Tuesday, April 15

Globe launches Galaxy Forever Plan with the Galaxy S5

Just like what it did for the iPhone 5s and 5c, Globe Telecom is launching Galaxy Forever Plan which allows postpaid subscribers to easily upgrade to the latest Samsung Galaxy smartphone year after year. For now, subscribers will have the chance to get the Galaxy S5.


 
A range of plans are available for subscribers, along with GoSurf consumable data plans, free subscriptions to Spotify Premium, unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM or all networks, and additional monthly consumable for other services.
 
Customers can also avail of the Samsung Galaxy S5 with Globe mySUPERPLAN, where they can get the latest Galaxy smartphone for as low as Php 1,699, including customizable postpaid plans. Additional benefits, among others, include a one-month free Gadget Care, free access to Facebook until April 25, 2014, the exclusive privilege to buy apps from the Samsung App Store and do in-app purchases, free Globe apps and the chance to win 500 Samsung prizes.
 
For more information, you may visit http://www.globe.com.ph/press-room/galaxy-forever-plan.

Sunday, April 6

Cherry Mobile Topaz released, 1GHz dual-core 3.5-incher at Php 2,299

After releasing the Amethyst Phone, Cherry Mobile release another "gem" phone in their portfolio called the Cherry Mobile Topaz. Aside from this handset, the country's leading vendor also teases five of its purported "Gem" phones.

If you are following the our previous post about the Amethyst, you could definitely tell that the Topaz is similarly-featured device which packs a capable 1-gigahertz dual-core CPU, Mali 400 GPU and 2-gigabyte internal storage. Likewise, active mobile photographers will have to settle with the 2-megapixel rear camera and 0.3-megapixel VGA front camera.

Modesty aside, this phone is also priced at Php 2,299 which makes it a direct equivalent of the Amethyst phone. Cherry Mobile is certainly giving their fans variety of units to choose from. The only difference between CM Topaz and Amethyst is definitely the design. Check out the rest of the specs below.

Cherry Mobile Topaz Specifications

3.5-inch touch screen display
1GHz dual-core CPU
Mali 400 GPU
256 MB (?) RAM
2GB internal storage
32GB via microSD
2-megapixel main camera
0.3 megapixel secondary camera
Dual-SIM
HSPA+
Bluetooth 4.0
WiFi b/g/n
Android 4.2 Jellybean

Php2,299


Saturday, April 5

Cherry Mobile Amethyst: Your value for money smartphone at Php 2,299

Cherry mobile is rolling out another practically-priced smartphone named Amethyst. Prospective buyers will not be disappointed as it is packed with decent specifications that offer a good value for money.



Priced at Php 2,299, Amethyst will sure meet that budget requirement. And not just that, it gives you more than what you pay. Key features of this device are dual-SIM capability, 3.5-inch display, 3G connectivity, dual-core processor and Android Jellybean.

Users will also benefit from the 2-megapixel rear camera and 0.3-megapixel front shooter. Memory-wise, Amethyst packs 2GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 32GB through microSD slot. This “treasures need not be expensive” smartphone can capture wonderful moments and store unforgettable memories.

The Cherry Mobile Amethyst is available in selected CM concept stores nationwide.

Cherry Mobile Amethyst specifications

3.5-inch multi touch display
1 GHz dual-core CPU
Mali 400 GPU
256 MB RAM (?)
2GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
2 megapixel rear camera
0.3 megapixel front camera
Dual-SIM capability
HSPA+
Bluetooth 4.0
WiFi b/g/n
Android 4.2 Jellybean
1200 mAh battery (?)
Php2,299  

Monday, March 31

Globe extends FREE Facebook to subscribers until April 24

Globe Telecom extends Free Facebook offer available to over 38 million subscribers until April 24, 2014, allowing access to the top social networking site with no data charges.


"Due to the overwhelming response from our subscribers, we are happy to extend Globe Free Facebook until April 24, just in time for the summer season, to allow more users to enjoy an innovative, seamless, and worry-free Free Facebook experience. As the country's leading digital brand and preferred partner of technology leaders around the world, we hope to get more Filipinos online on their mobile devices and be part of a wonderful, connected world," shared Jenny Granada-Echevarria, Vice President for Mobile Data Services at Globe Telecom.

The said promo was recently showcased at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in his keynote. Zuckerberg cited the partnership with Globe in connecting more Filipinos to the Internet, as he shared his vision of a connected world through his pioneering project Internet.org launched last year. The collaboration between Globe and Facebook paved the way for all Globe prepaid, postpaid, and TM customers to enjoy free access to the social networking site alongside customer experience innovations that address the fear of mobile browsing.

Among these customer experience innovations include accessibility on feature phones and smartphones* across all Facebook mobile platforms whether via the Facebook app or Facebook's mobile site m.facebook.com.

Customers are also guaranteed of no billshock or "nakaw load" as they will be notified if they will incur data charges once a link that leads out of Facebook is clicked.

For a seamless experience, subscribers can also enjoy a one-click registration to the data plan of choice to continue browsing sites or links outside Facebook without having to leave the site. In the spirit of customization, recommended data plans consider a subscriber's available prepaid balance and/or megabytes (MB) balance of existing data plan.

Finally, customers with not enough prepaid load can "loan" a 10MB data plan for only P10 which will be deducted on their succeeding top-up so they can fully explore content outside Facebook.

Subscribers can dial *143# and select FREE FB or text FREEFB to 8888 to get more. Subscribers may also go to m.facebook.com/free on the phone's web browser or open the Facebook mobile app while on the Globe network to access Free Facebook.

Globe creates IT-Enabled Services Group


Globe Telecom announces the creation of its Information Technology (IT)-Enabled Services Group or IG, catering to IT requirements of both small and medium businesses and large enterprises.

"Our focus is offering our target market segments with IT-enabled services that include data center, business applications and cloud services, with a mandate to grow the ICT business of Globe. We envision ourselves to be a major player in the ICT industry and eventually be the market leader in this space," shared the newly-installed Vice President of Globe IG Reynaldo "Rey" Lugtu, Jr., considered one of the venerable pillars of the local IT industry with his over 2 decades of experience and expertise.

He said that he has seen the huge growth in the local IT sector over the years, paving the way for the telco's timely entry in the industry. "With Globe well-entrenched as a leader and innovator in core telecommunications services like mobile, broadband and data, IG is poised to help sustain overall business momentum by tapping new markets and customers with our suite of ICT solutions."

"IG presents a lot of opportunities for Globe to offer ICT-based products and services to small and medium businesses as well as large enterprises. We have in our fold world-class infrastructure such as our industry-accredited data centers, cloud offerings, storage applications and our portfolio of business applications like machine-to-machine (M2M), HealthCloud and the recent Telecom Asia nominee for best cloud service, our very own Globe PayrollCloud, among many others. We are likewise constantly developing business applications for different business-to-business segments."

Lugtu forecasts that the Philippine IT industry's growth will continue unabated. "It's going to be more dynamic and challenging with newer technologies in the pipeline to business operations more efficient, so companies will be seeking help from partners like Globe, particularly from my team. We will continue to innovate and focus on our business customers by beefing up our infrastructure and developing relevant applications for them."

Saturday, March 29

Starmobile Octa: 5-inch full HD smartphone with 8-core CPU at Php 1415 a month

The local mobile scene is a fiercely-contested stage with brands that release new handsets every now and then. The latest powerhouse unveiling goes to Starmobile, the brand that gave us the Diamond X1 gears up for another “octa-core” smartphone which, to live up with its marketing-feature, will be called Starmobile Octa.



The device will streamline both 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 SoC CPU and Mali 450MP4 graphics unit in a 5-inch Full HD screen. The fact that this device will carry the Starmobile’s flagship tagline would definitely justify its beefy 2GB RAM and 32GB internal memory storage.

The rear camera is an 18-megapixel BSI affair, just enough reason to keep those looking for a decent camera on queue. You’ll also get an 8MP “selfie” shooter that is also treated with BSI on the front panel. Likewise, the device will have the same set of radios – Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, NFC, and HSPA+ support.

But the Octa is not all bells and whistles; the battery might turn you off a bit with its 2300 mAh capacity. However, if you’re not always on the road, this wouldn’t be a burden. You can get this device for Php 16,699 and Starmobile is offering it in installment basis for Php 1415 a month if you hit up its SM North Edsa concept shop.

Starmobile Octa specifications

5.0-inch Full HD OGS display (1920×1080 pixels, 440ppi)
Asahi Glass scratch resistant display
Mediatek MT6592 1.7GHz octa-core processor
Mali 450MP4 650Mhz quad-core
2GB RAM
32GB internal storage
HSPA+ up to 21Mbps
dual-SIM 3G micro-SIM
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC
MHL
FM Radio tuner
GPS with aGPS support
18MP AF with BSI sensor, dual LED flash
8MP FF with BSI and LED flash
Android 4.2.2 Jellybean
Li-Ion 2,300mAh
Php 16,699

SUITS star GABRIEL MACHT visits Ormoc for PROJECT WONDERFUL


GABRIEL MACHT, known the world over as legendary law practitioner HARVEY SPECTER in the provocative television drama SUITS, visited the country last March 8 to visit Ormoc in the province of Leyte.

Suits’ lead star Gabriel Macht is scheduled to arrive in Ormoc City to raise awareness and financial aid for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.

His visit is made possible by Globe Telecom, the country’s leading telecommunications company, in fulfilling its commitment of building a wonderful and resilient Philippines through its Project Wonderful nation-building efforts by helping Typhoon Haiyan survivors in Ormoc City, Leyte.

In partnership with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Globe has been granting business to beneficiaries identified by DSWD as part of its Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP), a community-based capacity-building program that seeks to improve the socio-economic status of program participants.

“We are committed to contribute to nation-building by providing relevant entrepreneurship and livelihood opportunities among typhoon Yolanda survivors in Ormoc City so they can rise again and move forward,” said Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu. “We hope that through this project, we will be able to teach them to manage sustainable micro-enterprises that will help them move from survival to self-efficiency,” he added.

“Project Wonderful is thankful to Mr. Gabriel Macht for coming in to support us.”

As part of its Project Wonderful program, Globe takes strides in rebuilding the nation with initiatives which will benefit schools, homes, and livelihood opportunities.  Bringing global attention to its commitment to livelihood, Project Wonderful is hoping that through the support of a high- caliber actor such as Macht, more support will come in months to come.

“Witnessing the devastation of typhoon Haiyan, I felt compelled to raise awareness and financial aid to help thousands of people still struggling to get back on their feet. There is so much work still to do. I'm excited to be a part of rebuilding and I'm hoping that so many more will join the effort,” Macht shared.

Project Wonderful is a program that reinforces Globe Telecom’s commitment to subscribers, businesses, and the nation. Project Wonderful has three (3) pillars: Nation-building, which aims to build a wonderful and resilient country with programs that will rebuild homes and schools as well as provide livelihood opportunities to individuals and families in need, Culture-building, which shapes Globe to become a more customer-centric organization, fueled by a common passion to help and live a culture of service guided by its renewed mission, vision, and values, and Brand-building, which brings to life the telco’s passion and commitment to the customer as a strong challenger brand that leads the industry with innovative and relevant products and services.

Friday, February 28

Globe beefs-up GoUnli25 with unlimited access to an app or website

Globe beefs-up its GoUNLI25 promo with unlimited texts and make unlimited calls to Globe/TM, and now get free access to Facebook plus another free internet site or app still for P25 valid for 1 day.


Subscribers can choose from any of six top social and search sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Google, Yahoo, Viber or Foursquare to boost their new GoUNLI25 promo bundle, allowing them to tweet, post photos, search the Web, send stickers and emoticons, and check-in with no Wi-Fi or additional data charges needed.

To register to the new GoUNLI25, subscribers can dial *143#, select GoSakto, select New GoUnli25, choose Select your free site, and then select Subscribe Now. Prepaid subscribers can also register to the new GoUNLI25 using the GoSAKTO app now available in iOS and Android-powered devices, giving users a digital experience on mobile.

“As Globe Prepaid moves into serving the youth and their digital lifestyle, we take a leap into understanding that their social networks are now an extension of their lives,” shares Issa Cabreira, Vice President for Globe Prepaid Business. “This is the inspiration behind the new GoUNLI25, which offers unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM and now unlimited Facebook, and additional free access to the social networking or search site of choice without the need for Wi-Fi, providing the youth with more ways to explore and to stay connected online anytime, anywhere, without hurting their pockets. With the new GoUNLI25, we help the youth and the young at heart create a wonderful digital world that they can enjoy.”

According to TNS’ Mobile Life 2013, an annual study on behaviors of mobile users from 40 countries including the Philippines which involved 500 Metro Manila respondents aged 16-60, about 45% browse the internet from 32% in 2012 while 44% are accessing their social networking sites compared to 34% a year ago.

Cherry Mobile Fuze: 5-inch quad-core phone with 4000 mAh battery at Php 5,499

It's been two weeks since Cherry Mobile has released the FUZE phone but its heat is still burning the local mobile scene. Cloudfone may be the king of power-carrier phones but Cherry has delivered something out of their comfort zone - battery life.


The 4000 mAh of the Cherry Mobile Fuze is something to look up to. It'll give you three day of mileage with normal usage. And with the very practical price tag of Php 5,499, Fuze is set to gain a large number of users in the country.

Aside from the monster battery, Fuze also boasts a number of guns. It is framed in a 5-inch FWVGA screen (480 x 864p at 218 ppi). Plus, the 1.3-gigahertz quad-core CPU and 1-gigabyte of RAM will give this handset a zippy performance. Other specs are quite conventional – 4GB internal storage for you media downloads, 8-megapixel rear camera (1.3 MP front) and 3.5G HSPA+ connectivity.


And basing on its battery capacity, the Cherry Mobile Fuze could also be used as powerbank through USD OTG (On-the-Go). Out of the box, this handheld will be powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. With Fuze, Cherry Mobile seems to put the missing pieces in their previous smart phones together. Congrats.

Cherry Mobile Fuze Specs

5-inch FWVGA display (480 x 854 resolution at 218ppi)
1.3GHz quad-coreMediaTek MT6582 processor
Mali 400 GPU
1GB RAM
4GB internal storage, expandable via micro SD up to 32GB
8mp rear camera, (1.3mp secondary camera)
3.5G/HSPA+
WiFi b/g/n
Bluetooth
GPS
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
4,000mAh battery
Php5,499

Thursday, February 27

Globe postpaid breaks-in to 2 million mark, boosts revenues to Php 27.1 M


Globe Telecom has once again proven its leadership in the postpaid segment after ending 2013 with double-digit growth both in postpaid revenues and subscriber base amid the aggressive switching campaigns and attractive price offerings of its competitors.

Postpaid base has reached 2.03 million, a 17% increase from previous year’s 1.7 million. Gross subscriber additions reached over 711,000 as of end-December 2013, 21% higher than a year ago. This has brought total mobile subscriber base to 38.5 million, up 16% from 33.1 million subscribers last year.

Full year acquisitions also reflected the improving quality of acquired postpaid subscribers with 51% of gross additions signing up for postpaid plans with monthly service fees of P999 and above, compared to 44% in 2012.

With the robust growth and continued expansion of the company’s postpaid customer base, postpaid revenues have swelled to P27.1 billion, an 18% improvement year-on-year.

According to Raul Macatangay, Head of Postpaid Business and Devices at Globe, the consistent performance of the segment is attributed to the strong take-up of its fully-customizable mySUPERPLAN paired with the latest smartphones, including the recent launch of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c in the last quarter of 2013.

“The postpaid segment continues to scale up and provide solid contribution to the company’s overall mobile business. When it comes to postpaid, subscribers choose Globe and stay with Globe on the back of our postpaid plans that continue to attract subscriptions from the industry’s high-end prepaid subscribers as well as unique and new customers, complemented by our beefed-up customer service and after-sales support systems with a dedicated hotline, remodeled Stores, extensively-trained Stores personnel and relationship managers, stronger partnerships with the world’s leading device manufacturers, and a better and faster network.”

Keeping momentum in 2014, the company is set to provide an upgraded postpaid experience with its new roster of devices such as the Huawei Ascend G526 LTE free at Plan 499 for the fastest browsing experience at an affordable LTE plan, Cloudfone Excite 451TV free at Plan 599 for access to local TV channels anytime, anywhere, and Nokia Lumia 1320 LTE free at Plan 1299 that allows users to play XBOX games on mobile. 

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