Press Release: Smart launches FREE mobile Internet for prepaid subscribers

Over 66 million Filipinos gain access to the Internet 


In an unprecedented move, wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) together with Talk ‘N Text and Sun Cellular today announced that they will start providing free Internet access to its prepaid subscriber base via their mobile phones.



Through this special offer, all of the 66 million Smart Prepaid, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun Cellular Prepaid subscribers can use their data-enabled cellphones to browse through and post on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, visit their favorites websites, search on Google and Wikipedia, use navigation tools like Waze and Google Maps, book a cab or limo service via Easy Taxi and Uber, or use traffic info sites such as the MMDA's and InterAksyon's.

They can also send and receive emails, read their favorite blogs or update their own blogs, listen to songs via Smart’s Spinnr music service, shop via online stores like Zalora, Lazada, book their travel details through sites like Skyscanner and Expedia, among other things – all without incurring data charges.

Subscribers can access the internet either through data-capable feature phones or smartphones running on Android, iOS and Windows operating systems. This special offer will be available initially until November 30, 2014.

 “We are launching this initiative to provide a much larger number of Filipinos the opportunity to try out and experience the Internet, enjoy its benefits and, as we at Smart like to say, live more,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, chairman of Smart and its parent company PLDT.

 “This special offer is specifically designed to assist our prepaid subscribers who make up the bulk of our population. Many of them already have the mobile devices capable of accessing the internet but have yet to use them to go online. In this way, Smart can effectively promote digital inclusion and spread the benefits of the Internet in the fastest and most effective way possible,” he added.

Unrivaled network

Smart’s free mobile Internet offer follows the telco leader’s recent announcement that it has stepped up the deployment of its mobile internet network, to meet the growing demand for mobile data services.Smart recently reported a 73% hike in mobile data traffic, as smartphone prices continue to fall and innovative services like SmartNet and PisoNet allow more and more Filipinos to gain access to the Internet via their mobile phones.

“The strength and resiliency of our mobile data infrastructure enable us to make this special free internet offer available to our prepaid subscribers. Moreover, we continue to expand the reach of our network so that we can bring the internet to more communities all over the country,” said Napoleon L. Nazareno, president and CEO of Smart and PLDT.

The PLDT Group has thus far rolled out about 90,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables all over the country which provides the transmission facilities needed to support internet services. It has also the most extensive international cable systems needed to connect the Philippines to the rest of the world.

Internet for All

“This special offer is in line with our advocacy of ‘Internet for All’,” said Orlando B. Vea, Smart’s chief wireless advisor. 

 “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 provides 10 minutes of mobile internet access for one peso,” he explained. 

To avail of the free mobile internet offer, Smart, Talk N Text and Sun Cellular subscribers must have an available airtime balance of at least one peso, or is subscribed to any load bucket or promo. They must register each day, by simply sending “FREE” to the number “9999.” Registration is free. They will receive an SMS confirmation upon successful registration. 

Once registered, subscribers can enjoy a free data volume package of up to 30MB per day. Data charges will however apply to peer-to-peer uploads and downloads, videos, VOIP and messaging

Travel Big at Davao International Travel Expo 2014

INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL EXPO (D.I.T.E.), the biggest and the most exciting travel exposition in the Mindanao region, is set to open its doors once again at the SMX Davao, SM Lanang Premier on September 4 to 6 to welcome thousands of travel enthusiasts. Organized by Global-Link MP Events International, Inc. and endorsed by the DOT Region 11 – Southern Mindanao, this event is the place to go for the best travel deals in town.


The Department of Tourism (DOT Region 11) – Southern Mindanao recorded over 1.4 million foreign and domestic visitors to Davao last year. “Around 97 percent are tourists and many of them are corporate travelers," DOT Assistant Secretary Arturo Boncato remarked. 

 Tourism authorities also attributed the growth to DOT's aggressive campaign to position Davao as an eco-tourism destination and a primary destination for meetings, incentives, conventions, and events or exhibitions (MICE). “We encourage more expos like D.I.T.E. to take place here and capture the Mindanao’s best in both trade and travel,” stated Asec. Boncato. 

 “By holding D.I.T.E. coinciding with interrelated tradeshows PHILCONSTRUCT Mindanao, Manufacturing Technology Davao, and PrintPackPlas Davao, we are providing more opportunities and greater exposure for all industries,” mentioned Patrick Lawrence Tan, CEO of Global-Link MP.

Philippine Airlines headlines the list of exhibitors as the Major Sponsor. Some of the participating companies include Avis Philippines, Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Citibank, Crown Regency Hotels & Resorts, Cruising (Going Places) Magazine, Department Of Tourism–Regional Offices, Global Estate Resorts Inc., Las Casas Filipinas, M (Life & Living In Mindanao) Magazine, Orchard Property Marketing Corporation, RCTV Make My Trip Travel TV, Sunlight Hotel, Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao, and many more. 

 Due to the success of the regional International Travel Expo (I.T.E.) shows in Cebu and Davao over the years, Global-Link is bringing I.T.E. to Manila for the first time. “The Manila I.T.E. which will be held as a special feature of the biggest hospitality sourcing event, the Hotel Suppliers Show 2014 happening on the last week of September,” Tan announced. 

 More exciting news, big companies, big discounts, and big savings are in store for visitors of D.I.T.E. 2014. If you love to travel big, whether for leisure or for business, this is surely one event that you wouldn’t want to miss. 

 D.I.T.E. 2014 will be open from 10:30 am to 6:30 pm on September 4 - 5 and from 10:30 am to 5:00 pm on September 6. For information, contact Konkordans at (082) 286-3311 / 0922-850-5339 or email konkordans@gmail.com. Entrance is free. Pre-register now at www.globallinkmp.com/ITE.

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