Smart, Talk N' Text slash IDD rates to P2.50 per min

Posted at 08/17/2009 4:50 PM | Updated as of 08/18/2009 1:19 AM

MANILA - The mobile service units of local phone giant Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. are slashing their rates for international direct dialing (IDD) service.

In a statement, Smart Buddy and Talk ‘N Text said subscribers can now get in touch with loved ones overseas for as low as P2.50 per minute.

A 20-minute call to the US normally costs $0.40 a minute or P20.00 at prevailing foreign exchange rates.

The rate sale is available to calls made by the subscriber in the Philippines to 7 major hosts of overseas Filipino workers (OFW): Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, United States, South Korea, Canada, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.

To avail of the rate sale, a Smart Buddy or Talk ‘N Text subscriber has to key in <IDD><Country> and send to 8910. Minimum load purchase requirement is P50.00.

Smart and Talk ‘N Text have a combined 38 million subscribers.

“We are pleased to provide overseas Filipinos and their loved ones with access to the widest and best communication coverage, at more affordable rates,” said Danilo J. Mojica, Smart Wireless Consumer Division Head.