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Google partners with Smart and PLDT to offer free public Wi-Fi in the Philippines

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Google recently announced that it is expanding its Google Station free Wi-Fi program to the Philippines. The project is in partnership with Smart Communications and PLDT.

To give you an idea what it is, Google partners with local companies to provide free, fast, and reliable Wi-Fi hotspots in developing countries. Called Google Station, it is usually setup in densely populated areas like the MRT and LRT stations, and airports.

The service has already rolled out in several countries that include India, Mexico, Indonesia, Nigeria, Thailand, and just recently, the Philippines.

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Read: Smart Wifi, Google partnership aims to provide free Internet to Filipinos

In the Philippines, Google Station will use the infrastructure of Smart and PLDT. It will be initially available in 50 locations in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao by the end of February, but the majority of the locations will still be in Manila and Quezon City. Google did mention of expanding to more areas in the country.

Using Google Station will give users up to 30 minutes of access to free Wi-Fi. After it ends, one need only re-sign to avail another session.

Unilever is also a partner. I have a feeling this would mean online ads somewhere during the process of using the service. This is understandable considering the service is free.

You can check out the locations where Google Station will be available in the Philippines on this LINK.

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Bryan is a tech enthusiast and self-admitted geek who enjoys blogging and watching NBA clips on YouTube. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations from different industries such as telecommunications and banking.

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