Everyone’s snapping and it’s infectious!


    When you hear someone yell, “Snapchaaaaat,” you can’t help but go near that person and 
    get in on the silly fun, right?


    Well, get ready because Smart is giving everyone free Snapchat access from August 12 to August 14! 
    Tell stories, save memories, send instant messages and Snapchat all you can - no registration needed! Just turn on your data and start snapping! 


    Enjoy the weekend and happy snapping!

    #SmartFreeSnapchat


    For more details, go to smart.com.ph/pages/snap.

  • 12 Aug 2016
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    Coffee is so much better with a Krispy Kreme doughnut.

    Thanks to Smart for this #PerkOfTheDay.

  • 10 Aug 2016

    #PerkOfTheDay

    Posted on Aug 10, 2016

    Enjoy freebies and treats everyday with Smart.

  • Achievement unlocked: Vlogger

    I have always wanted to express myself in more ways than one. I remember back in high school when vlogs (video blogs) were becoming the next big thing in YouTube, I’d always find time after school to watch YouTube eposides of Ryan Higa, Jenna Marbles, Ray William Johnson, and so many more! I found watching their videos very liberating, and I loved how they broadened my horizons - because their episodes often talked about lifestyles very foreign to me.

    So, when I heard that there was a platform that helps budding content creators broadcast their talents to the world, I hurriedly went to SM Mall of Asia, the second stop of the Smart Launchpad Upload Stations.

    The Smart Launchpad Upload Station at MOA is just beside the Smart store. It occupied a space big enough for a reception area, a recording area and an interactive area. I was not expecting it to be that big!

    I went to the reception area and told them that I want to experience everything. I travelled from Cavite to Pasay City so I wanted to do it all to maximize my trip, right? The first step was to register.

    Miss Jennie, assisted me all throughout the video-creation process. Step two was to practice the vlog or the music I was going to perform. Since I neither sing nor play an instrument, I decided to try my hand at vlogging. She led me to a rehearsal space where I could practice my spiel while someone else was recording a video. After a few minutes, it was my turn to record my video!

    I was so excited to record my vlog because I’d been wanting to create one since I was a teenager! Miss Jennie said I could check out the clothes rack for a costume or accessory. I tried some on but ultimately, I opted to go with my own OOTD.

    The set-up for the video recording site gives you this feeling that you’re some kind of a celebrity –tons of make-up in front of you, a vanity mirror (yes, the mirrors with light bulbs) and a director chair!

    I was told I can use the make-up and so I did. So, I took my seat and she gave me directions on how to record the video. The usual, just press the record button on the phone to start and to end. That’s it, you are your own director! The Samsung phone with a crystal-clear display captured all my adlibbing spectacularly.

    I felt like a pro, honest! No chills or nervousness whatsoever! My secret? There’s no audience watching you because the recording is a very personal experience! I had so much fun because I was just expressing myself and I kept thinking this vlog can be a medium for my voice to be heard by a lot of people. It was really exciting!

    After my vlog, I uploaded my video on YouTube using the laptops provided. They were not lying when they said that their internet was fast! The last step was to register at the Launchpad website. The registration was quick and really easy! If your video is good enough to make the cut, you get a chance to win Samsung gadgets or even fly to LA to collaborate with international YouTube stars. Yes, those very guys we’re all subscribed to on YouTube!!!

    After my experience, I asked Miss Jennie to give me a tour of the whole Upload Station. She took me where the music enthusiasts can rehearse and record their videos. It had this chill and artsy vibe.

    She also took me to the virtual reality booth wherein anyone can go on a totally different adventure. Spoiler alert: you’ll see a lot of scary and surprising things!

    To cap off my Smart Launchpad experience, I went to the photo booth and got some photos! The accessories were mostly sports accessories so I became sporty in just a snap!

    Overall, the Smart Launchpad experience was a lot of fun. For an aspiring content creator like me, it’s so heartening that Smart is taking the role of enabler, creating opportunities for young people everywhere to express themselves and to show their talent to the world.

    If you have the time, I really hope that you go to these Upload Stations and experience what I have experienced because it’s really something else!

    Watch out for these Smart Launchpad Upload Stations in these dates and locations:

    • August 7-8 at SM Baguio
    • August 13-14 at SM Clark
    • August 27-28 at SM Iloilo
    • September 3-4 at SM North EDSA
  • 09 Aug 2016

    Achievement unlocked: Vlogger

    Posted on Aug 09, 2016

    An aspiring content creator chronicles his Smart Launchpad experience.

  • Pokémon Go is now officially available in the Philippines and Smart is giving all its subscribers free data for Pokémon Go until August 12!

    So don't just sit there, go capture all the Pokémon you can! Find all the Pokéstops! Strengthen your Pokémon! Tell all your friend's because you've all got ‘til Friday to enjoy Pokémon for free!


    #SmartPokémonGO

    Download the app now at the App Store or Google Play Store.
  • 08 Aug 2016

    #SmartPokemonGO is here and its Free!

    Posted on Aug 08, 2016

    Pokémon Go is now officially available in the Philippines and Smart is giving all its subscribers free data for Pokémon Go until August 12!

  • Smart recognizes your evolving needs which is why we have embarked on a long term network transformation plan to dramatically improve your experience of our service.

    Early this year, our Chairman MVP promised "that in every step of progress, and every progress, you will be the first to know, and first to feel the change.” It is in that same spirit of transparency that our Consumer Business Head, Ariel V. Fermin, shares the letter below.



    Warm greetings !

    I am writing to share the big changes we are undertaking in our network to provide you with an enhanced digital experience on your mobile phones.

    After firing up the country’s first LTE-Advanced site in Boracay last February, we started to expand our 4G/LTE service to complement our 3G service across the country, particularly in Metro Davao. This will then be followed by Metro Cebu, Metro Manila and some parts of South Luzon that will all be completed by end of year.

    Please bear with us as these network enhancements may impact on the quality of our services from time to time.

    All of these efforts are in line with our commitment to serve you better through improved data connectivity and richer digital services. We aim to make #InternetForAll a reality.

    For any concerns, issues and feedback, please don’t hesitate to reach us at 200, our toll-free 24/7 hotline using your Sun-powered phone, or (02) 3958000 using your landline.

    We are changing for the better.
    We will get there, together.

    Thank you.


    At your service,

    Ariel P. Fermin
    EVP and Head of Consumer Business

  • 08 Aug 2016

    The Road to #InternetForAll

    Posted on Aug 08, 2016

    Smart recognizes your evolving needs which is why we have embarked on a long term network transformation plan to dramatically improve your experience of our service. Early this year, our Chairman MVP promised "that in every step of progress, and every progress, you will be the first to know, and first to feel the change.” It is in that same spirit of transparency that our Consumer Business Head, Ariel V. Fermin, shares this letter.

  • I still remember the moment I held my very first Nintendo console over a decade ago, in the summer of 2002. My relatives just got back from the States with pasalubong, I got a neon green Gameboy Color with Pokémon Crystal version. I spent my childhood watching the Pokémon series on TV and like most kids -- I loved it! The memories I have from the game---from catching my very first Pokémon in Route 29 to beating the dragon specializing Pokémon Champion Lance in Indigo Plateau, and the countless times I had to reboot because of failing to capture some legendary and rare Pokémon --- everything’s still so fresh, it’s crazy!

    Fast forward to September 2015, The Pokémon Company released the trailer for an upcoming smartphone game called Pokémon Go.



    THE HYPE IS REAL. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing! Pokémon in the real world is a dream come true for Pokémon fans everywhere. What’s even better is that a lot of people can play because it’s accessible via smartphone - thank you technology!


    The Pokémon Go Experience

    July 6, 2016- Niantic, the game developer launched the game in Australia and New Zealand on Android and iOS. I freaked out. I jumped right into making a New Zealand Apple ID just to download and experience the game.



    I couldn’t believe that it was really happening!



    I chose Charmander as my starter Pokémon because Charizard is my favorite. However, you can still catch the other starter Pokémon even Pikachu. Pokémon GO got me very excited so I went around the neighborhood to catch more Pokémon.



    Left: an Ivysaur and two Doduos are nearby. Right: a Geodude is nearby.


    The blue/purple posts above are PokéStops where you can get free items (mostly Pokéballs) and the grey ones (like the one on the right) are the Pokémon Gyms.. Going to PokéStops and Gyms are key to everything because )from what I’ve heard from friends abroad) the higher your level is, the stronger and rarer Pokémon will appear. Team Instinct for the win! Upon reaching level 5 you will get to choose a team based on the legendary birds: Articuno (Team Mystic), Zapdos (Team Instinct), and Moltres (Team Valor). THIS IS SO COOL. Being on Level 5 also allows you to conquer and attack Gyms, so I went back to the one near our house and claimed it for Team Instinct. I found out that you can level up the Pokémon Gyms by attacking them to gain “Gym Prestige.” The higher the level of the Gym, the more guardians you can put, therefore the more difficult it is to beat. So it’s recommended to attack multiple-guardian Gyms in groups and with teammates!

    #PHForPokémonGO

    Since then, fans have been waiting for the game to be up and running worldwide. It is currently live in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, Japan, France and Hong Kong. As one of the Community Managers of Smart and a huge Pokémon fan, I’m just as excited as everyone to play the game and we’re doing everything in Smart to make your Pokémon experience---and mine as well---more fun once it’s out. To Niantic, we know that your engineers and technical team are working extremely hard to add more Pokémon Go servers worldwide. We’re thankful for that. We’d just like to let you know that a lot of people here are looking forward to relive our childhood, become Pokémon Masters, and fulfill the promise once and for all -- to be the very best like no one ever was.

    Sincerely,

    Paolo Umpa,

    a ’90s kid
  • 01 Aug 2016

    An Open Letter to Pokémon GO

    Posted on Aug 01, 2016

    Pokémon Go is coming - A 90’s kid perspective