Well, here's one. Lalaine's 300+ minutes worth of Sun-to-Sun calls have been eaten by a troll that resides within Sun Cellular's computer systems. Lalaine and I reload our Sun Cellular accounts with the P150 Text Unlimited card. It has 30 days of unlimited Sun-to-Sun SMS and 4 hours Sun-to-Sun voice calls. Since we also have a PLDT Landline Plus line, her call credits are barely used. This morning, she decided to check her remaining call credits since and low and behold. The supposedly 300+ minutes remaining are gone.
Calls to their hotline are rather useless since you won't get definite answers. I had my share of unfortunate calls with them. Yes, they are of the same quality as PLDT CSRs.
The person Lalaine talked to earlier said that they'll "investigate" what happened and expect a resolution within 3 working days. Yeah right. I know that Sun is the main reason why unlimited texting from Globe and Smart exists and I thank them for that. But if you're not getting what you've paid for, then that's another story.
Times like this, Php150 IS Php150. For some people, it could mean a meal for an entire day.
Should we switch our backup mobile phones from Sun Cellular to Red Mobile? From Rocky's word, "Makes you think hey?"
ümobile's branding and concept was cool. Ad supported network, free credits, cheap GPRS/3G per minute rates, and the ability to change your number on the fly. Now after almost 6 months of beta testing ümobile, the head honchos of CURE decided to scrap everything they marketed 5-6 months ago and go full blast with a generic looking Red Mobile brand logo. Yes, the weird TV commercials you're seeing about some new mobile company is the new ümobile. ümobile is now called Red Mobile minus the cool ad supported/free credits concept, non-2G support, number customization, and cheap 3G/GPRS browsing rates. No more invite codes. No more exclusivity to 16-35yr olds. No more free credits!
Instead of relying on invite codes, anyone now can buy their own Red Mobile SIM for just Php39 per piece. Ironically, the Red Mobile SIM card is cheap but the 3G phones are not.
Red Mobile is obviously targeting Sun Cellular with their TV Ad Campaigns. From the "sorry all lines are busy now", to the choppy signal, and to the funny "tone" sound. I've been a subscriber of Sun Cellular since March 2003 and believe me, these 3 commercials are aimed at SUN.
The commercials are quite good, unfortunately, the new "re-branding" isn't. The old ümobile logo was cool while the new Red Mobile logo looks like it was made by a grade schooler. That guy must be very rich by now. :P
Seriously, what was CURE thinking? umobile's branding IS cool. Why change it? Here's some rundown on what have changed:
From the original P0.15 ümobile to ümobile SMS, it's now at P0.50 red mobile to red mobile.
From P0.75 ümobile to other networks, it's now P1.00 red mobile to other networks SMS.
From P5.00 ümobile to ümobile voice calls, it's now down to P0.50 red mobile to red mobile.
From P7.00 ümobile to other network voice calls, it's now down to P6.50
From P6.50 ümobile to ümobile video calls, it's now down to P0.50 red mobile to red mobile.
The original ümobile browsing rate of P0.33 per minute is gone. From the current rate of P7.50 per 15 minutes, Red Mobile provides the most expensive 3G rate in the country.
No more invite codes. Anyone can buy the SIM for Php39 each.
So, will I ditch my Sun Cellular prepaid in favor of Red Mobile? Probably not. Not yet. I'm currently contented with Sun Cellular even with their "Sorry all lines are busy now..." and choppy calls. It's still tolerable :P
The official trailer of the latest Star Trek movie is finally out. I have to admit that JJ Abrams atleast gave "life" to Star Trek with all those action shots but let's face it. William Shatner is James T. Kirk and Leonard Nimoy is Spock. No other actors can ever replace them, not even an anti-superhero who plays the young Spock. As I've said before, JJ Abrams is a jerk for ignoring William Shatner. He continues this jerkiness by changing one of the most recognizable visual effects on the screen, the transporter beam animation.
From the classic speckling effect to swirling lights... this isn't right. That's not Star Trek. What was he thinking?! This isn't Stargate assw!pe!
Let's put it this way, JJ Abrams is creating an action movie using the Star Trek characters just like what Michael Bay did with Transformers. Michael Bay used big alien robots in an action movie and called it Transformers without even a slightest relation to the real Transformers.
Now imagine having an alien movie with spaceships and naming the lead casts as Kirk and Spock... Presto! You have a new action movie bearing the name Star Trek.
New phasers, new Enterprise bridge that looks like an Apple Store, new Enterprise design, Chekov with Sulu at the helm, new Transporter beam animation... THIS ISN'T STAR TREK DAMMIT!
It might have been cool if the movie's setting is set after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis. Having Kirk, Picard and Janeway would have been awesome if partnered with JJ Abrams' action scenes.
Philippine media giant, ABS-CBN, has acquired a five percent stake of social networking site Multiply for about US$5 million.
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation, through its subsidiary ABS-CBN Global Ltd., has bought a five percent stake in social networking site Multiply.
In a statement, ABS-CBN said it purchased 2,524,488 shares of Series P Common Stock in Multiply, Inc. at a purchase price of $1.9806 per share, or a total purchase price of $5,000,000.93 last November 13.
Under the stock purchase agreement between ABS-CBN Global and Multiply, ABS-CBN Global may, during the two-year period following the initial purchase of shares, acquire additional shares in Multiply to bring its ownership to as much as 10 percent of the total authorized stock of Multiply.
"ABS-CBN Global is confident that, despite a challenging economic environment, its investment in Multiply will complement, enhance and upgrade ABS-CBN’s and its subsidiaries’ television and radio broadcasting, content production and distribution, and internet and online businesses through organic and unbiased marketing and promotion of its programs, products and services generated by and through the Multiply website," it said in a statement.
Multiply, on the other hand, trusts that ABS-CBN Global’s strength in marketing, advertising and content, will bring in additional new users of the website and revenues for the social networking giant.
Get the CHEAPEST unlimited 3G/HSDPA plan today with Sun Broadband Wireless' Plan 999 2-in-1 Deal. For only P999/month, you'll get unlimited mobile internet, an HSDPA modem, a Sun Postpaid Plan 350, and a free phone (MyPhone B22, Samsung C520, Nokia 2680). It's the same as Plan 999 but you'll get a free Sun line. That's P350 savings per month :)
Sun Broadband Wireless Plan 999 2-in-1 Deal is available only in Metro Manila and has a 24-30 month lock-in period (depends on the mobile phone handset).
Is Globe's P20 per 20 minute calls not enough? Then Globe Telecom's Unlicalls Nyt is for you. For only P20, you can now have unlimited calls to any Globe and TM subscribers from 11PM to 6AM. Unlicalls Nyt starts from November 14 and will end until further notice. - What is Globe Unlicalls Nyt?
Globe Unlicalls Nyt lets you talk to your friends magdamagan with unlimited calls between 11pm to 6am for only PhP20.
- How do I avail of Globe Unlicalls Nyt?
Register by texting UNYT20 to 2868. PhP 20 will be deducted from your load upon registration.
- After I register, how will I know if my Globe Unlicalls Nyt is already active?
Within 1 hour from registration, you will receive a confirmation message from Globe which will let you know that you can start calling. You will receive the following message:
Maaari mo nang magamit ang Globe UNLICALLS NYT! Enjoy unlimited Globe-Globe and Globe-TM calls from 11pm to 6am! TilDec14,DTI5628S08 Maintain P7.50 in ur account upang patuloy na makapag-UNLICALLS NYT. U can also buy SULITXT15 like load! Just go to any Globe Load retailer!
- Is this a promo or a permanent offer?
The promo is from November 14 until further notice.
- Does the promo offer apply to both peak and off-peak hours?
You can register to the promo anytime during the day, but the unlimited calls can only be availed between 11pm to 6am.
- Is this promo available for Globe Prepaid and Globe Postpaid subscriber?
No, as of this time, this promo is only open to Globe prepaid subscribers. We will advise you when the promo will be available to Postpaid subscribers as well. For the meantime, postpaid subscribers can still avail of other voice promos like Tawag236, Sakto Calls and P10/3mins.
- Can I use this promo to call my TM contacts (for Globe subscribers)?
Yes. Globe Unlicalls Nyt is applicable to calls that are Globe-to-Globe and Globe-to-TM.
- Will I enjoy the special promo offer when I call other cellular networks (i.e. SMART, SUN)?
The promo offer is available for Globe-to-Globe and Globe-to-TM calls only. Calls to other cellular networks will be charged regular inter-network rates. P7.50/min will be charged for GHP Prepaid.
- Can I avail of the promo when I am on international roaming?
The promo is only applicable to calls made within the country and does not apply when you are using the international roaming service.
- How many calls can I make during the allotted time?
As long as you are registered to Globe Unlicalls Nyt, you can call as many times as you want to your Globe or TM contacts.
- Is there a minimum load balance to avail of Globe Unlicalls Nyt?
You’ll need a minimum load balance of PhP27.50 to register and avail of Globe Unlicalls Nyt.
- Is there a minimum load balance to make calls when on Globe Unlicalls Nyt?
As with regular calls, you’ll need a minimum load balance of PhP7.50 to make calls while registered on Globe Unlicalls Nyt.
- Can I still use Globe Unlicalls Nyt if my balance is below PhP7.50?
No, you cannot make calls if your balance is below PhP7.50. Please make sure you have at least PhP7.50 so you can continually enjoy Unlicalls Nyt.
- Can I only register between 11pm and 6am?
No, you can register to the promo anytime of the day.
- If I register later than 11pm, when can I use my Globe Unlicalls Nyt?
The registration lasts for 24 hours, but you can call unlimited only between 11pm and 6am. For example, you registered at 1am, you can enjoy unlimited calling from 1am to 6am and 11pm to 12:59am of the following night. You are assured of 7 hours unlimited calling within 24 hours.
- Can I use Globe Unlicalls Nyt when registered to other promos like Unlitxt, Sulitxt or EverybodyTxt?
Yes, you can use Globe Unlicalls Nyt even if you’re registered to other promos.
- Can I use other Globe voice promos like Tawag236, Sakto Calls and P10/3mins while registered to Globe Unlicalls Nyt?
Yes, you can use other promos like Tawag236, Sakto Calls and P10/3mins even if you’re registered to Globe Unlicalls Nyt. You just have to use the correct calling syntax for the promo you want to use.
- How will I know when my Globe Unlicalls Nyt subscription has expired already?
You will receive a text message that informs you of the expiration of your registration. The text message is as follows: Ang iyong Globe UNLICALLS NYT service ay expired na. To register, text UNYT 20 to 2868.
- Will my call be automatically cut at 6:00AM?
No, the call will not be cut even if it crosses over past 6am. If you make the call before 6am and is registered to Unlicalls Nyt, the call will not be charged.
- How else can I check if my Globe Unlicalls Nyt subscription is still active?
You can send UNYTBAL to 2868 to know if your subscription is still active, P1 per text.
--- Disclosure: Blog owner is a forum administrator of myGlobe, a website of Globe Telecom.
I bought some medicines for our medicine cabinet last week. Paracetamols, Carbocisteine (Solmux), antacids, Mefenamic Acid, and sore throat lozenges. Guess how much I spent on all these meds? P300? Nope, I bought all of them for just under P100. That's the magic of generic medicines. For all these years, we've been spending a lot on medicines. Imagine, A 500mg Paracetamol (Biogesic) from Mercury Drug Store costs about P2.75 while a generic brand from The Generics Pharmacy costs only P0.50. That's more than 80% in savings!
The medicines sold at The Generics Pharmacy are of course generic medicines. These are products that have the same active ingredients, same dosage and strength as the branded and expensive medicines on bigger drugstores. They are also safe as the pharmacy is recognized by the Department of Health (DOH) and the Bureau of Food and Drugs (BFAD).