Smart, Facebook offer free Internet

PhilippinesMANILA, Philippines – Subscribers of Talk ‘N Text, Smart, and Sun Cellular can now access a suite of mobile Internet services for free through Facebook’s Internet.org app, which made its Southeast Asian debut in the Philippines last Wednesday. Subscribers with a data-capable device can access Facebook, Facebook Messenger plus 22 other websites — providing news, health, weather, and other services – by downloading the Internet.org application on Google Play or visiting http://www.Internet.org on their mobile browser. They can get more information by texting INTERNET to 9999.

http://www.philstar.com/technology/2015/03/23/1435988/smart-facebook-offer-free-internet

SMI, Citi, and Visa revolutionize digital payments

SMART e-Money, Inc. (SMI), the mobile financial solutions arm of Smart Communications, Inc., in partnership with Citi Philippines and Visa recently unveiled Charge2Phone or C2P, the country’s first sticker-based Near Field Communication (NFC) payment solution that is expected to revolutionize the way Filipino consumers pay for face-to-face and online transactions. This innovative payment technology enables Smart and Sun postpaid subscribers to use their phones not only for SMS, calls and browsing services, but also to pay for small-ticket items.

http://manilastandardtoday.com/2015/01/10/smi-citi-and-visa-revolutionize-digital-payments/

Philippines’ Smart extends free internet promo as smartphone adoption grows

Philippine mobile operator Smart Communications welcomes the year 2015 with a surprise for its subscribers: an extended free internet promo. Smart announced in a statement today all 69 million subscribers of Smart and affiliate brands – Talk ’N Text and Sun Cellular – can use their mobile phones to surf the web for up to 30 megabytes daily without charges till February 5, instead of January 5. To take advantage of the promo, subscribers just need to register by texting FREE to 9999.

https://www.techinasia.com/philippines-smart-pldt-free-internet-promo-extended/

Philippine gov’t warns telcos of penalties for throttling ‘unlimited’ data users

When you sell “unlimited” data plans and put speed limits on them, there’s something seriously wrong. The Philippines’ Justice department told mobile operators this in an advisory today, warning them of penalties for throttling supposedly unlimited data plans when subscribers use the internet too much. The practice of throttling or reducing internet speeds makes it difficult to perform tasks like navigating using GPS or watching a video.

https://www.techinasia.com/philippines-telcos-smart-globe-penalties-data-cap/

Smart users in the Philippines may now charge Google Play buys direct to bill

Filipinos subscribed to Smart Telecommunications no longer have to go digging for their credit cards when buying that hit game or app for their Android phones. Smart, the leading mobile operator in the Philippines, announced today its customers may now make app and in-app purchases in Google Play by charging directly to their bills or deducting from available prepaid credit. The company commissioned an NTT Docomo subsidiary, net mobile AG, to implement the direct carrier billing.

https://www.techinasia.com/smart-google-play-direct-billing/