Most people who have received an invite code from approved ümobile subscribers have been reporting login issues -- and I'm one of them. Mr. Angelo Teves of ümobile called me last night to clear things out, including the page to invite your friends that mysteriously vanished which Mike mentioned here on my blog.
Apparently, newly registered users who have used an invite code to register cannot immediately login to their ümobile account. Your application needs to be approved by ümobile. The first need to verify the information you have entered during the registration process. Once your account has been approved, you will receive an email from ümobile. They will also call you to inform your account approval. The same thing will happen if your application has been declined.
Upon confirmation, new users will now be able to login to their account. Users will be able to update and change their profile information, change mobile number, etc.
ümobile will deliver the SIM card to approved applicants for free. Yes FREE. It will be delivered to the time and place specified by the subscriber. (I hope you deliver a free 3G phone to me too :D )
Angelo also informed me that they have temporarily removed the invite page of approved subscribers. They have detected a website security breach and are currently hard at work to restore the pages. Hopefully, the invite page will be up this week or early next week.
To those who have already used their precious ümobile invite code, relax. All your applications have been received and are currently being processed. Always check your inbox or spam folder for ümobile's email confirmation and keep your registered contact numbers active :)
While I was creating that hearty version of ümobile's logo, I received another email from ümobile. This time it's from Ms. Angelica Pinlac,
We found out that we have your application already, so no worries!
Note that your application is still subject to approval. You cannot log-in until you are approved. And if your application is ok, we will send an email to confirm your approval and the details on how you can get your FREE ümobile SIM.
Please don’t hesitate to give us more comments or suggestions so we can further improve our services.
Angelica ümobile Marketing
I do hope that ümobile continues this kind of customer service. Different from their parent companies, Smart and PLDT. Imagine the level of support they have given me even though my application is still being processed. Nice one ümobile :)
I don't know if my Jedi mind trick worked on Mike or he was just pitiful of me that he gave me a ümobile invite code the other day. Excited, I immediately used the code on ümobile's website. Upon reaching the third page of the online application form, the "NEXT" button mysteriously disappeared. The missing "NEXT" button made it impossible to continue the registration process. Frustrated I checked the source code of the webpage and found another URL, startswithyou.com.ph. I tried using my invite code on that website and I was able to finish my registration with ümobile.
I received this email confirmation and was excited to login on ümobile's website. But ümobile's website won't allow me to login and keeps on redirecting my browser to the login page. I tried resetting my password and still no effect. I decided to email their customer service for support and within 10 minutes, I received a reply.
Thank you for your feedback.
We are checking it right now. Our Personal Mobile Assistant will get back to you as soon as possible.
Technical support is fast, imagine I received a reply from Angelo in 10 minutes. Considering ümobile is owned by Smart and PLDT who are both notorious for their lack of customer service. Good thing is that CURE will be an independent company :). We exchanged a few more emails and he even called me on my Globe phone for assistance. If ümobile continues this kind customer service then... OOOHH HELL YEAH!
Unfortunately as of today, I still cannot login on ümobile's website. Sigh :~(
Hey ümobile, since you didn't invite me to your launch party at Rockwell, how about sending me an LG KU380 together with that free ümobile SIM? ümobile, you will give me my free LG KU380...
Advertising-based mobile phone company launched in RP
Asia's first mobile phone service to be funded largely by advertising was launched in the Philippines Monday, company officials said.
Called the U-mobile service it will offer services to invitation-only subscribers virtually free of charge depending on how many advertisements they read on their phones.
Targeting "the youth and yuppies" aged between 15 to 34, the service expects to have between 60,000 and 100,000 subscribers by year's end, said marketing head Ardie Balderrama of Connectivity Unlimited Resource Enterprise.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of PLDT unit SMART Communications, the Philippines' largest wireless provider, the company will operate independently of SMART but will use some of its facilities.
U-mobile subscribers who read the ads on their mobile phones will receive credits on their pre-paid mobile phone bill.
The company hopes to carry advertising from makers of personal care products, fastfood restaurants and even financial service companies.
About 45 percent of Filipinos own mobile phones, it added.
Here's an interesting ümobile to ümobile SMS rate: P0.15 per SMS. That's way cheaper than the current SUN to SUN SMS rate of P0.50 (provided you are using SUN iTXT)!
SMS rates of ümobile to other networks is also cheap at P0.75 per SMS. International SMS is pegged at P8.00 per SMS. ümobile's internetwork MMS rate is P0.50 per MMS!
ümobile is also supporting fring by default. fring is a mobile internet service & community that enables you to access & interact with your social networks on-the-go, make free calls and live chat with all your fring, Skype, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, ICQ, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo! and AIM friends using your handset’s internet connection rather than costly cellular airtime minutes. With ümobile's "partnership" with Smart, internet access will be cheap at P10/30minutes.
ümobile is currently on invite only basis. You have to be young or a yuppie. ümobile is exclusively for 15 to 35 year old individuals who are residing in the Philippines. Once you receive an invite code, which is rare according to CURE, you must enter it on ümobile's website and sign up.
ümobile invite codes can be given by current ümobile subscribers or by what CURE calls "code givers". Taken from CURE's website,
How to score yourself an invite code?
If one of your friends is already a ümobile member then by all means use every sweet talk method in the book to get yourself invited.
If your friend still hasn´t forgiven you for the time you stuck him with the bar tab, then drop by one of our ümobile events and if you match our criteria, you can snag an invite code from one of our code givers.
Scour the web for our Code Giver who is known to have precious invite codes to give away during random times.
What in the world are Code Givers?
Code Givers are official members of the ümobile community who are authorized to give out invite codes to non-members. You may encounter people who are posing as Code Givers, so here´s how to spot the real invite codes:
* Code Givers can only be found during ümobile events and are dressed in distinguishable outfits * Code Givers will never sell you an invite code because these are for free. Beware of those that try to sell you any ümobile invite codes. If it ain´t FREE, it ain´t ours.
Receiving an invite doesn't mean you'll get your free SIM card though. ümobile is currently opened to people aged 15-35. So if you're 36 years old or older, you're screwed mcduck.
The recently opened Walter Mart in Muñoz, Quezon City probably houses the biggest CD-R King outlet I have seen. I have been to their Cubao, SM Megamall, SM Fairview, SM Manila, SM Centerpoint, Trinoma, Quiapo, Glorietta, Gilmore, UST, Recto, and Monumento branches and all of them look like hobbits compared to the size of CD-R King in Walter Mart Muñoz. CD-R King in Monumento used to be the closest branch to where I live until their TriNoma branch opened last year. The newly opened CD-R King in Walter Mart Muñoz is even closer. It's just a 5 minute walk from where I live.
And base on the picture I took, this branch probably has the most number of stocks within the Metro Manila branches. Time to save up for that cute 4GB PQI flash drive :~)
Singapore and Toronto, Ontario CANADA, January 17, 2008 /FSC/ - Oceanlake Commerce Inc., announced today that it has entered into a managed services agreement with Digitel Mobile Philippines, Inc (DMPI). Under the terms of the agreement, Digitel Mobile Philippines, also known for its corporate brand Sun Cellular, will provide OceanLake MobileMail as a value-added service to its subscribers.
OceanLake MobileMail is an affordable, real-time, push e-mail service that will empower Sun Cellular subscribers with the ability to send and receive e-mail with any internet-enabled mobile phone or PDA at a fraction of the cost of other solutions in the market place. "Our agreement today with Sun Cellular is indicative of our commitment to expand the global reach of our popular MobileMail service for the benefit of both carriers and their subscribers," said Tony Poulos, Managing Director of OceanLake Asia. "We look forward to a longstanding relationship with Sun Cellular that adds new revenue streams for their business and strengthens customer loyalty with an affordable, real-time, mobile e-mail service to its corporate and consumer base."
Unlike competitive offerings, OceanLake's MobileMail service is configured simply through a web interface and does not install on devices. With OceanLake's MobileMail service, subscribers are getting 'smart phone like' email functionality at a fraction of the cost.
OceanLake's Asia Pacific headquarters are in Singapore and will be providing local implementation and support services for Sun Cellular.
About Sun Cellular
Digitel Mobile Philippines, Inc. (DMPI) is one of the Philippines' leading mobile telecommunications company known by its corporate brand name Sun Cellular. A wholly owned subsidiary of Digital Telecommunications Philippines (DIGITEL), Sun Cellular is the pioneer of the intra-network unlimited wireless services in the country's mobile telecommunications industry.
In September 2001, DIGITEL established DMPI to provide wireless public and private telecommunication services. On December 11, 2002, DMPI was granted a congressional franchise to construct, install, establish, operate, and maintain telecommunications systems throughout the Philippines through RA 9180. In August 2003, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) formally recognized DMPI to operate and maintain a nationwide Cellular Mobile Telephone Service (CMTS).
On March 29, 2003, DMPI commercially launched its wireless mobile services under the Sun Cellular brand offering the latest in GSM technology, provisioning voice services (local, national, international calls), messaging services (short text or multi-media messaging), outbound and inbound International Roaming, and Value Added Services.
Today, Sun Cellular has the most economical and unmatched products and services for its subscribers such as the 24/7 Call and Text Unlimited (CTU) and 24/7 Text Unlimited (TU) under the Prepaid Services, Sun Group Plans 999 and Fixed Load Plans under the Postpaid Services and IDD Top 10 under its International Services.
About OceanLake Commerce Inc.
OceanLake Commerce (TSX: OLI)(OLIKF.PK) was founded in 1999 as a developer of intelligent mobile technology to deliver richer and more engaging user experiences for the mobile consumer. The desire to bring the world of the Internet to the mobile device has led OceanLake Commerce to develop a number of world-class products and services.
OceanLake Commerce platforms support direct-to-consumer offerings as well as the advanced mobile commerce applications and content stores offered by mobile operators to their own subscribers. OceanLake imercion is a mobile service delivery platform that creates retail storefronts ready for the mobile device. imercion includes OceanLake MobileGateway for the optimization of mobile browsing experiences that transparently enable users to visit any Internet site through their mobile phone with superior experiences. OceanLake MobileMail is a real-time mobile email product that enables every consumer with a mobile phone to cost effectively use email on their mobile device. OceanLake has also launched its own direct to consumer mobile email service, meemo (www.meemo.com) in North America based on the MobileMail platform.
OceanLake Commerce is a publicly traded company on the Toronto Venture Exchange under the symbol OLI. It currently has offices in Singapore and Toronto, Canada. For more information, please visit www.oceanlake.com.
This document may contain forward-looking statements, relating to OceanLake's operations or to the environment in which it operates, which are based on OceanLake's operations, estimates, forecasts and projections. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict, and/or are beyond OceanLake's control. A number of important factors could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those expressed in these forward-looking statements. Consequently, readers should not place any undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. OceanLake disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
The TSX Venture Exchange has not reviewed and does not accept responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.
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If you love movies like Final Fantasy and don't mind how the CG characters look constipated, then you should try watching Vexille. I used to read reviews of this movie last year but didn't bother to check out the images or trailers. Until my BNC-XE co-forumer juno posted an extended trailer on BNC.
The cell-shaded effects immediately caught my attention that I decided to buy a DVD :~) Rocky and I watched the movie the other day after watching Iron Man on the big screen. It's been a long time since we had a movie marathon. Vexille is a cell shaded 3D/2D animation from the makers of Appleseed. The movie looks very similar to one of my favorite video games, Fear Effect.
Vexille's story is set in the year 2077. Japan has withdrawn from the United Nations and isolated itself from the whole world for 10 years by surrounding the entire country with magnetic fields called R.A.C.E. It prevents anyone to see what's happening inside Japan. Japan's isolation is a result of their continued research on bio-robotic technology which was banned by the United Nations. Such research has been considered a threat to mankind.
A few events lead the US government to send a special task force called SWORD to infiltrate the country. SWORD is lead by Commander Leon Fayden & female Lt. commander Vexille Serra. The mission almost failed and the both Leon and Vexille are the only survivors. Leon was held captive while Vexille was rescued by Maria, Leon's former girlfriend and looks very familiar. Claire Redfield anyone? :~)
Maria explains to Vexille that when Daiwa Heavy Industries took over Japan, the company sent a virus throughout the country that forced everyone to take a mandatory vaccination. The vaccine is actually a cybervirus that converts every human cell into bio-metal. When the body completes its transformation, the individual becomes a living machine.
If you want to know what happened, buy the DEEEVEEEDEE! :P
Vexille (ベクシル 2077日本鎖国, Bekushiru 2077 Nihon sakoku?) is a 2007 Japanese CGI anime film, written, directed, and edited by famed Ping Pong director Fumihiko Sori, and features the voices of Meisa Kuroki, Shosuke Tanihara, and Yasuko Matsuyuki.
At the 60th Locarno International Film Festival, where Vexille made its world premiere, the film was sold to 75 countries, including the United States based distributor, FUNimation, however since that time the number increased to 129 countries
Oh and another thing, I love the OST, Together Again by Korean J-Pop artist Mink :)
Most common people I know used to have 1 active mobile phone until Sun Cellular came. When Sun Cellular launched their unlimited call and text service, people started carrying and maintaining 2 mobile phones. One for Globe or Smart and the other for Sun Cellular. As of today, I maintain 4 active mobile phones. Globe is still my main line despite lacking the features I wanted from Smart. I also maintain a SUN Cellular SIM card for my unlimited Calls and SMS to my father and Lalaine. And just recently, I revived my old Smart Buddy prepaid SIM so my cousin and I could keep in touch via Smart's unlimited SMS. Oh don't forget my PLDT wireless landline :)
Here's the list of my active mobile accounts:
Nokia N70 = Globe Telecoms (main line) Nokia 6630 = Sun Cellular (secondary line mainly for unlimited calls/sms) Nokia 6310 = Smart Buddy (line for my cousin) Samsung SGH-X426 = PLDT Landline Plus (my "wireless" landline)
I wonder how much radiation my body radiates when I carry all these 4 mobile phones together. Brain cancer anyone? :~)
Anyway, how about you? How many phones do you carry around?
Though not active, my old Sony Ericsson t68i, Nokia 3210, Nokia 3310, and Nokia 6510 still work. Maybe one day I'll buy a Touch Mobile, Addict Mobile, Talk and Text, and other SIMs for these old phones. Trip trip lang :P
According to my BnC co-forumer loko_loko, Sun Cellular has already soft launched their postpaid HSDPA service, Sun Broadband Wireless.
1 time charge P2,000 (comes w/ huawei e220 modem) yes it works w/ mac!
Plan 500 = 35Hrs/month and if you exceed the monthly allowance P0.30/minute Plan 1000 = 75Hrs/month and if you exceed the monthly allowance P0.30/minute
they'll issue you a 3g simcard and a huawei e220.
huawei e220 is sun-locked accdg to their CS. (globe issued e220 /globetrotter/e620 (oct 2006) were not network locked)
the simcard they'll issue has no mobile number, hence- cannot make or receive sms/calls.
currently, accdg to their CS, Greenhills is hsdpa already.
It's cheaper than Globe's new time-based rate and Smart's ever popular P10/30 minutes connection charge. But the question is, can Sun Cellular sustain the additional load to their system considering their current "Network Busy" problems on their voice calls and frequent delays of SMS? They should double their efforts in expanding and upgrading since a lot of my friends have also switched to Sun because of the savings they are getting because of the unlimited calls and texts being offered by Sun.
With Sun's current network status, I doubt that you could even reach HSDPA speeds. But who knows? I just hope they offer the Huawei e220 modem at a cheaper price to current subscribers. Cheaper than the cheapest 3G enabled phone.
For more information about Sun Broadband Wireless, you may dial 395-3333 on your landline or 333 using your Sun Cellular handset.
I never imagined that I will ever thank Friendster again after they introduced CSS Customization. C'mon. I know you hate people who add loads of blinkies and about a dozen of music players on their page that are programmed to autoplay all at the same time. But I must admit that Friendster helped me locate my former classmates and teachers. And just recently, my long lost cousin who I have been searching for years.
I mentioned her on my Friendster CSS Customization entry last October 16th 2005 and promised to blog about her if I ever find her on Friendster. Well, here she is. After 18 years of searching, we finally meet again last April 2, 2008. Cristina was my Grade 2 classmate and seatmate at Saint Claire School. First time we met, we didn't even know that we're cousins until I mentioned her to my father. My father occasionally asks me to narrate everything that happened on school to train my memory and when I mentioned her surname, my father told me, "Ask her if her father is Edward".
Next day, I asked her father's name. Edward it is. :~) I can clearly remember her face, her reaction, the tone of her voice, the pencil she's holding when we both realized that we are cousins. Everything changed that day. I started sharing (ummkay.. giving) my "baon" with to her every recess time. So whenever I go home my lola would praise me, "Very good! You ate your baon". :~)
One thing I really cannot forget was the way she took care of me when I had H-Fever. We were practicing for our Christmas program in our classroom when I experienced headache and muscle pains. She held my face using her two hands and immediately informed our teacher about my fever. Our teacher asked me to sit down and wait for our dismissal and gave my cousin a wet towel for my forehead. For more than 2 hours... she was beside me cheering me up while I endure the headache and burning sensation on my eyes.
Unexpected events happened after that. Her mother and my uncle separated and she together with her sister lived with their mom. My uncle now has a new family. For 18 years, I've asked my grandmother and my uncles about her. No news, No sightings. Nada. I looked for her everywhere and my attempts remained futile because of some stupid memory gap. I was looking for the name Teresa, instead of her name Cristina or Lourdes. :~(
Last February 2008, my friend Glen showed me a picture from Friendster. He asked me if I recognize the girl in the picture since she was our classmate in elementary. I didn't recognize her until Glen showed me another picture on March 26th.
Glen: nagcomment na sakin ung cristina Glen: na familiar ung mukha Glen: na parang kaklase ntin nun Glen: pro d ko syuur Jepoy: ano ulit URL Jepoy: nung profile nya Glen: check ntin uli Glen: http://profiles.friendster.co... Jepoy: nya private profile Glen: nyaa Glen: didireckt Glen: link ko nalang pics Jepoy: teka ano apelido nya? torresyap? Glen: http://photos-580.friendster.com/e1... Glen: torres yap ata Jepoy: HAHAHAHAHA Jepoy: SABI KO NA EH Jepoy: PINSAN KO YAN Jepoy: HAHAHA Glen: ahhahhaahhahhahhhah Glen: bat d mo kilala Jepoy: HAHAHA kilala ko Jepoy: kaya ko tinanong apelido Jepoy: HAHAHA
I was like floating in space when I learned that she is my cousin... my long lost cousin. I immediately recognized her face in this picture. She looks exactly the cousin I last saw 18 years ago. I don't know what changed her mind to use this as her primary photo on Friendster. Fate? Maybe :P
March 27th I received a reply from her on Friendster and an email telling me that she's not Teresa. LOL! March 28th, we started exchanging SMS. And on March 30 we spoke on the phone after years of not hearing each other.
Finally after 18 long years... we met 6PM at Trinoma on April 2, 2008. Normally, people who haven't met for almost 2 decades will feel uneasy. But we're different. It seems we've known each other for a very very long time and 18 yrs seemed to be just yesterday. We've exchanged stories and relieved old days. We also learned that we have both allergies to seafoods and dusts, same asthma, same sleep paralysis problems, same problems with our parents (she with her father and me with my mother. Both of them left us in 1991) and same 28th day of the month as our birthdays. Hers is on May 28th and mine is on November 28th.
Two hours was not enough so the next day, she visited me and my grandma and learned her/our family history. A history she only learned now. We've been seeing each other regularly now and been texting and talking on the phone or Yahoo! Messenger like there's no tomorrow.
What's so funny is that we had every opportunity to meet. I just learned that Ana was her cousin on her mother's side. Ana is from a batch lower than us by 3yrs and I always see her.. as in everyday in school. Ana's elder brother was my club mate at my Banduria class in Grade 5, who also happened to be Rocky's forever seatmate in Saint Claire School. Another cousin of her from her mother's side is Alexander, who happens to be the former love of one of my best high school buds Maan.
My cousin's house is about a 3 minute walk from Saint Claire School - Villa Corina in Tandang Sora, the branch were we all transfered when we're in 4th yr high school. And every November 1, we're both at the same cemetery -- Himlayang Pilipino. And when I was in AMA Computer University, me and her childhood best friend always share the same table inside the Office of Student Affairs.
Imagine all those opportunities we both missed. I wouldn't be surprised if our paths have crossed several times before. It's possible right?
I've been vocal about my being a mild/temporal agnostic but what just happened to me and my cousin is simply a miracle. I've been raised as a devout Catholic and until my last years as a college student, I believed blindly. Until one day I started to ask questions.
I've been wearing my Miraculous Medal since Grade 1 and my Sto. Nino necklace since Grade 2 even though I started my doubts. For the past few days, I've been "recovering" my memories and I remembered wishing and praying on my Miraculous Medal and my Sto. Nino necklace that somewhere, somehow, Cristina and I would meet again. I made that wish and prayer 13 yrs ago.
Guess prayers and wishes will be answered... it's just a matter of time. And maybe, part of that wish lead to the development of Friendster.