In a press briefing yesterday afternoon, executives from Globe Telecom formally announced their new Globe Duo service – a mobile and landline number in one SIM.
I was able to clarify some of the earlier concerns and questions I had about the service (since I’m also a subscriber).
- Some areas outside of NCR has an area code of +02 like San Pedro, Laguna. Globe is making an exception for these areas and include them in the Duo coverage.
- Globe has confirmed that they will expand the Duo service to other cities and provinces although there’s no set date on their roll-out.
- The Globe Duo service is currently open only to post-paid subscribers. Globe is preparing to offer these to pre-paid subscribers too.
- Duo would not really eat into the NDD market since all the free unlimited calls are restricted within their own subscribed area code (that means a +02 Duo number can only make and receive free calls from any +02 landline number and Duo subscribers assigned with +02).
Since Globe has already shown that it’s easily to integrate a mobile and landline number into a single SIM card, it’s then theoretically doable to have multiple mobile and landline numbers into one SIM (e.g. 3 mobile numbers and 2 landline numbers in one SIM card). Now, that’s convergence.