Saturday, August 27, 2011

SMART's Netphone

SMART Communications is about to release it's Netphone announced in Barcelona, Spains last February, and with it a new set of plans designed around the new phone.

The Netphone is a ZTE Blade, a Google Android 2.2 powered phone which has a 3.5-inch 480 x 800 screen resolution, a 600 MHz ARM 11 processor, Adreno 200 GPU, Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset and 512MB of RAM and a 3.2 MP auto-focus camera. 

It is being offered on SMART's regular postpaid plans, being offered free at Data Lite Plan 800 with a two year contract. Where the SMART Netphone package really shines is in the prepaid department.

First, the SMART Netphone is being offered for prepaid plans at a price of Php9,900. This pretty much makes it the value for money Smartphone being offered in the market today.

Second, the more interesting thing about the SMART Netphone are the new plans being offered with this phone. For Php999 you get unlimited access to your social networks via Social Stream and unlimited chat through Netphone Messenger and a chat service of your choosing (YM, FB Chat), 1GB of Data for surfing, and 200 minutes of calls and 3500 texts to SMART subscribers. Not bad at all for Php999.
They also offer similarly low priced daily plans for as low as Php10 per day (click on the image for details).

What we cannot say much about are the new services offered with the phone. The phone has its own proprietary messenger and social networking apps, with a global directory which stores your phonebook online under the SmartNet brand. SmartNet looks like SMART is creating a online community. There could be some privacy issues here, but we will have to wait and see.

While we are all interested in the new iPhone and Android Ice Cream phones to be released, the SMART Netphone looks like the most significant release for the Philippine market. A smartphone with an affordable service making it really smart.
You can learn more about the SMART Communications Netphone here.


  1. is this a better buy (bang for the buck)compared to the lg p500/galaxy ace/wildfire s ?

    i've heard that this particular model has wide support for custom roms...

  2. Bang for the buck this phone is hard to beat, at about the same price as an Optimus One but packing a 480 x 800 screen as against the 320 x 480 screen of the O1. It is much less expensive Wildfire S and Galaxy Ace which also have lower resolution screens. A 320 x 480 screen is enough to give a decent Android experience, but the higher resolution screen is of course preferable.

    Where the package really shines are the new Netphone plans. These plans appear to apply only to the Netphone and would be the best reason to apply for this phone. I would wait a bit before jumping in since it does run Android with WAC and several other carrier modifications built in so it would be good to get feedback overall performance and any limitations the OS may have. Since it has WAC built in it is likely that it will be used to push services and offers... kind of like being add supported.

    If I had to get a 10K-12K cellphone today, I would pick this one up. If I could wait a a week or two to get more info, I would wait.

  3. would that mean it would be better "not to flash" the unit to get the most out of the "Smart Netphone" experience ?

  4. Well, it is intended to work under a particular plan with services specific to that plan. You could off course buy the phone and install a different ROM on it, but if that is your intention I think the O1 or Wildfire S would be more interesting as they also have more third party support.


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