Smart subscribers can now share their Papal visit experience online and hassle free as Twitter and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have teamed up to offer unlimited access to this popular social networking app on mobile phones for FREE from January 15 to 19, 2015.
This collaboration allows more Filipinos to get involved and immerse in this historic visit of Pope Francis in the Philippines. All 69 million prepaid and postpaid subscribers need not worry about mobile data charges in getting real-time updates on the much anticipated apostolic and state visit of Pope Francis, allowing more Filipinos to follow the Pope's Twitter account (@Pontifex), send wishes and prayers to the Pope using the #DearPopeFrancis hashtag.
Text DEARPOPE to 9999 starting January 15
Starting January 15, Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk ‘N Text subscribers nationwide may start their one-time registration for the free Twitter service by simply texting DEARPOPE to 9999.
Once registered, subscribers may tweet their aspirations and messages to the beloved Pope using #DearPopeFrancis. Subscribers may also post real-time updates, upload photos, and even reach out to him through his official Twitter account @Pontifex on their mobile devices at no extra cost.
‘Digital footprint’ of Papal visit experience
The Pope is the 2nd most followed world leader on Twitter today with over 17 million followers across his nine accounts in different languages. His Tweets are among the most popular on Twitter and are consistently retweeted several thousand times.
With over 284 million monthly active users worldwide – 80 percent of which are on mobile – Twitter has become an essential social medium for netizens keeping an eye on real-time updates and social pulse on significant events and issues in the Philippines and around the world.
When the flock tweets
Upon successful registration, subscribers may either use the Twitter mobile app or access m.twitter.com on their mobile browser for the whole duration of the Papal visit. Subscribers have to maintain at least P1 load balance every day or be subscribed to any plan, promo or bundle to enjoy the free service.
Moreover, mobile users who are registered to the ongoing Smart Free Internet promo may enjoy the Free Twitter service on top of their 30 MB allocation.
Hordes of Filipino devotees are expected to flock to the scheduled gatherings with Pope Francis in the course of his five-day apostolic visit, the culmination of which is a big Eucharistic celebration on January 18 where over 5 million are estimated to show up and catch a glimpse of the Pope for the first time.
***Photos and texts courtesy of Smart Communications, Inc.***