Mobile carrier Smart Communications said on Tuesday, Sept. 9, that a mobile data platform it recently developed will soon enable its subscribers to access the Internet on their mobile phones for as low as P1, the most affordable mobile Internet service to date.
Dubbed ?PisoNet,? Smart?s new mobile Internet offer will be initially available to Talk ?N Text (TNT) subscribers and will allow access to all apps and websites on mobile phones for P1 per 10 minutes, with the exception of video streaming sites and file-sharing activities.
Set to be rolled out this month, the service is much more affordable than the standard P5 per 15-minute charging rate for mobile Internet.
?Now, one peso is all you need to access the Internet. PisoNet thus brings the many benefits of the Internet to more Filipinos nationwide, especially those who are accessing the Internet for the first time using their phones,? said Charles A. Lim, EVP and head of the wireless consumer division at Smart.
?With this upcoming service, the user is not limited to specific sites or apps. They can thus access the mobile apps and sites that are most relevant to them at a more affordable price,? Lim added.
PisoNet is thus expected to surpass Smart?s growth momentum in mobile data, which has been growing at a 73 percent rate from last year?s figures, as more Filipinos gain access to the Internet via their mobile phones.
PisoNet will be delivered through a mobile Internet platform which enables Smart?s mobile phone data network to efficiently manage and shape the flow of Internet data traffic.
?This platform unmatched by any other country in the world is a technical breakthrough that enables us to offer very affordable Internet ?sachets? sustainably,? Lim explained.
This enables Smart to offer data services in ?sachets? without sacrificing consumer experience, allowing subscribers to pay only for the Internet services that they need on an ?always on? basis.
The same platform also powers PowerApp, the telco?s suite of mobile Internet packages that allows subscribers to access Internet bundles ? such as Social, Photo, Email, Chat, and individual apps ? for as low as P5 per day.
?This is the Holy Grail for Internet advocates who want to bridge the digital divide while sustaining quality of service. And we?ve taken one big stab at it, using this groundbreaking platform targeted at one of the largest prepaid markets in the world,? explained Dennis Mendiola, co-founder of Smart subsidiary Chikka, which developed the platform.
Globally, telecommunications companies face the challenge of connecting ?the next 5 billion users? who are largely prepaid mobile phone users with limited budgets for mobile internet usage.
?Telcos around the world until now just offer data packages akin to ?eat-all-you-can? buffets at a premium price with little regard for efficient use of data resources. Our platform allows Smart to offer data at much higher level of efficiency, thus making it possible for us to offer much more affordable prices,? added Mendiola.
PisoNet will soon be initially available to TNT subscribers, who only need to simply text PISONET to 5555 to enjoy the offer. PowerApp, meanwhile, offers various packages that can be availed of by Smart and TNT prepaid and postpaid subscribers.