Sun Cellular

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Digitel Mobile Philippines
Sun Cellular
FoundedManila, Philippines (2003)
DefunctApril 25, 2022
FateClosed, absorbed by Smart Communications Inc.
HeadquartersQuezon City, Philippines
Area served
Key people
Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman
Orlando B Vea, President and CEO
Broadband services
Value Added Services
OwnerJG Summit Holdings (2003–2011)
PLDT (2011–2022)
ParentDigital Telecommunications Philippines
Smart Communications

Digitel Mobile Philippines, Inc., doing business as Sun Cellular (or simply known as Sun), was a wholly owned subsidiary of Digital Telecommunications Philippines (Digitel), which in turn was owned by PLDT and is one of the Philippines’ largest mobile telecommunications companies. It was established by Digitel in September 2001 to provide wireless public and private telecommunications services. Sun Cellular was known for introducing unlimited call and text services in the Philippines.


Sun Cellular logo (2015-2020), pre-Smart era.
Sun Cellular logo (February-October 2020), when Sun was first introduced as a brand of Smart Communications.

Early History[edit]

On August 7, 2000, Digitel was granted a permit by the NTC to establish and operate a Nationwide Cellular Mobile Telephone System (CMTS) using Global System for Mobile Communications (GSM) and/or Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology. The following month, the company founded the Digitel Mobile Philippines, Inc. (DMPI) to assist in its wireless service.

On December 11, 2002, the government granted DMPI, through Republic Act No. 9180, the right to establish a permanent franchise to create and manage a wireless telecommunications service. DMPI launched its wireless service, known as Sun Cellular, on March 3, 2003. From mobile telephony, Sun Cellular expanded its services to voice, messaging and international roaming services, to wireless broadband and value-added services for consumers and businesses.

Acquisition by PLDT[edit]

In 2011, PLDT acquired Digitel, including Sun Cellular, from JG Summit Holdings. Although PLDT also owns Sun's former competitor Smart Communications, the two networks initially remained separate entities with completely independent mobile network infrastructure and corporate management structures.[citation needed]

Transition to Smart (2016-2022)[edit]

Since 2016, Sun has been integrated into the Smart network in terms of mobile network infrastructure and corporate management and has been transitioned into a Smart brand (vis-a-vis TNT). Aside from the migration of all Sun data users to its new parent by way of them having to change their Internet settings, postpaid subscribers have been migrated to Smart "in order to efficiently handle their needs following access of Sun customers to Smart’s ‘nationwidest’ network."[2]

As of February 2020, Sun's logo has been changed to reflect it being a full-blown brand of Smart (i.e. "Powered by SMART").

On October 21, 2020, PLDT announced that Sun's prepaid service was integrated into Smart Prepaid, leaving its postpaid service under "Sun" branding.[3]

On April 25, 2022, Sun's postpaid service was merged with Smart Postpaid, resulting to the subsequent forced retirement of all Sun Postpaid plans and add-ons. Smart encouraged those planning to subscribe to Sun to instead take advantage of Smart Signature plans, while existing subscribers can either still use their current subscription plans or upgrade to Smart Signature.[4][5] With the integration of Sun Postpaid to Smart and the deprecation of Sun's remaining social media assets, the Sun Cellular brand was officially retired by PLDT and Smart after two decades.


  • Most Promising Telecom Service Provider in Asia Pacific award in the 2009 Frost & Sullivan ICT Award in Singapore.[6]
  • The Agora Marketing Company of the Year in 2009 Award for its excellence in pioneering intra-network unlimited services and revolutionizing the country's telecommunications industry practices.[7]
  • The 2004 Philippine Marketing Excellence Award[8]
  • The 2005 Silver Prize for Most Effective New Service Introduction and Top 25 Philippine Companies recognized by Business Mirror and Stern Steward & Co.[9]
  • In 2011, Sun Cellular won the Philippines Mobile Service Provider of the Year from the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Best Practices Awards in Singapore.[10]


  1. ^ Sun Smart Company Profile retrieved May 5, 2020
  2. ^ Sun Postpaid - FAQs retrieved April 15, 2017
  3. ^ "Smart completes rebranding of Sun Prepaid to Smart Prepaid". ABS-CBN News. October 21, 2020. Retrieved October 21, 2020.
  4. ^ "Smart - Better Means Smarter". Retrieved April 11, 2022.
  5. ^ "Sun Postpaid to become Smart Postpaid starting April 25: Smart". ABS-CBN News. April 15, 2022. Retrieved April 16, 2022.
  6. ^ "Sun - About Us". Retrieved August 31, 2022.
  7. ^ Roncesvalles, Carina. "Sun Cellular is Agora Marketing Company of the Year". Retrieved August 31, 2022.
  8. ^ "Sun - About Us". Retrieved August 31, 2022.
  9. ^ "Sun - About Us". Retrieved August 31, 2022.
  10. ^ Sun Cellular - About Us retrieved October 31, 2013

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