it can be done.. thanks!

  4. Avatar for berto de los santos berto de los santos says:

    I think Globe better concentrate on their landlines. In the mobile phone sector they lose all battles to Smart.

  5. Avatar for Eka Eka says:

    Wow, talk about competition! Is it possible na Smart can bid for an exclusive contract for the iPhone 3G S, if this is what’s happening w/ HTC right now?

  6. Avatar for Eka Eka says:

    Wow, talk about competition! Is it possible na Smart can bid for an exclusive contract for the iPhone 3G S, if this is what’s happening right w/ HTC?

  7. Avatar for Nino Natividad Nino Natividad says:

    Another Smart-Globe talk. Sa tingin nyo, sino kaya ang the better? :)

    Nino Natividad

  8. Avatar for Andre Marcelo-Tanner Andre Marcelo-Tanner says:

    yeah G2! smart rocks :) sana cheap

  9. Avatar for boowee boowee says:

    Sana nilabas muna yung G1. Mas gusto ko yung may qwerty keyboard… parang gossip girl lang… “Spot It!” Hahaha.

    Pero seriously, sana may G1 and G2 na available sa Philippine market. Mas gusto ko talaga yung may qwerty keyboard.

  10. Avatar for PC Domination PC Domination says:

    if your a globe user, better get one now before its too late…

  11. Avatar for beadfreak beadfreak says:

    Nothing beats Globe on being the first

  12. Avatar for mike mike says:

    well the bottom line for me atleast will always be the price. I hope smart can release their prices earlier hehe ^^

  13. Avatar for Andrew Gomez Andrew Gomez says:

    Globe has more high end subscribers than Smart although Smart has wider coverage than Globe that’s why Apple preferred Globe for Iphone.

  14. Avatar for Doc Harry Doc Harry says:

    I’m thinking unlocked G2’s will be easier and cheaper to bring in than iPhones. Globe might still benefit from a G2 popularity increase IF it ever does become popular.

  15. Avatar for Anonymous Anonymous says:

    @adbritepays – hopefully iPhone 3G S can also be with Smart, so people can be able to choose between these two telcos.

    iPhone 3G Smart, just kidding around.

  16. Avatar for calvin calvin says:

    hahaha … smart got c*ckblocked by globe. i don’t think lalaban pa yung globe sa smart pagdating sa 3G. sa Wimax na lang sila magfofocus.

    sorry for that comment. i just had to write it. :P

  17. Avatar for adbritepays adbritepays says:

    Iphone should have been on Smart because their 3G Network is a lot faster than globe’s.

  18. Avatar for rjca rjca says:

    Globe users should snag one now then!

  19. Avatar for Olyver Digg Olyver Digg says:

    wow.. this industry is getting more interesting than ever… hopefully we’ll get better services in the furture like better 3G…

  20. Avatar for Kelvin Servigon Kelvin Servigon says:

    lumalaban na smart sa globe pagdating sa mga exclusive phones ah… ^_^

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