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PLDT Call All: Free Nationwide Local Calls
Monday, May 25, 2009


Captain's Log Supplemental Stardate -314395.26

I was surprised to see PLDT's full page ad on Inquirer yesterday about their latest "unlimited" call service despite their eye-roll inducing protest against Globe. Their new service is called PLDT Call All and allows any existing PLDT postpaid landline subscribers to avail of another 2nd postpaid wireless Landline Plus SIM for only P250/month.

From what I've understand from their ad, the Landline Plus SIM is capable of making free calls wherever in the Philippines as long as the number you're calling has the same area code as yours. The current Landline Plus setup whether postpaid or prepaid are limited to their area codes only. For example, you bought a Metro Manila PLDT Landline Plus SIM, then you cannot use it in Cebu or even in nearby provinces outside Metro Manila.

Get the PLDT Call All Bundle with a PLDT Landline Plus SIM. Make free local calls to your loved ones from anywhere in the country as much as you want, for as long as you want.

Again, according to what I've understand, this new PLDT Call All service will allow you to use your postpaid Landline Plus SIM anywhere in the country. You can receive and make calls for free as long as you call the same area code of your main landline subscription.

Currently, PLDT is offering a landline extension service for P360/month on top of your wired landline postpaid subscription. You get the same old PLDT Landline Plus SIM but is limited to the service area, no way to use it outside your area code.

The new PLDT Call All is cheaper than the Landline Extension Service. Call All is only P250/month on top of your main landline subscription and can be used anywhere, unlike the P360 Landline Extension. I don't know about you but I feel sorry for the people who availed the P360 wireless extension bundle. Makes you think that early adopters are most often to be screwed.

PLDT Call All bundle is P850 per month (plus P1,100 installation fee) for new subscribers and P250 per month for current postpaid subscribers. The PLDT Landline Plus SIM can be used on any openline dual band GSM handsets, even an old Nokia 5110 will work. Promo period according to the ad is from May 24 - August 1, 2009. Don't ask me what's the meaning of this "promo period" as I don't know.

This service is perfect to those who have relatives outside Metro Manila. My aunt lives in Sta. Rosa, Laguna and though our calls are only P10 per call because of our subscription to "PLDT/Smart P10 unlimited", her calls to her friends in Metro Manila are still charged the normal NDD rate. If I can get her a PLDT Call All SIM, then she can save a lot and her friends can call her anytime they like.

But I'm having second thoughts of getting one because of my recent and unpleasant experience with PLDT. Hmmmm... what do you guys think?

UPDATE: I called PLDT's hotline and the unlimited call service is only a promo from May 24 to August 1, 2009. After the promo period, the Call All's Landline Plus SIM will revert back to 300 outgoing minutes. Prepaid Landline Plus SIM Cards are still limited to its service areas, unlike the Call All SIM.

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Posted by Anonymous aris72ph on Monday, May 25, 2009 at 7:32:00 PM GMT+8:  
I also called the PLDT hotline 101-328 and they said that you can request to activate the NDD of the Call All SIM. Calls to any PLDT phone is only 1 PHP per minute and 5 PHP for other landline network. (This is not included in the 300 minutes outgoing call).

Reiterating... after Aug 1 (if the promo is not extended), the 250/per fee includes 300 minutes outgoing calls and only 60 SMS.

And even after the promo period, incoming calls to the SIM are free and still can be called anywhere in the Philippines.

Posted by Anonymous ChRiSTiNe on Friday, June 5, 2009 at 10:36:00 AM GMT+8:  
Jepoy - I had to call my PLDT friends after reading this entry of yours.

They gave me some clarifications, though:

1. The Php 360 extension landline will no longer be billed as such but it will also be Php 250.

2. The after-promo-period-thing no longer holds true. You will still be billed Php 250 even after August 1 - because they will be imposing a 2-year lock-in period for all subscribers of PLDT Call All.

I am in the process of contemplating whether to get one or not. >",<

Posted by Blogger Jepoy on Friday, June 5, 2009 at 1:52:00 PM GMT+8:  
@christine - P250 is cheap and the ability to bring it anywhere is a plus... pero... 300minutes after the promo period? Ang onti nun :(

Posted by Anonymous ChRiSTiNe on Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 1:41:00 AM GMT+8:  
Jepoy - nope. under their new memo, Call All you want for as long as you want even after the promo period because PLDT will have your soul and money for two (2) years (lock in period).


Posted by Blogger Jepoy on Sunday, June 7, 2009 at 2:30:00 PM GMT+8:  
@christine - bahh.. pwede na. Compared to bayanwireless and Suntel :D

Posted by Blogger Gregorio E. H. on Friday, June 12, 2009 at 8:34:00 AM GMT+8:  
Kakukuha ko lang ng Call All kahapon, June 11, mula sa Esat Ave. branch. Nagulat ako nung sinabing MAY PROMO PERIOD nga raw, hanggang Agosto (may charge na na PhP1 ang bawat minuto pagkatapos ng promo period). Nagulat ako dahil tinawagan ko sila nung June 8, nililinaw ko yung tungkol sa promo period. Tulad ng sinabi kay Christine (tingnan ang kanyang post June 7 sa taas), sabi sa 'kin, ayon daw sa bagong direktiba, wala na raw promo period. Tuloy-tuloy na ang mga unlimited call sa buong 2 taon. Nagalit ako at nakapagtaas ako ng boses dahil malinaw na pabago-bago sila ng policy --- kung di man talagang nanlilinlang para maka-akit ng mga customer. Tinuloy ko pa rin yung subscription pero nakaka-diasappoint yung ganitong pamamalakad mula sa isang higanteng kompanya na tulad ng PLDT.


Posted by Blogger Gregorio E. H. on Friday, June 12, 2009 at 8:38:00 AM GMT+8:  
Kakukuha ko lang ng Call All mula sa East Ave. branch. Tiniyak sa 'kin, na in effect daw yung promo period. Nakakainis. Pabago-bago ang policy nila, napapaisip ka tuloy na baka talagang nanlilinlang sila para maka-akit ng mga customer.

Posted by Anonymous Boy on Saturday, June 27, 2009 at 5:12:00 AM GMT+8:  
The product is good. The customer service experience needs more work.

Posted by Anonymous sexygoddezz on Sunday, June 28, 2009 at 3:55:00 AM GMT+8:  
Kumuha din ako nung Call All service nila. Nilinaw ko yung sinasabing promo period na until Aug 1 lang.It was explained that until Aug 1 ka lang makakapag avail nung service pero magagamit mo cya for 2 years kasi meron lock in period. Its a good bargain lalo na sa tulad ko na palaging nagtratravel around the country.

Posted by Anonymous koach on Monday, June 29, 2009 at 2:57:00 AM GMT+8:  
mukhang ok naman ito. i've read enuf na. kukuha na ako. thanks for the info!

Posted by Anonymous addylex on Monday, June 29, 2009 at 10:01:00 PM GMT+8:  
its good. the product is okay.

Posted by Anonymous Hannah on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 9:47:00 PM GMT+8:  
its okay. i've tried it.

Posted by Blogger janine on Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 12:27:00 AM GMT+8:  
bakit ba lagi kicocompare ang Call All sa Globe Duo? honestly i dont have any idea about the Globe Duo and i think mas madali itong sa pldt since my landline na ko. thanks for youe info.

Posted by Anonymous jepoy on Saturday, July 4, 2009 at 3:00:00 AM GMT+8:  
Not that I'm in a state of paranoia or something, but I think PLDT employees (or employee) are (is) posting comments on this entry...

/me silip sa IP

hu ha!


Posted by Blogger kinny on Friday, November 13, 2009 at 2:24:00 PM GMT+8:  
PLDT customer service is lousy! I have had my sim since August and have been monitoring every 48 hours since. NO LUCK! I have supposedly been put on the urgent list about 8 times but when I ask for my number they have no answer and even hang up on me. LIARS!!!

I don't know why my in laws just don't switch to Globe or even Sun cellular that way I don't have to ff this up.

I am a proud Globe Superduo user!!!

Posted by Blogger kinny on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at 1:00:00 PM GMT+8:  
Ay salamat. November 22 nabigyan na rin ng assigned number ang PLDT Call All sim ko. August 12 to Nov 22. Ang tagal ba or what?

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