FINALLY

So y’all know that I’ve been working on a new blog and it’s finally alive!! Please visit www.blog.jonverdavid.com and maybe spread it to your friends…

And to my WordPress followers, hope you also follow my new blog. I’ll be blogging there from now on, with a little more here :)

Thanks all for the love :*

J

Internet Security for Kids in the PH

It’s so important that we foster a healthy and secure environment in the internet, especially for the young ones. They’re the most susceptible to attacks – fraud, phishing, and all that nasty things crazy people do in the internet. I’ve read a lot of horror stories here and abroad how kids (or relatively kids) are being deceived into meeting people online and how it turns not their type of date.

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Signing the covenant wall in support of cyberwellness were NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba, Anti-Cybercrime Group Director Police Senior Superintendent Gilbert Sosa and Tattoo Home Broadband Marketing Director Joseph Hans.

The increasing number of cybercrime cases in our country is brought by the rising number of internet users. To prevent these modern day criminals, PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group in partnership with Globe Telecom held the Angel Net Summit recently at Camp Crame, Quezon City, with the theme “Safeguarding Our Children From Internet Dangers”.

The forum was participated by selected companies in the country, including Globe broadband Tattoo, sharing knowledge and approaches to be used for research and prevention of cybercrime especially among children.

Globe Hotline teaches English to out-of-school youth for BPO employment

I feel proud of being a Filipino whenever big companies and small social enterprises partner on one goal. Especially, education and employment is a pressing matter in the country. This can help a lot of out-of-school youth better their lives! I hope this catches up. Good news in the morning indeed :)

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Globe President and CEO Ernest L. Cu with Anne Bouverot, Director General and Member of the Board of GSMA at the Globe m-Education booth, GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain

The country’s out-of-school youth can soon learn English easily and conveniently just by using their mobile phone as leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom introduces its new English Proficiency and Training Hotline during the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain where Globe is one of the exhibitors.

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Fair Play

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So let’s be real here. What if you’re in a restaurant and we all know that a restaurant only has limited staffing. There are a lot of people and everyone’s demanding, everyone wants the waiter’s attention. You got to order in your first hour of stay. Then another hour for the food to come. And another hour to get your bill. It’s irritating and quite clearly you wouldn’t go back if it has to happen all over again.

That’s also what happens when a fair use policy is not implemented. Of the recent news about Globe’s FUP, I think it is not fair that we are hammering them for it. I will not defend Globe, because there is nothing to be defended in the first place. I get them, because it’s clear to me that as a subscriber to a larger network, there are also a lot of people using their service and it’s just fair to have each other’s portions equally. You wonder why your connection gets cranky a lil bit before midnight? Because people are downloading shit. If the fair use policy is in effect, then we have equal opportunity to fast internet. NOTE that, your connection speed might be affected by factors like illegal signal boosters and infrastructure around you.

Like you, I have a lot of questions about this. Like why is it called unlimited if it’s capped (which was answered already: the connection is unlimited, what’s capped is the amount of data downloaded in a day or month.) Or why is the cap so low (read above, and you’ll see that Globe’s has a fairly high cap compared to other countries.) And other questions. It’s good that you have questions, but ranting won’t help you. Contact Globe instead and let them address your concerns. Believe me, they’re nice people.

Now I think the big elephant is why does it seem that the other network doesn’t have a cap Actually they have 1.5 GB cap, half of Globe’s. And if they’re not informing you about this or not strictly implementing this, some time or another, they will have. Restaurant analogy.

Get the BlackBerry Q10 or BlackBerry Z10 free at Plan 999 from Globe

Get the BlackBerry Q10 or BlackBerry Z10 free at Plan 999 from Globe

Welcome the Year of the Horse with a brand-new BlackBerry handset from Globe Telecom, as the postpaid leader offers the BlackBerry Q10 or the BlackBerry Z10 free at Plan 999, making the latest BlackBerry devices more accessible to users who have grown to love the smartphone brand.

The BlackBerry Q10 or BlackBerry Z10 is exclusively available to new subscribers and new line applications at Plan 999 with no additional cashout, now the most affordable postpaid plan offer available for the BlackBerry 10 devices in the market today. The plan bundle comes with Long Term Evolution (LTE) surfing of up to 42 Mbps and a monthly consumable amount for calls and texts. 

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The postpaid plan bundle also comes with a free one-month subscription to Globe Gadget Care, the most comprehensive mobile phone protection against robbery, theft, and accidental damage, as well as 24/7 access to Globe customer service channels available on the mobile phone and landline, e-mail, online chat, Twitter, and Facebook. 

“The demand for BlackBerry in the country remains robust on the back of the devices’ user-friendly features and powerful smartphone experience,” said Raul Macatangay, Head of Postpaid Business and Devices at Globe. “With this, we are poised to give more Filipinos access to the newest BlackBerry handsets by offering them at a price within their reach. For as low as P999 monthly, get the BlackBerry Q10 or BlackBerry Z10 and enjoy the wonderful world of postpaid from Globe.” 

In 2013, Globe became the first Philippine telco to launch the BlackBerry Q10 as well as the exclusive carrier of the BlackBerry Z10 LTE, on the back of its strong and longtime partnership with BlackBerry. 

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Built with precision and offering premium performance in a signature design, the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone combines BlackBerry’s best physical keyboard and a touch screen with the power of the BlackBerry 10 platform to help users communicate and collaborate faster and more efficiently. The BlackBerry Z10 is the first BlackBerry smartphone to launch with the re-designed, re-engineered and re-invented BlackBerry 10 platform, giving customers a unique new mobile computing experience. 

Visit www.globe.com.ph/bb-at-2-plans-lower or the Globe Store nearest you to know more about the exclusive BlackBerry offers of Globe. 

ZALORA to Launch Marketplace 


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The online fashion retailer to offer independent fashion designers and sellers access to their millions of customers

ZALORA, Asia’s leading online fashion destination, has announced it will be launching ZALORA Marketplace in the first half of this year. With over 15 million visits per month to ZALORA, Marketplace will give independent fashion designers and sellers the opportunity to instantly expand their business to ZALORA’s massive customer base and will greatly increase the product assortment available to customers.

ZALORA Marketplace will allow vendors from all over Southeast Asia and Hong Kong to create their own branded storefront within the ZALORA site, which will be run and maintained by the seller with support from a dedicated ZALORA account manager. They will also benefit from a huge increase in brand exposure through free online marketing and advertising that will be part of ZALORA’s overall marketing campaigns.

Set to be one of the most beneficial fashion Marketplaces in Southeast Asia for independent fashion designers and sellers, customers across the region will also benefit from hundreds to potentially thousands of new products and brands available online without having to visit different shopping portals.

“The upcoming launch of ZALORA Marketplace is an exciting development for the fashion industry in Southeast Asia as whole,’ said Paulo Campos, Managing Director, ZALORA Philippines. “We are launching a platform where up and coming brands, boutiques or designers can sell their products alongside our internationally renowned brands, to an already highly established and loyal customer base. We have over 15 million visits to our ZALORA sites per month; for an independent fashion seller to have instant access to this kind of audience is a previously unheard of opportunity.”

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A dedicated and localized ZALORA Fashion Scout force is currently searching for and recruiting potential brands and designers to come on board for launch.

“We have found some incredible and exciting designers and sellers so far,” said Campos. “We are really looking forward to working with them, nurturing them at this stage of the journey and seeing how far their business can expand through Marketplace.

There has never been a better time than now to bring fashion retail businesses online, especially throughout Asia Pacific where the internet population is already over 200 million people and growing steadily. According to research* around 11%-15% of total global retail sales will be conducted through online channels by 2020, with Asia Pacific accounting for a very large portion of that. For fashion designers and sellers looking to expand their sales and reach, online is the only place to be.”

ZALORA Marketplace is currently open to applications from potential sellers and details can be found here.

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About ZALORA
ZALORA, Asia’s leading online fashion destination, was founded in early 2012. With presence in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Brunei, ZALORA’s localized sites offer an extensive collection of over 500 top international and local brands and over 15,000 products across apparel, shoes, accessories, and beauty categories for men and women. Offering a thirty-day free returns policy, speedy deliveries within 2-3 working days, free delivery over a certain spend, and multiple payment methods including cash-on-delivery, ZALORA is the online shopping destination with endless fashion possibilities. For more information, please visit www.zalora.com.ph

Quick Giveaway: Pre-#GLOBEZedd concert treat from GLOBE: Apocalypto comes to Hyve!

So y’all know that Zedd (Clarityyyyyyy!) is coming to Manila this December. And Globe is throwing a big party with APOCALYPTO this Friday at Hyve!

Good news is – you can win passes through this blog – and have a taste of what’s to come this December!

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Mechanics:
1. Follow @enjoyglobe on Twitter to qualify
2. Tweet “Experience #GlobeBestNightEver w/ #GlobeZEDD live in Manila on Dec. 12. To get free tickets, click here bit.ly/GlobeZEDD @Jonver_David”
3. We’ll be giving away 30 passes to the Apocalypto party at Hyve this Friday, Nov. 29 so keep on tweeting for more chances of winning! Each ticket admits two so you and your best buddy get a taste of what’s to come on Dec. 12!
4. Pick up of tickets will be on Thursday and Friday at The Globe Tower, 32nd St. cor. 7th Ave., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

P.S. Isn’t Apocalypto just super hot?

Globe Telecom expands cellular service in typhoon-hit areas; close to 70% restored

61% of 3G sites up in Antique, 80% in Bohol, 71% in Cebu,100% in Guimaras, 72% in Iloilo, 80% in Negros Occidental, 75% in Northern Samar

Globe opens Libreng Tawag center in Villamor for evacuees

Globe Telecom said on Thursday that close to 70% of affected cell sites in Visayas are now up and running following accelerated efforts by the company to restore cellular services in areas hard-hit by the typhoon.

Globe has so far restored 61% of its 3G sites in Antique, 80% in Bohol, 71% in Cebu,100% in Guimaras, 72% in Iloilo, 80% in Negros Occidental, 75% in Northern Samar.

In Tacloban City, the company now has two working cell sites, improving substantially cellular coverage in the typhoon-hit city. The reactivation of its cell site located in Calvary Hill is critical as it will now serve as a link-up to the company’s other cell sites in the city. The company expects to reactivate its other remaining cell sites in the city within the week. Globe also has an active cell site near Maharlika Highway.

In addition to the two cellsites, two units of cellsite on wheels (COW) are expected to be operational soon. One unit of COW has been stationed at the airport to provide mobile connectivity to military and government authorities currently coordinating relief and rescue operations in the city. The second of COW will be stationed within the city proper to further improve mobile connectivity in Tacloban.

Aside from Tacloban City, areas in Leyte where Globe also has restored cellular service include Javier, San Miguel and Ormoc City.

In Southern Leyte, Globe has already restored most of its affected sites, bringing back cellular coverage in the municipalities of Anahawan, Libagon, Liloan, Macrohon, Malitbog, Padre Burgos, Pintuyan, Saint Bernard, San Juan, Sogod and Maasin City.

In Western Samar, areas where mobile coverage has been restored include the municipalities of Macrohon, Santa Margarita, Tarangnan, Zumarraga, Calbayog City and Catbalogan while in Northern Samar, municipalities with cellular coverage include Bobon, Catarman, Mondragon, Pambujan and San Roque.

In Aklan, the company has restored its cellular service in Nabas and Malay, including the tourist destination of Boracay.

In Capiz, municipalities with cellular services include Ivisan, Pontevedra and Roxas City. In Iloilo, the following municipalities have mobile coverage: Alimodia, Badiangan, Barolac Nuevo, Cabatuan, Calinog, Passi City, Duenas, Dumangas, Guimbal, Igbaras, Janiuay, Lambunao, Leganes, Leon, Maasin, Miagao, New Lucena, Oton, Pavia, Pototan, San Enrique, San Joaquin, San Miguel, Santa Barbara, Tigbauan, Tubungan, Zarraga and Iloilo City.

In Antique, Globe’s telecom’s mobile service now covers the municipalities of Anini-y, Barbaza, Belison, Bugasong, Hamtic, Patnongon, San Jose, San Remigio, Sibalom and Tobias Fornier, In Biliran, services are now up in Alburquerque, Alicia and Anda.

On the other hand, majority of cities and municipalities in Bohol, Cebu, Guimaras, Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental have cellular services.

Meanwhile, Globe has expanded its Libreng Tawag operations, establishing another center in Villamor Air Base for refugees coming from typhoon-stricken areas. The company also has a Libreng Tawag center in Barangay Naga-Naga in Tacloban City.

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Let’s continue helping the Philippines! Find out here how you can help! — http://readyph.com

Free (ZERO DATA NEEDED) Facebook!

I can only imagine what kind of impact in the social media marketing world this would have. Especially this Holiday season, when marketing is on full blast, all kinds of freebies are available, and most of them available through Facebook.

Facebook still proves to be the largest social media platform in the world. The Philippines is among countries that has a big population using social media, and this will have big impact in the industry, not to mention brands will jump at the opportunity to nurture those leads.

Exciting.

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Setting another unprecedented milestone in Philippine telecommunications, Globe Telecom is giving the telco’s over 36 million subscribers free access to Facebook on mobile phones for an initial period of three (3) months. Globe worked closely with Facebook to enable customer experience innovations for the best free Facebook offer yet.

Available to all Globe Prepaid, Postpaid, and TM subscribers using feature phones and smartphones* and accessing either through the mobile site of Facebook or the Facebook app, users can post, like, comment, chat, add friends, upload photos, share posts, and more on Facebook without the need for Wi-Fi.

Aside from offering Facebook at zero data charges, the collaboration between the two global companies has also paved the way for subscribers to enjoy first-of-its-kind customer experience innovations.

Working with Silicon Valley-based Facebook engineers, Globe has put together innovations that cover key milestones in the customer experience journey such as availability of access on feature phones and smartphones across all Facebook mobile platforms whether via the Facebook app or Facebook’s mobile site m.facebook.com; no billshock or “nakaw load” as customers will be notified if they will incur data charges once a link that leads out of Facebook is clicked; and one-click registration to the data plan of choice to continue browsing without having to leave the site. Recommended data plans consider a subscriber’s available prepaid balance and/or megabytes (MB) balance of existing data plan.

Moreover, customers with not enough prepaid load can “loan” a 10MB data plan for only P10 which will be deducted on their succeeding top-up so they can fully explore content outside Facebook, making the experience seamless and worry-free.

“Once again, Globe has proven that it is the mobile data service provider of choice by industry and technology leaders around the world with this breakthrough partnership with Facebook to give our 36 million subscribers uninterrupted, seamless, and worry-free Free Facebook experience. This is collaboration at its peak, which has resulted in the best and most innovative Free Facebook experience yet,” said Peter Bithos, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at Globe Telecom. “

Globe is progressively rolling-out availability of the Free Facebook service to cover all its subscribers by October 31, 2013.

Bithos added, “Over the past months, the engineering, business development and marketing teams at both Globe and Facebook have worked together to plan and design the customer experience from scratch – which includes making the service available across all Facebook mobile platforms, rolling out a system that alerts users once they are about to click a link that will incur them data charges, paving the way for subscribers to easily subscribe to a data plan without having to leave Facebook, and allowing data access lending for subscribers who don’t have enough prepaid load to continue browsing links outside Facebook. This service testifies how Globe is transforming itself beyond just an access carrier. Globe is striving to be a leading digital brand catering to the needs of digital Filipinos who need to be connected to their social circles around the world.”

“Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected,” said Chris Daniels, vice president of partnerships at Facebook. “Globe understands the opportunities giving people access to the Internet brings and we’re thrilled to be working with them to give Globe subscribers access to Facebook without data charges across our apps and mobile website.”

Starting October 31, 2013, subscribers can dial *143# and select FREE FB to know more about Globe Free Facebook.

Globe x Samsung Note 3

Get the latest Samsung flagship device through this pre-order portal by Globe Telecom!

Get the latest Samsung flagship device through this pre-order portal by Globe Telecom!

Globe Telecom, the preferred partner of the world’s leading device manufacturers, became the first Philippine telco to open a dedicated online site to accept registration of intent among subscribers who are purchasing the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 bundled with the revolutionary Samsung Galaxy Gear watch.

Available on the Globe website via www.globe.com.ph/galaxy-note3-register, the pre-registration portal allows interested subscribers to register personal details such as name, mobile number, and e-mail address. The customer database will be used to update subscribers with the device’s features, postpaid plan offers, and pricing details.

“With barely just a week after we launched the portal, we have already registered hundreds of interested subscribers who can’t wait to have the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung Galaxy Gear on their hands,” said Raul Macatangay, Head of Globe Postpaid. “As the leader in postpaid and preferred telco carrier of the latest smartphones and phablets, we are excited to launch our superior plan offers complemented by level-up after-sales servicing, one of which is the innovative Globe Gadget Care which provides total protection for devices against theft and accidental damage.”

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has a 5.7-inch full HD Super AMOLED display, a 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, 13-megapixel rear auto-focus camera with flash and zero shutter lag and a 2-megapixel front camera, 32GB user memory and is a 4G LTE-capable device. Additional features include the Air Command, Action Memo, Scrapbook, S Finder, Pen Window, Samsung WatchON and ChatON, and S Voice.

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy Gear boasts of an 800 MHz single core processor, has a 1.63-inch Super AMOLED display, and 1.9 megapixel auto-focus camera. Additional features include the S Voice, Memographer, Smart Relay, and Voice Memo. It also has a 4GB user memory plus a 512MB RAM.

To pre-register for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Gear, visit www.globe.com.ph/galaxy-note3-register.

Makati’s Signal Freedom!

Makati, as the premier business district in the country, encounters a lot of signal traffic everyday. But lately Globe’s signal was disturbed… Find out why here –

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Globe Telecom uncovers major cause of signal interference in Makati

Globe Telecom has uncovered another cause of cellular signal interference in Makati that adversely affects its services in the areas of Guadalupe all the way to Magallanes including the stretch of EDSA along these two areas.

Following months of monitoring by the company’s technical team, it was discovered that another source of interference, aside from illegal repeaters, are high-intensity radio frequency identification (RFID) system that have been sold to residential villages intended for security purposes.

RFID is a wireless non-contact use of radio-frequency electromagnetic fields to transfer data, for the purposes of automatically identifying and tracking tags attached to objects. The tags contain electronically stored information.

An interference scanning test conducted by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) confirmed that the RFID system sold to residential subdivisions in the area to monitor vehicles entering and leaving village premises, use frequencies outside of the NTC-allowed frequencies for RFID systems.

As the systems are operating outside of the NTC-allowed technical specifications frequency bands, they now become another source of a network interference affecting Globe subscribers residing and traversing in the area.

“It is unfortunate that a RFID system aimed at providing security in certain villages has been the cause of a major source of signal interference in the area. We would like to assure our subscribers that the company is doing everything within its reach to resolve the issue,” said Atty. Froilan Castelo, Globe head of Corporate Legal Services Division.

According to Castelo, Globe Telecom is now working closely with the NTC and homeowners’ association (HOA) representatives from these exclusive residential subdivisions notably Forbes Park, Dasmarinas Village, Urdaneta Village and Bel-Air, to resolve the issue at the soonest time possible.

Castelo emphasized that scanning tests will also be conducted in other exclusive villages to ascertain whether their respective RFID system also causes network interference that results in mobile phone subscribers to experience dropped calls, garbled lines, and weak signal.

He added Globe Telecom will continue to intensify its campaign against network interference to ensure subscribers are able to maximize the benefits of the company’s network modernization initiative.