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While Sun Cellular still remains unmatched in their unlimited calls, that doesn’t mean you can’t make long phone calls without saving a buck or two on rival networks. For those not aware of it, Smart and Globe both have budget-call promos that offer long you conversations on your mobile phone at a more affordable price.
Smart recently launched their Low Hello promo that offers subscribers a P1 per minute rate in excess of the first 3-minutes which is charged the regularly. To avail of this, just dial *901+11-digit Smart number and you’re good to go. This promo will run until October 31, 2008. So, how much do you actually save? Let’s do the math. For a 15-minute call, you’ll end up spending P31.50 on this promo as opposed to a regular rate which will amount to P97.50. That’s a total of P66 in savings.
Globe, on the other hand, has two offerings. The first is for those quick calls that are usually less than a minute. Dial 232+10-digit Globe number and you will be charge P0.10 per second, a total of P6.00 in a minute. That’s P0.50 cheaper than the P6.50/minute regular charge, but more importantly, if you use up less time, you end up saving more. For longer conversations, you can dial 235+10-digit Globe number. Here, you will be charged P10 for the first 3-minutes and a regular rate for every minute in excess of. So, let’s go back to our 15-minute call computation. Using this promo, it’ll cost you P88 as opposed to P97.50 on the regular rate. You’ll end up saving P9.50 at the end of the day.
It’s clear that the new promo of Smart offers more savings for lengthier calls, while Globe gives you that option to be charged for your exact usage time. Enticing as they are, they do come with a catch. It's limited to Smart-Smart or Globe-Globe calls only. So the next time you make a call, don’t forget to append these few numbers so you can save more while talking more on your phone.