OMG it’s been 10 years! Addict Mobile represent! Entering my very first job (in real estate, can you believe?!) I wanted to feel like a responsible adult who’s new to the workforce so the first thing I did after signing my employment certificate was to apply for a post-paid line. I was actually already a SMART sub back then but through prepaid and the main reason why I stuck to this network was their competitor had an odd billing system which had this thing called “dollar conversion” and it didn’t quite make sense because my bill would fluctuate every month. So budget conscious me killed it and took a risk with a postpaid line with SMART. And a Nokia 3650. OMG, do you remember this phone? It was the phone with the weird circular keypad and despite having an odd layout, I could text really fast on it! 3650 + Addict Mobile reprezzzent!!!
Facebook announces free or discounted messaging services, SMART Communications sole PH telco in programPosted by Jayvee Fernandez at February 25th, 2013
OK everything’s happening so fast so I decided to just post it in full here. I got this from Nick of SMART not via a press release but, well, via Facebook. Touche? Note: Globe and SUN Cellular are not part of this promo. The details are not final as SMART is still in the finishing touches with Facebook. If you don’t believe me, Engadget has their version up.
We never expected these to arrive in Philippine shores so fast, but yes, the Firefox OS phones are finally here c/o SMART Communications. Last month, Firefox OS was rumored to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress 2013 (that’s 2 days ago) and it appears that these rumors are true. The Firefox OS joins the mobile phone OS wars together with Android, BlackBerry 10, iOS, and Windows Phone 8.
Hello Apple geeks. Well it’s finally here. The iPhone 5 will be available on December 14 2012. I’ve been with SMART for almost 10 years so that’s why I’m endorsing their bid for the iPhone 5 (or any phone that relies heavily on a data plan). Remember, the phone is only half the product.
I’m hoping that they release the LTE versions of the iPhone 5 locally and it would make sense to do so as SMART comes with the tri-band frequency that is compatible with the iPhone 5′s LTE chip. In any case, RESERVE NOW.
The highly coveted Google Nexus 7 Android tablet can be yours with SMART Communications’ new FlexiSurf plans. If you’re looking for a way to offload your gadget costs for the next year, this is definitely a deal to consider.
To avail the Google Nexus 7, you will need to shell out PHP 600.00 for 24 months with FlexiSurf 599 (0% interest). That’s essentially about PHP 1,199 a month if you can’t afford to put out USD $199 for the tablet. For surfing, you also get a Smart Bro FlexiSurf Pocket WiFi device which you can also use to connect to the Internet. So imagine, for 2013 you’ll be all rigged up with a Pocket WiFi to connect your new Nexus 7 tablet, your smartphone, and perhaps another WiFi device, such as a Playstation Vita that only sells for about PHP 9,950.00 cash from Datablitz.
Definitely a good deal. Sign up here to apply:
The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is coming to carriers in the Philippines very soon. The estimated target date is this October 16 2012. If you’re looking for a high-end Android based smartphone to quell your holiday gadget lust, the Galaxy Note 2 is definitely a good choice. Knowing that the SRP of the device alone will be in the PHP 30,000+ when it launches, getting it from SMART may be a good choice as the carrier is giving the phone away for free at UNLI DATA PLAN 2000. Here is the pre-order page.
Note that this is not the LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
If you were at the LTE forum today, the biggest news is that SMART Communications is finally taking their LTE service out of closed beta and into commercial availability this coming August 25 2012. There is still no word on official pricing and specific devices (the up and coming iPhone 5 is rumored to have LTE connectivity) but it seems that NTT Docomo, SMART’s partner will be providing the hardware because of the similarity in the spectrum (maybe phones and dongles — who knows?!). Here’s a short list of LTE enabled sites from the beta, which means that more are coming.
So that’s that. August 25 2012. A completely new spectrum. Completely new technology. Huge network overhaul.
The iPhone 4 and iPhone 3Gs are going on sale for only P1.00 for every new postpaid subscriber / contract renewal. This promo is available from June 18 to 25 2012.
If you’re not really a big fan of Siri or an ultra-fab camera, this new promo from SMART is tough to resist.
With every postpaid application or contract renewal from June 18 to 25, 2012, both new and existing Smart All-In Plan 1800 subscribers can purchase the premium Apple iPhone 4, the business-centric Nokia E7, or the entertainment-savvy Samsung Galaxy Tab P7500 for the price of a piece of candy.
Similarly, Smart All-In Plan 1200 subscribers can take home the stylish Apple iPhone 3GS and the robust Nokia E5 for the same price while All-In Plan 800 subscribers can have their pick between the elegant Nokia N9 (16/64GB) or a functional Netbook PC.
For more details head on to your nearest SMART store to inquire.
#$ I am a consultant of SMART Communications
What? You still don’t have a gift for Father’s Day? OK here’s what you can do: if you’re a SMART subscriber there are a number of things you can do with your current subscription plan, which includes availing of discounts. If you use data, SMS, calls — anything (!!!) you gain points which you can readily convert to promos and discounts. Now these aren’t your typical baduy promos -they’re atually pretty cool. You can see a complete list at www.smart.com.ph/rewards.
Alternately, you can also check out a ready made list of things you can grab with SMART Rewards in the release below.
Pro Tip: Lest I forget, if you have extra points to consume you can always avail of the readily available P50.00 rebate in your monthly bill by sending REDEEM 50 to 9800.
Straight from the camera of Jim Ayson, here’s a rather interesting video he took of a Samsung ad on the bridgeway of the convention center for Mobile World Congress 2012. It’s been a year since I was last in Barcelona for the Netphone launch and seeing these photos and videos brings about a tech nostalgia that only a geek can get lucid on.
SMART Communications recently launched their online store. The deal here is that you can order your iPhone4s (+ other devices) without having to wait in line. In the case of the iPhone, you can choose your color and capacity then have it delivered to your place. This applies to prepaid purchases. Free delivery until June 30 2012.