Filipino mobile operator Globe Telecom has asked the regulator, the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), to put an end to the ‘All Day Texting 258 Call+Text’ promotion currently being offered by Philippine Long Distance Telephone (PLDT’s) mobile units Smart Communications and Pilipino Telephone Corp (Piltel). Globe senior vice president Rodolfo Salalima said of the plans: ‘In implementing these promotional offerings only between the two, [Smart and Piltel] are acting in concert to corner the market and thus create a virtual monopoly.’ Smart and Piltel subscribers who sign up for the promo will be entitled to an unlimited number of text messages and a single five-minute call in a 24-hour period for a fee of PHP20 (USD0.37).
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