Recently, I made a change in my cellular phone service. It’s a really good deal, and I want to tell you about it. I also have an announcement to share today, which I will add at the end of this article. I’ve been wanting to make this cellular change for a while now, but I just got around to doing it.
For several months now, I have been wanting to get two different cellular lines. My plan was that I would make one of my numbers public, and would reserve the other one for family and very close friends. My only problem was that I did not want to carry around two cell phones. Carrying a single phone can be a pain sometimes, carrying two was just out of the question. But, I wanted to have two lines, so what would I do? Well, the answer is simple. I just bought a Dual SIM phone! It is a Samsung D780. It can have two different SIM packs, resulting in two different phone numbers. They are both active at the same time, and whichever one recieves a call or text will ring. If you are talking on one line, the other line is still active and can recieve calls and texts while you are talking. What a perfect solution.
As far as I know, there are only two companies that offer a cellular phone like this: Samsung and MyPhone. MyPhone is a Philippine company, and their phones are very inexpensive. The low cost of the phones scared me away, as I worried about quality. There are also some “no brand” Chinese dual sim phones, but I didn’t even consider those.
My phone service in the past was through Globe, and I’ve been pretty happy with their service. For my second line, I decided to go with Sun Cellular. Sun has been around for several years now, but in the past their service was very bad. It was rare that you could get through on a call or even send a text, as their cell network was very limited in coverage. However, a friend recently told me that Sun’s coverage in Davao is excellent now. I decided to give them a try, and I’m happy that I did!
You see, Sun offers a flat rate, use all you can service. For P400 per month (only about $9 or so), you get unlimited calling and unlimited texting within the Sun Network. So, Feyma and most everybody in our household is using Sun now, and we are very happy with the service! You certainly can’t beat the price. So, for $9 per month or so, I can call Feyma as often as I want, and talk as long as I want, and in my experience so far, the quality of the calls is as good as any cellular service I’ve used in the Philippines so far. Basically, I use the Sun line to call and text anybody else who is using Sun, and I use my old Globe line for any other calls and texts that I need to send. So far, it’s working great.
If you are in the Philippines, I highly recommend Sun, especially if you have others that you communicate with a lot and they either have Sun, or are willing to change to Sun. If all of your friends use Globe or Smart for their Cell service, there really is no advantage to going to Sun, in my opinion.
As for the phone, the Samsung works great. There are some differences between it and my old phone (a Nokia), and I am still getting used to them, but I am quite sure that I will be happy with it. I was getting pretty tired of the Nokia, so I am pretty happy to get rid of it! It was about 2 years old, so it was time to upgrade, I think. If you are looking for a phone that will handle two lines at once, I highly recommend the Samsung.
Now, what was that announcement that I wanted to share? Well, as I said in this article, I am going to make my cell number public. The number that I will share is my Globe number, and I will leave it on during Business Hours – around 8am until 5pm on Weekdays. Sometimes I will put it on during weekends too. My Sun number, which will be private, and only available to close friends and family will be on all the time, but I won’t share it. I hope you understand, because I need some private time when i don’t have to answer my phone. As it is now, I get a lot of calls, and some are at pretty odd hours, from people who are visiting town, or readers of my site. So, I might as well make the number publicly available, but the hours of my availability on that line will be limited.
So, for anybody who needs to contact me, you may call me on my cell, (0915) 216-0300. If you are dialing from outside the Philippines, you would call +63(915) 216-0300. If you are in the United States, you would dial 011-63-915-216-0300. If I don’t answer when you call, just try me again after a few minutes. During business hours, I will do my best to be available to recieve your calls when I can.
Hear from you soon?