MANILA - The mobile unit of ABS-CBN Corp has partnered with Kakao Philippines to offer free chat and calls through smartphones.
Under the partnership, subscribers of ABS-CBNmobile can use South Korea's largest mobile messaging app, Kakao Talk, even without WiFi access and data load.
“Now ABS-CBNmobile subscribers can use Kakao Talk to chat as much as they want and make a voice call and talk all they want to anyone, anywhere in the world,” Carlo Katigbak, ABS-CBN Convergence Inc president said in a statement.
“And it will be completely free. All you need to do is make sure that the people you communicate with also downloaded the Kakao Talk app. And if they’re also using ABS-CBNmobile they will also get to use it for free,” he said.
“We are happy to again offer them this pioneering free communication platform, and we promise that our subscribers could continue to have many more exciting things to look forward to,” Katigbak said.
Nandy Villar, ABS-CBNmobile head of marketing said the free offering is good until October 7.
Jean Lee, country manager of Kakao Philippines, said he is confident that ABS-CBNmobile subscribers will love the experience of using Kakao Talk.
“We believe this will be a fantastic opportunity for them to experience the free, fast and fun mobile experience that KakaoTalk is well-known for,” he said.
Besides calling and chatting, Kakao Talk can also be used to send photos, videos, and voice messages.
As of April, ABS-CBNmobile had 195,692 subscribers.
In May last year, Lopez-owned ABS-CBN Convergence signed a network sharing agreement with Globe Telecom. Under their agreement, Globe will provide the mobile platform through which ABS-CBN can deliver its media content. Both parties may also share assets such as servers, towers and switches.