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On Wednesday, November 14, 2018 0 comments



Leading digital services providers PLDT, Inc. and Smart Communications unlock the future with new innovative products and services powered by the country's fastest fixed and mobile networks. In the photo: PLDT and Smart Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan leads the celebratory toast with PLDT and Smart executives and partners from ABS-CBN, Cignal, ESPN 5, Google, Huawei, iflix, NBA, Oppo, Samsung, StarMobile, and Roku.


Fresh from their latest recognition as the Philippine’s fastest fixed and mobile networks, leading digital services provider PLDT Inc. and its mobile arm Smart Communications are ushering in a new wave of innovative products & services that aim to unlock amazing experiences for Filipinos whether they are in the comfort of their home or on the go.
PLDT and Smart presented their latest products at a powerhouse event aptly themed ‘Unlock the Future’ and graced by executives, endorsers, celebrities, and partners in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.
“Over the past years, we’ve been hard at work to future-proof our network and beef up our digital content and product partners. We’re delighted to present our most exciting services that are designed to meet the ever-evolving needs of Filipinos,” said Oscar A. Reyes, Jr., PLDT and Smart SVP and Consumer Business Market Development Head.
“Backed by our fastest networks, these innovative solutions will elevate the way our customers enjoy digital devices, services, and content. As we get ready to close 2018 and prepare for a new year ahead, we will continue our groundbreaking work to help empower Filipinos to enjoy an amazing life,” said Andrew L. Santos, PLDT-Smart FVP and Consumer Marketing Head.
Unlocking an amazing life for Filipinos
To establish even stronger connections at home, PLDT has introduced the new PLDT Home Fibr Google Wifi Plans, which feature a whole home wifi network system that puts an end to dead spots and ensures strong and Fibr-fast connection in every corner of your home.
New PLDT Home customers can now subscribe to Google Wifi Plan 3799, which comes with an unlimited 50Mbps connection, three Google Wifi points, and free service assistance from the Home Geek Squad. On the other hand, existing PLDT Home Fibr customers can simply avail of Google Wifi units as an add-on for Php799 per month for a set of three.
PLDT is also unlocking a new entertainment experience at home with the upcoming launch of the new PLDT Home TVolution Lite that is powered by Roku®. The new service features a plug-and-play device that allows customers to easily and effortlessly watch trending videos on YouTube; their favorite HD channels from Cignal; Top Hollywood, Asian and local movies and TV series from iflix; critically-acclaimed Netflix originals and films, and hundreds of free streaming channels on their TV.
Following their support for the much celebrated Esports and Gaming Summit 2018 and the recently concluded ‘Road to the Nationals,’ which awarded the country’s top DOTA 2 and Tekken 7 players, PLDT and Smart also affirmed their commitment to deliver the best gaming experience for Filipino gamers powered by PLDT Home Fibr, the fastest Fibr connection for lag-free gaming at home, and Smart LTE, the fastest LTE network for gaming on-the-go. 
Unlocking bigger and more rewarding experiences
On the other hand, buoyed by the massive success of its Free YouTube campaign, which more than doubled the daily active YouTube users on its network and drove over 13 times more data usage traffic from customers, Smart has stepped up to unlock total entertainment with Video Every Day.
A new promo that comes with all of Smart’s GigaSurf data packages, Video Every Day provides customers with up to 1 hour of Video access daily for YouTube, iflix, iWant TV, Cignal Play and NBA League Pass - for as long as their GigaSurf subscription is valid. Smart customers can now register to GigaSurf with Video Every Day by simply dialing *121# or via the mySmart app.
Apart from these services, Smart has also announced game-changing partnerships with popular smartphone manufacturers Oppo, Samsung, and Starmobile to encourage more Filipinos to upgrade to LTE-capable handsets that come with special discounts and freebies.
Among these special LTE-capable handsets are the OPPO A71 Smart LTE phone kit, which is now available for Php5,998 (from the original SRP of Php6,990); the Samsung J2 Core Smart LTE Phone Kit priced at Php4,990 (from Php5,990); and Starmobile Play Click TNT LTE phone kit, which is very affordable at Php2,998 (from Php3,490).

To offer a much bigger digital experience, Smart also continues to strengthen its portfolio of the latest flagship devices with the data-packed GigaX Plans, which feature separate data allocations for streaming videos, as well as enjoying apps and surfing websites.

Smart offers the newly launched Huawei Mate 20 with the GigaX Plans at Php2199 per month, and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro at Php2,599 per month. 

Smart also makes it easier for customers to get hold of the latest iPhones, starting with the iPhone XS at Php3,299 per month, and the iPhone XS Max at Php3,599 per month. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is also available with the Smart GigaX Plans.

Finally, in celebration of its 25th anniversary, Smart announced its biggest anniversary e-raffle promo in the company’s history, which gives customers a chance to win data packages, MVP Rewards points, LTE smartphones every month, leading up to the grand raffle on February 25, 2019 in which one lucky subscriber will win Php25 million cash! To join, subscribers need only to register to select data promos and add-ons.


Twin awards for the country’s fastest network

Earlier this year, PLDT and Smart were cited for being the country’s fastest fixed and mobile networks for Q1-Q2 2018, respectively, by Ookla®, the global leader in internet testing and analysis.

Just recently, independent mobile analytics company OpenSignal also cited Smart for providing its customers the best video experience in the country. The UK-based firm has published an independent analysis of the customer experience for video services by telecom carriers in Asia, showing that Smart garnered a video experience score of 42.2, well ahead of competition in the Philippines and well above the national average.
OpenSignal also recognized Smart earlier this year for having the country’s fastest LTE network, awarding the company with four citations including best in 4G LTE download speed; best in overall download speed; best 4G latency performance; and best 3G latency performance in its March 2018 report.













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On Friday, August 31, 2018 0 comments





HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, celebrates years of reliable mobile experience with Nokia 3310’s 18th birthday on September 1. The much-loved Nokia phone, which has connected people around the globe since its introduction in 2000, is the embodiment of reliability and durability—the same commitment exemplified by the new generation of Nokia phones today. The reimagined Nokia 3310 in 2G with chic new colors and a retro user interface, is now available for only PHP1,999 as an exclusive offer for its anniversary. Nokia fans can enjoy this promo from September 1 to 30, 2018.

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On Thursday, August 9, 2018 0 comments







Smart, the wireless arm of leading telco and digital services provider PLDT Inc., has announced that it is offering the much awaited Samsung Galaxy Note9 under the data-packed GigaX Plans, aimed at giving customers an unstoppable digital lifestyle powered by the country’s fastest LTE network.

Smart offers Samsung Galaxy Note9 at Php2,799 per month, inclusive of monthly 15G data that comprise of 10GB video streaming and 5GB for surfing websites and enjoying online apps. The plan also includes monthly unlimited texts to all networks, and 60 minutes of calls to all networks under a 24-month contract.

Be among the first to experience Samsung's latest flagship device when it officially launches in the Philippines by pre-ordering at Smart Stores nationwide and on the Smart Online Store at store.smart.com.ph from August 11 to 19, 2018.




As an awesome bonus, customers who will pre-order within this period will also enjoy up to Php18,000 worth of Samsung freebies to complement your Samsung Galaxy Note9 experience: get a FREE Gear Fit 2 Pro, Gear IconX wireless earbuds, and a 1-year Nanofixit screen protection with the 512GB variant.  If you opt for the 128GB variant, you can also take home a FREE Gear Fit 2 Pro plus Nanofixit screen protection.

Built for unstoppable excellence

Revealed at the much anticipated Unpacked event in New York City last August 9, the new super powerful Samsung Galaxy Note9 is designed for heavy multitaskers who strive for unstoppable excellence.

This is evident with the device’s key features, such as its advanced Bluetooth S-Pen, which lets you take photos and selfies, direct presentations, and control voice recording. The Samsung Galaxy Note9 also offers the next evolution of Samsung Dex, allowing you to connect the smartphone to a monitor, keyboard and mouse for a convenient desktop experience while you access your apps, files, and documents.

Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone comes with a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Infinity display – the Korean giant’s largest Infinity display yet – for a more immersive and richer mobile entertainment experience, plus an advanced AI-assisted camera with super slow motion and dual aperture for professional level photography. Moreover, it features a long-lasting 4000maH battery to power all your mobile activities across your favorite apps throughout the day.

Level up with the country’s fastest LTE network

By leveling up to the new Smart GigaX Plans, you can optimize Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone powered by the country’s fastest LTE network, based on the latest Speedtest report by Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis.

Using over 2.1 million user-initiated on LTE-capable handsets in Q1-Q2 2018, Ookla cited Smart as fastest network in the Philippines, delivering average download speeds of 17.25 Mbps and average upload speeds of 7.65 Mbps.

With Smart GigaX Plans powered by Smart LTE, you can make the most of Samsung Galaxy Note9’s cutting-edge features as you upload your work files in an instant, stream videos and music seamlessly, and share your precious moments with loved ones in real-time.

Be among the first to experience Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone with Smart GigaX Plans by pre-ordering now at the nearest Smart Store, or online at store.smart.com.ph. 









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On Saturday, January 27, 2018 0 comments




People’s Television 4 (PTV4), the Philippines’ public broadcasting network, has gone from analog to fully digital after the launch of the network’s digital terrestrial broadcasting system on January 2017. NEC Philippines, Inc. provided overall support for the introduction of digital terrestrial TV equipment, including its installation and the training of personnel, as part of enabling viewers to enjoy their favorite programs with better and clearer reception.

A “switch-on” ceremony was held at PTV4’s broadcasting center in Quezon City and was led by the Secretary of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Martin Andanar.

Andanar said, “The administration’s goal of bringing the government closer to its people is now more achievable than ever.” At the time of his appointment, Andanar pushed efforts tomodernize the state network. He envisioned PTV to be on par with its local counterparts in the country, and expanded the breadth and depth of PTV4’s educational, cultural and internationalprograms.

PTV Network General Manager, Dino Apolonio, said that the network must keep pace with its counterparts, both locally and abroad. “As the state network, we have to take it upon ourselves to lead the charge towards digital transition. It will be very beneficial for the people first of all, and we have to keep up with the rest of the world,” he said.

NEC is proud to be working with PTV4 to expand the delivery of high quality broadcasting to a larger audience in the Philippines,” said Elizabeth Pangan, President, NEC Philippines. “As part of NEC’s focus on providing Solutions for Society, this equipment will help to ensure that broadcasting and access to information is reliably maintained, especially during times of emergency, such as when powerful storms strike the region,” she added.

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Tech News Fast

On Monday, January 22, 2018 0 comments




In light of Apple’s official communication regarding the chemical aging issue of batteries on older iPhone units, Power Mac Center, being an Authorized Service Provider, is c​​ommitted to provide efficient and professional service through a strict set of protocols, which consists of the following:

• Devices must undergo diagnosis to check the battery condition and other internal and external physical/accidental damage or unauthorized modification that may or may not be visible to the naked eye.

• If such issues are found, the iPhone will be ineligible for the battery replacement.

• If, during the diagnosis, we also find other hardware issues, our Apple Certified Engineer will recommend a part/unit replacement accordingly.

• Customers may or may not proceed with the recommendation, but if they decide to pull out, they have to settle the diagnostic fee if the unit is out or void of warranty. The battery replacement fee is Php1,500 for eligible units out of warranty, inclusive of labor. This price may change due to importation costs and without prior notice.

This is Apple’s current and official procedure in all of their partner service centers and we have to comply with it.

We would like to assure our customers that Power Mac Center Service Engineers are Apple-certified and they take their craft seriously. Whatever they do reflects on the brand so there must be no room for error in such proceedings.

Moreover, Power Mac Center is wholly committed to providing Filipinos the complete Apple experience. Since its announcement two weeks ago, we have successfully replaced the iPhone batteries of over 150 satisfied customers. Should they have further questions, they are free to contact the AppleCare Hotline.


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Fresh Tech Fast!

On Wednesday, December 20, 2017 0 comments




Eastern Communications is relaunching their brand through its “Our Strong Connection” campaign after 138 years of providing customers with reliable and affordable connectivity products and delighting them with personalized service and thoughtful solutions to their business needs. 
 
In an era where connectivity brings rich opportunities for growth, Eastern Communications is committed to not only bringing its portfolio of dependable and affordable offerings to new horizons but also highlighting the importance of human connections through its unique brand of “high tech and high touch” service.
 
The clarion call of the campaign is to “bring back the human connection in the business of communications technology” and a re-commitment of Eastern Communications to their clients to providing them with personalized service and customized solutions to fit a client’s business needs
 
Today, Eastern Communications sets out to bring the competitive advantage and possibilities of the digital age to more companies and entrepreneurs in the company. With its bandwidth capability, array of services and commitment to provide personalized service, the company is inviting more businesses and households to discover the “strong connection” Eastern Communications can provide.


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On Friday, December 1, 2017 0 comments



OPPO, the leader in selfies, just made a mark in the selfie-centric Philippines with the launch of the new OPPO F5 6GB in limited edition red color. The new smartphone is set to raise the bar high with an upgraded 6GB RAM for the ultimate multi-tasking, along with bigger internal storage of 64GB. Aside from having strong technical specifications, the OPPO F5 6GB is a fashionable statement phone with the company’s flagship color red as the iconic symbol to have this season.

Performance Beyond Concern

Carrying the latest 2.5GHz Octa-Core Processor paired with a future-ready 6GB RAM, it’s ready to take on any challenges in today’s internet-revolving world. Storage is now also bumped up to 64GB internal for more photos and videos ready to be taken with the 20MP A.I. Front Camera and 16MP Rear Camera. 

Connectivity won’t be a problem as it comes with a dedicated tri-slot tray for two nano-sim cards open to all networks, and a MicroSD card of up to 256GB expandable storage. Finishing tasks will also be made easier with the F5 6GB’s 3,200mAh battery for an all-day smartphone usage.

Flagship Features

The OPPO F5 6GB carries consumer-centric flagship features such as the 6” FHD+ 18:9 Ratio Full Screen Display for the most immersive visual experience. Security is also upgraded with Speedy Facial Unlock to quickly access your smartphone by detecting the face of the owner and unlock the phone, this is on-top of the fingerprint sensor at the back for double security.

With the latest ColorOS 3.2, the F5 features the easiest smartphone usage with intuitive controls and multi-tasking features such as the split-screen for opening two apps in one screen. Accompanied with other software features like anti-distraction features when gaming like avoiding interrupting calls, SMS, and even unnecessary notifications.

Stand Out from the Crowd


The OPPO F5 6GB is a phone that can represent yourself, stand out among the rest with its strong red color and silver chrome finishes. In a light package of 154g and a minimized 18:9 6” screen, it’s sleek and perfect to carry for anyone.
“The new OPPO F5 6GB shows that a smartphone is not just powerful, but can also be a lifestyle statement with its loud and stylish red color. We’re sure that people will adore our outstanding A.I. Beauty Technology selfies along with its upgraded RAM and storage in a standout color,” said Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng

Arena Of Valor x OPPO F5 6GB

In addition, the OPPO F5 6GB is also ideal for mobile gaming. With every purchase of the F5 6GB, customers are entitled to a free Joker character in Arena of Valor, the fast-growing mobile game by Garena. Customers will also get a chance to win more in-game items through lucky draws in the coming weeks.
Watch out as well for tournaments here in the Philippines. Make sure to watch Arena of Valor and tune-in to OPPO Philippines Facebook page for more details soon.


Exclusively available at OPPO concept stores nationwide, the limited edition OPPO F5 6GB will be available starting December 9, 2017 for Php21,990. It comes with a free Olike Bluetooth speaker worth Php2,990.
For more exciting updates, stay tuned on OPPO’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/OPPOPH/.

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HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, partners with global consumer finance expert Home Credit to make holiday gift-giving much easier and fun.

Make the most of the gift of tech with the latest Nokia smartphones. Grab a Nokia 3, Nokia 5 or Nokia 6 on 6-month installment and the Nokia 8 on 12-month installment with 0% interest at participating dealers nationwide. To make this Christmas treat even more exciting, a free JBL GO Bluetooth Speaker worth P1,599 will be given for every purchase of any Nokia Android smartphone. The promo will run from December 1 to December 31, 2017.

Filipinos can now have the best way to express the spirit of the season with Nokia’s Android smartphones, practical yet superb gift ideas that suit every style and need.

For the playful youngest

The Nokia 3 is sure to complement the adventurous youngest or youngest-at-heart member of the family with its precision-machined aluminum frame. The solid body is matched by a quad-core MTK 6737 processor and Android 7.0 Nougat OS to deliver reliable performance and durability against the knocks of everyday use.

With an attractive price tag of P6,990, the Nokia 3 does not compromise on functionality. Equipped with 8MP auto-focus cameras, the phone is perfect for selfies and panoramic memories. This smartphone features LTE connectivity for smooth music and video download or streaming, making it the essential device for your everyday use.

For the practical grown-ups

Let mom and dad fully enjoy the gift of technology with the Nokia 5 and 6. Both Android phones use high-quality Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 430 octa-core processor, always ready to entertain and capture great moments.

The Nokia 5 has a bright 5.2-inch HD display with sculpted Corning® Gorilla® Glass laminated and polarized to 500 nits to minimize reflections — ideal for moms who want to catch up on movies while their children nap or those who want to search for dinner recipes.

The Nokia 6 suits every dad’s need for a truly immersive audio experience. Packed with dual speakers with Smart Amplifier with Dolby Atmos™ to deliver deep bass and great clarity, the phone lets busy fathers immerse in relaxing after-work music or catch a big basketball game or action movie on its vibrant 5.5-inch full HD IPS laminated display.

The Nokia 5 and 6 are priced at P9,990 and P11,990, respectively.

For the stylish young adult

The Nokia 8 flagship smartphone marks three world firsts for Android smartphones: a debut collaboration with ZEISS optics, Dual-Sight technology and Nokia OZO spatial 360° Audio, a match for today’s young, tech-savvy adults who love to create fresh and innovative content.

The Nokia 8 features 13MP front and back cameras with ZEISS optics that let young creative storytellers capture both sides of every story in Dual-Sight mode and broadcast directly to Facebook live and YouTube. This is the first smartphone to have a one-touch button for sharing within the camera app. It also offers a new dimension of sound with its OZO spatial 360° audio.


Nokia 8 units are available in both steel and polished blue for P29,990.

Experience the phones first-hand

Visit Nokia mobile booths at select malls nationwide and experience the full range of Nokia Android smartphones:

SM Sta. Rosa and SM Cebu                                                       December 1 - 3 

SM Fairview                                     December 5 - 7
SM Manila                                      December 7 - 9 
SM Davao, SM Mall of Asia and Robinsons Ermita              December 8 – 10                            
SM Clark                                       December 10 - 12 
SM Megamall and SM North Edsa                                           December 14 - 16                                                        

Don’t let the holiday season pass without making loved ones feel special. Enjoy moments together and relive the experience through these Christmas treats from HMD Global.


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Technology Is MOOving

On Tuesday, November 21, 2017 0 comments




ASUS Philippines’ 10th Year celebration in the market has definitely marked one milestone after another, with the latest one being the ZenFone store’s much-awaited landing in the Visayas region. The first-ever in Visayas – of what is many more to come – launched last November 18 in SM IloIlo, with local and regional media in attendance to witness this momentous opening. With this unprecedented momentum, without a doubt, ASUS Philippines will be reaching its goal of 30 ZenFone Concept Stores within the country soon enough.

In searching for the perfect location for the pioneer ZenFone Concept Store in Visayas, it was more than just pure coincidence that the place widely known as the “City of Love” would now be the first store in the region to fully realize ZenFone 4’s catchy tagline of “We Love Photo”. 

Of course, this was made more possible what with the strong partnership between dealer PlayTelecomand ASUS Philippines, as they collaborated once more for the Iloilo ZenFone Concept Store. Both had come to a mutual understanding of wishing to continue the expansion of the ZenFone brand all over the Philippines and spreading the love for capturing moments by allowing the ZenFones to be more accessible to the markets. Notable enough, the said dealer was the same collaborator of the tech industry leader for the ASUS Concept Store based in Boracay, which opened last May 2017 in D’Mall.

“We are continuous in our growth as an established smartphone brand. It is at times like this that our progress – in legacy of being one of the leading innovators of technology – is evident.” ASUS Philippines’ Country Manager, George Su, claimed during the Iloilo store opening. “I, on behalf of the entire ASUS Philippines, am very excited to see a crystal clear future of ZenFone Concept Stores coming closer and closer where our fans and supporters are.”

All in all, with this recent opening, ASUS Philippines’ ZenFone Concept Stores have totaled to 6establishments, while together Kiosks, have totaled to 44. This continuous growth is an assurance that the ZenFone series will continue to prosper and also continue to inspire its fans and supporters to continue catching the moment and loving photos for a long time. 
Follow to ASUS Philippines’ Official Facebook Page and ASUS ZenTalk Forum to get more information on the incredible ZenFone series as well as other amazing products from the one of the leading tech industries, ASUS Philippines.


On Monday, October 30, 2017 0 comments



MANILA, Philippines (October 27, 2017) – It’s the season of giving, and Christmas is fast approaching, so Zenny – ASUS’ adorable ZenFone owl – is feeling extra generous. While he may not be Santa Claus, this cute owl surely has a lot to give this season; especially with his ZENNY MERRY CHRISTMAS holiday promo!   Starting this month until December 31, 2017, with a purchase of any ZenFone smartphone from our ASUS online store, ASUS Concept Stores and Kiosks, and ASUS-accredited multi-brand dealer stores, you get the chance to win something incredible from Zenny! Moreover, every purchase made is a valid entry to the weekly raffle. In other words: the more ZenFones you buy, the more chances of winning!   Every week, Zenny will be giving out amazing prizes that will surely make anyone’s holiday very merry! He will be giving away the best of best ASUS Vivobooks, a rare and exclusive ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro that was signed by ZenFone 4 APAC Ambassador Gong Yoo himself, as well as an ultimate getaway TRIP FOR 2 TO EL NIDO, PALAWAN. So hurry! Grab a new ZenFone now, to get a chance to experience a  Zenny Merry Christmas!   To find the full mechanics and details of this very once-in-a-lifetime promo, click HERE or head on over to WWW.ASUSPHILIPPINESPROMO.PH.To see the complete list of eligible shops can be head over HERE. For even more information on this amazing Christmas promo and all other incredible ASUS products, tune in to ASUS Philippines’ Official Facebook Page and ASUS ZenTalk Forum now!




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