Two days ago, MVP (Manuel V. Pangilinan, the Chief Bossing of the PLDT Group where Smart, Talk ‘N Text and Sun Cellular belong) posted this via Twitter:

Some speculated that the announcement will be related to either: new product offerings, MVP’s entry to the politics, or even the Philippines hosting the next FIBA World Championships. Hours ago, the announcement has been made:

So, what’s the fuzz about this FREE Internet Access for all Prepaid (take note) subscribers of Smart, Talk ‘N Text and Sun Cellular?

Smart representatives say this means users can browse the Internet, post on their social media accounts, update their profiles, and stream music and videos, among many others, using their mobile phones.

The offer starts from Friday until November 30. While the service is free, “it is finite,” representatives of the company said. Users can enjoy 30 megabytes of free internet daily. Once subscribers reach that limit, they will be prompted to purchase load so they can continue browsing the Internet. — via


Could this be PLDT Group’s way to veer the nation’s focus from the NTC’s on-going inquiry related to the actual speed of internet in the country? For me, this is just a plain marketing stunt. Read more about this free offering (and its limitations) via this website.



Smart Communications’ rival Globe Telecoms posted this via twitter hours after the MVP announcement:


Prepaid subscribers from both telcos are now considered to be winners (somewhat).

Finally, my Apple iPad Mini has LTE signal! Good thing, my office (near the end of NAIA’s runway) is within range of the LTE coverage.

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My result before I turned LTE to ON.

Turning the LTE signal ON, this is what I had:

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My results after turning LTE to ON.

Very happy to see the “LTE” signal indicator in my iPad Mini … More »

SM Supermalls proudly releases the SM iButterfly an Augmented Reality Application for your IOS and Android mobile devices on May 5, 2012 at select SM Cyberzone, SM Supermalls, namely SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM City Fairview, SM Southmall, SM City Baguio, SM City Davao and SM City Cebu. Catching iButterflies at SM Supermalls is a fun and entertaining mobile information and couponing experience when you are at an SM Mall! 


Trying out the app on my Motorola Defy+ running on Android 2.3

Basically, it uses 3 technologiesAugmented Reality (for seeing the iButterflies in the real world), Motion Sensors (for catching iButterflies using your phone), and your phone’s Global Positioning System or GPS (for finding where the iButterflies are).  It is definitely a unique way of enjoying promos from our tenant partners such as Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Forever 21, David’s Salon, Kenny Rogers, Jollibee, Mang Inasal, Chowking, Red Ribbon, Greenwich, Smart, BDO and McDonald’s!      

SM City North EDSA The Block -2

Catching an iButterfly is easy. First, download the application by connecting to the free SM WIFI or the SM_iButterfly SSIS at the participating malls you may also use your phone’s 3G connection. Using your gadget, simply download the App via Google Play and App Store’s, just search for the iButterfly Asia App.  Once downloaded, open the App and start catching iButterflies.  These turn into instant prizes. Simply claim your prize at participating mall stores.

For more information, you can visit our dedicated iButterfly website at: Download, catch and redeem now.

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As of this writing, here’s my ranking worldwide (70th) and country-wise (1st):

23. August 2010 · 1 comment · Categories: Freebies, Technology · Tags:

In 2000, as world Internet and mobile players were discussing the next “killer app” in the form of a mobile instant messenger that might hopefully soon be created, a Manila-based company quietly released Chikka Text Messenger on beta.

Chikka’s breakthrough had been in marrying IM technology seamlessly with SMS, and then building a back-end that would withstand its use by the world’s ‘text capital’ – The Philippines.

2010: Chikka for the New Digital Generation

Ten years later, Chikka has served over 68 million people who had registered on-line and via mobile to enjoy the way Chikka had united on-line Filipinos with the sea of SMS users. The company is also releasing the latest version of its Chikka Text Messenger.

“Back in 2000, Internet penetration in the country was a mere 2% but many had mobile phones and we were already a texting culture,” said Chikka founder Dennis Mendiola. “We enabled Filipinos to connect to an on-line IM community via texting which was second nature to us.”

Today, a “digital generation” has emerged and 30% of Filipinos have Internet access taking part in social networks and becoming active in social media. Mobile penetration is closer to 80%.

“We saw this during the great reawakening and national mourning for the passing of former President Cory Aquino. We witnessed it again as Typhoon Ondoy brought great floods to the Capital and the Youth, with their Internet and mobile tools helped relay information for mobilization and disaster relief,” said Mendiola.

Thus is setting for Chikka latest version release.

“Chikka is more relevant than ever. We observe for example that a lot of casual messaging previously exchanged via text has shifted to the social networks. Our latest version is being released, combining the cool convenience of sending an IM message when one is on-line with the personal warmth, immediacy even urgency of receiving a message as text, instantly read on ones phone,” Mendiola added.

Lighter “Load”

Promoting even higher utility for the community, the new Chikka version features P1.00 replies during off-peak hours when a lot of Global Filipinos are driving message traffic to friends and loved ones mobiles in the Philippines. Unlimited text packages akin to popular UNLI packages being offered by Philippine telcos are also now available all day.

It is also interoperable with Google Talk while Chikka is working on partnering with other instant messaging applications to make it easier for users to keep in touch.

“In 2010, there were over 16 million visits to the Chikka site from 215 countries during a one month period,” CIO Dennis Mendiola said. “Even though there are a lot of technological advancements in the communications industry, Chikka still remains to be the preferred communications tool for Global Pinoys.”

The Future

According to Mendiola much of the work that went into the “new Chikka” actually happened in the back-end with a major re-architecture.

This allows the company to pursue a technology roadmap that will very soon enable Chikka for any platform and operating system, for any IM aggregator, and also for any mobile device, Already a 3rd party developer has released an iPhone App. Chikka for its part is set to unveil its own app for the iPhone, as well as Blackberry and Android devices.

“The idea is for Chikka users to be able to access it on numerous communications platforms,” Mendiola said. “Simply put, as long as you have a computer or mobile phone, you can use Chikka.”

Last 29 Jan 2010, GlobePH finally delivered my BlackBerry Bold 9700 — thanks to their Loyalty Program. A month prior to the delivery, I was advised that I am entitled to a BlackBerry Bold 9000. I inquired when will the BlackBerry Bold 9700 will be available locally, and was told end of January 2010 (that was in December 2009). Come the first week of January 2010, I was advised that I will be given a BlackBerry Bold 9700 instead. Kewl!

On to the review:

The BlackBerry 9700 was announced last October 2009, and this is RIM’s second handset (next to the Curve 8520) that will sport a touch-sensitive optical trackpad instead of the problematic trackball. A very welcome move from RIM. Compared with the BlackBerry Bold 9000, the Bold 9700’s camera is upgraded to 3.15MP (from just 2.0MP) with Image Stabilization; weight is reduced to just 122g from 133g; the Bold 9700 supports GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 850/1900/2100, & HSDPA 1700/2100/900 — up to 3.6Mbps. Like the Bold 9000, Bold 9700 is also WiFi (802.11 b/g, UMA) enabled.

On the downside, internal storage for the Bold 9700 was reduced to just 256MB from Bold 9000’s 1GB. But, the Bold 9700 supports up to 16GB microSD expandable storage, while the Bold 9000 can only accommodate up to 8GB. The screen size got a little bit smaller at 2.44 inches, compared to the Bold 9000’s 2.6 inches.

GlobePH currently sells the BlackBerry Bold 9700 at PHP28,995 as a prepaid phonekit.

BlackBerry Bold 9700 BlackBerry Bold 9700 vs Nokia E63