Last Saturday, Globe Telecoms rolled out its new time-based charging for all mobile internet usage — GPRS, 3G, HSDPA. This new charging is now available on all pre-paid and postpaid Globe users – Php 5 pesos for every 15 minutes. Basically, the same charging as Smart 3G’s 10 pesos per 30 minutes.
To activate this new charging scheme, just send text “œtime” to 1111. You will then get a confirmation that you’ll be charged Php5.00 for every 15 minutes (activation within 1 hour), otherwise you’ll still be billed on a per KB basis.
Users can still go back to the bandwidth-based charging by texting KB to the same number above. According to Dustin Cheng, a call to their Customer Support revealed more details of the promo:
– To revert back to per KB charging, text “œKB” to 1111
– For Prepaid Accounts: If you get disconnected prior to the end of the 1st 15 mins, and reconnected right away you still get charged another P5 for a brand new 15 mins session.
– For Postpaid Accounts: You only get charged P5 no matter how many times you reconnect within the 15 minute period.
– If you are using the TIME BASED charging, you will get charged no matter what site you go to. That means you get charged the same if you visit the Globe Home Page, Yahoo sites and other wap sites that were supposed to be free if you were using the per KB charging.
Globe used to charge on a per KB — charging as expensive as Php0.25 per KB and lowered down to Php0.075 per KB before going time-based.