PLDT on Friday announced that it had forged a partnership with Japanese telecommunications provider NTT in a bid to provide service to Filipinos in Japan.
PLDT said that with the partnership it could cater to the approximately 240,000 Filipinos residing in Japan. Services include mobile internet, free calls, and remittance services.
Through PLDT Global Corp. (PGC) unit PLDT JP GK, the new service called SMART World was launched on April 15.
PLDT President and Chief Operating Officer Manuel Pangilinan said PLDT JP GK’s partnership with NTT Communications ensures that the new service provides nationwide coverage in Japan via leading mobile operator NTT DOCOMO’s extensive 3G and LTE networks.
SMART World also connects Filipinos in Japan to the 70 million wireless subscriber base of PLDT mobile subsidiaries Smart Communications and Sun Cellular.
PLDT EVP and Head of Enterprise, International, and Carrier Business Eric Alberto explained the SMART World offering would consist of a mobile data SIM bundled with a pocket WIFI in a monthly prepaid subscription. Prices for the four monthly base plans ranging from 3GB of data to 10GB would start at JPY 4,200, excluding consumption tax.
Alberto explained that the new mobile data service also comes bundled with a number of free services, including a free remittance transaction of up to JPY100,000 once a month, free calls and text messages to the Philippines, and free calls to other popular international destinations.
SMART World also offers a free Philippine mobile number subscription which allows family members and friends in the Philippines to call and text Filipinos in Japan at Philippine rates.
“With all these attractive features, SMART World makes it so much easier and more convenient for Filipinos in Japan to keep in touch with their loved ones back home and in over 10 other countries where they might have family and friends to call,” PLDT SVP and PGC CEO Alex Caeg added.
“This is just the start. We shall continue to expand our portfolio of services to meet the growing multimedia requirements of our Filipinos in Japan,” PLDT JP GK General Manager John Palanca said.