All active mobile pre-paid subscribers have to do is to have a P1 load to start using 30MB of data starting Friday, September 26.
Smart announced Friday, September 26, that it would be offering a limited-time promotion for all its prepaid subscribers.
After saying on Twitter that he had a big announcement to make, Manuel "Manny" V. Pangilinan, director of Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) proclaimed on Friday, September 26, that pre-paid subscribers of Smart, Talk N' Text, and Sun Cellular can now avail of mobile Internet services offered by the 3 networks – free of charge.
"That's better than politics," Pangilinan quipped.
Pangilinan said this is an initiative to make mobile Internet available for all, adding that his company's wireless group has been spending P150 billion in capital expenditure to improve and democratize mobile Internet services in the country.
To date, Smart, Talk N'Text, and Sun Cellular have a combined total subscribers of 66 million.
The free yet limited data usage starts today, September 26, and will run until November 30. Subscribers can use data up to 30MB a day. They have to have at least P1 balance to benefit of the offer.
Pre-paid subscribers of the 3 mobile networks can now search Google, Wikipedia; use Google Maps and Waze for navigation; shop on Amazon, eBay, Lazada, Zalora; browse Instagram; and reserve taxi via Grab Taxi or Easy Taxi. They can also listen to songs, send and receive emails.
Smart also said users have a daily 30MB stipend for the free Internet they will be getting. This excludes VOIP and messaging apps like Viber and Whatsapp, as well as video streaming websites. Peer-to-peer file sharing is likewise not a part of this free Internet offer.
The speed of the connection is going to be limited by the device or handset being used by the subscriber. Location, time of use, and the type of connectivity they can get – 2G, 3G, or 4G – will also be limiting factors. The minimum speed, however, is set to 12 kilobits per second (kbps).
Active Smart prepaid subscribers can take advantage of the promotion by texting FREE to 9999. To get free Internet everyday, they should text the number daily to continue free access.