MEGA250 NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR SMART POSTPAID
I received a notification from Smart yesterday telling me that Mega250 is no longer available. The message reads:
“Mega Combo 250 is no longer available effective May 11.”
What a bummer! Especially for those of us who availed of the Freedom Plan. When the Freedom Plan was phased out, Smart also offered a SIM-only Plan P250 that also basically offered the same thing as Mega250. I don’t think other Smart postpaid plans had access to the Mega250 flexibundle.
I am not sure if Mega 250 is still available for prepaid users.
The Mega250 combo was actually the best fit for my cellular needs, and I think, for many other non-heavy users. For P250, it already included 180 minutes of calls to Smart/Sun/TNT, unlitext to all networks, and 100 MB of data. It was actually a pretty good deal, and it was the combo I used every month since it was first offered.
I hardly ever exceeded the 180 minute allocation. At this point in my life, telebabad is just not a thing anymore. I keep my calls to the point, short and sweet. Everybody’s busy. As for texts, I don’t think I even send out more than 30 texts a day unless there’s something major going on. It’s the 100 MB data that is the limitation, which I get around by subscribing to Gotscombodd70 on my Globe (I have a Huawei P9 dual-sim phone that can switch 4G between both SIM slots).
The removal of Mega Combo 250 is sudden. I’m left scrambling for a similar offer from Smart but I just can’t seem to find a good replacement. So what alternative does Smart offer in Mega250’s stead?
I am still subscribed to Mega 250 until my current registration expires in June. Smart is encouraging me to use Trinet 399 instead. Sure, I’ve used Trinet 399 before, but I have gotten so used to paying only P250 a month that basically being forced to pay an extra P150 for something I don’t need feels like a hold-up.
I have wracked my brain looking at Smart’s current flexibundle / add-on offers, and there is just no viable alternative to Mega 250 that will provide calls and texts within that price range of P200-300.
These are the alternatives that Smart offered:
You can read Smart’s upgrade FAQ here: https://help.smart.com.ph/article/smart-postpaid-plan-upgrade-faqs
On the upside, we do get access to the following bundles that we didn’t have access to before:
New and enhanced offers available to you:
|Unli Call & Text 599||Unlimited calls and texts to Smart, TNT, and Sun||Renews every billing period||UCT|
|Unli Talk 499||Unlimited calls to Smart, TNT, and Sun||Renews every billing period||TALK|
|All Net Talk 149||40 minutes worth of calls to SMART, Globe and Sun||Renews every billing period||TALKALL149|
The All Net Talk 149 sounds interesting until I realized that Trinet 399 + All Net Talk 149 = P548. I would only be using the All Net Talk 149 to call Globe numbers, anyway, at P3.75 per minute. It would be much cheaper for me to subscribe to GOCTCOMBOAKA9 on my Globe instead during those few days when I need to call Globe numbers, fast and easy for me since I use GCash to reload 10 to my account any time I need to. GOCTCOMBOAKA9 is only 9 pesos and includes 10 minutes to Globe/TM valid for 1 day.
And anyway, if I find myself needing to call Globe numbers a lot, Globe’s myStarter 300 Plan looks good on paper, if only it was possible to get it line only with no lock-in period and no phone because I don’t want their cheap-ass “free” phone that I would just end up selling at Greenhills at a loss.
I feel pissed off at Smart for junking the Mega 250 for Freedom Plan subscribers. The Mega 250 was the thing I was proud of and always telling people about that getting a postpaid plan is cheaper than maintaining a prepaid. Now it’s gone and this really sucks. After the great value that was Mega 250, I’m just not really happy about going back to Trinet 399.
I get it, business-wise, they want force us cheapskates to fork over a bigger monthly payment than the meager P250. I was seriously considering dumping my Smart Freedom Plan and going back to Smart prepaid, but so many people already know my Smart postpaid number. When I got my Smart Freedom Plan, I thought it would be my “forever” number. Switching to a Sun prepaid and using TU200 is actually a very good alternative, except that I would have to change numbers. The whole changing numbers thing is the only thing keeping me from switching to Sun TU200, otherwise, I would switch in a heartbeat, because that’s how upset I am that Smart is forcing me back to Trinet 399.
What’s worse is that I had convinced so many of my friends and relatives to switch to Smart’s Freedom Plan or Plan 250 in the past few years from their previous prepaids. Now my immediate circles all use Smart Freedom or Plan 250. And now we’ve all been screwed. We’re now all forced to pony up more money a month and I feel like it’s my fault for convincing them to switch to Smart. An extra P150 a month is not really a lot of money, but if you don’t really need to spend it, why should you? And getting all of them to switch to another number and cellphone provider again? Way too much hassle for everyone, and that’s probably what Smart is banking on.
I think my friends who have maintained their old Sun prepaid numbers since Sun started the unli craze had the right idea. They’re all just using a combination of a Globe primary number and a Sun Cellular prepaid on TU150 or TU200 for all these years. I really should have stuck with prepaid for all my cellphone needs. Learn from me, think it over many, many times before getting any postpaid plan.
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