Smart Communications subsidiary Talk â€˜N Text has unveiled an â€œaffordable mobile Internetâ€ service via Koneknet, which provides five hours of unlimited mobile Internet browsing for only P30.
Koneknet allows Talk â€˜N Text subscribers to use their cellphones to go and stay online to update their blogs, chat or send emails, and browse through social networking sites at a fixed and low cost.
â€œOur subscribers have traditionally benefited from the â€˜nationwidestâ€™ network coverage of Talk â€˜N Text, its affordable offers, and the convenience of finding prepaid load wherever they are. Koneknet expands this host of benefits, and is a natural progression of our strategy of providing basic yet advanced services to our subscribers, at least cost,â€ said Perry Bayani, head of marketing at Talk â€˜N Text.
â€œKoneknet also helps advance Smartâ€™s â€˜Internet for Allâ€™ agenda â€” or to bring the benefits of the Internet more quickly to more people in more places,â€ added Bayani.
To experience mobile Internet, Talk â€˜N Text subscribers must first set the 3G/MMS/GPRS features of their cellphone, and they may do this by texting SET to 211.
After the settings have been received and saved, the Koneknet package may be conveniently availed of by sending NET30 to 4450.
Talk â€˜N Text subscribers may also subscribe by clicking on the Koneknet button in Smartâ€™s mobile portal â€” http://ping.fm/IeLKf
The 30-peso charge will be deducted from the subscriberâ€™s prepaid credit at registration. A 1-peso prepaid balance must be maintained while subscribed to the Koneknet package.
Any amount of time exceeding the registered 5-hour period will be charged the existing flat rate of P10 for every 30 minutes.
Koneknet is exclusively available to Talk â€˜N Text subscribers. Talk â€˜N Text Tipid-Sulit SIM packs are available from all Smart resellers everywhere, and prepaid load for it is available from over a million load retailers nationwide.
As of end-June 2010, the subscriber base of Talk â€˜N Text has reached 18 million, and the growth has been attributed to the value-for-money offers of the brand, with some bucket promos that offer as low as P.10 for every SMS.