Hi there !
What is the first thing do you do when you arrive in foreign countries?
For me, I connect my phone to wifi and check messages. Then, I find a place where I can buy a sim.
I am gonna talk about where you can buy a sim and load card at the Mactan-Cebu International airport and also how to use some promo code.
When you get out from the Mactan-Cebu International airport, you will see some small kiosks selling sim and load card. You can choose any network you want. The major network companies are Smart and Globe.
You might wonder which is better? It is hard to say which one because Smart provided the fastest LTE speed, at 9.87 megabits per second, ahead of Globe’s 7.4 mbps. On the other hand, Globe had better coverage, with its subscribers getting a LTE signal more than half the time at 55.3 percent. (source: Philippine Daily inquirer)
I am using Globe, so I am going to talk about it.
This is how the Globe kiosk looks like at the airport.
You can see some options they offer for travelers who stay a short period.
If you will only stay for short term, these plans are okay and enough to use.
But if you will stay longer than that, you have to buy load card and get loaded.. You can also buy a load card at that booth, convenience stores, shopping center or even at the small stores on streets.
The price of load cards is 100, 300 and 500 pesos. You can get loaded multiple times. If you need 200 pesos to avail promo, buy 2 of 100 pesos load cards.
Here is the steps you need to follow.
STEP 1: Lightly scratch off the gray panel to get the call card and PIN numbers.
STEP 2: Dial 223 and press SEND.
STEP 3: Enter the card number and press #. STEP 4: Enter PIN and press #. STEP 5: A voice prompt will then confirm that the reload attempt is successful.
In IMS Academy, wifi is available everywhere like Classroom, Dormitory, self-study room, dining area, hall way and so on. So, our students don’t need to use load that much. They just need load to use internet outside of the campus.
You can just consume regular load, but it is better to use promo.
It is simple to register, you can just send a promo code via text message to 8080.
I recommend these promo which are the reasonable ones.
- ‘GOTSCOMBOGED70’ – It includes 1GB + 1,000 text to Globe/TM/Cherry valid for 7 days.
- ‘GOCOMBOAHAF204’ & ‘GOCOMBOGKEA57’ – It includes 1GB + 1,000 text, 500 mins call to Globe valid for 30days. When internet is consumed all, register ‘GOTSCOMBOKEA37’ for additional 1 GB.
When promo is registered, you will get messages that the promo is successfully registered. If not, send ‘Gosakto status’ to via text 8080 and you will get a reply.
There are a lot of promo code available, you can check Globe’s website.(https://www.globe.com.ph/prepaid/gosurf.html)