Category Archives: Tech

GoGadgets!

Once upon a time, having a postpaid line in the Philippines was a remote idea, especially when I was a student. For someone who had a loooooot of communicating to do (thesis group, lab group, parties, boys… among others!) it is very important to have a line at hand but it was too ambitious then until I had a part time job and could actually have something to show to Globe for my first line then.

But now, it’s a bit more accessible and even prepaid options are becoming exciting… and with those GoSAKTO offers you’re never disconnected and are always on the go!

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Samsung Note 4 joins Globe’s Smartphone Portfolio

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So a few days ago, Globe announced their iPhone 6 launch. And now, we’ve got wind of the latest plans for the new Note 4 from Samsung! It’s a great choice if you’re not really the iOS type of person – Mashable announced that it is the best Android phone there is.

Plus, the plans over at Globe seem so good to be true – but yeah it is true – with the launch of App Bundles you can definitely focus your plan on to what matters most to you as a user.

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On fueling innovation to move the world

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Innovation is an important part of the human society. It is why a lot of us have easier lives. It is why we have these technologies helping us get through the day. It is why you’re reading this blog post. It is why I have a job (furrealz). The matter that from my desk at a random cafe here in Manila, I get to cut across this message is an amazing product of innovation.

Where would we be without innovation? I don’t know that is why it is important for us to learn how to innovate ourselves. Personally, I’d like to sit in a round table with great minds to discuss this — given that my job gives way for it hehehe. But seriously, if you have the time, let’s start innovating.

It’s the name of the game nowadays anyway.

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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. 

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.

On cell sites and health

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I’ve recently did an article on cell sites for a village newsletter, and while doing it I realized — these people who are living in this village do not give as much importance to it. There has been rallies against the building of a new cell site, and base on what I read about it, there is nothing wrong with it.

I’m glad to share this press release from Globe. Hope those villagers see this and become enlightened.

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The beauty of communications always rely on structure, and aren’t we glad that it is something that is advancing in our country? Your thoughts?

For more updates on the Globe upgrade in your area, check their website here.

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Radio frequency signals coming from cell sites do not pose any adverse health effects, according to Globe Telecom, citing studies conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to Emmanuel Estrada, Globe Head of Network Technologies Strategy, radio frequency signals coming from cell sites are classified as non-ionizing. Other low frequency devices that emit non-ionizing radio signals include transistor radios, microwave ovens and baby monitors.

On the other hand, ionizing radiations are those that have higher risk of adverse health risks that include x-rays, ultraviolet rays, gamma rays, which can break the chemical bonds in DNA.

“Based on studies conducted by WHO, the world’s most trusted authority in health issues, there is no convincing scientific evidence that the weak radiofrequency signals from cell sites or base stations and wireless networks cause adverse health effects,” Estrada emphasized.

In recent years, the widespread use of cell phones has led to construction of cell phone towers or base stations in key areas. Cell sites, which could be free-standing towers or mounted on existing structures, receive and transmit radio frequency signals. When people use their mobile phones, signals are transmitted back and forth to the cell sites and the radio frequency signals produced by the cell sites are emitted to the environment, exposing people to these radio frequency waves.

Still, the radio frequency waves coming from cell phone tower antenna are mostly emitted towards the environment and are parallel to the ground, which means that the level of exposure to radio waves at ground level is very low compared to the level close to the antenna. Also, the energy coming from cell phone antennas is much lower when compared to those coming from radio and television broadcast stations.

According to Estrada, the energy coming from cell sites are at least 1,000 times lower than the power coming from broadcast transmitters. In addition, signals coming from cell sites are transmitted intermittently, rather than constantly, he said.

When compared to health risk associated with cellphones, exposure to radio frequency radiation coming from rooftop or tower-mounted mobile phone base stations are lower by more than five orders of magnitude that those coming from basic handsets, he said.

Citing a finding made by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, cellphones emit the most radiation when they are attempting to connect to cellular towers. “A moving phone or a phone in an area with a weak signal, has to work harder, giving off more radiation,” he said, citing conclusions made by IARC.