SMART launches Plug ‘N Talk for Filipinos abroad
[December 11, 2008/ Manila] - Filipinos abroad now have access to an Internet phone that allows them to call any Philippine landline or mobile number for as low as P6.50 per minute!
All they have to do is Plug ‘N Talk with the latest innovation from leading wireless services provider Smart Communications Inc. (SMART)!
SMART’s Plug ‘N Talk is the first USB communication device in the Philippines that allows those outside the country to call and text from an internet-connected PC to any Philippine mobile and landline number using their SMART SIM at close to Philippine local rates!
“Plug ‘N Talk is a breakthrough product because we’ve taken the communications experience beyond the phone-to-phone scenario and enabled an internet-connected computer to transmit voice and SMS to a mobile phone and vice versa,” said Perry V. Bayani, head of SMART Sales and Business Development and International Services Group.
This setup, he said, allows a subscriber, wherever he is the world, to access the SMART network via the Internet and enjoy call rates for as low as P6.50 per minute and text messages for only P1.
“With Plug ‘N Talk, Filipinos abroad are getting the same low-cost and quality service that we offer to our subscribers here in the country. It is easy to use, affordable, secure and portable since you can plug it into any computer with Internet access and a USB port,” he added.
There are no international roaming or hidden charges. With Plug ‘N Talk, the Filipino overseas can receive calls and text messages from relatives in the Philippines for free!
Starting December 12, the SMART Plug ‘N Talk will be initially available at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1 and the Mactan Cebu International Airport.
From December 12 to 14, SMART Plug ‘N Talk will also be sold during a Shockwave blitz at the SM Mega Mall in Mandaluyong City as well as in 10 SMART wireless centers nationwide: SM Mega Mall, SM North Edsa, SM South Mall and Robinsons Place Ermita for Metro Manila; Laoag and SM Pampanga for North Luzon, SM Batangas and SM Bacoor for South Luzon, Elizabeth Mall in Cebu City and Limketkai Mall in Cagayan de Oro City.
The Plug ‘N Talk kit is available for only P1,800, which includes the Plug N’ Talk device, an earpiece and a FREE Smart Pinoy SIM.
Smart Plug ‘N Talk is the latest offering from Smart Pinoy Services, SMART’s program geared towards helping Filipino migrant workers and their families here in the Philippines achieve their dreams through every stage of the entire overseas experience – from application, to employment, to reintegration.
According to figures from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), there are about 8.7 million Filipinos abroad as of end 2007. SMART is the Filipino’s biggest mobile network to the world, serving 34.2 million subscribers on its GSM network as of end September 2008. Its products and services are available in over 200 countries abroad in partnership with over 400 international network partners. Through PLDT Global, SMART also serves the mobile communication needs of Filipinos in Singapore, Hong Kong and Italy via 1528 SMART. @