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Brigada: Adventures in Marogondon, Cavite

I was a guest and co-host for this segment of Brigada to feature Maragondon as the next travel and adventure destination near Manila. Go watch and discover what the town can offer for tourism.

Friday, November 08, 2013

iPhone 5s and 5c Philippines launch on Nov 15 by Globe Telecom

Here's another iPhone 5s and 5c launch details on Nov 15 from Globe Telecom

Allowing subscribers to get an iPhone every year for free or with minimal cashout
Globe Telecom launches first-ever iPhone postpaid plans,
unveils exclusive upgrade program for customers

Globe Telecom, the leader in postpaid and first in iPhone, officially launches the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c under its suite of first-ever fully-customizable postpaid plans, including an exclusive gadget upgrade program that allows subscribers to get a new iPhone every year.

Globe iPhone Forever is an iPhone upgrade program open to new and existing postpaid subscribers that enables them to swap their current devices with the latest iPhone models for free or with a one-time cashout, depending on the device being traded in.

To avail of the iPhone Forever program, subscribers must choose which postpaid plan best fits their lifestyle and budget. For as low as 1599, subscribers can avail of an iPhone 5c 16GB for free with a 24-month contract period. The plan bundle comes with 1 gigabyte (GB) of consumable Long Term Evolution (LTE) data plan monthly that allows mobile internet surfing of up to 42 Mbps and a monthly consumable amount for call and text combo services.

On the other hand, subscribers can get the iPhone 5s 16GB for free with the iPhone Forever Plan 1999 at a contract period of 24 months, also bundled with 1 GB of monthly consumable LTE data plan and a consumable amount for calls and texts.

Higher value iPhone postpaid plans include iPhone Forever Plan 2999 which comes with a free iPhone 5s 16GB, unlimited LTE surfing, unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM, and monthly consumable amount for calls and texts; iPhone Forever Plan 5599 which offers a free iPhone 5s 32GB or iPhone 5c 32GB, unlimited LTE surfing, unlimited calls and texts to all networks, and automatic Platinum Blue membership; and iPhone Forever Plan 6999 which comes with a free iPhone 5s 64GB, unlimited LTE surfing, unlimited calls and texts to all networks, P1,000 monthly consumable amount for landline calls, international services, roaming, and automatic Platinum Blue membership.

A Platinum Blue membership entitles postpaid subscribers exclusive access to a dedicated Platinum hotline, priority handling in Globe Stores, discounts and privileges in handpicked partner establishments and nationwide concierge assistance.

After availment of an iPhone Forever Plan, subscribers can trade-in an existing gadget and get the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c for free or with a one-time cashout*. Subscribers using an iPhone 5 or iPhone 4s can upgrade to an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c for free, while other gadgets have a corresponding one-time trade-in cashout.

Subscribers can also opt to get the iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c at regular postpaid plans under Globe’s Best-Ever mySUPERLAN. The iPhone 5c is available for as low as P1,799 monthly at Plan 999 with a monthly cashout of P800*, while the iPhone 5s is available for only P2,199 monthly at Plan 1799 with a monthly cashout of P400.* Both postpaid plan offers have unlimited LTE surfing and corresponding consumable peso-value amounts which can be used to avail of calls and texts.

“Finally, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c have arrived in the Philippines and Globe is proud to launch these much-awaited devices. With our long-standing partnership with Apple in bringing the iPhone to Filipinos nationwide, Globe is poised to offer the best deals to the market, led by our iPhone Forever program which will allow subscribers to upgrade to a new iPhone every year with a hassle-free trade-in process for free or at a minimal one-time cashout. This year, we are upping the ante with our best-in-class iPhone offer yet, because no one knows the iPhone like we do,” said Peter Bithos, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at Globe Telecom.

On top of the innovative and value for money offers, Globe subscribers also get one-month free subscription to Globe Gadget Care, the complete mobile phone protection program against theft and accidental damage available in the market today, and free access to Facebook along with customer experience innovations until January 2014. Subscribers who will avail of the newest iPhone devices on launch day on November 15, 2013 are also eligible to avail of a free 1-year subscription to GCASH Virtual Pay and get up to 50% off on iPhone accessories. 

Subscribers can also take advantage of the telco’s expanded LTE network nationwide, which is now present in select areas in Makati City, Pasig City, Quezon City, Taguig City, Manila, Muntinlupa, Mandaluyong, San Juan, and Las PiƱas, as well as in Metro Cebu and Metro Davao as well as in the provinces of Bohol, Batangas, Negros Occidental, La Union, Rizal, Aklan, Laguna, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Vizcaya, Cavite, Cagayan, Pangasinan, Isabela, Ilocos, Quirino, Tarlac and in Boracay, Aklan.

Globe holds a strong partnership with Apple after it exclusively carried the iPhone 3G in 2008 all the way to the iPhone 4 in 2010, making the telco an expert in launching the iPhone 5s, the most forward-thinking smartphone in the world, and the iPhone 5c, the most colorful iPhone yet.

*May be paid via cash or credit card (straight or up to 24 months 0% installment via participating banks

Globe iPhone Forever
For as low as 1599, you can get this year’s iPhone. And next year’s. And next year’s. And next year’s…


  1. iPhone Forever (“Promo”) is a Globe iPhone Upgrade Program open to new and existing Postpaid subscribers (“subscribers”) who would like to avail of an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c.
  2. Promo period is from November 15, 2013 to December 31, 2013.


  1. To avail of the Promo, subscriber must:
  • Choose an iPhone Forever Plan, and
  • Trade-In his existing gadget and pay the One-Time Trade-In Cashout, if applicable.

STEP 1: Subscriber must choose an iPhone Forever Plan from the following:

iPhone Forever Plans
iPhone Forever Plan 1599
iPhone Forever Plan 1999
iPhone Forever Plan 2999
iPhone Forever Plan 5599
iPhone Forever Plan 6999
iPhone 5c 16GB
iPhone 5s 16GB
iPhone 5s 16GB
iPhone 5s 32GB or iPhone 5c 32GB
iPhone 5s 64GB
Platinum BLUE
Platinum BLUE
24 months
24 months
24 months
24 months
24 months
(International & Roaming)
1GB PowerSurf LTE
1GB PowerSurf LTE
Unli LTE Surf

Unli Calls & Texts to Globe/TM numbers
Unli LTE Surf

Unli ALL NET Calls & Texts
Unli LTE Surf

Unli ALL NET Calls & Texts

Consumable Roaming
    • Consumable Amount may be used to avail of Combos under Best Ever MySuperPlan.
    • Points Value applies.

STEP 2: Subscriber must Trade-In his existing gadget to Globe and pay the One-Time Trade-In Cashout based on the following table:

Trade-In Gadget
One-Time Trade-In Cashout
Tier 1: iPhone 5, iPhone 4S
Tier 2: iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note 2, BlackBerry Q10, HTC One
Tier 3: iPhone 3GS, Samsung Galaxy S3, BlackBerry Z10, BlackBerry Curve/Bold/Torch, Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Nokia Lumia
Tier 4: All other gadgets
    • If you do not wish to trade-in your gadget, you may still avail of this offer by paying the one-time trade-in cashout of P12,999.

  1. Trade-In Gadget
    • Subscriber is required to surrender to Globe the gadget for trade-in upon availment of the Promo, except if he falls under Tier 5 (No Gadget for Trade-In).
    • Gadget must be open line or a Globe-issued handset.
    • Gadget will be subject to assessment of a Trade-In Officer.
      • If gadget is found to be eligible for Trade-In, subscriber will pay a One-Time Trade-In Cashout based on Tiers 1 to 4.
      • If gadget is found to be ineligible for Trade-In, subscriber may still opt to avail of this Promo by paying a One-Time Trade-In Cashout of P12,999.

  1. One-Time Trade-In Cashout
    • The One-Time Trade-In Cashout covers the 24 month contract period under any iPhone Forever Plan.
    • It may be paid through cash or credit card (straight or up to 24 months 0% installment via participating banks).
    • The One-Time Trade-In Cashout is applicable for both iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c availments.

  1. Contract Period
    • The Contract Period is continuous for twenty-four (24) months upon line activation, i.e. it does not reset to 24 months upon availment of a new iPhone at any point between the subscriber’s 13th to 24th months in contract.
    • Subscriber cannot upgrade or downgrade his iPhone Forever Plan until his 24-month contract period has ended.

  1. Overdue balance must first be settled before subscriber can avail of a gadget under Globe iPhone Forever.


  1. Subscriber will be eligible to upgrade to a new iPhone on the 13th to 24th month after availment of his iPhone Forever Plan. To do so, subscriber must:
  • Maintain his iPhone Forever Plan, and
  • Trade-in the gadget availed upon subscription (“Existing Gadget”) for the new iPhone.

  1. If, under any circumstance, the subscriber is not able to surrender his Existing Gadget, he will be required to pay a One-Time Trade-In Cashout as defined by Globe at the time of the new iPhone availment.

  1. Globe reserves the right to provide a device of equal value should the preferred device becomes unavailable. Existing value of gadgets offered:
iPhone 5s 16GB
iPhone 5s 32GB
iPhone 5s 64GB
iPhone 5c 16GB
iPhone 5c 32GB


  1. Subscriber will be eligible to avail of a new iPhone after his 24-month contract period has lapsed.

  1. If the subscriber wishes to avail of a new iPhone after twenty-four (24) months from availment, he must re-contract on his existing iPhone Forever Plan. He also has the option to upgrade his existing iPhone Forever Plan to a higher iPhone Forever Plan. This will renew his contract period for another 24 months.

  1. Subscriber will again be eligible to avail of a new iPhone twelve (12) months after re-contracting/upgrading his existing iPhone Forever Plan.

The blogger

Azrael Coladilla is the blogger and founder of Azrael's Merryland Blog. This blog started as a personal blog in 2003, and then converted the blog into a lifeblog about his interest and reporting about pop culture, lifestyle, entertainment, technology, food, travel, toys, outdoor adventure, internet and social media. Awarded as the 2009 Most Influential Blogger for Luzon, Philippines, awarded by the Philippine Blog Awards. He is the founder of several online communities - Manila Bloggers Network, PBNetwork PH, Oh My Food! community, Cavite Bloggers, Travel and Blog Community, and Philippine ToyCon. He loves to travel, explore, discover, eat new food, document and record his life, meet new people, do photography and collects Transformers toys.

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