How Prepaid Users Can Send SMS for Free in an Emergency
A mayor of Antique shared that subscribers to the prepaid network can send a text message for free to any network during emergencies and disasters through a service.
Mayor of San Jose Buenavista Elmer Untalan made Filipinos aware of the PHText service in which they can send free messages and find network operators through Facebook Messenger, Telegram or their own website.
The service is for those who do not have a prepaid load but need to contact loved ones when needed.
The sender only needs to search for “phtext” in their Messenger app and then click the “Get Started” prompt to begin using the service.
They will then be asked to enter the recipient’s mobile phone number and then the message they want to send.
There is also a step-by-step tutorial and a video tutorial for new users of the service.
Users will also be greeted with a message from its support team, which warns the public against its use for “spreading misinformation” and for “illegal and harmful activities”.
Prepaid mobile subscribers are subject to limited ordinary mobile phone services without a long-term contract, unlike postpaid subscribers.
Under a prepaid system, users can only text and call for a certain number of minutes.