Smart Plug ‘N Talk
The new Smart Plug ‘N Talk, also known as the Smart Plug ‘N Text, is a breakthrough in USB communications to the Philippines for texting and talking. The Plug-N-Talk is a USB device that plugs into your computer and allows you to use your Smart SIM from your computer as an internet phone. What that means is you can make phone calls and text all from your PC and the best part is its like you are in the Philippines using your Smart cell phone so you pay the local rates rather then the hefty roaming charges. This is a much better solution the the average Voip internet phone service when calling the Philippines as it saves money for the person in the Philippines that is returning your calls or texts.
Smart Plug N Talk Benefits
- Rates as low as P6.50 per minute and text messages for only P1
- Works anywhere in the world with PC access
- No need to have a cell phone
- Your friends in the Philippines pay local rates to text and call you back
Buying a Smart Plug-N-Talk
The Plug ‘N Talk kit is available for only P1,800, which includes the Plug N’ Talk device, an earpiece and a FREE Smart Pinoy SIM. You can buy it in stores if you are int eh Philippines or online from outside the Philippines.
Smart Plug-N-Talk Store Locations the Philippines
- Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 1
- Mactan Cebu International Airport
- SMART wireless center – Mega Mall
- SMART wireless center – North Edsa
- SMART wireless center – South Mall and Robinsons Place Ermita
- SMART wireless center – Pampanga
- SMART wireless center – Batangas
- SMART wireless center – Bacoor for South Luzon
- SMART wireless center – Elizabeth Mall in Cebu City
- SMART wireless center – Limketkai Mall in Cagayan de Oro City
Buy a Smart Plug-N-Talk Online
- Plug N Talk Load – www.plugntalkload.com
- OFW Load – www.ofwload.com
- Ebay – www.ebay.com
$52.50 – $59.95
- Load for your Smart Plug ‘N Talk – www.aryty.com
P115 / $2.76
P300 / $7.20
P500 / $12.00
P1,000 / $24.00
Load Your Smart Plug-N-Talk
Now that you can talk and text with Smart from your PC you will need to make sure you keep you Smart Talk N Text Loaded. Read our review of sites that allow you to load your Philippines SIMs. Or Just log on to www.aryty.com now »
Read more about the Smart Plug N Text on the official Smart website here »
Included with the Smart Plug N Text
The Smart Plug N Text comes with everything you need to get started calling the Philippines cheap. All you will need is a USB capable PC running Windows 2000 or above and an internet connection.
- a SMART Plug N’ Talk Device,
- a FREE SMART Pinoy SIM,
- an Earpiece with Mic, and
- a travel pouch
Smart Plug N Talk FAQs
What are the PC minimum requirements for Smart Plug N Talk?
- Intel Pentium II 400 MHz processor, or higher
- Minimum of 128 MB RAM
- 15 MB free Hard Drive space
- Windows 98 Second Edition, or later versions such as Windows 2000, Windows XP or Window Vista
- A USB Port
- Full-duplex sound card
- Broadband Internet Connection
How do I use Smart Plug N Talk?
The Smart Plug N Text is so easy you’ll feel like you are talking on your cell phone.
- Insert your Smart SIM card in the Smart Plug N Talk USB dongle
- Plug the Smart Plug N Talk device in your computer’s USB port.
- A softphone program will automatically launch.
- Call or text by typing in the details on the softphone interface on the computer.
Can I use Plug N Talk both while in the Philippines and abroad?
Yes. Smart Plug N Talk can be used anywhere in the world, even on internet cafes, as long as the minimum requirements are met and there is broadband internet access on your computer.
How do I start using my Plug N Talk application?
The application launches automatically when you plug the USB Plug N Talk dongle into your computer.
Can I use my Plug N Talk on more than one PC?
Sure Plug it in to any PC you like. All your info is stored on the Plug N Play so you Don’t have to worry about your info staying on the computer. Thats why its perfect for traveling.
Where are my settings and information stored?
All your settings are and information are stored in the flash memory of the Smart Plug N Play.
How will I access my phone contacts while in my SIM with the Smart Plug N Talk?
Your contacts saved in the SIM you inserted in your Smart Plug N Talk will automatically show in the Contacts tab of the Smart Plug N Talk softphone.
Will my messages and call records be stored in Smart Plug N Talk?
Yes, all your incoming and outgoing calls make through the Smart Plug N Talk are stored, and can be seen in the History tab of the Smart Plug N Talk softphone.
Can I use my Smart Plug N Talk with the Smart Plug It device or the PLDT WeRoam device?
Yes, you can. Smart Plug N Talk works with any broadband internet access, such as what Smart Plug It and PLDT WeRoam provide.
Can I use my existing Smart SIM on the Plug N Talk, or do I need to purchase a special SIM?
Smart Plug N Talk works with all prepaid and postpaid Smart SIM cards like:
Smart Gold, and
currently available in the market, except for Smart Gold with Multiline capabilities, Smart Kid and Smart Bro SIMs.
Can I use a Globe or SUn Philippine mobile SIM cards with Plug N Talk?
No. Smart Plug N Talk only works with Smart SIM cards.
Do I need to activate the International Roaming on my Smart SIM to be able to use it with Smart Plug N Talk when outside the Philippines?
No. Your Smart SIM does not need to be activated for roaming with the Smart Plug N Play. If you intend to use the same SIM card in a cell phone while abroad you should activate it for roaming.
What are the call and text rates for Smart Plug N Talk?
- Prepaid Calls to Smart phones P7.50
- Prepaid Text to Smart phones P1.00
- Postpaid Calls to Smart phones P6.50
- Postpaid Text to Smart phones P1.00
- Calls to non Smart phones P8.50
- Text to non Smart phones P2.00
Will I be able to receive calls and texts on Smart Plug N Talk?
Yes. You will be able to receive voice calls and SMS messages through your Smart Plug N Talk from any Philippine network.
If you are using a Smart Prepaid SIM (eg. Smart Buddy, Smart Pinoy SIM), you need to have enough load to initiate / send Voice Calls and Text Messages. There is no maintaining balance, however, for you to receive Voice Calls and Text Messages.
You can also send and receive text messages to and from International Numbers.
Can I make video calls, send / receive MMS, do downloads, or surf the net using Plug N Talk?
Video Calls, MMS, and VAS (Value-Added Services) downloads are currently not available on Smart Plug N Talk.
If I use my Smart Postpaid SIM with my Smart Plug N Talk, will I be able to consume my free minutes on Smart Plug N Talk usages?
Your outbound usage of Smart Plug N Talk services will be charged on top of your plan, and hence, will not be deducted from your free voice minutes, or free text messages per your postpaid plan. Incoming calls and text messages, however is free to the Smart Plug N Talk user.
A separate line on your billing statement will reflect all your transactions for Smart Plug N Talk.
How do I request for the remaining load balance on my Smart Prepaid SIM (Smart Buddy or Smart Pinoy) through my Smart Plug N Talk?
Balance inquiry is possible by texting “?1515” to 214 or voice call to *888.
If I use Smart Plug N Talk to send text messages, will I be able to use up my free texts? Or will all Smart Plug N Talk texts be deducted from my airtime/load?
Text messages sent through Smart Plug N Talk will be charged to your airtime, and hence, will not be deducted from your free text messages.
If I Don’t use my Smart Plug N Talk, will I be able to retrieve messages sent to me in the past 24 hours? Will I be prompted for call attempts made on my Plug N Talk for the past 24 hours?
No, SMS validity has a maximum of 9 hours only. All messages sent in the last 9 hours will be delivered to you, either on your Smart Plug N Talk or your mobile phone, depending on which device you use.
Call attempts, however, will not be reported.
If I use my Smart Postpaid SIM with Smart Plug N Talk, will I get a separate billing statement for my Plug N Talk charges?
No, you will not receive a separate billing statement for Smart Plug N Talk. You will, however, see a separate category / line for your Smart Plug N Talk transactions on the next billing statement of your current Smart Postpaid account.
How will I know if the Smart Plug N Talk I bought is in good condition? How will I know if it is defective?
When the status window of your Smart Plug N Talk says “Smart Plug N Talk Ready,” you can already send and receive voice calls and text messages.
For your Smart Plug N Talk to work properly, please ensure the following:
- A valid / active Smart SIM card is properly inserted in the SIM slot of your Smart Plug N Talk device,
- Your USB slot is working properly,
- You have reliable broadband internet access in the computer you are using,
- You have properly set the firewall settings (applicable in cases where the network being used has a firewall), and
- You have enough load when attempting to make a voice call or send text message. (to reload, simply login to http://www.aryty.com
- If you continue to experience problems, you can contact Smart Customer Service through:
- Call *888 using your Smart SIM card
How do I make my speakers ring instead of my headset?
Set the ring device in your settings (Settings | Devices | Ring Device).
I have no audio out
If you can hear audio from other programs that play sound, then:
Make sure your speakers or headphones are plugged into the appropriate port on your computer
Ensure that your master volume is not muted, or set to minimal volume.
If you install a new USB sound device, it may become the Windows default sound device. In such a case:
Go to Settings -> Devices
Under the Headset section the Speaker & Microphone device should be C-media USB Audio device and under the Speakerphone section the Speaker & Microphone device should be the default that was chosen by Plug N Talk.
Make sure that the other party is actually transmitting sound and that they have not muted their microphone.
I have no audio in
Try and record audio with other programs on your computer, such as Microsoft Sound Recorder.
Ensure your microphone or headset is plugged in, turned on, and the audio on your PC is not muted.
Go to Settings -> Devices ->
Under the Headset section the Speaker & Microphone device should be C-media USB Audio device and under the Speakerphone section the Speaker & Microphone device should be the default that was chosen by Plug N Talk
Ask the other party to follow the steps in “No Audio Out”.
I receive poor audio quality
Try moving the microphone closer or further from your mouth.
When the earpiece is connected, the microphone should be set to low level. If your microphone or speaker volume is too high, you may hear a “crackling” sound
Don’t download large files during a call.
Make sure you are not running heavy applications similar to eMule while you are speaking.
Where can I buy additional credits for my Smart Plug N Talk?
The easiest way to buy load for you Smart Plug N Talk is with www.aryty.com