Been piling up points on your Globe Rewards account? Great! You should also know that all rewards points earned in 2020 are valid only until the end of the month. That means you may want to start spending them now while you still can, before March 31, 2021.
There’s a new all-digital bank in town. Tonik has officially launched in the Philippines, with plenty of great features in tow, including individual or group stashes that can earn up to 4.5% per year and time-deposit savings you can grow at an impressive annual interest of 6%.
Modern finance tools like digital-only banks, mobile wallets, and payment platforms are more popular than ever — and they’re only getting bigger. BDO, one of the biggest banks in the Philippines, is the latest name to throw its hat into the ring with the launch of BDO Pay, a new mobile wallet accessible through your smartphone, similar to GCash and PayMaya.
In mid-January this year, the Trump administration added Xiaomi to a list of alleged Communist Chinese military companies operating directly or indirectly in the United States. The company fought back, suing the the U.S. Defense and Treasury departments.
DITO Telecommunity’s commercial 4G and 5G services are expected to launch today, March 8, in the Philippines, with the initial rollout covering 15 pilot areas in Metro Cebu and Metro Davao.
DITO Telecommunity, the Philippines’ third telecom operator, recently announced it will offer 4G and 5G services in the country beginning March 8, albeit in limited locations. Its networks will initially cover areas in Mindanao and Visayas, with the rollout expected to reach 17 key cities and municipalities including Cebu City and Davao City.
The Land Bank of the Philippines recently announced it has expanded the coverage of its Interim Students’ Loan for Tuitions towards Upliftment of Education for the Development of the Youth or I-Study lending program to students, allowing them to borrow up to P50,000 (around $1,030) to purchase devices, such as smartphones and laptops, for online classes.
From third to first. After ending up in third place in the third quarter of 2020, OPPO Philippines leaped to the No. 1 spot in the local smartphone rankings.
We reported a while back that Elon Musk’s SpaceX company has been in talks with Converge ICT to bring the Starlink satellite-internet service to the Philippines. Since then, Converge has come out and said those talks were premature, likely in a bid to temper expectations and not get in the way of prospective customers signing up for a Converge subscription now or in the near future.
It was earlier reported that DITO Telecommunity, formerly Mislatel, passed the National Telecommunications Commissions’ technical audit of its committed service for its first year of operations, registering a minimum 5G speed of 507.5Mbps and 85.9Mbps for its 4G service, according to the regulatory body.
Ookla recently published the January 2021 data of its Speedtest Global Index, and the local results are quite interesting, to say the least.
Apple led the global smartphone market in the last quarter of 2020 — that much we know by now, as we reported here around three weeks ago. But how about in our region? What was the market like?
Huawei Philippines looks like it’s ramping up its efforts in the non-smartphone space.
Remember our story about the Elon Musk-backed, space-based internet’s possible immediate entry into the Philippines a while ago? It turns out it has gained a lot more traction recently, especially considering the company — and the nature of the business of said company — that has been thrown in the mix.
There was a lot of hullabaloo about a statement supposedly from a Xiaomi staff stating that the company’s smartphones in China won’t be able to install Google Mobile Services should users based there decide to do so.
We find the GOMO 5G- and LTE-ready SIM card the company sent us useful that we bought one, so the two of us here at Revü will each have a SIM card.
It would like to differentiate itself as an e-commerce platform that has compassion for Filipinos, as it is, after all, a homegrown one — born out of a struggling time that made it pivot its focus from automobiles and electronics to essential products.
As we at Revü had predicted, Apple clawed its way to the top to become the largest smartphone company in the fourth quarter of 2020 — with or without a charger in the box. This is based on the latest reports of market-research firms International Data Corporation and Canalys.
Apparently, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, which debuted on the Xiaomi Mi 11, won’t be the only Snapdragon 800 series chipset to get some love from smartphone manufacturers this year. Something less powerful — but possibly no less appealing — just dropped today.
Just some time after Xiaomi ended 2020 and welcomed 2021 by successively launching the Mi 11, Redmi Note 9T 5G, and Redmi 9T, it receives a big blow from the United States.