Globe’s free Facebook offer returns Oct 3
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Globe Telecom announced that its free Facebook offer is back starting Friday, October 3 – exactly a week after Smart network announced that it is rolling out its limited-time, free mobile Internet services to its prepaid subscribers.
There are no restrictions on the megabyte (MB) allocation per day to access the site, plus no maintaining balance is required for prepaid customers, and no Wi-Fi needed, Globe said.
Globe said it will roll out access to the social networking site to its over 43 million prepaid and postpaid customers starting Friday, October 3, to complete on Sunday, October 5.
To register, customers can text FREEFB to 8888 for free information and they will receive a text message with a link to start accessing Facebook for free.
Free Facebook on feature phones and smartphones can be accessed via the Facebook app or Facebook's mobile site, m.facebook.com.
Globe said in a statement that customers need not purchase any data plan to avail of the promo, and will only be required to register once to enjoy Free Facebook all they want.
Those who subscribed to Free Facebook previously and did not opt-out do not need to register to the offer.
“With our better and bigger Free Facebook, customers enjoy all-you-want access without any MB cap, no daily registration needed, and no maintaining balance. Globe users can enjoy sharing, liking, and posting on Facebook for free…with no limitations and no strings attached,” Globe chief operating adviser Peter Bithos said.
Following Smart’s announcement on September 26, Globe released a statement saying they were the first to roll out free Internet services like Facebook from October 2013 to April 2014 and teased about the comeback of their free Facebook offer.
The announcements from the telecommunications giants ignited their war anew.
“Amid all the hype and promotions, we are happy in the fact that, at Globe, we deliver both.…We look forward to more vigorous competition to come! Stay tuned,” Globe previously said.
Globe’s free Facebook offer as springboard for Internet.org app
Globe said its free Facebook offer became a springboard and inspiration for the Internet.org app, a Facebook-led initiative with the goal of making affordable Internet access available to two-thirds of the world who do not have Internet connectivity.
Launched in late July, Internet.org app is the brainchild of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Social Facebook product partnership manager Jackie Chang quoted Zuckerberg as saying that the Philippines became one of Facebook’s first successful test beds for the concept of free Facebook through Globe.
“Globe was one of the first telecommunications [company] to offer free Facebook to millions of customers and what we saw in the Philippines was astounding. Internet and data usage doubled....We realized that there’s an opportunity to go beyond just free Facebook and give people access to a set of free basic services,” said Chang during Rappler's Social Good Summit in Manila held in September.
Enhancing coverage to boost tourism
Meanwhile, Globe recently broke ground to construct a cell site at the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Command camp in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
The cell site will be equipped with 3G and 4G HSPA+ mobile technologies as part of the company’s network modernization initiative. Globe prides itself as being the first and only telecommunications provider in the Philippines fully equipped with the 3G technology, providing its customers access to wireless Internet for data interchange on their mobile devices.
Globe is also the first to complete the roll-out of a submarine fiber optic backbone in Palawan. The 400-kilometer undersea cable serves as a transmission system between the province and the main island of Luzon.
The Palawan cable system is said to provide high-speed Internet connection and a more dependable network and establish a future-proof infrastructure to meet growing bandwidth data requirements amid increasing preference for smartphones.
“Building new sites in different parts of the country is in support of our initiative to continuously expand our network presence, providing a robust and reliable network, which in turn, will further enhance service performance,” said Joel Agustin, Globe senior vice president and head of service management division, network technical group. – Rappler.com