27 October, 2011

80 Cents per Text to Other Networks Regular Rate Starting November 10, 2011!

Posted: 27 Oct 2011 09:47 AM PDT
It's official, TP Friends!

Starting November 10 this year, the regular rate for sending one text message to another network will be 80 centavos instead of the current 1 peso rate.

Caught this on TV Patrol earlier this evening.

This will perhaps be the direct result of the imminent reduction in interconnection charges amongst network providers from 35 centavos to just 15 cents.

20 cents off. Are you cool with that, TP Friends? Or do you think we deserve a bigger price cut?


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Posted: 27 Oct 2011 01:42 AM PDT
Are you a fan of unlimited text-to-all offers that expire after 1 day or do you prefer paying a cheaper regular rate for every text message you send and getting the most out of your cash over an extended period?

If you lean towards the latter, then this news should put a smile on your face.

Caught this on GMA News TV earlier.

It appears NTC or National Telecommunications Commission has wrapped up talks with the country's leading network providers - Smart, Globe and Sun Cellular - on new and reduced interconnection (or making a transaction - sending SMS or making calls - from one network to another) text messaging rates. And according to insiders, the networks seem to support the proposal.

As it stands, the Philippines has the highest interconnection SMS rates in the whole of Asia Pacific (, which is odd considering that the Philippines is the undisputed Texting Capital of this Planet. This defies economies of scale!); Currently, networks pay an interconnection rate of 35 centavos to each other for every text message sent with end subscribers paying 1 peso per SMS. Given this and with pressure from consumer groups, NTC is proposing that there be an immediate reduction in the charges from the said amount to just 15 centavos.

This reduction in interconnection charges amongst network providers will definitely lead to cheaper SMS to all networks regular rate for consumers. But just by how much? As yet, that remains to be seen.

TP Friends, how much do you think should an SMS to another network cost?

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Posted: 27 Oct 2011 01:16 AM PDT
Great news for all LG Optimus Black fans across the Philippines!

The ultra thin Android phone with the world's brightest NOVA display can finally be yours. The LG Optimus Black, currently priced at Php 17,990, will be even more affordable through LG's special online promo from October 24 to December 18, 2011! Just visit the link LGOptimus.ph for details on how to get Php 2,000 off its price tag, bringing it down to just - get this - Php 15,990! Isn't that amazing?!

LG Optimus Black is actually one of my favorite Android handsets this year. Not only is it super-slim and feature-packed (In fact, it can go head to head even against iPhone 4! Check out TechPinas' LG Optimus Black vs. iPhone4 - Technical Specs Comparison!), but its ultra-bright 700-nit NOVA display makes it possible for me to enjoy using it and viewing my content even outdoors!

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For more information on this promo, visit LGOptimus.ph.

So what are you waiting for? Visit this link or check the nearest LG Mobile retail store and inquire about LG Optimus Black NOW!

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Posted: 27 Oct 2011 12:45 AM PDT
Since its birth in 1994, EastWest Bank - a subsidiary of the Filinvest Development Corporation (FDC) - has established itself as one of the Philippines' most stable and fastest-growing banks.

The Bank currently has more than 120 branches nationwide and proudly bears the title as the the sixth largest credit card issuer and the sixth largest service provider of auto-financing in the country. EastWest Bank continuously develops innovative products and services and alternative delivery channels to meet and answer its clientele's ever-evolving needs and demands. Furthermore, EastWest Bank continues to take concrete steps geared towards fulfilling its ultimate goal of becoming a world class bank anchored on service excellence.

So be smart about your money and start a savings or checking account with EastWest Bank! Banking with a world-class bank like EastWest not only secures your future but it also gives you peace of mind.

To make the deal even sweeter, EastWest bank is giving away gadgets among other prizes every month to lucky Checking Account and Savings Account depositors with a total increase in month-to-date average daily balance (MTD ADB) of PHP 50,000.00. Depositors who meet this requirement get one (1) raffle ticket. All tickets will also be valid for the Grand Draw to be held on April 13, 2012, where a one single-bedroom unit in Beaufort with parking space awaits the lucky winner! So what are you waiting for? Join the promo now by updating your customer information with your depository branch! The promo runs from October 05, 2011 to March 31, 2012.

For the month of October, EastWest Bank is giving a gorgeous Samsung N150 Netbook! If you remember, we've featured Samsung N150 on TechPinas and I have to say that it remains to be one of the best netbooks out in the market today.

Keep checking TechPinas for more about the monthly gadget prizes and big, big grand prizes that EastWest Bank is giving away!

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Posted: 26 Oct 2011 09:48 PM PDT
We already know that LG has amazing handsets currently out in the market. This Yuletide season, LG wants to give you even more reasons to grab these innovative phones for you and your loved ones.

The design, construction, specifications, features and functionality of the LG Optimus 3D, LG Optimus Net, LG Optimus One, LG Optimus Black, LG Optimus Me, LG Cookie WiFi 2, and LG Wink WiFi 2 models in themselves are enough reason for anyone to want their own, but if you decide to purchase your unit within October 14 to December 4, 2011 (wthin LG Mobile Holiday Treats promo period), you can get great price discounts and exciting freebies from LG Electronics Philippines, SM Cinemas, and SM Department Store!

Just visit an LG Mobile official dealer near you and inquire about the promotion. Everyone who will purchase a participating product from a participating outlet will automatically be qualified to enjoy discounts or get freebies. The promo period is from October 14, 2011 to December 4, 2011. Yes, the promo is on-going so if you intend to buy an LG phone this year, you might as well get it ASAP!

For instance, when you purchase the LG Optimus 3D at any LG Mobile Concept Store/Kiosk within Metro Manila and Cebu, you get FREE SM IMAX Cinema tickets for 2! And it doesn't stop there – for straight payment (cash or credit card), you get a Php 2,000 discount, instantly. Installment deals are also available when you buy this awesome handset; you can get it as low as Php 2,499.17 for 12 easy payments at 0% interest. Now, that's a bargain!

Check out the promo banner below to see what other freebies and discounts you can get when you purchase other participating handsets from LG --

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So what are you waiting for? Purchase your LG phone NOW!

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