PLDT Global Corporation (PGC) has recently teamed up with remittance company I-Remit to launch its Free Bee payment service worldwide. This means that overseas Filipinos in Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy and other parts of the world can now make Free Bee payments with zero service fees.
The partnership was launched at the I-Remit World-Wide Plaza branch in Hong Kong, kicking off a series of events to take place in Singapore, Taiwan, United Kingdom, and Italy.
Free Bee is an ad-based calling app that delivers a two-minute free international call to the Philippines. It is a game changer for overseas Filipino workers because they can reach their families in the Philippines who may not have an internet connection or a smartphone. For longer calls and ad-free experience, users have the option to buy Premium Free Bee voice call plans at affordable rates from global retailers or via in-app and online purchases. Free Bee has also recently been recognized as Telecom Asia's Most Innovative Voice Solution.
This partnership enables customers to save more time since they can make Free Bee payments while doing financial transactions like remittances, bills payment, and government payments at I-Remit branches. And, as part of PGC’s digital initiative, Free Bee payments will allow users to have their Free Bee buckets directly credited to their accounts without having to use physical cards.
“This is part of our commitment to bring more innovative and convenient digital solutions to every Filipino in every corner of the world, and hopefully, help make their connections to their families back home stronger, and their lives better,” said Albert Villa-Real, Chief Commercial Officer at PLDT Global.
“As the largest non-bank Filipino-owned remittance company in the Philippines, this partnership is aligned with our own efforts of adding value to the services that we offer our kababayans living and working overseas,” said Harris Jacildo, President of I-Remit.