So you just got off your plane, got your luggage after scouting for it, you just hailed a cab and now are about to enjoy in your dream destination! Months and months of planning, preparation and anticipation have all lead to this, but now you are off the plane and about to embark on your new journey as a tourist, whether by yourself, with your friends or family. We're sure you've sorted the basics like where you are going to stay, currency exchange rates and transfers and the likes. But here are 5 recommendations to kick-start things the right way!

    1. Make an emergency plan.

    It seems like common sense but make sure you research and learn emergency telephone numbers in your new country. Know where to go in case of illness (and how you're going to pay for healthcare). Keep in mind to separately allocate extra cash in case of emergencies. You need to be more prepared than usual in foreign territory.

    2. Walk and explore.

    We have a strong feeling that you’re excited to become acquainted with the train network of the country you’re visiting (if they do have one) and may have discovered the closest bus stop. But the best way to explore a new city is on foot. Try setting aside one day for your wanderlust and explorations on foot. It's okay to get lost and have your own personal adventure.

    3. Don't forget to enjoy some 'ME time.'

    Take some time to enjoy activities which you've always loved to do but don’t really have the time to – such as reading a book, going for a run or even some arts and crafts projects.

    4. Be a tourist.

    This is the chance of living the life you’ve always thought about! Do the touristy things you've always wanted to and make the most of it! Go up the Empire State Building, admire the Sydney Opera House, ogle at the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, and sample a local cuisine while you're at it.

    5. Be sure to connect with your loved ones back at home.

    Nothing beats sharing your happy moments with the people that you love. Now that you are settled in, it’s time to check in on your loved ones! You can do that with Chat Abroad,a data roaming service which allows Smart Prepaid subscribers to access chat applications such as Facebook Messenger, Viber, WhatsApp, Line, WeChat and Telegram while roaming abroad in over 130 countries for only PHP 150/day. To start chatting with your friend and loved ones, register by dialing *133# when you’re abroad. Know more about the Chat Abroad service by going here.

    Making the decision to travel is an enormous step. It's the perfect opportunity to explore the world, get to know another city, and foster your own independence. Travelling abroad will definitely be a challenge, but with the right planning it is completely possible and totally worth it. Follow these tips and you'll have a totally new life in an awesome country in no time.

  • 28 Oct 2016

    5 things to do on your dream destination

    Posted on Oct 28, 2016

    Travelling? We got you covered.

  • All of us are now on social media. We share Facebook posts and videos, we tweet our frustrations away, we share our best moments on Instagram. A world without social media is unbearable. But what’s more unbearable is when you don’t have the data to access your social media. So, Smart Subscriber, here are some tips to help you manage your load or data subscriptions.

    For Smart Prepaid, to avoid unwanted mobile internet charges, Standard default rate for accessing the internet (the former P5 for 15 minutes) is no longer available starting September 15, 2016. That means that in case you leave your mobile internet connection turned on, your existing regular load won’t be deducted because of your apps running in the background. To go online, you just need to subscribe to one of Smart’s affordable data packages. This will address unintended use of regular load once your data subscription has expired or fully consumed.

    Subscribers will also be alerted by Smart if they are not subscribed to a data package if they go online. Smart Prepaid subscribers will be notified and will experience the following:

    · For subscribers using a BROWSER (http sites) to access the internet, connection will be routed to a paywall and receive an SMS notification if the account has insufficient balance, no data package and/or attempting to access sites outside their data package.

    · For subscribers using an APP or BROWSER (https sites) to access the internet, SMS notification will be sent if account has insufficient balance, no data package and accessing site outside their data package.

    No need to panic that your regular load will be used for data. Helpful, right? For a list of data packages, you can check it out here.

    For Smart Bro Prepaid and TNT subscribers, ensure you keep within your mobile data budget with Load Protect, a special feature for that puts you in control of your mobile data usage.

    Load Protect works like a safety net. When you subscribe to a data package, it monitors your usage and prevents you from accessing sites or apps that are not part of the data package you subscribed to. It also prevents you from going online once you’ve exceeded your package allocations. No unexpected load deductions.

    To turn on Load Protect simply follow these simple instructions.

    · For Smart Bro Prepaid, connect to the Internet with your Smart Bro account. Using your devices Internet browser, go to smart.com.ph/brodashboard (access to the dashboard using Smart Bro is free). Click on ACCOUNT BALANCE and you will see the Load Protect on/off switch. Know more here.

    · For TNT, text LOAD PROTECT ON or LOAD PROTECT OFF and send to 4545.

    That’s it! To keep on telling and sharing your stories on social media, make sure that you keep these tips and tricks to better manage your data subscription or your load. Happy surfing!

  • 14 Oct 2016

    Tips to best manage your load or data subscription

    Posted on Oct 14, 2016

    Don't wait for that time you'll run out of credits to communicate with your loved one. Follow these simple and easy tips!

  • Telegram, one of the world’s hottest messaging app boasts personalized stickers, its secret messages, its advanced cryptography, its speed and its security features. It has become one of the apps that one should download in this age.

    Another fascinating thing about Telegram is it games. There are so many games which are just waiting to be played. You simply need to download and add the game bot on the group chat and activate it by text commands. It’s that easy! From action to quizzes, Telegram has it. Here are my top picks.

    1. HangBot

    Your classic paper and pencil classic is now in your phones.

    Nothing beats a classic because you can’t go wrong with it. Telegram’s HangBot does not hang and it does not crash. Invite your friends to play this game that everyone loves and adores. Start playing and download the game now!

    2. Quizarium

    Choose a category, answer fast, join in many tournaments and beat your friends.

    In Quizarium you have one minute to answer the question. Every 12 seconds you get a hint: the number of letters in the puzzle, 1st letter, etc. There are different questions to challenge your intellect. It’s not just good old Geography and Biology questions in here but also question that will make you laugh out loud. Invite your friends to download the game now to start the fun!

    3. PokerBot

    This game has conquered social media sites and messaging apps and it’s now on Telegram.

    Texas Hold 'em is probably the best known and most popular form of poker today. Each player starts with two hole cards. There are three rounds of community cards. These are dealt face up, for every player to use, with betting after each round. You know the drill, right? This game is highly addictive. Download the game now.

    4. Werewolf

    Werewolf is a game of deception. You're goal in the game is to find out who the other players are, and lynch or kill the opposing teams.

    You will be given a specific role at the start of the game. These roles fall under the side of the Village or the Evil. The Village’s task is to kill the Werewolf and the Evil’s task is to destroy the village. What make this different from the other strategy games are its diverse roles and in its gaming experience – no game is the same from your last one. Download the game here.

    Your new personal messaging app, plus games? What more can you ask for? Download the app on the App Store or on the Google Play Store. Also, make sure that you are subscribed to a data package while messaging and playing these games with your friends.

  • 05 Oct 2016

    Top games on Telegram

    Posted on Oct 05, 2016

    Besides its secure chats, Telegram has so much more to offer.

  • Tired of watching YouTube videos and then having it stop loading right in the middle? Or while in a heated discussion over Viber, you suddenly stop getting messages because you ran out of data? Don’t let that happen again! Here are 9 tips to maximize and conserve that data.

    1. Limit background data usage. This feature allows your apps to check for new information in the background in an intelligent and controlled manner. This function eats up a lot of your battery and data

    2. Turn off your push notifications and apps that are not in use. These alerts also eat your data because it fetches notifications from your apps.

    3. View the mobile version of a website. You should browse mobile versions of websites as much as possible as they tend to use less data and load faster.

    4. Use the save offline feature: Some apps like iflix and YouTube have this feature. When you download a video over wifi, you save data. Also, by downloading it, you can watch it anytime, anywhere. Plus, you can play the video as many times as you want. Cool, right?

    5. Screenshot pictures instead of downloading them. Downloading costs some of your data so use that screenshot feature of your phone! The feature is brilliant - and free! Use it!

    6. Use free data management apps. There are many free data management apps at the App Store and the Google Play Store but the top pick is Onavo. It lets you set your monthly data limit, analyze data usage per app, receive real time alerts when you’re about to reach your data limit and so much more. With this, you can easily manage your data usage even and even extend the value of your data plans and promos!

    7. Get rid of ads. They are annoying and they eat your data as well. This is a good reason to consider splurging on the ad-free version of an app that you always use.

    8. Download and regularly check your MySmart app: Look at your data subscription and see what’s remaining. If you only have a few MB left, connect via Wi-Fi and conserve your data until your plan refreshes. If you do not have a My Smart account yet, get one now!

    9. Subscribe to a promo that gives you bigger data. Give Smart Giga Surf a try. Giga Surf gives you 1GB of open access volume data and additional 300MB for iflix, YouTube, and more. All valid for 3 days, for only P50! I bet you won’t even use up all that data! Subscribe now!

    Those are some of the very best tips available for managing your mobile data consumption. With these tips and tricks, you get to enjoy staying online for as long as you want without worrying if you have enough data! Happy surfing!

  • 02 Sep 2016

    9 Ways To Maximize and Conserve Your Data

    Posted on Sep 02, 2016

    Here are some tips and tricks to help you manage your data usage.