With Filipinos working and living abroad increasingly go digital, the PLDT Group has launched a new mobile application to meet their special needs.
Called SmartLife Global, the app offers carefully curated digital content such as Philippine movies, music, and news that enable overseas Filipinos to stay touch with home.
The app also features relevant services such as easy bills payment for utilities; and load sharing for families in the Philippines.
SmartLife Global is initially available in the US, Canada, UK, Spain, Italy, Hongkong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Guam, and Australia.
SmartLife Global is free upon download and users can enjoy a 30-day trial period during which they have unlimited access to local news and free access to a library of Filipino movies, concerts, original Pilipino music (OPM) and premium magazines.
After 30 days, users can extend their usage for only $2.99 per month for music and $4.99 per month for movies and concerts.
The app currently has over 20,000 downloads, with more than 3,000 movies watched, more than 2,000 songs listened per day, more than 600 magazine downloaded, and more than 15,000 news feeds read.
?We are seeing increased adoption of the digital lifestyle by our overseas Pinoys as most of them are already using smartphones and tablets. With SmartLife Global, we are giving them a convenient way to connect back home using their digital devices,? said PLDT executive vice president Ernesto R. Alberto.
The SmartLife mobile app was initially launched in the Philippines for Android smartphone users to enable them to discover exciting perks and free digital content.
Supporting further the digital lifestyle of Filipinos abroad, PLDT has established its first full data Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) in Japan where a mobile data SIM bundled with a pocket Wi-Fi in a monthly prepaid subscription was introduced.
This data bundle includes free remittance of up to 100,000 Japanese yen a month, and free calls and text messages to the Philippines and other popular international destinations.
Meanwhile, PLDT Hong Kong has also launched the PayMaya payment solutions of Smart digital innovations unit, Voyager Innovations, for its subscribers.
This allows them to do online shopping, pay bills such as for Meralco and Maynilad, purchase airline tickets, and send remittances even without a debit or credit card.