Smart named best mobile operator anew in World Communication Awards

PARTNERSHIPS. Smart forged partnerships with leading global digital technology companies like Uber and Airbnb, and with entertainment companies like iflix, FOX, MCA Music, and Sony Music and introduced a slew of digital offers under the “Smart Life” campaign.

For the 2nd straight year, the country’s mobile leader Smart Communications was named Best Mobile Operator in the prestigious World Communication Awards, an annual recognition program for innovation and outstanding performance in the global telecommunications industry.

My Safe Drive app by BPI/MS Insurance promotes safe, smart driving

BPI/MS Insurance Corporation, a joint venture of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) and Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, one of the largest non-life insurance companies in Japan, has released an innovative new smartphone application. Called “My Safe Drive.” the app aims to promote safer and smarter driving in the Philippines.

DepEd integrates Smart video materials into disaster preparedness education

DISASTER-READY. Participants of DepEd’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience in Education Forum try their hand at puppeteering the three characters featured in the Maging Laging Handa video series developed by Smart. The preparedness videos are integrated into the DRR curriculum of elementary students.

“Maging Laging Handa,” a series of disaster-readiness videos developed by Smart Communications (Smart), has been distributed to public elementary schools nationwide in support of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) initiative to integrate Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the education curriculum.

Kimstore brings trendiest gadgets to tech-savvy Filipinos

BOSS FOR E-COMMERCE. Kim Lato (2nd from left) bested three other finalists for the Boss for e-Commerce award at the first-ever Bozz Awards. With her in photo during the awarding are, from left, PLDT First Vice President and Head of SME Business Kat Luna-Abelarde, Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, PLDT EVP and Head of Enterprise Eric R. Alberto, and IdeaSpace Foundation president and founder Earl Martin Valencia.

After nine years and more than 673,000 Facebook likes, Kimstore has become an online powerhouse. Its founder, Kim Lato, describes Kimstore as one of the true pioneers of e-commerce in the country. She emphasized that her company’s growth can be attributed to its mission: To make advanced mobile electronics technologies accessible to Filipinos by providing pro-consumer products and services.

OFWs can start their own businesses with TackThis! and Smart Padala

OFWs in Hong Kong were encouraged to explore business opportunities with TackThis! and Smart Padala.

Overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong were treated to a weekend of business and entrepreneurial opportunities during the Smart Pinoy – Go Negoyso Caravan and Media Day, an event jointly-organized and presented by GoNegosyo, SmartPinoy, PLDT Global, Smart eMoney, Inc., and Voyager Innovations.

APEC leaders get Caraboom sound amplifier made by Cebu-based furniture maker

CARABOOM. The Caraboom was made by a Cebu-based furniture maker and exporter and amplifies the sound of mobile phones. Presenting the Caraboom to Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. (left) is Smart Public Affairs Group head Ramon R. Isberto. (Smart Communications photo)

Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Conference (APEC) who will be attending the summit in the Philippines will return home with a piece of Cebuano ingenuity: the Caraboom, a non-electronic amplifier made of rattan and other indigenous Philippine materials.

Microsoft launches Windows 10 in Cebu, highlights productivity, security boost with new OS

FULL WINDOWS. When attached into a dock and connected to a TV, a Windows 10 phone acts like a full desktop computer with all its capabilities.

Today’s workers are highly mobile but many lack the tools and access to important files while on the go that’s why they feel the need to stay in the office, Microsoft Philippines communications manager Pia de Jesus said during a press briefing held during the Cebu launch of Windows 10 last Thursday, November 5.

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Smart, Airbnb partner to bring personal hospitality to hosts and guests in the Philippines

Smart subscribers will get as much as P2,500 discount when they book a stay in Airbnb.

Smart Communications (Smart), together with PLDT, and Voyager Innovations, recently announced a partnership with Airbnb, the world’s leading community-driven hospitality company. Together, the companies will offer a complete and convenient travel experience for Filipinos, no matter what their destination in the country and overseas.

PLDT boosts digital lifestyle at home with new products, services

PLDT HOME. Gary Dujali, PLDT VP and Home Marketing Director, talks about the company’s new products and services, including the TVolution Stick by Intel, iflix, Fam Cam, among others, during an event in Cebu.

PLDT Home is the top broadband services provider in Cebu and the rest of the country, a company official said recently. PLDT VP and Home Marketing Director Gary Dujali said in a press event to showcase the company’s products that their flagship DSL brand commands a 70 percent market share in the country and maintains its dominant presence in Cebu.

DepEd recognizes Smart as valued partner in education

The Department of Education (DepEd) recently recognized mobile leader Smart Communications for its efforts to help improve education in the country. Smart is one of DepEd’s corporate partners under the Adopt-a-School program, whose goal is to enhance the quality of public education through technology support and training, among others.

PLDT opens Startup Studio series in Cebu, invites developers to submit tourism solutions

ENHANCE TRAVEL. “A Travel to Disrupt” challenges local startups to pitch in their tourism-centric enterprise solutions that can change and enhance the tourism industry in the country.

Leading telecoms and digital services provider PLDT, through its ICT research and development department Innolab, has partnered with IdeaSpace Foundation in inviting participants to the latest series in the Startup Studio search for the next digital solution slated to enhance the travel experience of domestic and foreign travelers alike.

Globe disconnects 30,000 numbers identified as source of spam, scam messages

The numbers blocked from the Globe network were subject of complaints reported through the http://www.globe.com.ph/stopspam.

Globe Telecom has disconnected from service close to 30,000 prepaid numbers found to be consistent source of spam and scam text messages as the leading mobile operator continues to intensify efforts to eliminate such unsolicited and annoying messages.

Samboan taps SHINE OS+ to digitize residents’ health records

SHINE OS+ LAUNCH. Samboan health workers led by Mayor Raymond Joseph Calderon, Smart Communications senior manager Maria Jane C. Paredes, and Shine OS+ project lead Dr. Ma. Regina Estuar of the Ateneo Java Wireless Competency Center launch SHINE OS+ at the town center.

Samboan municipal health officer Dr. Ianne Jireh Ramos suspected hypertension to be the prevalent case among townsfolk who availed themselves of the municipal government’s health programs. Ramos, however, couldn’t say for certain. She just had a hunch based on anecdotal information.

Globe Telecom expands network capacities to hit demand for data

GOING MOBILE. Globe is investing on its network to deal with the "explosive growth of data traffic of our customers,” said Globe President & CEO Ernest Cu.

Globe Telecom is continuing to invest aggressively in building on its capacities in a bid to future-proof its network amid continuing adoption of smartphone use among its customers.

myLifestyle Plan propels Globe postpaid revenues to P15.8 billion

NOTE 5 OFFERING. Globe’s offering for the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

Globe Telecom remains the dominant player in the country’s mobile postpaid segment after posting postpaid revenues of P15.8 billion during the first half of the year on the back of its innovative myLifestyle Plan which set a global standard in postpaid plan offerings, the company said in a press release.

Smart gives free rides, in-car WiFi in partnership with Uber

UBER. Smart is giving away two free Uber rides – worth P300 each – to Metro Manila-based subscribers who are also first time-users of the Uber app. The rides can be used anywhere within Metro Manila until Sept. 30.

Smart subscribers in Metro Manila can now gear up for a sleeker and more convenient ride through the city as the country’s undisputed mobile services provider is giving away free rides on Uber, the world’s leading ride-sharing tech company.

ACC brings digital learning to schools in Lapu-Lapu via Smart Technocart

TECH BOOST FOR EDUCATION. Representatives of select public schools in Lapu-Lapu City receive Smart Technocarts from PLDT and Smart president and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno (7th from left) and Stephanie Velasco-Orlino (second from left), Atty. Maria Jane Paredes (2nd from right), and Sally Aldaba (right), all from the Smart Public Affairs group.

Four public schools in Lapu-Lapu City are the latest recipients of mobile digital laboratories called Smart Technocarts, which are intended to boost kindergarten learning using technology tools and solutions.