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Smart powers Metro buses with free wifi

The long commute to your destination can now be productive and fun, as Smart provides free wifi service to some of the top utility bus lines in Metro Manila.

A public service of the country’s leading wireless services provider, the new line of wifi-enabled buses can power simultaneous connections to the internet at any given time, to allow more people to experience the benefits of Smart’s reliable internet.

To avail of Smart’s free wifi service, commuters simply have to turn on their wifi-enabled devices as soon as they get onboard any of Smart’s partner public utility buses. Those stuck in traffic and within proximity of the bus can also connect to the wifi, making a Smart-powered bus, one giant wifi hotspot. With just a few clicks, they can already experience the benefits of Smart’s wifi service—free of charge.

“This service will enable commuters to make good use of their travel time—allowing them to check their mail, do last-minute changes to a presentation for school or work, or simply stay connected with friends and loved ones, while aboard public buses” said Mellissa B. Limcaco, Smart Brand Head.

Cheryl Reyes, Operations Manager of FermEx—one of the transport partners of Smart said, “This collaboration with Smart has allowed us to enhance our service to the public at no additional cost. There are no extra fare charges, nor registration requirements. All passengers need to do is search for the Smart wifi connection using their favorite device while riding our buses, and they can surf the web for free.”

Aside from Fermex or Fermina Express, Smart has also partnered with other Metro Manila operators such as BOVJEN, Everlasting Bus Company, Inc. (Everlasting), Ismael Bus Line (IBL), and Universal Guiding Star Bus Line (Universal Guiding), in the deployment of the pioneer batch of Smart’s air-conditioned, wifi-enabled buses. The special Smart-powered public buses are now operational at key city routes which include Ayala Avenue, Baclaran, EDSA, Fairview, Lagro, Malanday, and Quiapo.

“Limited mobile coverage and low cellfone load will no longer keep commuters from being connected, informed, entertained and updated. Through Smart’s free wifi service and reliable network, Metro commuters can now surf more . Smart provides them the opportunity to live more while on the go,” Limcaoco concluded.

Smart’s wifi-enabled buses complement the partner bus lines of parent firm, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) and sister telco, Sun Cellular offering wifi and plying key Metro Manila and provincial routes. Smart's free wifi service on public buses will be available until August 31, 2012.

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