People, Robin Padilla has something awesome to tell you!
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Yes, Free Internet!
And it gets better: This ain't exclusive to Talk 'N Text subscribers, those on Smart and Sun Cellular can get in on the fun, too!
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What made this fantastic development possible? Two years ago, Facebook launched a global initiative called Internet.org that aims to bring Internet connection to more people worldwide and help bridge the digital divide. To achieve this lofty and noble goal, Mark Zuckerberg and co. partnered with tech companies and telcos in different countries and, yes, it has officially reached the Philippines! Woot! Woot!
Facebook hooked up with Smart, Sun Cellular, and Talk 'N Text to bring free mobile Internet access to the country, and their subscribers can now enjoy the service!
But before you go on a mobile surfing rampage, we feel you need to know a few things about the service first, like...
THE TWO WAYS YOU CAN ACCESS THE SERVICE
Smart, Sun Cellular, and Talk 'N Text subs can enjoy the service in two ways: First, type "Internet.org" on the URL bar of your phone's mobile browser then press Enter. You'll be taken to a portal which has the links to various websites which you can visit free of charge!
The second method is via the Internet.org app. DL the free app (available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone devices) on your mobile device, install it, and check out the services and sites you can now use/visit for zero bucks! Speaking of which...
THE WEBSITES YOU CAN VISIT
Internet.org gives you access to 24 websites that cover several topics, including sports, fashion, and current events. Here's the list:
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As you can see, Facebook Messenger is also part of the deal, so you can also use the service to chat with your bros without spending a single peso. Sweet!
And, mind you, this is only the initial roll-out; Smart says they're planning to add more to the list soon. Stay tuned!
THE ALL-IMPORTANT MINIMUM BALANCE
As with most mobile promos that involves free-something, Internet.org requires you to have at least P1 left in your account. Don't worry, you kuripot you, it won't eat up your precious piso because, as we've said, the service is free—the P1 minimum balance requirement is just there to assure that the SIM card is still active.
THE PEOPLE WHO CAN USE IT
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We've said that those on Smart, Sun Cellular, and Talk 'N Text can enjoy the service, what we haven't told you is that it's available to both postpaid and prepaid subscribers! So, whether you're a frequent loader at Aling Manang's sari-sari store or a corporate powerhouse who waits for his/her expensive bill to arrive every month, you can use Internet.org.
THE "EXPIRATION DATE"
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This Internet.org project is initially available for one year, which means we have at least until March 2016 to enjoy it. As they say, all good things must come to an end. But, don't worry! We did say "initially," so there's a chance it will be resurrected or extended! You know what would be the best? Making the deal permanent! #MakeItHappenInternetGods
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