Globe partners with DICT for EDSA WIFI project

Globe expands GoWiFi hotspots to 1,000 new locations in PHPartners with DICT for EDSA WIFI project

 

GoWiFi, Globe Telecom’s premium public WiFi service has expanded to 1,000 more new locations and 10,000 access points in the Philippines to give more customers access to fast and reliable hotspots in high-traffic locations around the country. 

 

This developed as Globe partnered with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for the EDSA WIFI project which aims to provide high-speed internet connectivity throughout the 24-kilometer stretch of EDSA. DICT is targeting to reach over 13,000 public places across 145 cities and 1,489 municipalities nationwide.

 

GoWIFI was first deployed in Metro Rail Transit (MRT-3) stations a year ago as part of the initial 126 hotspots and 2,500 access points opened by Globe for public use. Aside from MRT-3, it is also available in other major transportation hubs such as select stations of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) system and key airports around the country such as those in Metro Manila, Cebu, and Davao as well as in top tourist destinations like Boracay and Lio, El Nido, Palawan.

 

The service is also available in hospitals such as St. Luke’s Medical Center, The Medical City, Davao Doctors Hospital, Cardinal Santos Hospital, and Philippine General Hospital; local government units in Makati, Quezon City, Valenzuela, Las Piñas, Mandaluyong, Marikina, Caloocan, and Batangas; and some of the schools and universities like Far Eastern University and Bulacan State University.

 

GoWIFI may also be accessed in major malls such as Ayala Malls, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, Robinsons Malls, and Gaisano Malls; convenience stores like 7-Eleven, Ministop, Family Mart, and AlfaMart; coffee chains like Starbucks, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Seattle’s Best Coffee, and UCC; and restaurants like KFC, Burger King, Kenny Rogers Roasters, and Wendy’s. 

 

On GoWiFi, users can browse social media, check emails, watch videos, and download files with speeds of up to 100Mbps. A secure access point, It is available for users regardless of network provider, and is compatible with any WiFi-enabled device. Users are given free minutes daily of high-speed internet access where GoWiFi is available. 

 

“We’re paving the way for our customers to avail of a swift and dependable option when connecting to the internet, especially when they are on-the-go,” shares Globe Chief Commercial Officer, Albert de Larrazabal.

 

To enjoy the service, connect to the @GoWiFi network, wait for the GoWiFi portal to pop up (or open your browser) and then click the “GO” button.

 

Once the free minutes are up, Globe/TM customers and other networks can avail of a GoWiFi promo to continue their browsing by connecting to @GoWiFi_Auto. For P15, customers can enjoy 500MB worth of data allocation for one day, while P50 lets customers enjoy 1.5GB worth of data allocation for three days. Long-term customers can pay P99 for 1.5GB data allocation for 30 days. New GoWiFi users who are Globe, TM, or other telco customers may also avail of the Free Trial promo that will give them access to GoWiFi Auto for 3 days. This special trial is valid until August 31, 2017. 

 

Customers can avail of this service and pay via prepaid load, charged to postpaid bill, credit card, or via Request-a-Fi – a feature that allows users to request for a GoWiFi package from their Globe or TM friends. 

 

Globe continues to rollout more GoWiFi hotspots as part of the network’s goal to elevate the state of internet connectivity in the country. Soon, every Filipino will be given the chance to fully embrace a digital and connected lifestyle.

 

For more information on GoWiFi, visit the website at http://www.globe.com.ph/gowifi. 

 

How to set up Amazon Echo in the Philippines

I first met Alexa in Singapore, at my sister-in-law’s house during my Christmas vacation. Well , Alexa is the command to activate the Amazon Echo, a cylindrical speaker device that not only plays music but allows you to speak to it like a virtual assistant with enabled skills. Once connected to the wifi,  all you have to do is holler “Alexa” out loud to wake up the Echo then ask it to execute the commands.  My husband wanted to own one so I promised him I will give it as an anniversary gift.  My sister arrived yesterday bringing the Amazon Echo and Echo Dot which I ordered a month ago. I gave the bigger Echo to my husband.

amazon echo philippines

What I didn’t know right after I ordered the Echo is that the Alexa app is not being supported in the Philippines. You can’t download it at Google Store or at  the Apple store.  I found a site that gives tips on How to Set Up and Use Amazon Echo Outside US  . There was a workaround on How to Install Georestricted Apps on iPhone  . I did the “change store” and tried to create my own Apple ID but it refused to accept my credit card information because it was not a US address. Hmm , maybe my sister will allow me to use her Apple ID. It worked! I was able to download the Alexa app.

amazon echo

If you are using an Android device, the process is much simpler, and there is a workaround on installing geo-restricted apps on an Android device, or just install the APK file. I tried this too but when I opened the app yesterday, it took forever to load. Maybe I needed to update my APK file.  I was happy that my Alexa app worked in my iphone so I will just do this another day.

I had my Alexa app ready by the time my sister arrived in the Philippines with my order. When I turned on my Alexa app, I noticed the Echo was already listed.

amazon echo

There was no problem connecting the  Echo to the internet and configuring the rest of the settings .  I could easily ask “Alexa, what’s the news” or “Alexa, play audible” or “Alexa,  ask Fitbit how I’m doing today” . What I couldn’t figure out is why I could not link my Spotify as a default music library. Since I don’t have a US issued credit card, I am unable to subscribe to the Amazon music.

image via https://community.spotify.com/t5/Other-Partners-Windows-Phone-etc/link-error-with-Amazon-Echo/td-p/1456990

I found the solution in this thread. Most of those experiencing this error lived outside the UK. I figured that I might need to change my  shipping address to the US. I enabled the shipping address of my sister. Voila, that worked.

There are still limitations. The Echo is officially only supported in the US so the timezones and locations are basically US.  I can use the Echo without changing the timezone but it will tell incorrect time, and alarms and reminders will not work because of the timezones . It gives me the Seattle time.

There is a workaround by fiddling with the API requests  but I don’t know if I want to risk it. In the meantime, I can just ask “Alex, what is the time in Manila?” or “Alexa, what is the weather in Manila?”.

So what’s the point of having an Echo if one cannot fully use the features? Well, I am not an audiophile but the speakers are pretty decent and I love the sound quality. It allows me to listen to my audible books, news, spotify or simply having fun with Alexa’s enabled skills. Till then, let me talk to Alexa about making my home smarter.

Globe At Home Prepaid Home WIFI

Globe gives users a budget-friendly alternative solution to have access to connectivity

I have been Globe broadband subscriber since March 2007. That is 10 years already. I am happy with the services but I wished there was Fibr in our area. I know some of you might be looking out for alternative internet service providers. If Globe At Home is still not fully operational in your area, the Globe At Home Prepaid Home WIFI is a budget-friendly alternative. Globe At Home Prepaid Home WiFi is only P1,999!

There are many advantages:

  1. No installation – Pay a one-time fee of P1,999, plug the device in,
  2. No monthly fees – and pay for data that you want to consume, whenever you want.
  3. Free 10 GB data – Your Globe Prepaid Home Wifi comes with free 10GB worth of data so you can surf, and watch videos at home instantly.
  4. Reload conveniently – reload by purchasing GoSurf variant at Globe prepaid reloading stations

The Home Prepaid Wifi has 50% Stronger WiFi. One can enjoy stronger connections versus traditional mobile WiFi.

Get your own Prepaid Home WiFi at Globe stores nationwide or via hotline at (02) 730 1010.

Pre-order LG G6 (the big screen that fits in your hands) starting April 17

The LG G6 retails for Php 37,990 but avail of the pre-order promo and you will get freebies such as LG Tone Infinim valued at Php 7,490, an LG G6 case valued at Php 1,500, and an extended one-year LG warranty for a total of Php 8,990 worth of items for FREE.

LG G6 preorder

Dubbed as ‘the big screen that fits in your hand,’ the LG G6 is the Korean mobile tech innovator’s 5.7-inch stunner with Quad HD and FullVision Display. The LG G6 is arriving in the Philippines by the end of this April but wait, LG Philippines is opening their pre-order promo starting on April 17 until April 30, 2017.

Customers can avail of the pre-order promo by approaching participating LG concepts stores within the promo period and issue a down payment fee of Php 3,000 through either cash or straight payment via credit card. Look at the participating stores and branches below:

LG G6 PRE-ORDER PROMO PARTICIPATING STORES AND BRANCHES
DEALER STORE NAME LOCATION
1 ABENSON ABENSON Glorietta 1, Makati
2 ABENSON ABENSON Market! Market!, Taguig
3 ABENSON ABENSON Trinoma, Quezon City
4 AEROPHONE LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE SM Seaside City, Cebu
6 BANANA TEL LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE SM Lanang Premier, Davao
5 BANANA TEL LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE SM Tagum, Davao
7 BANANA TEL LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE Gaisano Mall, Toril, Davao
8 BANANA TEL LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE Gaisano Mall, Digos, Davao
9 E-PHONE LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE SM North Edsa, Quezon City
10 E-PHONE LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE Alabang Town Center, Muntinlupa
11 E-PHONE LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE SM City Baliwag, Bulacan
12 E-PHONE LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE Greenhills, Mandaluyong
13 E-PHONE LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE SM City Fairview, Quezon City
14 LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE SM City Cebu, Cebu
15 LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE MarQuee Mall, Angeles City, Pampanga
16 MEETROVI MOBILE SHOP LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE KCC Mall of Gensan, General Santos City
17 MEMO EXPRESS LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE SM Megamall, Mandaluyong
18 MEMO EXPRESS LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE SM Mall of Asia, Pasay
19 MEMO EXPRESS LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE SM City Bacoor, Cavite
20 MEMO EXPRESS LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE Glorietta 3, Makati
21 MEMO EXPRESS LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE SM City Santa Rosa, Laguna
22 MEMO EXPRESS LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE Il Centro Mall, Sta. Lucia, Cainta
23 ORO GRAPHIC, INC. LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE Centrio Ayala Mall, Cagayan de Oro
24 SAVE ‘N EARN WIRELESS LG MOBILE CONCEPT STORE BQ Mall, Tagbilaran
25 SILICON VALLEY SILICON VALLEY SM Megamall, Mandaluyong
26 SM APPLIANCE CENTER SM APPLIANCE CENTER SM Aura Premier, Taguig

We are excited to bring the LG G6 to the Philippines very soon. We’re inviting everyone to explore the world through the lens of the LG G6. We believe we’ve produced the perfect companion to tech-savvy lifestyle of today’s generation. The LG G6 has been acclaimed with positive feedback since it was launched a few months ago, and we believe that the Filipinos will also find our latest flagship truly exciting,” said Jay Won, vice president of LG Mobile Philippines.

LG is known for its iconic Knock Code, Gesture Shot, Manual Camera Mode allowing users to manually adjust camera settings similar to a DSLR camera, and Dual Camera set-up which allows users to take standard and wide angle shots. LG’s flagship this year boasts of an 18:9 ratio display, the first time ever in a smartphone, offering more viewing space and an immersive experience when streaming videos and playing games. It is also the first smartphone to be equipped with Dolby Vision technology so users can enjoy the 5.7-inch FullVision display with content in stunning HDR quality.

That’s a lot of amazing features.

The LG G6 is also equipped with the following:

1. dual 13MP rear cameras (including a 125-degree lens on the wide angle)
2. an expanded 100-degree field of view with the 5MP front camera.
3. Android’s first-ever Square Camera Mode, with a function that can divide the 18:9 screen into two identical squares for simultaneous photo taking and editing, as well as creative Instagram shots.
4. A design that is dust, water, and overheat resistant
5. LG G6 is housed in a sleek, minimalist aluminium and glass body coming in stunning colors of black, platinum, and white.

To learn more about the LG G6 pre-order mechanics and participating stores, visit www.lg.com/ph; like LG Mobile Facebook :  LG Mobile Philippines or follow @LGPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram.

 

Twitter launches fast, data-friendly Twitter Lite

Twitter Lite is finally here in the Philippines! Now, you can enjoy Twitter in English and Tagalog setting, any time. A new mobile web experience with Twitter’s key features that loads up to 30% faster, uses up to 70% less data, and takes up less than 1MB on mobile device.

Twitter today launched Twitter Lite, a new mobile web experience accessible to anyone with a smartphone or tablet with a browser, optimized for speed with up to 30% faster launch times, reduces data usage up to 70% with data saver mode turned on, and takes up less than 1MB on mobile devices. Of course, Twitter Lite still provides the key features of Twitter as well as app-like performance such as a wide range of push notifications and offline support.

Twitter Lite is now globally available via mobile.twitter.com and makes Twitter more accessible to millions of people – all one needs is a smartphone or tablet with a browser, no App Store or Google Play account required. It supports 42 languages including Tagalog. For more info about Twitter Lite, you can visit lite.twitter.com.

Patrick Traughber, Product Manager, Twitter said, “Every day, millions of people in the Philippines use Twitter to see what’s happening right now. However, there are several barriers to using Twitter, including slow mobile networks, expensive data plans, and lack of storage on mobile devices. So we built Twitter Lite to minimize data usage, load quickly on slower connections, be resilient on unreliable mobile networks, while still providing the key features of Twitter—your timeline, Tweets, Direct Messages, trends, profiles, media uploads, notifications, and more. With Twitter Lite, we’re making Twitter more accessible to millions of Filipinos—all you need is a smartphone or tablet with a browser.”

In particular, Twitter Lite has a data saver mode, which further reduces the amount of mobile data used. In this mode, users will see a preview of images and videos before choosing which ones to fully load. This can reduce data usage by up to 70%, making it more affordable for people to use Twitter in areas where mobile data is expensive.

 

Twitter Lite has additional features on Google Chrome and other modern browsers on Android devices. Users can now receive a wide range of push notifications, so they will be alerted to what’s happening on Twitter throughout the day. Twitter Lite also offers offline support, so they will not be interrupted while using Twitter if they temporarily lose their connection. Users can also add Twitter Lite to their device’s home screen, so they can launch Twitter quickly with just one tap.

 

Patrick added, “Twitter Lite is a great way for many people in emerging markets across Asia Pacific, Latin America and Africa to experience Twitter for the first time on their mobile devices. No matter where you are in the world, we want to make Twitter the best way for you to get real-time updates on news, sports, entertainment, politics and other topics that matter most to you.”