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Delays still hindering new 3rd telco player
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Delays still hindering new 3rd telco player

Is the search for a third telecommunications player dead as a Facebook post claims it is? According to the Department of Information and Communications Technology stated on June 16th, the search is still on. Pierre Galla, the co-founder of Democracy.net, posted on social media that highly talked about third telco player wasn’t going to happen after all. The current chief of DICT, Eliseo Rio, said this couldn’t [...]

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3rd telco needs 2G to compete with PLDT, Globe

3rd telco needs 2G to compete with PLDT, Globe

Globe, Smart signals cut during Papal visit

Globe, Smart signals cut during Papal visit

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Telcos provide Libreng Tawag and Charging stations for Yolanda survivors

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Telcos restore communcations after Yolanda typhoon



Delays still hindering new 3rd telco player

Posted on by Karlo Thumos in SMS Industry

Is the search for a third telecommunications player dead as a Facebook post claims it is? According to the Department of Information and Communications Technology stated on June 16th, the search is still on. Pierre Galla, the co-founder of Democracy.net, posted on social media that highly talked about third telco player wasn’t going to happen after all. The current chief of DICT, Eliseo Rio, said this couldn’t [...]

3rd telco needs 2G to compete with PLDT, Globe

Posted on by Karlo Thumos in SMS Industry

Johannes Benjamin R. Bernabe, commissioner of PCC, says in order to be competitive and offer the best 2G service to customers, they’ll need a certain amount of bandwidth range from 2G frequency. Bernabe talked about how somebelieve 2G isn’t that important since smartphones have access to 4G and 5G frequencies, but currently 40% of the Filipino market uses non-smartphones, which is a [...]

PLDT finally surrenders CURE frequency for 3rd telco

Posted on by Karlo Thumos in SMS in Government

In compliance with a request from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), PLDT Inc. has officially surrendered one of its frequencies to the government. The surrendered frequency is to be allocated to a new player in the telecommunications industry. As per the directive from the NTC, PLDT is giving the frequency for free. The 10 MHz 3G frequency was previously allocated to [...]

Text messaging is now 25 years old

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Texting Culture

Did you know that the first text message was sent 25 years ago? Engineer Neil Papworth sent "Merry Christmas" to Vodafone Director Richard Jarvis on December 3, 1992. Neil Papworth was part of the team developing a Short Message Service Centre (SMSC) for Vodafone UK. He was assigned to test the software originally intended to be used as a paging service. Little did they know that text messaging [...]

BPI mobile banking on Globe (USSD-based)

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Mobile Banking

BPI’s mobile banking facility through USSD *119#, 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. Here’s how to use BPI Express Mobile via USSD *119# on your Globe/TM cellphone. [...]

Guide to using Globe GCash

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Mobile Banking

Globe Gcash allows any Globe or TM user to send and receive money, buy prepaid load, pay bills, and do a lot of other money-related transactions, anytime, anywhere using SMS. The following is a guide to GCash registration, KYC, funding (cash-in), application of GCash Mastercard, withdrawal of funds (cash- [...]

Pay SSS contributions and loans using GCash

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Services

SSS members (self-employed, voluntary, OFW, farmers, fishermen, non-working spouse) can pay their SSS contributions and loans using GCash. No need to line up at payment centers. Just dial *137#. This service has been available since December 2015. SSS members must be prepaid or postpaid Globe or Touch  [...]

USSD codes explained

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in GSM/SMS Technology

Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) codes are codes used to communicate with the network provider or to connect to an application. Most USSD codes start with an asterisk (*) followed by a few digits, then end with a number sign (#). When the <SEND> key is pressed, the USSD code is sent  [...]

List of mobile frequency bands in the Philippines

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in GSM/SMS Technology

Do you want to know how much frequency bandwidth is allocated to each network provider? Below is a list of GSM, UMTS and LTE frequency bands allocated to Smart, Globe, Sun Cellular, Bayantel and Extelcom. This list is useful for those who want to know if their handset/device is compatible with their chosen  [...]

Vince and Kath textserye now has a movie

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Texting Culture

The first textserye, Vince and Kath, which became viral earlier this year has been made into a movie. It is entitled Vince & Kath & James and it will be shown in cinemas on December 25, 2016 starring Joshua Garcia as Vince, Julia Barretto as Kath and Ronnie Alonte as James. It is directed by Theodore Boborol  [...]

TxtBuff News has a new WordPress theme!

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in TxtBuff Updates

TxtBuff News has a new theme. It now has an About page, finally! It still has the same layout but the color scheme was changed from maroon/lime green to pastel blue and green. The new theme is also responsive (mobile friendly). The logo was revised. Blog posts about SMS applications that no longer work will  [...]

Globe, Smart signals cut during Papal visit

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Cellular Coverage

Globe and Smart sent text messages to its subscribers warning them of possible loss of signal during Pope Francis' visit. Telecommunication companies started sending text advisories three days ago before the arrival of Pope Francis. According to the said text messages, it was ordered by the National [...]

How to update Facebook status via text

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Services

Do you want to learn how to update your Facebook status via SMS? You don't even need to login to Facebook. You can instantly post your status on your Facebook timeline using any phone that supports text messaging. Here's how: Register For Globe/Touch Mobile, send F to 2933. For Smart/Talk N Text, send F to 3404. [...]

Telcos provide Libreng Tawag and Charging stations for Yolanda survivors

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Cellular Coverage

Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular continue to provide free calls and charging services by setting up Libreng Tawag and Libreng Charging stations in Visayas. Below is a compiled list of Libreng Tawag and Libreng Charging stations from Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular. T - Libreng Tawag C - Libreng Charging Both [...]

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