In order to promote Globe Telecom’s new USSD number, *143#, Globe gives their subscribers to browse Facebook using their mobile phones for free. Take note that this offer is on a subscription basis and is not automatically enabled. Subscription is valid until March 14, 2012 only. When subscribed, the user can use their mobile phone browser and simply go to http://m.facebook.com. Take note that browsers like Opera Mini which proxies the page using their own servers won’t work with this promo.
Subscribing is easy, there’s even no text format to follow, simply dial *143# on your Globe handset. Since this is a USSD code, it will work regardless of what phone model you are using, whether a smartphone, a black and white phone or even the early 2000 models would work. Upon dialing the number, it will present you with a menu, select “5 Surf Promos & Free FB”. Then another menu will come up then select “1 FREE Facebook” then opt to subscribe. After a while a confirmation text will be sent to you. Mine reads like this:
You are now registered to FREE FB. Enjoy FREE Facebook on your mobile phone until Mar 14, 2012! Click on http://m.facebook.com to start browsing. To check status, text FREE FB STATUS to 8888. To stop the service, text FREE FB STOP to 8888. Stopping the service will automatically forfeit remaining days available. Promo is NOT open to Opera Mini browser users. Regular browsing rates apply when accessing other links (ex: Youtube, Yahoo, etc), unless registered to an internet promo. You can also register to PowerSurf, P15 for 1 hour or 20MB of consumable mobile internet. Text POWERSURF15 to 8888 to register. Guided by Globe Acceptable Terms on Fair Use. Promo til 03/14/2012. DTI 0997 and 0995.
I’m pretty sure that this promo would make heads turns and would likely increase the share of the pie for Globe in the telecom business, even if it’s for only a certain period of time.