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Php 799 Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2 Cherry Prepaid Bundle, Out Now! What's Inside the Box?

Local electronics player MyPhone started 2016 with a bang by releasing its Php 888 Android Lollipop smartphone my28 in partnership with Smart Communications.

Given the price of the handset matched by rather decent technical specifications as well as stellar Smart Prepaid bundled services, my28 sold like hotcakes during initial run and continues to sell well until today.

Not about to let its main competitor run unchecked, today, the most prolific smartphone seller in the Philippines - Cherry Mobile - is launching a heavily discounted version of its popular Flare Lite 2 bundled with Cherry Prepaid SIM plus call, text, and data services! Talk about giving MyPhone a run for the money.

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2, Cherry Prepaid
Look for this box sleeve when purchasing this model.

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2, Cherry Prepaid

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2, Cherry Prepaid

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2, Cherry Prepaid
The standard retail package includes the unit itself, the travel charger, standard earphones, pre-installed Cherry SIM, microUSB to USB connector cable, user manuals, warranty certificate, and free screen protector.

Let me share details about the smartphone first.

Previously priced at Php 1,999, Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2 – which now sells for (get this!) Php 799 only via Cherry Prepaid - is a budget-friendly handset sporting a 4-inch WVGA IPS display panel, 5 MegaPixel main camera, VGA front cam, HD video recorder, and a removable 1,400 mAh Li-Ion battery pack.

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2, Cherry Prepaid

At its heart, the device runs Cherry-interface-flavored Android 4.4 KitKat operating system with its 1.4 GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex A7 and Mali 400 GPU based Spreadtrum SC7731 chipset, has 512 MB of RAM, and 4GB of expandable storage. As for connectivity, Dual SIM Dual Standby Flare Lite 2 supports WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G HSPA+.

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2, Cherry Prepaid

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2, Cherry Prepaid

Needless to say, you can’t call this model a powerhouse release but it should be good enough to give entry level consumers – like students and yuppies – a decent browsing, light-gaming, and social networking experience. And come on, for Php 799, it’s certainly not bad.

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2, Cherry Prepaid

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2, Cherry Prepaid

Now, let’s talk about the Cherry Prepaid services that come with this special release.

When you buy the bundle, you will get a free Cherry SIM pre-installed inside the phone. SIM 1 is locked to this card but SIM 2 is open as it supports SIM cards from Sun, Globe, Smart, TNT, and TM. Note that the pre-installed Cherry SIM is locked to the device with a sticker and removing it will void the unit’s warranty.

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2, Cherry Prepaid

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2, Cherry Prepaid

As soon as you activate the phone, you will get a text message notification that you’ll be able to send 50 free text messages to all networks as well as free Facebook access for two days!

Here’s the real cool part: You get free 120MB of mobile data allocation from Cherry Prepaid per month when you load up at least Php 10 from any AutoLoadMAX outlet. For those who are wondering, you can only get this allocation once per month and any remaining or unused data will be carried over to the next month! It’s pretty sweet.

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2, Cherry Prepaid

So what can you do with 120MB? If you use a light browser like Opera Mini, it should last you several days up to a week of browsing Facebook without photos and videos, sending chat messages, or your checking email account without heavy content. Frankly, it’s not much. But you can always subscribe to budget-friendly prepaid promos to enhance your mobile experience.

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2, Cherry Prepaid

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2 Cherry Prepaid Bundle will be available starting today at all Cherry Mobile Concept Stores, kiosks, and authorized retail outlets starting today until April 30, 2016. Our friends from the company shared that the device will likewise be up for purchase via Lazada soon.

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2, Cherry Prepaid

Cherry Mobile Flare Lite 2, Cherry Prepaid

That’s it for now, TP Friends! I’ll post more entries about this model, comparing it with my28 and sharing what I think are the strongest suits of this release in the coming days. Stay tuned!

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