Pros and Cons: iPhone 5 on Globe or Smart

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Apple's iPhone 5 just formally launched in the Philippines last Dec. 14, 2012 through the two major carriers in the country - Globe and Smart, even though the phone has been out in the gray market since September. Since the launch, I've been hearing a lot of people talk about whether or not they should get it, if the upgrade from the 4S to the 5 is worth it or which carrier to get it from. To help out with that, I thought of putting together a pros and cons list, and hope it works out for somebody out there.

I'm an Android fan through and through, so you know this pros and cons list is a little tainted with bias. But that's a good thing! See, I won't oversell the device to you. In fact, I'd probably slander it a bit, which will probably make what I state here all that more objective and fair. Besides, this list won't be whether you should get an iPhone or not; it's a list on whether you should upgrade and from which carrier you get your device. Okay, let's get started.

On upgrading from 4S to 5

Pros Cons
The iPhone 5 has a sleeker, taller body at 123.88mm x 58.6 mm x 7.6 mm, as opposed to the 4S at 115.2 mm x 58.6 mm x 9.3 mm
 iPhone 4S is now way cheaper
112 grams on the iPhone 5 VS 140 grams on the iPhone 4 Being 30 grams lighter doesn't really justify the price
Comes pre-installed with iOS6 Installing iOS6 is so easy, an iOS user can do it
A6 chip is said to be faster, about twice as much The A5 chip isn't slow enough to warrant the price increase
4 inch screen, which is about .5 inches bigger than the 4S Both phones have 8mp cameras that shoot video at 1080p
Resolution is increased to 1136x640, with 326 pixels per inch Battery life did not improve, at all
EDIT: LTE is available now and is free until April EDIT: LTE drains the already paltry battery life
1.2 megapixel front facing camera, as opposed to the 4S VGA camera Plans for the iPhone 4S became way more reasonable
Comes in 64GB! iOS6 maps suck immensely

So, there you have it. It certainly doesn't seem like a worthwhile upgrade, especially at the retail price. However, local carriers are offering the phone at very good plans. Let's check them out, shall we?




 Reset your plans and get the iPhone at a discount. Click here for their calculator.

The 32GB version only comes free at Plan 3799, Php 1,300 more expensive than Smart's cheapest offering of a free 32GB iPhone 5

Monthly amortization of 3, 6, 12 and 24 months at 0% interest with specified credit cards

Plan variety is kinda slim

At plan 1799, cash out is only Php 4,800 for a 16GB iPhone 5 - about Php 7,500 cheaper than Smart's iPhone 5 cash out at Php 12,300 on All-In Plan 1800

Globe seems to get more complaints online. See comparisons here, here and maybe here to a certain extent.

Sweet spots are at Plan 1799 with a cash out of Php 10,800 and Plan 2499 with a cash out of Php 4,800, both for a 32GB version


If you have an existing line, get another one and get a discount on your cash out


Globe Gadget Care - dunno how well it works, but at least it's there


Promo for 1 year GCash virtual AMEX card


Discounts for various iPhone 5 accessories at Globe Stores





32 GB iPhone 5 comes free at iPhone Plan 2499, while at Globe, the phone is free starting at Plan 3700

Cash outs are cheaper with Globe

Three plans to pick from - iPhone Plans, All-In Plans (crazy customizable) and Unli Data plans

Globe has more perks that come with getting an iPhone 5 on their network

Prepaid bundles are cheaper with Smart. 16GB iPhone 5 goes for Php 33,600 VS Globe's offering of Php 35,400 - a difference of Php 1,800.


Sweet spots are at iPhone Plan 2499 for a free 32GB iPhone 5 and at Data Plan 2000 with a cash out of Php 14,000 for a 64GB iPhone 5


At Data Plan 3000, the 64GB iPhone 5 is yours at a cash out of only Php 2,900. With Globe, Plan 3700 comes with a Php 4,800 cash out for the 64GB


Seemingly fewer complaints online. Check here, here and here for comparisons.


In conclusion, it seems like Smart wins out when it comes to plans where the iPhone 5 is free. Cash outs for Globe are cheaper, though, except in their Plan 3700 VS Unli Data Plan 3000. Globe has a few more perks that come along with your iPhone 5, too.

You have to remember that the price isn't the only factor here. You have to take into consideration the type of plans that come with the iPhone. A data plan is likely best for your iPhone so you can really maximize it, but you gotta make sure the network you pick works best where you are most of the time. Otherwise, it won't be a very sound investment, I think.

I hope this helps! Happy hunting! Oh, and if you really want an awesome smartphone, get a Note 2.


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