Archive for the ‘Philippines’ Category

Aryty New Rates for Load to Globe, Smart, Sun

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

Aryty has just raised their rates to buy load and send load to the Philippines.

The new rates are effective immediately, raising P300 from $7.20 to $7.50. is still a great place to buy load as they do not tack on service fees and load is delivered very fast. While some will say that these rate increases are an Aryty scam, its not the case. Aryty simply needs to adjust for the fluctuations in currency between the US and the Philippines.

Let us know how you like the Aryty service.

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View our comparison of load rates here »

Globe Toll Free U.S. Phone Number

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

If your roaming in the United States with a Globe cell phone you can now call Globe customer support at their toll free number. This is great! The Globe toll free US phone number is 1-877-64-GLOBE (1-877-644-5623).

New Globe Super DUO Unlimited Commercial

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Here is the new TV commercial advertising their Globe Super DUO Unlimited call plans.

Gloo Online Collaboration on Globe Broadband

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

The new Gloo service from Globe Telecom Broadband looks pretty cool. It allows you to collaborate in a virtual space with you friends. It allows you to post Facebook pictures, web images and videos into spaces where you and your friends and family can collaborate in real-time. Sounds pretty cool!

Unlimited Internet with Globe Super Surf Plan

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Now you can browse all you want with Globes new Super Surf Plans, unlimited mobile browsing service, email, chat and blog. The price seems a bit steep but if you surf a lot it well worth it. We have read from a few users that the speed is very good and thier connections have been reliable. Complaints about the service have been minimum to us.

Super Surf For Postpaid Globe Phones

P2000/month (on top of MSF, 3 months holding period, pre-term fee P2000)

* P20/day/site for selected website: Facebook, Friendster, Twitter, Plurk, Gmail, Wikipedia and

Have you tried the Super Surf Plan. Leave your comment bellow.

Android Smart Phone Available for Globe Telecom Users

Saturday, November 21st, 2009


Time to buy some more load from Globe. Surfing the internet is great on the new HTC Magic phone running the Android operating system from Google. Globe makes the new HTC Magic available in the Philippines and it’s free at GPlan or GFlex 7000 in Megamall Globe Telecom Business Center (4/F Cyberzone, Building B).

We have played with some android phones and have loved their user interface and speed. Has anyone tried the HTC Magic? We would love a review of this phone.

HTC Magic Specs

Processor Qualcomm® MSM7200A™, 528 MHz
Operating System Android
Memory ROM: 512 MB

RAM: 288 MB

Dimensions 113 x 55.56 x 13.65 mm ( 4.45 x 2.19 x 0.54 inches)
Weight 116 grams ( 4.09 ounces) with battery
Display 3.2-inch TFT-LCD flat touch-sensitive screen with 320×480 HVGA resolution

  • 900/2100 MHz
  • Up to 2 Mbps up-link and 7.2 Mbps down-link speeds

Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE:

  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

(Band frequency and data speed are operator dependent.)

Device Control Trackball with Enter button
GPS Internal GPS antenna
Connectivity Bluetooth® 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate and A2DP for wireless stereo headsets

Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g

HTC ExtUSB™ (11-pin mini-USB 2.0 and audio jack in one)

Camera 3.2 megapixel color camera with auto focus
Audio supported formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, MP3, WMA, WAV, AAC-LC, MIDI, OGG
Video supported formats MP4, 3GP
HTC Sync™ system requirements
  • Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) or higher or Microsoft Windows Vista®
  • Microsoft® Office Outlook® 2000/2002/2003/2007, Windows Address Book (Outlook Express), or Windows Contacts
Microsoft® Exchange Server synchronization requirements Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) or Microsoft Exchange Server 2007
Battery Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery

Capacity: 1340 mAh

Talk time:

  • Up to 400 minutes for WCDMA
  • Up to 450 minutes for GSM

Standby time:

  • Up to 660 hours for WCDMA
  • Up to 420 hours for GSM

(The above are subject to network and phone usage.)

Expansion Slot microSD™ memory card (SD 2.0 compatible)
AC Adapter Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240V AC, 47/63 Hz

DC output: 5V and 1A

Special Features G-sensor

Digital Compass

Support Philipinos on Friendster

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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Support Typhoon Ondoy on Friendster by joining this group

Typhoon Ondoy (International name: Ketsana) has devastated millions of Filipinos in the Philippines.

Ondoy roared across the northern Philippines near Manila on Saturday, dumping more than a month’s worth of rain in just 12 hours.

Nearly 300,000 people were affected by storm, including some 47,000 people who were brought to about 100 schools, churches and other evacuation shelters, officials said.

In this time of need, let us all work hand in hand together to help out our brothers and sisters in the Philippines.

Friendster has compiled all the verified rescue relief centers across the country, as well as abroad.

With a little effort and helping out, we can give aid and assistance to those in need faster.

Globe challenges Smart’s speed test claim

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

The mobile broadband war is getting more intense as the two mobile services rivals try to claim ownership of having the fastest mobile broadband service.

Smart Communications started to run an advertisement claiming that its SmartBro wireless broadband service is the fastest, based on a public field test conducted by a company called PSRC (Philippine Survey and Research Center).

The SmartBro TV commercial showed a celebrity host testing a SmartBro kit and a second kit that is blurred on screen, apparently the unit from rival Globe. The host utilized the popular bandwidth testing site SpeedTest.Net, with the results showing SmartBro as the fastest.

However, rival Globe Telecom, which owns the Globe Tattoo brand, questioned the credibility of Smart’s claims saying that their rival’s test was full of fallacies as it used one website for measurement. In a press conference, Globe’s network engineers claimed that SpeedTest.Net only captures the “burst speed” of the network being tested during a certain period, but not the actual total speed within a sustained period.

Broadband and Landline Group Marketing Head Mari Litonjua added that Smart’s test was only within one place. To counter this claim Litonjua said they wanted an independent review and tapped telecommunications system integrator NESIC Philippines to conduct a series of tests using Globe Tattoo and SmartBro.

They also included a competing kit from Sun’s own wireless broadband service but only for Metro Manila where the service is only available.

Instead of just using, Litonjua showed they also used a speed testing software called Netpersec and a second speed testing website,

“We don’t want do the test in one place just like they did. So we tested it in several areas,” Litonjua said, noting that these areas were chosen at random and based on foot traffic.

As the NESIC results showed, Globe Tattoo outmatched SmartBro in all of the tests. Only Sun Cellular’s wireless broadband performed nearly the same as Globe Tattoo, and it also outgunned SmartBro.

The NESIC test, however, did not include a prolonged time-based test, which could also affect the kit’s bandwidth. There are external, uncontrolled factors that can affect bandwidth speed, even in high-signal locations. One of these include the number of mobile phone and wireless broaband users in a given area who are connecting at the same time.

Still, Litonjua stressed that the purpose of the test was to get the most comprehensive measurement and make people aware of the claims. “What’s important is user experience and we’re trying to address that.”

SmartBro has over 500,000 users in the Philippines. Globe claims that it has over 110,000 wireless broadband subscribers, the majority of which are from its Globe Tattoo service.

Smart has yet to respond to Globe’s test results.

via Globe challenges Smart’s speed test claim –, Philippine News for Filipinos.

Broadband Addoption in Philippines Still Slow

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

Broadband service in the Philippines lags behind its neighbors in terms of wireless broadband adoption. The country only has “less than a million” users despite having launched 3G service three years ago.

Currently the leading landline operator PLDT, Smart Communication, have a combined broadband subscriber base of 1.2 million. About 700,000 of these use Smart Bro, which is comprised of fixed and wireless–via USB dongles–broadband users.

Main rival Globe Telecom, on the other hand, has 379,000 broadband subscribers, of which 180,000 are subscribers of its Globe Tattoo wireless plugin broadband service.

Another market player, Sun Cellular, has also rolled out its fixed and wireless broadband services but its subscriber base is still just a few thousands, and nowhere near the numbers of Smart and Globe.

Read more here,39044192,62059187,00.htm

Photo From the Globe Tattoo Launch Event

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Blogger LA Lomarda has some great photos of the Globe Tattoo Launch event. Check them out here.