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Smart Freedom Plan: The Zero-Balance Postpaid Plan

Earlier today, Smart introduced their new hybrid postpaid plan called the Freedom Plan. The idea combines the status of a postpaid subscriber but the non-commitment of a prepaid user.

Meaning, you only pay at the end of the month like any other postpaid subscriber but the amount is based on what you actually consumed (this type of plan used to be available to Smart employees, referred to as Plan Zero).

Smart is also making the application process easier compared to the regular postpaid plan. This means no more proof of billing, just a regular valid ID.

The Freedom Plan has a credit limit of only Php600 a month and you can subscribe to any of the following bucket services:

The Smart Postpaid Freedom Plan enables users to purchase service “buckets” such as Trio Talk 150 which offers 150 minutes of calls to Smart, Sun, and Talk N Text subscribers good for 15 days for only P150, and All Text 200 which includes 2000 texts to all networks and 150MB of mobile surfing good for 30 days for only P200.

Oh, and you get to switch the bucket services every so often (since you just text in your service subscription just like in prepaid).

The Freedom Plan is Smart’s strategy to convert prepaid subscribers to postpaid subs and, in the process, gather some sort of credit history (payment behavior) of the subs that might eventually upgrade to the regular postpaid plans.

Some caveats though — you cannot bring your prepaid number when you shift to the Freedom Plan (new SIM and number) and you cannot also downgrade your regular postpaid plan to the Freedom Plan (requires a new subscription).

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

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52 Responses

  1. wha says:

    this is LOAD TIPID PLAN on GLOBE POSTPAID w/c u can used ur prepaid sim and with credit limit of 700 pesos

    • chan says:

      Yung tipid plan kasi ng globe, parang niloloadan ka, dito naman, sa zero ang magsisimula ng billing.

  2. Tim says:

    I have been a subscriber of this plan for about 3 months now and i think its good that they offer this kind of flexibility to their users. Just a note though, i think they adjust the credit limit accordingly to the type of “service” you enroll to, if for example you enroll to the 1 month unlimited internet service which would amount to 1k, your credit limit would be 1.2k

  3. momoy says:

    I’m on Globe’s Load Tipid Plan ang my credit limit is 2K. And I can retain my prepaid number.

    • JKisaragi says:

      You can retain your prepaid number because essentially, Load Tipid Plan is just a loading service for Prepaid subs where they are sent a fixed amount of load (depends on the plan) on a set date, monthly.

      With Freedom Plan, it’s Postpaid because you can use it without load (it starts from zero) and you only pay what you use. I also read a comment from another blog (from a SMART personnel) that your CL will increase if you provide them with financial docs. :)

      Although I have to admit, since Load Tipid Plan is still essentially Prepaid, once you’re out of load, you can just reload at your suking tiangge or reloading station.

      With this kasi, if you’ve reached your CL, my only guess is that they’ll temporarily DC your service until you’ve paid what you owe them. Unless of course, if you made use of their “bucket services”. I think 2k texts to all networks for one month would be quite difficult to deplete (for regular users that is).

      (Sorry sa tl;dr post. I’m on the fence kasi on getting one and I’m really trying to weigh the pros and cons).

  4. Mac Pablo says:

    Can we get this then get a Blackberry plan with it?

    • Tim says:

      you can get BB services too, just check http://www1.smart.com.ph/postpaid/plans/freedom-plans for the offerings

    • dave says:

      hey tim,
      why doesnt the new bb pricing for unlimited internet apply for the freedom plan? the 599/ month is still 1200php/month for BB

    • Tim says:

      good question, but sorry i don’t know the answer… =)

      btw, when i looked at the yugatech post about the BBM services, i realized that they’re offering 1 month unli surfing with the BB UNLI DATA plan priced at 599, that’s waaay cheaper than the usual 1 month unlimited internet that we get from anywhere (assuming that they also provide speeds of up to 7.2 mbps in this plan). I’m currently paying 1k for their unlimited surfing in the freedom plan and i get speeds up to 4.6 mbps, if indeed they’re offering a 599 unlimited surfing, that would be unfair to their other clients that are not BB users, hmm.. i think i need to clear this up with a smart rep soon…

      sir abe, can you shed some light into this? hehe..

    • Prinz says:

      The reason why the BB plan is cheaper because the internet is subsidized by RIM. It’s not unfair to non BB subscribers like me because the unlimited internet on BB is slower than a turtle.

    • JKisaragi says:

      I’ve read from somewhere (I think the BB thread in TipidCP) that tethering is not allowed with Smart’s BB Plan 599.

      Although I am still wondering as to why surfing is cheaper on a BlackBerry. Prolly have something to do with how it handles data? Hmm…

  5. kaye says:

    how to apply for the said plan?

  6. kaye says:

    how to apply for the said plan? can you tell me how please..tnx

  7. Eizan says:

    Nice! This is really great! You only pay for what you consume. I think this is a good plan because you never have to worry about not getting enough credits when you need to text or call someone.

    • Crickette says:

      Yup! I think that this is one of the best things about this plan. You can be tipid or pwede ka di mag-buckets or avail ng registration and services but with the assurance that you will never run out of “load” in case there’s an emergency and you need to call or sms someone.

      Good second plan as well esp dun sa mga irita na sa serbisyo ng Globe and who are contemplating on getting a Smart acct. Hehehe! Been a Smart user for more than 5 years now and data is really gud.

    • Eizan says:

      @Crickette: Exactly! I’m also after the non-expiry period of the SIM card (unless you don’t consume any load at all for 2 months). I’m really not a heavy texter. Sayang din kasi minsan na maglo-load ako para lang di mag-expire ang SIM ko. It’s really like a hybrid of postpaid-slash-prepaid. Will be inquiring about the Freedom Plan at my nearest Smart Center tomorrow. Sana available na siya!

  8. Jonjon says:

    May free text din kaya ito tulad ng nakukuha mula sa mga prepaid cards(i.e., 500 peso prepaid card gives you 83 free text) ?

  9. chinitoguy says:

    I still prefer GLOBE.

  10. Lloyd Dee says:

    nice alternative, ok xa for globe subscribers na kailan ng smart line pa minsan minsan :)sana pwedi mag cash out ng phone unit…

  11. jay says:

    so what if di ko sya gagamitin for a time like a pre paid plan, mageexpire ba yung sim? or kelangan may service “buckets” every month?

  12. roiji says:

    I’d like to add that for applying directly to Smart Wireless Centers, you still have to bring 2 months previous billing statement from Globe or Sun only.
    But if you apply on kiosks or promo stands only 1 valid ID is needed.

    I went directly to Smart Wireless Center and I was barred from application because I did not bring my billing statement.

    • tmi says:

      I applied in a smart wireless center, they did not require billing statements, only a valid id.

  13. roiji says:

    Also, kapag hindi ka nagconsume ng at least piso in 60 days macucut yung line mo…

  14. Grace says:

    Would like to give this a try for my parents. They’re currently using prepaid (one on Globe, other on Smart) and are not heavy users.

    Para sa kanila, hassle magreload para lang makagamit. Tapos kung nagreload naman ng malaki para 75 days validity, usually nag-e-expire lang kasi nakakalimutan nila mag-topup ulit. Maraming nasasayang.

  15. Ryan says:

    This is great! :-) makapag smart na

  16. leny says:

    hi …. i’ve a one question above regarding sa di pag gamit ng freedom sim…. actually ma re – redirect ang sim pag di siya na gamit for 2 months like prepaid.

    and there’s no free text on your first month you’re entitled for the 40 minutes free call to all network including land lines.

  17. ito ba yung Smart Plan Zero long time ago by SMART?? I remember my brother-in-law using a JRC (analog) mobile phone under plan zero. No usage, no bill for the month…i mean, may bill yes, pero walang babayaran.

  18. CarlosJhunie says:

    The good thing here is that, you don’t have MSF which you need to pay even if you didn’t maximize it for the billing period. You only pay what you use.

  19. mrt says:

    hope globe comes up w/ something similar or better …

  20. Rex says:

    Not working. Invalid keyword when trying to load thru 9990.

  21. Rex says:

    Last March pa ito, if I remember right, pero tinanggal nila sa website at ads nila at ngayon lang nakabalik. Last April pa ako naka-freedom plan. Kaso ngayon, whhen I’m trying to ‘reload’ ay hindi na working yung sim services menu for freedom plan. At tapos none of the new keywords work, even ‘keywords’ and ‘status’ when sent to 9990 yields an invalid.

  22. Bob says:

    I got mine yesterday and I was able to use the sim after an hour.
    A Smart representative (different from @SmartCARES) even tweeted me and offered assistance if I have further inquiries.
    What I like more about it is that the prefix of my number is 0908. Yeah, it matters to me.
    So far the signal is good, the indicator is either 4/5 or 5/5; unlike with Globe, from 3/5 to No Service.

  23. anonymous says:

    If may unpaid balance ka sa SUN will this affect your application sa SMART? diba sister companies sila?

  24. Alexander Duca says:

    Admittedly, nakakatemp ang offer na ito. So far this is the SMART’s most innovative and most practical offer.

    This is not the same as Globe Tipid Plan because what you have here is not the same as reular load value but they have this so-called “buckets” na naka-package na. Unlike sa Globe Tipid Plans, parang nilo-loadan ka lang ng regular load and you still have to compete with other users to register for a certain service.

    I’m a Globe/TM user right now and I’m using SUN to get in touch with a few people on my phonebook who are using Smart. That’s my problem, I would love to avail of the Freedom Plan but I only have like 20% of my contacts under Smart.

  25. Lance says:

    Can i use this as a data sim on iPad? I’m currently using Smart Bro microsim. Ok naman, pero minsan hassle magload. I want to avail the freedom plan for more convenience.

    Followup question:
    If i use this as iPad data Sim, can i manage the account on the web (http://my.smart.com.ph)?


    • Blue says:

      I think pwede. When I applied, tinanong ako kung regular SIM or micro-SIM ang kailangan ko. Data-wise, pwede talaga kasi you can choose the buckets na data lang.

      Yup, account can be managed at my.smart.com.ph. Classified siya as under Smart Gold.

  26. Blue says:

    I applied for a Freedom Plan in August (one of the firsts, I think, after their formal launch), and what can I say? Di pa ako nawalan ng signal ever. Hehe.

    I barely use my Globe number now kasi I got the Trinet400 (unli calls to Sun, Smart, TNT + 2000 texts to all net + 150MB data) bucket. Para lang din akong nakaprepaid in terms of expenses (less than 500), may data pa.

  27. I look the Smart Freedom Plans, but something tricky on my mind.

    It is a Freedom Plans right, why do you have to choose your own bundle? For example like the above comment about his Trinet400, what if, if you consumed that in one week, what will happen?

  28. ANNLM says:

    I still have an existing plan with smart can I convert it to freedom plan?

    • yuga says:

      Nope, you can’t. Freedom Plan isn’t really part of the Postpaid plans. It’s a separate category so you need to get a new one.

  29. Hi Abe,
    what are the requirements needed kaya to avail the Freedom plan?

    Thanks for the complete list of handsets =)

  30. warfrik77 says:

    hello po. how long does this plan last? i mean ung contract period nya. if ever i won’t use my number after i get my desired handset/phone, would i be charged of a certain amount? i’m a student and would a valid school id suffice for the application of this plan? tnx po

  31. gwyneth bel says:

    My cousin gave me a Smart postpaid Freedom Plan sim , pero dko alam pano i- register para magamit na. please teach me how to do it !! thanks in adv.

  32. JayLord says:

    In freedom plan, do you need to pay the phone fully? Or is it monthly?

    • JKisaragi says:

      AFAIK, SMART’s Freedom Plan is SIM-only. They’re not usually bundled with phones.

      Although SMART is offering the new iPhones (5C and 5C) under this plan, I believe you’ll have to pay for the phone in full, and prices are the same as getting it under Prepaid.

      Ask SMART if you can avail of the phones via CC installment. Prices start at 29,500 for the 16GB 5C, and it all goes north from there.

      Good luck! :)

    • JKisaragi says:

      *5C and 5S

  33. John says:

    Kailangan po ba na fully paid yung cellphone or monthly babayaran yung sa freedom plan?

  34. Kelvin says:

    Good morning.

    There’s really a MAJOR flaw dito sa freedom. Let’s say your monthly cut off date is every 15th of the month and you subscribed to a 30-month promo what happens is, you’ll only be enjoying the first half of the promo but once cut offs started, you’ll be charged according to your usage. Syempre, di ka papayag, well, the procedure would be to contest your bill every month. Maganda sana, but may problema talaga ang freedom.

    Freedom user po ako that’s the problem I’m having.

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