You might be wondering why the hastag #MVPAnnouncement became a trending topic on several Social Media Platforms earlier today. This is because majority of the countries best of the best Social Media Influencers and Tech writers from various publications gathered at Makati Shangri-La Hotel to listen to Smart Communications Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan’s announcement.
At around 11:30am, Smart Communications Chairman announced that they are providing free internet to its active prepaid subscribers. It seems many active prepaid users of local network providers Smart and its subsidiaries Talk ‘N Text and Sun Cellular will have a good reason to rejoice starting today.
Instead of talking about the issue with the acquisition of GMA or the selling of TV5, which have been hot topic issues in business since a year ago, just earlier, in a big official announcement coming from PLDT Group / Smart Communications Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan, also known for the acronym “MVP” of his name, at Makati Shangri-La he stated an “initial offering” of free mobile internet access to its active prepaid subscribers on the mentioned networks.
Smart Communications Chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan making his Announcement
“We’re inaugurating offer to make Mobile Internet services available for free to all prepaid subs of Smart, TNT and Sun,” said MVP himself.
Under the announced plan, all of the prepaid subscribers of Smart, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun Cellular will be allotted 30 Mb worth of data of free access to the internet per day to its millions of subscribers.
This announcement is said to benefit some 66 million mobile prepaid subscribers whose “initial offering” starts today, September 26 (Friday) and will lasts until November 30, 2014. In a direct statement, the big boss of PLDT group is quoted: “Our network is ready to handle this program for our 66 million subscribers.”
Smart Free Internet 2014
Whether to continue the free service or not beyond this point is dependent on the company’s assessment of its service.
In a direct statement coming from Smart’s press release it mentioned: “Through this special offer, all of the 66 million Smart Prepaid, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun Cellular Prepaid subscribers can use their data-enabled cellphones to browse through and post on their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, (and) visit their favorites websites… all without incurring data charges.”
The program is said to be as a result in part with the “Internet for All” campaign of the big network companies Smart, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun Cellular.
To avail of this amazing offer, you must be either a Smart, Talk ‘N text, or Sun Cellular subscriber with an available airtime balance of at least one peso or is subscribed to any load bucket or promo. Subscribers must register daily to avail of the offer by simply keying in the word “FREE” to the number “9999”. Registration is for free. Successful registration will be credited after receiving an SMS confirmation.
The big announcement however did not originally come as a surprise given some cryptic messages coming from MVP himself in Twitter. In which one it stated: “Mga Kapatid [My brothers and sisters], with my colleagues, I will make a very important announcement this Friday, Sept 26, 11 am, Makati Shang Hotel. See you then.”
In another statement as directed for a certain someone named “Luchi,” MVP stated: “Luchi, I can only tell you what it’s not about – it’s not about politics.”
Free Facebook from Smart
After the announcement, Globe Telecom issued a statement saying that they are glad Smart is following what they have started. Globe Telecom is claiming that they are the first to provide Free Facebook in PH however, Smart’s Social Media Team was able to find a promotional ad material that shows they actually pioneered Free Facebook promo in 2011.
With Smarts Widest Network Coverage, a lot of people including travelers will now have access to free internet. One thing is sure however, people on-the-go, especially those who may be traveling may find this free internet service very handy and very useful. After all, free internet access via mobile means is better than none at all, right?