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Today’s Phones and Plans for Filipinos

Talk is Cheap and I mean that figuratively and literally.

Stay connected all-day  for just 5 pesos with Smart's Piso App
Stay connected all-day for just 5 pesos with Smart’s Piso App

Did you know you can surf the internet now for as low as 1 peso? That’s five hours of web surfing time that translates to PhP5.00 worth of online access per day! That’s what SMART Prepaid is offering and what about Globe Prepaid?  It too has its own special rate for its die-hard followers: PhP50 for one day unlimited internet surfing — even when you’re also on a Postpaid Plan! So why are you still talking on the phone when you can use Viber, WhatsApp, KakaoTalk, WeChat, and Line to do all the for free!

Here are fun things you can do on the web surfing in ‘casual mode’:
1. Check out friends’ status on Facebook
2. Find out the latest NBA or Showbiz news  on Twitter
3. Scan your email inbox for great offers
4. Watch the latest videos on Vimeo and YouTube
5. Take a selfie on your Instagram account

With unlimited access on the web, we haven’t mentioned that it’s a great tool to search for answers on assignments and homeworks you’re finishing while reading up on the latest news on Yahoo! and/or on Inquirer.net.

Quality Smartphones for less than USD172 is something more and more Filipinos are getting into
Quality Smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors (whatever that means!) for less than USD172 is something more and more Filipinos are getting into

Smartphones are more affordable than ever before. We have at least four small Android OS operated phone-players raking it big in the mobile scene with Cherry Mobile picking up huge swaths of the curious market and where Starmobile, O+, and myPhone are all but cashing in to the growing market yearning to be connected on the Internet.

Filipinos are more and more beginning to ask: Why stay offline and miss all the fun? Why pass up the latest buzz and trends on the Internet where people converge from different backgrounds; Where businesses continue to engage customers and build relationships with old and new followers like never before, and where news never gets old and gets re-tweeted, re-posted, and becomes insanely viral creating more memes and other graphic tales so to speak.

http://www.globe.com.ph/surf/plan/supersurf
http://www1.smart.com.ph/Prepaid/offers/data/2014/02/21/piso-app

Jeepney 50-Cent Fare Increase Starts Tomorrow, June 14th

Jeepney Driver’s will ask you an additional 50 cents for your regular Jeep fare tomorrow because the government agency in charge of regulating our public utility vehicles has approved the jeepney drivers’ petition on Friday, 30th June to increase the fare by that much for the first four kilometers. Here’s what will change:

Here's how our Jeepney Fares in Metro Manila, Region 3, and Region 4 will look like starting June 14
Here’s how our Jeepney Fares in Metro Manila, Region 3, and Region 4 will look like starting June 14

The Transport hike, which was approved on May 30th, is in effect in the following regions:

National Capital Region (Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Mandaluyong, Manila, Marikina, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Parañaque, Pasay, Pasig, Pateros, Quezon City, San Juan, Taguig, and Valenzuela);
Region 3 (Provinces of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales),
and Region 4A & 4B (Provinces of Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Lucena, Quezon, and Rizal;  Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Puerto Princesa, and Romblon)

Note: To take effect, Jeepney Drivers must display Fare Matrix inside their jeep. No Fare Matrix, no right to ask fare increase (photocopy of fare matrix is allowed).

Consumers can report their complaints with the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) online or calling their numbers in these offices:

  • Metro Manila Complaints
    +63 (2) 929 6789, +63 (2) 929 7366, +63 (2) 926 6346
  • Region 3
    (045) 961 7046
  • Region IV-A and IV-B
    (043) 756 1520

You can also email them pictures of your complaints to: complaint.ltfrb.gov.ph@gmail.com
Related Articles: LTFRB enforces Discounts
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/05/31/1329326/jeepney-fares-go-50c/june-14-ltfrb
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/222723/news/nation/ltfrb-reminds-puv-drivers-on-fare-discounts-for-students

Image Credit: manilastandard.com

Epson Finally Brings Back the Black

I bought two but will there be another ink drought again?
I bought two but will there be another ink drought again?

Finally! Epson made the Black Color 73N Ink Cartridges available for TX110 printer owners like me. We know how most printers work and they won’t produce any output if you lack one cartridge.  The black printer cassettes  were delivered last Saturday (June 7th) but my friends at Silicon Valley at the Forum Robinsons Mall said only 20 were delivered. So after that, no word if it was going to be replenished. I bought two.

Imagine how many printer models will be affected without this cartridges
Imagine how many printer models will be affected without this cartridges

Those should last me about three months of four but as my observations tell me, it won’t last that long because these vials aren’t made like they used to. According to my observations, these ink containers used to last four months of printing black documents but now you’d be lucky to get two months out of these.

If you’re like me and would like to bring this issue up with Epson Philippines, you can contact them here.

BPI Brings Back Deposit Machines

Express Deposit Machines (EDMs)
Express Deposit Machines (EDMs)

BPI has been upgrading its services. I love their queuing machine that jots the account numbers and speeds up transactions of people making deposits and withdrawals. I also found out last night, while watching ANC on Cable, BPI is busy installing new machines its near 900 ATM locations where people can update their accounts with deposits. It’s called Express Deposit Machines or EDMs. Its clients can deposit their payments without the hassle of using envelopes to transact and credit their accounts with cash. The machine can handle up to 99 pieces of peso bills and it scans it with a technology that is at par with world’s standards.

Other banks are noisy with creating bigger hedges to project their stability and service image trying to attract more businesses but BPI is busy harboring technology and listening to customers on what their needs are and they are slowly improving each and every facet so customers would delight in banking and use this to attract more investors.

Instant Credit is what I like about this machine best
Instant Credit is what I like about this machine best

BPI says that they have installed over 450 EDMs concentrating their efforts in business hubs like Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao. They will have more than 500 EDMs installed by the end of 2014 trying to complete their work perhaps in two years time. Locate your nearest EDMs here.

Downside: Customers who deposit bills that are vandalized: written on, ripped, or are too dilapidated will not be accepted and ‘spitted’ from the machine. This shows that we need to reject any bills that are taped on with ‘scotch tape’, stapled on, or drawn on with pens.

Photo Credits:
migsmobile.net
mybpimag.com
halohalo22o.blogspot.com

Instagram Sneakers Coming Soon?

Instagram fans would love this new product. Adidas teased its worldwide fans with an Instagram post telling followers to watch out for its new product release. “ARE YOU READY?” asked the post, “Take the #zxflux to the next level with the ultra innovative photo print app from #miadidas. Print your favourite photos straight on to one of 2014’s hottest silhouettes and make a statement on your sneakers like never before. Rolling out on iPhone and Android from August 2014. The possibilities are limitless,”

So far no other details were reported but the ZX Flux is quite getting the buzz right now when Filipinos dominated the news early this year named as the ‘Selfie Capital of the World’.

Using your Instagram photos, Mi Adidas can turn your black ZX Flux shoes to one-of-a-kind sneakers
Using your Instagram photos, Mi Adidas can turn your black ZX Flux shoes to one-of-a-kind sneakers

Would you like to see you and your friends picture on a pair of sneakers? Now it is possible courtesy of miadidas (What is?). More news later but for sure this new feature will be released in United States and Europe where the sneaker company has the biggest following worldwide.

Epson Having Problems With Ink Supply?

Does any body here own an EPSON printer?

Do you own an EPSON TX110 printer model?

Did you know that with this EPSON 3-in-1 printer model you can use two types of printer inks for this printer model so it can help you with your budget?

FC Epson Ink Cartridges 91N CyanDid you know that EPSON discontinued selling 91N ink cartridges, the one that is more affordable?

Did you notice that after two years the EPSON ink cartridges you buy for so much seems to produce so little now than they used to, producing lesser outputs than they used to when they introduced it?

Did you know that the EPSON printer won’t work if one (out of four cartridges) cartridge is missing?

Did you know that the remaining ink cartridge model 73N Black Ink is not available in popular stores like Silicon Valley and other stores in Metro Manila malls for about two months now we’re told?

No black ink, no work done.
No black ink, no work done.

Did you know that the missing Black Ink will make my printer obsolete and even dry up the other ink cartridges left in the storage and therefore kill my investment in this printer they’re selling?

What’s up EPSON? Where’s my black ink?

You know what you built so how come you’re not selling black inks any more for TX110 Epson model?

Are you an EPSON user?

Do you have the same experience?

Post down below and share us your sentiments.

12 Notable Facts: EU, USFAA’s Actions to PH

Yes, The Philippines Can! Headlining in my head knowing the sheer benefits my constituents will reap out of these upgrades our aviation industry agency and airlines  received over the week — and just before the Holy Week.

To know what these upgrade means, we scoured the web and found eight noteworthy facts that will paint a picture of our aviation industry and what it means for our tourism and our economy as a whole.

FC US-EU picture
Hardwork, shining through. We just need consistency.
  1. Higher and much competitive salaries for immensely technical staff of PAL and CebuPac
  2. Philippines, as a country, is still partially black-listed in EU since we still have ZestAir and SEAir as air carriers in the country
  3. Cebu Pacific was taken out of the ban along with Air Astana, Swaziland’s national air carrier
  4. There are twenty countries banned in EU, fourteen from Africa and six in Asia – Philippines and Swaziland still included because we still have registered air carriers that were not cleared by EU
  5. To lift the whole nation from the ban, the European Commission will also begin the process of assessing Philippine aviation including internal aviation later this year with the prospect of lifting the ban on Philippine aviation as a whole.
  6. Cebu Pacific acquired Tiger Airways Philippines in February 2014 and is just awaiting Congress’ and SEC’s approval of the said deal — Cebu Pacific currently operates over 2,200 flights per week with 49 aircraft to 24 international and 33 Philippine cities; Tigerair Philippines will add 118 flights per week. Its fleet consists of five aircrafts that goes to 11 domestic and international routes coming from either Manila and Clark airports.
  7. The USFAA upgrade of CAAP to Category one means the country’s airlines in addition to flag carrier Philippine Airlines can now fly to the US, which includes CebuPacific, ZestAir, and SEAir.
  8. Cebu Pacific intends to fly to Hawaii and Guam first after the USFAA announcement
  9. PAL will intuitively return flights to Hawaii, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and all the way to New York — its prime destinations back in 2008 before the US agency took it away from our flag carrier
  10. DOTC and CAAP is reaping the accolades out of its hard work in keeping airliners accountable and at par with global standards
  11. International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was the lead American agency that evaluated CAAP over a course of five years and assess its standards of operations
  12. The EU Air Safety Committee is US’ (ICAO) counterpart that approved Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific to fly to the 28-member bloc of the European Union.

This is one painful lesson we all need to learn that if we want to be recognized as a nation of first class, we should change our ways of thinking and our actions that meet the standards — not of the world but — of honor and respect. It’s like keeping your house clean because you have guests coming over and have different and varying needs that should be met.

I could only hope other PH agencies will follow suit.

Congratulations Mr. Hotchkiss of CAAP and for Sec. Abaya for accomplishing this feat. Two thumbs up.
Notable Quote:
“When countries do what it takes to ensure the safety of their aviation industry, it is important that the EU recognises these efforts,” said the European Commission’s vice president for mobility & transport, Siim Kallas.

links
http://businessmirror.com.ph/index.php/en/news/top-news/30408-european-union-lifts-ban-on-cebu-pacific
http://www.traveldailymedia.com/206163/eu-boost-for-cebu-pacific-air-astana/
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/04/10/14/eu-lifts-ban-cebu-pacific-flights
http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/business/02/21/14/cab-approves-cebu-pacific-tigerair-deal
http://www.rappler.com/business/industries/171-aviation-tourism/55190-cebu-pacific-europe-us-aviation-upgrade-eu-ban