The Process I finally understood how to get the SMART All Text service! You go to the nearest store that offers Smart E-load and say, “Smart All Text po.”
Then they ask you to write down your mobile number in a notebook and whether you’re getting the 10 or 20 SMS. They send the request via their mobile phone and in a few seconds you will get a SMS from SMARTLoad that states, “Date: SMARTLoad All Text (with x messages) is loaded to 0918xxx from 0920xxx.”
No Expiry SMS The main advantage of the Smart All Text service is the No Expiry feature. However, there is a catch. You have to finish off the 10 SMS within 24 hours, and, in the case of the 20 SMS, 48 hours. Whatever SMS you did not consume will not expire, BUT, you can only avail of it when you load again.
The Price Moreover, you have to pay a premium price for the No Expiry SMS. It costs more than Php 1, which is the regular price for a SMS, albeit only by a few cents. For 10 SMS you are expected to pay Php 12, and Php 22 for the 20 SMS.
The Extra SMS To soften the blow, currently, ONE (1) extra SMS is being given to the consumer, thus, you will be getting 10 + 1 or 11 SMS, and 20 + 1 or 21 SMS.
The Additional 5 SMS SMART wishes to entice the consumer even further by offering an additional 5 SMS, but, ONLY to the All Text 10 service, which means 10 + 1 + 5 equals to a total of 16 SMS or Php 0.75/SMS.
The Complaint So what am I complaining about? Isn’t this a great deal? It’s even lower than Globe’s Php 0.90/SMS.
Yes, yes, I know. But I mistakenly assumed that buying more would mean you get the best deal, because the usual practice is to reward the consumer if you buy more. So I bought the All Text 20 before learning that I could have gotten an extra 5 SMS if I had gotten the All Text 10. Aargh!!!
The Lesson Buy All Text 10 instead of 20!