Bayan Muna asks SC to compel telcos to refund P18-B 'excess' text fee

Sep 19, 2017 - 9:49 PM

The petition covers Globe Telecom, Smart Communications Incorporated, and Digitel Philippines Incorporated, which is the operating company of Sun Cellular

INTERVENTION. Bayan Muna wants the Supreme Court to intervene and green light the refund order against telecommunication companies.

Quiz: What’s your online persona?

Aug 10, 2017 - 3:15 PM

Does it translate to who you are IRL?

Cybermonth 2017: ‘A grand festival for techies and gamers’

Aug 04, 2017 - 7:01 PM

For the entire month of August techies and gamers can check out the latest gadgets out in the market at SM Supermalls – and enjoy some perks too

CYBERMONTH. Students, professionals and techies gathered in the SM Cyberzone Annex in SM North Edsa to check out the latest gadgets and technology now made available. Photos by Leanne Jazul/Rappler

Batibot iOS app launched

Jul 05, 2017 - 6:38 PM

The free app continues the show’s tradition of teaching young Filipino children this time on iOS devices such as the iPhone and iPad following the successful launch of the Android version in 2015

MANANG BOLA. The famous Batibot character made an appearance at the app's launch. Photo courtesy of Smart

DOT, NCCA launch KulTOURa app for tourists

Jun 20, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The KulTOURa app contains information and details of selected places in the Philippines as guide for travelers

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.

Thai police bust 400,000 SIM card Chinese 'click farm'

Jun 13, 2017 - 9:14 PM

The men say they were hired by Chinese companies to boost likes for a number of products including herbal medicines candy and a tour company

TECHNOLOGY. Three Chinese men were arrested after Thai police raided their rental home and discovered a rack of some 500 smart phones hooked up to a computer, allegedly used for click farm operations. AFP photo

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

Apple 'HomePod' speaker to take on Amazon, Google

Jun 06, 2017 - 7:37 AM

The smart speaker is being framed as a music centric device that as Apple VP Phil Schiller describes it has the power to rock the house

SMART SPEAKER. Apple senior vice president of worldwide marketing Phil Schiller speaks during the Apple Worldwide Developer Conference in San Jose, California on June 5, 2017. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

WATCH: Autotelic launches newest single

May 11, 2017 - 11:35 AM

The band performed their latest song “Like Never Before during a mini concert

Amazon's new Alexa speaker has a screen too

May 10, 2017 - 11:16 AM

The latest Echo device features a 7 inch touch display

Amazon leads surging connected speakers market in US – survey

May 09, 2017 - 12:31 PM

Amazon s Echo speakers hold 70 6 of the market followed by Google Home at 23 8

ECHO. The smart speaker from Amazon is leading the pack right now. Photo from Amazon

Duterte grants Smart franchise extension

May 03, 2017 - 7:24 PM

The law extending Smart s franchise for another 25 years includes new perks and relaxed requirements

LICENSE TO OPERATE. Smart, headed by Manuel V. Pangilinan, is granted a 25-year on its franchise. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trump on Kim, De Lima, Binibining Pilipinas 2017 | Midday wRap

May 01, 2017 - 1:02 PM

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WATCH: Celtics' Marcus Smart fined for flipping off fan

Apr 20, 2017 - 12:00 PM

Boston s playoff struggles catch up to Smart

NOT SMART. Marcus Smart told a random fan they were number one, but with the wrong finger. File photo by Jason Szenes/EPA

Smart reports PH's first successful 'Voice over LTE' call

Apr 17, 2017 - 5:34 PM

Voice over LTE uses LTE technology to make calls that are crystal clear with almost no background noise and is marketed as HD calling in some places

Give NTC 'more teeth' for better Nat'l Broadband Plan – PCC

Mar 30, 2017 - 6:15 PM

How can the Philippines have cheaper and better internet? Here are recommendations from the Philippine Competition Commission

#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

Permits, health concerns delay cell site expansion

Mar 10, 2017 - 8:53 PM

The Philippines average internet speed is now the slowest in Asia Pacific – and telcos say why

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

Wearable computing market grows as gadgets evolve – IDC

Mar 03, 2017 - 4:56 PM

The ability to connect to networks without the aid of a smartphone will help the segment grow says an International Data Corporation report

UP AND RUNNING. Casio's newest smartwatch for the outdoors, Pro-Trek WSD-F20, due for release in April this year, on display at the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

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

WATCH: What's on display at Samsung Forum 2017

Feb 18, 2017 - 10:49 AM

Let s go on a virtual tour of Samsung s annual Southeast Asian showcase which happened in Singapore

WORLD'S MOST CURVED MONITOR. The strange aspect ratio is desgned to offer enhanced immersion for gamers. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

State-of-the-art appliances define Samsung Forum 2017

Feb 17, 2017 - 1:33 PM

Lifelike TV visuals a refrigerator with a built in smart screen an air conditioner that doesn t attempt to blow you away like a typhoon – the annual Samsung forum in Singapore represents the brand s vision of the high end home

FLEXWASH SYSTEM. Samsung's new washing machine speeds things up just a little bit by combining washing and drying abilities in one chamber – negating the need for transfers. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/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

Interview: Catching up with the Smart Launchpad winners

Feb 10, 2017 - 8:30 PM

Join us as we talk to Smart Launchpad winners MJ Labenia Lesha Litonjua and Tops Unay ahead of their collaboration with The Filharmonic

Photos courtesy of Smart

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

Vizio TVs caught spying on consumers, fined $2.2-M

Feb 07, 2017 - 6:10 PM

The US trade commission imposes a hefty fine on a Chinese owned brand for gathering data via 11 million smart TVs

FINED. Vizio is slapped with a fine for collecting data from consumers without consent

WATCH: Be smart about using mobile data

Jan 31, 2017 - 1:51 PM

Ever wonder what you can do with 1GB of data or how you can avoid running out of it? We have the answers

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

Olivia Jordan, Nia Sanchez to join Miss Universe festivities

Jan 24, 2017 - 1:14 PM

The two former Miss USA winners will cover Miss Universe for PLDT s social media page

Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan and Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez

Ugandans invent 'smart jacket' to diagnose pneumonia

Jan 22, 2017 - 8:10 PM

The prototype Mama Ope Mother s Hope jacket can diagnose pneumonia up to 3 times faster than a doctor according to its inventors

Telecommunications engineer Olivia Koburongo fits a child with the mama-ope kit at the Makerere University of Public Health in Kampala on January 16, 2017.  A team of Ugandan engineers has invented a "smart jacket" that diagnoses pneumonia faster than a doctor, offering hope against a disease which kills more children worldwide than any other. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC KASAMANI

No cellphone signals in parts of Iloilo City during Dinagyang Festival

Jan 21, 2017 - 1:16 PM

Organizers of the festival have earlier requested the shutdown of cellular signals for a peaceful and orderly celebration of the Dinagyang Festival

Dinagyang file photo from Wikipedia

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

With Cebu City cell sites down, Sinulog revelers switch to FireChat

Jan 15, 2017 - 12:33 PM

Cebuanos turn to the popular app to send and receive messages as the city shuts down its cellular network over terrorism concerns

Top 5 SMARTpreneur tips in growing your online business

Jan 11, 2017 - 11:53 AM

SMARTpreneur is a program aimed at arming university students with knowledge and skills to boost their passion for business and give them the opportunity to kick start their own enterprise

Cavs hold off late rally by pesky Celtics

Dec 30, 2016 - 1:34 PM

The Celtics cut an 18 point fourth quarter lead down to one on 4 occasions to give the Cavs a scare on the eve of LeBron s 32nd birthday

NEVER SAY DIE. The Celtics wouldn't go away until the final buzzer, giving the defending champions all they could handle. Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFP

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

Celtics win as Smart spoils Knicks' Christmas comeback

Dec 26, 2016 - 7:02 AM

Marcus Smart hits the tie breaking 3 with 47 8 seconds remaining to thwart the Knicks comeback attempt

ROAD WIN. Jae Crowder (L) of the Boston Celtics celebrates hitting a 3-pointer with teammate Amir Johnson as Boston survives a late rally by the Knicks at The Garden. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

5 reasons people can’t live without their devices

Dec 23, 2016 - 5:11 PM

Cold bricks of metal and plastic warming our hearts? It’s possible

LIVE: Smart Launchpad Sessions

Dec 17, 2016 - 2:45 PM

We will live stream performances from Smart Launchpad’s Next Pinoy Creators together with Jensen and the Flips and other special guests on December 17 starting at 2 pm

5 surprises that made 2016 awesome

Dec 06, 2016 - 12:05 PM

Good things did happen this year Here are some unexpected positive highlights that made us smile