Sunday, September 28, 2014

Free Mobile Internet For Smart, TNT And Sun Prepaid Subscribers Launched

Starting September 26, prepaid subscribers of Smart, Talk N' Text and Sun Cellular will now be able to access mobile internet for free. The offer will end on November 30, 2014.
Free Mobile Internet For Smart, TNT And Sun Subscribers
Subscribers only have to have a minimum cellphone load balance of P1 or to be currently subscribed to a load promo. To activate the free internet, subscribers must register daily by sending FREE to 9999. 

The free internet access covers most websites and mobile apps but excludes video streaming websites (Youtube, Vimeo), VOIP apps (FaceTime, FaceTime Audio, Skype, Viber, Tango), messaging apps (Whatsapp, WeChat, Line, Viber) and peer-to-peer file-sharing sites and apps like Bittorrent.

Data usage is limited to 30Mb per day which will allow the subscriber to do the following: 
  •     20 social media posts with photo
  •     50 web pages loads
  •     20 plain emails
  •     15 minutes of music streaming
Speed will depend on several factors, such as the device/handset being used, the location and the time of use of the subscriber.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ABS-CBNmobile partners with Huawei, Cloudfone

ABS-CBNmobile recently introduced two new exciting offers for all Kapamilya fans with its new partners: popular handset manufacturers Huawei and Cloudfone.

Kathryn Bernardo for ABS-CBNmobile

With this partnership, more Kapamilyas will be able to watch their favorite Kapamilya shows and artists straight from their smartphone devices, whether it’s news or drama, all Kapamilya shows, such as TV Patrol, Maalaala Mo Kaya, Gandang Gabi Vice, ASAP, or Showtime come to life on their gadgets.

This partnership allows Huawei and Cloudfone to bundle their phones with ABS-CBNmobile SIM cards. Each phone kit comes with exclusive offers such as weekly 1-day internet load for four weeks. They also come with pre-installed ABS-CBNmobile apps such as iWanT TV and featured celebrities on iWant Stars.

Aside from that, subscribers can watch ABS-CBNmobile original shows such as Team Gonzaga featuring celebrity superstars Toni and Alex Gonzaga. They can also watch a limited edition preview of Lee Min Ho hits such as “Boys Over Flowers,” “The Heirs,” and the premiere of “Faith.” All these offers and more are made exclusive to ABS-CBNmobile subscribers.

Enrique Gil for ABS-CBNmobile

ABS-CBNmobile and device manufacturers aim to offer the best phones with the big screen displays perfect for iWant TV. Best of all, the phone kits come at the most reasonable prices depending on the needs of customers. The new ABS-CBNmobile phone kits with Huawei include the following phone models: Ascend Y330 worth P3,490, Ascend Y600 worth P4,990, Ascend G6 worth P9,990, and Ascend P7 worth P20,999. Huawei offers vivid video display that is perfect for watching videos. The Cloudfone models include Excite 355g worth P2,299, Excite 400dx worth P2,999, Excite 451q worth P4,499, and Excite 502q worth P4,999.

The phone kits are now available at phone stores nationwide. For more information about the ABS-CBNmobile and the new phone kits, please visit You can also “like” the Facebook page and follow @abscbnmobile on Twitter.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

CloudFone makes own 3G smartphone mobile TV

Local phone-maker CloudFone announced recently its new Excite 355g which it claims as “the most affordable” smartphone with mobile TV in the Philippines. 

Priced at Php 2,299, the CloudFone Excite 355g is a 3.5-inch Android smartphone sporting a cheap plastic, easily scratched back covers, and peeling silver bezels. It is available in colors red, orange, dark blue, and green. 

CloudFone said Excite 355g’s 3.5-inch screen overflows to its edges, maximizing the space while minimizing the bulk that bezels often add. It has a smooth rubber matte texture but the diagonal ridges on its back cover makes the phone easy to grip. 
CloudFone Excite 355g Specs
2G Network : GSM 900/1800
3G Network : WCDMA 2100
# of SIMs : Dual SIM, Dual Standby
Dimensions : 114.7 x 61.5 x 13.3 mm
Soft Keys : Menu, Home, Back
Hard Buttons : Power, Volume
Type : HVGA Touchscreen
Screen Size : 480*320, 3.5
Multitouch : Yes
Alert Types : Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker : Yes
3.5mm jack : Yes
Card slot : MicroSD, up to 32GB
Internal : 2 GB ROM, 256 MB RAM
GPRS : Yes
EDGE : Yes
Speed : 3G
WLAN : WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth : Yes
USB : Yes
Primary : 2MP
Video : Yes
Secondary : VGA
OS : Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Chipset : MTK6572
CPU : Dual Core Processor
Messaging : SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email
Browser : HTML
FM : Yes
Call : Yes
Video : Yes
Colors : Red, Orange, Dark Blue, Green
TV : Yes
Capacity : 1400 mAh
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CloudFone applies smartphone fashion with Excite 451q

CloudFone tries to make a fashion statement with its new Excite 451q, a 4.5-inch IPS touchscreen smartphone. 

The local phone-maker brings fashion and comfort to Excite 451q with its intricate curves and edges showcased by the rubber matte finish that coats its front and back covers. 

Available in striking tints of red and black, CloudFone Excite 451q uses a One Glass Solution that enables it to deliver better color reproduction and more accurate touch panel responsiveness, giving its users a better reading, browsing, viewing, and gaming experience. 

The device also has an 8MP rear camera and flash. It’s suggested retail price is Php 4,499. 
CloudFone Excite 451q Specs
OS Android 4.2 Jellybean
Chipset MTK6582
CPU 1.3 GHz Quad Core
FM Yes
Type 4.5” IPS OGS FWVGA Capacitive Touchscreen
Pixel Density 854 * 480 pixels
Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 4 GB ROM, 1 GB RAM
2G Network GSM 900/1800
3G Network WCDMA 2100
SIMs Dual SIM, Dual Standby
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Portable Hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, 4.0
Primary 8MP Autofocus w/ Flash
Video Yes
Secondary 1.3MP
Capacity 1700 mAh
Php 4,449
Available in: Black, Red
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How much is the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus online?

For those who can’t wait for the official release date of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in the Philippines, buying from the online stores is another option. But just how much are the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus priced in the online grey market? Check out as we compare the prices below.
iPhone 6 iPhone 6 Plus
 16 GB64 GB128 GB16 GB64 GB128 GB
KimstorePhp 49,999Php 54,999Php 56,999Php 89,999Php 96,999Php 98,999
WidgetCityPhp 52,500Php 57,500Php 62,500Php  92,500Php 102, 500Php 108,500
DBGadgetsPhp 56,800Php 60,000Php 66,500
Of the three major online stores that sells grey units, Kimstore has the lowest prices, offering the iPhone 6 at Php 49,999 (16 GB) and iPhone 6 Plus at Php 89,999 (16 GB). Still, a bit exorbitant but I’ve seen people buying imported iPhone 5s last year for more than 50K.
We also saw a 16 GB iPhone 6 selling at Lazada for Php 58,960 and a 16 GB iPhone 6 Plus at Php 107,190. Wow!
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Android One smartphones unveiled, to expand to Philippines before year-end

Android One smartphones unveiled, to expand to Philippines before year-end

Per Google’s findings, there are still over five billion people in the world without a smartphone. But the search giant’s Android One program is going to change that, starting with the release of three new smartphones in India.
For the unaware, Android One is Google’s initiative to provide smartphones of high quality without the expensive price. The company does this by providing reference designs that partner manufacturers can use to mass-produce affordable devices. These devices will then run on a pure Android experience (akin to the Nexus phones, but at an even cheaper price range), and their updates will be pushed by Google itself for the latest features and security fixes.
Jump-starting the Android One project are three new smartphones in India: the Karbonn Sparkle V, Spice Dream Uno and Micromax Canvas A1. They’re all 4.5-inch smartphones with a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera. All three are powered by Android KitKat, but they will also be the first to receive Android L when it releases. These smartphones also feature dual SIM capability, FM radio tuner, and microSD card storage expansion. As with other phones with a pure Android experience, Google apps and services are preinstalled.
But that’s India. What do Google and its Android One program have in store for the Philippines? The short answer is we’re part of the program. But there’s nothing to else say beyond the fact that the Android One is expanding to our shore by the end of the year. No official partners among local smartphone brands have been announced. But given that Google’s program partners such as Acer, Altcatel OneTouch, Asus, HTC, and Lenovo have a presence here in the Philippines, we might be seeing some Android One-powered smartphones from them in the coming months. That’s all speculation, though, but I’m keeping my hopes up.
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iOS 8 is now available

iOS 8 is now available

If you haven’t hooked up your iDevice to the Internet for some time, now’s the perfect moment to get back online. It’s because the iOS 8—Apple’s biggest iOS release ever—is here and ready for download.
iOS 8 sports quite a number of new features and improvements, the highlights of which are listed below:
  • Messaging – Users can now add voice recordings, short videos, and their current location to any conversation.
  • Keyboard – Third-party developers can now introduce their own keyboards. Early adopters include the popular Swype keyboard. Apple has also implemented predictive texts.
  • Continuity – The new Handoff feature allows continuing any work done on a Mac computer to an iOS device and vice versa. Supported applications include Mail, Safari, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, Messages, Reminders, Calendar, and Contacts.
  • Family Sharing – Content purchased from iTunes, iBooks, and the App Store can now be shared with up to six people in the family.
Like with the radical iOS 7 update, the iOS 8 can be downloaded for free by going to your iDevice’s Software Update section in Settings. iOS 8 is compatible the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, fifth-generation iPod Touch, and newer devices.
[Source: Apple]