This is part 2 of 3 of my blog posts about my review on the Smart Freedom Postpaid Plan (Plan Zero).
NOTE: This blog post is neither sponsored by Globe Telecom, PLDT nor any telecommunications company.
DISCLAIMER: All contents of this blog post are based on the author’s experience. Some services may have changed. The information provided may be inaccurate at the time of reading. As this blog post was last updated on September 26, 2012.
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1. Voice Mail Service is offered.
If you receive a lot of phone calls, you don’t have to worry if you lose signal coverage. You have the option to divert all your calls to Smart’s Voice Mail Service. So if you have friends whom call you often, you can ask them to leave a voice mail message when you can’t pick up their calls.
What’s more it’s cheap. Smart prepaid subscribers pay 6.50 per minute to retrieve voice mail messages, while Smart postpaid subscribers pay only 1.02 per minute (take note of the 0.02 because it will be explained later).
2. SIM Card Activation is Fast.
You don’t have to wait for time eternity before your SIM becomes active. Your phone will be able to register to Smart’s network in one hour.
3. Limited Self-Help Available Online.
That’s right. If you don’t want to talk to *888, you can look up your queries in Smart’s web site. They almost have it all.
4. Manage your budget easily for your postpaid plan.
Smart’s credit limit works all the time. You will get notifications once you reach 50% of your credit limit. You also get notifications (either in text or calls).
5. You can check your remaining calls, texts and data.
If you subscribe to any of Smart’s bucket offers, you don’t have to worry if you have already consumed all of them. You also get notifications that your subscription will expire soon. (A plus for people who are scared of bill shock!)
6. The most extensive 3.5G coverage.
In my first month of subscription, I rarely noticed my Android phone switch from a 3G/HSPA connection to a GPRS or EDGE connection.
7. Protection from domestic bill shock.
Whether or not you are subscribed to a data service from Smart, your data charges will never exceed a certain amount. (Last time, it was 1,200 pesos. I don’t know if they reduced it to 999 in line with Smart and Sun’s bill shock protection).
8. Payments gets posted to your account in 24 hours or even real-time
If you pay your account online, your payment gets posted immediately. If you pay using other payment methods, your payment will be posted in less than 24 hours. You will also get a text message once your payment is received by Smart.