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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Smart and Facebook partners to offer free mobile internet service



Talk 'N Text, a value brand of Smart Communications Inc. has partnered with Facebook to offer the Internet.org app, a platform offering a set of mobile internet services without data charges. Internet.org app allows subscribers to enjoy access to 24 websites including news, education, messaging, health and communication. 

Facebook led the initiative of internet.org which aims to make mobile data services available to millions of Smart Subscribers without internet subscription. Smart is the first telecommunication company in the Philippines to launch Internet.org app in in Southeast Asia. Last year, Internet.org has been rolled out to six countries, India, Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, and Zambia. 

The free data service is not just available for Talk N Text subscribers but also to Smart and Sun prepaid customers. To access the service, you just have to download the Internet.org app from Google Play Store or browsing directly at www.internet.org. They can also text INTERNET and send it to 9999.

This partnership of Smart’s with Facebook is a big boost to its ‘Internet for All’ campaign. An advocacy Smart has to make useful information online available to millions of Filipinos. 

Currently, according to The Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines, only less than 40% percent of the country’s population had Internet access last year. 

The 24 websites other than FB and Messenger are Ask.com, Bing, Dictionary.com, wikiHow and Wikipedia for general information, news updates from Inquirer, Rappler, PhilStar, and Interaksyon. Sports News from ESPN and SPIN.PH, weather climate from Accuweather and RainCheckPH; and love stories via Wattpad. Browsing TESDA.gov.ph is also available for free including Jobstreet; OLX.ph; PesosandSense and YourMoney.com, BabyCenter & MAMA and Girl Effect; and UNICEF’s.

Smart continues to be the most advanced network in the Philippines today, with a total of 26,000+ cellular/broadband base stations, including 11,000+ active 4G/HSPA+/Long-Term Evolution (LTE) base stations supported by almost a 100,000 kilometers of fiber-optic cables around the country.  Using the Internet.org App or by browsing www.internet.org from your phone, You can enjoy accessing this useful websites for free. 

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