Leaving the Philippines but want to keep in touch ?

We have all been there…

You meet yet another girl of your dreams on your trip to the Philippines and when you get back to the ‘real world’ your phone bill skyrockets as you try to keep in touch. There has just got to be a better way, hasn’t there?

Yes there is. And that answer is called Roam!

The first thing you need to know about Roam is that it only works if you are a Smart subscriber. It will not work if on Sun or Globe. I hear that Globe has some sort of roam feature as well, but it is not as world wide covering nor is it as convenient. Smart truly does almost have a monopoly here with young Filipinas.

And hell, if the girl you are seeing is on Globe, a new SIM is very very cheap and wouldn’t you feel better anyway changing her number? (Come on, admit it… There, doesn’t that feel better?)

International Text Roaming
The only prepaid roaming service that lets you send and receive text messages from over 100 countries for only P20 per send.

With your SMART BUDDY celfone, you can send and receive text messages in over 100 countries for only P20 per send. So whenever you travel for work or leisure, your friends back home will only be a text away. Thanks to SMART’s partnerships with over 200 networks worldwide.


Simply text “ROAM ON” and send to 333. Roaming activation will occur within one (1) hour. (Important: Remember to activate pre-paid roaming before leaving the Philippines.)

When your Buddy Roaming service is activated you will
be able to send and receive text messages in over 100 countries in the world, anytime for only P20 per send; enjoy zero-charging for receiving text messages while roaming; and disallow all outgoing and incoming calls (even while you’re in the Philippines).

To deactivate the roaming feature upon your return, simply key in “ROAM OFF” and send to 333. De-activation will occur within one (1) hour. (Remember to deactivate upon arrival in the Philippines to restore voice calls.)

The best part is people texting you from the Philippines are only charged 1 peso to send a text as if they were texting you in country. You really can’t beat that!


Through SMART Money, you can reload with just a few clicks from your SMART Buddy celfone:

a. Go to your SMART Menu and select SMART Buddy.
b. Click on “RELOAD”
c. If you’re reloading for the first time, BANK CODE. Enter MONEY, then press OK.
d. When prompted for ID, enter 1 then press OK (Click on MONEY and move on to the next step…)
e. Select a preset amount, then press OK.
f. Select MY BUDDY then press OK.
g. Key in your W-PIN, then press OK.
h. You will receive a test message confirming the amount successfully transferred.
NOTE: You will be charged P15.00 per airtime reload via SMART Money.

Through text, you can also reload SMART Buddy with a few simple commands:

a. Lightly scratch off the protective ink on your Call and Text Card* to reveal the 14-digit PIN.
b. Type in “RELOAD <14 digit PIN>” and send to 1510.
c. You will receive a text message confirming that the reload attempt is successful.
NOTE: You will be charged P17.50 per airtime reload via SMART Money.

* CALL and TEXT cards via the INTERNET.

In case you run out of Call and Text cards while roaming, you can always buy them on-line with your credit card. Just log-on to estore-exchange.com on the internet and follow the simple step-by-step instructions for online purchase.


To check your PESO balance while roaming:
Type in ?1515 and send to 214
You will receive a text message stating your latest available balance.

To check your FREE text balance:
Type ?1516 and send to 214
You will receive a text message stating your latest available balance.


For any assistance you may need from Smart once the Buddy Roaming service is activated. Send your text messages to *888 or call Customer Service Hotline 888-1111 using a landline phone.

And that’s it!

See? Now keeping in touch won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

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