Text Messaging News in the Philippines

Google offers 2-step verification by SMS

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Services

Google has developed an optional security feature called 2-step verification that helps protect Google accounts from identity theft and other online threats. When Google's 2-step verification is turned on, signing into Google account will require both a password and a verification code sent to your mobile phone [...]

Unlimited texting add-ons for Globe postpaid plans

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Text Prices and Promos

Last year, Globe introduced three unlimited texting add-ons as part of MY SUPER PLAN, a fully-customizable plan which allow subscribers to personalize their plan by choosing and paying only for the services that they need. These three unlimited texting add-ons are the following: My Super ONE (Php 175/month), unlimited [...]

Globe GCASH vs Smart Money

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Mobile Banking

Globe GCASH and Smart Money are the two mobile payment services available in the Philippines today. Here are the comparison between Globe GCASH and Smart Money in terms of registration, transaction method, deposit, sending money, withdrawal, security and other features. Transaction Method Most [...]

Globe GCASH ATM card now available

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Mobile Banking

Globe GCASH now offers GCASH ATM card, a convenient way of withdrawing money from any ATM across the country. Unlike before, where users had to find a Globe business center to do a "cash-out" transaction, GCASH ATM card enables users to withdraw money at any Bancnet, Megalink, ExpressNet and Encash [...]

GCASH teams up with Boku for mobile payments

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Mobile Banking

Globe GCASH has teamed up with Boku to revolutionize the world of virtual payments. Through this partnership both companies will be able to reach their global targets in the world of mobile commerce. Boku's mobile payment platform, Paymo, allows purchasing of virtual goods from any merchant in the Boku [...]

House backs off from text tax bill

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government

Following persistent public protest, the House of Representatives is now retreating from its plan to impose a five-centavo tax on text messages two weeks after approving it for plenary voting on Sept. 8. The panel agreed to conduct more hearings and approved the motion of Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez [...]

House approves five-centavo tax on text

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government

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.  [...]

Red Mobile now compatible with 2G phones

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Industry

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 [...]

Sun Cellular offers 1 peso international SMS

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Text Prices and Promos

Sun Cellular offers a new SIM called, Call and Text International SIM, that allows anyone to text their loved ones abroad for only P1 per text message. This SMS rate applies to 20 countries namely: USA, Canada, Singapore, Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Macau, Japan, Qatar, Brunei, Guam, Hawaii, Oman, [...]

Catholics urged to give up texting for Lent

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Texting Culture

The Catholic Church are urging believers to give up text messaging for Lent as well as abstain from other forms of virtual entertainment such as TV, Facebook, and iPods. The Bishop of Modena, Benito Cocchi, said that 'No SMS for Lent' was an ideal way for 'young people to detox from the virtual world and get back in [...]

Cebu Pacific’s txtCEB offers flight booking by SMS

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Applications

Cebu Pacific (CEB), the low-fare leader in the local aviation industry is the first local airline to introduce E-ticketing and flight booking by SMS in the country. Cebu Pacific's SMS flight booking service is called TxtCEB. It allows anyone to get updates on Cebu Pacific's special flights and promos or book a Cebu Pacific [...]

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