Tech shorts: Windows 8 discount, BlackBerry promo


Posted at Jan 22 2013 03:36 PM | Updated as of Jan 22 2013 11:36 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Here is a quick look at technology-related promos and offerings this month.

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Windows 8 discount

Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system celebrates its 88th day today, and will continue to offer discounts this month.

Customers who bought a Windows 7, Vista or XP-operated computer before June 1, 2012 can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 or around P645, while those who purchased a Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 may get the upgrade for $39.99 or around P1,700 by visiting

An upgrade through the packaged DVD version, which is available in major retail stores, costs $69.99 or around P3,500 only.

The promo is valid until January 31, 2013. Starting February 1, upgrade editions of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro will be offered at $119.99 or around P8,900.

“Our goal at Microsoft is to constantly strive to provide Filipinos and users around the world with opportunities that help enhance their lives at enjoyable offers like the fast, fluid and no-compromise Windows 8,” Mae Rivera-Moreno, Windows Client Business lead for Microsoft Philippines, said in a statement.

Launched last October, Windows 8 incorporates the familiar PC desktop with tiles that contain applications and tasks that change and update in real time.

BlackBerry promo

Ayala-led telecommunications firm Globe Telecom is offering a postpaid package for the BlackBerry Curve 9220 handset for P398 a month.

The promo includes a “My Super Plan” package worth P299 and a BlackBerry chat subscription worth P99. This lets subscribers get P299 worth of consumable calls and text messages per month and unlimited access to BlackBerry messenger.

Globe said this is the company’s most affordable offer for the BlackBerry device today.

“We see that there is still a huge demand for BlackBerry devices in the Philippines, and we’re happy to offer the BlackBerry Curve 9220, one of the most affordable BlackBerry smartphones, at a huge discount of P4,800, to bring the amazing BlackBerry experience to more users in the country,” Globe Postpaid head Martha Sazon said in a statement.

Epson’s ‘Think: Tank!’ contest

Epson Philippines recently launched “Think: Tank!”, a Facebook contest that invites users to come up with ways on how to do things faster, easier and in a more practical way as part of its marketing efforts.

To join, users need to join Epson Philippines’ Facebook page, download the templates provided by the contest, and submit their best “Think: Tank” tips.

A winner will be named each week and will receive an Epson L110 ink tank system printer. At the end of the contest, the best among the weekly winners will win a 32-GB iPad Mini.

“We believe Filipinos are especially talented in finding ways how to make things easier, faster or more economical – we’re street smart. And since this is a contest on a social media platform, the popularity of the tip – most likes or most shares – would also be part of the criteria,’ Donna Ferro, Epson GM for marketing communications and PR, said in a statement.