Facebook and Smart’s Talk ‘N Text Offer Free Access to 24 Sites

In line with its “Internet for All” campaign, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), through its budget brand Talk ‘N Text, has partnered with Facebook to introduce the Internet.org app to all Filipinos. This initiative aims to give Filipinos free access to 24 useful websites on health, news, education, and other useful content.

Through this fruitful partnership, the Philippines is the first country to use the Internet,org app in Southeast Asia.  Millions of Filipinos will enjoy free access to the following websites:

  • Dictionary.com
  • Ask.com
  • Bing
  • Rappler
  • wikiHow
  • Wikipedia
  • Inquirer
  • Philstar
  • Interaksyon
  • Acuweather
  • RainCheckPH
  • ESPN
  • SPIN.PH
  • TESDA.gov.ph
  • Jobstreet
  • OLX.ph
  • PesosandSense
  • YourMoney.com
  • Mama
  • BabyCenter
  • Girl Effect
  • UNICEF’s Facts for Life
  • Wattpad

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Free Twitter Access To Smart Subscribers During Pope’s Visit

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) recently announced that it has teamed up with Twitter to give free and unlimited access to the social networking app on mobile phones during the Papal Visit.

From January 15 to 19, millions of Smart prepaid and postpaid subscribers  will be given the opportunity to tweet their prayers and well-wishes to the Pope using the #DearPopeFrancis hashtag.  They will also get timely updates on the events and gatherings scheduled during the Pope’s 5-day apostolic and state visit in the Philippines.

To register for this FREE Twitter service, simply text DEARPOPE to 9999. The FREE Twitter access is also open to Sun Cellular and Talk ‘N Text subscribers.

For more information on the Free Twitter Access for Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk ‘N Text Subscribers,  please refer to the press release posted below.

Press Release

Smart and Twitter give free access to social networking site for Pope’s visit

As a public service to millions of Filipinos who want to share their Papal Visit experience online, Twitter and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have teamed up to offer unlimited access to the popular social networking app on mobile phones for free from January 15 to 19, 2015.

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Davao City, Smart Prepaid Team Up for the 2nd Davao Torotot Festival

Davao City, Smart Prepaid partner for biggest, loudest Torotot Festival

To usher in the new year, the City Government of Davao has partnered with Smart Prepaid in organising the Davao Torotot Festival. Now on its second year, the Davao Torotot Festival is expected to draw a bigger crowd as revellers will be treated to a night of entertainment.  Festivities kick off at 5:00 p.m. at the Roxas Avenue Freedom Park.

For more information on the Davao Torotot Festival, please refer to the press release posted below.

Press Release

The Davao City government and Smart Prepaid have teamed up to give Davaoeños the biggest and loudest Torotot Festival in celebration of New Year at the Roxas Avenue Freedom Park on December 31.

 The Torotot Festival promotes a safe way to celebrate New Year – sans firecrackers, which have been banned in Davao City since 2002.

 Last year, the Torotot Festival set the Guinness Book of World Record for the most number of people blowing party horns simultaneously, with a total of 7,568 individuals – trumping Japan’s record with 6,900 persons.

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iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Now Available in the Philippines

Following the worldwide announcement last September, Apple’s latest iPhones are now available in the Philippines. And just like last year, Apple is releasing two versions of the iPhone – the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 Plus.

The new iPhones take advantage of the new Apple-designed A8 processor, a 64-bit chip that promises increased CPU performance of up to 25% and 50% faster graphics compared to the previous version.

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What Can You Do with Smart’s Free Internet Promo

In case you haven’t heard yet, Smart is offering free Internet access to all of its 66 million prepaid subscribers until the end of November this year. If you’re a Talk N’ Text or Sun Cellular prepaid user, you also get free Internet.

To take advantage of this amazing offer, simply text FREE to 9999 and wait for a confirmation message. Once registered, you have 30 MB of free Internet to use for 24 hours.

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Smart Expands 4G Coverage with 1,400 New LTE Installations

Smart’s high-speed 4G network is about to get a boost with 1,400 new LTE sites. The network upgrade, comprised of both FD-LTE and TD-LTE installations, is part of the wireless carrier’s continuing investment to increase capacity.

“Our strategy is to roll out a combination of network platforms meant to address the different needs and requirements of subscribers in different areas,” said Rolando Pena, head of Smart’s Technology Group.

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Kadayawan Invasion 2014

This Saturday, all roads will lead to Davao Crocodile Park as Spectrum.ph kicks off its Invasion tour, a series of rave parties featuring electronic dance music or EDM, which is very popular with today’s youth.

Interested? Here’s what you need to know:

  • Venue:  Davao Crocodile Park
  • Date & Time:  August 16, 2014 @ 3PM
  • Tickets: GA – P350, VIP – P2000

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Buy e-PINS for Your Favorite Games on GameX.ph

Buy Online Games e-PINS from GameX.ph Through Sun or Smart Load
Can’t get enough of that Facebook game you’re playing? Buy boosts and gems using your Smart, Sun, or Talk ‘N Text prepaid load on GameX.

GameX is Smart’s newest gaming portal where subscribers can buy e-PINs for popular online games likes League of Legens, Heroes of Newerth, and DOTA 2.

Accessible on any device and available to prepaid and postpaid subscribers, the service also sells credits for Apptivate and Steam. Apptivate enables Apple users in the Philippine to buy apps and games from the App Store without using a credit card. Steam, on the other hand, is a popular online store for PC games.

To find out more about GameX, visit their website by clicking on this link.

Ellis Suites: A Nice Hotel in Bustling Gensan

During last week’s trip to General Santos City, I had a pleasant overnight stay at Ellis Suites, one of  Gensan’s newest hotels. Cozily tucked in one of  the quiet corners of the city, the hotel can easily be any traveler’s urban oasis.

 

 

Ellis Suites is, in many aspects,  a boutique hotel.  Its size, location, contemporary vibe, and modern amenities make it an ideal second home for those who are looking for a more intimate and personalised service in a city hotel.

Aside from the efficient service, what I really like about Ellis Suites is that the hotel seamlessly combines sleek architecture with tasteful interiors.  The rooms, although some of them compact in size, are designed to maximize space and are dramatically enhanced by bold splashes of purple and green.  All of the 32 fully-airconditioned guestrooms are equipped with amenities such as a 32-inch LCD TV and modern lighting.

Jump Experience Center Opens in SM Lanang Premier

One of the newest stores in SM Lanang Premier is PLDT’s Jump Experience Center. The store, the first of its kind in Mindanao, officially opened to the public last August 1 and showcases the latest products and services from PLDT,Smart,Sun Cellular, and Cignal.

During the launch, Perry Bacani of Smart’s Retail and Corporate Group Said that the PLDT Group considers the Mindanao market key to its strategy of maintaining market leadership.  Jump showcases  all the life-changing innovations for individuals, homes, and enterprises  that can only come from the convergence of the group’s best technologies and services.

So what can visitors expect when they enter the Jump Experience Center? First, they will notice that the Jump Experience Center is more than just a retail outlet.  It is actually a technology hub where they will get to experience the latest technological advancements, gadgets, and services.  Assistance and demonstrations will also be provided by the Jump Squad, an elite group of tech-savvy individuals tasked to ensure that clients get the best multimedia experience the moment they step into the store.

The Jump Experience Center – Davao is open during SM Lanang Premier mall hours.