Smart Bro and the Free Cell Phone Philippines

I've had my broad ban service with Smart Bro since August 2009. My sister-in-law received a call for me several weeks ago from an Angel at the Smart Bro office at SM City in Iloilo.  Angel wanted me to renew my broad ban contract with them, and there would be some freebies in the deal for me if I did. So I decided to check it out. I've been happy with my Internet service in the Philippines with them, only two outages lasting a few hours in the past year,  and since my current contract had already expired last August 2010, the fact that I was getting contacted several months later just served to remind me that I'm on "Filipino Time." Can you imagine some ISP in America letting a contract expire and not badgering reminding you to sign a new contract?So I go into Iloilo for my appointment with an Angel, but Angel isn't there. I'm directed to an an attractive sales lady by the name of Camille. She tells me about the various freebies Smart Bro is offering if I renew my contract: computer hard drive, P3000 gift certificate, HP Printer (bought a new printer last year),  and various other items I really wasn't interested in.

However, when she showed me a picture of a new Samsung Champ (cost around P5,000) touch screen cell phone  I told Camille that's what I needed. My old LG cell phone from America,  which I had unlocked for P1000 (about $22.21 US dollars) so I could have a cell phone Philippines, had a broken send button, and the graphic screen was going bad on me and only showing half an image at times. I've never had a touch screen cell phone before, and thought it would be time for this "old dog" to learn a new trick.

Camille went to look to see if the Samsung Champ was in stock, but alas, it was out of stock and would not be in for another two weeks. I advised her that I would return when the cell phone was available and then sign a new contract. The cute Smart Bro rep said that was fine, and she took my mobile number so she could contact me later.

Went back home on the pump boat to Guimaras, and received a text message from Camille. The new phones had just arrived after I had left! I sent her a text back and advised her I would be back first thing tomorrow morning. They only had a limited stock, and I didn't want to miss out on my free cell phone Philippines. My monthly unlimited broad ban service was going to continue at P999 a month (approximately $22.60 USD.)

Picked up the new Samsung Champ the next day from the charming Camille and after finally reading the instruction manual I've already figured out how to use it. Not bad for a 58-year-old geezer.  Well, I did accidentally download some racing game I suck at for  a charge of P50 ($1.12 USD), but I guess it could have been worse.  I could have accidentally downloaded some porn site that would have gotten my "you-know-what"  chopped off by my asawa!

Author: The Kano
POST AUTHOR: "THE KANO." Dave DeWall, "The Kano", is the Publisher & Editor-in-Chief of "Philippines Plus" in publication since August 2009. He is also the CEO of Lizard Poop Productions and author of the best-selling guide book "The Philippines Expat Advisor." Dave moved to the Philippines in July 2009 from Central Illinois with his lovely wife of over 20 years, "The Sainted Patient Wife." The couple reside in a rural province in Western Visayas, Guimaras. The small island province is said to have the sweetest mangoes in the world. They do not have any children but are the proud owners of eight active canines, including a Belgian Shepherd called "Killer" "Killer" has bitten five people in the last two years along with one goat and a carabao. "Killer" doesn't like strangers. Or goats. Or carabaos.