In true Pinoy ?tingi? fashion, Smart intros video data bundles

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Wireless operator Smart Communications has launched new video data plans to ride on the raging trend spurred by the hit app Dubsmash, which has attracted hordes of netizens to upload their own voice impersonations.

Google PH chief Ken Lingan, Dailymotion dartnerships director Clement Gosse, and Smart FVP Michele Curran discuss interesting trends for video consumption among Filipinos, especially on mobile phones
Google PH chief Ken Lingan, Dailymotion dartnerships director Clement Gosse, and Smart FVP Michele Curran discuss interesting trends for video consumption among Filipinos, especially on mobile phones

With this new development, Smart subscribers can now watch YouTube videos, as well as content from Dailymotion, Vimeo, Viewstream, Skype Qik, and Dubsmash on their mobile phones.

?Smart is thrilled to make online video content more affordable and accessible to Filipinos, who are avid viewers of YouTube?s trending music videos, viral clips, and online sensations,? said Michele Curran, First vice president and head for data services at Smart.

?Now, Smart subscribers can enjoy YouTube and other online videos like Dailymotion, Vimeo, Viewstream, Skype Qik, and Dubsmash wherever they want through affordable ?sachets,? designed to suit their mobile lifestyle and budget,? said Curran.

Smart?s packages start with YouTube5, which offers 65MB of data for 15 minutes of standard definition video streaming on mobile phones, valid for one day, for P5. Smart will also offer YouTube25, which offers 160MB of data for 35 minutes of standard definition video streaming on mobile phones, valid for one day, for P25.

Heavy viewers can enjoy YouTube50, which offers 400MB of data for 90 minutes of standard definition video streaming, valid over three days, for P50.

Smart is also offering YouTube199, which provides 270 minutes of standard definition video streaming, valid over 30 days, for P199.

Aside from YouTube, subscribers can use these bundles to view videos on Vimeo, Dailymotion, and Viewstream, exchange quick video messages to friends via Skype Qik, and even create lip-synched videos through one of the year?s breakout viral apps, Dubsmash.

To avail of the offer, subscribers can text YOUTUBE5; YOUTUBE25; YOUTUBE50; or YOUTUBE199 to 9999. They can also dial *121# – Smart?s access number for all promos. Upon successful registration, subscribers will get an instant notification of their subscription, which shall be charged against their prepaid load or billed on top of their monthly service fee.

Once their video data bundle subscription is fully consumed, Smart Prepaid subscribers will be directed to a paywall or receive a notification in order to allow customers to manage their budget and service usage.

Smart expects the new offers to drive even greater mobile data usage among Filipinos. This trend is reflected in the network?s recent announcement that it grew mobile data revenues by 63 percent to P8.1 billion in 2014, a huge leap from P5 billion in 2013.

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