I am a Prepaid Globe user. My Globe number is not my main mobile line though. My main line is my Smart Freedom Plan. Actually, I often think about abandoning my Globe number, but the reasons stopping me are 1) it’s a lucky number, and 2) people who use Globe won’t call me if I don’t provide them with a Globe number (for sales inquiries, business networking and the like).
I don’t blame them. I avoid calling people using Globe numbers, too, unless I really have to — I mean, worth-paying-P6.50-per-minute-have-to-talk-to-that-person-important. Almost everyone in my immediate circle is already using Smart (thanks to me!), and friends who are still with Globe also maintain a Sun number (that I can also call using my Smart plan). If I know I will be making long Globe calls that day, then I’ll just subscribe to something like GoUnli25. There’s just no compelling reason for me to go Globe postpaid. And over time, I have noticed less and less people contacting me via my Globe number.
So every 30 days, I have to reload my prepaid Globe account with at least P60.00 to keep it active and to keep it from “eating” any remaining load. Do I hate this? Hell, yes!
Every 30 days, I’d have to go to the neighborhood sari-sari store to buy load just for this. Sometimes, even with the Load Watch reminder, I’d completely forget about it and my load would expire. Sometimes, when I remember, the sari-sari store was already closed, or I didn’t have the time to go out and buy load. Sometimes, instead of just spending P60 to reload, I would be forced to spend at least P100-150 if I reloaded online via online banking. It was just too much of a hassle.
Why P60.00? Globe Load Validity is 30 days for values from P51-P100, and most sari-sari stores don’t accept “butal-butal” load. Also, loading P150 will only give 45 days of load validity, whereas each P60.00 will give 30 days load validity, 2 x P60.00 loads 30 days apart (P120 total amount) will yield 60 days and is much more cost-effective.
Also, I was not very happy about accumulating Globe load that I hardly ever used. When I’ve accumulated enough Globe load, sometimes I would just do a Share-a-Load to my spare prepaid Globe SIM (the one used for mobile internet), and just subscribe to a GoSurf299 that month just to use it up. Sometimes, I would subscribe to some Immortal promo. Other times, I would offer the Share-A-Load to a relative who still uses Globe as their main line.
But I’ve found a way to make it less painful – I USE GCASH.
The most important advantage of GCash is that I can reload anytime. GCash Cash In to Self is now free. So I cash in P500 or P1,000, and it should last me a year or more. Although GCash money does not expire, you don’t want to leave too much money in your GCash account – just in case it goes dormant for some reason or other, you don’t want to lose all that money to dormancy fees (see below).
Since GCash money does not expire, that’s where I keep my “load” money. Every time I need to reload, I just do a quick GCash transaction on my mobile phone, and within 2 minutes, I’m done – no need to leave the house or hunt down Globe retailers.
On top of that, when I load via GCash, I also get a small rebate. I can also use GCash to load Smart & Sun accounts, but there’s no rebate. But Sun has their Advanced Charging System where the validity period just keeps adding up, so I’m not too worried about my prepaid Sun account – I can just keep loading P60 worth of load 5 times, and I’m good for the next 6 months.
You can even take it to the extreme – don’t maintain any regular load in your prepaid account at all. Just use your GCash to register to any promo you want to use, except those damned “maintain P1.00 load promos”. This way, no load expires and you don’t have to worry about it.
Registering to GCash is easy:
Dial *143# for FREE using your Globe/TM SIM.
Step 1. Select GCash.
Step 2. Select Register and key in your personal information.
Using GCash has been a big convenience and has made this absurd exercise bearable.
Why do we still have the stupid “expiring” load system? Of course I know why. I kind of wish Globe would come up with something similar to Smart’s Freedom Plan, where we only pay for what we use. Para walang sayang na load. That would make me consider switching. Also, I have to be able to take my lucky number with me should I ever switch from prepaid to postpaid – or else I’m not switching, whatever you do.
Here are the current GCash fees:
|Cash in to self||FREE|
|GCash to load|
|Send money at an outlet||P20 for every P1,000 and any amount in excess|
|Send money (P2P)||P10 for every P1,000 and any amount in excess|
GCash Dormancy penalties:
Starting June 30, 2013, dormant wallets (GCash wallets without any activity including Balance Inquiry for 2 years) shall be charged P50 GCash every 10th of the month for every month that the wallet remains dormant.
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