Unlimited Calls, Text, and Internet

The Easiest Way to Have Unlimited Calls, Text, and Internet in the Philippes

Not being online while traveling might be super inconvenient to most people. Unless of course you just want to go on a real adventure and Unplug, getting online in the Philippines can be a bit frustrating.

Here’s the Easiest Way to Have Unlimited Calls, Text, and Internet While Traveling Around.


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Step 1. Upon arrival at the airport, ask for the Globe booth. There are only two network providers in the Philippines (yes, truly, sadly unbelievable!) – Globe and Smart. In our part of the small island of Panglao, Globe is the dominant provider. There are times when Smart does not even have a signal at all.


Step 2. At the time of writing this post, Globe is still offering Free Sim. And if it’s not free, they sell it for a very cheap price of P40.
Step 3. Free SIM sample at the Globe Booth. Put that in your phone!

 
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Step 4. Once the Sim is in your phone, buy load credits. The cards are available in P100, P300, P1000s. You can choose depending on how long you wish to use it in the Philippines. (We suggest P500. It is enough for 15 days).

Step 5. Upload the credit of the card in your phone. Instructions are found at the back of the card.


Step 6. Once the credit is loaded in your phone, DIAL *143#.  It will show 12 options on your screen.

From there, choose Nr 1: GoSAKTO (roughly translated as “Just Right”).

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Step 7. The GoSAKTO Option brings you here. Choose Nr 1: Create a promo.
Step 8. What kind of promo? Let’s go ALL OUT and choose Nr 7 – Call, Text, and Surf.

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Step 9. Choose Nr 1, just Globe. If you want to call via the Smart network, just add some extra credits.
STEP 10. Choose Nr 5: UNLIMITED!

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Step 11. We suggest to choose Nr 2, then you can text any network in the Philippines (yeah, both Globe and Smart!)
Step 12. Choose Nr 6: UNLIMITED TEXTING! Like you choose the other numbers and before you know it your text credits have disappeared because Globe says it’s been used up. Like yeah, how do you know?

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STEP 13. Surfing … of course UNLIMITED! So choose Nr 2. But then, it can get tricky in this country, see our disclaimer below.
Step 14. You can choose depending on how long you wish to stay around the Philippines. If you’re staying for two weeks, we usually suggest Nr  2: 15 days.
15 Days of all those will cost you only P479 or 9.83 USD or 9.15 EUR.

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BIG DISCLAIMER (Not our fault, I swear!)
Globe’s Unlimited Surfing which is supposed to be is Not Really Unlimited. Once you have registered to their “unlimited surfing” don’t try to watch lots of videos on YouTube and/or download large files. Before you know it, you are already being disconnected even before your time has lapsed. Why? Because Globe’s Unlimited Surfing has a data (speed) limit. This is what Globe says:

“Globe is committed to providing you with fast and reliable mobile internet service. That’s why we’ve taken steps to implement a Fair Use Policy (FUP).
Fair Use Policy is designed to reduce the speeds of only the 3% of users who are responsible for generating large volumes of traffic on your network.
This greatly impacts the service we offer to other paying subscribers.
These customers often:
• have file-sharing software
• have peer-to-peer/torrent apps on their phones or tablets
• download large-format files (such as music, videos, and movies) consistently
This means customers on an internet promo and plan who exceed 1 GB a day or 3 GB per month (whichever comes first) will experience browsing at slower speeds.”

WE DON’T GET IT EITHER.. but we got no choice. Better than nothing, like we say it here in Bohol!

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