SMART Communications Inc. and Globe Telecom Inc. are intensifying their “free internet” offering in a tightening race to hold on to millions of subscribers and to boost their respective mobile data business.
On Friday, Globe announced it is extending its Free Facebook offer to give its postpaid, prepaid, and TM customers access to Facebook at zero data charges.
Globe will progressively roll out access to the social networking site to its over 43 million mobile customers beginning Friday, October 3, 2014 to Sunday, October 5, 2014.
“We are excited to announce another wonderful Globe surprise to our over 43 million mobile customers, the return of our Free Facebook offer,” said Peter Bithos, Globe chief operating advisor.
He added: “With our better and bigger Free Facebook, customers enjoy all-you-want access without any megabyte (MB) cap, no daily registration needed, and no maintaining balance. Globe users can enjoy sharing, liking and posting on Facebook for free.”
Free Facebook can be accessed on feature phones and smartphones across all Facebook mobile platforms, whether via the Facebook app or Facebook’s mobile site m.facebook.com. There are no restrictions on the MB allocation per day to access the site and no maintaining balance is required for prepaid customers.
Meanwhile, Smart and Sun Cellular announced that effective October 3, they are expanding their free Internet offer – previously given only to prepaid subscribers — to all their postpaid and broadband subscribers.
“This is our way of thanking our subscribers as well as a response to the requests of our postpaid and broadband subscribers to be included in the special offer,” said Charles Lim, executive vice president and head for wireless consumer business at Smart.
“This is part of our overall strategy in accelerating mobile Internet adoption and usage in the country,” he added.
Furthermore, Smart and Sun Cellular are extending the duration of the free mobile Internet promo across all subscribers–postpaid, prepaid and broadband–from November 30 through the Christmas season until January 5, 2015.
The announcement was made through MVP’s official Twitter account: “TY for the overwhelming response to #SmartFREEInternet. Our early Christmas gift to our loyal and new subs–offer now extended to Jan. 5.”
In another tweet, MVP added “Even better–free Internet now open to ALL prepaid, postpaid & broadband subscribers of Smart, TNT 7 Sun #SmartFREEinternet for All.
On top of their free Internet, all subscribers can also enjoy “unli” “all-you-can” Facebook access–including sending messages via Facebook messenger and viewing of videos embedded in the social networking site. Subscribers can also enjoy all-day Wikipedia access on top of their daily 30 MB free data allocation.
The company said that subscribers have to maintain an airtime balance of at least one peso, or be subscribed to any load bucket/promo, to avail themselves of the free mobile Internet offer.
They can register each day, by simply sending “FREE” to the number “9999.” Registration is free. Subscribers will receive an SMS confirmation upon successful registration. The free Internet promo also applies to both Smart Bro and Sun Broadband services.