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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.

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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.

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

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!

Globe BlackBerry Exclusives Concert Series

No one really knows what more Globe and BlackBerry can bring us! Now even better, for all the loyal subscribers of, what else, BlackBerry and Globe, here are MUSIC EXCLUSIVES for everyone! And it’s not just everyone, it’s exclusively for US!

And it’s just simple, just subscribe to any of the two new BlackBerry Curve (trust me, it’s still worth it even after what they’ve been telling about RIM) and your preferred plan… and you’re good to go!

Here’s what’s at stake:

Subscribers who avail of either a BlackBerry Curve 9220 or a BlackBerry Curve 9320 smartphone under a Globe postpaid plan either as a new line or by re-contracting from July 2 to October 31, 2012 are entitled to 100 (for BlackBerry Curve 9220) or 200 (for BlackBerry Curve 9320) raffle points. Earn more points by downloading ringback tones, true tones, full track songs and referring friends. One raffle point is equivalent to one raffle entry, so the more points, the more raffle entries – the more chances of winning. Text FREETRIP to 2346 for more information.

Twelve (12) winners will be chosen to take a trip abroad with one (1) friend each to watch one of the concerts: three (3) winners to see Teenage Dream songstress Katy Perry on September 23 in Singapore, four (4) winners to watch pop queen Madonna on October 11 in Los Angeles, and five (5) winners side by side British rock band Coldplay on November 17 in Sydney, Australia.

And the best part is – roundtrip airfare,accommodations, concert tickets, and an exclusive send-off party are all covered andpart of the package. What more can you ask for?

Yes, everybody wants an extra dose of the ‘Material Girl’ herself, no matterwhere she is. In partnership with MYX, the number 1 music channel in the country, Globe and BlackBerry launched the MYX Fly Away promo, where subscribers who availof a BlackBerry Curve 9320 under a Globe postpaid plan either as a new line or by re-contracting from July 2 to September 13, 2012 are entitled to one raffle entry, givingthem a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles for two (2) to watch Madonna live in concert on October 10, 2012.The BlackBerry Curve 9220 comes free with Globe My Super Plan 499 plus aP99 unlimited BlackBerry Chat subscription while the BlackBerry Curve 9320 is free with My Super Plan BlackBerry Unli Surf Combo Plan 999. For as low as P598/month,Globe subscribers can get the BlackBerry Curve 9220 complete with a P499 monthly consumable amount for calls and texts, unlimited access to BBM™ (BlackBerry® Messenger) and 2 freebies. On the other hand, subscribers can enjoy the BlackBerry Curve 9320 for only P999/month with unlimited surfing, P400 monthly consumable forcalls and texts, and 1 freebie.

So what are you waiting for?! Jump to the wagon, before it’s too late. I honestly hope to win the COLDPLAY tickets *crossing fingers* :)

For more information, log on to www.blackberrycurve.globe.com.ph