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Globe Gives Away Free SIM Cards to All Foreign Tourists and OFWs

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Globe Telecom, in partnership with Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines, announced today to give away free SIM cards to all foreign tourists and Overseas Contract Workers (OFW) visiting or coming back to the country, respectively. Starting tomorrow, July 30, 2015, Globe will start issuing the free SIM cards to incoming foreign tourists and OFWs through its booths inside the airports of NAIA, Cebu, Davao, Kalibo, Iloilo, and Clark. Tourists can present their non-Philippine passports or foreign resident cards, while OFWs can show their Seaman’s book or OFW E-card. This free SIM cards promo will end on December 31, 2015.

So, how many free SIM cards is that going to be? Roughly about 2.23 million!

The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) is the marketing arm of the Philippine’s Department of Tourism (DOT). The board was tasked to promote the Philippines as the top tourist destination in Asia through its “Visit the Philippines Year 2015” tourism campaign, with a goal of garnering 5.5 million foreign tourists arriving in the Philippines. With this goal, it has partnered with Globe Telecom, the first telecommunications company it has done so, through the International Business Group of the telecom giant to offer various services to the millions of tourists visiting the Philippines, and for the OFWs returning home. The two entities conducted the formal contract signing at the Aracama in the Fort Strip of Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City this morning in front of a backdrop that said:

Staying Connected – More Fun in the Philippines.

Buffet lunch at Aracama was served with the main course being three kinds of lechon: Original lechon, Spanish lechon and Truffle lechon. Of course, I tried all three and concluded the Spanish style was the best tasting one. Kudos to Chef Fernando Aracama for this kind of gastronomic treat!

After lunch, Tracy Abad opened the event by describing who the two entities were and a description of the partnership that was about to happen. However, I was still curious if what they were going to announce was a smartphone app, a website or something else. Tracy Abad is currently the morning show host for Mellow 94.7, a Philippine FM radio station. She was the TV show host with the now-discontinued QTV of GMA Network.

Opening remarks were delivered by the representing officers of both entities. First on the stage was the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of TPB Domingo Ramon Enerio III who gave a synapse of inbound tourism in the country.

Summarizing what he said, there were a total of 2.23 million tourists who arrived in the Philippines between January and May this year, an 8.15% leap compared to last year of the same period. The average stay of a tourist in the country is 10 nights and the average tourist spends more than $100 a day. That’s a whooping 93.9 billion Pesos in tourism earnings for the first five months of 2015.

I did some Google-ing (is there such a word?) and found out that between 1991 and 2015, the highest recorded foreign arrivals in the country was December last year at 487,654 tourists while the lowest recorded foreign arrivals was February of 1991 at 63,628. Also during the event, Enerio enumerated the top 10 countries for incoming foreign tourists come from, mainly:

  1. Korea
  2. USA
  3. Japan
  4. China
  5. Australia
  6. Singapore
  7. Canada
  8. Taiwan
  9. UK
  10. Malaysia

But another Google-ing led me to tourism.gov.ph and the top spending markets based on visitor earnings were not the same. The top three countries in the government website was the same but the 4th highest was listed as Australia, not China which was in 5th place. Then, it was more different for the 6th to 9th place, namely: (6) Canada, (7) UK, (8) Singapore, and (9) Spain. Taiwan was missing from the website’s top 10 list. Okay, maybe I’m reading the stats on the website differently.

After Enerio, the Senior Vice President for International Business of Globe Telecom Rizza Maniego-Eala entered the stage and spoke of the need to help the promotions board hit their 5.5 million tourist target, and Globe’s role to do so. This is when she announced their intent to give away free SIM cards to every incoming foreign tourist and OFW – the first campaign in a series of more campaigns to come.

Called the Globe Traveler SIM, it is a local prepaid SIM card that offers the same services as every prepaid customer of Globe enjoys – local rates for calls, text messaging, and mobile internet services, giving foreign tourists and OFWs a more cost-efficient way to communicate and connect rather than using an international number which charges expensive roaming rates for calling, text messaging and internet browsing while in the Philippines. For example, they can use the Globe Traveler SIM and call the U.S. for as low as $0.40 per minute. That’s low compared to high roaming charges – for example, AT&T would bill an American $2.50 per minute to call from the Philippines to anywhere in the world, including home country USA.

Eala adds, “We are happy to be the first telco partner of the Tourism Promotions Board in their thrust to make the Philippines the ultimate destination hub for tourists worldwide. Offering free SIMs is our way of helping travelers further enjoy their stay by enabling easy, affordable and hassle-free communications.”

A question-and-answer portion followed for people in media and guests to ask for more information about the partnership. Then, a table was set where both Enerio and Eala sat down to formally sign the partnership contracts while everyone witnessed, video-taped and snapped photos of the moment.

For more information on the FREE Globe Traveler SIM, please visit the Globe Traveler SIM website. For jetsetters, backpackers, and thrill-seekers, Visit the Philippines Year 2015 provides a year-round calendar guide for all adventures, whether it be food trips, walking tours, or festivals. For information on activities and events, please log on to www.visitph2015.com.

Sources and references of text: Globe Press Release | tourism.gov.ph | AT&T

Photos and images: Globe Press Release | tourism.gov.ph | @raffypekson #capturebyKata

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

July 29, 2015 at 4:17 pm

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Globe Telecom Launch Anti-Spam in Text Messaging Campaign

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Globe Telecom launched a campaign to address continuing proliferation of unsolicited promotional materials sent through short messaging service or text messages, commonly known as text spams. This was announced in January 24 of this year at the Globe Press Room web page.

How to Report a Spam Text Message

Subscribers may report via the Globe website through Talk2Globe Chat (http://chat.globe.com.ph); send a message through Globe Contact Form (http://globe.com.ph/talk2Globenow) or by tweeting @Talk2GLOBE on Twitter. Subscribers can put in the number, the exact message, and the time and date the text spam was received. Numbers that are reported to be source of text spams are first sent warnings and those that are persistent source of text spams are deactivated from the service, YolyCrisanto, Globe Head of Corporate Communications, said.

How Did They Get Your Number

“Anyone who has access to numbers can create a database. Collection of numbers can come from registration to events and websites, prepaid loading from sari-sari stores, to text validation of mobile apps, and more. Major sources can be mobile marketing companies, app and web developers, load merchants, private and public establishments as well as through mobile generator programs,” Crisanto added.

Does Globe Sell Mobile Numbers

Also, Globe Telecom also disputes an online report that telcos sell customer numbers to database marketing companies.

How Will You Know If the Text Blast is Legitimate

Lastly, legitimate text blasts approved by the National Telecommunications Commission (or NTC) are properly identified and do not carry 11-digit numbers.

Source: Globe.com.ph.

Photo upload by JohnnyMrNinja into wikimedia.org.

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Globe GCash Soon Good for Online Purchases

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Globe Telecom's GCash mobile wallet

At the GSM Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Globe Telecom launched a customer strategy for the unbanked — paying for mobile apps and other Web goods through GCash, its internationally acclaimed micro payment service that transforms a mobile phone into a virtual wallet for money transfers at the speed and cost of a text message.

Though the Philippines has over 70 million mobile phone subscribers that have catapulted it as the world’s text messaging capital, its market is traditionally constrained by low credit card ownership that hampers full participation in today’s digital life.

To start off the service, Globe has partnered with Research in Motion (RIM) to allow Globe subscribers using BlackBerry devices to charge purchases for mobile applications from the BlackBerry App World onto their monthly-postpaid bill or prepaid account credits. The new service is expected to roll out in the second quarter this year.

A tie-up with American Express will roll out an online payment solution that will enable Globe subscribers to purchase goods such as electronics, toys, apparel, and many other goods from popular US and UK online sites that accept American Express.

Read more at CRM Innovation

Photo by GSMA MMU at Flickr.com

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The Best Kind of Business in the Philippines is in Prepaid Load

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UPDATE: The prepaid load business is now inoperable.

In replacement, I would like to offer you something else, which is VOICEBLAST.

What is “VoiceBlast?” Do you know what TEXT BLAST is?

Well, instead of text blasting people to death and yet not knowing if they received the message, deleted it, may be interested in it but decline to text back, or simply the number is already dead or terminated, VoiceBlast is the better alternative. With VoiceBlast, you get 100% statistics on all numbers called so you’ll know what the outcome or disposition per number. Plus, voice is definitely 100x better than text.

Read more about VoiceBlast by clicking this line.

We also have a Referral Partner Program where you can get paid for referring SMEs, large companies and other organizations every minute they use the VoiceBlast service. E-mail me at raffy@goautodial.com if you’re interested it this.

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It’s an obvious fact that more than 90 percent of the mobile phone market in the Philippines happen to be prepaid. It’s a market where almost a billion text messages (technically called SMS or small message system) is sent out every day. Yes, you read it right – one billion text messages a day! That’s why this huge market lives and breathes on text messaging promotions like unlimited text messaging between like telecom providers per day, per week or per month. Sometimes, that includes sending text messages to other telecom networks. For voice calls, there are also unlimited calls within the same telecom network or even discounted calls abroad.

Now, what if you can use prepaid load as an entrepreneurial business for yourself? “Why?” you’d say since not only the telecom companies are doing that for themselves, there have been one or two doing it through a network marketing model. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford the joining fee or start-up cost. Juan dela Cruz (a.k.a. John Averageman) and his meager salary can’t invest thousands of Pesos to join this direct selling business.

Enter “KikoLoad,” today’s cheapest and easiest way to start a prepaid load business in the Philippines by paying a registration fee of not thousands of Pesos but only 500 Pesos! “What’s the catch?” Actually, nothing. In fact, what Mobile Ventures did more was to give half the amount back as a starting credit to the new member of KikoLoad. So, out of the 500 Pesos you paid for joining, you get back 250 Pesos as your initial KikoLoad so you can start your business instantly. On top of that, they’re also giving away 50 Pesos as a recruitment incentive to the member (that’s you) for every person who joins KikoLoad as part of your network. And that’s not all – every new recruit is eligible to receive a 20,000 Pesos life insurance coverage for FREE! That’s probably the best incentive to join a direct selling business using the most popular product in the Philippines.

“Why the heck should I join this kind of business?”

Let me repeat what I wrote above: more than 90 percent of the mobile phone market in the Philippines are prepaid phones. There are more than enough relatives, neighbors, office colleagues, professional acquaintance, real friends and Facebook friends for you to earn a lot of money by selling prepaid load and recruiting others to sell as well.

If you see how those prepaid load sellers in flea markets and the malls use three phones for each telecom network provider, KikoLoad simplified it into just one mobile phone, regardless of the telecom network provider or SIM card you are using. You say you use a Globe Handyphone SIM card owner? Sell and transfer your KikoLoad credits to a Smart or Sun user. “Now, how do you do that?” To simplify my answer, don’t even worry about it. It’s KikoLoad’s job to give you that convenience. Just focus on selling and recruiting, and KikoLoad does the rest of the technical stuff for you.

People are now flocking to join KikoLoad!

Here’s another benefit for the would-be entrepreneur: prepaid load is a product that does not need inventory management and warehousing. This means no need for any bookkeeping to tag assets, depreciation, obsolescence, spoilage, theft, bond payments or deposits, and a whole kaboodle of accounting work that drives many entrepreneurs nuts. Sell KikoLoad, get the cash from your customer, type a command on your mobile phone, and your customer’s phone is credited with the new prepaid load you just transfered.

In fact, the method by which you earn selling (or transferring) prepaid load to another person is something like instant rebate: when you sell 100 Pesos to your friend, only 90 Pesos is actually deducted from your KikoLoad. Repeat this cycle and increase the amount of sales, and you get the drift of the business. No need to travel the distance to get a check payment. No need to wait in line to en cash the check in a bank far away from where you live. The instant rebate means instant revenue or on-the-spot earning.

However, everything I just mentioned above is selling. What about recruiting people to join KikoLoad and being tagged under your network, also called in network marketing or direct selling parlance “your downline?Every recruit you bring in gives you an instant rebate of 50 Pesos, a small token of appreciation for the effort of convincing that person to join the business under your network. Once your direct recruit starts buying more KikoLoad credits to sell, you instantly earn 0.5 percent. But they don’t stop there. When your direct recruit (let’s label this recruit your “Level 1” or L1) starts building his or her own network of recruits (let’s call this network your “Level 2” or L1), and those recruits also starts buying KikoLoad credits to sell, you also earn 0.5 percent from them. In summary, you earn 0.5 percent from each of your L1 and L2 network members. How many you recruit directly and how many your recruits recruit directly, too, including how much KikoLoad they buy to sell, equals your instant rebate or your instant earning.

This is just the tip of the iceberg because all I’ve been writing about is prepaid load or credits. You can also sell life insurance and a host of other products that’s in the pipeline which, again, needs no inventory management and warehousing. As a direct selling company, there are performance incentives and promotions, and reward and recognition for top performers. It’s a whole new way of doing business using one the most popular product in the Philippines today – prepaid load.

Think about it! If you recruit someone, you may not even have to push your recruits to sell to earn a percentage of their sales. Almost everyone needs prepaid load. It’s as if you just need to sit pretty on your comfy couch and watch the Pesos come in. However, do you think people won’t bother you to sell them prepaid load? They will! Do you want to earn more? Think about a girl named RITA. “Huh?” Yes, RITA. Her name means “Recruitment Is The Answer!” It’s your ticket to a luxurious retirement, right?

So, rather than go on and on repetitively, let me just post the million Peso question:
Do you want to earn money while sitting down? “Who doesn’t!”

More than 90 percent of the mobile phone market is prepaid. Make it your business today!

Call or message Raffy to learn how to join, today! • 0927-726-9949 • raffy@pekson.com

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How To Check Your Plate Number By Text Messaging

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If by chance you are told by a police (in a checkpoint) that your car plates have been tampered with or are stolen – and you know they’re not – here’s a way to check it by way of “text messaging” and show them proof (or something like that.)

Write a text message as:

LTO<space>VEHICLE space>XXX999

…where XXX999 is your plate number, i.e. LTO VEHICLE PAM224

Send this text-message to 2600 and wait for reply message. The reply should be inform you of the following:

Car Plate:
Model:
Year:
Color:
Date of Last Registered:
LTO Apprehension, if any:
LTO Alarm, if any:

This SMS service is also userful for car buyers. The usual fee of 2.50 Pesos is charged to the sender for every text message sent.

Here are the other (command line) messages you can SEND to 2600:

  • LTO MV – for miscellaneous motor vehicle transactions
  • LTO DL – for driver’s license and other permit transactions
  • LTO HELP – for a menu of LTO’s services

Source: E-mail blast from Tribu Verde Group

Photo by Scandi from wikimedia.org