THE Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) has partnered with T-Mobile to bring a unique mobile service for Filipinos in the United States.
The new service—called SMART World Mobile—has been launched through PLDT Global Corp. (PGC) unit PLDT US Mobility.
“Our new offering—SMART World Mobile—enables subscribers to get a US mobile number and a Philippine mobile number in one SIM. This allows their loved ones in the Philippines to call and text them at local Philippine rates,” PLDT US Mobility General Manager Enrique Yu said in a statement.
Through its mobile subsidiaries Smart Communications and Sun Cellular, PLDT has more than 70 million subscribers in the Philippines, while T-Mobile’s data network is said to have more capacity than any other nationwide network in the US.
“This partnership means subscribers will definitely enjoy unlimited text, calls, and data at very affordable rates,” said PLDT Executive Vice President and Head of Enterprise, International, and Carrier Business Eric Alberto.
PLDT President and Chief Executive Officer Napoleon Nazareno said that PLDT US Mobility’s partnership with T-Mobile will ensure nationwide coverage on the fastest LTE network in the US. This will also connect them to the largest mobile subscriber base in the Philippines.
The company said that besides these mobile services, SMART World Mobile also provides relevant Filipino-centered services such as the reloadable mobile wallet that allows subscribers to send remittances at affordable rates.
The service also allows live streaming of Philippine TV with Smart Pinoy TV and sending gifts and paying for utilities in the Philippines through the Smart Pinoy Store. Subscribers will also have access to e-magazines from popular Philippine publishing companies and e-books.
US-based subscribers will also have access to PLDT HOME services such as landline and DSL services for their families and relatives in the Philippines.
“These are just some of the services that we are offering now but we are continuing to expand our portfolio to meet the growing communication requirements of our fellow Filipinos in the US,” Yu said.