Saturday, September 14, 2013

Of Mobile Prefixes: Is 0947 Globe, Smart or Talk N Text Cellphone Numbers

Ever wondered in which cellular network a certain cellphone number is? Whether it's Globe/TM or Smart/TNT? Look no further, herewith is a list of cellphone number prefixes Smart or Globe? 0813 Smart 0817 Globe 0905 Globe/TM 0906 Globe/TM 0907 Smart/Talk N Text 0908 Smart/Talk N Text 0909 Smart/Talk N Text 0910 Smart/Talk N Text 0912 Smart/Talk n Text 0915 Globe/TM 0916 Globe/TM 0917 Globe 09175 Globe postpaid (mostly corporate accounts) 09178 Globe postpaid 0918 Smart 09188 Smart Postpaid 0919 Smart/Talk n Text 0920 Smart/Talk N Text 0921 Smart/Talk N Text 0922 Sun Cellular 09228 Sun Cellular Postpaid 0923 Sun Cellular 0925 Sun Cellular 0926 Globe/TM 0927 Globe/TM 0928 Smart/Talk N Text 0929 Smart/Talk N Text 0930 Smart/Talk N Text 0932 Sun Cellular 0933 Sun Cellular 0934 Sun Cellular 0935 Globe/TM 0936 Globe/TM 0937 Globe/TM 0938 Smart/Talk N Text 0939 Smart/Talk N Text 0942 Sun Cellular 0943 Sun Cellular 0946 Talk N Text 0947 Smart 0948 Smart/Talk N Text 0949 Smart/Talk N Text 0973 Extelcom 0974 Extelcom 0977 Next Mobile 0979 Next Mobile 0989 Smart/Talk N Text 0994 Globe 0996 Globe/TM 0997 Globe/TM 0998 Smart 0999 Smart Some of these were from Red Mobile and Addict Mobile, TNT = Talk N Text (owned by Smart Communications), TM = Touch Mobile (owned by Globe Telecom)

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Globe Postpaid Data Charges/KB Browsing on Bill

Let me guess, you received your Globe Postpaid bill after a few days/weeks delay but as you looked at how much you're going to pay, you get the shock of your life when Globe's overcharging you by a few thousang pesos for mobile Internet even if you're not using it or you're using time-based charging instead of KB Browsing Charging

KB browsing charges cost PhP0.15/kByte of Internet use whether WAP, Edge, 3G or LTE

Globe time-based charging cost P5 per fifteen minutes

default setting for prepaid and postpaid is KB based and you need to switch to time-based charging by texting TIME to 1111

this problem on wrong KB Browsing charges is probably because of Globe's system upgrade last March 14, 2013 where smart ass IT may have screwed up even with Globe's million peso per month expats mostly foreigners can't prevent

There are many Filipinos capable of running Globe's systems and yet Ayala chose to trust foreigners

how to solve the overcharging? call Globe hotline at 730-1000 and ask to waive the charges. Tell them you know about the system upgrade last March and they'll reverse the charges for you

lastly, i wonder what other system bugs and errors will crop up. Globe IT people should be spanked for implementing half-baked, half-tested system!

Friday, May 03, 2013

What's the Name of Cherry Mobile Mascot?

was wondering what's the name of Cherry Mobile's new mascot making the rounds in the Internet. Cherry Mobile is the maker of my alternate phone, the cherry mobile flare. 

 If you can guess the name of the mascot, please leave a comment so I can join the cherry mobile contest :P 

Cherry Mobile Mascot name is: _________________________________________

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Prudential Guarantee: List of Accredited Repair Shops for Insurance Claims

I've yet to file a car insurance claim for Scarlett, insured with Prudential Guarantee, through Chinabank Brokers, but I need a list of alternative repair shops where I can have it repaired (just in case) or for body works, repaint, scratches et al

here's a list of alternative repair shops accredited by Prundential Guarantee if you find scheduling through a casa dealer plus the wait time too long and much hassle

Should the client bring the insured unit to any of the accredited shops of Prudential Guarantee listed below, the said shops will take the responsibility of assisting the client with regards to the documents and the repair of the vehicle.

201 E. delos Santos Avenue, Quezon City (across the EDSA gate of Corinthian Gardens)
Tel. No.: 727 0381
Contact: Carrie Maliwanag

B. Warranty Auto Shop
7764-C St. Paul Street, San Antonio Village, Makati City
Tel. No.: 897 7434 / 31
Contact: Amy Vidad

C. Carhaus Auto Works
49 Sgt. Rivera Street, C-3 Balintawak, Quezon City
Tel. No.: 365 9818
Contact: Abe Larin

D. Nissan North Edsa
1174 E. delos Santos Avenue, Balintawak Quezon City
Tel. No.: 330 5333
Contact: Boyet Bautista

Toyota Mastercard: Discounts at Toyota/Petron but Metrobank Direct Online is...

I have the Toyota Mastercard credit card that gives me 10% discounts on labor and certain parts from Toyota dealers for Scarlett, my 2011 Toyota Innova E A/T.

I also have 3% rebate from my gas ups at Petron gas station

what's the problem with Metrobank Credit Card?

I pay by credit card bill using Chinabank Online

But when I log on to Metrobank Direct, all my recent purchases and payments do not reflect there until the next monthly cycle, the information is not real time nor posted the day after (for online payments like Chinabank Online or BancNet Online, it's about 3 days due to bank processing)

Metrobank Direct does not display updated information is really hard to track your purchases and payments, much more detect if any fraudulent use of my credit card just in case.

I think I'm going to terminate my Toyota Mastercard Metrobank card should this be the case a few months from now

I'm just going to maintain my BPI Mastercard and Citibank VISA for now who both offer better online banking experience at the moment

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Worldwide Whos Who Scam/Fraud Alert

I got this email recently a countless of times from Worldwide Whos Who with email address congratulating me for being chosen as a potential candidate for 2013 Worldwide Whos Who. 

The email message reads: 

 "Congratulations Ben , You were recently chosen as a potential candidate to represent 2013 Worldwide Who's Who. We are pleased to inform you that your candidacy was formally approved April 2nd. Congratulations. The Publishing Committee selects potential candidates based not only upon their current standing, but focusing as well on criteria from executive and professional directories, associations, and trade journals. Given your background, the Director believes your profile makes a fitting addition to our publication. There is no fee nor obligation to be listed. As we are working off of secondary sources, we must receive verification from you that your profile is accurate. After receiving verification, we will validate your registry listing within seven business days. Once finalized, your listing will share prominent registry space with thousands of fellow accomplished individuals across the globe, each representing accomplishments within their own geographical area. To verify your profile and accept the candidacy, please visit here. Our registration deadline for this year's candidates is April 30th. To ensure you are included, we must receive your verification on or before this date. On behalf of our Committee, I salute your achievement and look forward to welcoming you to our association. Privacy Policy Copyright © 2011 All Rights Reserved. Worldwide Who's Who 498 RXR Plaza Uniondale, NY 11556 Forward this emailIcon services, 26041 Forbe Rd, Laguna, CA, US, 92677. Click for immediate removal with SafeRemove." 

Scam Alert: 

First, Ben is not my name, you got my email address right where my first name and last name there but you still called me Ben. 

 Now, how can i become a candidate for your genuine, authentic and honorable Worldwide Whos Who contest list, whatever? Am I required to pay you a few thousand dollars to be included in the prestigious list? 

If yes, then there you are. No questions asked :P

Saturday, April 20, 2013

How to Replace Lost LTO Drivers License: Fee and Requirements

An officemate of mine lost her two mobile phones, bag, car key and wallet with PhP500.00 inside (quite an amount already knowing her), company ID, her ATM cards, credit cards and LTO drivers license.

Losing money and valuables is already a pain particularly the car key but it's also a pain just to call up credit card issuer banks and ATM cards for cancellation plus the replacement drivers license at the Land Transportation Office (LTO)

Here's the procedure how to apply for replacement drivers license at the LTO:

1. Prepare an affidavit of loss indicating the circumstances of the lost of the LTO drivers license including as much detail as your drivers license number (if available). Tip: include the details of other cards and items too as they may require an affidavit of loss too (an affidavit of loss costs as cheap as PhP50.00 if you prepared it and have it stamped to as high as PhP200.00 if you allow them to prepare everything for you)

2. Go to the nearest LTO office (in Makati there's an LTO office at MRT Ayala Station, there's another at Guadalupe). There's also LTO branches at Robinsons Galleria and SM City North EDSA (Northlink building)

3. Fill out the form, submit the requirements and pay the LTO drivers license replace fee of PhP475.00

4. Wait for your new drivers license. This whole process takes just about 15 minutes.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Google Adsense Western Union Fraud/Scam = Identity Theft

Almost six years ago Google Adsense offered Western Union payments that somehow relieved me of the burden of trying how to encash my adsense check that i put off in encashing besides the fear of my check being encashed by fraudsters. This fear happened to RO's first Adsense check when he found out it was encashed by others. fast forward to 2013, a comment was left on this post warning of such modus operandi for frausders to claim Google Adsense remittances using simple tried and tested modus operandi: identity theft so how do the fraudsters do it? there really must be an insider fraud, as evident on the cases. Insiders have access to the Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) and past identification cards presented by the real Google Adsense owners. The IDs of the real owners were faked thus it really is just simple identity theft, Western Union should've detected the fraud since the people claiming the funds were their suki As an information security professional with background and experience in fraud investigations, Western Union should be able to find out who it unless they have a system who doesn't log every access to MTCN database. In financial institutions, like where I work, i monitor all individual accesses to cardnumbers, and investigate red flags. Western Union, the local branches, should have data security administrators to perform these regular tasks to deter insiders from committing fraud. you really can't stop privileged insiders from committing fraud, but makeing them think twice, that you can catch them will prevent them from doing it. have you been victimized by Western Union fraud? Do leave comments. Note: the National Bureau of Investigation is useless here unless you have the moolah to pay them off or media mileage for them to gain exposure. I've worked with them in the past, particularly the Anti-Fraud and Computer Crime Division (NBI-AFCCD) now the Anti-Fraud and Action Division, where their agents demanded payments from their clients (they call "baka" as in cow whom they milk). Also met with the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Anti-Fraud and Commercial Crime Division (CIDG-AFCCD) but i can't provide feedback since I don't have any.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Cloudfone Excite, Thrill, Cloudpad: Prices, Specifications

I got curious about this other cellphone brand being sold at a kiosk in WalterMart North EDSA is addition to myPhone and Cherry Mobile (where I bought my cherry mobile flare cheap android phone) and i want to at least take a look at them so I can review them. Cloudfone mobile phone models: Excite 350G Thrill 400G Excite 320G Excite 320E Excite 350E Excite 350i Thrill 430G Thrill 430x Thrill 500g Cloudfone Tablets Cloudpad 970g I'm looking for independent Cloudfone reviews of their mobile phones, probably made in China (where most products are made, even the revered iPhone), Cloudphone repair service center contact number and other usual stuff most consumers are looking for like camera megapixels, dual core processors, internal memory et al

Thursday, February 21, 2013

New LTO Licence Plates with 3 Letters and 4 Numbers

this is good news for legitimate public utility buses, and jeepneys when the LTO announced that they will replace the existing car license plates with new ones starting July 2013 the new LTO car license plates (plaka) will have for private vehicles a white background and green letters and numbers while those for public vehicles will have a yellow background and white letters and numbers. in addition, the franchised route of public utility buses, and jeepneys will also be displayed beneath the plate number so as to distinguish the legit from colorum buses and jeepneys. stickers will also be standard as well as the screws will be install once and will be destroyed if removed to protect against plate number swapping to evade MMDA number coding. a bar code will be displyed on the plate where traffic enforcer, LTO or LTFRB personnel can further verify authentic plates against fake. the fake plate number industry needs to act now, people in recto manila will have something exciting to catch up with. is this plate number applicable to old vehicles meaning old plates will be replaced with new plate numbers that look like Euro plates? :P

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Mitsubishi Mirage Fuel Consumption, Spefications

What's formerly called as Mitsubishi Colt was recently re-launched here in Ph and now named Mitsubishi Mirage, a sleek hatchback mini aimed at the small city car segment.

Mitsubishi Mirage Specifications
Length: 3710mm
Width:  1665mm 
Height:  1500mm 

Engine: 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that produces 57kW at 6000rpm and 100Nm at 4000rpm. 

Mitsubishi Mirage Fuel Consumption:
Mirage ES and Sport: 4.6 liters of fuel per 100km, either the five-speed manual or CVT, the ES uses 4.8 and 4.9L/100km. these translate to 21.7 kilometers per liter (but in Metro Manila will fall to around 11-13 km/L city driving and around 17 km/L highway)

the actual fuel consumption or fuel economy varies with driving habits, road conditions and vehicle condition but i'm sure this is a great car for the city

others may be:
Mitsubishi Montero Sport
Mitsubishi Lancer
Mitsubishi Adventure
Mitsubishi Fuzion
Mitsubishi ASX
Mitsubishi Strada
Mitsubishi Pajero
Mitsubishi L300
Mitsubishie L200

BPI Credit Card Promo: Jollibee, Chowking?

It's simple, I have a BPI Petron Mastercard that I use to gas up at Petron (where else) and the good thing about it is that for every full tank of Scarlett, my Innova E diesel, I can eat either at Jollibee or Chowking depending on the BPI promo in place since my full tank is just around PhP2000.00 There's a downside to the lower gas prices with diesel hovering around PhP42/liter, even if my fuel gauge indicator is already lit, and even if I say to the gas boy that it's not automatic filling but sagad (to the brim), my total bill won't fill up to reach PhP2000 to ge myself a free meal at Jollibee or Chowking the downside of low gas prices ;( BPI Credit Card Promo are available but usually late to annouced from January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December. I get the latest BPI promo on the arch along Buendia in Makati and probably though their officical twitter and facebook page

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Xitrix LED TV, LCD TV, Servers Feedback, Anyone?

Just came across this really enticing offer from a local Groupon clone seeling heavily-discounted Xitrix LED TVs for only PhP13,995.00 instead of the regular price of PhP24,000.00 "Xitrix 32-inch HD-Ready LED TV! Package includes a wall mount bracket and a 1-year warranty! Indulge to an audiovisual overload with this HD-Ready LED TV by Xitrix! Ignite your senses with the Xitrix 32-inch HD-Ready LED TV! This savvy LED 3D TV from Xitrix will definitely satisfy your yearnings for crisp and clear media entertainment. The Ultra-slim carries a brushed-finish 32-inch LED display with HD-ready 1360 x 720p resolution to lend a crisp, sharp and incomparable viewing experience. Push your media boundaries with the LED TV’s HDMI and USB ports, NTSC tuner, USB HD Video Playback for more options to amplify your viewing and gaming enjoyment. Started out as a computer systems company that provides computing products and sevices, Xitrix has manage to play an integral part in competing with other major electronics brands, making the brand, Xitrix a trusted name in the said industry. Xitrix takes pride in being ISO certified and continues to demonstrate its commitment in designing top quality electronic products as well as computer peripherals that corresponds to every customer’s electronics and digital need. Technical specifications Dimension: 77.2 x 48 x 4.9cm Resolution: Dynamic Contrast Ratio Pixel Pitch: 1360x720pHD Ready Display color: 16.7Million Display color" Quesstion: How reliable are Xitrix LED TVs? where is it manufactured? I supposed it's made in China. Local support or rather Xitrix service centers? There's the official website that points to a place in Cubao, Quezon City. most importatant question: are xitrix LED TVs worth it?

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Cherry Mobile Flare/Titan: Where to Buy Cheap Android Phone

I just became an official android user with a purchase of sought after Cherry Mobile Flare at Walter Mart North EDSA at the retail price of P3,999.00 initial impressions of Cherry Mobile Flare Review:
Cherry Mobile Flare in my hand (photo taken by my iPhone 4S

Capacitive screen is responsive, though i'm used to my iPhone 4S, no comparison picture quality is good but not great, camera hunts in low light and not that sharp (of course I don't expect much from a cheap camera) but it's already good for the price (the only negative comment/feedback here from a guy who loves cameras. (phone Camera picture samples later) 

 autofocus camera is 5 megapixels (again, high megapixel count doesn't make a camera good) 

 build quality is good, plastic is not the el cheapo type. it doesn't really look cheap at all, there's only a small cherry mobile logo at the back, no logo in front. No "drop test" here but it looks rigid enough to withstand a bad fall though I don't recommend it (madali masira? doubt it) 

 dual core, 1.2 GHz processor is fast, about as fast as my iPhone display resolution is good at the price, don't know if this is native to Android but the Gmail app is rendering email messages that do not fit on the screen, i have to scroll left/right down/up unlike my iPhone where the message fits the screen (is due to high screen resolution of iPhone retina?) 

 wi-fi is fast so far, not yet used it for 3G Internet access yet, streaming video nor music. memory of 4 BG but expandable to 32GB, i only have to buy one at CDR King for a microSD memory card 

 Where to buy Cherry Mobile Flare Online: price is P4,999.00 yeah it's a bit expensive Cherry Mobile stores scattered in malls 

 Cherry mbile flare review cherry mobile titan review warning: this popular phone is always out of stock I will write a full review with sample pictures, GPS sensitivity, battery life, capacitive touch screen et al one of these days

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Hyundai Accent Hatchback CRDI Fuel Consumption (Diesel), Specifications

I love the Hyundai Tucson with its fluidic design now applied to the Hyundai Accent, Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Eon, and Hyundai i10, Hyundai i30 and others the Hyundai Tucson I did not choose vs my Toyota Innova since I needed more passenger space then Now I'm keen on buying a hatchback, a Honda Jazz to be exact when I confirmed the news that the Hyundai Accent Hatchback is coming to the Philippines and it comes in diesel, not gas, variants with either manual or automatic transmission (MT/AT) Now, how does the hyundai accent fuel consumption compare to the hyundai tucson sedan gas variant? I wanted to know the kilometers/liter (miles per gallon) more like gas vs diesel.
I needed unleaded gas receipts for my gas allowance reimbursements but this news of the sexy hyundai look but the lure of more cost savings in getting a small diesel car is probably worth considering. If you also have information on the following, please leave a comment: Hyundai Genesis Fuel Consumption Hyundai Genesis Coupe Fuel Consumption Hyundai Grand Starex Fuel Consumption Hyundai i10 Fuel Consumption Hyundai i30 Fuel Consumption Hyundai Veracruz Fuel Consumption Hyundai Elantra Fuel Consumption Hyundai Santa Fe Fuel Consumption Hyundai Sonata Fuel Consumption Hyundai Eon Fuel Consumption Hyundai H100 Fuel Consumption