Friday, May 30, 2014

Philippine WordPress Community Meet-up set on June 9

WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg 
Heads all ye Wordpress geeks in the Ph!

The local WordPress Community is scheduled to co-host with Globe Telecom this year's WordPress Community Meet-up in the Philippines on June 9, 2014. It will be held at its headquarters in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
Developers, bloggers, designers, and enthusiasts will see action on this much anticipated event of WordPress, the world’s most popular publishing platform on the web. What's more, WordPress co-founder Matt Mullenweg will grace the occasion as main speaker. He is also the CEO of Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and Jetpack. Mullenweg is expected to share his valuable insights about web technology, web publishing and the success behind the development of the open-source blogging platform.
The forum and discussion will allow Globe to gain deeper understanding about online platforms and discover the best ways to interact with its digital consumers.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Beware of Text Scams!!

Be cautious of text scams
Be vigilant against text scams on supposed “discount,” “refund,” “prizes,” “stranded relatives” and other falsified claims disguised as share-a-load transactions. I believe that most of us have received at least one SMS message like those ones mentioned above and sadly,many have fallen prey to these "scammers". It pays to know and be alert so we can stop them from doing these fraudulent activities.

In the case of supposed “discounts” or “refunds”, Globe Telecom emphasized that legitimate advisories from the telecommunications provider are labelled from “GLOBE” and do not come from 11-digit numbers. Subscribers may validate unusual texts and calls with the company’s customer service agents.

Regarding spam messages that include text such as “send to 2915XXXXXXX,” by adding the number 2 before the 10-digit cell phone number of the recipient, the unsuspecting subscriber would have done a Share-A-Load transaction.

Another text scam informs customers that they supposedly won in a raffle contest they never participated in and the text message provides “steps” on how to claim the prize. Another text scam involves relatives working abroad supposedly using a new prepaid number, also aimed at tricking subscribers into doing a Share-A-Load transaction.

Globe customers are advised not to respond and, instead, immediately report suspicious text messages to authorized Globe customer service channels. Customers may report mobile numbers used in sending out fraudulent or scam text messages. Globe customers may report via the Globe website through Talk2Globe Chat (http://chat.globe.com.ph), send a message through Globe Contact Form (http://globe.com.ph/talk2Globenow) and tweet @Talk2GLOBE on Twitter. 

Sunday, May 18, 2014

New International SIMs Now Available as Globe Expands in Europe


the GLOBE UK Sim Card
As the world gets smaller at this time when people get to travel more and as the number of Filipinos flying to Europe is steadily increasing, Globe Telecom remains on top of the game in providing ways for them to stay connected to their homeland as it introduces the latest expansion in Italy and the United Kingdom (UK).  This goes with newest international SIMs with affordable call, text and surfing rates.

With the Globe local Italy SIM, Filipino travelers can keep in touch with loved ones back home using local rates. For just 10 euros or P620, subscribers are allocated with 1GB of mobile data, along with 240 minutes of calls to all networks in Italy, valid for 30 days. Using the Globe local Italy SIM, they can also call Globe and TM subscribers in the Philippines for only seven euro cents or P4.50 per minute. No other mobile operator in Italy offers these affordable rates.

the GLOBE Italy Sim Card
Meanwhile, Filipinos in the UK can enjoy 10 pence or just P7.50 for both calls and texts to Globe and also TM users in the Philippines to all networks in the UK. Mobile data costs only £1 (one UK pound) or P75 for 10 megabytes (MB) of data to power a two-minute video stream, 10 emails with attachments and 100 posts on their social networking accounts.

The Globe International SIMs are available at the Globe booths at the departure areas of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminals 1, 2 and 3.  The SIMs can also be used with an open line handset. For more information, visit ukglobetel.com and globemobile.it.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Project Wonderful Gains Positive Results

Project Wonderful 2014
Project Wonderful, spearheaded by Globe Telecom is a collection of programs that aims to empower its customers, business, employees and the nation, has received a strong welcome for the first quarter of 2014 with a 9% growth in service revenues and core net income.

Keeping this momentum, new and relevant offers are being offered as the Brand-building foundation of Project Wonderful. With another ground-breaking collaboration with Spotify, the world’s biggest music platform, Globe launched its consumable mobile internet data plan GoSURF, as well as GoUNLI20, its first stand-alone voice and mobile surfing combo. Broadband brand Tattoo launched Tattoo Home, which offers more perks and privileges. Tattoo On-The-Go has also launched their wide selection of new and affordable prepaid and postpaid tablet bundles.

Globe Business segments such as the Enterprise Group highlighted its Business Flex and Business Plus, which empowers large organizations to create and customize postpaid plans around the services which they need.

Globe also expanded its presence in Europe, with the recent establishment of its office in Spain and the newest member of the Globe group of companies.

For its disaster-relief and response efforts under the Nation-building pillar, Globe rebuilt homes, schools, and livelihoods in targeted provinces strongly hit by Typhoon Yolanda as Presidential Assistant for Rehabilitation and Recovery (PARR)-appointed development sponsor in Aklan.


Focusing on the core dynamic between their consumers and employees, the company’s Culture-building pillar is leading a new culture-building scheme dubbed as Project DNA, which spearheads the enabling of a service-oriented, customer-centric workforce and empowering them to Deliver the Next Act – a mindset concentrated in providing a genuine, more caring, and wonderful customer experience.

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Crack Down on Text Spams


How to stop spam for Iphone users
As an answer to mobile subscribers' woes regarding unwanted and unsolicited text messages/ads from random companies,  Globe Telecom as launched a campaign to crack down on these entities.

Globe asked the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to order Caritas Shield Inc. the payment of the appropriate fines and penalties for sending text spam to Globe subscribers. Globe also asked the NTC to permanently bar Caritas, its agents and employees from sending these spam texts to Globe customers. Other companies whose agents employ marketing strategies that involve sending text spams will be dealt with similarly.

Caritas has been sending spam text messages to Globe and TM subscribers, soliciting and enticing them to avail of its health care and insurance products. Text spams coming from Caritas have adversely affected the reputation of the company against its customers and caused “massive irritation” to Globe subscribers, resulting in numerous complaints with its customer service department.

How to stop spam for Android users
The crackdown versus companies involved in text spams follows an information drive launched by Globe in January this year aimed at educating subscribers on how to deal with irritating text spams. The information drive resulted in a total of 384 mobile numbers deactivated from Globe service in the first four months of the year, 11% higher than the total number of mobile numbers blocked from Globe for the whole of 2013.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

High School Techies Build Future with Junior Mobile Wizard Program


Globe Telecom President & CEO Ernest Cu welcomes at The Globe Tower 32 high school students who were selected to participate in this year’s Globe Junior Mobile Wizard program
High school techies are now given a rare opportunity to build their future through Globe Telecom’s Junior Mobile Wizard program.

Pioneered in 2012, the Junior Mobile Wizard Program is a six-week summer program offered to Globe employees' high school children, who will be assisting in selected Globe concept stores in Metro Manila, giving the teens a chance to learn outside a campus setting and become a part of a real company setting as they interact with customers. This year, a total of 32 qualified for the program, with 25 coming from Metro Manila, 5 from Cebu and 2 from Davao.  The students, aged 15 to 17, are in second to fourth year high school level.

The students are tasked to demonstrate and discuss the latest gadgets and mobile data services, as well as other Globe offers and services, providing them the opportunity to assist customers who may wish to apply for the latest postpaid and broadband plans or avail of other Globe promos.


The summer program aims to impart social, business and entrepreneurial skills in these students. It began with a 2-day training at the telecommunication’s headquarters in Bonifacio Global City. The students were then assigned in 7 Globe stores located in several areas in the Philippines.

Globe Expands in Spain



Hola!! Globe Telecom boosts its international presence and establishes a strong tie-up with a Spanish company.

While it aims to provide the best connectivity to the varied international Filipino market, it makes it more affordable to connect with their loved ones in the Philippines.

To meet this goal, Globe further expands its footprint in Europe with the establishment of Globetel Internacional European Espana S.L.(Globetel Espana), the newest member of the Globe group of companies. It will handle the offering of various telecommunications services such as voice, SMS, load top-up and mobile data in Spain.

Globe also signed a memorandum of understanding with Ingenium Outsourcing Services, S.L.U. (IOS), a mobile virtual network aggregator based in Madrid. Globetel Espana is poised to launch telecoms services in Spain within the year.

With this development, Spain becomes the eighth country where Globe has robust retail presence. For more information on international services from Globe, visit www.globe.com.ph/international.


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Digital Natives Campaign: A Tribute to Mothers



Creating a wonderful digital world for these children, the "Digital Natives", through safe internet use

Digital natives comprise the first generation to grow up “digitally” and so have a fundamentally different relationship with technology and a greater understanding of its concepts.

Globe Telecom, as one of the top data and internet service providers in the Philippines, creates a wonderful digital world for these natives through a healthy cyber culture, specifically safe internet use.

A truly a fitting tribute to the mothers of these digital natives, the users of today and tomorrow, who are kept safe both online and offline.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

1st TechCamp Hackathon in the Philippines

After the successful 1st Philippine TechCamp on Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building early this week, a TechCamp Hackathon was held last May 9 and 10 to create applications and solutions for problems resulted by extreme natural calamities affecting the country.

The hackathon is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Embassy, US Agency for International Development (USAID), Globe Labs, Google Developers Group (GDG) Philippines, and Open Data PH.

It aims to bring together developers, designers, and entrepreneurs, as well as representatives from government, civil society, and non-government organizations.       

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Free Access To BPI Express Mobile App



(From L-R) Cleo Santos, VP and Head for Globe National Commercial Accounts; Jenny Echevarria, VP and Head for Globe Mobile Data Services; Daniel Horan, Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business; Nabbie Alejo, EVP and Head of BPI Retail Segments and Channels Group; Noel Tagaza, SVP and Head of BPI Electronic Banking Group; and Andy Navarrete, VP and BPI Head of Channel Management and Channel Services.
Good news to all Globe subscribers!! The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) launches free access to the most downloaded finance app in the country, the BPI Express Mobile app.

From April 30 to August 31, 2014, Globe subscribers will enjoy having no data charges whenever they log on and transact using the BPI Express Mobile app on their smartphones, allowing subscribers faster and seamless connectivity and making the banking experience easier, more convenient and definitely more affordable.

Instead of queuing in bank branches, users can pay their bills, transfer money to other BPI clients, invest, and reload their prepaid phone using their mobile phones in as fast as 30 seconds, wherever and whenever they want.


For more information, you may visit http://www.globe.com.ph/press-room/bpi-free-access

Globe Cordillera Challenge 5, All Set!!


Charmaine Pamintuan, Globe VP for Enterprise Marketing talks about this year’s Cordillera Challenge 5 during the weekly PIA-CAR Kapihan sa Baguio.  Together with her are Fernando Esguerra, OIC, Globe Corporate Social Responsibility (right) and JP Alipio, Executive Director, Cordillera Conservation Trust (left)
About 800 biking enthusiasts gear up for the Globe Cordillera Challenge 5 on May 10, 2014, which promises to be the biggest off-road charity mountain bike ride in Northern Luzon to date.
The Globe Cordillera Challenge 5 promotes the need to rebuild the forests of the Cordilleras which have suffered from prolonged environmental destruction. Reforestation of the Cordilleras currently faces several challenges such as the lack of water efficient trees and the huge cost of buying and hauling saplings to remote areas.

The event aims to raise at least P1.8 million to complete the needed establishment of 100 seedling nurseries in the Cordillera mountain range by yearend under the Roots & Shoots program of the Cordillera Conservation Trust (CCT), event partner and beneficiary.

Globe continues to call for donation for the activity either through Globe GCASH (text DONATE<space> AMOUNT<space>MPIN<space>CORDI and send to 2882) or via direct deposit to the BDO Account of the Cordillera Conservation Trust, partner-beneficiary of the event (Account Name: Tignayan Para Iti Konserbasyon Ti Kordilyera; Account Number: 5180031673).  A copy of the deposit slip with the name of the donor may be sent to bridgecom@globe.com.ph.

Mobile In-App Purchase Now Available for Android Users

 purchase options for Manila Rush

Great news for Android smartphone users!!

You can now buy a variety of items directly within their mobile phone application using their Globe prepaid or postpaid load.

Both apps, Manila Rush and Cherry Dots, can now be downloaded for free on Google Play and are pre-installed in all new smartphone releases of Filipino phone manufacturer Cherry Mobile.

Other developers are also encouraged to integrate the operating billing feature Globe Labs – Charging API (Application Programming Interface) in their apps so that Globe smartphone customers can easily avail of the mobile in-apps. The amountspent would simply be deducted from their existing prepaid load or be charged to their postpaid account.

Cherry Mobile also believes that collaboration with local developers such as Anino Games, the Philippine pioneering development studio, would allow everyone access to games that are more relevant to Pinoys in terms of content and payment accessibility through the help of companies like Globe Telecom.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Prepaid Mobile WiFi portfolio from Globe



It is now the best time to bring connectivity to soaring lengths and have a device that best fits your lifestyle. Introducing Tattoo Prepaid’s widest Mobile WiFi portfolio.

Choose your power among Tattoo Prepaid’s new mobile WiFi devices – 4G Mobile Wifi for only Php 1995; 4G Mobile WiFi that doubles as a powerbank and can charge your devices thrice over for Php 3795 and the LTE Mobile WiFi also with a powerbank feature that can fully charge your device. All devices can power up to 10 devices with speeds of up to 12 Mbps for 4G devices and 42 Mbps for the LTE device.

Globe Introduces TxtHIV to 8504 campaign



Fernando Esguerra, Globe OIC for Corporate Social Responsibility, demonstrates how TxtHIV operates.  With him are (from L-R):  PNAC Executive Director Dr. Chito Avelino; S&S TechnologiesPhilippines President and CEO Mark Soriano; and PHANSUP Chairman Oscar Picazo.
In partnership with key partner organizations, Globe Telecom launches the “TxtHIV to 8504” campaign, an SMS-based information, counselling and clinic referral drive in Asia for people who wish to be tested for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and STI infection but are afraid of facing societal discrimination.

Globe postpaid and prepaid mobile users who are at risk may text HIV to 8504 and answer five yes or no questions via an interactive voice recording to check if testing is necessary. The sender will then be provided with contact details and addresses of the nearest specialized accredited health centers where they can go for assessment, counselling, and immediate treatment. All calls will remain very impersonal and confidential.

Given the increasing number of HIV cases in the Philippines, this innovative, cost-effective and practical initiative was launched based on the belief of making health accessible to all as well as the sharing of resources and expertise.


For more information, you may check out  http://www.globe.com.ph/press-room/txthiv-campaign

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

GCash Offers More Cash-in Options

Cash-in transactions for GCash users are now made more convenient with a recent tie-up between Globe Telecom’s G-Xchange, Inc. and the Manila Express Payment System (MEPS), enabling the funding of GCash wallets through its Automated Payment Machine (APM). This tie-up aims to provide more cash-in channels to allow easy and convenient cash-in transactions for GCash users.

MEPS developed the Automated Payment Machine (APM) to offer payment services allowing customers to conduct several transactions like funding of GCash wallets (cash-in), buying of Globe or TM load, among others. APMs are located nationwide at gas stations, government offices, malls, commercial outlets, hotels, office buildings, shopping centers and subdivisions.


For more information on GCash, visit www.globe.com.ph/gcash. To know about the MEPS and APM locations, visit www.meps.ph, call the MEPS Customer Service Hotline at (02) 555-0294 or text 0906-454-1061 from Mondays to Fridays,9am to 6pm.