Smart Launches “Always On” Internet Packages

I’ve been hearing about Smart Telecoms’ new mobile Internet packages from several Filipino tech blogs the past couple of days but did not post about it until I get the official press release from Smart. So, here goes. Smart is launching several “highly affordable” Internet packages for those who are fond of using their phones for web browsing for whatever purposes. Read: checking Facebook, Twitter, Google+(?), and or following your favorite showbiz blogs.

The new Smart Internet Packages are as follow:

Volume

Price

Validity

Keyword

Access Code

25MB

P20

1 day

ON<space>20

Send to 2200

50MB

P30

1 day

ON<space>30

250MB

P300

30 days

ON<space>300

500MB

P500

30 days

ON<space>500

1GB

P750

30 days

ON<space>750

2GB

P995

30 days

ON<space>995

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always On is obviously a volume-based package which allows casual mobile Internet surfers to pay only for the data they wish to consume. These options go well if depending on your mobile phone data usage patterns. And these are available for Smart Buddy, Smart Gold, Talk N’ Text, and smart Bro subscribers.  To activate a package, simply send the keyword to 2200 via mobile phone or via the Smart Bro user menu on the computer. Users may purchase any number of packages simultaneously as they see fit. Validity of subscription starts upon availing of a plan. A P1 maintaining balance is required.

There are also other options especially for those who prefer time-based browsing. Users who prefer a time-based Internet scheme can still avail of an UNLIsurf package starting at just P50 for a whole day of unlimited surfing. UNLIsurf also comes in P300 (7 days) and P1,200 (30 days) denominations.

Meanwhile, those who would only like to access specific sites such as Facebook, Friendster, Multiply, and Twitter can sign up for a “Web UNLI” package for only P20/site per day.

I’m currently maintaining two Globe post-paid accounts which are enrolled in the monthly unlimited data browsing scheme which is costing me additional Php 2,000 for both lines over and above the monthly service fees that I have to pay for my data plan. Unfortunately, I couldn’t cancel those Globe plans because both are still under retention. Maybe next year, I can finally take the big shift to Smart. Although I would have to say that Smart’s offer for the HTC Salsa seems pretty interesting. Let me think first.

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