It’s not everyday we see competitors actually work together. It’s really amazing how people can set aside competition and unite to support and help each other. Hands down to the country’s three mobile operators- Globe Telecom, Smart Communications, and Sun Cellular!


To help the communities severely affected by Yolanda, Smart, Sun and Globe have agreed to provide 25 free SMS per day for five days that may be used for local and international text messages. The joint offer will be available to subscribers in Tacloban City and the provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Leyte, northern Cebu and the Samar.

“This is a time for Filipinos to come together and help our countrymen in their hour of great need.  This joint effort will help Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk ‘N Text subscribers in the typhoon-struck areas to communicate with their loved ones at home and abroad,”  said Charles A. Lim, executive vice president of Smart and chief operating officer of Digital Mobile Philippines.

“This free service is open to all Globe Postpaid, Globe Prepaid, and TM subs in these Eastern Visayas provinces.  This is the company’s way of giving assistance to our customers who are suffering from the typhoon’s onslaught and who need to reach out to their family and friends in the country and abroad,” said Peter Bithos, Chief Operating Advisor for Globe Consumer Business Group.

The free 25 daily SMS bundles are available from November 13 to 17 and can be used to send text messages across all networks. There is also an allocation for international SMS. It will be pushed automatically to subscribers at the start of each day. Subscribers will receive SMS notifications once the bundles are sent. No registration is required.

For Globe and TM subscribers, the free service can be availed by texting BangonPinoy to 8888.

Libreng Tawag stations continue to operate in the following areas:

  • PNP Headquarters, Tacloban City, Leyte
  • PLDT Office, Jones St., Tacloban City, Leyte
  • DSWD booth, Tacloban City Hall
  • Smart cellsite near VNG Subdivision, Tacloban City, Leyte
  • Municipal Hall, Palo, Leyte
  • Smart Store, Ormoc City, Leyte (with free mobile phone charging)
  • Ormoc City Plaza, Ormoc City, Leyte
  • Ormoc airport, Ormoc City, Leyte
  • Municipal Hall, San Francisco, Camotes Island, Cebu
  • Cebu Cultural Center, Bantayan Island
  • Smart cellsite in Sta.Fe, Bantayan Island (with free mobile phone charging)
  • Madridejos Municipal Hall, Bantayan Island (with free mobile phone charging)

Charging of mobile handset batteries are also being offered for free in the Smart cell site facility in Roxas City, Capiz and in Old Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan.