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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.


GrabTaxi Seizes ‘Apportunity’


The newest way to hail cabs
The newest way to hail cabs

GrabTaxi is the newest app for your smartphone and tablet. The app lets you conveniently get a taxi in the fastest time possible and in the most ‘unholiest hours’ of the day – rush hours.

Operationally, how does it work?

Taxi Operators signs up with GrabTaxi for accreditation. Once authorized they show up in your app. There are about a hundred taxi operators with fleets of a hundred and more cars for public service. These taxis ply their

regular routes and once they’re free and they’re within your three kilometer spot, they respond back and all you need to do is to choose which of the available cabs you can avail immediately according to the time you want them to arrive.

The Highs — Having GrabTaxi spells convenience for those looking for transportation when it’s tough to get one during rush hours. It’s also favorable for commuters during rainy seasons when you can’t even go to your street corner and hail one for yourself. It’s also advantageous for those living. (b) Even without a smartphone you can still contact them and get your taxi, just call 642-3525; 641-4532; 640-2318; or txt 0939-1533495; 0927-8384833 for pickups. (c) Security and Safety – all accredited GrabTaxis are registered cabs that should maintain their unparalleled customer service


The techie taxi drivers of Metro Manila
The techie taxi drivers of Metro Manila

The Lows — (a) GrabTaxi though is asking for PhP70.00 service charge/booking fee and this is how the developer company gets its income by charging commissions from Taxi Operators at the end of every month. (b) Bidding, when there’s no chance any driver will pick you up, you can bid for a driver to come pick you up. We’re not used to this kind of practice and it’s usually frowned upon because drivers lose their integrity because such exercise is deemed as Bribery. (c) Location. The service is only available in the National Capital Region (NCR) and would probably be available in Baguio, Metro Cebu, and Metro Davao in much later months in 2014 and 2015.

Overall, the concept GrabTaxi app is offering is still growing and surely they’re making more people use the app by lowering booking fees: Globe Telecomm post-paid subscribers get booking for free so that’s a plus. So we’ll see if people will prefer this way of hailing cabs or the traditional one during the holidays. It’s an acid test indeed for the Malaysian-born app and we’ll see how it fares after this season.

I haven’t tried GrabTaxi myself because I drive my own car but if there’s a group of two or three, using this app the cost of paying the booking fee would be much worth it considering the hassles of hailing cabs during very busy times.

Do you have questions? Get your answers in GrabTaxi’s frequently asked questions.
GrabTaxi Philippines, 2nd Floor Loyola Plans Building, 849 A. Arnaiz Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines
+63 (2) 8450943