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July 19, 2014

How to use GCash to send load to other networks via text

Using Globe‘s GCash wallet to send load to other networks like Smart, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun is now possible by texting! Simply follow the steps below to share load to your friends and family. Continue Reading

July 10, 2014

With Deezer’s arrival, what will happen to Spinnr?

Yesterday marks the official launch of Deezer in the country. But amidst the celebratory toasts and a promise of better things to come, we can’t help but wonder if this is the beginning of the end for SPINNR, a music streaming service which the MVP-led telco launched just last year?

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July 09, 2014

Smart officially launched Deezer in the country

Today, Smart Communications Inc. has formally announced their exclusive partnership with Deezer; a web-based music streaming service which originated from Paris, France.

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July 03, 2014

PLDT to spend Php86 million to double bandwidth capacity

In keeping with the steady rise of demand for high-speed broadband internet in the country, the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) has released a statement that the telco is planning to invest $2M to upgrade the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) cable system 100 Gigabit standards, increasing the bandwidth capacity by 200% in the process.

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July 02, 2014

Globe claims 100% 3G coverage, 4G/LTE in 3 months

Yesterday, Globe Telecom boasted the fruition of their recent efforts (not to mention investments) in expanding their network’s reach in the country. In the press conference, Globe President Ernest Cu stated that the Ayala-led telco now has 100% coverage for 3G and is looking to do the same feat for 4G/LTE in the next 90 days.

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June 30, 2014

Philippine Net Speed now at 2.1Mbps, up from 1.4Mbps

During the first quarter of 2013, Akamai reports that average Philippine Internet Speed was at 1.4Mbps. One year later (Q1 2014), the average internet speed jumped to 2.1Mbps or about 49% increase year-on-year.

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June 27, 2014

NTC bans two companies from sending spam messages, seeks to fine them

The NTC or National Telecommunications Commission has ordered health insurance Caritas Health Shield Inc. and training provider Center for Global Best Practices to stop bombarding Globe Telecom users with spam messages. This is due to the complaints filed by Globe itself regarding unsolicited text messages sent to its subscribers urging them to avail of the companies’ services. Continue Reading

June 26, 2014

Sony Xperia M2 now free at Smart All-In Plan 1200

After making its local debut back in April, Smart Communications Inc. has recently added the Sony Xperia M2 to their list of LTE-ready devices and it comes free of charge when consumers subscribe to All-In Plan 1200, 1800 and 2500.

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June 17, 2014

Sony Xperia Z2 free on Smart Unli Surf Plan 2000

Smart Communications announced last March that they will offer the Sony Xperia Z2 as part of their postpaid lineup. The Z2 is finally here and its free at Unli Surf Plan 2000.

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June 10, 2014

How to report spam and scam SMS to Globe and Smart

Still getting those pesky spam and scam text messages on your mobile phones? One of the ways you can do to get rid of them is to report those numbers to your telecommunications service provider for deactivation. Read on to learn how to do it. Continue Reading

June 04, 2014

PLDT TVolution in the flesh, quick hands-on

PLDT’s taking steps into your home with gadgets like the TelPad, and now they’re aiming at turning your TV into an internet TV installed with their services through TVolution. But is the experience a good one? And does it step up your TV viewing into a new level? Read on to find out.

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June 01, 2014

Video: Senate Hearing on Slow Internet in the Philippines

Last week, the Senate hearing on Slow Internet in the Philippines was held and chaired by Sen. Bam Aquino calling all telcos to explain the state of internet in the Philippines. Several key agencies like the NTC, DTI and DOST were also summoned to shed light on the issue.

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May 27, 2014

Telcos file appeal against Php7B SMS refund

Since late 2011, the SMS rates of telcos should have been at Php0.80 per text message as ordered by the National Telecommunications Commission. Failing to comply, local telcos have been required by the NTC to refund the multibillion-peso amount to their subscribers. Now, said telcos have approached the Court of Appeals to stop the Php7 billion refund and the reduced rate of Php0.80.

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May 26, 2014

Huawei Ascend Y600 and Y320 now available on Sun Postpaid Plans

Sun Cellular has added two new budget Android smartphones to their roster, the Huawei Ascend Y320 and the Ascend Y600, which are being offered under the Sun Postpaid Plan 350 and Plan 450 respectively.

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May 20, 2014

Verizon launches XLTE in the US

While most of us here in the Philippines are still stuck with sluggish and sometimes unreliable internet connection, Verizon Wireless has started rolling out the XLTE in 44 states in the United States which is touted to double the 4G/LTE bandwidth and increased peak speeds in supported areas.

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May 14, 2014

Globe intensifies effort against Text Spammers

Globe Telecom has really had enough of companies, particularly the Caritas Health Shield Inc., which send unsolicited text advertisements to their subscribers that they’ve asked the National Telecommunications Commission to aid them in putting an end to this issue.

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May 14, 2014

LG G2 Mini now available under Smart All-In Plan 1200

Smart Communications, in partnership with LG Philippines, has announced the latest addition to their postpaid handset offering, the LG G2 Mini.

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May 12, 2014

Globe switches UnliSurf to GoSurf in MySuperPlan

Last month, we reported that Globe is consolidating its mobile internet plans under the new GoSurf label replacing both PowerSurf and SuperSurf. Globe has denied it will phase out SuperSurf but it looks like they’ve actually started doing so this month.

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May 09, 2014

How will telcos refund the Php7B they owe subscribers?

Fresh from the announcement of NTC that regular SMS rates should have been Php0.80 instead of Php1.00 since 2011, it has estimated that telcos owe prepaid/postpaid subscribers as much as Php7B worth of refunds.

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May 06, 2014

Senate passes bill on free text alerts during calamities

The Senate recently passed a bill that requires telecommunications companies in the Philippines to send out free text alerts to their subscribers in the event of impending calamities or disasters.

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April 30, 2014

PLDT launches Home Bro Ultera BASIC, MAX & PRO

Yesterday marks the launch of the PLDT Home Bro Ultera which currently consists of three wireless broadband plans powered by TD-LTE (Time-Division Duplex Long Term Evolution) connection designed for home use.

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April 28, 2014

Akamai reports Philippine internet now at 2.0Mbps

In July 2013 we reported that Akamai, an Internet content delivery network, indicated that the average connection speed in the Philippines is 1.4Mbps with an average peak of 13.8Mbps. By end of 2013, they’ve reported that the Philippines average has increased to 2.0Mbps with a 42% year-on-year increase.

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April 26, 2014

Globe Free Facebook will expire in April 30

Globe and Facebook partnered 6 months ago to offer Free FB on all Globe/TM subscribers a service which, according to Mark Zuckerberg, doubled the number of people who are using internet and data in the Philippines.

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April 25, 2014

Globe kicks off Prepaid On-The-Go Great Gadget Sale

Globe Telecoms is holding the Globe Prepaid On-The-Go Great Gadget Sale wherein subscriber can get as much as 90% when they trade their old gadgets or use Globe Reward Points to purchase their new device.

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April 22, 2014

Smart Bro launches ‘no lock-in’ LTE postpaid plans

Smart Bro recently launched the country’s first LTE postpaid plans with no lock-in period – LTE Plan 999 and LTE Plan 599.

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