SMART MONEY is a re-loadable payment card that may either be accessed through a Smart mobile phone or a Smart Money MasterCard, similar to a debit/cash card. Smart Money enables Smart subscribers to manage their money from their mobile phones wherever they are, whenever they want. Continue Reading
GLOBE GCASH allows any Globe or TM (Touch Mobile) user to send and receive money, buy prepaid load, pay bills, and do a lot of other money-related transactions, anytime, anywhere using SMS. Continue Reading
I have compiled a list of local TV game shows in the Philippines that allow local viewers’ participation via text. I noticed that most of them are from ABS-CBN’s.
1 vs 100. To register to become a studio contestant, text
MOB <name/age/gender/address/landline number> to 2366 (Globe, TM, Sun Cellular, Php 2.50/text) or 231 (Smart, Talk n Text, Addict Mobile, Php 2.00/text)
Go Bingo. Requires a ‘Go Bingo scratch card’ to join as homepartner.
GOBINGO <unique textart 1-50> <code> / <name age gender address> to 2344 (Globe, TM, Sun Cellular, Php 2.50/text) or 367 (Smart, Talk n Text, Addict Mobile, Php 2.00/text)
Kapamilya, Deal or No Deal
To register to become a studio contestant, text Continue Reading
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.
Umobile (ümobile), is an ad-funded mobile service owned by Smart Communications, that will be offering free load to its subscribers that agree to receive advertisements on their cell phones. There was already a similar service in Europe called Blyk, but Umobile is the first and only ad-funded mobile service provider in the Philippines and rest of Asia.
Umobile is targeting the 15 to 35 age bracket or the ‘youth and yuppies’ sector in the Philippines. Customers get P0.50 worth of pre-paid load each time a mobile ad message is received. As of now, membership is by invite only. Continue Reading
Text Speak is the language commonly used in mobile phones. It is a way of shortening words by removing some vowels or replacing syllabes with numbers. Most people active in texting find it convenient to text in this format because it helps them save time and money. But some people find it complicated so they spell out the words instead.
Forms of Text Speak in the Philippines
Acronyms – first originated in chatrooms, then were later brought into texting. They are more popular in other countries than in the Philippines. Continue Reading
Good news to all TxtBuff readers! Copying text messages from TxtBuff to mobile phone is now made easier with barcodes! All you need is a Symbian or Windows based mobile phone with camera and Quickmark software:
The following were based on how often texters text and the kind of text messages they send.
- Energetic Texters – those who are very active in texting. They make the most out of their unlimited texting packages and text under the table, in the car, under the tree, anywhere, everyday. They can talk about anything and everything under the sun. They chat, they flirt, they debate. These kinds of texters are mostly teenagers, couples, or yuppies.
- Passive Texters – those who text only when you text them and reply only when they really have to. Continue Reading
So you’ve read them, those text messages that made you smile, laugh, or cry, messages that have touched you in one way or another. Whether you are a man or a woman, I’m sure you will relate to one of our text messages. Choose your favorites by rating them!
5 stars – A must-forward!
4 stars – Worth sharing
3 stars – Just nice to keep
2 stars – Nice, but not enough
1 star – I don’t get it
Only registered members are allowed to rate. Members need to sign in to start rating and can only vote once per text message. Continue Reading
Some might be wondering how text messages on TxtBuff are published. During the first three months, I was only getting a few messages from the contributors and sometimes, I don’t even get any. So it was still easy to publish a text message right after receiving it. But after a few more months, the number of contributions has increased, so much, that I already find it hard to publish all of them at the same time. Sometimes, two or more senders send the same text message. Some senders send the same text message twice. Some even send advertisements. So I already felt the need to arrange and organize by eliminating duplicates, deleting advertisements and putting them into folders. Continue Reading
This week, I received the following text messages from Globe’s 2977 advisory:
Jan 21, 2008, 3:08pm
Globe Advisory: Are you a heavy daytime texter? Text away from 8am to 4:59pm w/ Globe’s Unlimited Daytime Texting Service! To register, txt UNLITXTD15 for P15/1 day or UNLITXTD30 for P30/2 days. Globe-Globe texts only. For free info, text INFO to 2870. DTI#4899s07. Til Feb20. NoFREEadvisory? Reply STOP Continue Reading
Right after the news came out, TxtPower led an SMS revolt to force the government to abandon its plans to impose a tax on text messages. They called on all Filipino texters to send the text message, NO TO TEXT TAX! directly to Sec. Peter Favila’s mobile phone number at 09178176110. In less than a day, Malacanang, through Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye, said that it will not pursue a new tax on text messaging.
Trade Secretary, Peter Favila has proposed adding a tax on text messages to help compensate income losses from proposals to end sales tax on oil products.
Favila told GMANews in an interview that imposing a tax on SMS could make Filipinos shift their focus on endeavors that are more productive. “Texting is also a source of negative reason…(and) it makes people more cynical,” he said in an ambush interview shortly after the weekly press conference of Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita.
After stopping their unlimited texting service called UNLITXT, TXTPower filed a letter-complaint to NTC (National Telecommunications Commission) via email last December 18 to bring back UNLITXT. Surpisingly yesterday, Globe brought back UNLITXT. But this time, they offered only UNLITXT20. No more UNLITXT40 and UNLITXT80. That is according to 2977 text advisory: Continue Reading