Globe Telecom marks another milestone as the world’s first telecom operator to offer access to the World Wide Web and select Google services on Internet-enabled mobile phones without any data charges.
Globe launched Free Zone powered by Google for Globe Prepaid and TM subscribers, giving them easy and instant access to Google Search, Gmail and Google+ on feature phones, and smartphones at no cost via libre.ph. All a subscriber needs is an Internet-capable handset to search the web, send and receive e-mails, and share experiences anytime, anywhere, minus the mobile browsing charges.
Free Zone is perfect for first-time mobile Internet users who often find basic services like email, mobile web browsing and social applications to be very expensive, thus limiting their subscription to mobile surfing plans and bundles. Using Free Zone, users with basic Internet-enabled devices can use the power of the web to grow their business or keep in touch with friends and family without the fear of unknown data costs and make more informed choices about their next data device.
With the new mobile Internet promo, Globe extends the unique experience of being online all the time even to its most budget-conscious subscribers. The offer is initially available to more than 30 million Globe Prepaid and TM subscribers nationwide until March 31, 2013.
“Our products and services are all about empowering our subscribers, and Free Zone testifies to this promise yet again. Free Zone powered by Google empowers subscribers by letting them be in the know and keeping them updated right at their fingertips. The best part is, subscribers don’t need to worry about getting charged, so they can enjoy visiting sites through Google and other Google services worry-free,” said Peter Bithos, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business of Globe.
With Free Zone, users can get the following perks: free web search and access to the first page of the websites from the results page; send and receive text emails via Gmail without charge; and share things with their Google+ account that is also for free.
The versions of Google Search, Gmail and Google+ on free Zone are designed to work well with the feature phones that lack the technological firepower of a smartphone. Google built the software and Globe became the first operator in the world to make it work on its network, making the Philippines the first place in the world to use this new product.