Sun’s Anti-Bill Shock Add On 199

Just a few weeks ago, Sun Cellular has launched another innovation in the Philippine telecommunication market by

Sun's Anti-Bill Shock from Sun Broadband. Photo from Yugatech

introducing the Sun Broadband Plan 350 with Anti-Bill Shock. Now, they extended the same feature on their mobile phone

services, specifically the text to other network.

Anti-Bill Shock (ABS)

Add-On 199 allows Sun Postpaid subscribers to send up to 1,000 text messages to other networks at a fixed rate of P199 a month (on top of the monthly Regular Sun postpaid subscription). The next 300 texts will be charged P1 per text.

But here’s the best part: when the subscriber reaches 1301st message sent or more, subscribers need not to worry because the text to other network starting at this threshold will be unlimited!  Thus, in essence, aside from the unlimited Sun-Sun Call & Text, Sun subscribers can also grab unlimited text to ALL network at only P499. The Add-on service basically gives you flexibility and freedom for a certain amount.

In short, if you text 1,000 or less to other networks, you only pay Php199 with this Add On. If you text 1,301 or more, pay a fixed amount of Php 499. It’s a pretty good deal if you’re really a heavy texter especially to Globe and Smart users.

To activate the service, you can either visit The Sun Shop outlet or call 395-8222 or 1822from your Sun phone. I believe this is a dedicated hotline for this.

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It’s Time to Play with Blackberry Playbook

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!

The Verdict

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.