Text Messaging News in the Philippines





Tax on text messaging scrapped

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government

Malacanang has finally decided that it will not pursue a new tax on text messaging. The government was forced to abandon its plans to impose a tax on text messages due to an SMS revolt led by TxtPower yesterday. TxtPower called on all Filipino texters to send the text message, NO TO TEXT TAX! directly [...]

Trade Secretary proposes a tax on text messaging

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS in Government

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 [...]

Globe Telecom brings back UNLITXT All Day 20

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Industry

Globe brings back its unlimited texting service, UNLITXT. TXTPower filed a letter-complaint to NTC (National Telecommunications Commission) to bring back UNLITXT when Globe ended UNLITXT three days ago. But Globe only offered UNLITXT20. No more UNLITXT40 and UNLITXT80 according to 2977 text [...]

Globe stops unlimited texting service again

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Industry

Globe’s unlimited texting service called UNLITXT has ended. A friend just told me this morning about the news so I went to TxtPower's website to find out if it is true. According to the website: For the second time this year, Globe Telecom stopped its unlimited texting service without any public announcement. At a time when [...]

Yahoo SMS Messenger accessible on Sun Cellular

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Applications

Sun Cellular has developed a similar service to Yahoo SMS Messenger called iMessenger, where YM users can login and chat via SMS. Once logged in using iMessenger, YM status changes to "iMessenger". Good thing about this service is their availability, not only to Yahoo users but to MSN, AOL and ICQ users as [...]

Yahoo Messenger accessible via SMS

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in SMS Applications

Yahoo Messenger, an instant-messaging application also known as "YM", can now be accessed via SMS using Yahoo SMS Messenger. Once logged in using Yahoo SMS Messenger, YM status changes to "Im on SMS". This particular Yahoo service started somewhere between late 2003 and early 2004, but its only [...]

Sossy Inday rises to fame, reaching celebrity status

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Texting Culture

Inday, who has been quite popular in the texting community for the past several months, now has gained attention in the mainstream media, reaching celebrity status. Inday, also known as Sossy Inday or Inday Sosyal, is a fictional character portrayed in several text jokes as a nanny who answers in formal English [...]

Ederlyn, the first fictional character to gain fame on SMS

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Texting Culture

These days people from the texting community are fascinated by the jokes of Inday. But are you aware of the fact that before Inday, there was another fictional character, by the name of Ederlyn that was already famous in several SMS jokes? The first Ederlyn text joke consists of an invitation for her birthday party. [...]

TxtBuff SMS plugin released

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in TxtBuff Updates

TxtBuff SMS plugin has been released and is now available for download at the Wordpress Plugin directory. This plugin allows Wordpress users to display SMS quotes or text messages on their websites. It can also be customized to display only from a specific category, author or just the latest text messages. [...]

Text messaging still preferred over voice calls, email and IMs

Posted on by Caroline Siñel in Texting Culture

In the Philippines, almost every Filipino owns a cellphone and text messaging has become a part of their daily lives. They use it to say something urgent, engage in a small chat, send a joke, give a short inspirational advice, or simply leave a reminder. The increased use of SMS among Filipinos started when [...]

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