This was just texted to me by a contact from Globe — that their Visibility plans are now available in prepaid — a move that directly competes with SmartBro Prepaid. This is on top of their postpaid GV 799 and GV 999 plans I reported earlier.
Naturally, the Globe Visibility Prepaid plan allows for per minute charging of Php5 for every 15 minutes. The starter kit costs Php4,500 (one time) with free setup fee.
Likewise, Globe has terminated their Globe Visibility Unlimited plans (the one that costs Php3,000 a month for unlimited Mobile 3G internet). No explanation was given why this offering was canceled but my guess is that customer take-up has slowed down.
The battle for mobile 3G is going prepaid so every can just switch anytime making customer loyalty dependent on network stability and speed.
Personally, I’d much prefer the unlimited plans as long as they’re affordable enough. Another telco contact once told me unlimited mobile 3G can go as low as Php1,000. It’s just that the players don’t want to go that low this early. Maybe some more competition will prompt them to move faster down that path.