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.
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.