Jul 222013

MANILA, Philippines – Ayala-led Globe Telecom Inc. has tied up with French-owned Transatel to provide mobile telephony services to Filipinos based or visiting the United Kingdom.

Globe corporate information officer Marisalve Ciocson-Co informed the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) that the partnership agreement between Globe’s UK Globetel Limited and Transatel of France last July 20.

Ciocson-Co said both companies agreed to provide mobile telephony services such as voice calls, short messaging system (SMS), multimedia messaging system (MMS), load top-up, and mobile data.

She said the services would be offered by UK Globetel to Filipinos based or visiting the UK through the French firm’s platform.

“This new offering is consistent with Globe’s thrust to continue providing Filipinos overseas with innovative and value for money services that allows constant communication ties with family and friends,” she stressed.

Earlier, Globe partnered with UK-based iVitta to strengthen its foothold in the seafarer market.

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The company will offer an exclusive SIM card that will provide Filipino seafarers the lowest call and text rates when communicating with their families and loved ones in the Philippines.

The Globe Seafarer SIM allows Filipino mariners from anywhere in the world to regularly keep in touch with their loved ones back home at affordable call and text rates without the need for expensive satellite equipment connections using two numbers in one SIM – an international mobile number and a local Globe mobile number. Using their international mobile number, seafarers can call the Philippines for as low as $0.20 per minute and text for as low as $0.10 per message.

On the other hand, with the seafarer’s local Globe mobile number, calls from the Philippines using a Globe or TM number will be charged with local Philippine calling rates of only P6.50 per minute.

The Globe Seafarer SIM Card can be used on most networks using a global interconnection with over 650 GSM networks worldwide.

Close to 500,000 Filipino seafarers are serving on international commercial fleets as of end-2012.

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