I only heard of the new pricing scheme Globe has implemented for their unlimited SMS service or “UNLIMITXT” this afternoon when my fellow Lasallian volunteers showed me an SMS message that says the following:
We are asking for your cooperation as a Globe subscriber!
Globe UNLIMITXT SERVICE is now worse ever.
They are now implementing
& P80/4 days.
Pls don’t support their UNLIMITXT service as early as today until 2-3 weeks!
We want them to feel how rude they are in implementing such services!
As I arrived home from the university, I myself got the exact same message and still continue to receive it from others as I write this. It may sound offensive or others might misunderstand me for this, but I do not use Globe’s unlimited SMS service mainly because of the following factors:
- My important contacts are split-even between Smart/Talk ‘n Text/Addict subscribers and Globe/Touch Mobile subscribers.
- I’ve grown tired of relentlessly forwarding SMS quotes or spending hours upon hours sending and actually chatting via SMS. But if you’re a close friend or important person, I wouldn’t mind spending all my credits just to send you a message.
- My school and non-school work has gotten reached the level that actual phone calls would do the job rather than sending an SMS message that might not be read, received or worse, misunderstood.
Okay, enough of me. The rest of the Globe subscribers who have loved the UNLIMTXT service are not happy. Well, at least the ones I know of, still I agree that the new rates are a bit too pricey. The most affected by these would be highschool students whom unlike the college-level Globe subscribers, are on a very tight budget. Before the new rates, all we need is just P10 (about $0.18) and we’re free to send as many SMS messages as humanly possible for the next 24 hours of your registration. Now, we must pay twice as much for us to enjoy the same service.
Will the new rates decrease the number of Globe’s UNLIMITXT subscribers? What do you think of the new rates? Will the call of a two to three week boycott of the service as mentioned in the circulating SMS message materialize? What would Globe say about all this?
Already, there’s an interesting string of feedback over at Pinoy.Tech.Blog
Update: The boycott campaign has now turned into a ‘rebellion’ as said on the latest version of the circulating SMS message:
THE GLOBE REBELLION!
Pls help our campaign to bring back the P15, P25, & P50 UNLIMITXT SERVICE.
We need 1 million messages to bring it back.
PLS PASS, DON’T DELETE!
I wonder how would we know if we have reached the 1 million mark? Still, I suppose it’s a worthy cause, a lot of friends who are Globe subscribers are already raging mad.