Text Messaging News in the Philippines

What is Mobile Number Portability?

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in GSM/SMS Technology

Mobile Number Portability (MNP) allows customers to retain their mobile phone numbers even after switching network providers or changing subscriptions from postpaid to prepaid and vice versa. MNP is being implemented by TCI or Telecommunications Connectivity Inc. (TCI), a joint venture formed by DITO, Globe, and Smart to enable number porting services in the Philippines in compliance with [...]

Office of the President launches 8888 SMS Hotline

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government

The Office of the President (OP) has officially launched the 8888 SMS/Text Service, an additional communications channel at the 8888 Citizens’ Complaint Center (8888 CCC). The 8888 SMS Hotline will allow citizens to raise their concerns, complaints, and grievances on graft and corrupt practices of government officials and/or employees; slow and inefficient delivery of government services [...]

Mislatel is now DITO Telecommunity

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Industry

The 3rd major telco that we know as Mislatel Consortium will be renamed as Dito Telecommunity after being granted a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) by President Rodrigo Duterte. "Let me take this opportunity to pose this challenge to Mislatel [Consortium]: Break the prevailing duopoly in the telecommunications industry and fulfill your commitment to provide better telco [...]

NTC confirms Mislatel Consortium as 3rd major telco

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government, SMS Industry

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has confirmed Mislatel Consortium as the new major telecommunications player to compete with PLDT Inc. and Globe Telecom. The consortium is owned by Davao-based businessman Dennis A. Uy and state-owned China Telecom Corp. Ltd. The companies behind the consortium are Mindanao Islamic Telephone Inc. (Mislatel), Udenna [...]

Understanding the Common Tower Policy

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government

In the Philippines, the current number of cell sites is 16,500. Unfortunately, this is not enough to serve the needs of millions of mobile internet users. According to the telcos, the long process of securing permits is slowing down the expansion of their networks. To address the demand for more cell towers, the governement will push tower sharing to be mandatory among all telecommunication companies. [...]

Delays still hindering new 3rd telco player

Posted on by Karlo Thumos in SMS in Government

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 Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government, SMS Industry

PLDT Inc. has officially surrendered its 3G frequency to the government, in compliance with the request from National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). The surrendered frequency is to be allocated to the new player in the telecommunications industry. The 10 MHz 3G frequency was formerly owned by Connectivity Unlimited Resource Enterprises Inc. (CURE), which was returned to NTC as part of [...]

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 *143# (USSD version)

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 USSD *137#

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# or *143#. 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  [...]

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