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Why mandatory unlocked phones ain’t happening here?

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: January 5, 2012

The recent report of Chile implementing the mandatory unlocking of all phones that are sold in the country this month got me thinking if this is possible in the Philippines. Of course it's possible but I doubt it will be happening anytime soon. The current norm is that all mobile phones and most mobile devices (the iPad 2 3G isn't locked with Globe) being sold and provided by local telcos are given out to subscribers locked for the entire contract period. In other countries, like Hong Kong or Singapore, handsets sold by telcos are required to be unlocked. Despite that,…

5 things I missed about our tech in the Philippines

Relevance: 90%      Posted on: April 8, 2012

For the last 3 weeks now, I've been to three European states and have seen and experienced the advancement of technology in these first-world countries. It's oftentimes amazing but once in a while, I would miss the ones I enjoyed in the Philippines. We oftentimes feel that we're shortchanged in terms of technology and for a third-world country, that's pretty much expected. Yet, every time I go around here and check out some stuff, I'd realize we got it pretty good back in the Philippines. Official Apple Stores -- where iDevices are more expensive. Cheaper Gadgets. I've been to at…

In the Press

Relevance: 32%      Posted on: May 23, 2005

Mentions of me or my blogs, including TV interviews, news and features from the Press: The Correspondents, Episode 20: President for Sale, ABS-CBN, by Abner Mercado on ABS-CBN, March 2, 2010. CES 2010 Recap, Mornings @ ANC, by TJ Manotoc on ANC, January 14, 2010. Tips on Gadget Shopping for Christmas, TV Patrol World, by TJ Manotoc on ABS-CBN, December 28, 2009. World Mobile Congress 2009 Recap, Mornings @ ANC, by TJ Manotoc on ANC, February 26, 2009. Movers & Shakers: Philippines Most Influential in the TechBiz, T3 Magazine, January - February 2009 Issue Obama Inauguration, Prime News, by Marieton…