Smart, TNT, Sun to offer free mobile internet

Smart, TNT, Sun to offer free mobile internet

Breaking news: Conglomerate Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan announced free mobile data for all prepaid subscribers of Smart, Sun Cellular, and Talk ‘N Text.


In an unprecedented move and a cliffhanger tweet MVP made days before this announcement which made the whole tech industry speculating, 66 million prepaid users of the three networks can now enjoy 30MB of mobile internet package everyday. Consumers can use their mobile Internet to browse Facebook or tweet, surf websites like Wikipedia, or navigate with apps like Waze, among others.

In the currently ongoing Press Conference held this morning at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel, PLDT and Smart Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan aims this move to democratize the internet service in the country.

In a press release by Smart Communications, Chief Wireless Advisor Orlando B. Vea states that this special offer is in line with their advocacy of ‘Internet for All’. “It complements the affordable mobile Internet packages that Smart has been introducing over the past year. Among the latest of such innovations are PowerApp and the PisoNet service which provide 10 minutes of mobile Internet access for one peso,” he said.

To avail of the free Internet service, one must send “FREE” to 9999 for free. The said free mobile internet service will last for two months until November 30. Users must maintain an airtime balance of Php1, or must be subscribed to any promo. The free Internet service will not be inclusive of peer to peer uploads and downloads, videos, and VOIP.

[Source: Smart Website]


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38 Responses

  1. rickydee says:

    MVP for President!

    • archie says:

      Namigay lang ng libreng internet hanggang november for president na? Tubong lugaw na nga siya sa expensive internet rates sa bansa natin not to mention kanya din ang Meralco. Wag kang tatanga tanga, tandaan mo negosyante yan hindi pilantropo.

  2. Edwin says:

    Wow, e paano naman kami na mga post-paid?

    • mark v. says:

      bili na lng po kau ng prepaid sim. Php20-50 lng. good na for 2 months yan kung mag aavail kau ng free mobile internet. :)

  3. Cecille says:

    Kala ko naman totally free, LOL!

  4. Peejay says:

    Why just prepaid? What about us postpaid subscribers?

  5. Moan says:

    how pldt deliberately keeps local internet traffic slow and more expensive in the philippines

  6. coc says:

    Pwede kaya pang coc ang free net?

  7. ALL daw says:

    “In a press release by Smart Communications, Chief Wireless Advisor Orlando B. Vea states that this special offer is in line with our advocacy of ‘Internet for All’.”

    ALL daw pero limited sa prepaid. isama nyo kame mga postpaid!
    hmm. is he avoiding the issue of the slow internet speed by giving people free access to the internet?

    • Maricar says:

      “in line with” nga di ba? so meaning may kasunod pa yan. and as far as i know every network has their own ‘issue’. so why not just appreciate the fact that they have this kind of advocacy in providing free internet service. malaki man yan o maliit at least may binigay pa din diba? Whatever happens I’ll always be a loyal smart subscriber..

    • Lisa O says:

      “in line with” which means, may kasunod pa yan. and as far as i know every network has their own ‘issue’. so why not just appreciate the fact that they have this kind of advocacy in providing us FREE use internet with our mobile phones?? malaki man yan o maliit at least they’ve given us something. Whatever happens I’ll always be a loyal smart subscriber..Thank You Smart! :)

  8. drew says:

    they’re testing the full capability of their network. Nice move.

  9. deuts says:

    Of course, the result will be: slower internet for all users, even to those who are willing to pay.

  10. Dicube says:

    huwag magfiesta 30mb lang po per day

  11. Vic Rod says:

    Ito na naman ata yung pagnagregister ka sa 9999 na yan ay mapapalitan ang iyong apn, kagaya ng powerapp promos nila. And when you revert to their unli promos,..gudluck sa PTP mo..

  12. sexyvhil says:

    help po…d ako makareg…

  13. Mixue says:

    hmmm…baka nman pag nag exceed ka na sa daily limit mo na 30MB eh automatic ng i-charge sa load mo. dun naman sila kikita nyan kasi mahirap for the subscribers na imonitor kng ilang MB na ang nagamit nila for the day.

  14. SpiderWak says:

    naku! usad pagong naman yung speed.

    • jherwynne says:

      I doubt this, kasi 30Mb, wala pang 5 minutes yan, ubos agad kung mabilis ang flow ng data. And besides, naka-disable yung mga bandwidth hungy data activities like p2p and video streaming.

      Pero, who knows, dba? Opinion ko lang po. CHEERS! :)

    • jherwynne says:

      bandwidth *hungry

  15. abdul says:

    FREE nga! walang kwenta….VERY SLOW!

  16. abubezelzel says:

    Max of 30MB lang per day.

  17. jobel says:

    YES! Meron na din sa smart!! Ayos na. Dami pwede puntahan na website at apps! 30MB man yan at least meron kesa wla db>? hehe..

  18. jherwynne says:

    Am currently using my Sun prepaid SIM. I enabled local roaming to Smart network including data so I’m getting better speed.

  19. Phillip says:

    You guys don’t get it. This is a marketing strategy, not a mere charity. They of course are not after that “internet for all” thing. This if properly implemented will result in a lifestyle change. Smart gains in two ways:
    1. masasanay ang mga hindi naman gumagamit dati, kahit tapos na promo, gagamit pa din so additional sales kay Smart
    2. careless users who keep certain amount of load will exceed the 30MB limit, deducting it to their prepaid load. AGAIN, kita na naman si Smart.

    Yes, this may not happen to majority of the 66 million, pero imagine tens of thousands per day is still significant business for Smart/pldt.

    • Andy says:

      Good point. Hope may option na may marereceive SMS notification na ubos na free allocation, reply yes to continue internet connection using your prepaid load credits

  20. Dunkerque says:

    Been a loyal Smart subscriber for 6 yrs now… Still counting… The same number eversince.

  21. Dunkerque says:

    Don’t care if it’s free or not. As long as I’m getting the service that I need at a friendly cost, then that shouldn’t matter. SMART forever #justsaying cause I don’t deserve 2nd best.

  22. Dwight says:

    A dirty tactic move by smart after news stories in the press escalated due to their so slow internet service, sabi sa news – their promised internet speeds in their ads are false advertisements and it was ordered by ntc i think that they prevent these ads from airing. It was smart’s move to mellow down the issue and now globe is also following. Data capping, slows down internet, fair usage policy is not fair when your internet slows down, free 30 mb internet is not fair, it will only eat more bandwitch and internet traffic so postpaid services will be affected and probably, will become slower because more users will be using the web at the same. It means, more slower internet for everyone.

  23. steelicon says:

    @SMART fix your #LTE4G networks first! up to #100Mbps with #30Mbps minimum now na!

    Other Asian and South East Asian countries have #3G speeds averaging #25Mbps.

    PS prepaid user here.

  24. LG says:

    Ayaw naman gumana khet nka reg na, tas gnagamet yung load mu pang connect. Trojan, uubusin lang load nyo kaka try.

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