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Best Mobile Data Plans in the Philippines

By MoneyMax.ph on February 12, 2018 | Reading time:

More and more Filipinos access the internet with their smartphones, making the availability of mobile data plans ever so important. The amount of smartphone users has been growing at nearly exponential rates the past years according to a report by the analytics company GSMA intelligence. With the median age of internet users at around 24 years according to governmental statistics, these users are used to being online and needing to connect with their peers.

Read More: A Profile of Internet Users in the Philippines

As internet use in the Philippines further grows, the mobile providers like Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular try to attract more customers by offering plans that focus on their consumable mobile data. In recent times, they have also adjusted to better serve the everyday internet habits of Filipinos. Special packages give you separate data allowances for different activities such as Facebook or YouTube.

Let us compare some of the mobile data plans and promos offered by these three main service providers:

1. Globe Telecom

a) Prepaid

Globe offers prepaid users the GoSURF promos. According to Globe, its GoSURF promo offers chatting, downloading, emailing, and internet surfing to its subscribers. For ‎7.50 – ‎₱33.33 a day, smartphone users who are subscribed to Globe may surf the net either for 1 day, 5 days or 30 days by texting the following promos to 8080:

  • GoSURF15 – 40 MB data and 30 MB musical.ly (‎₱15 for 2 days)
  • GoSURF50 – 1 GB data and 300 MB for app of choice (‎₱50 for 3 days)
  • GoSURF299 – 1.5 GB data and 1 GB for app of choice (‎₱299 for 30 days)
  • GoSURF599 – 4 GB data and 1 GB for app of choice (‎₱599 for 30 days)
  • GoSURF999 – 8 GB data and 1 GB for app of choice (‎₱999 for 30 days)

You can also dial *143# and choose GoSURF to register to any of the mentioned promos.

b) Postpaid

If you choose to subscribe to a postpaid plan, you can choose between two types of plans. The Plan has a variety of price options which can be individualized to focus on: text & calls, data or a combo of everything. Alternatively, Platinum Plans provide large to unlimited access for data, calls and text which, of course, comes at its price. All three types offer the chance of choosing a smartphone to comes with your plan. Here is an outlook into a few of your options, focusing on what gets you the most data:

  • The Plan 599 (option: data only) – 2,5 GB data allocation; 0 texts, calls; 10 GB for YouTube, Netflix, Tribe, HOOQ, Cartoon Network or Disney (in-app use only)
  • The Plan 1799 (option: data only) – 20 GB data allocation; 0 texts, calls; 1 GB for Facebook; 10 GB for YouTube, Netflix, Tribe, HOOQ, Cartoon Network or Disney (in-app use only); 6 months Netflix subscription
  • The Plan 2499 (option: data only) – 27 GB data allocation; 0 texts, 0 calls; 1 GB for Facebook; 10 GB for YouTube, Netflix, Tribe, HOOQ, Cartoon Network or Disney (in-app use only); 6 months Netflix subscription
  • Platinum Plan 4999 – unli data allocation; unli texts, unli calls to Globe; P2250 consumable; 4 days unli roaming

You can avail of the postpaid plans through the Globe Online Store or by visiting any of their branches nationwide.

2. Smart

a) Prepaid

Smart has a wide array of prepaid data plans that you can avail. All you need to do is text any of the following promos to 9999:

  • GIGA50 – GigaSurf 50 promo includes 1GB + 1.1GB for iflix, YouTube, Spinnr, Vimeo, Dailymotion & Dubsmash (‎₱50/ 3 days)
  • GIGA99 – GigaSurf 99 promo includes 1.5GB + 1.1GB for iflix, YouTube, Spinnr, Vimeo, Dailymotion & Dubsmash (‎₱99/7 days)
  • GIGA299 – GigaSurf 299 promo includes 2GB + 1.1GB for iflix, YouTube, Spinnr, Vimeo, Dailymotion, & Dubsmash (‎₱299/30 days)
  • GIGA499 – GigaSurf 499 promo includes 3.5GB + 1.1GB for iflix, YouTube, Spinnr, Vimeo, Dailymotion, & Dubsmash (‎₱499/30 days)
  • GIGA799 – GigaSurf 799 promo includes 4.5GB + 1.1GB for iflix, YouTube, Vimeo, Spinnr, Dailymotion & Dubsmash (‎₱799/30 days)
  • SURFMAX50 – SurfMax 50 promo includes All-day surfing for 1 day (‎₱50/1 day)
  • SURFMAX299 – SurfMax 299 promo includes All-day surfing for 7 days (‎₱299/7 days)
  • SURFMAX99 – SurfMax 999 promo includes All-day surfing for 30 days (‎₱999/7 days)

b) Postpaid

For postpaid subscribers, Smart also offers surfing promos. Here is a selection of their postpaid plans:

  • GigaX Plan 599 – includes 2.5GB data allocation, and 150 allnet text, 20 minutes allnet calls
  • GigaX Plan 999 – 4.5 GB data allocation, and 10 GB to use for video apps (YouTube, iflix, Fox+, iwant tv), 50 minutes allnet calls, unused data (regular allocation) can be used in the following month
  • GigaX Plan 1499 – 5 GB data allocation, and 10 GB to use for video apps (YouTube, iflix, Fox+, iwant tv), unlimited allnet texts, 60 minutes allnet calls, unused data (regular allocation) can be used in the following month

You can avail of these plans at Smart’s Online Store or fill out their postpaid plan sign-up sheet so they can contact you about it.

3. Sun Cellular

a) Prepaid

Sun Cellular prepaid subscribers may use their smartphones for surfing the internet with their regular load acquired via XpressLoad or Call Card, and they will be charged ‎for every 15 minutes of use or ‎15 for 1 hour of use valid for 1 day. However, Sun Cellular advises users to get Non-Stop Surf Plans so they can maximize their prepaid load for more data allocation.

Get them by texting any of these promos to 247:

  • NONSTOP25 – this includes Non-stop surfing, 25MB data allocation, and 300MB Spinnr Access & Streaming (‎₱25/1 day)
  • NONSTOP100 – this includes Non-stop surfing, 250MB data allocation, and 1000MB Spinnr Access & Streaming (‎₱100/5 days)
  • NONSTOP450 – this includes  Non-stop surfing, 1GB data allocation, and 1GB Spinnr Access & Streaming (‎₱450/30 days)

b) Postpaid

Sun Cellular also offers some postpaid plans which offer mobile data:

  • Sun Bigtime Plan 399 – 1 GB data allocation; unli texts & calls to Sun; 250 texts to others
  • Sun Bigtime Plan 599 – 2 GB data allocation; unli texts & calls to Sun; 500 texts to others

Though Sun Cellular does not offer as wide a variety of postpaid plan options like its competitors, subscribers may also add more data to their plans by texting these promos to 247:

  • NONSTOP299 – this includes Non-stop surfing and 1000MB Spinnr data (‎₱299/5 days)
  • NONSTOP450 – this includes Non-stop surfing, an extra 1000MB, and 1000MB Spinnr data (‎₱450/30 days)
  • NONSTOP699 – this includes Non-stop surfing, an extra 2500MB, and 1000MB Spinnr data (‎₱699/5 days)

After reviewing the mobile data promos offered by the three major providers, you should have an idea on which data plans might be the one for you. You may also try switching networks if your network provider is not giving you a plan that meets your needs and your pocket.

To have a better view of the broadband services, try our mobile plan comparison.

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Note: Updated as of February 01, 2018

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