Globe Handyphone is the mobile division of Globe Telecom, the second-largest telecommunications company in the Philippines. At present, Globe Handyphone (of which the name Globe is most commonly used on) is the second-largest service provider in the Philippines, with a subscriber base of 24.7 million subscribers as of the end 2008.
Globe Handyphone offers different levels of service, dependent on both the population and the financial capability of the subscriber. A list is provided below:
- GFlex (consumable postpaid credits)
- GPlan (postpaid)
- Globe Platinum (high-end postpaid service)
- Globe prepaid
- TM (low-rate prepaid service)
- Globe Gizmo (mobile service for children in prepaid and postpaid)
- Visibility Plan (data plan with voice for postpaid and prepaid) currently discontinued, replaced by Globe Tattoo.
Globe has rolled out Globe broadband powered by WiMAX (Worldwide interoperability for Microwave Access). Globe's network is considered[by whom?] the first and biggest 2.5 GHz WiMAX (802.16e) broadband network in South East Asia. It is first in the Philippines to commercially launch a consumer WiMAX offering. Currently,[when?] Globe has around four thousand subscribers on its WiMAX network, after only a few weeks. The service is initially available in selected areas in South Luzon, Metro Manila, Visayas and Mindanao. Globe continues to roll out WiMAX sites, as a complement to its existing DSL and 3G Internet facilities, to ensure the Internet gets to every Filipino who needs it. Globe is providing WiMAX to selected local community government offices in Cavite, Batangas and Cagayan de Oro City. Globe is also providing Internet access via WiMAX to selected schools and city hospitals in Mindanao as part of its thrust of community service to the marginalized areas.
Globe has been expanding its wireless broadband network to accommodate the increasing demand for the Internet. In 2009, Globe introduced Globe Tattoo and Globe broadband powered by WiMAX (Worldwide interoperability for Microwave Access). In June 2009, the company launched hyper-speed plans via fiber-to-the-home technology.
Globe Telecom brought iPhone 3G to the Philippines on August 22, 2008.
With Globe broadband Tattoo, users can experience speeds of up to 2 Mbit/s, delivered via 3G and High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA).
SulitChat is Globe's messaging offer to subscribers who never want to be disconnected from their chatmates and/or textmates. It allows them to continue sending messages complete with emoticons even in the absence of a laptop or personal computer.
GCASH Remit, remittances delivered straight to Globe or TM phone in response to Filipino expatriates and overseas Filipino workers growing needs.
GCASH Click answered the need for a more secure mode of payment for Internet buys. It’s a new payment option for merchants and consumers transacting on the web, which assures security and confidentiality.
Duo allows subscribers unlimited calling to and from any landline number, as well as unlimited calling to and from any Globe DUO postpaid mobile subscriber.
Super Duo is an upgrade of the Globe Duo service. It is an unlimited mobile-to-landline call service, which also enables subscribers to make unlimited calls to any Globe, TM and Tattoo mobile numbers within the Philippines.
Super Surf is an unlimited mobile Internet browsing service which enables subscribers to gain unlimited access to surf, e-mail, chat and blog from mobile phones, laptops or desktop computers.
Super Unli is a service that provides unlimited Globe to Globe/Tattoo/TM text and calls for 7 days or one day.
Globe IPv6-in-IPv4 Tunnel Service is a service that provides public access to IPv6 websites.
Globe area codes
GSM: 515 01/PH 01/PH Isla/Isla (inactive), 515 02/PH 02/PH Globe/GLOBE
EDGE: 515 02/PH 02/PH Globe/GLOBE
UMTS: 515 02/PH 02/PH Globe/GLOBE