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Smart gives away tuition money, free gadgets and data load, boosting e-learning

TELECOMMUNICATION giant Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), PLDT’s wireless subsidiary, is giving away nearly half a million pesos in cash to defray tuition expenses, as well as free laptops and tablets, and data loads to help Filipino students get on with the new normal of e-learning.

This is made possible by the recently launched ‘Balik Tuition Promo’ – an electronic raffle where students using Smart and TNT prepaid SIMs can win cash, gadgets, data loads, and other e-learning tools.

“This is an unprecedented time for students as they face the challenge of continuing education using different platforms including the internet,” said Jane Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business Group at Smart. “As their needs evolve, we’re coming up with innovative products to help them adapt to e-learning,” she added.

The ‘Balik Tuition Promo’ is open to students enrolled for SY 2020-2021 in Smart and TNT partner schools nationwide. Four winners will receive a cash prize of P100,000 each (tax-free). There will be one grand prize winner from NCR, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Smart is also giving away 10 laptops and 10 tablets to lucky students. 20 smartphones are also up for grabs, as well as 50 Smart Bro WiFi units.

Four partner schools can also take home 50 Smart Bro WiFi devices each. Smart Bro Pocket WiFi is the perfect companion for students and teachers in the shift to blended learning. It is versatile enough that users can connect to the internet anytime, anywhere. As many as 5 gadgets can link up to it sharing the connection with the rest of the family.

Surprises also await those who will join the program. They can get instant data loads or win one of the thousands of lifestyle vouchers when they play the ‘Match to Win’ game. Customers will receive the game link after reloading their prepaid account with any Giga Study promo.

Joining is a breeze. A student only needs to register once to enter the program. All they have to do is scan the promo QR code or visit https://schoolpromos.smart.com.ph/ Minors are reminded to secure clearance from their parents or guardians before entering the promo. They need to submit this document along with other requirements to ask@mvprewards.com.ph. Once enrolled, customers will receive raffle entries every time they load up with any Giga Study offer.

Giga Study 99 is the ideal student load. It comes with 2GB of open access data for seven days plus 1GB per day for learning tools such as Google, Google Search, Google Plus, Google Hangouts, and Microsoft 365.

For those who need more, they can check out other Giga Study offers available on the Smart GigaLife App. Higher denominations of Giga Study include a generous combination of 3GB per day for study apps plus open access data allocation to cover all online activities.

The first draw will be on November 13, 2020 for winners of Smart Bro Pocket WiFi and smartphones. Laptop and tablet winners will be announced on December 11, 2020. The four grand prize winners of P100,000 each will be drawn on January 8, 2021. The promo will run from October 5, 2020 to December 31, 2020.

Smart is the wireless subsidiary of the country’s largest and only integrated telco, PLDT Inc.