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Smart introduces World Travel Wifi to make your life (and trip) easier
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I still remember the very first time I ever saw mobile wifi abroad. It was when Grace brought this pocket wifi to Shake Shack, New York in 2012. I was simply amazed that we had wifi anywhere and could Instagram our burger without using our phone’s data, which was really expensive at that time.

Virgin's Mobile wifi

Shortly after, I found out I could rent mobile wifi in Japan, at Narita Airport, and wrote about it here.
Since Smart came out with out Surf Abroad plan, where you pay Php 550 a day for data wifi on your phone, I stopped renting the Japanese mobile wifi, simply because it adds to the stress of traveling when you have to return it at the airport.

It was simply a matter of time before the Philippines caught up. And now Smart introduces World Travel Wifi.
Last Tuesday, Smart gave us a preview of their new portable Wifi hotspot that lets you stay connected in over 100 countries for as low as Php 390 per 24 hours.

Smart World Travel Wifi

Unlike roaming which makes use of your existing SIM to access telco partners in the country you are in, Smart World Travel Wifi connects you to the local Smart partner telco in the country you’re at for a “richer and faster experience,” said Tina Mariano, Head of Smart World.

Tina Mariano, Mike Lim, Abbie Dimaano
L-R at the briefing: Tina Mariano (Head of Smart World) with blogger Mike Lim (Fashion Pulis) and Abbie Real Dimaano (Smart Social Media Manager)

Available to all Smart and even non-Smart subscribers, Smart World Travel WiFi (the unit) may be booked online and delivered to your doorstep before you fly out. You can also choose how many day passes or credits you will need at www.smart.com.ph/booktravelwifi.

When you arrive at your destination, simply turn on the device, click start, then press confirm to enjoy 1GB data for every 24-hour period.
Smart World Travel WiFi lets you connect up to five devices, so you can hook up your phone, tablet and laptop all at once, or share the connection with your friends and family.
The device goes offline every 24-hours. You simply need to click “okay” every day to continue using. For added convenience, the device will be picked up from you upon your return to the Philippines.

Smart World Travel Wifi
Can’t wait to use mine!

The Smart World Travel WiFi Day Pass costs Php 390 per day for Asian destinations including Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kazakhstan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

Smart World Travel WiFi Day Pass costs P490 per day for getaways in Africa (Egypt, Kenya, Mauritius, South Africa); Europe (Albania, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican); South Pacific (Australia, Christmas Island, Fiji, Guam, New Zealand) and Middle East (Israel, Qatar, Turkey).

The Php 490 per day rate also applies to the Americas (Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Aruba, Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, El Salvador, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Saipan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks & Caicos Island, United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela).

To know more about Smart World Travel Wifi, visit www.smart.com.ph/travelwifi.

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Register now for #SmartiPhone7 and #SmartiPhone7Plus
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SMART will offer the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus—the best, most advanced iPhone ever—on Friday, November 11, 2016.
The new iPhone 7 features a new advanced camera system, the best battery life on an iPhone, plus they they are now water- and dust-resistant.
You can now register your interest for the #SmartiPhone7 and #SmartiPhone7Plus at http://smart.com.ph/iPhone7.
Stay tuned for complete plan and pricing details.

Smart iPhone 7

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Eraserheads unite in Smart ad campaign
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I’m an ’80s girl at heart, but the ’90s weren’t so bad.
In 1995 I opened a boutique called Grocery in San Juan, and one day the Eraserheads walked in. I’ll never forget it.
The ’90s were the golden age of E-heads, with (L-R) drummer Raymund Marasigan, lead vocalist Ely Buendia, and guitarists Marcus Adoro and Buddy Zabala.
P.S. Marcus Adoro is wearing my Club Addict T-shirt 🙂

Eraserheads

The last time the Eraserheads held a major concert together was in 2009 before they unofficially disbanded. Last June 2016, Smart brought them together for a private event and I was there!

Eraserheads at Smart event
Eraserheads at Smart event

Individually, Ely, Marcus, Raymund, and Buddy are all talented artists, but together as Eraserheads, they are legendary. Their time apart has only served to hone their talents and personalities.
Other artists cover Eraserheads songs but no one can do “Magasin,” “Ang Huling El Bimbo,” Ligaya,” and “Pare Ko” like the originals.

Iba talaga pag kumpleto.
There’s nothing like getting the whole package.
Just like Smart’s ALLOUTSURF 30, which is the first complete data, call and text, offer in the market.

For Php 30, prepaid subscribers get 2 days of 300MB data with free access to Facebook, unlimited texts to all networks, and 30 minutes calls to Smart, TNT and Sun.
Now, there’s no need to choose between call, text, and mobile data. You can have it all with ALLOUTSURF 30, the first promo offer to give subscribers what they want and need.

For more information about ALLOUTSURF 30 and other promos, go to smart.com.ph/alloutsurf.
To get the offer, text ALLOUT30 to 9999.

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Free Pokemon GO for Smart subscribers in the Philippines
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The wait is over. Pokemon GO just launched in the Philippines and they’ve already been spotted in our house!

Pokemon Go

As Smart subscribers, we’re enjoying free Pokemon GO for a week, because Smart Communications is giving Smart and TNT subscribers 7 days free data access to Pokemon GO without data charges.
Offer is good for both iPhone and Android users.
                  
A location-based augmented reality mobile game, Pokemon GO lets players assume the role of trainers who discover and catch Pokemon or “pocket monsters” using GPS and the camera of their smartphones.
Players level up their Pokemon and battle other trainers to gain Pokécoins that can be spent on in-game items.

Pokemon Go
 
Developed by Niantic Labs in partnership with Nintendo affiliate The Pokemon Company, Pokemon GO has swept gamers since it first launched in the USA, Australia and New Zealand on July 6, 2016.
The game is now available in over 30 countries, including Japan, where the original Pokemon game and anime series originated.
 
Pokemon Go

Smart and TNT subscribers can easily level up their gameplay through convenient and secure Pokemon Go in-app purchases even without a credit card.
Using Smart’s Google Direct Carrier Billing for Android, users can easily purchase Pokecoins by charging directly to their prepaid load or postpaid account.
 
Smart Postpaid subscribers who are iPhone users can also buy Pokecoins, charged to their monthly billing through Smart’s Pay-With-Mobile service.
To know more, follow Smart communications on Facebook, Snapchat (LiveSmartPH), Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

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