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Galaxy S3: Smart UnliData 2000 vs. Globe UnliSurf 2499




As we near the official launch of the highly anticipated Samsung S3, the two telco giants vies for the hearts of prospective upgraders and switchers through their plans. Now before you get too excited and sign up for any of these telcos, let’s take a closer look at their offerings and see which one fits your lifestyle and usage pattern.

As we mentioned in our previous post, Globe was the first to reveal their range of plan for the SGS3. This quad-core handset will come in free with their UnliSurf Plan 2499 and will have a standard lock-in period of 24 months. Apart from the unlimited mobile internet, the plan will also have consumables worth Php1,500 a month.

Following the said announcement, Smart recently unveiled their available plans for the same phone. The SGS3 will come in free with their UnliData Plan 2000 which is Php499 cheaper than Globe’s offering.

The catch here, however, is that you’d have be with the carrier for a longer period of time. The lock-in period for this plan is 30 months (instead of the 24-months on Globe).

Here’s a short computation of how these two plans look like:

Globe Galaxy S3
Php2,499 (UnliSurf Plan)
x 24 months (lock-in period)
Php59,976 TCO

Smart Galaxy S3
Php2,000 (UnliData Plan)
x 30 months (lock-in period)
Php60,000 TCO

* TCO: Total Cost of Ownership


Looking at this, it’s clear that neither plan gains a significant edge over the other in terms of the total amount a user has to pay (TCO). But what clearly sets them apart is the lock-in period. The Php500 per month difference between the two plans will come into play in this situation.

If you can afford to shell out an extra Php500 every month so you can get out of the plan a bit faster, then the Globe UnliSurf Plan is for you. But, if you’re not in a rush to switch phones or plan and does not have a spare Php500 a month, better go with Smart’s UnliData Plan. At the end of the day, it boils down to how much you’re willing to shell out for this quad-core handset.

In terms of bundles here’s what the two plans has to offer:

Globe UnliSurf 2499
Php1500 Consumable
Free Texts: 200 (Globe-to-Globe) + 25 (Other Networks)
Free Call: 10mins (Globe-to-Globe) + 5mins (Other Networks)
Free Texts (International): 10
Free Call (International): 20mins IDD
Free UnliCall and Text: 1 Globe or TM number

Smart UnliData 2000
N/A
Free Texts (All Networks): 200
Free Call (All Networks): 150 mins

By having a little bit of everything the UnliSurf 2499 plan bested Smart’s UnliData 2000 plan in terms of bundled services. In addition to this, the former has Php1500 consumable per month. That sums up to an additional 245 minutes worth of voice calls to same network subscriber or 226 minutes to other networks per month compared to Smart’s fixed 150 minutes to all network.

Based on the comparison above, we think that Globe’s UnliSurf 2499 is the better of the two in terms of bundled services and flexibility. Then again, there are also other important factors that you, as a consumer, need to look into such as network coverage and dependability that we really can’t comment on because that depends on your current location.

What we are sure though is that the introduction of these plans for the Galaxy S3 will definitely hurt the sell-ability of the other handsets in their line-up.

With Smart — the HTC Sensation XE, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Nexus which also comes free with UnliData Plan 2000 will definitely be overshadowed by the Galaxy S3. With Globe — the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Galaxy Note might also suffer the same fate. For both networks, it might also hurt the sales of the iPhone 4S which is offered at the same or higher plan.

Just to sum this one up, we are more inclined to recommend Globe’s UnliSurf 2499 for flexibility and maximizing plan usage. But, if you just want a really low monthly fee, Smart’s UnliData Plan 2000 is the obvious pick.



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

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62 Responses

  1. stark says:

    globe definitely wins this round

  2. trueno says:

    just want to ask if the headset is the 16 gig version?

  3. Bryan says:

    So expensive for a phone that is made out of plastic.

    • anon says:

      Not the cheap kind of plastic but the durable and flexible one. (example: riot shields)
      It might feel “cheap” to some users but it really is a strong type of plastic

      It is actually a neat idea to have a strong but lightweight material as a cover but it is often criticized by people like you who doesn’t even have a slight idea on how good the case and bash it unknowingly…

  4. Bryan says:

    the question is which is the best mobile internet provider?

    • John says:

      Smart !! Strong reception (2G and 3G), check. In all honesty though, I really don’t know. I am quite enjoying my Globe WiMAX subscription giving me 1.8 Mbit/s when it’s supposed to give me only 1 Mbit/s… /Wink

    • itachi1 says:

      It really depends on your locality. If you are considered a 4G covered area but has a lot of tall buildings, trees, etc. then consider yourself a dead spot. You may want to ask your neighbors about their experience before considering a mobile telco.

      Also FYI: WiMAX is NOT used for mobile internet access. Neither is it recommended to be distributed via Wi-Fi due to its signal inconsistency. Remember that in an ideal scenario, wired signals are always more stable than wireless.

    • Yahya says:

      WiMAX is actually used for mobile internet access ? His statement wasn’t coherent enough to satisfy this talk point. You might want to try it yourself first than just asking your neighbours. And no “he/she isn’t considered a 4g area” but her/his area is what to be considered if it has 4G altogether with the carrier’s relation to the spectrum and the frequency band usages. The “tall buildings, etc” aren’t just further factors in a cavernous isolation, what we can also consider as well is what the carrier can offer – for example a carrier offering their 3G network on an 850Mhz band will take the rival carrier 8 2100Mhz towers to cover the 850Mhz tower. Albeit in which, the carrier having the 850Mhz tower will have slower transmission speeds.

  5. reignfire says:

    Too late. Too expensive. Too ugly.

    Too late that many have (wisely) invested with HTC One X already.

    Too expensive. iPhone’s price, IMO, should be the limit (and they have the bragging right to demand that steep price, banking on its superb brand equity)

    Too ugly. Despite monster specs, Samsung failed to see the basics, people tend to choose phones based on aesthetics and overall design. SGS3’s cheap looking plastic built, uninspired design, and horrendous UI (TouchWiz) is a deal-breaking combo.

    Only hardcore Sammy fans and geeks will fall for this one

    • Jim says:

      An iSheep is sourgraping.. He fears that the SGS3 will again beat the iPhone.

    • Name: says:

      LOL, who’s iSheep? I’m using HTC One X, troll! =P

    • bronx says:

      I disagree with the too expensive too late comment. For one gs3 is the most anticipated cellphone this year riding off the sucess of gs2 and if ur a wise buyer and u intend to buy the best phone, ud wait for atleast the spec or review or comparison before investing ur hard earned money esp since. One x and gs3 are launched not far apart from each other. It is pricey because it is the best android phone as was declared by most mobile websites (e.g. Gsmarena, phonearena among others) but still more affordable than iphone. So no its just right on time and it made a big entrance! And a worthy one too?

    • itachi1 says:

      Didn’t HTC learn from years before? They brag that they’re the first to introduce a technology, then sourgrapes a few months later because another brand surpasses their flagship.

  6. sikwate says:

    Better get Smart between the 2 plans. What’s the use of getting UnliSurf if your connection is crawling (Globe).

  7. x says:

    upgrading this to next version will be dependent with samsung. by track record it takes time because of the fugly touchwiz.

    go for galaxy nexus (cheaper even if its older, you’re sure of updates from google).

    htc one x for the build quality. note if you want size and battery.

    you dont need that quad cores yet.

  8. xtream says:

    upgrading this to next version will be dependent with samsung. by track record it takes time because of the fugly touchwiz.

    go for galaxy nexus (cheaper even if its older, you’re sure of updates from google).

    htc one x for the build quality. note if you want size and battery.

    you dont need that quad cores yet.

  9. tonybac says:

    Mahal naman ng mga data plan sa atin. Hintayin ko na lang na may lumabas na mga second hand pero almost good as brand new dito sa Saudi, makamura siguro ako ng at least 500 riyals (almost PHP6000). Grabe ang mahal, wala n bang ibang offering?

  10. povillo says:

    i will still wait for smart to offer their Lumia 610. im just after the excel spreadsheet.

  11. Ace Ople says:

    Great review. What’s sweet with a 30-month-lockup
    + an unlidata plan with non-consumable, 150 minutes and 200 SMS? that’s not living more. :)

    • John says:

      “Because your time is your life !!” says their advert. Yet, they suggest you should waste your time locking yourself in a 30 month contract. Rofl.

  12. Lianna says:

    What about the network? I might be able to “save” with Globe but with their sucky network and data I will be spending “more” sa kabagalan. Sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture. Just saying.

  13. Enya says:

    Ang 4G internet sa bansang ito is a hit or miss affair! Im currently located in a Smart/Globe hotspot pero I always experience that “now you have it, now you dont ” internet speed! Its crazy erratic. Hindi sulit ang mga unlisurf /unlidata na yan.

  14. Edsar Bondoc says:

    Neither of the Two TELCOs got my attention from their respective plans. I felt sammy brand is so overrated? I’ll just wait for iPhone 5(whatever they wanna call it). The inspired by human design is fugly.

  15. Yahya says:

    For those of you who has any plans on getting or renewing their contract with smart, their “Unlidata” plan has a 1.5 GB cap per month. Go with globe.

    http://www1.smart.com.ph/help/postpaid/article/2012/03/08/postpaid-mobile-internet-fair-use-policy

  16. Eager says:

    Hmm.. serious question, if smart has a cap of 1.5gb of mobile internet, does globe have that too?
    do these phones get upgraded together with those unlocked ones? once an update will come? for coverage, id go with smart, but in cities, maybe globe will better. and it also will depend on your family and friends’ networks.

    • Yahya says:

      Globe doesn’t have any cap… Except for prepaid though. They have some fair usage policy. And yes ! As long as there’s an update available, it arrives on the phone on time. The carriers don’t have any supervisions in regards to updating the phones.

    • DrD says:

      correct me if i’m wrong, but from what i was told when i applied for Unlisurf 1799..there still is a cap for Globe, that is 2GB/day, after that, you bandwith MAY be controlled.

    • Mark says:

      2GB/day is stil way way way better than Smart’s 1.5GB/month. Youtube pa lang, ubos ka na sa bandwidth. Tried it on my Smart Postpaid. Usad EDGE kahit H+ ang signal indicator.

    • corsair says:

      I completely agree with the post above. I have had the same experience with a Galaxy Note on Smart. Even when I have an H+ symbol in the signal indicator, the speed is only about GPRS-quality after consuming 1.5Gigabytes (combined download and upload).

  17. psikick says:

    di na mention that globe also offers it at plan 1799 at 200 per month..so monthly mo is 1999/mo for 24 months is around 48k.. much lower TCO..

  18. gen gerona says:

    .TCO dapat pag basehan at ang duration ng contract…i think a sure fire will be globe…pareho lang ang globe at smart sa internet..minsan malakas minsan mabagal..im currently using galaxy note..ive used smrt and glub with it and globe, for me, is much better at times…but if ur planning to buy a quad core mobile…better buy a larger device..(e.g. tablet )…IMO, its not necessary to spend money on a device with a big specs for a small utility usage…waiting for the Glxy note 10.1 2 (QUAD CORE version)

  19. Mark says:

    If you drill down the values that you will get with Smart’s Plan 2000 vs. Globe’s 1799, you’ll realize you’ll be getting more out of your monthly subscription fee.

    If you consider the 4800 cashout at Plan 1799 of Globe, you’ll be paying 1999 MSF to get the phone for free. :)

  20. corsair says:

    I think it needs to be said as well that in terms of mobile Internet, Globe beats Smart. Smart’s UnliData 2000 gives you unlimited data at good speeds until 1.5Gigabytes (for the entire month). After that, you get throttled for the rest of the month, and speed is comparable to dial-up.

    Globe has a bandwidth limit of around 800Megabytes per day. That’s equal to around 24Gigabytes in a month!

    So choose your plan:
    1. Smart = 1.5Gigabytes/month
    2. Globe = 24Gigaybtes/month

    • Yahya says:

      Globe doesn’t have any caps for postpaid… The 800 mb is only for prepaid users !

  21. Bryan KT says:

    Globe offered S3 on 1799 plan.

  22. Anonymous says:

    Im waiting for a flexible phone like e-paper with a 3.6GHz Octocore, with sizes adjustable to a pocket up to a newspaper, and a RAm of 64Gig, could be transformed into a student notebook, laptop, netbook and a mobile phone, syncable evrywhere, with latest thunderbolt connection, and unlimited cloud and 20mbps connection in the net.

    With features like Whitepage in directory, free google satellite maps which is customizable for me only, unlimited call via wifi, less drain in gps, no battery but nuclear powered. no need of cell sites, AND WHATEVER….

    Hehehe:unending wants and needs, since we are living in mobile world , why not the government take advantage of that.

    The richer gains more money while the poor or the middle class hopes to get rich, with an opportunity having a large amount of it, they will buy a phone instead of what they really need.

    WHAT AN IRONY….

    YOu dont have to have the latest phone to socialized.

    Unlimited internet is applicable only to urban areas, which is useless when going to rurals. So you should not leave your city to do that.

    The main issue in these gadgets are BATTERIES………

    It should be nuclear powered…. Hehehe.

  23. WhatTheWhat says:

    About Globe’s preorder, bakit walang pag pipilian ng internal storage size? 16/32/64 gb pano malalaman?

    • Only 16g says:

      16gb only – called globe and visited their store.

      If they approved my pre-order, i’ll just cancel it if they’ll not provide me the 32gb unit.

      Not sure when they will offer the other options, maybe after the initial launched? wtf

    • ChooseGlobe4heavyNET says:

      kung heavy internet user kayo, choose globe. I’m currently enjoying my unlisurf sa globe. i download movie (via torrent) almost every day, watch youtube, always connected to FB and twitter.

      SA SMART after you reached your 1.5g, capped n kayo. Sa regular used ko, inaabot ko n yang 1.5gb n yan sa isang araw lng.

      ADVICE: Check nyo muna sa lugar nyo kung ano mas maganda ang signal before kau pumili ng telco, baliwa unli internet kung wala/mahina nmn signal.

    • antoinemack says:

      On that note, what is the difference (besides memory size and price) between the 16bg, 32gb, and 64gb?

      If any that is?

    • ralph says:

      @chooseglobe: r u referring sa internet use mo with globe unlisurf postpaid using your mobile? can you download torrent using it? im thinking of getting a postpaid plan bec. i really like SGS3 and im comparing kung saan mas sulit especially both globe and smart offers unlidata plans to get the phone for free/cheaper

  24. Bryan says:

    Wow 4800 lang pag plan 1799? hmmm.. ang prob lang. like the one indicated above me. walang options for 16/32/64 gb.

  25. noname says:

    I’m thinking of availing this plan:

    My Super Plan 299
    – Php 299 consumable
    – 1 freebie (10 mins call & 200 sms to globe/tm)
    – 26,810 cashout (or 1,127 for 24 months)

    Total TCO for phone + services: 33,986 (or 1,426 for 24 months)

    Ok lang kaya to (at tama ba yung computation ko)? Yung phone lang talaga ang habol ko kasi naka nokia n81 pa rin ako hanggang ngayon :)

  26. Gelo says:

    Get it na lang in Unlisurf Combo Plan 1799 for Php 4800.00 cash out. And you have Php 800 consumables.

  27. Glenn Ong says:

    I’m still wondering why the Php2499 was used as comparison here, while there’s the 1799 + 4800 cashout (Php1999/month) option from Globe.

  28. jackie says:

    I agree with the comments above. Globe actually offers more flexibility (Plan 1699, Plan 1799 + 4800 cashout, Plan 2499) than Smart only having Plan 2000.

  29. ptg says:

    But so disappointing to Globe, til now, my approved order is still pending! :(

  30. Chris says:

    Smart offers it for UnliData Plan 2000 + 2,500 cash out to avail of the 24 month lock-in period instead of the 30 months initially.

  31. Mike says:

    I think what the SMART plan fails to emphasize is that the unlimited data plan is not really unlimited at all. if you read the internet fair use policy it say that “Smart allocates 1.5Gb per month to the unlimited data plans to enjoy our superior 3G-HSPA network. Violation of the fair use policy, or in excess of the allowed 1.5Gb, network speed will be reduced to 24kbps until the end of the month.”

    So you have unlimited data but the speed is compromised. I wonder if globe has that policy also

    • bryan says:

      If that’s the case it would be false advertising. Because it is not stated in the advert that the customer will have a cap of 1.5gb. Sa US and Australia they are very strict when it comes with advertisements. When you say unlimited it should not have any limit in the usage or speed. Kahit na 24/7 akong mag download eh I would still get the right speed. Unfortunately we are not living there, I don’t know if we have that kind of law here in the phils.

    • Chris says:

      Hi Mike, Globe also has a fair use policy in their website. Though there are no specifics with regard to the maximum or anything that will indicate that you have exceeded your monthly cap.

      Check it here – http://surf.globe.com.ph/fup

      Regards

    • Kristian says:

      Not really sure about that Globe fair usage policy plan. Last I checked, it only applies to internet only SIM like the ones used in their MyFi and Tattoo USB devices. I already used up 50GB this month sa line ko no problems. I download and share a lot of stuff and tether to my laptop. Kain data pag naglive stream. :D

  32. Nil says:

    Did you know that PH Telcos are the most expensive in Asia, and unreliable. Why?

    Expensive:
    P10-P15 for 1 hour with speed of– well test it. (para mapamura ka)

    In Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, China
    for around SGD 1.0 you will get 1gig cap, minimum of 7.2 kbps (HK, China 15+Mbps) guaranteed good for 7 Days.

    WOW!

    Dito sa atin, letche ang services. kala nyo mura na dito no….

    Wala lang, gusto ko lang sabihin. for PHP2k+ just for unlimited plan, talo ka dude, kung maraming pera at uto-uto ka go for it!

    • Kristian says:

      Actually, mas mura dito. Kasi yung sinasabi mo may data caps of 1GB. I can hit that in a day. Itong month na to lang I already used up 50GB data from Globe because I tether to my laptop and download and share a lot of stuff like lecture videos recorded in HD (30min video 1GB. LOL hirap upload), pati narin torrent. At 1k lang ang babayaran ko for internet. LOL.

  33. tmcr7 says:

    @Nil,

    You’re comparing our internet services to developed countries. They of course have the massive advantage in telcom infrastructures. But what we have here is not bad. It can already be used for business purposes such as Skype.

    Back to topic: I wouldn’t recommend Globe. I subscribed to their iPad unlisurf, sobrang bagal! Daig pa dial-up. Lugi ako sa Plan 999. Binigay ko na lang sa nanay ko para mapagtyagaan. Speed tests done by unbox.ph confirmed that Smart is indeed faster. I’m in QC (Katipunan-Cubao-Trinoma)

    • Kristian says:

      You get slow speeds because bobo ang iOS devices. You can’t make them forcefully connect to 3G only, and at times biglang nagrerevert to GSM connection for internet na hanggang 100kbps lang. This won’t be a problem with an Android device since you can turn off the GSM 2G antenna and just go full 3G. Even my classmates who use iPhones and iPads are irritated at how much faster my internet connection is than theirs using my Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab (both have its own SIM with unlisurf). Here’s a screenshot of speed test I got on Globe’s network, did it from St Luke’s Medical Center QC. http://i753.photobucket.com/albums/xx174/kgomez4487/SC20120611-094358.png

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