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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

What Selfiest City Means To The World of Social Media

(This is part two of my analysis on time.com’s latest studies on Instagram and the signs are encouraging)

Vanity aside, Filipinos are getting more engaged in the online space. Time.com’s recent article on ‘Selfiest City in the World’ proved that and the notion that we, as a nation, are more aware and familiar with the use of technology, hashtags, and even the so-called geo-tag location says that we are about to join the ranks of first world countries who are fully engaged in social media.

This was all made possible — and not so surprising — if you know that 1/3 of the country’s population is between the ages of 10-24 or 30 Million of them who are either fairly engaged or are fully engaged on the internet and we’re about to hit 100 Million by as early as June this year.

Time.com showed that Makati, Pasig, Cebu, Baguio, Cagayan de Oro, and Iloilo are the number one spots where #selfies are made. This is not surprising considering that these cities are part of the Top tier BPO centers in the country. It is safe to say that the youth employed by the call centers agencies are active in taking photos and conscious enough to tag their photos with #selfies, which allowed time.com to gather those data.

It was also interesting enough to know that many of those who tagged their photos have set up their phones in GPS mode allowing the magazine to identify their location and be included in their survey.

Accessibility is another key in the growing population of Filipinos connecting to the web. Cherry Mobile, O Plus, Starmobile, and myPhone lead the pack in the most affordable hardware to connect to the internet. For as low as PhP1,300 (US$28), a user can already use his/her Android-powered phone to check their Facebook profiles and post photos on the Internet.

Piso for five hours of Instagram? No wonder!
Piso for five hours of Instagram? No wonder!

Smart has been very helpful in making more Filipinos connected through the internet. For one peso, Smart can connect any subscriber for five hours just by registering their SIM card via SMS. Really smart.

These information is just at the cusp of other data that we haven’t mined about Filipinos that should inspire more local businesses to engage our active youth market on the Internet. This channel has constantly been playing a vital role and businessmen should be on it today. Watch this video about Social Media and you’ll see how possible Filipinos can be creative in this arena and make this country great.

 

Credits:
2013 Youth Population: Population Reference Bureau: http://www.prb.org/
2014 PH population: http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/01/05/1275294/phl-population-set-hit-100-m
Top BPO Centers in PH: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_process_outsourcing_in_the_Philippines
Cheapest Smartphones: http://www.pricepanda.com.ph/page/best-budget-smartphones-in-the-philippines/
Post-Paid Data Plans: https://www1.smart.com.ph/Postpaid/plans/unli-surf
Pre-Paid Data Planshttps://www1.smart.com.ph/prepaid/offers/
Piso App: https://www1.smart.com.ph/prepaid/offers/data
Image Composite: http://ph.she.yahoo.com/tips-on-how-take-selfies-052843118.html

San Miguel Goes Mobile in 2014

SanMig Mobile? Mahaba-habang kuwentuhan ito.
SanMig Mobile? Mahaba-habang kuwentuhan ito.

Are we ready for another mobile telecommunications company like San Miguel? Do we really need another one? Would they be better than the current competition? These questions and more seems to be all yes for San Miguel as it informed the Philippine Stock Exchange of its intention to go against mobile phone giants Smart Communications and Globe Communications.

San Miguel seems to know something that the other wireless giants don’t and the company is banking on those answers when it offers their services to the public in 2014. It will be a huge investment because most of the wireless back ends or the mobile towers that provide signal to phone companies are operated and owned by Smart’s subsidiary PLDT.

And PLDT is putting up a fight even in pockets of areas where San Miguel is testing out the waters. Just in July, PLDT tried to block San Miguel’s Wi-Tribe in setting up telecommunication facilities saying it is an “unnecessary duplication of facilities”. Wi-Tribe will not be the brand San Miguel intends to launch so speculation is up whether the Beer giant will tap to some of its telecommunications portfolio like Bell Telecommunications, Liberty Telecommunications or Vega Telecommunications. San Miguel is determined to enter the scene but consumers want better services and more affordable rates since the country is the lowest in terms of smartphone penetration this year according to Nielsen. Something all of the wireless mobile phone players should take seriously if it wants to be taken seriously by a growing market of Smartphone users.

Nielsen
http://jp.en.acnielsen.com/site/documents/DecodingtheAsianmobileconsumer-Sep2013.pdf

the Register
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/11/27/philippines_san_miguel_brewery_mobile_telco/

Interaksyon
http://www.interaksyon.com/business/65570/pldt-subsidiary-blocks-san-miguel-groups-bid-to-offer-telecom-services-in-subic

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vega_Telecom