Smart offers data roaming for prepaid subscribers

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Amid the growing number of Filipinos who rely on mobile internet, wireless services leader Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) has expanded its data offers to provide subscribers with seamless connectivity even when out of the country.

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In a statement, Charles Lim, executive vice president and head of Smart’s Wireless Consumer Division, said, “This highly anticipated service is our response to the growing demand for uninterrupted mobile connectivity not only in the country but also abroad, as more and more Filipinos are relying on mobile data in making informed decisions and meaningful interactions.”

Smart now offers the All-Day Surf Abroad, an affordable, shock-proof mobile data roaming package that allows prepaid and postpaid subscribers to stay connected online in over 40 overseas destinations for as low as P450 a day.

With All-Day Surf Abroad, Smart makes data roaming service available to prepaid subscribers—a first in the country.

Lim said that mobile data usage on PLDT’s wireless segment surged dramatically to 121 percent over the past year, while mobile internet revenues jumped 77 percent, from P1.7 billion to P3.7 billion, in the same period.

Smart Prepaid users may enjoy all-day mobile surfing for only P500 a day on Smart’s roaming partners in top Asian destinations, which include Hong Kong (via Hutchison); Indonesia (Indosat); Japan (NTT DoCoMo); Macau (Hutchison) Malaysia; Singapore (Starhub); South Korea (KT); Taiwan (FarEastOne); Thailand (True); and Vietnam (Vinaphone).

Upon arriving at their destination, prepaid subscribers may register to the service by simply dialing *133# and then selecting Smart’s roaming partner-network. Smart Prepaid subscribers may enjoy the service between 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on the date of activation.

“With All-Day Surf Abroad, Smart takes the pulse of the market to provide them with unmatched mobile connectivity as they travel the world. In doing so, Smart also reaches the untapped prepaid data roaming segment, creating new revenue streams for the company,” Lim said.

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