Manila Electric Company has urged the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to allow the use of SMS, instead of an in-home display (IHD), for consumer monitoring of electricity under the prepaid retail electricity service (PRES). This will allow consumers to track electricity use by doing SMS commands such as balance inquiry, get meter status, and receive low balance warning messages on their cellphones. Continue Reading
3G, also known as third generation mobile telecommunication, allows us to make video calls, watch mobile TV, connect to the internet via high-speed 3G/HSDPA. To offer 3G services, a telco must obtain a 3G license and must operate within the UMTS frequency band/s allocated by the NTC. Continue Reading
2G is short for second-generation wireless telephone technology. 2G technologies allow us to make voice calls, send SMS, send MMS (via GPRS), and connect to the internet via GPRS/EDGE. To offer 2G services, a telco must obtain a 2G license and must operate within the GSM frequency band/s allocated by the NTC. Continue Reading
Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) has finally completed its delayed takeover of rival Digital Telecommunications Philippines, Inc. (Digitel) after securing the much-awaited approval from National Telecommunications Commissions (NTC). Continue Reading
Sun Cellular, a subsidiary of Gokongwei-owned Digital Telecommunications Inc (Digitel), was the first telecom to hit 1 million in postpaid subscriptions.
As of June 2010, Ayala-owned Globe Telecom had 909,000 postpaid subscribers. Meanwhile, PLDT group’s wireless unit, Smart Communications had a total of 439,844 postpaid subscribers for the first half of 2010. Continue Reading
Following persistent public protest, the House of Representatives is now retreating from its the plan to impose a five-centavo tax on text messages two weeks after approving it for plenary voting on Sept. 8.
The Ways and Means committee of the House of Representatives approved last Tuesday a bill proposing to collect a five-centavo excise tax for every text message sent.
Antique Rep. Exequiel Javier said the committee agreed to a proposed tax on text without the “no pass-on provision” being insisted by Ilocos Sur Rep. Eric Singson. The no pass-on provision (House bill 6625) would prevent telecommunication firms from passing the tax on to consumers. Continue Reading
Red Mobile, which was initially introduced to operate only on 3G mobile phones, has now been made available to 2G handsets.
“By expanding the scope of our services to 2G handsets, more consumers among the estimated 14 to 16 million Filipino mobile phone users will enjoy the competitive rates offered by our network,” says Red Mobile Product Manager Darvin Sy Su.
Red Mobile is using the same telecommunication infrastructures and technology of SMART. This means that Red Mobile will be powered by 8, 477 cellsites.
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has picked Globe Telecom Inc. as the most reliable and efficient mobile phone service provider in Metro Manila, based on their benchmarking study.
Tests were conducted last year (Sept. 17 to Oct. 6, 2008) by NTC engineers on three cellular service operators, namely Smart Communications, Globe Telecom, and Sun Cellular to measure the quality of services rendered. They made 2,475 network-to-network calls per operator in 13 Metro Manila cities, as part of the tests. Continue Reading
SMS innovator Matti Makkonen, received the The Economist’s Innovation Award for the Computing and Telecommunications Category. This year’s awards were presented in London on October 30th and 31st 2008. The Economist gives out Innovation Awards annually to recognize successful innovators in different categories. Continue Reading
Important things to know about Red Mobile:
- Red Mobile SIM is now available on selected retail outlets for P 39.
- Prefix number is 0938. You cannot have your mobile numbers customized anymore.
- Cost of voice calls per minute, text, and MMS is P 0.50 (Red Mobile to Red Mobile)
- A 3G mobile phone is required. You will need to set the network settings on your 3G handset to 3G / Dual mode or UMTS mode. If you’re looking for a cheap 3G phone to use with Red Mobile, try LG KU250.
To activate your Red Mobile’s 3G / MMS settings, text Continue Reading
When I saw an advertisement on TV this morning that said something like, “Red Mobile, coming soon”, I didn’t know that it was Umobile until this afternoon. I got a call from Umobile (9811500) and they told me that they have changed their name to Red Mobile. They will send me a new Red Mobile SIM for FREE anytime from Nov 16 to 20. Like before, they still require me to present a photocopy of my valid ID upon delivery of the SIM.
Text scammers are more likely to increase now that Christmas season is fast approaching. Their style is to offer quick cash, or a house and lot, or a new car, even if the recipient of the text message never took part in a raffle. Example:
We are glad to inform you that you have won P650,000 thru PGMA. Claim ur prize, call now. I’m Atty. Garey B. Aquino from BSP Info Department. DTI Permit #3920.
Let’s take the “100 peso load” as an example
I need to receive 200 ads to get a 100 peso load.
With a 100 peso load, I can:
- send 666 text messages (Php 0.15/text u to u) or
- call up to 20 mins (Php 5/min u to u)
Receiving 200 ads per month is equivalent to 50 ads/week. So that means, receiving 50 ads/week can give me:
- 166 text messages per week or
- 5 mins talk time per week
First, I sent an email to ümobile Customer Service (customerservice [at] umobile.com.ph) and asked for an invite code. (July 2, Wednesday, 4:30pm)
Then next morning, ümobile Customer Service sent me an invite code.