Text Wise

Text Wise is a prepaid service in the Philippines that offers discounted international text messaging from any local mobile phone.  It is sold of PhP100 with PhP100 credit.  Each international sms is charged PhP5.  It is basically an sms forwarding service.

Smart/TNT users forward sms for abroad to access number 378 and costs PhP2.50 charged to your Smart/TNT postpaid/prepaid account.  Sun and Globe users forward sms for abroad to access number 0922-7042198 and costs PhP1 charged to your Sun or Globe prepaid/postpaid account.

So far, this service works. I was able to send sms to friends abroad.  My phone number appears as the sender so they were able to identify me as the sender and was able to directly reply to my sms.

This is a good alternative to paying overpriced PhP9 to PhP15 international sms from Globe, Smart and Sun.

Quitting Globe Telecom

Last Tuesday, marked the end of my family’s relationship with Globe postpaid wireless plans.  My mother’s line has been terminated.  That four year relationship has just ended.  Her GPlan of 500 sms and 20 minutes of calls worth PhP500 per month has become very expensive.  

She gets better value from her Sun Cellular Plan 350 consumable plan.  The plan has 100 sms and the PhP350 can be used to call and/or text anyone.  For example, that PhP350 is worth 56 minutes worth of calls to other networks and local landline calls.  56 minutes is way better than 20 minutes offered by Globe.

Another reason, we quit Globe is because its signal/coverage in our area is very poor for both standard GSM and 3G.  The signal has remained poor over the years.  Our phones always got full signal bars on Sun Cellular and Smart.

Goodbye Globe, you have deteriorated from worse to worst!

Sun Broadband Wireless

I’ve just tried Sun Broadband Wireless at a relative’s house in Quezon City. I am very impressed. The speed “feels” better than my PLDT myDSL service.

These are the Speedtest results (note that I’ve used multiple test servers in various locations):