PLDT and Smart Partner with Grab for Fast Delivery of Internet Products to Homes in The New Normal

PLDT-Smart, the country's largest telecommunications network and digital service provider, has just partnered with Grab - a leading superapp for transportation, shopping, food, and delivery - for the swift delivery of internet devices to Filipino homes in the new normal.

As online learning and work-from-home arrangement become a part of the way we do things moving forward, PLDT-Smart continues its efforts to pivot more towards online-driven services and boost its already significant digital presence. The MVP company's landmark tie-up with Grab reinforces the two company's shared vision of further empowering the South East Asian region through technology.

PLDT Home WiFi, PLDT Smart Grab Partnership

Under this partnership, PLDT-Smart and Grab will provide Filipino consumers with various online channels through which we can conveniently purchase PLDT Home and Smart products and have the items delivered straight to our homes within 24 hours.

Starting on June 8, 2020, customers residing in the Greater Metro Manila area can order PLDT Home WiFi Prepaid units Powered by Smart LTE through PLDT Home website and have their units delivered to their homes through the Grab Express delivery service. Purchases can be done through debit or credit card for cashless delivery or even cash-on-delivery.

Buy PLDT Home WiFi via GrabMart

Aside from that, PLDT Home and Smart products are now available at the new GrabMart, a shopping-plus-delivery solution that's available within the Grab application.

For instance, when you look for "PLDT Home WiFi" in GrabMart, it will automatically forward you to a store nearest you from which the Grab delivery will be made. Currently, this useful internet device from PLDT sells for only PHP 995.

In line with this partnership, Smart Communications will also allow instant loading of Smart Prepaid accounts through the Grab application using the GrabPay wallet. Smart Prepaid subscribers can conveniently buy load or mobile data packages with a minimum amount of PHP 50 using their own number. They may also do this for family and friends via the app.

"We’ve started with PLDT products. Soon, more of Smart’s products and services will be made more accessible through GrabMart. This is aligned with Smart’s commitment to bring simple solutions and amazing experiences to enrich the digital lives of Filipinos," shared PLDT-Smart SVP and Consumer Business Customer Development Head, Mr. Alex O. Caeg.

On the other hand, according to Grab Philippines President - Mr. Brian Cu, "We are thrilled to partner with PLDT Inc. in making internet more available to more homes using our superapp services. It has always been Grab’s aim to empower Filipinos to do more everyday by leveraging the use of digital technologies that improve their lives and make them future-ready. Our partnership with PLDT jumpstarts the many initiatives we have to deliver positive and a sustainable impact for the benefit of all Filipinos"

Sharing his thoughts on the PLDT-Smart and Grab Partnership, Smart President and PLDT Chief Revenue Officer, Mr. Al S. Panlilio said, "Together with Grab, a leader in the digital, app-based transport, food, and logistics space, we are making it quick, convenient, and safe for our customers to enjoy our products and services through on-demand orders coupled with rapid delivery."

He added, "This is part of our overall shift and broader strategy of moving toward online-driven solutions as we ready ourselves for the next stage of the new normal. This partnership extends our reach not only online, but also kicks-off our other strategic initiatives in the space of remote working, e-learning and e-health."

To conclude, this collaboration with Grab is in line with PLDT-Smart's efforts to keep Filipino families safe amidst the community quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection and even beyond. This strategic alliance is an immediate answer to the need for next-generation internet products and services, which many see as a requirement in every home as we all enter The New Normal. With PLDT-Smart and Grab working together, providing Filipinos with useful and relevant technological tools and innovations has been faster and simpler.

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