Smart Samsung Galaxy S5 Postpaid Plans, Perks, and Availability, Officially Announced!

April 11, 2014 - That's the official release date of Samsung Galaxy S5 in the Philippines, TP Friends. On that day, the 2014 flagship will hit authorized retail stores across the country and will become available as a bundled handset with Smart Postpaid LTE Plans.

Of course, you may opt to just pay the full retail value and get the device without any contract but if you wish to get the device for free and just pay for the services that you'll be consuming using the phone all while enjoying exclusive perks, then I strongly suggest that you get via Smart.

Smart Samsung Galaxy S5

Users interested in acquiring Samsung’s latest flagship device can get one for free at Smart Postpaid’s UnliSurf Plan 2000, which already comes with unlimited mobile LTE surfing, 150 minutes of calls and 200 of texts to all networks under a 30-month contract.

The Galaxy S5 will also be available for only P1,799 a month under UnliSurf Plan 999, with P800 monthly handset cash-out for 24 months. This plan comes with unlimited LTE surfing for one month plus 9 minutes of all-net calls and 99 all-net texts.

Smart Samsung Galaxy S5

“We’ve already said that Smart’s reliable LTE network is the perfect match for the Samsung Galaxy S5, but we’re throwing in additional exclusive perks so our subscribers can best enjoy this new flagship device with the leader in mobile,” said Ms. Kathryn Carag, Postpaid Marketing Head at Smart.

She added, “We’ve found that users prefer to enjoy their Samsung smartphones with Smart’s robust LTE network, as reflected by the sales volumes of previous devices such as the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3, the demand for which almost tripled last year compared with their respective predecessors.”

Exclusive Perks Just for Smart Postpaid Subscribers

As an added perk, subscribers who pre-registered and eventually subscribed to a Smart Samsung Galaxy S5 plan will get exclusive premium deals, including free one month unlimited music streaming plus access to millions of tracks via a SPINNR VIP subscription and a chance to win one of ten Samsung Galaxy Gear devices to be raffled off on launch day.

Additionally, the first 200 individuals who subscribed to a Samsung Galaxy S5 plan on the first day of availability will be entitled to Smart Gadget Shield, which is a one-year free handset insurance which covers repair and replacement of the device in case of accidental damage or loss due to theft or robbery.

Exclusive, High-End Lifestyle Plans Only Available for a Limited Time

But for those who want to move up to a more exclusive lifestyle, Smart Infinity also offers a host of Samsung Galaxy S5 plans for interested subscribers, starting with the Aspire Plan 3500 which offers the  SGS5 for free!

Those who want to get more with their device can choose to subscribe to the Prestige Plan 5000, which includes the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch, and a choice of free Php 5,000 gift certificate or one month free monthly service fee.

The Premium Plan 8000, on the other hand, is available for those who want the complete package, as it comes with the Samsung Galaxy S5, the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 smartwatch, and a choice between a 32-inch Samsung Smart TV or Php 15,000 worth of gift certificates.

Being a member of Smart Infinity includes having personalized service and perks such as a personal Infinity Management Officer, access to the 24/7 international concierge service, a vanity number, a backup SIM, a dedicated hotline (*800), and VIP assistance at select stores.

Subscribers will also enjoy a variety of premium benefits such as access to premier events, lifestyle offers, and exclusive rewards all year round through their Smart Infinity subscription. These limited-time Samsung Galaxy S5 offers come with the standard 24-month contract, and will only be available until May 11, 2014.

Widest LTE Network in the Country

Unveiled during the Mobile World Congress 2014 held in Barcelona, Spain last February, Samsung’s latest flagship Android smartphone features a 5.1-inch 1080p AMOLED display, the latest Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset, a Finger Scanner on the Home Button, a Heart Rate Monitor, and a 16 Megapixel autofocus camera with LED camera and ISOCELL sensor at the back.

Smart Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung has also updated the overall look and feel of the Galaxy S5's shell and software as it sports a dimpled or perforated rear cover and refreshed look for its very own TouchWiz user interface. The top-of-the-line handset is available in Electric Blue, Charcoal Black, Shimmer White, and Copper Gold color variants.

Samsung Galaxy S5 also supports ultra-fast mobile internet surfing via LTE connectivity. With Smart's widest LTE network around the country, the first Philippine users of the Samsung Galaxy S5 will be able to enjoy blazing-fast Internet connections on their high-end device.

Smart currently has more than 10,000 4G-capable sites (HSPA+, LTE/LTE-A) nationwide backed by 78,000 kilometers of fiber backhaul, which makes the MVP-telco best-equipped to meet the data demands of its most demanding subscribers whichever industry they are in.

I'm a Smart LTE subscriber myself and I am satisfied with the LTE-zone speeds that I'm getting from the company especially when I'm in Makati or Ortigas for meetings and tech events. Honestly, there are still a few areas in the metro that have yet to be reached by Smart LTE but even in those places, the HSPA+ speeds are fast and reliable.