MANILA, Philippines – Globe Telecom Incorporated announced Monday, April 27, that it partnered with WhatsApp, giving customers free access to the mobile messaging app with a prepaid promo or postpaid plan subscription.
WhatsApp is a cross-platform, real-time mobile messaging application. To access WhatsApp for free, customers can download the app and use it free of data charges instantly.
Free WhatsApp real-time messaging and voice calling without data charges on any Globe prepaid promo or myLifestyle Plan subscription is available starting Thursday, April 30.
Prepaid customers registered to promos such as GoSakto, GoUnli25, GoUnli20, and GoSurf, as well as postpaid customers on myLifestyle Plan, can avail of free access to WhatsApp.
With free WhatsApp, Globe customers can exchange text and video messages, create messaging groups, and send each other unlimited images without having to pay any extra amount on top of their current prepaid promos or monthly service fees (MSF).
With the partnership, WhatsApp also recently introduced its WhatsApp Calling feature allowing users to make and accept calls, decline or respond to calls with a message, use a speakerphone, and mute the microphone feature.
“With the new WhatsApp Calling feature, our 800 million users can easily call their friends all over the world,” said Brian Acton, Co-Founder of WhatsApp. “We’re excited to be partnering with Globe to enrich everyday communications for Filipinos in the Philippines and abroad.”
Apart from free WhatsApp, prepaid and postpaid customers can also enjoy free access to Facebook by subscribing to their favorite Globe promos.
In 2014, Globe said it led the industry in mobile data business with revenues and data traffic growing faster than competition, on the back of its partnerships with global players and better network experience to provide compelling content to enrich the Filipino digital lifestyle.
Mobile browsing and other data revenues reached P14.3 billion ($322.95 million) in 2014, up 23% from P11.6 billion ($261.97 million) in 2013.
Globe’s network also carried 87,000 terabytes of data, increasing 270% from 2013 because of a significant surge in mobile browsing activity and higher smartphone adoption among its customers. – Rappler.com
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