Text Messaging News in the Philippines

TACS Alarm, GSM controlled anti-carjacking device

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Applications

TACS Alarm is an anti-carjacking device that can be controlled using a GSM mobile phone. It can be installed on motor vehicles such as sedans, SUVs, trucks and even on motorcycles. TACS Alarm was invented in 2006 by Gilbert Sta. Rita. Then, it was patented in the Philippines in 2008. This device features two [...]

iPhone iOS bug makes iPhone open to SMS spoofing

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Abuse

A bug in the iPhone IOS has been recently discovered by a hacker named, pod2g, that makes iPhone's text messages vulnerable to SMS spoofing. This bug allows anyone to send a text message and make it appear as if it came from anybody (e.g. a friend, your crush, the president, your mom, the lottery, the bank, or any [...]

Globe GTSOS, Smart SOS offers emergency load service

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Services, Text Prices and Promos

Globe and Smart offers emergency text loan service called Globe GTSOS and Smart SOS that allows instant borrowing of load anytime. This is useful in cases of emergency, bad timing, or simply lack of funds. For Globe/TM prepaid subscribers, text GTSOS to 3733 You will get 3 emergency SMS credits (to [...]

UMTS frequency bands for 3G

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in GSM/SMS Technology

3G, also known as third generation mobile telecommunication, allowed us to make video calls, watch mobile TV, connect to the internet via high-speed 3G/HSDPA. In order for 3G services to become available in the country, a telco must obtain a 3G license and must operate within the UMTS frequency band/s [...]

BDO mobile banking on Smart (SMS-based)

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Mobile Banking

BDO Mobile Banking allows instant access to own BDO deposit accounts (Checking and Savings Account) using a SMART or Talk ‘N Text mobile phone. It can be used to view the actual balance of enrolled Checking or Savings Account (CA/SA), transfer money to own enrolled BDO bank accounts, reload prepaid  [...]

GSM frequency bands for 2G

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in GSM/SMS Technology

2G is short for second-generation wireless telephone technology. 2G technologies allowed us to make voice calls, send SMS, picture messages, MMS (via GPRS), and connect to the internet via GPRS/EDGE. In order for 2G services to become available in the country, a telco must obtain a 2G license and must  [...]

Tigerbot, SMS controlled Android malware identified

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Abuse

SMS controlled Android malware named, Tigerbot, has been recently uncovered by NQ Mobile Security Research Center, in collaboration with Dr. Xuxian Jiang’s team at North Carolina State University. This malware can record phone calls, send SMS messages, upload the device’s GPS location, and reboot the [...]

Cellphone signals in Quiapo jammed during Nazarene feast

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Cellular Coverage

Malacanang on Monday ordered telecommunications companies to temporarily shut off cellphone signals in Quiapo and along the route of the Black Nazarene procession as part of the government's security measure against terrorist attacks. Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Nicanor Bartolome said the order will [...]

Linking Smart Money MasterCard to Paypal

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Mobile Banking

Smart Money MasterCard can be used to verify your Paypal account. It can also be used as backup funding source in case your Paypal balance is zero. I tested it and it works. Here's how: Apply for a Smart Money MasterCard. Click here and follow steps A to E. Learn about the unlock features of Smart Money [...]

BPI mobile banking on Smart (SMS-based)

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Mobile Banking

BPI's mobile banking facility called BPI Express Mobile, allows BPI account holders to enjoy the convenience of doing wide range of bank transactions such as balance inquiry, fund transfers, bills payment, Smart prepaid airtime reloading and Smart Money reloading through their mobile phones. This service has [...]

PLDT-Digitel deal finally approved by NTC

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Industry

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). PLDT, partly owned by Hong Kong's First Pacific Co Ltd [...]

BPI mobile banking on Globe (SMS-based)

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Mobile Banking

BPI's mobile banking facility called BPI Express Mobile, allows BPI account holders to do banking transactions such as check account balance, perform fund transfers, reload prepaid, or load their GCASH wallet using their mobile phones. This service was initially available to Globe/TM subscribers. The BPI Express [...]

Types of text scams in the Philippines

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Abuse

Text scams! Everyone has probably received at least one. But they just won't stop. According to the NTC's One-Stop Public Assistance Center (OSPAC), the number of text scams the agency has received has increased to 55% since 2008.[1] That was already three years ago when the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) [...]

Prepaid unlimited text promos as of August 2011

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Text Prices and Promos

Listed below are the prices of prepaid unlimited text promos offered by Globe, Smart, Sun Celluar, Touch Mobile, Talk 'N Text, and Red Mobile. For as low as Php 4.00, you can subscribe to an unlimited text promo good for 1 day. While the lowest priced unlimited-text-to-all promo is priced at Php 20.00 for 1 day. For [...]

Introducing Smart’s unlimited text postpaid plans

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Text Prices and Promos

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has entered the unli postpaid market by offering the most affordable postpaid plans ever. These two new unlimited texting postpaid plans are: Unli Postpaid Plan 299 (Php 299/month), unlimited text to Smart/Red/Talk N' Text/Addict Mobile Unli Postpaid Plan 599 (Php 599/month), [...]

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