Globe's 'Free Facebook' is back to counter Smart's 'Free Internet' offer

The telco war heats up anew as Smart shocked its rival Globe Telecom for its 'Free Mobile Internet' offer announced on Friday morning by PLDT Group's big boss Manny V. Pangilinan (MVP). Hours after the big reveal, Globe campaigns on social media that their 'Free Facebook' is back starting next week.

Globe's 'Free Facebook' is back to counter Smart's 'Free Internet' offer

Smart also revealed on Friday that they're the pioneer for Free Facebook offer in the Philippines. Social media channel smartcares Intagram post was captioned: "#FlashbackFriday! As early as 2011, Smart offered FREE Facebook for All. Now, with #SmartFREEInternet, you can access more than just Facebook. Enjoy social networking, browsing, and more!"

This is the answer of Smart to Globe's claim of being the first telco in the country to offer this kind of promo to its subscribers. In October 2013, Globe treated its 36 million subscribers of free access to the top networking site.

In a statement sent to media on Friday, it says: "As the telco which pioneered Free FB for the world, we are flattered and honored that our competitors have chosen to follow the lead we have set."

"We wish to thank them for the compliment and wish them the best of luck. More people on the Internet is good for the Philippines and our ecosystem," Globe added.

"We look forward to more vigorous competition to come! Stay tuned,” Globe has pointed out.

Another thing that put a big debate online is the 30-Mb limit set by Smart for its free internet. Globe Telecom Communications SVP Yoly Crisanto said that it is "too small" for its subscribers. The analysis of Crisanto is based on observation on Globe subscribers behavior.

A reliable source said that Chief Wireless Advisor of Smart Orlando B. Vea has clarified that 'free internet' is targeted to subscribers with no heavy data usage. A guide to the 30-MB limit per day was released by Smart for transparency.

"On the average, a subscriber with 30MB can enjoy ALL of the following services: 20 social media posts with photo, 50 web pages loads, 20 plain emails and 15 minutes of music streaming."

Meanwhile, Globe has declined to reveal plans if they are going to follow Smart's free internet offer.

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