After much speculation about PLDT Group Chairman Manny V. Pangilinan’ s announcement, the TV5 owner finally unveiled his surprise of free Mobile Data Services for all Smart, Talk n Text and Sun Cellular prepaid subscribers.
Called as an ‘initial offer’, the free internet service starts today, September 26, until November 30, 2014. After the more than two months of free data usage, the company would then study and assess if the service would continue without any payments.
Pangilinan also shared his belief that his company is now ready to handle the upcoming online traffic that would be cause by such service that is a part of the campaign ‘Internet for All’. For the prepaid users to avail the promo, they must all register first by texting ‘FREE’ and sending it to 9999. After they receive the SMS confirmation, users can use the free 30MB allotted for each user regardless if they are using LTE, 3G or 2G. The registered subscriber must have a balance of at least Php1.
The said free service aims to help Filipinos be aware on how to use data service with their smartphones. According to SMART Chief Wireless adviser, their objective is to jumpstart the habit of using mobile internet. Furthermore, the company would start education campaigns to teach the people how to use their service.
Mon Isberto, Smart’s spokesperson said that they would like those who didn’t know how to use the internet through their phone a chance to try it without paying.
[NEWS] Smart launches FREE mobile Internet for prepaid subscribers http://t.co/7PoLA2iyyq #SmartFREEInternet #MVPAnnouncement
— Smart Communications (@SMARTCares) September 26, 2014
For those who are worried if the company would use the new service to charge them upon using up the free 30MB data, PLDT Executive Charles Lim, assured the customers that they would be given an option it they would continue using internet service via Smart load options. They call this the ‘safe zone’.
The free internet service was announced a few days after Smart Communications, Inc. revealed their plan to add a total of 1,400 new Long-Term Evolution (LTE) sites all over the country before 2015. References: Smart
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