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Smart offers Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) unveils its unbeatable offers for the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 7. Beginning August 6, pre-registration links are up for both Smart Postpaid and Smart Infinity.

For Postpaid, Smart offers the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 at Surf Plus Plan 999, with a monthly cash-out of P1,200 for 24 months, for a total of just P2,199 a month. With Surf Plus Plan 999, subscribers can enjoy the new Samsung Galaxy Note 7 with supersized 5GB data for all their surfing needs, 30 call minutes and 100 texts to all networks, plus free data access for the app of their choice every month—be it Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, among many others.

Approved postpaid pre-orders from August 6 to 19 will also receive a free Samsung battery pack and clear case. This is for the following Smart Wireless and Business Centers: SM Megamall, Rockwell Powerplant Mall, SM Aura, SM North EDSA, SM Baguio, SM Clark, Festival Mall, Molito, SM Cebu, SM Davao, and the Smart Online Store. Those who pre-order and get their applications approved via the Smart Online Store can get their Note 7 units as early as August 17.

For Smart Infinity, two Galaxy Note 7 devices may be enjoyed with the Roaming Plan 8000 (24 months) or a Galaxy Note 7 and a Galaxy S7 for the Roaming Plan 5000 (30 months). Members may experience their new devices with discounted outbound roaming rates, 15GB data allocation and a hefty monthly consumable allocation. New Plan 5000 and Plan 8000 members from August 6 to Aug 19 will also receive a complimentary Level Box Pro speaker.

To know more about Smart Infinity’s exclusive offers, existing members may contact their Infinity Relationship Officer or the Infinity dedicated hotline *800. For new membership, call 848 8806. Smart’s announcement followed Samsung’s simultaneous launch events for Unpacked 2016 in New York , Rio de Janiero and London on Aug. 2, with new groundbreaking features that push the boundaries of mobile productivity and security.

Galaxy Note 7 carries the latest innovation—the first ever Iris scanner for added security, alongside the enhanced S-Pen with higher precision and responsiveness. Note 7 is also the world’s first mobile HDR video that can take footage in sharper colors and with high dynamic range. It also carries superior DSLR like Real Pixel Camera with the first ever dual photodiode sensor (2PD) in mobile, providing superfast autofocus and brighter and clearer images with f/1.7 lens that is excellent for low light. It is water and dust resistant, has an expandable memory up to 256GB and runs on an Octa-core processor for smoother graphics.

Be among the first to own Note 7, visit smart.com.ph/note7 or smart.com.ph/infinity/samsungnote7 to register.

Smart to Welcome Pokemon GO in PH with Free Access for Subscribers

One with the legions of Filipinos excited for the arrival of Pokemon GO in the country, leading mobile services provider Smart Communications has announced that it will give subscribers 7 days of free data access to Pokemon GO upon the launch of the hit game in the Philippines. This offer is available on both Android and iOS users.
 Smart and TNT subscribers who are using iPhones or Android smartphones can enjoy 7 days free data access to Pokemon GO upon accessing the game and start playing without data charges for 7 days upon the launch of the game in the country.
A worldwide phenomenon
A location-based augmented reality mobile game, Pokemon GO lets players assume the role of a trainer who discovers and catches Pokemon or “pocket monsters” as if in real life using the GPS and camera of their smartphones.
Players level up their Pokemon and battle other trainers to gain Pokécoins that can be spent on in-game items.
Developed by Niantic Labs in partnership with Nintendo affiliate The Pokemon Company, Pokemon GO has swept gamers since it was first launched in the USA, Australia and New Zealand on July 6. The game is now available in over 30 countries, including Japan, where the original Pokemon game and anime series originated.
#PHforPokemonGO campaign
“Smart is one with the whole nation in waiting for Pokemon GO to finally go live in the Philippines, and we arebvery excited to welcome the game in our own big way,” said Kathy C. Carag, Smart Mobile Business Head.
“Smart subscribers nationwide can look forward to more special treats and promos that will allow them to make the most of their Pokemon GO experience.”
Drumming up the excitement among millions of Filipino fans, Smart joined the rally for #PHForPokemonGO on social media since the game was released in select markets last July 6.  On Twitter alone, the anticipation and clamor for the game reached more than 14 million impressions on over the last couple of weeks for Smart and Pokemon Go.

Leveled-up Pokemon GO experience
Smart and TNT subscribers can easily level up their gameplay via convenient and secure Pokemon Go in-app purchases even without a credit card.

Smart makes big splash with GigaSurf50, country’s first 1GB data offer at P50

Enjoy 1GB of surfing and apps plus 300MB for streaming on YouTube, iflix and more, valid for 3 days Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications is changing the way Filipinos enjoy their smartphones as it unveils GigaSurf50, the country’s first 1GB data offer at P50. Valid for three days, GigaSurf50 also comes with an additional 300MB for streaming on sites YouTube, iflix and more, empowering subscribers to ride the digital wave and enjoy more data, video and music right at their fingertips.

To enjoy this latest offer, simply text GIGA50 to 9999.

Bigger and better digital lifestyle
With the country’s first 1GB offer at only P50, Smart is truly changing the way Filipinos enjoy their mobile phones for a much bigger, better and richer digital lifestyle," said Katrina Luna-Abelarde, Smart Wireless Consumer Operations Head.

This huge data offer allows you to go bigger on your passions – whether you are an info junkie who likes to surf all the time, a social media butterfly with constant updates on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter, or a music and video buff who likes streaming on sites like YouTube and iflix, among many others.”

Pasadata with GigaSurf50

GigaSurf50 is also big enough for subscribers to share with others through Pasadata, Smart’s innovative feature that lets subscribers pass on a chunk of their data to friends and loved ones. To share part of your GigaSurf50, simply text PASADATA <Recipient #> <Amount>MB and send to 808. With GigaSurf50, you can go beyond your usual mobile Internet activities, from speaking your mind on the latest trending topic on Facebook and Twitter, watching the latest viral videos on YouTube, and binge-watching your favorite movies and series on iflix. GigaSurf50 also lets you record more of your day’s best moments on Snapchat and Instagram, share more of your latest musings on your personal blogs, and connect more withyour groups on Messenger, Viber and Whatsapp, among many others.

Bridging gaps and breaking barriers

GigaSurf50 follows a string of awesome products and services that Smart launched since it refreshed its brand last June 13 to show a stronger commitment in empowering Filipinos to live a digital life without barriers. Smart recently launched its P1,288 Prepaid Smartphone kit to offer the most value-packed big-screen smartphone in the country today, meant to break barriers for many Filipinos to own a smartphone. Smart also recently unveiled its Smartlife app, a breakthrough digital discovery portal that lets subscribers enjoy exclusive daily perks, movies, music and games at their fingertips.

Network boost nationwide

All these new products go hand in hand with Smart’s rapid LTE deployment and network expansion to deliver faster, more reliable and affordable Internet services throughout the country.

Smart Padala gives back to hardworking Pinoys with Padalang Padalow

Started last May 1, Labor Day, until July 31, consumers can enjoy lower remittance rates from Smart Padala whenever they send money to their loved ones, wherever they are, as the the country’s leading domestic remittance services provider launches its Padalang Padalow promo in honor of our hardworking Filipino workers.
With the enrolment season coming up soon, Filipinos can take advantage of Smart Padala’s low remittance fees to send much-needed money to their loved ones across the country. For  padala above P3,000, customers will only pay a nominal fee of 2% of the remittance amount, instead of the usual 2.5%. For P3,001 to P3,500 padala, customers will only have to pay P70 instead of P87.50; and P5,000 padala for only P100 from P125. The Padalang Padalow promo can be enjoyed until July 31 through 15,000 Smart Padala  centers, the biggest network of non-bank money-in and money-out touchpoints nationwide.
“For over ten years now, Smart Padala has been a strong enabler of Filipinos for sharing the fruit of their hard work to their families and loved ones. This Labor Day, we are giving back and honoring our kababayans through our Smart Padalang Padalow promo with the same reliable and convenient remittance service that they can truly benefit from,” said Benjie Fernandez, co- CEO at PayMaya Philippines, the digital financial services unit of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), which offers Smart Padala for the remittance market.

More convenient as it is more affordable 
Launched in 2004, Smart Padala is the global pioneer in mobile money remittance. The brand, which literally means “smart remittance” resonates with Filipinos as it reflects our culture of providing assistance to loved ones as a show of affinity. Its network of hyperlocal touchpoints can be found in close proximity to neighborhoods and communities, making domestic remittance more accessible.
Based on data from the first National Baseline Survey on Financial Inclusion released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas mid-2015, it is estimated that on average, Filipinos take around 22 minutes to reach the nearest financial services touch point. It also costs an average of P43 for a roundtrip fare. This is on top of the remittance fees collected by service providers.
To further make mobile money more inclusive, Smart Padala introduced last October its Pick-Up Anywhere feature, enabling users to send money to anyone, regardless of mobile network, and redeemable at any of the Smart Padala centers nationwide. With Pick-Up Anywhere, there is no need to travel far just to send or receive remittance because Smart Padala centers can literally be your kapitbahay or your suking sari-sari store.
“We feel the need of our Filipino workers for a reliable, accessible, and convenient way of sending money. The least that we can do is offer them services that are easy, convenient, and affordable. This is why we have introduced enhancements such as Smart Padala Pick-Up Anywhere and offered promos like Smart Padalang Padalow,” said Lawrence Ferrer, Vice President and head of domestic business at PayMaya Philippines. Smart Padala also offers international remittance, bills payment, airtime load selling and reloading of mobile wallet accounts including Smart Money and PayMaya to address the transactional needs of both banked and unbanked in the emerging market. 
To know more about Smart Padala, visit www.smartpadala.ph and Facebook.com/SmartPadalaPH.
About PayMaya Philippines
PayMaya Philippines, part of the Voyager Group, is the digital financial services unit of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart).  PayMaya, its mobile app that comes with a prepaid card, is now the leading over-the- top digital payments app in the Philippine market. Among its innovations include Smart Money, the pioneering mobile money service linked to the Smart SIM and mobile phone and Smart Padala, the leading domestic remittance service brand in the market.

Smart starts deployment of LTE-Advanced mobile service


The first in the Philippines, Smart’s introduction of LTE
A promises to help improve Internet services in the country.

PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications (Smart) has begun to roll out the country’s first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service which can provide significantly higher data speeds than existing LTE services using a capability called “carrier aggregation.”
Initially deployed in Boracay, Aklan, one of the country’s leading tourist destinations, Smart’s LTE-A service there has posted speeds of up to 250 Mbps.“With the introduction of our LTE-Advanced service, the next stage of development of 4th generation of mobile technology, Smart is again at the technology forefront, setting the bar higher for mobile service experience,” said Joachim Horn, PLDT and Smart chief technology and information advisor.
Smart joins the short list of operators around the world that have tested and rolled out the technology, which is also referred to as 4.5G. This list includes Optus in Australia, Sprint in the US, and Turkcell in Turkey, among others. “Combined with our other network improvement initiatives for both our mobile and fixed line networks, the introduction of LTE-A will help boost internet services in the country and enable more Filipinos to enjoy and benefit from the fast-growing range of digital services that PLDT and Smart offer,” he said. “We are also planning ahead, in anticipation of future advances in technology. Our current investments in network facilities are already being done in a way that will enable us to be ready for 5G when it arrives sometime in 2020. For this purpose, we are working closely with NTT DoCoMo, which is one of the global pace-setters in the development of 5G,” Horn added.

A much wider highway

Carrier aggregation refers to the ability of LTE-A to combine two or more radio frequency bands in order to deliver bigger bandwidth and faster data speeds to mobile users. “This is like being able to put together two or more separate highways in order to create a wider highway through which vehicular traffic can flow more freely and at a much faster rate,” Horn said. “Wireless technologies being a shared resource, the actual customer experience is typically less than the peak speeds being registered during tests.  But, carrier aggregation on LTE-A, by combining the capacities of two or more frequency bands, will enable Smart to deliver to subscribers with LTE-A devices consistently higher speeds than is possible using LTE.  In Boracay, we have combined three frequencies, which is a first in the country,” he explained.

For Smart subscribers using LTE-A capable devices, this translates into superior experiences when using various data services, particularly bandwidth-heavy services like video- and audio-streaming, and gaming. Currently, the LTE-A capable devices include the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.  Other handset manufacturers are expected to introduce their own LTE-A devices soon. Smart ran several tests of LTE-A in 2013 – in Boracay during the Geeks on a Beach startup conference; in Davao City during the Kadayawan festival; and in Makati City.  The introduction of LTE-A capable devices since then has opened the door for its roll-out.

A broader effort

Horn explained that LTE-A is the “cutting edge” of a broader effort to improve the cellular and mobile internet services of Smart and Sun subscribers. In a network integration program started last year, for example, Smart and Sun have been synergizing their networks to improve the coverage and quality of service for the subscribers of both brands using 2G, 3G and LTE capable devices. “For example, where it makes technical and marketing sense, we equip a single cell site – either of Smart or Sun – so that this can serve the subscribers of both brands,” Jorn said. As a result of this program, depending on the area, the effective coverage for Smart and Sun subscribers increases by anywhere from 50% to 100%. The program is expected to be completed by end-2016 or early 2017.  This was part of PLDT’s P43-billion capital expenditure program (capex) in 2015 and will be funded by the 2016 capex budget which has been set at the same level.

In this program, specific attention is being given to enhancing 3G/HSPA/HSPA+ coverage and capacity because about 90% of Smart and Sun subscribers who go online use 3G handsets. “Improving our 3G data service thus delivers immediate benefits to the largest number of people in our subscriber base. At the same time, we have been expanding the coverage of our LTE network because the number of subscribers using LTE phones is steadily rising,” Horn said.“And now, we have also begun to deploy LTE-A. The pace of this deployment will be driven by several factors, including the rate at which subscribers start using LTE-A capable devices,” he added.

#ChangingLives: How PLDT changed my life

I grew up in a generation where internet and use of mobile phones are considered as needs. I remember when I was in high school, I used to ask my mom to buy me PLDT internet cards during weekends. It was friendster and nickelodeon blog kind of days. Oh memories! Internet lines were not yet that established here in our region. We, I for one, have witnessed how far internet has developed from internet cards to high speed internet data.
With PLDT and technology, they are hand-in-hand in changing our lives for the better making it more convenient. Whoever you are and whatever you do – traveler, teacher, model, businessman, student, artist, etc. – they have offers to make your life easy as pie. As for me, PLDT Group helped me in achieving my goals. As a part-time blogger, I need high speed internet in writing blog posts, sharing my thoughts and photos on different social media platforms, and especially in attending events here in our city. PLDT Group also opened a lot of doors for the small and regional bloggers like me. I must say it empowered and inspired me to do the best that I can, to inspire other pinay muslimas in terms of fashion and lifestyle, share my travels, and more. It allowed me to discover myself more, express myself, and connect with others around the world.
For all of these, thanks PLDT Group. It excites me of what more you have to offer in the mere future.
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YouTube Gaming App launch: Get Smart Prepaid Big Bytes 50 with 2x Data

In Smart’s biggest mobile data offer yet, subscribers can now sign up to the new Big Bytes 50, which now comes with 700MB – up from the previous 350MB for more streaming and surfing – plus another 600MB for use on apps like YouTube and iflix, and the YouTube Gaming app, which just went live in the Philippines today – all valid for three days, still at P50. To avail of the new offer, subscribers simply need to text 
BIG50 to 9999.
With Big Bytes 50, Smart subscribers can make the most of the newly launched YouTube Gaming app, which features engaging game plays, reviews, speedruns and trailers covering hit games such as Minecraft, Grand Theft Auto, League of Legends, Call of Duty, DotA2 and NBA2K16, among tons of other titles.
The groundbreaking YouTube Gaming also offers ready access to livestreams and videos of tens of thousands of games, as well as an exciting venue to connect and interact with other gaming enthusiasts – giving users a much more awesome mobile gaming experience.
Downloadable on Google Play Store for Android and the App Store for iOS devices, YouTube Gaming is already available in the United States and many other countries around the world.

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Indispensable tool for gamers
“All Smart subscribers will now be able to enjoy ‘double data’ with Big Bytes 50, which is perfect for use for all their surfing, messaging, and gaming needs,” said Kat Luna-Abelarde, Head of Operations at Smart Communications.
“The launch of YouTube Gaming in the Philippines comes at a great time, as subscribers can take full advantage of the Big Bytes 50 package to watch, chat, and livestream their favorite games on the new app – features that are indispensable for avid gamers,” she added.
Top eSports advocate in PH
As the leading telco that advocates eSports in the Philippines, Smart has paved the way for Filipinos to enjoy games anytime, anywhere by introducing a convenient way to purchase ePins using their prepaid load or via their postpaid bill. Smart has also teamed up with the Philippine eSports Organization (PeSO) in hosting the some of the biggest eSports tournaments in the country featuring hit games such as Defense of the Ancients (DotA) 2, League of Legends, CounterStrike, Crossfire, Clash of Clans, among many others.
To get updates on Smart’s biggest data offer yet, visit http://smart.com.ph/Prepaid/offers/bigbytes and follow Smart’s official accounts on Facebook (www.smart.com.ph/SmartCommunications), Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

Six important things Batman & Superman fans should have


In just a week’s time, one of the summer’s biggest superhero films is set to break into Philippine cinemas: Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice. The superhero movie directed by Zack Snyder, an American filmmaker known for starting the DC Extended Universe film series, will be the first ever live-action film to feature both DC Comic characters, Batman and Superman. The film is a follow up to Superman: Man of Steel and inspired by the Batman limited series The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. No wonder fans have been going wild, with advanced ticket sales worldwide slowly pacing ahead Marvel superhero box office hits, Deadpool and Avengers. In anticipation of the release, and in true DC Comic fan spirit, we’ll let you in on six important things every Batman and Superman fan should buy online. 


1. Superhero Graphic Novels (takatack.ph)


If you’re going to do be a fan, you cannot possibly live without owning at least a couple of essential superhero graphic novels. For Superman fans, your must read is Superman Earth One, which includes that iconic moment when Clark finally becomes Superman. Batman: Earth One is the counterpart for Batman fans, but the crossroads for these two heroes is really The Dark Knight Returns. Most people have a misconception that it’s just about Batman, but no other comic book comes close to actually defining the character of Superman than Frank Miller’s holy grail. You’ll have to buy it and read it to find out why. You can order a copy from the Takatack store of Galleon PH here.

2.  Supermovies

As a Batman or Superman fan, having watched any previous films about the two characters is pretty much a given. Although if you’re just beginning to get into the fandom, and you can’t read the graphic novels, at least watch the live adaptations of the two characters so you can fully appreciate why the battle of Batman V Superman makes a compelling story. You want to fully understand and choose, whose explicit code of morality is superior? Who is more admirable? Which one makes a better model in defining today’s culture and society? Who is more self-sacrificing? The best way to get your fix is to get a subscription on Netflix and supermarathon all the Batman and Superman films there.

3.  Super Kitchenwear

Getting superabs is as easy as putting on an apron. This one is for all the cooks out there who want to feel like heroes in their own kitchen, saving the hungry, one dish at a time.  These Batman and Superman gems are available on Takatack.ph.

4. The Superhero Look (zalora.ph + sephora.ph) 

 

There is no other more iconic accessory for Superman than his horn-rimmed glasses which were used to hide his alien identity, projecting instead the intelligent and mild-mannered Clark Kent. These are readily available at ZALORA
On the other hand, while most men can’t keep up with billionaire Mr. Wayne’s bespoke Armani suits, most guys can look the part by just getting their hair done well. We don’t have a photo of Ben Affleck sporting the Bruce Wayne look yet because of the limited footage, hence Christian Bale, but over the years in film or comics, Bruce Wayne has always had his hair on point. Pomade or wax is key, and guys will want something with good hold to hold their hair’s shape, but not rock hard so that they can’t run their fingers through their hair. Sephora has a good variety of styling products which you can check out here.


5.   Supershirts



As we’re getting nearer to the premier, you’ll want to choose your side and show your support for the “better” superhero. It’s likely many people will show up at the cinemas wearing some sign of support for their favorite superhero. Wear a classic Batman or Superman shirt officially licensed by DC Comics and join the many others showing their support for #TeamBatman or #TeamSuperman.


6.   A Superadvanced ticket to the showing

Everyone knows how big this movie is going to be, and how hard it’s going to be to score tickets. The lines will be endless, and the wait will be painful if you ever get to the front desk after hours only to be told there aren’t any seats available for the day. Reserve your movie tickets online instead. SM Cinemas and Robinson’s Movieworld are two online cinema platforms that let you buy your tickets and choose your seats online.
Buying these things online may require you to have a credit card. If you don’t have one, the best way to go about is to pay with PayMaya instead. PayMaya is a free online payment app on Google Play Store and App Store that lets you buy online without a credit card. All you have to do is download the app and register with your mobile number. Once you activate your account by tapping “Activate” on the app home screen, you’ll get your own card number, CVV, and its expiration date on the app. Just load up your account at 7-Eleven, Robinson’s Department Stores, or SM Business Centers, and you’re all set to crossing off all the Batman and Superman must-haves on this list! So choose now, because it’s going to be an incredible battle. Batman vs Superman. Black vs Blue. God vs Man. Day vs Night.


For more information about PayMaya, visit www.paymaya.com.

SMART offers Samsung Galaxy S7 FREE at Surf Plus Plan 1999 + a FREE Samsung Gear VR


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Gearing up for the March 19 launch of Samsung’s latest flagship devices in the Philippines, unrivaled mobile services leader Smart Communications has unveiled the best plans for Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, bundled with the biggest data offers and the most awesome perks.

Level up to the Smart Life experience by getting the Samsung Galaxy S7 FREE at Surf Plus Plan 1999 under a 24-month contract. You can also avail of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge at Surf Plus Plan 1999 with a one-time cash-out of only P4,800. These introductory offers are available until April 15.


Here are the reasons why you should get this plan from SMART:


Perfect for the Data savvy

Perfect for data-savvy users, Surf Plus Plan 1999 comes with 9GB data, 150 minutes of calls and 200 texts to all networks, and free access to the app of your choice – every month.

The  new Galaxy phones will also be available via Smart Infinity, Smart’s premium postpaid brand, where members can get two units of the Samsung Galaxy S7 plus a Gear VR under Infinity LTE Consumable Plan 8000.

Free Gear VR only from Smart

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As an exclusive offer, you can get a FREE Gear VR when you pre-order your Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge from March 4 to 13, 2016.

You can pre-order at smart.com.ph/Postpaid/galaxys7 or at the Smart Stores located in SM Megamall, Rockwell, SM North Edsa, SM Rosales, SM Mall of Asia, SM Cebu and SM Davao. Those who pre-ordered can get their handsets as early as March 14.


Future of mobile entertainment

A state-of-the-art virtual reality headset that works with the latest Galaxy devices, the Samsung Gear VR is set to usher in the next frontier in mobile entertainment, instantly transporting users in 3D and CG animated worlds, as well as 180 or 360-degree live action scenes – for an immersive and interactive viewing and gaming experience.

No less than Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg vouched for the Gear VR experience at Samsung’s Unpacked 2016 Event in Barcelona, Spain last month. “It is by far the best mobile experience… It provides the best hardware, with the best software. VR is going to be the most social platform,” said Zuckerberg.

Rich digital experience


“As the country’s leading mobile services provider, Smart has always paved the way for Filipinos to experience the latest mobile innovations. Through our awesome offer, our subscribers will be the first to get hold of the latest Galaxy devices with the Gear VR, and peek into the future of mobile video entertainment,” said Kathy C. Carag, Smart Brand Head.

“This is in line with our thrust to deliver the richest digital experience to subscribers through our full-packed data offers and widest library of mobile content, backed by our nationwidest network,” she added.

Redefining the smartphone


Samsung Galaxy S7 is dust and water resistant. How cool is that?

Set to redefine what a smartphone can do, the Samsung Galaxy  S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge feature enhanced multitasking and camera functions, expandable memory of up to 200GB, larger battery and IP68 water and dust resistant certification – all housed in an elegant body of glass and metal finish.

By slipping the Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge in front of the Gear VR lens, you can instantly transport yourself right at the center of videos and games with stunning graphics – for a complete out-of-this world experience.

VR games and videos

The Gear VR is pre-loaded trailers and videos, with more exciting apps and content available at the Oculus Store.

You can have loads of fun solving third-person adventure games such as Herobound: Spirit Champion and Adventure Time, or unlocking mysteries and exploring pathways with Land’s End. Shooter game fans will also have a blast with Viral, Smash Hit and Eve: Gunjack, which feature an exhilarating game play.

You can also enjoy a virtual private theater set-up while watching your favorite films and series through apps like Oculus Video and Netflix. With the Oculus Social app, you can also join and hang out other Gear VR users from all over the world while watching videos on Vimeo and Twitch.

 Stay updated on Smart’s latest offers by following Smart’s official accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications), Twitter (@LiveSmart) and Instagram.

Smart brings much anticipated ‘Clash Royale’ to Filipinos

Filipino gamers can now enjoy Clash Royale, the latest mobile game of Clash of Clans creator Supercell. Download it for free on the App Store and Google Play, and fuel your game with Smart Prepaid.

Calling all COCnatics and gamers!!!
Following the massive success of Clash of Clans (CoC) around the world, Helsinki-based mobile game developer Supercell has launched another much anticipated game, ‘Clash Royale,’ in the Philippines, and you can now make the most of it with Smart Prepaid’s PasaData, which allows you to share your data with friends anytime and anywhere for more online gaming fun.

An exhilarating card and strategy mobile game, ‘Clash Royale’ pits you in a duel with other online players in a race to knock down each other’s castle. To achieve this, you draw from a deck of eight cards containing familiar CoC characters, defenses and spells and unleash all their powers in the arena.

Victories lead to more cards, trophies and glory, which then allow you to upgrade your characters, unlock new arenas, and ultimately build your clan and battle community to share your cards with.

Rave game reviews

Prior to its worldwide launch, ‘Clash Royale’ was initially rolled out in select markets in Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and New Zealand, where it garnered rave reviews for creatively merging the card and arena game formats. You can now download the game on Google Play Store and the App Store for free.

“We are thrilled to finally make ‘Clash Royale’ available to Filipinos, who are very engaged CoC players,” said Erlend Christoffersen, Director for Global Expansion at Supercell. “We can’t wait for them to have as much fun and enjoyment while playing our new game with their family and friends anytime, anywhere.”

“We welcome the launch of ‘Clash Royale’ in the Philippines, and we expect it to follow the success of the massive hit ‘Clash of Clans’ as it introduces another exciting way for friends to bond and interact with each other online,” said Katrina Luna-Abelarde, Head of Wireless Operations at Smart.

“Filipino mobile gamers can definitely make the most of this new game with Smart Prepaid’s PasaData, which gives you the convenience and flexibility of passing on a chunk of your Big Bytes Barkada offers to your friends – the first service of its kind in the country,” she added.

PasaData with Big Bytes Barkada offers

PasaData can be used with both Big Bytes Barkada 99 (which comes with 700MB valid for 7 days) and Big Bytes Barkada 299 (which offers 2GB valid for 30 days).  

Both full-packed offers, you can use the Big Bytes Barkada to play ‘Clash Royale’ and other mobile games, stream videos and music on apps like YouTube, iflix, and Spinnr, and stay active on all your other apps, such as Facebook, Viber, and Instagram, among others.

To register to Big Bytes Barkada offers, simply text BBB99 or BBB299 to 9999, respectively, or dial *121# – the all-access portal for all Smart Prepaid promos. Once registered, you can easily make use of PasaData for your friends anytime and anywhere by simply texting SHARE<SPACE>No. of Recipient<SPACE> (Amount)MB to 808.

Best mobile gaming experience

Smart takes the lead in making available the widest breadth of digital content, innovative offers, and engaging event to give its subscribers the best mobile gaming experience.

Aside from offering full-packed data promos perfect for gaming, Smart enables its subscribers to level up their online adventure through an easy mode of purchasing in-app and in-game items using their prepaid load or charged to their postpaid account.

If you are an Android user, you can enjoy convenient transactions when you activate Smart’s Google Direct Carrier Billing. Simply go to the Play Store, click ‘My Account’ and enable ‘Smart Communications billing’ under Payment methods. On the other hand, if you are an iOS device user, you can activate Smart’s Pay-With-Mobile service by texting to REG to 4949.

In September last year, Smart staged the Philippine Clash, the country’s biggest and most prestigious nationwide CoC tournament with over P2.3 million in prizes – the largest pool prize ever in a local gaming competition.

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To get updates on Smart’s latest offers, follow its official accounts on Facebook (www.smart.com.ph/SmartCommunications), Twitter (@LiveSmart) and Instagram. To know more about the game, visit www.clashroyale.com.

Smart opens pre-registration for Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Great news! Unrivaled mobile services provider Smart Communications has opened its pre-registration site for the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge after the Korean tech giant’s much-anticipated Unpacked 2016 event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Be among the first to experience the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge when they hit the Philippine shores by signing up at smart.com.ph/Postpaid/samsung-galaxy-seven.


The Galaxy S7 edge & S7 are water & dust resistant with IP68 certification 

Set to redefine what a smartphone can do, the Samsung Galaxy  S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge pushes the boundaries of mobile technology with enhanced multitasking and camera features, expandable memory of up to 200GB, larger battery and IP68 water and dust resistant certification – all housed in an elegant body of glass and metal finish.

Samsung’s latest smartphones are also compatible with the Samsung Gear VR, the world’s first consumer-focused virtual reality headset, which Smart will soon offer to usher in the new frontier of mobile entertainment.

By slipping the Galaxy S7 or the Galaxy S7 Edge in the Gear VR lens, users can instantly transport themselves in 3D and CG animated worlds, as well as 180 or 360-degree live action scenes – offering an immersive and interactive viewing and gaming experience.

To get updated on Smart’s offers for the Samsung Gear VR, register at smart.com.ph/Postpaid/samsung-gear-vr. 



First to introduce mobile innovations!

Prior to the Unpacked 2016 event, Samsung challenged netizens to “Change the way you think about your phone,” “Change the way you capture every angle,” “Change your idea of what a camera can do,” and “Change your idea of what a phone can handle.”

With these fresh devices, Samsung has really made good on its promise of going beyond the limits in terms of experience, creativity and performance,” said Kathy C. Carag, Smart Brand Head.

As the country’s leading mobile network, Smart takes the lead in introducing the latest mobile innovations and products to Filipinos, and we just can’t wait to make these new products available and pave the way for everyone to enjoy new and awesome mobile experiences anytime, anywhere. 

To stay updated on the Smart’s latest offers, 
follow Smart’s official accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications), 
Twitter (@LiveSmart) and Instagram.


Change the way you watch movies with Smart Big Bytes 15

For someone who’s always busy and on the go, I barely have time to watch TV while snuggling up on our couch or go to the cinema to watch the latest movies. Whenever i’m stuck in traffic or during bus/tricycle rides, it never gets dull because I have my Iflix and I can enjoy movies with Smart Big Bytes 15 of course in an affordable price. 

What is Smart Big Bytes 15?
Smart Big Bytes 15 is a new offer that enables subscribers to fully experience the Smart Life by changing the way they consume and watch videos by providing access to iflix’s large library of content for just P15 by downloading it on their devices. Smart Prepaid’s Big Bytes 15 also includes 40MB which subscribers can use for their social needs. Smart Big Bytes 15 makes viewing movies affordable and more accessible.


How awesome is that? You can enjoy 2 movies from wide range of choices in Iflix plus connect with your loved ones and post pictures on your social media accounts whenever or wherever you are! Also, it’s very and I believe the most affordable offer in the country. So instead of buying pirated CD’s or DVD’s which costs more than Php15, subscribe to what’s legal but affordable, subscribe to Smart Big Bytes 15.

To know more about this, just visit http://smart.com.ph/bigbytes or dial *121#. And if you did try it, don’t forget to share your experience on social media by using the hashtag #SmartBigBytes

Here’s a step-by-step procedure in accessing iflix:


Enjoy Netflix now with PayMaya

Good news! DOn’t freak out. Netflix is now in the Philippines. Yes you’ve read that right!

It is almost a universal truth that watching movies and TV shows is a common pastime for Filipinos. With the recent release of Netflix to more than 130 new countries around the world, including the Philippines, Filipinos can now enjoy streaming thousands of popular movies and TV shows from Netflix such as the Batman Trilogy or How to Get Away with Murder on their devices – even without a credit card, thanks to the leading digital payments app PayMaya.

Watch unlimited movies & TV shows on Netflix

Netflixis an internet TV service that lets you instantly watch unlimited movies and TV show episodes, including original series, documentaries, and feature films,  anytime, anywhere, over almost any Internet-connected device without commercials. As per their announcement, there are three plans available, with the minimum at P370 for the Basic Plan, P460 for the Standard Plan and P550 for the Premium Plan. 


Subscribers get 1 free month to try the ultimate binge watching experience and can cancel their subscription anytime. Payments for subscriptions however, can only be made through credit card or PayPal. So for the movie buffs and tv show aficionados who don’t have their own credit card or a PayPal account, this is where you can use PayMaya.

Subscribe to Netflix without a credit card

Developed by PayMaya Philippines (formerly Smart eMoney, Inc.), the digital financial services unit of PLDT and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), PayMaya is an online payment app that generates your own instant virtual prepaid Visa on the app which you can then use to subscribe to Netflix. 

All you have to do is to go to the Google Play Store or App Store, download the PayMaya mobile app, and register with any mobile number. Once you have a PayMaya account, you’ll see your own virtual Visa on the app which contains your card number, security code or CVV, and the expiration date–all the details you need for making online payments. 

Before you can use your PayMaya account, you must first load it up at PayMaya Load-Up Centers at 7-Eleven Cliqq kiosks, SM Business Centers, and Robinson’s Business Centers. Once you have reloaded your PayMaya account with funds, you can then go ahead and use it to pay for your Netflix subscription. As PayMaya is a prepaid Visa card, Netflix will just deduct a minimum amount equivalent to one month subscription to validate your payment account. PayMaya can be used for recurrent payments such as Netflix, just be sure to reload your account in time for the next billing period.

“With PayMaya, we’re opening the doors to the digital life to Filipinos who don’t have credit cards by enabling access to services such as Netflix,” said Paolo Azzola, co-Chief Operating Officer at PayMaya Philippines.


Don’t miss out on the fun

Movies and TV shows are a common bonding point between people. Whether it’s meeting someone new, catching up with old friends, or bonding with the people you love, the stories you watch will always be something you can talk about. It’s also an inexpensive but a guaranteed fun way to get together. 

This is just amazing! So whether you get comfortable on your own with a series and some snacks or invite friends over for dinner and a movie marathon, Netflix will bring your entertainment to the next level – all with the help of your PayMaya account. To learn more about why PayMaya is now the leading digital payments mobile app in the Philippines and how you can enjoy it , visit www.paymaya.com

Holidays are more fun in the Philippines with PayMaya!


It’s that time of the year when everyone’s just so busy with last-minute shopping, parties and of course, holiday vacations. This season, the holidays become especially more fun as a whole universe awaits to be discovered because of digital commerce and online shopping convenience. Get the best deals and one-of-a-kind finds with the most convenient way to shop – through your PayMaya mobile app, the all-in-one digital payments innovation that can give you an instant virtual Visa.

1. Gift-shopping  

Still completing your holiday shopping? Everyone’s looking for unique gifts they can buy for their loved ones, and there’s no better place to look than online shopping sites. Shopping online also allows you to access online-exclusive fashionable clothes from websites like ZALORA, various goods from Takatack.com and limited edition beauty products from Beauty MNL. The things you can buy will be unlike the things you’ll find going to the mall, and are guaranteed to make your loved ones smile.


2. Staycations

For people looking for unique experiences, PayMaya partnered with Airbnb to give a promo to PayMaya users so they can book unique accommodations around the world. Up to, PayMaya users can enjoy P1,500 discount (for minimum P4,500 booking cost) on their first Airbnb stay by just using the promo code PAYMAYA + first 6 digits of PayMaya card upon checkout to enjoy the discount. With Airbnb, you can book beautiful and inspirational spaces that deviate from the regular hotel bookings that people usually resort to: from entire houses, to cozy lofts, even castles and villas.
Meanwhile, if you’re not going out for the holidays, you can use your PayMaya Visa card for exclusive dining discounts at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza. Visa often offers exclusive-only promos all year round, and as a partner of Visa, PayMaya users have the special privilege to avail of discounts at hotels and other restaurants just by using their PayMaya Visa.

3. Food deliveries

You can spice up your salu-salos and order Japanese, Korean, Greek, Spanish, and plenty of other cuisines from over 1000+ restaurants by ordering from foodpanda. Customers get P200 off their order by using the code: NOCHEBUENA.

4. Music, movies, books and so much more!

The holidays are a time for rest and celebration of thanksgiving with family and friends, and there’s no better way to do this than with music, movies, and books. To start off, you can get
get Spotify Premium with PayMaya so you can listen to your favorite artists offline non-stop, with no ads, just music. First time Spotify Premium users can get Spotify Premium for just P9.00 for 3 months.
Going out to watch a movie? If you don’t want to wait in line, especially for the new Star Wars movie, you can reserve tickets online with your PayMaya Visa at SM Cinema, Robinson’s Movie World, and SureSeats for Ayala malls.
Meanwhile, for all the book lovers who want to tuck themselves in with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate, they can use their PayMaya to purchase books for themselves or friends at Amazon with a 30% discount off the regular price, with a maximum discount being $10. To avail the offer, customers will simply have to type in the promo code HOLIDAY30 while checking out the item.

5.  Buy and send load – as a gift!

It’s a heavy call and text season, when we’re all busy sending well wishes to everyone. As a special treat, PayMaya is giving an 8% discount off Smart load packages. PayMaya users can either buy Smart load packages for themselves or better yet, send the load as a gift for loved ones this Christmas. Share the love!

6. Last minute traveling

Thinking of some last minute get-away for the holidays? You can easily book a flight around the world with Philippine Airlines using your PayMaya Visa. All the seat sales will be popping up this season so make sure to keep a watchful eye out!


Find out more why PayMaya is now the no. 1 financial mobile app in Google Play Philippines through www.paymaya.com.

Joining the Bandwagon: #AlDub craze

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Recently, there’s a love team that hits the heart of Filipinos like storm, AlDub which is short for Alden and Yaya Dub. If you’re from the Philippines I’m sure you know what and who I’m talking about. Truth be told, I barely watch TV and I can’t say that I’m a huge fan of Kapuso. I don’t even know about AlDub, well not until my friend keeps on talking and goes gaga about them. I became curious which led me to youtube and watch their past episodes and I even stalk Maine and Alden on Instagram. So yeah, you know the result; I gave in and joined the bandwagon. I became a fan of AlDub!

3 REASONS WHY I’M IN LOVE WITH ALDUB:

1. The Chemistry.


The AlDub was discovered accidentally by the fans and Eat Bulaga stars when they showed Alden watching the Kalye Serye and Maine or Yaya Dub being shy about it. From there on they became a love team. It’s not just because Maine is so pretty (hello new girl crush!) and Alden is so handsome that they’d make a good pair, they indeed have genuine chemistry. I am not a huge fan of local stars and love teams but aside from JaDines, AlDub just caught my heart. Their chemistry is surreal and strong that every time I watch them I get kilig and all.


2. They’re funny.


Unlike other love teams, they’re not ashamed of showing their funny and kalog side in exchanging dubsmash videos.  They’re not the pretentious type and corny, they really are funny especially Maine who’s funnier when making funny faces, she truly has a gift in making people laugh.


3. #ALDUBforTNT


For years, I’ve been a TNT subscriber. And now it’s even more exciting that AlDub is TNT’s new endorser, TNT the country’s largest value brand under Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) bannering TNT Extend, its latest promo that allows subscribers nationwide to extend their existing favorite promo subscription for only Php 5 per day.
With TNT Extend, mobile users now have the most affordable way of stretching their bonding moments with their katropas and family, as well as prolonging their exchanges with their loved ones , or just simply talk with your friends about your kilig moments with ALDub be it through call, text or mobile internet – all without worrying about promo expiration. You can’t find promos like this with other networks, 

it just proves that you get more when you choose TNT. 


Simply text EXTENDto 4545 to enjoy the promo.


To know more about this promo, please visit: TNT Extend.

Don’t forget the hashtags : 
#ALDUBForTNT  |  #ALDUBForTALKNTEXT  |  #TNTExtend

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post from SMART Communications but all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are all mine and were not influenced by my sponsors.