For a change, I went out of my cave, braved the Manila Friday traffic and attended the press and blogger briefing for the introduction of the 4th generation iPad and the iPad Mini from Smart yesterday at the Jump Center, Megamall.
I’ve been thinking of getting an iPad Mini and was trying to decide between getting the Wifi only model or the Wifi + cellular model. Going to this event helped me make the decision!
I am definitely going for an iPad Mini Wifi + cellular so I can experience Smart LTE on it!
Here are some takeaways from the briefing and reasons WHY you should definitely get your iPads or iPad Minis from Smart on their iPad Plans.
1. Value for money and a better deal
You will not get a better deal anywhere else. I’m telling you right now, getting your iPads from Smart will be more bang for your bucks. You can get a 16GB iPad Mini Wifi + cellular model for as low as P13,900+. This is the same price of an iPad Mini Wifi only model when you buy them from authorized resellers.
16GB iPad Mini Wifi + cellular models costs around P19,000 – P21,000 in the market. You’re basically getting a huge discount of around P6,000-P8,000 when you buy from Smart!
2. Minimal requirements
Some people are allergic to the idea of signing up for a post paid line for the reason that they don’t want to go through the hassle of coming up with documents. But when applying for Smart’s iPad Plan you only need the following:
- Valid IDs
- Proof of income
- Proof of address/billing
- Fully accomplished application form
If you’re an existing Smart subscriber already, all you need is one (1) valid ID!
3. Free accessories and discounts up to 20% off on accessories
When you get your iPads from Smart, you’ll get a FREE neoprene sleeve and you can avail up to 20% discounts on accessories from different stores! This is a pretty good deal as Apple accessories can be quite expensive!
4. A better network
I’m not pulling your leg and neither am I saying this just to suck up to Smart. I’m saying this because it’s definitely true. I’ve switched to Smart just recently last year, and I definitely know I made the right choice. Here are the reasons why:
- The 3G/LTE connection is more stable. The hubby has to always ask me to share my hotspot because his 3G on the other network is always intermittent. *smirk*
- Wherever I go, I have data. Ever since I switched to Smart, I’ve NEVER ever had to ask for Wifi passwords from establishments ever again.
- I never get those text spams anymore, thank the geek gods.
- I rarely get dropped calls and it’s easier for me to make calls.
- I never had to call Smart CS because, well, I haven’t had any problems so far.
Yep, I’m definitely happy I made the switch.
5. Unlimited LTE for 24 months!
Smart offers two (2) plans for iPads: Plan 999 and 499. On both plans, you will have unlimited LTE for 24 months!
“Unlimited” meaning you can download data and stream as many movies as you want! You can download 100GB worth of data if you want! :)
However, on plan 499 you have a time cap of 65 hours. Once you’ve consumed 65 hours, you’ll be charged extra accordingly. But don’t worry because you’ll be protected with the Anti-Bill Shock to make sure your bill won’t give you a heart attack.
Still not convinced?
Watch this video to see how Smart LTE performs on an iPad. They connected their iPad to a Samsung TV. Pretty cool.
For your reference, here’s the speed test I did while I was at Jump Center.
And to end this post, a selfie, hahaha! ;)