THERS described it as the “end of an era.” We thought it was overdue and that the writing on the wall has been clear for some time. Now it’s official — and we can finally say goodbye to an iconic phone brand.
EING an early adopter can have its downsides and its share of negative consequences. It can be soul-crushing when a Kickstarter project fails miserably. In rare cases, it can even leave you with a fire hazard that is the Samsung Galaxy Note 7. But being first has its own advantages, too. And some of those perks can be worth the risk of inconveniences in the long run. My Revü Philippines partner Alora Uy Guerrero and I have had the luck of the draw on our side on two separate occasions, both involving the Philippines’ largest telecom operators. Allow us to expound.
e knew it was only a matter of time. Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines have joined other carriers around the world that ban the use of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 on their flights until further notice.
ess than a week after issuing a recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units over exploding batteries, Samsung Electronics Philippines has announced details of its replacement program. This, despite no cases of battery fires being recorded in the country.
(Story updated on September 4, 2016, to include Globe Telecom’s public advisory on the replacement of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units. See update at the end of the article.) his couldn’t have come at a worse time. Just when Samsung is starting to bounce back from a declining market share and its fiercest rival Apple is about to launch the iPhone 7, the Korean manufacturer announced a global recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
t’s not every day your 5-minute video could win you $30,000 or about P1.4 million. Globe Telecom, through its film-production arm Globe Studios, gives you and other amateur filmmakers the opportunity to showcase your work and make money at the same time, as it kicked off its call for entries to the Globe Independent Film Festival’s 5-minute video challenge.
Say anything you want against PCs, but did you know that the market for them in the Philippines defied global trends in the first quarter of 2016? Not only that, the local PC market posted the highest shipment levels since the third quarter of 2014.
This is not one record we can be proud of: Once again, the Philippines was tied with India for last place among 15 surveyed countries in the Asia Pacific ranking in average broadband speeds.
Waiting for the next train at the MRT stations in Ortigas and Guadalupe may be a wee bit tolerable now that there’s free internet provided by Globe Telecom.
You gotta love competition. A day after Smart Communications revealed a P50 promo that lets you consume 1GB of data within three days, Globe Telecom also announced they have upgraded their GoSURF50.
Dark clouds continue to loom for the Philippines’ largest telecommunications service provider, as PLDT earlier this week reported that its consolidated core net income in 2015 dropped six percent to P35.2 billion from P37.4 billion the year before.
Has Yahoo hung up a “for sale” sign on the window? If you ask company chairman Maynard Webb, the answer would be a soft “yes,” following a press statement that said the Silicon Valley Internet giant will “engage on qualified strategic proposals” amid efforts to reverse its failing fortunes. Which is to say that reasonable offers to purchase the business, or parts of it, will be entertained.
The short answer is yes, at least according to one market research firm. The latest report from TrendForce is out, and the survey shows that smartphone shipments in 2015 grew 10.3 percent year-on-year to 1.293 billion units, nearly half of which, or 539 million, came from brands from the Far East.
It seems like you can’t go anywhere these days without seeing anything about Star Wars, arguably the most beloved movie franchise on the planet, especially now that we’re at peak Star Wars: The Force Awakens season and only a few days removed from seeing Episode 7 hit local theaters. And in case you haven’t gotten your Star Wars fix yet, Globe Telecom has put together the country’s largest Star Wars fair at the Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
Bazaars are now a fixture during the holiday season, but fulfilling your gift-buying duties in places where the finds are most often cheaper than goods being sold in malls, not to mention unique, can be a hassle these days. Metro Manila traffic alone is enough to dissuade even the most zealous of last-minute shoppers.
It seems PLDT is enjoying a successful run with its PC-on-a-stick broadband add-ons. Otherwise, why else would the local telecom giant bring in another product that’s admittedly very similar in pricing and features to the Intel-branded TVolution Stick PLDT released a couple of months ago?
While the government’s public WiFi initiative seems to be in limbo at the moment, one company has doubled down on its efforts to provide the masses with free and, perhaps more importantly, fast Internet, albeit in only one address for the time being.
Globe Telecom has announced a new low-tier, SIM-only postpaid plan that costs just P499 a month, but comes with a decent amount of data and unlimited calls and texts to Globe and TM subscribers.
The biggest Samsung-related news of today has nothing to do with the company’s Galaxy line of devices, or the homegrown Exynos chipsets that power some of them. Rather, it has everything to do with the chief executive behind them: Samsung co-CEO JK Shin is stepping down from his leadership role in the handset business to focus on new growth areas and long-term strategy.
As you’ve probably heard, PLDT’s fiber-to-the-home connections are now more affordable and available than ever. And while so much has been said and written about the telecom company’s fiber offerings, I feel that the subject remains in urgent need of clarification. Case in point: Some people in the local tech community, judging by their Facebook posts, have confused megabits with megabytes.