Here’s the official announcement from Smart and Globe.
Cities that will be affected by the mobile service suspension are;
- Quezon City
- and cities near the procession route
Abe Olandres, writing for Yugatech;
Smart has announced last week that they will be changing their default data charging rate from Php5 for 15 minutes to Php2 for every 1MB. This is effective November 28, 2017. The new Php2/MB rate now removes the default time-based charging for all Smart Postpaid accounts.
Smart created a detailed help article on the new data charging rate.
We are enhancing our pay-per-use data billing model of Php 5 for every 15 minutes of data consumed to Php 2 for every 1MB consumed. With this enhancement, we will be able to better serve you and your data needs. Please read below to know the new benefits, features, and change in postpaid experience — Effective November 28, 2017
I’m pretty sure a lot of people will not be happy with the new data charging rate.
No official price and plan for the iPhone X yet? It’ll be interesting how much will Smart and Globe be selling these phone.
Joseph Waring, writing for Mobile World Live;
Smart, the mobile arm of PLDT, regained its spot as the largest mobile operator in the Philippines by subscribers in Q2, after Globe Telecom lost 3.1 million users since the beginning of the year.
According to GSMA Intelligence data, Smart had a 51.4 per cent market share in Q2, while Globe’s share dipped by nearly 2 percentage points from the end of 2016 to 48.2 per cent at end-June.
Do we really need to know which of the ONLY two mobile operator in the Philippines is the largest? It will be more interesting to know, which of the two (Smart or Globe) has the highest customer satisfaction rating.
Camille Vidan, writing for Unbox Ph;
The NDRRMC will be in charge of ECBS advisories.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and Smart Communication rolled out on Tuesday the nationwide emergency cell broadcast system (ECBS) for quick dissemination of emergency and disaster alerts to mobile users.
Miguel R. Camus, reporting for Philippine Daily Inquirer;
Globe Telecom likely overtook main rival PLDT Inc. in mobile subscribers last year, PLDT chair and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan said on Thursday.
Pangilinan, reacting to data published by GSM Association, a trade group of global telco operators, said PLDT saw mobile subscriber numbers dip in 2016 partly as it “cleaned up” inactive accounts.
It’s unclear from Mobile World Live report how many of the reported 66.6 million subscribers are active and how many are post paid and prepaid.
I won’t be surprise if more than 75% of Globe subscribers are Smart subscribers as well. I think the real metric that both Globe and Smart should focus is the revenue/s that they get per subscribers and the driver/s for these.
Louie Diangson, reporting for Yugatech;
Globe and Smart have issued a public advisory that they will be temporarily shut down mobile phone services in Manila today, January 9, 2017, as part of security measures during the Black Nazarene procession.
That could last at least an hour and the most 4 hours.