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Any suggestion on where to buy a phone in Manila?

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Head to any mall, massive choice of phone shops
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Any suggestion on where to buy a phone in Manila?
It depends on what you are looking for and how much you want to spend.

What I mean is, if you want an iPhone or Samsung Galaxy or HTC with a warranty, I would go to one of the big malls like MegaMall or SM North Edsa and head to the Cyber Zone and buy from one of the stores there (not kiosks, but actual stores). Just compare prices because the prices can vary from store to store in the same mall.

If you are looking for a new smart phone but arent picky about the brand, every mall in Manila has the stores selling Cherry Mobile and MyPhones for relatively cheap. I would splurge on an extra battery because when the one that comes with it dies in a year, they probably wont have any more stock of that particular battery.

If you just want the cheapest used phone you can get, Greenhills or St Francis Square is the place for you. Tons of vendors who will sell you just about any used make and model that you can name. Just make sure they power it on to prove it works.

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Thanks - I want a cheap, no frills, reliable smartphone for a girlfriend. Knockoff would be ok if it works. FYI, she lives on Mindanao if that matters.

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If it's a fairly large store and branded, such as Cherry Mobile, (I like Cherry Mobile) their computer parts are made by Qualcomm a Satellite company and their prices are really good, quality is there and I'd only buy from a Cherry Mobile stand or even better larger store. Cherry Mobile has a nice Tablet and I think runs around 4,000 peso's, the also have the touch screen cell phone's and some have internet access dual or quad core, quad core cell phone will run about 4,000 peso's and most phones here have the dual SIM card capability (Important if you get around allot or need to get a hold of somebody).

Watch out for fakes... the small stands have the Samsung and all the brands and they're fake, they work but not as well and the quality isn't so hot the prices for these tablets vary from 1,500 - 5,000 peso's.

If you do find a cell phone you like get a battery replacement and another charger (parts are hard to find). You'll find that these girl friends sometimes end up being our wife's so the phone you give her will be the phone that you'll be trying to contact her on.

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Reliable and Knock off don't mix well.

Go for the Samsung Dual SIM models.

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Greenhills is the electronics area capital of Manila.

But any cellphone store outlet inside the major malls would suffice.

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I have a few questions regarding the availability of services and use of mobile telephones in the Philippines.

I have always heard people talking about purchasing their "load" for their mobile phone devices. Do they not have monthly services available there like the rest of the world? Is this your only option in the Philippines is to purchase a "load" and then when it is used up...go back and buy more "load"?

Also, just about everyone I have met in the Philippines seems to have two phone numbers...a regular mobile phone as well as a Global number...(?)

Why would anyone...especially the locals...need both of these two optional phone numbers.

Can someone or anyone clarify the cellular services in the Philippines and outline the products and services available and perhaps suggest the best route to go when I arrive there so I can actually purchase the right product and service for my needs?

My only requirements, as simple as they are, will be to have a great phone device that I can make a call on whenever I need it...

I would be interested to hear some of the best stories as well as the horror stories about the Philippine options for cellular services.
Globe has a good to excellent sales service.

BUT their after sales is THRASH specifically for postpaid units.

Just imagine yourself calling their "hotline" and waiting for 30-1 hour just to talk to some untrained service advisor that is like a robot but not as efficient.

And NO, after sales can not and will not be entertained through the store that you bought or applied for the cellphone unit.
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Globe has a good to excellent sales service.

BUT their after sales is THRASH specifically for postpaid units.

Just imagine yourself calling their "hotline" and waiting for 30-1 hour just to talk to some untrained service advisor that is like a robot but not as efficient.

And NO, after sales can not and will not be entertained through the store that you bought or applied for the cellphone unit.
You ain't kidding when it comes to thrashy and down right wreckless customer service with Globe. I worked at a call center for 7 years and your not supposed to laugh in the call center but frequently it sounds like a comedy show and they're probably laughing at responses from customers.

007 clearance before starting your phone call, hopefully you have a full charged battery and don't run out of SIM card load, they do have toll free numbers but those numbers seem to be to the worst call centers. 50/50 chance that they speak enough English to get through the phone call and the option was push "1" for English speaking. Lack of information and virtually no information and zero call backs on issue's.....that's reality.

Globe had some sort of serious engineering issue in our municipality for what turned out to be 6 months (first half of last year), I'd had enough, those WiFi units.....I never want to see them again. Technicians kept leading me on and they are out right liars, they mentioned it was only me and another guy having troubles with our internet but it turned out to be the entire area, I tried to upgrade but there was no option and I mentioned this to the Technician so I asked him is there another service provider in my area? Look everything was done and I hung on for 6 months and his reply was he doesn't know. Found out PLDT had DSL in my area, I switched in an instant the customer service is good, it's fast, it's sane and so is the technicians that fix things.

To be fair to Globe, PLDT botched the installation and it caused me issues for the first two months they set a screw in-between the DSL (power line wire, shorting) mounting so I had a crackling line and it burned out my modem unit, once they figured that out it's been beyond awesome and no more SIM cards that require loads another sore subject I get tired of texting, reason we have phones is so that we can talk.
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