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Missing out on the finals action? Check out this P50 NBA League Pass

May 24, 2018 - 9:36 PM

More Filipino fans can watch live NBA action – and more – as Smart and PLDT offer an affordable day pass

BROADEN NBA'S REACH. NBA Philippines' partnership with PLDT-Smart expands the number of platforms available for Filipinos to watch NBA live. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Smart warns of slow internet due to damaged undersea cable

May 01, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The telco says there may be a slowdown 'from time to time when accessing certain sites and apps like Facebook, Google, and Netflix'

Globe, Smart urged to notify prepaid users of each load deduction

Mar 05, 2018 - 2:10 PM

'In that way, mas madali buhay nila.... At kung meron mang binawas sa 'yo, 'di ka nag-opt in, puwede kang mag-complain,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

PLDT, Smart sign $300M outsourcing deal with Amdocs

Jan 24, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Affected staff from PLDT's and Smart's IT units will be offered career opportunities in Amdocs as regular employees

DICT delays rule on 1-year expiration for prepaid load worth less than P300

Jan 05, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) The new rule applies to prepaid load worth P300 and above starting January 6. Load worth less than P300 will only be covered by July 5.

ONE-YEAR EXPIRATION. Effective January 5, 2018, all prepaid load with denomination of P300 and above will carry a one-year expiration period. But those below P300 will only be implemented by July 5. Stock photo

PLDT, Smart ink another partnership deal with Huawei

Jan 02, 2018 - 3:23 PM

The $28.5-million wireless service deal is expected to improve the telco giant's wireless service

ANOTHER HUAWEI DEAL. PLDT group chief Manuel Pangilinan says the partnership will enable his firm's wireless services under the brands PLDT, Smart, Sun and TNT to become much more agile, efficient and resilient in developing digital services. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

TransCo open to creating 3rd telco player with China Telecom

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:00 PM

'They have the technical expertise in operating and TransCo has the facilities to offer,' says TransCo President Melvin Matibag

Smart changing default mobile data rate to P2/MB

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The change takes effect on November 28

PH internet 'no good'? Telcos, PCC react to Jack Ma

Oct 26, 2017 - 8:55 PM

PLDT and Globe say they're working to improve services, while the Philippine Competition Commission describes Jack Ma's disappointing experience as a 'wake-up call' for the telcos

Alibaba's Jack Ma: PH internet 'no good'

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Rather than pointing fingers, the Chinese tycoon urges the private sector to grasp the opportunity and invest in better internet infrastructure for guaranteed returns

Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Smart to upgrade cell sites in Marikina, Quezon City

Oct 09, 2017 - 9:35 PM

This upgrade is expected to improve Smart's mobile data service, particularly long term evolution (LTE) and 3G, in the two cities

BETTER SERVICE? This comprehensive network modernization and expansion program is at the core of the PLDT group's digital pivot. Rappler file photo

Does the Wi-Fi on EDSA work?

Jun 14, 2017 - 12:26 AM

DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima assures commuters the connection is not only fast but also secure

FREE WI-FI. Free internet connection along EDSA is only the beginning of the Duterte administration's goal of providing an open portal to the worldwide web in all public spaces.

Free Wi-Fi for 1st 30 minutes along EDSA starting June 12

Jun 11, 2017 - 10:00 PM

After the 1st 30 minutes users can extend for P20 for two hours valid for two days or P50 for 10 hours valid for 5 days

WIFI. With a backhaul capacity of up to one gigabit per second, Smart Communications says its Wi-Fi services can support up to 3,000 connected users

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, March 28, 2017

Mar 28, 2017 - 9:42 AM

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Globe, Smart to cut mobile voice call rates to P1 per minute

Mar 27, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The Philippines two telco giants lower the cost of mobile voice calls as competition heightens

PRICE WAR. The two telecommunication giants will reduce again their mobile voice call rates to entice more subscribers. Rappler file photo

Smart expanding LTE coverage to more municipalities

Mar 26, 2017 - 11:55 PM

The expansion is part of Smart s 3 year network rollout plan where it told the NTC that it will make LTE progressively available to users in 1 551 cities and municipalities by 2018

PROMISE TO NTC. Smart vows to provide more users LTE service by 2017. Rappler file photo

LIVE: The Philippine Telecommunications Summit 2017

Mar 09, 2017 - 12:48 PM

Watch the telco summit live on Rappler

PLDT still no.1 among mobile subscribers

Mar 07, 2017 - 6:31 PM

PLDT says its subsidiary Smart Communications Incorporated closed 2016 with 63 03 million subscribers against rival Globe Telecom s 62 8 million subscribers

'The picture seems to be brighter for 2017 and the job of the management is to continue moving forward positively all the way up to 2019,' PLDT's Manuel V Pangilinan says. Photo by Martin San Diego/Rappler

Senate to Smart: Conduct IPO and we'll extend franchise

Mar 02, 2017 - 3:16 PM

The Senate public services committee removes the co use provision but retains tax exemptions for telcos with franchises

FRANCHISE EXTENSION. 'We are pressed for time. We cannot allow the franchise to expire,' says Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, who authored Senate Bill 1302 or the bill to extend Smart's franchise. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Smart seen to get 25-year franchise extension by March

Feb 21, 2017 - 8:00 AM

But the franchise extension might require the telco giant to list on the Philippine Stock Exchange

FRANCHISE EXTENSION. 'We are pressed for time. We cannot allow the franchise to expire,' Zubiri, who authored Senate Bill 1302 or the bill to extend Smart's franchise. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

PLDT partners with Huawei for 5G rollout in 2020

Feb 14, 2017 - 2:55 PM

In a recent visit to the Huawei headquarters PLDT chief Manuel V Pangilinan signs an agreement with the president of a unit of the Chinese ICT giant

IS PH READY? But before rolling out 5G here in the country, PLDT says it will focus on 'future-proofing' its network. Photo from PLDT Incorporated

Data products propels Globe towards P16B net income in 2016

Feb 08, 2017 - 7:51 PM

Mobile data now the telcos biggest contributor to total mobile revenues at 38 compared to 37 for voice

Poor Globe, Smart signal? Congress can revoke telco franchise – Suarez

Feb 08, 2017 - 4:15 PM

House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez tells Globe and Smart to address complaints on poor cellphone signal and slow Internet services

Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Window narrows for Smart's 25-year franchise extension

Jan 30, 2017 - 1:45 PM

The telco s franchise granted way back in March 1992 is set to expire this March

LICENSE TO OPERATE. Under Republic Act (RA) No. 7294, Smart, headed by Manuel V. Pangilinan, was granted its 25-year franchise in March 1992. It is set to expire this March. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

WATCH: Rappler X introduced at NSPC 2017 for online publication contest

Jan 28, 2017 - 5:12 PM

Here are the top 7 best teams in the Online Publishing demonstration contest at the National Schools Press Conference 2017

Telecommunication companies test emergency alert systems

Jan 28, 2017 - 12:32 PM

This is in compliance with the Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act

PREPAREDNESS. Smart Communications test out its emergency alert system meant to help the public prepare for disasters

Smart targets Metro Manila for LTE coverage expansion

Jan 16, 2017 - 2:55 PM

The telco says its subscribers can experience improved coverage and quality of voice calls SMS and mobile internet as it expands its network in the next 3 months

DEPLOY MORE. 'This is a key part of our efforts to transform the PLDT and Smart network into the country’s most future-ready data infrastructure delivering a wide range of gigabit digital solutions,' Manuel Pangilinan, chairman and CEO of Smart and PLDT, says. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Smart offers free calls in areas affected by Typhoon Nina

Dec 26, 2016 - 11:41 PM

The telco also sets up charging stations in some of these locations in south Luzon

#NinaPH: Telco services down in parts of Southern Luzon

Dec 26, 2016 - 4:45 PM

Globe Telecom and Smart Communications report voice call and data service disruptions in parts of Albay Catanduanes Camarines Sur Sorsogon Marinduque Masbate Oriental Mindoro and Quezon

PayMaya Philippines aims for 1 million users by end of 2016

Nov 22, 2016 - 6:20 PM

To help achieve this PayMaya partners with PayPal which has 179 million active users worldwide

BREACH 1M. PLDT Chairman Manuel V. expects PayMaya to hit P200-billion worth of transactions for the entire 2016. Rappler file photo

MVP: PLDT expects lower income for 'horrible' 2016

Nov 14, 2016 - 5:25 PM

It s an annus horribilis horrible year Hopefully 2017 will be annus mirabilis wonderful year PLDT chairman Manuel V Pangilinan says after announcing the company s latest financial performance

'A HORRIBLE YEAR.' By the third quarter, Pangilinan says PLDT lost 3 million wireless subscribers to 65 million from the 68 million recorded in the second quarter mainly on competition. Rappler file photo

Alyssa Valdez on what completes her game

Oct 19, 2016 - 1:01 PM

My day is not complete without the challenge to be a better version of myself says the volleyball star

Phoenix Semiconductor unfazed by Samsung Galaxy Note7 global recall

Oct 13, 2016 - 5:30 PM

The Philippine based memory semiconductor chip manufacturer tells the local bourse that it does not produce semiconductor devices for the troubled Note7

UNTROUBLED. PSPC says it is not 'in any way' affected by the product pull-out of Samsung. Rappler file photo

Smart and Sun to shut down mobile services in Zamboanga City

Oct 01, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Smart and Sun will shut down mobile services in Zamboanga City today October 1 from 3 to 6 pm for the opening of Hermosa Festival

'Unexpected difficulties' down Smart mobile internet services

Sep 29, 2016 - 9:41 AM

UPDATED Several hours after the initial announcement Smart says they ve restored services

Smart to treat Pokémon GO players with free data access to game for 7 days

Aug 04, 2016 - 2:55 PM

Smart subscribers will be able to catch all the Pokémon they want for a limited time without incurring data costs

POKÉMON GO FEVER. That electric marsupial Pikachu can soon be found in our streets. Photo courtesy of Smart

PLDT, Smart commit 3-year network rollout to NTC

Jul 25, 2016 - 12:35 AM

According to the network rollout plan Smart is rapidly expanding both the coverage and capacity of its LTE service

NETWORK COMMITMENT. PLDT, Smart submit 3-year network rollout planto NTC. In photo, PLDT Regulatory Head Ray Espinosa (6th from left) and PLDT-Smart Chief Technology and Information Advisor Joachim Horn (2nd from left) present copies of the plan to NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordoba (3rd from left). Photo from Smart Communications

QUIZ: Which app best describes you?

Jul 23, 2016 - 1:36 PM

If you were an app what would you be?

Smart Unbox: The debut of new technologies

Jul 18, 2016 - 9:47 PM

The telco launched a quarterly unveiling of their latest innovations and offers last July 13

Live Blog: Smart Music Live at the Araneta Coliseum

Jul 13, 2016 - 6:07 PM

Smart subscribers enjoyed an exclusive concert featuring artists like Up Dharma Down Nathan Sykes and Ely Buendia

Free Wi-Fi at NAIA, LRT, MRT, select transpo hubs in 100 days

Jul 13, 2016 - 9:55 AM

The Philippine government taps PLDT s Smart to offer free Wi Fi at the country s major transportation hubs

TAPPING THE PRIVATE. Transport chief Tugade (right) thanks PLDT's Alberto (left) and Pangilinan (center) for supporting the department's advocacy. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

Smart Communications to spend P1B on Wi-Fi boost

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:45 PM

Smart says its Wi Fi public hotspots are undergoing upgrades in all 4 terminals of NAIA and the airports in Davao Iloilo Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental

EXPAND WIFI FOOTPRINT. The expansion of Smart Wi-Fi is supported by PLDT's fixed and wireless networks, backed by fiber optic footprint spanning over 100,000 kilometers

PayMaya Philippines to tap ASEAN market

Jun 24, 2016 - 11:56 AM

PayMaya Philippines plans to ink about 10 local and foreign partnerships this year

UNPRECEDENTED GROWTH. PayMaya sees transaction volume of across its platforms hitting P200 billion for the entire 2016

'Uncarded' commuters can now use PayMaya for Uber rides

Jun 14, 2016 - 10:00 PM

Today PayMaya has once again changed the game for digital payments by pioneering a unique partnership with Uber PayMaya Philippines president and CEO Orlando Vea says

TIE UP. L-R: Benjie Fernandez, Co-COO of PayMaya Philippines and COO of Voyager Innovations; Laurence Cua, General Manager of Uber Philippines; Manuel Pangilinan Chairman of PLDT, Smart, and Voyager Innovations; Orlando Vea, President and CEO of Voyager Innovations. Image from PayMaya

Smart launches LTE-Advanced in the PH

Apr 15, 2016 - 11:35 PM

LTE A can reach speeds of up to 250 mbps It is now available in Boracay and will be present in other cities soon

HERE'S TO FASTER INTERNET. Smart Communications executives celebrate the launching of LTE-Advacned

PH gov't loses P250M yearly with embargo of 700MHz – Globe

Apr 11, 2016 - 6:30 PM

Existing operators and new entrants are drawn to the 700 MHz frequency band to unlock the growth potential in the Philippines relatively unsophisticated market

UNLOCKING POTENTIAL. The 700 MHz band is key for expanding mobile broadband into the outlying islands and rural provinces in the Philippines. Image from Shutterstock

PLDT pours $5M into California-based Matrixx Software

Mar 30, 2016 - 4:35 PM

PLDT Capital says it partnered with Matrix to have a real time customer centric platform that could jumpstart its entry into the digital market without a lengthy IT project

NEW INVESTMENT. Matrixx provides a real-time digital commerce platform for creating and monetizing content and services. Photo from Matrixx website

CONVERSATION: What makes a hero?

Mar 21, 2016 - 7:36 PM

Check out what people had to say about Batman v Superman and WhatMakesAHero

The future of 700 MHz band remains unclear

Mar 05, 2016 - 5:43 PM

The future of the prized 700 megahertz frequency remains unclear with 3 of the country s largest corporations exhausting all means to get hold of the band

IN LIMBO. Until now, NTC has not responded to Globe's and PLDT's requests, leaving the two companies in limbo

Smart, UFC announce mobile partnership

Mar 02, 2016 - 2:06 PM

The UFC Fight Pass which offers exclusive web content for fans is now available in the Philippines