While it took years for Blackberry phones to be released in the Philippine market, I am glad that only took a short time for the Blackberry Playbook to be available here from the time of its initial US release.
Thanks to our homegrown network providers, Globe Telecom and Sun Cellular, I wouldn’t have to wait for a relative’s homecoming to get hold of one.
Now, the only thing left to do is to choose which postpaid plan bundles would suit you best – in terms of the service inclusions and of course, the price.
Globe's BlackBerry Playbook offer
Hereunder are tables comparing the Blackberry Playbook Plans of Globe Telecom and Sun Cellular.
- Side by side comparison of Globe’s and Sun’s Playbook offer
Globe has a wider range of Blackberry handsets to choose from. Aside from the Blackberry Curve 8520, it also offers the Curve 9300 3G and Torch 9800. Visit globe.com.ph for the complete list of handhelds in this Plan.
If you avail of the Globe My Super Plan 2499 with no add-ons and freebies, only the regular rates for call, text, mobile internet and Blackberry Service will apply and even on top of the P2499 monthly service fee. Meanwhile, for the Sun Cellular plan, already included in the P999 plan are the Call and Text Unlimited service, unlimited Blackberry Service and unlimited mobile internet.
For this, of course, the better choice is Sun Cellular. Given the bridge functioning of the Playbook, if your handset is already activated with BIS and unlimited mobile internet, then you are already good to go. Globe’s package will still require you to make additional subscriptions in order to maximize the use of these gadgets.
Initial Cash Out
In terms of initial cash out, Globe stands as the more economical choice. Basing it from its lowest plan offerings, My Super Plan 2499 or the My Super Surf Plan 2499, you will only have to pay a total of P7999, compared to that of Sun Cellular – a whooping P22,999. TechPinas has priced the 16GB for P23990. Hence, it’s almost the same as purchasing the Playbook from an authorized retailer outlet and paying in full.
Monthly Service Fee
Globe may have the lower cash out but it can be quite heavy to pay P2499 monthly for 24 months. As for Sun Cellular, even if the initial shell out is high, at least the succeeding months of subscription wouldn’t be as heavy on the pocket. Plus, if you get the total of everything for the lowest plan rates, it’s P67,975 for Globe and P52,969 for Sun Cellular! That means, if you get the latter deal, you’ll be able to save at least P15,000!
Given the aforementioned points of comparison, this is almost a no-brainer. Sun Cellular has won my vote on this. I like that the plan already includes the services I would need to maximize the use of my Playbook – no more frills on additional subscriptions for data services and not so heavy monthly service fees. It’s a best-value offer that is hard to resist.