Smart Can Now Deliver Your New Phone

Here’s another new gig from Smart Telecommunications. Are you too busy with work and other things that you can’t afford to visit the nearest Smart Wireless Center to get a new smartphone? Smart has the answer for you as the mobile carrier now offers phone delivery. By this I mean that when you order for a new phone from Smart, you can now complete the process online and have your new device delivered to your doorstep. All the necessary processes when buying a new phone are done without you leaving the comforts of your home or office.

Sounds good, right? Of course it’s all good. Just imagine the hassles that you’re going to avoid plus the time you’ll save by simply following some online processes and then boom – you’ll have your new phone delivered in a couple of days.

Here’s the complete press release that tells you how to buy a new phone from Smart Communications and then have it delivered to your home or office.

Phone delivery from Smart now available

[20 April 2012] Nowadays, food deliveries with just one call are nothing special. But did you know that a new phone can now be delivered right at your doorstep? Smart delivers, and it’s free of charge.

[20 April 2012] Nowadays, food deliveries with just one call are nothing special. But did you know that a new phone can now be delivered right at your doorstep?  Smart delivers, and it’s free of charge.

If you want a plan-bundled phone delivered to your house, all you have to do is contact landline 8488877.  If you are an existing Smart subscriber, simply call *887, and a sales associate will respond and inform you of the various call, text, data, and phone offerings of Smart.  The agent will also help you determine which postpaid plan best suits your needs.  The subsequent steps will complete the process:

Step 1 – Sales associate will send you an application form via email.

Step 2 – Print the application form and accomplish the document.

Step 3 – Scan the accomplished application form; also scan your driver’s license or passport or other proof of identification and financial documents.

Step 4 – Email the scanned copies to A Smart officer will call you within 24 hours to inform you of the status of your application.

Once approved, Smart will deliver your phone – which comes with a one-year warranty – within three to five days if you’re in Metro Manila, and five to seven days if you’re in the province. You will be requested to submit your printed application form and to present original identification and financial documents to confirm the transaction.

“Smart subscribers no longer have to look for an opening in their schedule to pick up their phone. Smart will make time for them so they can go ahead and enjoy their day. Moreover, people can now apply for a Smart postpaid subscription without leaving the house,” said Smart Customer Care Head Joy Sanchez.

“With the pace of modern living becoming more and more frenetic, Smart is constantly finding ways to make things more convenient for our current, even our potential subscribers,” she added.

Smart’s sales hotlines are open seven days a week, even on holidays, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Smart gets the exclusives on Nokia Lumia 710 Windows Phone handset

Smart just announced that it is the exclusive distributor of the new Nokia Lumia 710. For those who are not aware, said device happens to be the most affordable Windows Phone 7.5 Mango handset. Key features of the Nokia Lumia 710 include – 3.7-inch multi-touchscreen, 8GB internal storage, 5MP camera with HD video capture (sorry no front-facing camera for your video calling needs here), and 1.4GHz processor.

The Smart Nokia Lumia 710 is available at an amortized and discounted price of only P450/month for 24 months, under Smart’s Special Edition Data Plan 1000. In essence, you’ll be paying P1,495 per month for 24 months. You do the math to see whether the price you have to pay is worth the handset. Well, if you’ve been planning to own a Windows Phone device, the monthly amortization is not too heavy on the budget after all. Plus you’ll get to consume some perks under the Plan 1000 including limited data allowance.

To get your Nokia Lumia 710, just follow this link.

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How iPhone hit Android Smartphone

Archrival iOS of iPhone from Apple and Android from the house of Google are once again in a head-on fight mode. Almost four years back, iPhone came into existence and instantly it became a rage among the gadget enthusiasts all around the globe. Right from its inception it had to fiercely compete with other existing contenders in the smart phone segment, not only in terms of cutting edge hardware but also in software.

When Apple was launched in the market, Android became its rival in the OS almost right away. Apple always tries to make sure to bombard its app store with new and newer apps, to keep the target audience hooked and looking for more. And this time a new but innovative photo sharing apps are giving Apple the edge over Google. On the other hand Google too is trying very hard to snatch away
market share of iOS, by constant innovation and up gradation.

The Dent in the iPhone Bastion by Google Android

Of late even Apple is facing the obvious challenges and threat posed by Google Android to its iPhone, though it’s still insanely popular among buyers all over the world. It’s fact that when Apple rolled out their smartphone, it defined new standards and benchmarks in terms of quality and innovation and instantly became market leader.

According to some recent study reports, in some European market, people have started to opt for Android powered smartphones, over Apple iPhones. Reportedly in the UK, the market share of Google Android is 2% ahead of iOS, at 28%. Some of the key areas where Android is giving stiff competition to Apple are discussed below.

Looks & Design

No doubt Apple brought in a revolutionary design, but more or less they preferred to remain static and on the other hand Android comes with a wide range of models & designs to choose from. Moreover Android is much more flexible than iOS, you can customize it in many ways, just the way which pleases you. But iOS provided very limited options in this regard. And in an era, where everyone prefers
maximum customization, it’s definitely not in favor of Apple.

Availability & Accessibility of Apps

Still the Apple app store has way more apps than Android, with a staggering 350,000 mark, whereas Android has only around 150,000 apps. But the pace of addition of new apps in Android app store is mindboggling, owing to its open nature. Anyone can create and add an app in it. But in this case also, Apple prefers to be selective and protective.

Any new app to get added there has to pass through their strict approval process. So, considering the present trend, it’s legitimate to predict that t very soon the number of Android apps may surpass Apple’s.

Cost Factor

Above all, cost is also a key factor, while comparing Apple iPhone and any other Android powered smartphone. iPhones still remains costlier than most of the other smart phones.

Apple’s Strategy to Stay Ahead

Despite all these, Apple iPhone is still a market leader in a specific segment. Notably among medical professionals, they are hugely popular owing to some of their custom made apps for doctors, such as ‘WebMD’ & ‘iTriage’. The recent acquisition of Instagram, by social networking giant Facebook paying a whopping $1 billion, has added to the aura and charm of this online photo sharing site and its
mobile application. But the app is already outrageously popular among iPhone users, till date the app is downloaded more than 27 million times and still counting. Motivated with this new trend Android is also looking towards launching the app in their version.

The Verdict

Of course, Google isn’t in the business of hardware, but the software on which a smart phone runs, acts as its soul and functions at the very core. So Google Android is definitely a threat to Apple and in the competition is only going to get hotter.

About the author: Kelly is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and luxury. Beside this she is fond of mobile phones. Recently an article on nokia lumia 710 attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on small bathroom design ideas.on small bathroom design ideas.

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Pinoy Instagramers rejoice, Instagram for Android is now available in Google Play

In case you slept ealier last night, you surely missed the announcement about one of the most awaited iOS app which just landed in Google Play. I’m talking about Instagram which was finally released for Android smartphones. Instagram for Android brings all the good features of its iPhone counterpart, well, with minor shortcomings. This means that the Android version of Instagram is sort of inferior to the iPhone version.

The good news is that the photo filters, social sharing feature, and other goodies in the app. What you’ll miss is the tilt-shift feature. If you’re not a fan of that feature, well you’ll surely love Instagram for Android.

The app is available now as a free download from Google Play. It allows you to follow other Instagram users, leave a comment on photos and mark them as your favorites. If you want to follow me on Instagram, my account is “aczafra.” Follow me and I’ll follow you.

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