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Unlock new possibilities with Smart Bro

Jul 10, 2020 - 2:59 PM

Smart Bro Prepaid LTE Pocket WiFi now comes at a lower price and with a promo

Keep your stories going with 16 GB from Smart Giga Stories 99

Jun 25, 2020 - 2:21 PM

With Smart's Free Stories for All, subscribers won't be disconnected from online stories again

YouTube, Smart bring Creator Camp LIVE to help creators adapt to uncertain times

Jun 22, 2020 - 2:19 PM

The series will feature different personalities like Erwan Heussaff, Wil Dasovich, and Alodia Gosiengfiao

Smart WiFi continues providing services as it commemorates #WorldWiFiDay

Jun 20, 2020 - 9:04 AM

PLDT-Smart reinstates their commitment to make public Wi-Fi accessible to everyone on #WorldWiFiDay

Smart to release Hyun Bin’s second TV commercial

Jun 20, 2020 - 6:30 AM

The mobile services provider also provides fanservice with a new Hyun Bin TVC

Smart is now accepting pre-orders for the visionary Huawei P40 Series

Jun 16, 2020 - 5:25 PM

You can pre-order online or at any Smart Stores nationwide

Smart launches new LTE-Advanced Pocket WiFi plans starting at only P699 per month

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:59 PM

It comes with a data rollover feature so you can carry over unused data to the next month

'Priceless investment': Why PH telco Smart tapped Hyun Bin for new campaign

Jun 01, 2020 - 3:54 PM

The South Korean actor's contract includes a Philippine visit with 3 events, but Smart says they'll have to 'work out' when that's going to happen

THE CAPTAIN HAS LANDED. The 'Crash Landing On You' star is the face of Smart's 'Simple. Smart Ako.' campaign. Screenshot from Smart's Facebook page

WATCH: Hyun Bin is the star of Smart’s latest campaign

May 28, 2020 - 8:18 PM

The full commercial airs on June 1

Smart changes LTE SIM upgrade process after SIM-jacking incidents

May 27, 2020 - 4:14 PM

Smart says it made the process of upgrading to an LTE-capable SIM more secure


Smart celebrates Mother’s Day with a big Signature Sale from May 6 to 15

May 05, 2020 - 1:49 PM

Get exclusive gadget deals and freebies at the Smart Online Store

Concerts for a cause: Smart, OPM artists partner to provide entertainment and relief

May 04, 2020 - 2:55 PM

Fans can watch and engage with their favorite OPM artists like Ultra Combo, Imago, Moonstar88, and 6Cyclemind

Smart launches data package for work, delivery, video conference apps

Apr 29, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Giga Work 99 comes with 2GB open access data, and 1GB per day for 7 days for video conferencing, collaborative office apps, online shopping, delivery, and online payments

Photo from Smart


Smart introduces Giga Work data pack for productivity apps

Apr 29, 2020 - 2:09 PM

Get the most accessible package for work and study apps here

'SIM takeover': Smart alerts users to schemes to hijack your SIM cards

Apr 17, 2020 - 3:15 PM

In successful SIM-jackings, a user's text messages and calls are routed to the hijacker's SIM card. The hijackers can then use this data to hack banking, email, and other online accounts.

Tax court allows Makati gov't to check Smart's books over P3.2-B tax case

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:09 PM

The Court of Tax Appeals says the telco's financial records are needed to determine the veracity of the Makati City government's claim that Smart owes it P3.246 billion in taxes

Smart Siklab Saya empowers PH ‘Mobile Legends’ scene

Feb 10, 2020 - 1:02 PM

People from all walks of life gathered at the SM North EDSA Sky Dome last February 1 and 2 for Smart Siklab Saya

TEAM 'TRABAHO'. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Globe, Smart offer free calls, internet for Taal Volcano eruption victims

Jan 13, 2020 - 3:35 PM

Charging stations are also available in some areas

PH telcos tap Syniverse for mobile portability services

Dec 26, 2019 - 12:45 PM

Syniverse estimates it would take about 18 months to set up the support mechanism for the Mobile Number Portability Law in the Philippines

MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY. A new law is designed to protect mobile phone users and make telcos improve their services. File photo by Mauro Pimentel/Agence France-Presse

Typhoon Ursula downs mobile services in parts of Visayas, Southern Luzon

Dec 25, 2019 - 9:25 PM

Globe says its personnel are doing their best to restore mobile and internet services in areas affected by Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone)

TYPHOON. Several areas in President Roxas, Capiz are flooded due to heavy rains triggered by Typhoon Ursula. Photo courtesy of EJ Escosia

Win more than P30 million worth of cash, smartphones, and data in Smart’s Giga Mania raffle promo

Dec 06, 2019 - 4:12 PM

Be one of the lucky winners of P1 million every week until January 2020

Smart inspires students to start vlogging through ‘Smart Play: Vlogger Camp’

Dec 05, 2019 - 12:41 PM

They visited 5 schools nationwide to help aspiring YouTubers kickstart their career

VLOGGERS UNITE. Wil Dasovich, Alodia Gosiengfiao, and David Guision at Mapua University for the final leg of Smart Play: Vlogger Camp. Photo by Smart Communications

Smart, TNT unveil Free Instagram and Facebook for All with prepaid promos

Nov 14, 2019 - 1:00 AM

Free IG + FB for All is available for all Smart Prepaid and TNT subscribers

Smart to roll out Google Station, interactive tourism markers in Intramuros, Rizal Park

Oct 23, 2019 - 4:23 PM

Free Wi-Fi seen to boost tourism in Manila's historical sites

Google Station public WiFi now available in more than 400 locations nationwide

Jul 25, 2019 - 1:10 PM

The service, previously only available in 50 locations during its February launch, expands

GOOGLE STATION. Mahesh Bhalerao discusses their public WiFi service at Google For Philippines 2019. Screenshot from Google livestream

PLDT, Globe say Huawei will keep its devices updated despite trade ban

May 20, 2019 - 6:16 PM

(UPDATED) PLDT says current products 'will continue to function normally' on the PLDT-Smart network, while Globe says the current situation 'will not impact its network services'

HUAWEI IN THE PHILIPPINE SCENE. In this file photo taken on April 29, 2019 A picture shows the Huawei logo and signage at their main UK offices in Reading, west of London, on April 29, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Smart launches iPhone Xs series with an epic surprise for loyal subscribers

Nov 19, 2018 - 3:33 PM

15 lucky subscribers each received a surprise upgrade to a 512 GB iPhone Xs Max — the latest and top-of-the-line iPhone variant currently available

LOOK: Smart 5G banners, 5G-branded vehicles in Clark

Nov 05, 2018 - 1:21 PM

The said promotional materials were put up in conjunction with a Smart event announcing the telco’s plans to deploy their first 5G cell site in the city

5G CITY. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

PLDT, Smart launch first 5G city in Clark, Pampanga

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:45 PM

5G is over 20 times faster than the current 4G connectivity and opens up possibilities for solving metropolitan problems

SMART 5G IN CLARK. Smart touts Clark as its first 5G City. Photo by Gelo Gonzales/Rappler

SC asked to stop Globe, Smart's use of 700 MHz frequency

Oct 28, 2018 - 6:10 PM

The petitioners ask the Supreme Court to make the frequency available for other telecommunications companies

INTERVENTION ASKED. The Supreme Court is asked to free up broadcast and telecommunications frequencies through a mandamus. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Smart Wifi increases deployment in over 100 school areas nationwide

Sep 21, 2018 - 5:47 PM

UP Diliman, DLSU Manila, and PLM are among universities with access to super speed internet connection

Vivo launches X21 in PH, partners with Smart as exclusive distributor

Sep 19, 2018 - 3:06 PM

Smart will be offering the X21 exclusively to Enterprise clients

Telco problems in Typhoon Ompong areas

Sep 15, 2018 - 2:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Smart and Globe offer free charging and calling stations in affected areas

IN PHOTOS: Some areas in Baguio City were flooded part of City Camp Lagoon caused lStrong winds and heavy downpour are being experienced in Baguio City due to #OmpongPH. Photo by Cedrick Victa Macadangdang

Smart posts speeds of 14.97 Gbps in latest 5G tests

Jun 27, 2018 - 1:45 PM

The tests lay some of the groundwork for future 5G networks in the Philippines

5G TESTS. Smart doubles the speed from their last tests in early June. Photo from Smart


Missing out on the finals action? Check out this P50 NBA League Pass

May 24, 2018 - 9:36 PM

More Filipino fans can watch live NBA action – and more – as Smart and PLDT offer an affordable day pass

BROADEN NBA'S REACH. NBA Philippines' partnership with PLDT-Smart expands the number of platforms available for Filipinos to watch NBA live. Photo by Beatrice Go/Rappler

Smart warns of slow internet due to damaged undersea cable

May 01, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The telco says there may be a slowdown 'from time to time when accessing certain sites and apps like Facebook, Google, and Netflix'

Globe, Smart urged to notify prepaid users of each load deduction

Mar 05, 2018 - 2:10 PM

'In that way, mas madali buhay nila.... At kung meron mang binawas sa 'yo, 'di ka nag-opt in, puwede kang mag-complain,' says Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV

PLDT, Smart sign $300M outsourcing deal with Amdocs

Jan 24, 2018 - 2:32 PM

Affected staff from PLDT's and Smart's IT units will be offered career opportunities in Amdocs as regular employees

DICT delays rule on 1-year expiration for prepaid load worth less than P300

Jan 05, 2018 - 1:30 PM

(UPDATED) The new rule applies to prepaid load worth P300 and above starting January 6. Load worth less than P300 will only be covered by July 5.

ONE-YEAR EXPIRATION. Effective January 5, 2018, all prepaid load with denomination of P300 and above will carry a one-year expiration period. But those below P300 will only be implemented by July 5. Stock photo

PLDT, Smart ink another partnership deal with Huawei

Jan 02, 2018 - 3:23 PM

The $28.5-million wireless service deal is expected to improve the telco giant's wireless service

ANOTHER HUAWEI DEAL. PLDT group chief Manuel Pangilinan says the partnership will enable his firm's wireless services under the brands PLDT, Smart, Sun and TNT to become much more agile, efficient and resilient in developing digital services. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

TransCo open to creating 3rd telco player with China Telecom

Dec 11, 2017 - 8:00 PM

'They have the technical expertise in operating and TransCo has the facilities to offer,' says TransCo President Melvin Matibag

Smart changing default mobile data rate to P2/MB

Nov 20, 2017 - 4:45 PM

The change takes effect on November 28

PH internet 'no good'? Telcos, PCC react to Jack Ma

Oct 26, 2017 - 8:55 PM

PLDT and Globe say they're working to improve services, while the Philippine Competition Commission describes Jack Ma's disappointing experience as a 'wake-up call' for the telcos

Alibaba's Jack Ma: PH internet 'no good'

Oct 25, 2017 - 9:56 PM

Rather than pointing fingers, the Chinese tycoon urges the private sector to grasp the opportunity and invest in better internet infrastructure for guaranteed returns

Photo by Alecs Ongcal / Rappler

Smart to upgrade cell sites in Marikina, Quezon City

Oct 09, 2017 - 9:35 PM

This upgrade is expected to improve Smart's mobile data service, particularly long term evolution (LTE) and 3G, in the two cities

BETTER SERVICE? This comprehensive network modernization and expansion program is at the core of the PLDT group's digital pivot. Rappler file photo

Does the Wi-Fi on EDSA work?

Jun 14, 2017 - 12:26 AM

DICT Secretary Rodolfo Salalima assures commuters the connection is not only fast but also secure

FREE WI-FI. Free internet connection along EDSA is only the beginning of the Duterte administration's goal of providing an open portal to the worldwide web in all public spaces.

Free Wi-Fi for 1st 30 minutes along EDSA starting June 12

Jun 11, 2017 - 10:00 PM

After the 1st 30 minutes users can extend for P20 for two hours valid for two days or P50 for 10 hours valid for 5 days

WIFI. With a backhaul capacity of up to one gigabit per second, Smart Communications says its Wi-Fi services can support up to 3,000 connected users

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Mar 28, 2017 - 9:42 AM

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Globe, Smart to cut mobile voice call rates to P1 per minute

Mar 27, 2017 - 7:30 PM

The Philippines two telco giants lower the cost of mobile voice calls as competition heightens

PRICE WAR. The two telecommunication giants will reduce again their mobile voice call rates to entice more subscribers. Rappler file photo

Smart expanding LTE coverage to more municipalities

Mar 26, 2017 - 11:55 PM

The expansion is part of Smart s 3 year network rollout plan where it told the NTC that it will make LTE progressively available to users in 1 551 cities and municipalities by 2018

PROMISE TO NTC. Smart vows to provide more users LTE service by 2017. Rappler file photo