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Which flagship smartphones will work best with the local LTE network in PH?

By Yrda Veanssa Sy Fernandez - on 10 Oct 2017, 4:45pm

Which flagship smartphones will work best with the local LTE network in PH?

Are you eyeing for the latest Apple and Samsung devices? Good news for the Smart customers. The iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S8, and the Galaxy S8+ will work best with Smart’s improved LTE network.

LTE, an all-IP network, delivers superior experience for users, particularly for data. It can also be quickly upgraded to LTE-A, which can provide faster speeds and greater capacity to subscribers who are using LTE SIMs on LTE-capable handsets.

Smart is currently re-equipping its cell sites to use low-frequency bands such as 700MHz and 850MHz to provide better indoor coverage. It is also deploying high-frequency bands like 1800MHz and 2100MHz to increase the cell sites’ capacity to handle more calls, texts, and ever-increasing mobile data traffic.

“Through the roll-out of our LTE network, PLDT and Smart are leading the way to improving internet and digital services in the country,” said Eric R. Alberto, PLDT Group Chief Revenue Officer.

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“To have the best experience, customers must not only have the right network, they must also have the right SIMs and the right devices. We are also partnering with top device makers to push more LTE handsets into the market and make the best video, social media, and gaming experience more accessible to our customers,” he added.

Smart currently offers the Galaxy Note8 starting at PhP 2,499 per month for 30 months with a one-time cash-out of PhP 1,000. This plan comes with monthly inclusions of 10GB data, unlimited texts to all networks, 50 minutes of calls to all networks, and access to top chat apps including Messenger, Viber, and Whatsapp.

Smart Postpaid is also offering the iPhone 6 (32GB) for PhP 999 per month for 30 months with a one-time cash-out of PhP 1,000. This plan includes 3GB monthly allowance, unlimited texts to all networks, and access to chat apps Messenger, Viber, and Whatsapp. Smart also carries the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus for its prepaid and postpaid customers.

Smart has committed to roll out LTE of 95% of the country’s cities and municipalities, and serving 97% of the population by end-2018. This comprehensive network modernization and expansion program is at the core of the PLDT group’s digital pivot. Smart’s network rollout took a big bulk of PLDT’s ramped-up capital expenditure program of PhP 42.8-billion for 2016, which included the utilization of the new frequencies freed up with the acquisition of San Miguel Corporation’s telco assets.