Both Globe and Smart subscribers are affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan). Many cellsites were damaged as the super typhoon ravaged the Visayas region.
According to Globe, only 20% of the network in Visayas were damaged. Globe’s service were affected in the following areas: Biliran, Cebu, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Southern Leyte, Western Samar and Iloilo. Only in Camiguin, Dinagat Islands, and Surigao del Norte in Mindanao were Globe services are affected. Globe will immediately restore services once the weather improves.
Smart, on the other hand, said that their services was disrupted in Eastern Samar, Ormoc and Tacloban in Leyte, and northern part of Cebu.
Here is Smart Communications statement for its subscribers affected by the super typhoon:
Smart has an array of services for its subscribers that can be helpful in times of disasters:
Smart Person Finder. Look for your family using your Smart phone. Text FIND <Name of loved one><Mobile number> and send to 386.
Emergency PasaLoad. Ask for emergency load by dialing *808 + number of family or friend. Example: *80809188123456
Dial *SOS (*767). Send three text messages and P1 airtime even without load. Just dial *767.
PAGASA SMS Updates. To register for free, text ULAN <space> REG <space> NAME/ADDRESS/AGE to 717-ULAN (7178256).
Talk ‘N Text subscribers can also use the same services. In addition, a Talk ‘N Text subscriber can also use the following:
Sakloload All-Net. Dial *7572 and get four texts to all networks and P1 airtime even when you have zero balance.
Sakloload On-Net. Dial *SOS or *767 and get free three texts to Smart/Talk ‘N Text and P1 airtime even when you no longer have load. The Sakloload will be deducted in your next top-up.
For Sun Cellular subscribers, get emergency services hotline directory for free. Just dial *922#.
Tourists can also get emergency numbers or that of their embassies in case they need help while traveling in the Philippines. Just download the Sun Cellular Tourist Assistance Portal app for Android devices.