On the same day Smart Communications launched the Netphone 701, Globe decided to launch the m.Globe service which is something it claims is a “free all-in-one mobile portal”. Globe is marketing the m.Globe as a “one-stop gateway to easy and content-rich mobile surfing in every phone”.
As an obvious jab at Smart’s Netphone, Globe uses this tagline:
With m.globe, no need to spend for a new internet phone.
So what does the service offer? Globe listed these features of m.Globe:
- Load checking while surfing
- Access to Facebook and Twitter
- Sending and receiving of emails
- Free news feeds from top sites, plus exclusive content
- Direct searching via Google
- Watching live UAAP games on mobile
- Movie previews, skeds and reviews
- Free music download
The service is now available to all Globe subscribers, postpaid or prepaid. Here are the steps you need to do before you can use the m.Globe portal.
- Text M.GOBE to 2910 or go straight to m.globe.ph.
- You will be asked to enter your mobile phone number in order to personalize the m.Globe portal.
- You will then receive a confirmation link from Globe which you need to click or enter in your browser.
- You will be brought to the login page for Facebook and Twitter. There are no other way to access the portal right now. You can only login via Facebook and Twitter.
Accessing services on m.Globe is free if you use the myGlobe Connect access point.
What’s good about the m.Globe portal is it works on all phones that have internet capability. It can be accessed through WAP, which means that you don’t need a smartphone to use the portal. Android users can get a widget for the m.Globe portal but only Android 2.1 versions and higher are supported. It’s free to access the m.Globe portal via the Android app but using Facebook and Twitter or accessing websites are charged.
Now the question here is whether the m.Globe portal is a real answer to the SmartNet service that will soon be enjoyed on the Netphone. On it’s face, it appears that m.Globe does not match SmartNet in terms of features. While m.Globe is just a web portal for a collection of services, SmartNet tries to build an ecosystem that integrates social networking, instant messaging and a host of other features. I will try to post a more detailed comparison between SmartNet/Netphone and m.Globe.