Talk ‘N Text (TNT) endorser Robin Padilla takes a “groupfie” with (from left) Smart Co-Founder and Chief Wireless Advisor Orlando B. Vea; PLDT & Smart Chair Manuel V. Pangilinan; Facebook Director for Global Operator Partnerships Markku Makelainen; Facebook Head of International Growth & Partnerships Lior Tal; PLDT President and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno; and Smart EVP and Wireless Consumer Business Head Charles A. Lim at the launch of Facebook’s Internet.Org App with Smart’s budget brand TNT. The launch marks the debut of Internet.Org App in the Philippines, the first in Southeast Asia. Through the Internet.Org App , all TNT, Smart and Sun Cellular subscribers nationwide may now have access to a buffet of 24 websites offering informative and useful content and services, including Facebook and Messenger – all without data charges.
Now, more Filipinos can enjoy the benefits of getting connected to a set of basic mobile Internet services free of data charges, thanks to the partnership that has been forged between Talk ‘N Text and Facebook.
To aid in bringing mobile Internet to more Filipinos, Talk ‘N Text, a cellular service of Smart Communications, and Facebook introduced the Internet.org app, which carries a set of basic mobile Internet services that provide informative and practical content with regards to education, health, and news. Additionally, messaging and communication is also made available.
PLDT President and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno opens the launch with reiteration to Smart’s goal of providing “Internet for All.”
Initially, Internet.org app offers Filipinos free access to a set of 24 websites, including Facebook and Messenger, and the following:
- BabyCenter.com and MAMA
- Your Money
All of these can be accessed even when using a basic smartphone.
Internet.org app is available on any Internet-capable phone connected to Smart, Sun, or Talk ‘N Text.
A quick Q & A. On stage to answer questions were Smart EVP and Wireless Consumer Business Head Charles A.
Lim; PLDT President and CEO Napoleon L. Nazareno; and Facebook Director for Global Operator Partnerships Markku Makelainen.
Facebook initiated the creation of Internet.org with the objective of bringing mobile Internet services to the rest of the world who are not yet connected. In the Philippines, Smart via it’s channel Talk ‘N Text is the first telco to launch Internet.
org app. Furthermore, it is also the first telco to bring the Internet.org app in Southeast Asia.
Since 2014, Internet.org has rolled out in six countries, including Colombia, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, India and Zambia, enabling people to browse useful information and websites with zero data charges.
Aside from Talk ‘N Text, Internet.org app is also available for Smart and Sun subscribers.
Talk ‘N Text (TNT) endorser Robin Padilla delivers a speech to close the launch event.
Access to the mobile Internet services can be done through the Internet.
org app or on your mobile browser via www.internet.org.
For more info, text INTERNET to 9999.