(UPDATE, September 26: In response to the #SmartFreeInternet offer, Globe Telecom is bringing back its Free Facebook promo, hashtagged #FreeFBIsBack, starting next week.)
Hours after Smart Communications chairman Manny Pangilinan announced the #SmartFreeInternet special promo, where prepaid subscribers get free mobile Internet, Globe Telecom sent us its statement on the announcement.
We’re publishing it here in full:
“At Globe, we've been working for years to create a wonderful digital experience for our customers. We have known for some time that the internet is at the heart of everything in one's digital life. Our customers know that through our great partnerships with Facebook, Spotify, Google, Viber and others.
As the telco which pioneered Free FB for the world, we are flattered and honored that our competitors have chosen to follow the lead we have set. We wish to thank them for the compliment and wish them the best of luck. More people on the internet is good for the Philippines and our ecosystem.
In the end, customers will choose the telco provider with the best digital services and the fastest experience possible. Amidst all the hype and promotions, we are happy in the fact that, at Globe, we deliver both.
We look forward to more vigorous competition to come! Stay tuned.”
A fact Globe is pointing out here: It’s the first telco to offer this kind of promo to its subscribers.
In October 2013, for example, Globe treated its subscribers to news of free Facebook access, something the social-networking site’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, showcased at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The offer ended on April 25 this year.
This time, Smart is upping the ante by widening the scope.
Does Globe have an answer to the #SmartFreeInternet offer? We hope the words "stay tuned" in its statement above means something is already in the works. In the end, we believe it’s the consumers who are actually going to win because of the fierce competition between Globe and Smart.
Got questions? Violent reactions? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us at @aloraguerrero.
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