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How’s your umobile service?




Over the course of 4 months since umobile announced their free, ad-supported service, there hasn’t been much news/development going on. Question is — are people actively using their umobile numbers? How’s your umobile service so far?

I haven’t been using mine in months. I really wanted to use it as my new public number. I even had it printed on 300 of those expensive Moo cards, hoping the dust will settle on the inter-connectivity problems with Sun & Globe.

So I’d like to hear from those who received their umobile SIM what they think of the service so far?

  • Are you actively using the number?
  • How much free load are you getting and do you top it up yourself (via autoload or something)?
  • Do you still have problems calling or sending SMS to other networks?
  • How much ads have you received so far and are you okay with these SMS ads?
  • How many people you know uses umobile too? How many people in your address book has the cell number prefix 0999?

Just curious on how this ad-supported mobile service is picking up so far. The concept revolves around targeted SMS advertising so it would be interesting to learn if people are buying into it.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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18 Responses

  1. Female Celeb says:

    in fact.. after I received the umobile sim.. 3 months ago… I didnt even used it…

  2. 1) Are you actively using the number?
    A: Yes.
    2) How much free load are you getting and do you top it up yourself (via autoload or something)?
    A: 100 per month. No, I’m not yet loading it.
    3) Do you still have problems calling or sending SMS to other networks?
    A: Yes. Actually, it has gotten worst. Calling Globe Phones still works but they will not be able to hear you anymore.
    4) How much ads have you received so far and are you okay with these SMS ads?
    A: I’m not getting any ADs at all, I thought they still haven’t started with the ADs push. I can receive MMS pretty fine.
    5) How many people you know uses umobile too?
    A: 10 to 20, those I personally know
    6) How many people in your address book has the cell number prefix 0999?
    A: Same as #5.

    ^_^

  3. dre says:

    I’m on Globe, so I only use umobile to call my friend (on Smart) whenever I get free load. That’s pretty much it. I liked the fact that my number wouldn’t register on the phone of the person I was calling. But aside from that, the sim card stagnates.
    Incidentally, the website doesn’t seem to have developed much, either.

  4. I lost my uMobile SIM card, huhuhu…

  5. kouji haiku says:

    i’ve been wondering about this as well. i’m hoping it’ll be sustainable.

  6. * Are you actively using the number?
    > yes, I use it to contact my friends who are Smart subscribers.

    * How much free load are you getting and do you top it up yourself (via autoload or something)?
    > I get a hundred pesos worth of free credits. That’s it. I don’t buy load for it.

    * Do you still have problems calling or sending SMS to other networks?
    > It cannot send to Globe subscribers.

    * How much ads have you received so far and are you okay with these SMS ads?
    > Have not received any ads.

    * How many people you know uses umobile too?
    > My brother used to have a Ãœmobile sim.

  7. Snow says:

    having umobile is quite a hassle. you can avail of the outside call but no incoming calls. i’m actually going to write a review about this and then i stumble upon your blog. nice questions sir…

  8. Phil says:

    I haven’t been actively using mine since my phone is not unlocked. But if I have an extra phone, I’d gladly use it as a backup.

  9. Are you actively using the number?
    -Yes

    How much free load are you getting and do you top it up yourself (via autoload or something)?
    -hindi pa, free 100 pa lang

    Do you still have problems calling or sending SMS to other networks?
    -puro smart lang nasesendan ko.

    How much ads have you received so far and are you okay with these SMS ads?
    -not yet receiving any ads

    How many people you know uses umobile too? How many people in your address book has the cell number prefix 0999? -my gf only.

  10. kath says:

    well, theres always a problem with text and calls with sun and globe still so i just use my umobile sim on calling smart numbers. thats it. i do get the 100 free load a month since i got hold of my sim. wish there would be some improvement on the service and their website as well.

  11. Lawrence says:

    I actively used mine for the 3G service. Seems like they haven’t worked out their charging scheme so 3G access was free (didnt notice any debits when I accessed their 3G networks) and fast.

  12. cheftonio says:

    1) Are you actively using the number?
    A: I just turn my phone on, at home.

    2) How much free load are you getting and do you top it up yourself (via autoload or something)?
    A: I currently have 100. I didn’t use it last month, so i guess, forfeited na?

    3) Do you still have problems calling or sending SMS to other networks?
    A: That is the reason why I don’t use it. Pero, il start using it to call smart subs na.

    4) How much ads have you received so far and are you okay with these SMS ads?
    A: None. Yes, I am willing.

    5) How many people you know uses umobile too?
    A: 1, my little brother.

    6) How many people in your address book has the cell number prefix 0999?
    A: 1, again, my little brother.

  13. P. A. says:

    Q: Are you actively using the number?
    A: Yes. Unfortunately my signal has been cut off this week and I have been unable to place or send calls or text messages since October.

    Q: How much free load are you getting and do you top it up yourself (via autoload or something)?
    A: For the first 3 months I only relied on the free load P100. However last month I tried loading online, I was billed but did not get the load.

    Q: Do you still have problems calling or sending SMS to other networks?
    A: When it was working connection was limited to Smart and PLDT. I was unable to use it to connect to anyone from Sun or Globe.

    Q: How much ads have you received so far and are you okay with these SMS ads?
    A: None.

    Q: How many people you know uses umobile too? How many people in your address book has the cell number prefix 0999?
    A: 1 or 2 which were all referrals.

  14. daisy myers says:

    umobile was great as a second line, but not as your primary.
    I had unlimited calling to any network for almost two months… and I was calling the US, Singapore, Dubai and Belgium for free… hehehe. (major network screw-up)

    so, it was good while it lasted but then again, it can’t send messages to Globe or Sun. but I didn’t care then, I could always call anyone anytime. :)

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