Difference between Globe GoSURF50, Smart Giga Surf 50

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You gotta love competition.

A day after Smart Communications revealed a P50 promo that lets you consume 1GB of data within three days, Globe Telecom also announced they have upgraded their GoSURF50.

Originally, GoSURF50 came with only 350MB allocation. Now, that number has been supersized to 1GB — and you get unlimited All-net Texts and Free Facebook along with it. To take advantage of this three-day Globe mobile-internet plan, text GOSURF50 to 8888 or dial *143#.

A caveat: You can’t use the whole 1GB of data to do whatever you want to do on the internet; 700MB is reserved for when you want to surf websites, and the remaining 300MB can be used to access free content from either Snapchat; Viber; Spotify; video sites YouTube and Dailymotion; and gaming apps Clash of Clans and Clash Royale.

Smart’s Giga Surf 50, on the other hand, allows you to consume the whole 1GB allocation and gives you an additional 300MB of data to access YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Dubsmash, Skype Qik, iflix, and Spinnr. Just text GIGA50 to 9999.

Should you wish to share part of your Giga Surf 50 load with another Smart subscriber, text PASADATA <Recipient’s Number> <Amount> MB to 808.

Which promo do you think gives more value for your money?

Smart Giga Surf 50 seems more up my alley than Globe GoSURF50, what with its additional 300MB data for apps such as YouTube. However, Globe’s promo, with its free unlimited texts to all networks, is obviously more ‘sulit’ if you’re still big on texting.

My take: Smart’s Giga Surf 50 seems more up my alley than Globe’s GoSURF50, what with its additional 300MB data for apps such as YouTube and Vimeo. However, Globe’s promo, with its free unlimited texts to all networks, is obviously more sulit if you’re still big on texting. But what’s a huge data cap if you can’t take advantage of it because of slow connection? It’s time telcos and the government work together to make sure the Philippines won’t be the laughingstock of global internet speed anymore.

My partner Ramon Lopez’s take: Competition is indeed a good thing, especially in this part of the world where fast and reliable internet isn’t a certainty. And in a market where consumers have little control over prices and the quality of service, you have to take the breaks when they come along. Cheaper internet is a welcome sight, but it shouldn’t stop there. Next on the consumer agenda is speed (because what use is a bigger data allocation without a connection that will enable you to enjoy content?) followed by data expiration. I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll eventually cross those bridges sooner rather than later.

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 16 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took a year off from journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy freelancing as an editorial and social-media consultant, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her furbabies and her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.