Monday, May 30, 2011


It’s the new SMARTALK UnliCall&Text25!

Now your unlimited calls are made even stronger with unlimited text—so you can always make someone’s day with your call or text message.

With the new SmartalkUnliCall&Text25 call and text ALL-YOU-CAN to over 46 million subscribers with the nationwidest coverage for only P25!

Enjoy unlimited connection with your loved ones all day long.

To register, text UNLI 25 to 6406.
To call, dial *6406 + 11-digit Smart/TNT/red #.
Maintain P1.00 balance while subscribed.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Extra Awesome Weekends

Smart subscribers now have an extra reason to celebrate Saturdays and Sundays!

Weekends are the time for longer bonding moments with family and friends. Connecting by call, text, and mobile internet are needed more than ever.

Extra Awesome Weekends makes this possible -- enjoy more texts, longer calls, and longer validity.
Each week, Smart will feature a favorite prepaid offer for Extra Awesome Weekends. There are no strings attached or complicated registrations needed!

This week’s offers:

For P20, subscribers get:
60 minutes consumable calls to SMART/TNT/red
+ 60 minutes mobile internet, valid for 1 day

For P30, subscribers get:
1,000 texts to SMART/TNT/red
+ 10 texts to all networks, valid until Sunday 11:59 PM


How Do I Register?
To register to Extra Call and Surf 20, text EXTRACALL to 8998
Register anytime from Sat 12mn to Sun 12nn, valid for 1 day

To register to Extra All Text 30, text EXTRATEXT to 8998
Register anytime within Sat to Sun, valid until Sunday 11:59 pm

How Do I Use?*
To call using CALL AND SURF 20, dial *6415 + 11digit SMART/TNT/red mobile number
E.g. *641509201234567

Need help?
Text INFO to 8998 for FREE INQUIRIES

*P1.00 must be maintained

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

ITU universal charger made greener, leaner

The universal charging solution being pushed by the ITU (International Telecommunications Union), the world governing body for ICT, has been expanded to include its use to a wider variety of devices and making it even more energy efficient.

With the universal charger, the ITU said tt will no longer be necessary to provide a new charger with every new ICT device.

A detachable cable with standardized end connectors will allow connection to devices including all mobile phones and other hand-held devices (including MP3/MP4 players, tablet computers, cameras, wireless headphones, GPS devices etc).

This also means that it can be used for data transfer, avoiding an unnecessary duplicate cable and thus further reducing costs and e-waste.

ITU members also agreed to specify a no-load power consumption of the power adapter below 0.03W which is the most efficient available today.

Considering that billions of these chargers will be made available in the market in the next few years, the new standard will enable a significant global energy reduction.

Chargers built according to the new standard will be safer, use eco-friendly materials, and the user guide will remind people to unplug their chargers when not in use, to further reduce the environmental impact of charging.

In addition, the recommended charging current has been increased – in the range 750 to 1500 mA – so as to reduce charging time. Furthermore, the standard now meets the requirements of the Basel Convention on e-waste.

ITU secretary-general Hamadoun Tour√© said, “Other standards claim to be universal and energy efficient, but only ITU’s solution is truly universal and a real step forward in addressing environmental and climate change issues.

“This updated standard will bring the benefits of the universal charger to a wider range of devices and consumers. I am sure it will be welcomed by all ITU’s membership – 192 governments and over 700 private sector entities. The environmental impact of wide adoption will be enormous.”

Companies including Telecom Italia, France Telecom-Orange, China Academy of Telecommunication Research (CATR), Research In Motion, Swisscom, Belgacom, AT&T, Telefónica, TDC, Huawei, Telia Sonera and A1 Telekom Austria have already committed to the standard.

Monday, May 2, 2011

ISDB-T in the midst of disaster

After the devastating earthquake in Japan last March 11, 2011, we heard stories of sadness, despair and of grief but above all these are also stories of survival and of triumph against whatever trials the country was faced with. For Japan, the disaster definitely brought out the best from its people. Indeed, their admirable discipline, patience and the sense of brotherhood prevailed.

One such story, as reported from Yomiuri Shimbun, was how two new police officers were able to save 40 lives from a train. Right after the earthquake, a tsunami warning was immediately sent off. Amazing how information was immediately disseminated even though all TV and mobile networks were disabled at that time. The warning actually came through a mobile phone with TV on one of the passengers in the train and this was made possible through ISDB-T. The result: the two police officers quickly led the passengers to the hill and all passengers including the two police officers were safely evacuated from the tsunami area before the tsunami struck the train. Imagine, if it weren’t for that tsunami warning being sent off through a mobile TV, 42 lives could’ve been lost.

Upon hearing this, I couldn’t help but look back as I still vividly remember how Motohiko Kato, Consul General of Japan in the Philippines passionately discussed to me ISDB-T and how this technology places maximum protection on human lives.

Let me refresh your memory. A few months back, I wrote an article about our country making the big switch from analog to digital TV broadcast and why ISDB-T was the perfect choice for such switch. Integrated Services Digital Broadcast - Terrestrial (ISDB-T) is the most advanced international standard on digital terrestrial television broadcasting. Aside from a better reception and wider coverage area, ISDB-T has band segmentation and in one channel bandwidth it can utilize and accommodate a combination of HDTV/SDTV/Mobile TV. One transmitter is enough; hence, it is very economical. But above all, allow me to reiterate to you the importance of this technology when it comes to providing protection to human lives specially in uncontrollable situations like typhoons and natural disasters particularly on earthquakes and tsunamis(as well exemplified to what happened in Japan).

ISDB-T has emergency warning broadcasting system. This technology prioritizes human lives. In an unmerciful conditions like earthquakes, typhoons and tsunamis people will get emergency warnings and if in cases where there will be traffic congestion in mobile networks or if any means of communication services were disabled, ISDB-T’s mobile TV can and will be able to transmit emergency warnings and evacuation instructions. It can endure and tolerate damages caused by the disaster assuring us of continued service.

In emergency cases such as these, normally when the Japan Meteorological Agency gets information of an inevitable disaster such as a tsunami, a warning will be sent off to the different broadcasting networks and this will then be transmitted to the different mediums like televisions and radios. Television sets or radios that are turned off will be automatically be switched on to give the alert. In the case of Japan where most houses were destroyed because of the strong earthquake, no television sets or radios were functioning due to power failure. Information was sent through the mobile TV. It actually does make sense. Mobile phones can easily be carried and we practically have it anywhere we go; so in situations like these, it may just be the only thing you can easily grab and get hold of.