MANILA, Philippines – Ayala-led Globe Telecom Inc. has partnered with Bharti Airtel to provide affordable call services to the Philippines.
In a statement yesterday, Globe said the tie-up with Bharti Airtel Ltd. would provide Airtel customers from around the world access to an affordable calling plan to the Philippines via voice calling app airtel talk.
Under the partnership, airtel talk users can make unlimited high-quality VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) calls to their Globe and TM contacts in the country for as low as $14.99 or P700 for a 30-day period, or only P23.30 per day.
Available on both iOS and Android, airtel talk offers superior call quality, exclusive call me free service, multi-party conferencing, voice message chat, multi-device access, free audio/video app-to-app calling, and instant phonebook access.
Nikko Acosta, senior vice president for International Business Group at Globe said the partnership shows the collaboration of two of the biggest telco players to provide subscribers a necessary service at affordable rates.
“Calling remains an effective means to connect Filipino families with each other and through this collaboration, we are able to offer an affordable calling plan via airtel talk,” he said.
Ajay Chitkara, director and chief executive officer for the Global Voice & Data Business at Airtel said the partnership would also help connect Filipinos residing overseas to connect with loved ones back in the Philippines.
The app is seen suitable for overseas workers given features such as Share Credit with Friends which allows users to share Calling Credit, and Call Me Free which enables friends and family to call airtel talk users for free using any airtel landline/mobile.
To make unlimited calls to Globe numbers in the Philippines, an airtel talk user will need to download the airtel talk app and purchase a Globe Philippines Unlimited Calling Plan.
Bharti Airtel which ranks among the four biggest mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers, has operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa.
In India, the telco offers 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed DSL broadband, Internet Protocol Television, Direct to Home service, as well as enterprise services including national and international long distance services to carriers.