PLDT Group said Wednesday it launched a new mobile application to meet the needs of Filipinos working abroad.
The mobile app, called SmartLife Global, offers carefully curated digital content such as Philippine movies, music and news that enable Filipinos overseas to stay in touch with families in the Philippines.
The app also features relevant services such as easy bills payment for utilities and load sharing for families in the Philippines.
“Smartlife Global provides Filipinos abroad with a lively digital connection to home,” PLDT chairman and president Manuel Pangilinan said.
SmartLife Global, delivered through international marketing and operations unit PLDT Global Corp., is initially available in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Guam and Australia.
SmartLife Global is free upon download. Users can enjoy a 30-day trial period during which they have unlimited access to local news and free access to a rich library of Filipino movies, concerts, original Filipino music and premium magazines.
After 30 days, users can extend their usage for only $2.99 per month for music and $4.99 per month for movies and concerts.
The app currently has over 20,000 downloads, with more than 3,000 movies watched, more than 2,000 songs listened per day, more than 600 magazines downloaded and more than 15,000 news feeds read.
“We are seeing increased adoption of the digital lifestyle by our overseas Pinoys as most of them are already using smartphones and tablets. With SmartLife Global, we are giving them a convenient way to connect back home using their digital devices,” said PLDT executive vice president Ernesto Alberto.