Smart launches mobile Internet customer education program

“We want to make Internet services as pervasive and affordable as cellphone services. The penetration rate for mobile phones is currently estimated at 85 percent,” she said.

Sanchez also pointed out that Internet use benefits everyone — from the farmer who will be able to learn about new and more efficient ways of growing produce and selling them, to the student who will be able to access the same information as his peers in other countries, to the family members of an overseas Filipino who will be able to regularly communicate with them via social media.

Smart subscribers may surf from their Internet-capable mobile phones for only P10 every 30 minutes. Subscribers may also opt to go unlimited or “unli” via various mobile data plans such as Unlisurf 50 for unlimited surfing for one day for P50; Web Unli Plans for unlimited surfing in specific sites like Facebook, Twitter, Friendster and Multiply for P20 per day per site. Users may avail of the plans by going to http://m.smart.com.ph on their mobile phones.

I’m an SMS advocate. Though, it would be great to introduce internet but there are a lot of innovations that can be provided to the grassroots via a cheaper way, SMS. I hope they will also capitalized on that.

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