Philippines’ Globe Mobile Network Promos

Bare neces­si­ties. If you are ever in Manila/PHL and look­ing to get a Pre­paid mobile line for emer­gency and/or to just com­mu­ni­cate around the islands, this might get you on the right track.

I did some research with Globe and their “GoSakto” make-your-own com­bos; ~P500/month for some calls and unlim­ited tex­ting ain’t bad (P300 only if 1,000 of text). I’ll be able to afford more cronuts now!


PS. You may test more com­bos over here.

Seems there’s a bet­ter promo if you are look­ing to spend about P500, GoUnli500. The promo bun­dle includes the following:

  • Viber, FBMsg, Kakaotalk,WhatsApp, WeChat, Line
  • Text to All networks
  • Calls to Globe and TM
  • Free Face­book up to 10MB
  • Chat
  • Valid­ity: 30 days

Unlock Phones from AT&T

So in prepa­ra­tion to going to Europe, I wanted to be able to have a cell­phone (mobile) handy in case of an emer­gency. I wanted to just use the iPhone 3G but I have updated to iPhone OS 2.2.1 with a base­band of 2.30.03, which there is no (soft­ware) unlock for. Luck­ily, I still have kept my Sam­sung Black­jack (1).

Here’s what I found out when get­ting my Black­jack unlocked:

  • Call 611 (Cus­tomer Ser­vice), and not the local AT&T store.
  • Unlock­ing is “free” (accord­ing to the CSR who helped me).
  • Give your IMEI num­ber to the CSR to receive your phone’s unlock code.
  • To get your phone’s IMEI num­ber, press *#06#
  • To pro­ceed with the unlock process: 
    • Take out the SIM card if there are any first.
    • You have to do the fol­low­ing key­strokes: #7465625*638*unlock_code# (unlock_code is your own of course).
    • Your phone’s dis­play will then have some type of mes­sage that it has dis­abled a lock of some sort.

I hope that helps.

New Cellphone, Same Number, Emtpy Address Book

This past week­end, I saw the light. At least it turn­ing off on my cell­phone. I had the LG 4050 for almost 2 years now. I had suf­fered with it after the first year because of its crappy soft­ware. Never really got the time to go to a Cin­gu­lar store and have them update it cause they phased it out after a cou­ple of months from its release.

So, being the trooper, I decided to just suck it up. But this past week­end, it just started bug­ging out. Mean­while, inquir­ing with the homies and their phones, I decided between the following:

  • Motorola Razr V3 (Black)
  • Motorola v551
  • Sam­sung e317
  • Audiovox SMT5600
  • Nokia 6230

The top pick was the Motorolla v551. Got it for $150 at Best­Buy. Slapped on a 2-year Per­for­mance Ser­vice Plan for about $40. With the addi­tion of tax, it came out to about $203.11.

Now I know you might think that thats waaaay too much for a cell­phone. But the fact is, I use my BB store credit card. What does that mean? Well, low monthly pay­ments and no inter­est for 6-months. I got the 2-year PSP just in case some­thing goes wrong with it. I use to like Cingular’s war­ranty thing but since a lot of peo­ple took advan­tage of it, they changed it so that you pretty much have to pay extra once you get a replace­ment phone.

Any­ways, I’m pretty stoked while play­ing around with the fea­tures on this phone. Then decided that I’ll prob­a­bly give it a go and try it out; and if I don’t like it, just return it within 30-days. So I started trans­fer­ring my con­tacts between phones.

I have an old 32k sim card (which needs to be upgraded by Cin­gu­lar), so I had about 60+ num­bers on the LG’s mem­ory. I trans­ferred and copied from the SIM to the v551 first. That went well. I then deleted the SIM card to make room and trans­fer the remain­ing num­bers from the LG to it.

After doing that, I slapped it on to the v551 and started the process of dump­ing the other 60+ to the phone. Mean­while, I guess I for­got that I was try­ing on the Alarm Clock fea­ture (or some­thing else), so while on the copy process of the phone, it exited out of that screen and onto the alarm. Blah!

So there you go, from 250+ num­bers to about 59. *sigh*

If you are read­ing this, just assume that I don’t have your con­tact num­ber. Please go ahead and shoot me an email with your number(s).

From my mind to yours, tech­nol­ogy can some­times be time-consuming rather than productive.