Text Messaging News in the Philippines

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 [...]

Christmas Text Messages

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Texting Culture

It's Christmas once again and it's the time of the year when we send the most number of text messages for greetings and wishes. Here are some of the Christmas text messages we can send to family and friends! Greetings (Text Message #182) May the season of Love & Peace Joy & Laughter Care & [...]

Plurk, Twitter can now be updated by SMS

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Applications

Plurk and Twitter, two of the most used microblogging service in the Philippines, can now be accessed by SMS. The system requires users to register their Twitter and Plurk accounts at phtwitters.com and phplurk.com respectively before they can use the service. Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging [...]

Introducing Red Mobile

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Industry

Red Mobile is the new brand name replacing Umobile owned by CURE telecom that uses 3G network to make calls and send text messages. CURE is owned by Smart Communications. Important things to know about Red Mobile: Red Mobile SIM is now available on selected retail outlets for P 39. Prefix number is 0938. [...]

Umobile to relaunch as Red Mobile

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Industry

This morning, I saw an advertisement on TV saying something like, “Red Mobile, coming soon”. I didn't know what it was until this afternoon when I got a call from Umobile (9811500) telling me that they have changed their name to Red Mobile. They will send me a new Red Mobile SIM for FREE anytime from Nov 16 to 20. [...]

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