Monday, April 18, 2016

2Go Travel Makes Travel Easier With Expanded Payment Options

Taps Globe Business for Globe Charge to enable payments via credit card

2Go Travel, one of the most renowned sea and land transportation companies in the Philippines, was born out of the integration of the 2 major shipping companies in the Philippines in December 2010 when Negros Navigation Inc. bought out the Aboitiz Transport Systems (ATS) group which operated the "SuperFerry" passenger brand. The rebranding of both companies used the ubiquitous "2GO" brand in 2011 across all business units, finally naming the passenger brand "2GO Travel."

2GO Travel is the first shipping-passenger brand in the Philippines that completely changed the sea travel experience. With excellent customer service, upscale hotel passenger suites, comfortable accommodation, entertainment and cruise-like amenities, 2GO Travel provided the traveling public a unique and very affordable way to travel around the Philippines.

2GO Travel also expanded the travel routes not only by sea but also by land as well connected major cities around the Philippines via bus connection, making the travel experience more hassle-free. Moreover, the brand also pioneered the first prepaid travel card that can be purchased as the perfect travel gift to popular tourist destinations around the Philippines.  With its commitment to take land and sea travel to the next level , 2Go Travel has clearly helped boost domestic tourism by making travel comfortable and fun and providing cruise packages for families, friends or corporate groups, complete with an all-in cruise, hotel and tour itineraries in one affordable package.

In order to further its growth with more payment options available to its customers, 2Go Travel partnered with Globe Business, the enterprise ICT arm of Globe Telecom, to acquire Globe Charge, an innovative solution that transforms mobile phones into point-of-sale (POS) card terminals that accept debit and credit card payments. Globe Charge harnesses the integration of a smartphone and an innovative mobile card reader into a mobile point-of-sale (POS) unit, empowering enterprise and SME customers with a convenient payment device and eliminating the need for traditional and more expensive card terminals.


 Sealing the partnership are 2Go Travel Senior Vice President Stephen Tagud (2nd from right) and With Globe Enterprise Sales Vice President Dion Asencio (2nd from left). With them are MYNT AVP for Business Development Jose Luigi Reyes (leftmost) and 2Go Travel VP for Retail Sales Grace Golez (rightmost).

With Globe Charge, 2Go Travel can now accept credit card payments from its customers, further growing its customer base, increasing its revenues, and sustaining its position in the market as an innovative company which constantly seeks to provide efficient and hassle-free service.

“Globe Business really is a great partner for us,” Stephen Tagud, Senior Vice President for 2Go Travel said. “We want to make traveling as smooth as possible for our customers and with Globe Charge, this makes payments options much easier and more accessible for a lot of them.”

Mike Frausing, Globe Business’ Senior Advisor for Enterprise and IT Enabled Services Group shared, “We are thankful to 2Go Travel for the trust and confidence they have given us in enabling their sustained growth as they expand their payment capabilities through Globe Charge. As the leading ICT enabler in the Philippines, Globe Business provides customers with the right technology, infrastructure, and know-how to help them focus on their business.”

For more information about Globe Business, get in touch with a Globe Business Account Manager or call the Globe Business Premium Support Center at +63 2.730.1288 toll-free using a Globe mobile and landline. You can also visit www.globe.com.ph/business for more information.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Soak Up in 7 Days of All-Out Summer Excitement with the Best-Value ASUS ZenFone Go Smartphones

Get ready to make an even bigger splash anytime, anywhere you go this season,
with these two hot-shot variants of ASUS’ budget-friendly smartphone:
the new ZenFone Go 4.5 and the ZenFone Go 5!

Manila, Philippines (12 April 2016— This scorching season, whether it is roughing it up for an outdoor adventure, or simply having a relaxing time at home, ASUS Philippines gives your more than enough reasons to enjoy the summer season without the worry of overspending and cutting down on the fun, with its two summer-ready ZenFone Go variants: starting with the existing ZenFone Go 5 (ZC500TG), and it latest smartphone offering, the new ZenFone Go 4.5 (ZB452KG)!

“With the new ZenFone Go 4.5 and the existing crowd-favorite ZenFone Go 5, this new line-up of the ASUS ZenFone Go smartphones really invites users to take a break from their daily regular grind, change to their flip-flops, and ignite the wanderlust they have always had from within,” explains ASUS Philippines Smartphone Product Manager Lenny Lin.

Soak Up in 7 Days of All-Out Summer Excitement with the Best-Value ASUS ZenFone Go Smartphones

These ZenFone Go variants come in six premium, sleek colors, and are perfect for those who are looking for a great-value smartphone that can ultimately keep up with their lifestyles, and make sure that they get the most out of this season, anytime and anywhere they plan to go.

“Summer is definitely the time of the year when a lot of Filipinos want to enjoy and have fun, and with this line-up of ASUS ZenFone Go offerings, users can expect an all-around, daily smartphone that they can use to match their unique lifestyles. To get everyone’s summer spirits up and at them, we have prepared a special campaign which we have dubbed as the “7 Days Of Summer with the Zenfone Go” that shows just exactly how each variant of the ZenFone Go will be the perfect centerpiece to have an even more incredible and stylish summer,” adds Lin.  So sit back, relax and have fun as we give you a quick tour on how you can enjoy your 7 Days Of Summer with the Zenfone Go.


Monday: Go forth and have an organized, fun-filled week ahead
This summer, why not make it a point to have ‘manic Mondays’ become a thing of the past, and have a well-planned out schedule for the entire week? To be at the top of your game all week-long, we deem it best to get your hands on the ASUS ZenFone Go, each packed with a powerful processor that makes it an incredible smartphone for multi-tasking day-in and day-out. Go for the ZB452KG for a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Quad Core Processor, or choose the ZC500TG if you are after a handy smartphone that packs aQuad Core Processor. Because at the end of the day, this much is true – while there are those who believe in having fun in spontaneity, nothing really beats a nifty, user-friendly organizer and to-do list in your smartphone that helps you ease through your week’s plethora of activities.


Tuesday: Go out and about, and reconnect with your network of old pals
With the summer season clearly in full-swing, there is absolutely no excuse anymore for you not to have a little get-together with friends. Just for today, temporarily say goodbye to those diet plans for your beach body, and lose yourself in endless conversations and laughter over a hearty lunch. But of course, no reunion would be complete without the blow-by-blow updates on social media: switching among Snapchat for goofy videos, food flatlays in Instagram, and groupfies in Facebook. Bottom line is, for these occasions, no doubt that you would want to have the ZenFone Go with you, what its fast social connectivity, all thanks to its reliable Android Lollipop 5.1OS. As an added bonus, you will be delighted to hear that the just-released ZB452KG makes use of the brand-new ASUS ZenUI, giving users a new launcher, more features, and improved security functions.


Wednesday: Go take a backseat at home with a movie marathon
For those who just cannot bear the rising temperature outdoors, here’s an easy-peasy antidote to beat the heat: go for a staycation instead, and stream your all-time favorite films in your ZenFone Go, right at the comfort of your own home. With the ZenFone Go, there is absolutely no more need to experience long queues and purchase overpriced tickets, as watching videos here will give you the vibe of a personal movie theatre. Enjoy edge-of-your-seat action what with the ZenFone Go 4.5’s bright and clear 4.5-inch FWVGA touch-screen display. While thrilling movies can definitely be watched at the palm of your hands with the ZenFone Go 5.0’s superb 5-inch HD IPS display with vibrant colors and crisp image output. Now, who says hump days have to be so expensive and complicated, huh?


Thursday: Just Go for it to keep the romance burning
February may have come and gone, but that does not mean you can forget about warming up your love life too, right? Keep things interesting beyond those cheesy sweet nothings by surprising your partner with a random chat message, perhaps via an invitation for a mid-week afternoon picnic date at the park. Have an intimate set-up, spruce it up with designs that set the mood even more, and don’t forget about your date’s favorite bottle of wine to top it all off. And while you’re at it, do have the ZenFone Go be on full-display as well to ante up your red-hot OOTD, perfect to complement that sleek look you are going for. Because if you’re really going all-out to impress your date a whole lot more, then might as well showcase the ZenFone Go’s premium metallic design – which is in fact, the only smartphone at this price range out there to have a premium finish like this.

Friday: Go and hit the open road for a stress-free getaway
With the weekend just around the corner, nothing else quite says ‘summer’ than a road trip with your fellow adventurous souls. As everyone knows, summer is basically the perfect time to escape the hustle and bustle of the metropolis, heading over to a place that gives a vibe of a whole new world. And while this is easier said than done, heading to that destination in the best route possible using reliable, real-time GPS tracking mobile apps such as Waze and Google Maps can go a long way – quite literally. And another crucial travel tip: for the road warriors looking to get away, a handy smartphone that packs a mean battery capacity just like the ZenFone Go – what with its 2,070 mAh battery capacity and all – can be your ultimate savior, wherever your next summer itinerary may take you!


Saturday: Go all out to amp up the pool-side entertainment
Hosting pool-side parties and summer cook-outs with success is a lot easier than most people think. For these summer social occasions, the trick is to just make sure you have the right ingredients on hand: tanning beds for the girls who want to sunbathe all afternoon-long, a variety of free-flowing food and drinks for the boys, and of course, the right kind of entertainment for everyone in the form of your ZenFone Go blasting your group’s favorite summer anthems – all incredibly loud and clear, amidst all the party brouhahas. So remember, whether it is in your own backyard, a fancy indoor pool, or a summer resort’s beach-side jacuzzi, a whole lot of Spotify and Soundcloud played using your ZenFone Go can definitely do wonders once everyone gets in their summer groove.


Sunday: Go and head to the beach for some summer sun-kissed memories
And as the days are getting warmer, and the sun staying out a little longer than usual, one cannot deny that most of the time, the best summer memories are from the moments we spend at the beach. There is definitely something peaceful about hearing the sound of waves crashing onto each other, feeling the sand-between-your-toes, basking under the sun, and taking those obligatory sunset shots that make your  day complete. But more than just savoring these precious moments, do yourself an extra favor and go for the smartphone that is ultimately summer-ready: a mobile unit like the ZenFone Go that packs an 8MP camera that can surely take awesome shots! After all, there isn’t quite like a beach selfie to cap off all your summer adventures in a week’s worth, right?
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 AVAILABILITY & PRICING
The new ASUS ZenFone Go 4.5 (ZB452KG) variant is now available in all authorized re-sellers nationwide for as low as PHP 3,995.00.  Likewise, the existing ZenFone Go 5 (ZC500TG) variant is still available for PHP 5,995.00.
PRODUCT SPECS
Model
ZenFone GO (ZC500TG)
ZenFone GO 4.5 (ZB452KG)
OS
Android Lolipop 5.1
Android Lolipop 5.1
CPU
MediaTek MT6580
(Quad-Core @ 1.3GHZ)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 200
(Quad-core @ 1.2GHz)
Display
5"  1280 x 720 (HD) IPS
4.5" FWVGA 854×480 TN
GFF Touch panel (Support AS-Coating)
GFF Touch panel (Support AS-Coating)
Touch
10-finger capacitive touch  screen
10-finger capacitive touch  screen
RAM
2G LPDDR2
1G LPDDR2
Storage
16G EMMC
8G EMMC
Asus Web Storage
5 GB storage lifetime for free
5 GB storage lifetime for free
Camera - Front
2M, FF
2M, FF
Camera - Rear
8MP, f/2.0 Aperture, Auto focus with Flash
8MP, f/2.0 Aperture, Auto focus with Flash
Warranty
1yr local
1yr local
Weight
135g
122g
Battery
2070mAh, removable Polymer battery
2070mAh, removable Polymer battery
Card Reader/
Maximum Capacity
Micro SD Card(upto 64GB)
Micro SD(SDXC) (up to 64GB)
Items in the box
Adapter, USB Cable, Earphone Headset, User Manual, Warranty Card
Adapter, USB Cable, Earphone Headset, User Manual, Warranty Card
Sim Slot
Dual SIM
SIM1 2G/3G
SIM2 2G/3G
Dual SIM
SIM1 2G/3G
SIM2 2G/3G
SRP
PHP                                5,995.00
 PHP                              3,995.00

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

OLX celebrates success with Cebuanos

OLX Philippines celebrates another milestone year in Cebu as they reported significant growth in its Cebu-based users of online buyers and sellers after two years of expansion in the region.

“Our number of users has been steadily growing since we started operations in Cebu. It is currently three times larger compared to our figures from the previous year,” said OLX Sr. Marketing Manager for Cebu Regina Aguilar during its anniversary celebration held recently at the Cebu Quest Hotel and Conference Center.

Mobile phones and tablets top the list of items that Cebuanos mostly buy and sell in the platform.

“As Cebuanos aspire to upgrade or keep up with the latest trend, OLX becomes a preferred avenue for them to achieve their goal. Some sell their pre-owned smartphones to fund the purchase of the newest model while some are able to purchase the latest smartphones at a cost that they can afford,” explains Aguilar.

Pre-owned cars, clothing, and computers are also in the top 5 lists of items being sold and bought in OLX. Their Real Estate category also gains popularity as it becomes the go-to platform of people wanting to buy or rent properties in Cebu.

In fact, paid ads from real estate sellers helped double the revenue of the company in Cebu that has been heavily promoting the usage of free ads in its platform.




What’s next: OLX Deal Hub

To further support the needs of its growing users, OLX has revamped its Cebu office to serve as a more secured and comfortable meet-up place called the Deal Hub.

“Our Deal Hub aims to ensure the safety of the our buyers and sellers transacting on our platform. They can go there if they want to do further inspection of the item, to seek assistance in using our platform, or to simply connect with other OLXers who are also having their meet-ups,” said Aguilar.

The Deal Hub also now accepts over-the-counter payment for OLX Gold, which is the platform’s online currency for paid ad slots and ad boosting.

“We’ve only scratched the surface of online commerce in Cebu. We see OLX committing more investments in Cebu and makingsignificant contributions to Cebu’s economy as our platform becomes more valuable in the lives of Cebuanos and their communities,” said Aguilar.

As an anniversary treat, OLX invites all Cebuanos to post an ad on OLX using the mobile app to experience a bilib moment plus a chance to win a trip for four to local dream destinations and Php100,000 buying spree on OLX as a bonus. This promo ends on April 8.

For more details, please visit www.naksperience.com.

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