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SMARTPHONE: Smart Amazing Phone on sale from $345.00 or less
Posted by Arne Hess - on Tuesday, 25.03.03 - 01:33:23 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 7748x
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According to Smart Philippines' online shop, the Smart Amazing Phone aka HTC Tanager is available for sale from $345.00 down to $0.00 depending on the plan you choose and will include free MMS.

I have no clue what the different price plans means (maybe ppcsurfr or other Philippine visitors) can bring some light into this but $345.00 isn't a bad price at all and even goes down to $120.00 plus a free phone for high volume plans.

So time to go shopping in Metro Manila :!: :-)

Cheers ~ Arne

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Posted by architect on 25.03.03 - 04:18:47

Smart Philippines offers two types of plans - prepaid and postpaid. For prepaid, you simply buy a phone either from Smart or from the open market. If you buy from Smart, the phone typically comes locked but also includes a SIM card. If you buy in the open market, you need to buy a SIM card as well. SIM cards currently sell for Php200. (Exchange rate is about Php54 to USD1. Then you buy prepaid cards containing credits that you load into your phone. When you use up the credits, you buy more prepaid cards to continue using your phone and SIM.

For postpaid plans, you sign up with Smart for a two year contract. You are billed monthly for your usage. Depending on your plan, you usually get a free phone. For the Gold Premium, which requires a minimum monthly consumption of PhP2665 excluding long distance calls, you get a Nokia 4650. For Gold Select, with a minimum monthly consumption of PhP1995, you can choose between Nokia 7210, the Smart Amazing Phone, and Nokia 6100.

Lower plans feature less expensive models. If you subscribe to a lower plan but want a more expensive model, then you can pay the difference. For instance, you can subscribe to the lowest plan, Gold Rave, which has a monthly minimum of PhP500 and pay an additional PhP18,750 to get the Smart Amazing Phone.

I might be wrong but I don't think Smart is making the Smart Amazing Phone available without a plan though.

Hope this helps.



Posted by architect on 25.03.03 - 04:23:04

Sorry about the typo. For the Gold Premium, you get a nokia 3650, not a nokia 4650.

Sorry about that.

Posted by Arne Hess on 25.03.03 - 17:08:30

SMART Communications offers different subscripton plans for postpaid subscribers.

For example, Plan 500 also known as Gol Rave is the lowest monthly plan and costs PhP500 or US$9.26 per month but call costs are at about PhP8.00 or US$0.15 per minute during peak hours (6AM to 10PM). While te highest monthly plan, Plan 3500/Gold Elite costs PhP3,500 or US$64.81 and per minute costs are down to PhP5.00 or US@.09 per minute during Peak hours.

With the low end plans, you pay more for the phone as compared to the high end plans where the phone is included in the package for free.

Check out the full details here for the available subscription plans.  http://.../

Posted by gveugenio on 26.03.03 - 04:34:26

Smart only sells HTC Tanagers thru smartgold plans and not prepaid. Even if you go to Manila you will need to subscribe to a smartgold plan (with 2 year contract) in order to get a HTC tanager. All units that come with smart are system locked (you cannot use other sim cards aside from a smart sim card). I reside in manila and only smart business centers have the HTC tanager.

Posted by Oliver B on 26.03.03 - 11:01:25

Where can I buy the HTC Tanagres without a calling plan. I just want the phone without a plan and sim unlocked. Where can I do that?

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