My friend Meann called me up Thursday morning to ask about Smart’s latest scheme: sending a text message when a prepaid subscriber dials 1515 to make a balance inquiry makes him/her pay one peso for it.

I browsed the Smart website to confirm this and found out that it’s true. Starting May 1, 2003, Smart subscribers will be charged P1.00/balance inquiry beyond their free text allocation for every 1515 inquiry. Read this.

Tonyo of our group TXTPower said “Smart is cashing in on plain deception, confusion on Filipinos who are currently reeling from the effects of the US war on Iraq and the economic crisis. Sila lang naman ang tumatabo ng tubo.” Here’s TXTPower’s press release regarding this issue.

Ederic Eder

Ederic is a Filipino communications worker in the telecom, media, and technology industry. He writes about K-dramas and Korean celebrities for Hallyudorama.

He used to be a social media manager for news at GMA Network, where he also headed YouScoop, GMA News and Public Affairs’ citizen journalism arm.

He was with Yahoo! Philippines for more than three years before returning to GMA Network, where he was also previously part of the News Research section.

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