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Smart Free Internet Extended Until January 5, 2015 : Now Also Available to Smart Bro and Smart Postpaid Subscribers

Due to overwhelmingly positive response from subscribers across the country, Smart Communications has decided to extend its Free 30 MB Mobile Internet per Day promo period from November 30, 2014 all the way to January 5, 2015!

Smart Free Internet, Manny V Pangilinan

PLDT Chairman Mr. Manny V. Pangilinan himself shared this exciting news via his Twitter account earlier today. And as if that's not way too cool enough, he likewise announced that the promo will henceforth also be available to Smart Bro and Smart Postpaid subscribers! Initially, #SmartFreeInternet was offered only to Smart, Talk N Text, and Sun Prepaid users.

Smart Free Internet, Manny V Pangilinan

"We are launching this initiative to provide a much larger number of Filipinos the opportunity to try out and experience the Internet, enjoy its benefits and, as we at Smart like to say, live more,” said Mr. Pangilinan. This special offer is specifically designed to assist our prepaid subscribers who make up the bulk of our population. Many of them already have the mobile devices capable of accessing the internet but have yet to use them to go online. In this way, Smart can effectively promote digital inclusion and spread the benefits of the Internet in the fastest and most effective way possible,” he added.

To avail of the free mobile internet offer, Smart, Talk N Text and Sun Cellular subscribers must have an available airtime balance of at least one peso, or is subscribed to any load bucket or promo. They must register each day, by simply sending “FREE” to the number “9999.” Registration is free. They will receive an SMS confirmation upon successful registration.

Free Mobile Internet Smart
Step 1: To get your free 30MB of mobile data, simply text "Free" to 9999.

Once registered, subscribers can enjoy a free data volume package of up to 30MB per day. Data charges will however apply to peer-to-peer uploads and downloads, videos, VOIP and messaging.

Free Mobile Internet Smart
Step 2: Simply wait for the confirmation message and you're good to go.

According to Smart, this free mobile internet offer likewise follows their recent announcement that it has stepped up the deployment of its mobile internet network, to meet the growing demand for mobile data services. The company recently reported a 73% hike in mobile data traffic, as smartphone prices continue to fall and innovative services like SmartNet and PisoNet allow more and more Filipinos to gain access to the Internet via their mobile phones.

Free Mobile Internet Smart

Back to the subscription process: After getting the text message confirming that you are already subscribed to the promo, just turn on your smartphone's mobile connection and browse away!

Answers to FAQ's c/o Smart Communications:

What will happen to my existing data subscriptions?
Your existing data package will NOT be affected, and you will still be allowed to register to the Free Internet special offer.
While using the Free Internet special offer and you access the sites/apps that are EXCLUDED under the promo terms, these transactions will be charged against your existing data subscription.

Is the Free Internet unlimited?
No it is NOT unlimited. Subscribers can enjoy all-day access to their favorite sites for free, initially up to 30MB. The free service, however, is subject to the promo use conditions.

What can you do with 30MB?
On the average, a subscriber with 30MB can enjoy ALL of the following services:
20 social media posts with photo
50 web pages loads
20 plain emails
15 minutes of music streaming

Is the Free internet service available for roaming?
No. Promo can only be used while in the Philippines.

Is the free internet available for postpaid and broadband subscribers?
No. Postpaid and broadband will have their own promotions.

What is the speed of the service?
Speed will depend on several factors, such as the device/handset being used, the location and the time of use of the subscriber.
The service is delivered across all network platforms – 2G/3G/4G.
Minimum speed is 12kbps.

What sites/apps are EXCLUDED from the free internet promo?
The Free Internet special offer EXCLUDES the following:
Download, stream and watch videos (Youtube, Vimeo)
Use VOIP apps (FaceTime, FaceTime Audio, Skype, Viber, Tango)
Use messaging apps (Whatsapp, WeChat, Line, Viber)
Peer-to-peer file-sharing sites and apps like Bittorrent

TP Insider Scoop: A trusted source disclosed to me last night that this new free internet promo is part of Smart Communications' plan to herald the official launch of its exclusive partnership with RocketInternet, the company behind Lazada, Zalora, Easy Taxi, Carmudi, and FoodPanda, among others. All of which have brilliantly made mobile applications that can work perfectly with Smart's mobile data services.

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