PLDT Global offers new OFW call services
Richmond Mercurio (The Philippine Star) - September 1, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — PLDT Global Corp.has teamed up with mobile wallet and two foreign technology firms to provide Filipinos living and working overseas with a faster and more affordable way to make calls to the Philippines.

With the collaboration, will give digital access for overseas Filipinos to load their Free Bee accounts anytime and anywhere.

Free Bee is PLDT Global’s advertising-based voice service that delivers free high-quality international direct dialing calls to PLDT, Smart, TNT and Sun numbers in the Philippines, even if the call recipient is not connected to the internet.

“This partnership is in line with the shared vision of and PLDT in supporting overseas Filipinos and improving how they connect with their loved ones in the Philippines,” chief executive officer Ron Hose said.

The partnership is supported by Singapore-headquartered global mobile top-up network DT One, and Hong Kong-based company Communigate Technologies Ltd. (CTL), which both provide wider distribution channels for Smart and Free Bee products to reach Filipino communities worldwide.

“Our tie-up with, DT One and CTL is a testament of our commitment to serve Filipinos all over the world, by providing more ways for OFWs to access Smart, TNT, Sun and Free Bee credits with just a couple of taps on their smartphones, so that they can make their connections back home stronger than ever,” PLDT Global chief commercial officer Albert Villa-Real said.

Through Free Bee, Filipinos abroad can call family and friends in the Philippines who are not connected to the internet.

For longer calls and ad-free experience, customers have the option to buy Premium Free Bee Voice buckets from global retailers or via in-app and online purchases through is a trusted financial services provider for over five million Filipinos and one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing fintech companies.

It enables anyone, especially the unbanked, to have access to a mobile wallet and financial services, such as international and domestic remittances, airtime top-up, bill payments, and digital currency purchases directly from their mobile phone.

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