Vodafone partners with Smart for $10/day data roaming

Our February 12 story regarding Vodafone Philippines setting up local operations might not hold water in a recent announcement by Smart about a roaming partnership.

Apparently, Vodafone representatives were in the Philippines to Smart Smart executives on key services and practices:

The training sessions, held from February 14 to 16, 2012, were conducted by Vodafone’s online team, and had Smart’s senior management and online customer management team, among others, as participants.

The social media accounts of Vodafone Philippines on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube were created sometime in February 12, 2012. This coincide with the preparation of the training.

So it looks like our hope for a new competitor in the telco industry has just fizzled.

In any case, the good news between this partnership between Smart and Vodafone (under the Conexus alliance) will result to a $10 a day flat rate for international data roaming.

You can read the full story of the partnership here.

11 Comments on this Post

  1. Pano ung globe?

  2. awww what a bummer -_-

  3. coachjojoc

    Globe can partner with Banco de Oro and use their slogan: “We find ways…to make your life miserable.”

  4. i suppose BDO is of Smart (smartmoney).

  5. This absolutely sucks.

  6. kawawa naman ang globe!

  7. benchmark

    Yan na nga ba sabi ko eh….parang wala din palang effect to kasi sa smart lng napunta ang vodafone. Tsk tsk tsk plano siguro ng smart na sila lang ang telco like meralco, sila lang ang distributor.

    Still, hangan huli, i will stay with my 10 year old globe prepaid.

  8. Dapat kasi tanggalin na sa constitution yung paglimit ng foreigner owning public utility companies here. Wala naman pera mga Pinoy investors, kung meron man konti. Tapos nagkokuntsaba pa sila para ma-control ang price. Kaya kahit may competition, hindi mo ramdam. Philippine industry is heavily consumer-based. Kailangan maraming choices ang consumers para may balance between price and quality.

  9. aw! kala ko naman bagong telco na. sayang naman. tsk tsk. wala din siguro ganong papatol dyan. ay..pwera na lang sa mayaman. hahah pero kasi, mas preferred na ng pinoy yung chat chat and webcam na lang pag overseas kamustahan. XD

  10. smart partnership? wala ring kwenta!

    calling the attention of San Miguel Corp, pls hurry up! i cant wait to switch to San Mig Tel!


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