Globe to Smart: ‘We did it first, thank you’

A few hours after Smart Communications launched its free mobile Internet access to its millions of prepaid subscribers, telco firm Globe Telecom issued a press statement thanking its rival for the unprecedented move.

Globe said the company is “flattered” and “honored” by Smart’s decision.

Facebook VP for partnerships Chris Daniels (left) and Globe CEO Ernest Cu

Facebook VP for partnerships Chris Daniels (left) and Globe CEO Ernest Cu

“As the telco which pioneered Free [Facebook] for the world, we are flattered and honored that our competitors have chosen to follow the lead we have set,” Globe said. “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.”

Smart’s free Internet access, which is initially available until November 30, offers up to 30MB data volume per day at a minimum of P1.00 load. It covers the current 66 million prepaid subscribers of Smart, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun Cellular.

Globe expressed confidence that in the end, customers will still choose the telco provider.

“Amidst all the hype and promotions, we are happy in the fact that, at Globe, we deliver both. We look forward to more vigorous competition to come,” Globe said. — Tom Noda


  1. Chairell

    September 28, 2014 at 9:03 AM

    Check this out:

    They were not the FIRST. Smart pa din!

    • morena

      September 29, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      so not only was smart first, they stepped it up a notch after as well.

      haaay globe. 😐

    • Mich

      September 30, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Smart have always been innovative and leader in wireless. Haaaist. Another reason to choose Smart..

  2. Ren

    October 7, 2014 at 3:09 AM

    Globe’s free Facebook plan started last year pa and ended just this year. Zuckerberg even used the idea in the creation of (an app that provides free internet) which is currently being used in Zambia currently. So yeah, technically speaking, free internet service was Globe’s bright idea at first – Smart just simply made it way better and wider :p

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