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Brand & Business: SMART Partners with Coins.ph and Free Bee to Strengthen the Connection Between Overseas Filipinos and Home

Filipinos living and working overseas can now strengthen their connections with their families back home through a faster, more affordable way to make calls to the Philippines, thanks to the new partnership between PLDT Global Corporation and leading Philippines mobile wallet Coins.ph.

Through PLDT Global’s award-winning app Free Bee, Filipinos abroad can call family and friends in the Philippines who are not connected to the internet. With this collaboration, Coins.ph provides digital access for overseas Filipinos to load their Free Bee accounts anytime and anywhere. Time saved means they can connect with their loved ones longer.

As a trusted financial services provider for over five million Filipinos and one of Southeast Asia’s fastest growing fintech companies, Coins.ph enables anyone, especially the unbanked, to have access to a mobile wallet and financial services, such as international and domestic remittances, airtime top-up, bill payments, and digital currency purchases directly from their mobile phone.


Free Bee is an advertising-based voice service that delivers free high-quality international direct dialing (IDD) calls to PLDT, Smart, TNT, and Sun numbers in the Philippines, even if the call recipient is not connected to the internet. For longer calls and ad-free experience, customers have the option to buy Premium Free Bee Voice buckets at affordable rates from global retailers or via in-app and online purchases through Coins.ph.

This partnership is supported by Singapore-headquartered global mobile top-up network DT One, and Hong Kong-based company Communigate Technologies, Ltd. (CTL), which both provide wider distribution channels for Smart and Free Bee products to reach Filipino communities worldwide.

“This partnership is in line with the shared vision of Coins.ph and PLDT in supporting overseas Filipinos and improving how they connect with their loved ones in the Philippines.” said Ron Hose, Chief Executive Officer at Coins.ph.

“Our tie-up with Coins.ph, DT One and CTL is a testament of our commitment to serve Filipinos all over the world, by providing more ways for OFWs to access Smart, TNT, Sun, and Free Bee credits with just a couple of taps on their smartphones, so that they can make their connections back home stronger than ever,” said Albert Villa-Real, Chief Commercial Officer at PLDT Global.

For more information, download the Free Bee app or Coins.ph app for free from Google Play or Apple App Store or visit www.pldtglobal.com and https://coins.ph.

About PLDT Global Corporation

PLDT Global Corporation (PGC) is a technology services company that provides high quality communications infrastructure and innovative platforms to its global network of carriers, enterprise customers, and distribution partners enabling them to achieve their desired connectivity, reach, and market relevance.

About Coins.ph

Coins.ph’s mission is to make financial services easily accessible to anyone, including those without a bank account, through their mobile phone. Using Coins.ph, customers have access to a mobile wallet and services such as remittances, mobile air-time, bill payments, transportation providers and digital currency purchase. Coins.ph is regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and is the only blockchain-based company in Asia to hold both Virtual Currency and Electronic Money Issuer licenses from a central bank.

About DT One

DT One operates a leading global B2B network for mobile top-up solutions, innovative mobile rewards and airtime credit services. We’re able to provide greater access to digital communications for over five billion people across emerging economies, resulting in more active participation in the global economy. Our global network interconnects more than 1000 telco, digital and financial partners across 160 countries and delivers smarter data-driven mobile solutions to ensure that no one is left unconnected.

Founded in 2005, the DT One team is headquartered in Singapore with regional offices in Dubai, Miami, Nairobi, London and Prague. For more information visit www.DTOne.com

About CTL

CTL is an exclusive Key Account Partner of Smart & PLDT since 2002. The company was the first to do cross border prepaid top up from abroad to the Philippines. Our primary business is distribution of Smart, TNT, Sun, Cignal, Meralco & PLDT Prepaid Products & Services through our global B2B partner aggregators. The company believes in empowering the Overseas Filipino by giving them a wide range of telecom-based services.

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