AS THE coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic sparked higher internet data consumption, Globe Telecom Inc. urged mobile phone users who are still using 2G/3G subscriber identification module (SIM) cards to upgrade to 4G for free.
In a statement, Globe said 4G enhances a wide range of experiences for mobile phone users using the internet and other mobile applications.
“There are a lot of things you can do with your phone other than call, text, and take pictures. We want all our customers to experience the wonders of data connectivity so they too can learn, get entertained, socialize, shop, or even work within the confines of their own homes. They can only do that with 4G and other more advanced mobile technologies,” Ernest Cu, Globe president and chief executive officer, said.
For users to check if their SIM card is 4G-capable, Globe postpaid and prepaid customers only need to text SIM CHECK to 8080.
Those who are still using 2G/3G SIM may bring their SIMs to the nearest Globe Store to upgrade to 4G SIM for free.
Postpaid mobile customers can also request to have their SIMs changed via the GlobeOne App.
For customers who want to upgrade to 4G smartphones, various brands and models are available at very affordable prices at shop.globe.com.ph and in other online and physical stores. They may get the 4G devices as prepaid kits, a freebie with new postpaid lines, or for postpaid plan renewal.
According to Globe, 2G or second generation mobile network came out in 1991 and uses digital radio signals for secure and reliable communications revolving around call and text.
A decade later, 3G was introduced and it brought an important breakthrough in terms of basic mobile internet access. But these two technologies are nearing obsolescence, thus, many telecom companies in other countries have stopped offering 2G/3G services while others are already in the process of doing the same. (JOB / PR)