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Saturday, November 06, 2004

Send cellphone load from other countries

I found a Globe AutoloadMax advertisement in the papers today. It allows OFWs in other countries to send load to relatives in the Philippines. People in HongKong, Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, Saipan, Guam, US, Canada and the UK can send AutoloadMax (cellphone load) from selected Filipino stores/remittance centers in these countries.

The cellphone load goes directly to their relative in the Philippines. I wonder how much charges will be...

I also wonder how difficult it is for Filipino stores in other countries can start becoming AutoloadMax retailers? If Globe makes it easy enough to become an AutoloadMax retailer, they could expect many OFWs to set up an AutoloadMax business. Ang alam ko, at least in HongKong, it's very easy for Filipinos to load their *own* Smart or Globe cellphones in HK because of the proliferation of cell cards.

Next, these AutoloadMax retailers should be the next remittance centers. Pero siyempre the telcos will be more selective sa remittances. That's a sensitive transaction, masisira ang remittance service ng Smart or Globe kung may manloloko who wouldn't deliver the remittance correctly.

If recall correctly, Smart also has a service that allows sending of load from Japan and HK. But I think it requires the sender to buy a pre-paid card or one of the debit cards that are popular in that country.

- edwin

Read: Edong's Dreams - Mobile Services for OFWs

6 Comments:

  • At 8:45 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Hi! you may find answers on OFW's sending load to the beneficiaries in the philippines as https://www.loadwallet.com. That's the same system that Japan and Hongkong companies are using.

    Mar

     
  • At 2:02 pm, Blogger Edwin "ka edong" said…

    thanks for the lead, mar. ;-)

    excerpt:
    "Launched in May 2003, SMARTLoad is the world’s first electronic prepaid loading service that allows a client to load airtime into a SMART subscriber's GSM prepaid account.

    This “telecoms services in sachets” approach enables a seller/client to load a customer with micro top-ups worth Php30, Php60, Php115, and PhP200. "

    -- end excerpt --

    They've been in operation for 1 and a half years. I wonder why their service doesn't seem to be "matunog" ... haven't they been obsolecized yet with all the developments?

    (just wondering, haven't read their whole website, and don't have time to do so now).

    ka edong

     
  • At 5:35 pm, Anonymous Arnold said…

    Hi Ka Edong,

    Because this may sound as an ad, kindly delete if you find it inappropriate, nonetheless, I think this is relavant.

    We recently launched an online reloading station we call "etoload" (http://etoload.com). This system can load any globe, smart or sun cellular prepaid sims. Loading is real time. Other features include being able to distribute your purchased peso loads to as many cell numbers as posible (ie. P25 to bunso, P110 to wifey, and so on). Plus, you can send a special text message for every sending you'll make.

    I hope your visitors can try this out.

     
  • At 8:15 pm, Blogger Edwin "ka edong" said…

    Hi Arnold,

    no problem, it is relevant. I get hits from people google searching on how to purchase load online, sometimes for themselves, sometimes for their relatives.

    Incidentatlly, I stumbled upon Erick Kalugdan's load.com.ph last week when he presented his three-peat givemeunlimited app at NCC. Hope competition is all good.

    Goodluck sa venture mo, Arnold! Na-inspire tuloy ako gumawa rin ng sarili kong venture ... isip isip...

    ka edong ventura

     
  • At 10:35 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    yehey autoload was the first to provide globe online reloading

    www.sendmeload.com was the first to provide online cellphone reloading to multiple networks.

     
  • At 10:39 am, Blogger Edwin "ka edong" said…

    anonymous,

    thanks for the additional info.

    ka edong

     

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