Text Messaging News in the Philippines

Track vehicle details using LTO’s Info-Text service

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Services

Land Transportation Office (LTO) has an Info-Text service that allows anyone with a mobile phone to inquire about LTO rules and procedures, and even data on certain vehicles such as vehicle details and license details via SMS. This service has been available since March 2008. To get vehicle details, text: LTO [...]

DTI offers tips on avoiding text scams

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

Text scams are more likely to increase as Christmas season is fast approaching. Their style is to offer quick cash, or a house and lot, or a new car, even if the recipient of the text message never took part in a raffle. Example: We are glad to inform you that you have won P650,000 thru PGMA. Claim ur prize, call now. [...]

Globe introduces Facebook UPD8

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Applications

Globe introduces a new way to be updated on Facebook using SMS. The service is called Facebook UPD8 and it allows any Globe or TM subscriber to receive alerts on Facebook friends' activities, change Facebook status message or upload a photo via MMS. Receiving unlimited Facebook alerts on the latest [...]

Globe introduces Friendster UPD8

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Applications

Globe introduces a new way to be updated on Friendster using SMS. The service is called Friendster UPD8 and it allows any Globe or TM subscriber to check new friend requests or comments or upload a photo via MMS. Sending and receiving unlimited alerts on comments and testimonials, bulletin posts and friend [...]

Unlimited texting promos as of August 2008

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Text Prices and Promos

Listed below are the current unlimited texting promos of Sun Cellular, Globe, and Smart. Sun Cellular Call & Text Combo 10 10mins. of Sun-to-Sun calls 40 Sun-to-Sun texts 10 texts to other networks valid for 1 day CTC 10 and send to 223 Call & Text Combo 20 25mins. of Sun-to-Sun calls 80 Sun-to-Sun texts 25 texts to [...]

How to join local TV game shows via text

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Services

Do you want to join TV game shows as studio contestant or homepartner? Below is a list of local TV game shows in the Philippines that allow local viewers' participation via text. 1 vs 100. To register to become a studio contestant, text MOB <name/age/gender/address/landline number> to 2366 (Globe, TM, Sun [...]

Can Umobile work in the Philippines?

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Text Prices and Promos

With the recent launch of Umobile, we cant help but wonder how this free load works and how many advertisements would we receive. How can Umobile work in the Philippines? Let's take the "100 peso load" as an example With the given rates of of Umobile, a 100 peso load can: send 666 text messages (Php 0.15 [...]

How I got a Umobile SIM

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Industry

After finding out about ümobile, I found a way how to get a ümobile SIM. Here's what I did: 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 [...]

UMobile, 1st ad-funded mobile service in Asia

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Industry

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 [...]

Textspeak in the Philippines

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Texting Culture

Textspeak is a kind of language commonly used in text messaging where the words are abbreviated to fit the 160-character limit. In the Philippines, textspeak is done by disregarding vowels, retaining some consonants and replacing syllables with numerals. Many people today find it convenient to use textspeak when [...]

TxtBuff now uses QR codes

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in TxtBuff Updates

TxtBuff now uses QR codes for easier copying of text messages from website to mobile phone. Every text message has an equivalent QR code image that can be captured by a mobile phone and automatically decoded into a text message. To do this, all you need is a Symbian or Windows based mobile phone with [...]

Different types of texters in the Philippines

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Texting Culture

We have different types of texters here in the Philippines. Some are active, some are passive and some are just actively forwarding text quotes. Below are the different types of texters in the Philippines based on how often they text and the kinds of text messages they send. Energetic Texters - those who are very [...]

TxtBuff now allows rating of text messages

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in TxtBuff Updates

TxtBuff now has an added feature which allows rating of text messages. Registered members can rate any text messages they like. And the text message with the highest rating will appear on the front page for everyone to see. 5 stars - A must-forward! 4 stars - Worth sharing 3 stars - Just nice to keep 2 stars - Nice, [...]

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