Monday, March 31, 2014

Smart extends FREE Unli-LTE service

Yesterday (March 31, 2014) is the last day of Smart's free Unli-LTE offer. Once the promo is over, the 1.5GB data cap will be applied to all data plan subscribers. 1.5GB can be consumed in less than a day, if you ask me. 

But as expected, Smart extended the promo until September 30, 2014. I think this is to allow more subscribers to switch from Globe to their stronger LTE network, especially that Samsung Galaxy S5 will be offered on April 11, 2014. In case you are not aware, Globe started to implement their data cap last February which made subscribers angry, some already switch to Smart even if their contracts are not yet done. 

Let's wait a few days for Smart's LTE microsite to be updated. 


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Kitkat Upgrade for LG G2 from Philippines is now available!

With the screenshot taken from my LG G2 purchased from Globe Telecom, it suggests that Kitkat upgrade is now available via LG Software Upgrade Tool. This also means that it will be availale tomorrow via OTA. 

Connect your LG G2 to your PC now and and try to upgrade via Upgrade Tool and let us know if you're able to upgrade.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Globe's Great Gadget Sale (Dec 27-29, 2013)

In case you have not heard, Globe will be holding the "Great Gadget Sale"  tomorrow at Glorietta 5.  From the details, they'll allow you to trade-in your old phone to get as much as 90% discount on their phone offers. 

My experience with these trade-in marketing stint is really not good as the company will hire a third-party company to appraise the gadget you have. This third-party appraiser will offer a lower price of your current gadget. Here's an example : You want to trade-in your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 for an LG G2. LG G2 costs P27,990 for Globe Prepaid.  Samsung Galaxy Note 2's market price is still at P25,000. The third-party appraiser will only offer you P12,000 for your Galaxy Note 2.

Let's see tomorrow if this will happen at the Great Gadget Sale. Let me quote what's on their website for easier reference:
"Welcome the New Year with that gadget on your wish list! Join the Globe Prepaid On-the-Go Great Gadget Sale and enjoy up to 90%* off on phones and gadgets. Visit us at Glorietta 5 Activity Center on December 27-29, 2013 at 10am-10pm.
Choose from your favorite brands like Samsung, Nokia, LG, Sony, Alcatel, Lenovo, O+, Star Mobile, MyPhone, and Cherry Mobile. Whatever your budget, there's a gadget waiting for you. You can also trade your old phone** and pay your cash out using your Globe Rewards points.
Get awesome deals for gadgets including Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2, Nokia Lumia 720, LG G2, Sony Z Ultra LTE, Alcatel Idol, Lenovo B6000 Yoga Tablet, O+ 8.6, Star Mobile Knight, MyPhone Iceberg Mini, Cherry Mobile Cosmos X, and so much more!
Enjoy exclusive data bundles with your phone purchase, plus freebies and prizes when you join us at the event. See you at the Globe Prepaid On-the-Go Great Gadget Sale!
* For trade-in of old phones and use of Globe Rewards points.

  • Acer
  • Apple
  • Asus
  • BlackBerry
  • Dell
  • HP
  • HTC
  • Huawei
  • LG
  • Motorola
  • Nokia
  • O2
  • Optimus
  • Panasonic
  • Samsung
  • Sony Ericsson
  • Sony
  • Toshiba
  • Vertu"


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Rumor Mill: LG Nexus 5 to be released in the Philippines

LG Nexus 5 (Left) with it's fraternal twin, LG G2 (right)
Photo courtesy of PhoneArena

Rumor has it that LG Nexus 5 will be released in the Philippines next week! The phone will be sold through a major carrier, and other "legit" gadget shops.

If this is indeed true, I will assume that the major carrier is Smart since they released the LG Nexus 4 last year. It is also safe to say that it will be free under LTE data plan 1500 as the Nexus 4 is free at Data Plan 1500.

For the unlocked LG Nexus 5, I guess the price range will be from P18,000 to P23,000 which is clearly far from the original retail price of the phone in the US.

I just hope the 32GB version of LG Nexus 5 will be free on LTE Data Plan 1500, or will be largely be at stores as this phone does not have an microSD expansion slot.

Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE (GT-N7105) receives official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update

Similar to its brother (Samsung Galaxy Note II N7100), Samsung has just started rolling out Android 4.3 update for the Galaxy Note II LTE (GT-N7105). It’s been a long time since Samsung updated the Galaxy Note II to a new version of Android. Jellybean 4.1.1 is the stock OS installed out of the box, so 4.3 update is indeed a welcome change to all users.

- TRIM Support (Makes the device much faster)
- Samsung KNOX
- Samsung Wallet (Pre-loaded)
- Better RAM management
- Core UI elements updated to the ones on the Galaxy S4 (Galaxy S4′s theme all over)
- New Samsung Keyboard
- GPU drivers have been updated (Higher GPU benchmark scores)
- New Lockscreen: Multiple Widgets, improved ripple effect than Android 4.1.2, ability to change clock size and set a personal message
- New screen modes (From S4): Adapt Display and Professional Photo
- Daydream
- Driving mode
- Actionable notifications
- Move-to-SD-card feature
- New Camera mode : Sound and Shot
- New Additions in Notification Centre
- Completely revamped Settings UI (Tabbed interface – Exactly like the Galaxy S4)
- Implementation of Voice controls (Let’s you control various parts of the phone using voice commands – Galaxy S4 feature)
- New Samsung Apps: Calculator, Clock, Contacts, Gallery, Music
- Full screen Samsung apps
- New S-Voice (from Galaxy S4)