Bigger Data, Better Connectivity: Build Your Own Plan with SMART!

Bigger Data, Better Connectivity: Build Your Own Plan with SMART!

There is no way that a day will pass without checking Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. In fact, our social media feed is the first and last thing we see. And who can’t blame us? Do you want to know the latest news? Check it online, stat! Curious about the new restaurant in town? Go online and see what your favorite blogger has to say! On top of that are the hundreds of series, videos, and even GIF you want to binge watch daily. Not to mention social media messaging apps such as Viber, Facebook Messenger, and What’s Up that we use to constantly communicate with clients, friends, and family.

With so many things to do on the ‘net, a gigabyte of data is not enough. Imagine the trouble when we learn that our phone data plan lacks the capacity to support our online needs. Oh, the horror!

But this nightmare will be gone soon thanks to SMART! The country’s leading mobile provider has yet again changed the game in a BIG way. Smart’s LINE-ONLY plans just got a major boost by providing bigger data offers, customized data plans, and easy and simple postpaid application. Now, you no longer have to worry about skyrocketing phone bills or getting your data cut off!

The revamped Smart LINE-ONLY plans will be powered by the super fast Smart LTE Postpaid Sim. These plans (based on baseline subscriptions) will come with unlimited texts to all networks, all-net calls, and free access to messaging apps like Viber, Whatsapp, and Facebook Messenger every month.

The new postpaid LINE-ONLY plans start at Plan 399 with 3BG (used to be 1GB) data, Plan 599 with 5GB (used to be 4GB) data, Plan 799 with 8GB (used to be 7GB) data. Need more data power? Smart also offer the Plan 999 with 10GB data, Plan 1499 with 18GB data, Plan 1999 with 24GB data, Plan 2499 with 30GB data, and Plan 2999 with 36GB data.

What’s more, anyone can UPGRADE to any of these LINE-ONLY Postpaid Plans with just one (1) valid ID!

But if you do decide to not use your existing phone, you may pick a new device from Smart’s list of handsets, with its monthly phone cash out added on top of your postpaid bill. To further maximize your Smart experience,  boost your postpaid plan by registering to Flexibundles – a variety of call, text, and data bundles that you can mix and match every month.

Take control of your mobile lifestyle with #SmartPostpaidPlans! Head to the nearest Smart Store or visit for more information.

Now is the best time to apply for a Citibank credit card

Now is the best time to apply for a Citibank credit card

Ever wanted to apply for a Citibank credit card but is too shy to approach the people in the mall handing out flyers and free gifts? Or just to lazy to fill out that form with a pen? Then now is your chance to apply for that card – without dealing with sales agents and pens.

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Citi Philippines’ latest digital innovation comes in the form of online credit card application and approval, a first in the Philippines. Unlike online applications in other banks, Citi’s newest digitized application and approval process will let a client know in minutes if he or she is qualified for the credit card.

Similar services from other banks takes days before knowing the status of your application because your information is still forwarded to a personnel for verification and evaluation. Citi has removed the ‘human’ element in the process making it a faster and efficient way for you to know the status of your application.

Digitized process also means digitized rewards. Upon completion and submission of the form, you will receive an electronic voucher that you can redeem at Auntie Anne’s pretzel and iced tea. Neat right? It gets better. Upon approval, you will receive a Fitbit 2 Charge when you make a purchase of P20,000 or more within 60 days.

So what are you waiting for? Apply for your Citi Rewards credit card now at

About Citi

Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

Surround your 2017 with great sound from Samsung

Surround your 2017 with great sound from Samsung

Celebrate 2017 in new sound with the newest 360 Surround speakers from Samsung. Ditch those one-sided speakers that project sound in just 1 direction and be prepared to be immersed in 360 sound all around.


The Samsung WAM R1 Wireless speaker is nothing like what speakers are supposed to look like. Cylindrical, dark and sleek – almost an artwork in its own right to please your eyes and your ears. The WAM R1 would certainly feel at home in any modern household.

Controls can be accessed on the top, with just a blinking set of dots to indicate that it is turned on. You can access other controls via the Samsung Multi-Room app making it a truly wireless experience.


The speaker can connect via Bluetooth or through WiFi making it possible for multiple Samsung wireless speakers to connect to each other giving you a true surround sound experience.

The Samsung Multi-Room app can be downloaded via the Play Store or App Store and if you have a Spotify Premium account, you can take full advantage of the app.


These wireless 360 speakers are installed with patented Ring Radiator Technology that produces 360-degree omni-directional sound, giving you a perfectly balanced sound wherever you are in the room.


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What We Love:

  • compact design
  • can connect via WiFi and Bluetooth
  • loud omnidirectional sound
  • can connect with other Samsung speakers for a daisychain
  • intuitive tap and swipe functions



  • no display on the speaker
  • can only accommodate Spotify
  • needs to have a Spotify Premium account


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Best of 2016: Smart Unboxing Innovations

Best of 2016: Smart Unboxing Innovations

2016 may generally had been a bad bitch for most of us, but it also has its own sparks of good things here and there.

We’re closing this year remember all the good things. Let’s start with Smart!

A New Logo and Look

The biggest change they faced was a new logo. It was, as almost expected, criticized. With the new shape and new color, it took a while for people to finally accept it.  But it’s all good now! Especially Smart is welcoming 2017 with Pantone’s color of the year on its new logo.

ICYI, their new logo was launched with the reunion of Eraserheads!

Smart Music Live

Diving into the music scene, Smart has launched the #SmartMusicLive, bringing subscribers exclusive deals to the best concerts and festivals! #SmartMusicLive was launched with a huge concert headlined by Ely Buendia, Up Dharma Down and Nathan Sykes. One of the most memorable act was the comeback of Aegis! It was then followed by In The Mix, Selena Gomez Worl Tour and more.


Smart Launchpad + Own It

An awesome avenue for Youtuber bloggers, Smart introduced the Launch Pad and Own It project this year. Launchpad upload stations toured around the Philippines to allow everyone to submit their v-logs – whether they sing, act, dance, do their makeup and more! Select participants were chosen to undergo a Creator camp hosted by smart. Nearing the end of the year, Smart announced the 3 winners who’ll be going to LA! Moreso, they signed select Youtubers with an ambasadorship contract. It has been a great jumpstart platform for young bloggers.

Smart Life My Smart App

Unboxes during one of their early events this year were two apps – the Smart Life and My Smart App. The Smart Life app houses all your lifestyle needs, where you can watch movies, series, live streams and excluive contant. You can also stream music and playlists curated by Spinnr. The best feature would be instant perks – get discounts and freebies from partner establishments! Meanwhile, the My Smart app lets you monitor your account, usage promo subscriptions and more!

Pokemon Go

One of the most anticipated games was launched this year. Pokemon Go came in PH with an awesome gift from Smart – FREE DATA! We remember spending after-office hours walking around Makati and BGC, catching pokemons without worrying about our data consumption.

Eraserheads Video Reunion

We know smart for producing great videos and we can’t help but gush on one of its surprise features launching the AllOutSurf30. IT. WAS. THE. ERASERHEADS! They are in one video! Though not together, they gave us a feel of what it’s like now years after their split – still getting in touch and still sharing music. Ahhh, we just love happy reunions!


Making our lives better, Smart installed free WIFI spots on various airports in Manila and in key provinces. Upload and download speed reaches up to 1GB, proven and tested! Waiting for a delayed flight will never be the same again!

Travel Wifi

Speaking of airports, we can’t thank Smart enough for its gift to travelers this 2016. Finally, they offer WIFI device we can use abroad, connect and share with friends. More on traveling, Smart has simplified data roaming and fixed it at a specific amount per day. Because only our luggage should balloon up when traveling, not our bills.

Pay with Mobile

Buying apps, games, movies, music and subscriptions are now waaaay way easier! Smart launched this year its Pay With Mobile feature, which allows you to purchase anything on app store and charge it directly to your bill – no extra application, no hassle, no fuss!


There’s a gap between online shopping and milennials: credit cards. While most still don’t have one (and it’s almost a hassle to get one), Smart is here again being a life saver! This year, Smart announced its partnership with Paymaya. By registering, you instantly get a virtual card we can use for any purchases online! And Smart is also releasing a physical Mastercard we can use for in-store purchases here and abroad!

So before we curse 2016 for all its negativity, let’s go back to the small good things that happened.

Get Awesome Perks with PayMaya MasterCard

Get Awesome Perks with PayMaya MasterCard

Did you miss all those online deals last weekend just ‘cos you didn’t have a credit card? Don’t miss out on all the online deals this December when you sign up for a prepaid MasterCard from PayMaya.

Awesome Discounts

Having the Smart PayMaya Prepaid MasterCard is like having a discount generator in the palm of your hands. You get amazing perks and discounts from ZALORA, Jollibee, and 10% discount when you buy Smart prepaid load in the PayMaya app.

How does it work?

It works just like any other credit card. You can instantly shop and do payments online with an instantly-generated  16-digit card number in your virtual MasterCard. You just simply have to load your prepaid MasterCard and you’re good to go.

Where to load your PayMaya?

Like with any prepaid stuff, you need to load up you PayMaya MasterCard.

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You can load up in any of the 15,000 touch points nationwide, which include Smart Stores, SM Malls Business Centers, Robinson’s Department Stores, UnionBank ATMs, 7-Eleven stores with Cliqq Kiosks, TouchPay Kiosks, and Smart Padala Centers, on top of online banking via BDO and UnionBank.

Getting Physical

Soon, you will be able to use your PayMaya Prepaid MasterCard even on in-store purchases. You can get a physical card with an NFC-enabled sticker that you can use in over 36 million merchants worldwide that accept MasterCard.

Learn more about Smart MasterCard visit or

Selfie Season with Vivo V5’s 20MP front-cam

Selfie Season with Vivo V5’s 20MP front-cam

Your selfie-game is about to get even better as Vivo announces V5 with 20-megapixel Moonlight front-facing camera.

Premium Mid-ranger

The V5 is an all-metal unibody smartphone that feels light and premium on the hand. The 5.5-inch display is vibrant and the size on the device feels manageable given my slightly smaller hand.

It does feel light and smaller, maybe this is because I’m used to fiddling with my iPhone 6 Plus. The smaller profile of the V5 is much more enjoyable and manageable for me.

The display is 1280×720 HD with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass. Under the hood is an octa-core processor from MediaTek running at 1.5GHz with 4GB of RAM and a base storage of 32GB expandable via microSD up to 128GB.

For Perfect Selfies

The V5 is an innovation in itself because of its 20-megapixel selfie cam – definitely a first in the world of smartphones. The front cam is equipped with a Sony IMX376 camera sensor with an aperture of f/2.0. The front of the camera also has a flash and it is called their Selfie Softlight technology – it lets you shoot selfies with a soft and radiant lighting effect to capture details in low light.

The rear camera has a 13-megapixel sensor that features phase-detect autofocus for speedy autofocus in every snap.

What to Love More

We’re sure you’re impressed with those features of the V5 but there is still more to this selfie-taking beast that you might want to know.

Hi-Fi audio chip. You can listen to premium sounding sound – one that sounds like your in the studio as your favorite artist performs that one song.

FunTouch OS 2.6. The newest iteration of Vivo’s operating system based on Android Marshmallow. It’s faster and snappier so you can perform tasks everyday in just a flash.

Smart Split 2.0. Wish you could split what’s happening in your screen so you can actually multitask? Smart Split exactly does that and does it intelligently. It’s part of the Fun Touch OS improvement and is definitely something to love about the V5.

The Perfect Gift

The Vivo V5 is definitely a wishlist-worthy item if you are looking to upgrade your smartphone and selfie game. Priced at 12,990, this mid-range device is a steal that won’t break the bank.

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