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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.

Globe Facebook partnership

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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.

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.

Congratulations, Globe!

I just want to congratulate my generous sponsor for being considered as Frost & Sullivan’s Mobile Service Provider of the Year!

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Globe Telecom was honored as Frost & Sullivan Philippines Mobile Service Provider of the Year for 2013 following its remarkable performance in 2012 despite intense competition in mobile markets. Receiving the award (as shown in photo) is Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu (right) from Nitin Bhat, Frost & Sullivan Partner and Head of Consulting. The leading telecommunications company was also recognized by the business consulting firm as Philippines Emerging Infrastructure-as-a-Service Vendor of the Year. Continue reading

Cat@lize

It is something to want to change something. It is something else to act upon it. I believe everyone of us wants to change the world in a way or another – whether it be the government, the environment, the roads, or even simply how people eat or fall in love (maisingit lang!)

Tattoo by Globe Telecom acknowledges this desire to effect change in any way. With Cat@lyst, their CSR arm, along with Global Shapers, introduces ICT Youth Challenge – to give you this chance of a lifetime… Continue reading

Globe Telecom mySUPERPLAN hailed as Most Innovative Telecom Project in 16th Telecom Asia Awards

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Let’s congratulate our most generous sponsor for winning the Most Innovative Telco Project for SUPERPLAN. It’s the most flexible plan available in the country (and I think in the world as well!) So congratulations, Globe! Hope you come up with more innovative and creative plans like this :) Continue reading

Singapore and some others

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After two years (oh how I miss MTV Asia!) I’ll be back in Singapore, now for St. Jerome’s Laneway festival to be held at the new The Meadow at Gardens by the Bay. Now, I’ll have more time to go around to experience the famed lion city. I really cannot hide my excitement!!! OF MONSTERS AND MEN is playing among other amazing bands. I’m also excited for Kings of Convenience, Gotye, Kimbra, Bat for Lashes, ALT-J, and Polica! And that’s just the cherry on top! There’s a total of 14 bands playing (others are Tame Impala, Yeasayer, Real Estate, Nicolas Jaar, Japandroids, Cloud Nothings, and Divine Fits) Hope I win the Meet and Greet too! Teehee!

I’ll be live tweeting at the event… and mostly for my stay in Singapore. Thanks to Globe’s BridgeUnlimited unlimited surfing, it’s more affordable AND just easy to register but just the same reliable service we get while roaming. So if you wanna keep tabs on what’s happening during Laneway, feel free to follow @Jonver_David!

PLUS… I’m planning a blog reboot. Whew! I’ve been scared to tell here, because it’d be so much pressure, but now I’m really sure! Keep tuned in for developments and I hope you’re still ready to follow my blog in its soon-to-be new home.

Psyched!
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TATTOO BLACK

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I ain’t jokin’ when I told you BLACK is my favorite color. On anything. Coke zero is black. Marlboro black is, well, black. I have mostly black fashion pieces I can qualify as a goth. Less emo, please. AND I WOULD TOTALLY DIG GLOBE TATTOO BLACK.

LTE is finally within our reach, and I am proud to be a Globe subscriber, that it’s the first of its kind here in the country!!! Read on for more details, and how you can score exlcusive tickets to the hottest DJ parties in town!

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It’s not racist, it’s Black Friday x Margiela rocks H&M!

But before I even spazz about the biggest shopping holiday in the US, let me introduce you to what you may have known for the past few weeks already. It’s the biggest collaboration everyone has been talking about from the moment it was announced. I don’t even know if I should name it, but what the hell. I’m too happy and perky, haha!

MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA x H&M. These are some of the standouts:

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Reconstructed Biker Jacket

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Oversized denim pants

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Jacket made out of belts? Why not!

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This ensemble is just perfect! Wish we could pull off that kind of outfit here in the PH! Plus look at the heels, its wedges are invisible :)

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Horizontally-worn dress. WHATTAGENIUS.

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Oversized coat. ‘Nuff said, methinks.

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The lapels of this trench is inverted and the shirt, pants and even the shoes are hand-painted. What else isn’t special about this collection?!

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This is just BLACK-ly beautiful.

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It feels like Japanese, but it’s French.

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Reconstructed gloves as bag handles

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Candy wrapper clutch, so sweet!

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Inverted shoulder bag – eyeing to buy this!

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You know already about the invisible wedges…

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So let’s spazz about their sneakers! TOTALLY IN MY WISHLIST!

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And what is the relevance of all this when we live in the faraway land of MANILA? Not anymore! Introducing the GCASH American Express Virtual Card! It’s the answer to your shopping needs this Black Friday and even the Holiday season. Watch this quick video to know more about this:

Isn’t it great? You get to ship your goods to a virtual US ADDRESS (so you can take advantage of free shipping perks on some stores) and ship it to Manila at a lessened cost. What’s even better to know is that you don’t need a credit card to shop online. Loving the way you pay, eh?

So Black Friday just started a few hours ago and you still have roughly 20 hours to go before it ends! Watch the video above to guide you and go register now for your GCASH AmEx virtual card and enjoy your Black Friday shopping! Let me know what you bought, hihi :)

MB, what?

Who’s a fan of Johnoy Danao here? Yes, he’s the composer-singer who toured the Moonleaf Tea Shop chain and who sang the jingle above. Listen to this beautifully composed song (which sticks to your ears, really) explaining how to use your internet efficiently and wisely!

Learn and enjoy, folks!

Social, you say?

I’m too busy to stay at one place to open a computer and check my online accounts. Consider also that my work revolves around social networks, and that doesn’t really discount that I stay home all-day to check Facebook and Twitter… and the never-ending list of social media platforms. So thank the heavens for apps that makes our online and mobile lives easier. With the right device (battery is an issue here!) and mobile connection, you’ll never have to say… “late status” ever again!

WordPress

Oct 13, 2012, 5:00 AM

It’s a no-brainer that my first social app to put here is my blog platform! I really love how WordPress did their iPad app. It’s convenient, and minimal. It’s easy to use with one thing that I wish they put in the updates in the future – I wish there’s an option to easily upload multiple photos. Aside from that, I can totally live with blogging using an iPad only.

Tumblr

Oct 13, 2012, 5:10 AM

Need you Tumblr fix? It’s available in your phone/tablet… All you need is connection and you can post, reblog, and like posts from this app. You can also manage ALL your accounts, so it’s easy to shift from one Tumblr account to another. Woohoo!

Get Glue

Oct 13, 2012, 5:12 AM

For those not familiar with Get Glue, it is a social media platform that highlights media like TV shows, movies, books, music, among others. With their updated app, you can now learn more about the movie or TV show that you’re watching in the app!

Foodspotting

Oct 13, 2012, 5:10 AM

This one’s for the foodies out there! Using GPS, Foodspotting locates the nearest food places and also shows the pictures people have shared. Now that’s one convenient app to find out where to go on your next big date!

Soundcloud

Oct 13, 2012, 5:14 AM

Mainstream or hipster, you’ll love this app if you love music! Share your favorite music through this app, and discover some new upcoming bands and music along the way, too!

Flipboard

Oct 13, 2012, 5:05 AM

I bet you didn’t expect to see this here. But as for news sharing (add to that reading your tweets in a very organized way) Flipboard is your reading buddy!

Pinterest

Oct 13, 2012, 5:01 AM

Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social media platforms nowadays, and I wouldn’t be surprised if most, if not all, people would gravitate towards this photo and video sharing, moodboard-inspired platform. Pin, re-pin, and browse with all ease… and mobility using this app!

BBM/iMessage

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Messaging is becoming innovative these days! What I love about these two apps is that they have a “Delivered-Read” function that relays to the sender if his/her message has been read or delivered. It’s really great if you have important messages and you need to know if the person has read it or not. Also, you can share media through these, which made it pretty much more awesome…

Grindr

Oct 13, 2012, 5:00 AM

I won’t even pretend that I use this, haha! I mean c’mon, it’s the world’s leading gay location-based chatting app! I won’t explain how it works, ’cause I think it’s pretty obvious, haha! Took a screenshot while it hasn’t loaded other people though, we don’t want outing people, do we? *WINK*

Instagram

Oct 13, 2012, 4:59 AM

The first app that I was so excited to use when I got my iPad is Instagram! It still is the world’s leading photo-sharing app, and don’t you love the filters? It’s integrated too with Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, Foursquare, and email that makes it one of the most powerful photo-sharing app also… Only if it has an iPad version… Hello Instagram, iPad is a mobile device too!

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So the next big question is, what do you use to stay connected 24/7? I don’t know about you, but I use Globe Mobile Data services! To know more about Globe’s mobile data services and options, log on to http://surf.globe.com.ph/ and start enjoying these social apps!