PLDT Global, Smart expand Free Bee global network

Key partnerships with Ventaja and OK OK North America to make Free Bee more available to more customers.

PLDT Global’s Jojo Quiamas and Albert Villa-Real with Crippy Baizas, managing director of Action.Able, Inc. and JG Puzon, president of OK OK North America/Smart Pinoy Load.

PLDT Global Corp. (PGC) has partnered with more global distributors to give Filipinos abroad more reliable and affordable ways to stay connected to their families back in the Philippines.

Through recently launched mobile application Free Bee, Overseas Filipinos can make free, ad-sponsored long distance calls to any PLDT, Smart, TNT and Sun subscribers in the Philippines. Their families back home receive the calls without the need to download the same app, connect to the internet or even own a smartphone.

Free Bee also offers premium calls for ad-free call experience at very affordable IDD rates while delivering high-quality voice calls. With PGC’s recent partnerships with Ventaja International Corp. and Smart Pinoy Load by OK OK North America, Free Bee premium call PINs are made more accessible in countries with big Overseas Filipino populations.

Free Bee PINs can be purchased online anytime even without a credit or debit card. US-based OK OK North America operates www.smartpinoyload.com, an online platform where Filipinos can buy a variety of digital products, while Ventaja is a remittance company that runs PayRemit, a payment gateway that allows customers without credit cards to shop online.

Through these partners, Free Bee PINs are made available in over 70 countries, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan, as well as countries in Europe and the Middle East. To date, the Free Bee app has already been downloaded by thousands of Filipinos abroad who use it regularly to communicate with their families in most parts of the Philippines. .

“With these new partnerships, PGC can deliver relevant digital solutions to Filipinos in more areas all over the world, and help them stay connected with their families back home,” said Kat Luna-Abelarde, PLDT Global Corp. President and CEO.

“Free Bee is a fantastic product. It allows our Kababayans abroad to contact their families who are using Smart, Sun, TNT, or PLDT networks anytime even if they don’t own a smartphone or they run out of data,” said Vincent Grey, CEO of Ventaja.

“We are happy to partner with PGC because we believe that this new product will address the evolving needs of our customers. It completes our portfolio of PLDT and Smart products that help our Filipino customers abroad to stay connected with their loved ones back home,” said JG Puzon, President of OK OK North America.

“These new partnerships enable PLDT and Smart through PLDT Global to expand its distribution channels to reach more Filipinos worldwide and provide them better and affordable access to communication services ,” said Albert V. Villa-Real, PGC business development head.

Free Bee, available on Android and iOS, is a product of PLDT Global Corporation (PGC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of PLDT which provides innovative telecommunications solutions and other relevant consumer services to Filipinos overseas and other ethnic markets.

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