Smart Communications Inc. has resumed temporary retail store operations in Tacloban City to serve affected sub-scribers for temporary lifting accounts, subscriber iden-tification module (SIM) re-placement, and other customer assistance.
Smart said that it has re-sumed its retail store opera-tions at the Asia Star Hotel on Zamora Street in Tacloban City. The temporary site is about 30 meters away from the Smart retail store, which sustained major damages because of Typhoon Yolanda and is now undergoing repair.
The temporary site opened to the public on November 27 and serves affected subscribers.
Earlier, Smart said that it would give 6,500 free cell phones to replace lost and damaged mobile phones of subscribers from the areas hardest hit by Yolanda.
Also, Smart and Digitel Mobile Philippines Inc. (DMPI), through its brand Sun Cellular, has restored network coverage in 100 percent of the towns and municipalities in Antique, Bohol, Cebu, Guimaras, Negros Occi-dental, Negros Oriental and Southern Leyte that were affected by the typhoon.
The two telecommunications companies also restored services in Buruanga, Aklan and Alang-Alang, Leyte, bringing restoration of services to these provinces to 95 percent and 63 percent, respectively.
Smart and DMPI have restored network coverage to 89 percent of cities and municipalities in the Visayas.