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Google for free, only from Globe

If you’re a Globe Prepaid or TM subscriber, you’re in for a treat! Globe launched Free Zone powered by Google, a global first, offering easy and instant access to the web and Google services on Internet-enabled mobile phones charge-free. This is great news, especially for first-time mobile Internet users, as Free Zone allows subscribers not only to search the web, but send and receive emails, and share anytime, anywhere at no cost.

Being online all the time doesn’t have to be expensive and with this new mobile browsing promo, Globe empowers even its most budget-conscious subscribers to experience and enjoy the web, exchange email messages, and share to friends, worry-free. Free Zone is initially available to more than 30 million Globe Prepaid and TM subscribers nationwide until 31-March-2013.

To access Google services on your mobile phone free of data charges, simply text LIBRE to 8888 for free or go to http://libre.ph on the phone’s default browser. Go to http://surf.globe.com.ph/plan/freezone for more information about Free Zone.

So, keep the good vibes rolling, online!

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It’s like watching an episode of MOBBED, this 60-minute “Movement” commercial for Microsoft’s Surface, the much anticipated tablet with touch cover that turns into a keyboard, will be out in the US this October. Let’s see how this supposed iPad-killer will fare in the market, a welcome addition to gadgetry choices this holiday shopping season, that is, if the Surface (in Windows RT and Windows 8 Pro flavors) gets officially launched locally in time.

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At the launch of Tattoo’s premium broadband – Torque

I was at the VIP launch of Torque – Tattoo’s latest broadband product boasting the fastest Internet connection and personalized priority servicing with freebies and perks ideal for tech-savvy individuals who demand nothing but the best – held at the cozy Aracama at The Fort Strip. Tagging along my fellow IGersManila moderator Ed Calaycay, we’re a bit late but Globe’s Tina Antonio gave us her usual warm welcome, ushered us to our assigned table with this personalized card which is really nice, and introduced us to other guests.

After a delightful dinner of familiar Filipino dishes which is Aracama’s forte, broadcast journalist David Celdran (seeing him brings back memories of Battle of the Brains) opened the program as host and introduced Stephanie Zubiri, named by People Asia as the youngest “Woman of Style and Substance” in 2010, as Tattoo Torque Ambassador, with Globe’s key officers sharing the stage and joining in with the discussion.

Tattoo Torque offers the best broadband connections with speeds of up to 100 Mbps that translates to shorter download time and smoother experience despite multiple online sessions and concurrent users. Aside from speed, what sets Tattoo Torque apart is the priority servicing, with each subscriber getting a dedicated relationship manager who will address concerns quickly and efficiently. On top of these, Tattoo Torque offers perks and privileges such as a free Globe landline, free Globe-to-Globe landline NDD calls, free WiFi router, exclusive invites. Plans start at P4299, check the rest of the plans here.

They later raffled off an artwork, with which guests were asked to guess its name (no luck there), and ended the program with a toast. Ed and I stayed a bit to sample Aracama’s delicious dessert while discussing our upcoming activities at IGersManila.

Tattoo Torque may be for the privileged few, but if you want the best broadband experience, backed by excellent customer service, then check out a plan that suits your lifestyle. I for one can no longer live offline, give me the fastest 100 Mbps connection, and I’ll go insane and won’t sleep!

I didn’t want to leave an awesome place without a souvenir shot, so there. That cute “gifts that give back” bag given to guests contains products created by marginalized communities that Globe Telecom supports.

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Excited about the iPad 2

While everyone was expecting an iPad 3 or HD announcement today (even crazy predictions of a futuristic television set), surprisingly Apple named the latest iteration simply “the new iPad.” Except for the “resolutionary” tag, this naming convention will supposedly make Apple products even more unpredictable.

It’s the usual bells and whistles for this new iPad, but what got me excited about the news today is that the iPad 2 models are now about PHP 6,000 cheaper. As I’m sure the Philippines will not be having this new iPad sooner (at least officially), I’d rather you get an iPad 2, which is not exactly that old or lacking in features. Prep up that bended plastic called credit card.

I wonder though, how Smart and Globe will differentiate their iPad offers, or which will be rolling out the 4G LTE wireless technology faster. What with their social media network broadcasts today, both are probably cooking something up already.

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