[7 October 2014] Fifteen-year-old Shaira Lei Ubungen usually has to go to a neighborhood Internet shop and shell out at least P10 for a 30-minute use of the computer to do research on her homework.
Fifteen-year-old Shaira Lei Ubungen usually has to go to a neighborhood Internet shop and shell out at least P10 for a 30-minute use of the computer to do research on her homework.
For several days now, however, she is able to do her research at the relative comfort and safety of her home using her mobile phone, thanks to the free Internet promo from wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart).
“Dahil sa libreng Internet ng Smart, hindi ko na po kailangang lumabas ng bahay para mag-Internet. Madalas pipila pa ho ako dahil marami din hong iba na gumagamit ng computers sa Internet shop, mga estudyanteng kagaya ko at saka yun mga naglalaro sa online (Because of Smart’s free Internet promo, I don’t have to go to an Internet shop to go online. Most of the time, I had to wait in line because all the computers in the shop are being used by other students and online gamers),” says Ubungen.
“Madali na rin po sa akin at mga classmates ko na mag-share ng mga na-research namin. Nakakapag-set na rin kami ng schedules ng mga practice gamit ang Facebook (It is also easier for my classmates and myself to share what we have researched online. We are also able to set schedules for practices using Facebook).”
Ranieve Ann Jeanir Inotorio, 20, shares how her course on digital arts requires her to constantly check online for designs while on the go that she can take ideas from for her school requirements.
She is a graduating student from the Far Eastern University-Institute of Technology taking up IT specializing in Digital Arts.
“With Smart’s free internet, I don’t have to wait until I get home to search online for designs. I can now do this on my phone even when I am still at school. This allows me to make use of my free time at school more efficiently and productively, leaving me more time to rest and spend time with my younger siblings when I get home,” says Inotorio.
She adds this free service from Smart is especially handy this rainy season when you can check on your phone whether or not classes are suspended.
“I don’t even have to get out of bed to check whether or not classes are suspended early in the morning. I can just check the Facebook and Twitter accounts of our school on my phone to check the announcement, and if classes are suspended, I can just go back to sleep,” adds Inotorio.
“Jeanir’s experiences highlight the unique advantages of being able to access the Internet on your mobile phone wherever you are, at any time of day,” says Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs at Smart.
Twenty-nine-year-old working student Benjie Abad couldn’t be happier when Smart announced the promo.
Since course and subject requirements are posted online, he is required to stay connected to the Internet to ensure he gets real-time updates on assignments, class meetings, and other school activities.
“As an IT student, we are required to be online almost all of the time. Being online is also necessary for me because I am a working student. I work after school, and during weekends. This leaves me little extra time to spend at school, or personally ask my classmates for updates on assignments and other requirements,” shares Abad.
He says that during his first two years in college, he was always lagging behind in class requirements because teachers post updates online and he was never online.
When he was earning a bit more from his part-time job as a barista in a popular coffee chain last year, he then subscribed to Sun Cellular’s P25 unlimited surf for one day promo. Early this year, he decided to go postpaid after realizing he can avail of unlimited Internet surfing for a month for a lower cost.
“I am so thankful that Smart expanded the promo to include post-paid subscribers. This will save me P699 a month, money that I can allocate for other things like food, and extra money to pay for school requirements,” adds Abad.
The country’s leading wireless telco has already expanded the free Internet promo to cover postpaid and broadband subscribers up to January 5, 2015. To avail of the free mobile Internet offer, subscribers just have to maintain an airtime balance of at least one peso, or be subscribed to any load bucket/promo/plan. They can register each day for free by simply sending “FREE” to 9999. Once registered, subscribers can enjoy free data volume package of up to 30MB per day. On top of this, subscribers can also enjoy “unli” all-day Facebook including viewing of embedded videos and use of Facebook Messenger, as well as “unli” all-day Wikipedia access.
These students from UP Diliman experience fast Internet from Smart on their mobile phones.