Smart Communications, Inc. | Oct 16, 2014
[16 October 2014] Trixie Pineda, 22, is a self-confessed ‘Internet junkie’ who has multiple accounts on every social network platform. But unlike most of her fellow millennials, the 22-year old BS Biology graduate from the University of Santo Tomas devotes most of her online time tending to her virtual store, Trekiiiescloset, where she sells clothes, shoes, and accessories at affordable prices.
Trixie Pineda, 22, is a self-confessed ‘Internet junkie’ who has multiple accounts on every social network platform. But unlike most of her fellow millennials, the 22-year old BS Biology graduate from the University of Santo Tomas devotes most of her online time tending to her virtual store, Trekiiiescloset, where she sells clothes, shoes, and accessories at affordable prices.
With Trixie’s love for fashion, what used to be just a pastime turned into a full-fledged enterprise after she saw how well her store was doing after just a couple of years.
“Masasabi ko na internet junkie ako – I have to be since I have an online store I need to maintain. Kailangan ko ng internet halos 24/7 para ma-entertain ko nang real-time yung mga orders and inquiries ng buyers,” she said.
According to Trixie, the market for online stores has been growing steadily in recent years, and she is hopeful that initiatives like the free Internet offer of wireless services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) will give online selling a big boost in the long term.
“Having the convenience of mobile Internet means having access to so much more than just one’s Facebook account. It means having access to the posts of one’s favorite celebrities on Twitter and Instagram and knowing about upcoming trends, shopping for the best deals and bargains offered by other online stores, and a whole lot more,” shared Trixie.
To Trixie, Smart’s free internet caters to a great deal of other Internet-related needs of online sellers like herself, such as email and search, and other social networking platforms.
“Madami akong accounts sa mga social networking sites, and I have separate accounts for my personal and business needs. Mainly, ginagamit ko yung Instagram para sa online shop ko. Para sa mga personal accounts ko, I use Twitter and Facebook, to make sure I know the latest happenings, at updated ako not just about my friends but also on trends,” she added.
Since Smart launched its Free Internet offer – allowing over 70 million Smart, Sun Cellular, and Talk ‘N Text subscribers to access the Internet on their mobile device, for free – more and more subscribers like Trixie are discovering the ease and convenience of using mobile Internet. This is especially true for those who do have the mobile phones capable of surfing the net, but have yet to use them for Internet access, or refuse to do so for fear of getting charged.
“We know that majority of Filipinos are still unconnected to the Internet. Promos that democratize Internet access, such as our Free Internet, are a quick and powerful way to bridge this digital divide, and at the same time, get more people to discover the convenience of mobile Internet. As mobile Internet becomes more pervasive, more economic opportunities can open up, particularly for Filipino entrepreneurs,” said Ramon R. Isberto, Public Affairs head of Smart.
“Smart’s Free Internet service is really beneficial to my online selling, kasi lagi akong nasa labas, eh not every establishment has WiFi. Sobrang bilis ko makipag-communicate sa customers and hindi ko na kailangan mag-worry kung may free Wifi ba sa pupuntahan ko every time I go out. I’ll just register to Smart’s free internet instead and I’m good to go,” Trixie added.
With the Free Internet offer from Smart, online sellers like Trixie can do so much more than tend to their stores, and they can enjoy up to 30MB worth of data every day, at no cost to them. With this amount of data, they can also search for information on Google and Wikipedia, get their fill of news and trends from PhilStar, CNN, and the like, and shop for other items overseas via eBay and Amazon, that they can then sell locally.
They can also use navigation tools like Waze and Google Maps when they need to make deliveries, and use traffic info sites such as the MMDA's and InterAksyon's. All these services can be enjoyed so long as they have an airtime balance of at least P1, or are subscribed to any load bucket or promo. They must also register every day in order to enjoy the promo, and they can do this by sending the word “FREE” to 9999, also at no cost to them.
“One more thing that I really like about Smart’s free internet, meron din unlimited FB so yung ibang friends and buyers who can’t reach me kapag wala na silang load, message message na lang sa FB. Sobrang hassle-free to online shop owners like me,” Trixie pointed out.
Normal data charges apply to the downloading and watching of videos (except within Facebook), the use of peer-to-peer file sharing apps like Bittorrent, the use of VOIP apps like FaceTime and Viber, and the use of messaging apps like Line, WeChat, and Whatsapp (except Facebook Messenger).
The Free Internet promo can be used on data-capable feature phones or smartphones running on Android, iOS, and Windows operating systems. This special offer will be available initially until January 5, 2015.