Smart introduced the other day this mobile-in-a-USB product called Plug ‘n Talk. It’s basically targeted to OFWs which allows them to call and text from a PC abroad to any cellphone or landline number in the Philippines.
The rates looks the same as your regular mobile rates in the country except that incoming calls and SMS are free which some might find attractive.
Calling to a Smart mobile number costs Php7.50/min, Php8.50 to a landline and other networks. sending text messages to Smart costs Php1.00 and Php2.00 to other networks and landline.
The gadget is a USB device included in the kit that costs Php1,800 and comes with a Smart Pinoy SIM as well as an earphone with mic.
Again, it stresses that incoming calls and text messages are free so this service is obviously for people on international roaming. More about this on their FAQ page here.
I’m not familiar with the existing services but if our OFW readers here can share their opinion and compare their current service to this one, it would be helpful to others as well.
Disclosure: Smart is an advertiser on this blog and several other blogs I author.