Just when you thought trendy iPads and in-style Android tablets were only for businessmen, celebrities, and fashion icons, PLDT turns the ordinary household landline into a PLDT TelPad with a touch-screen tablet and DSL access for the regular homes.
|(L-R) Eric R. Alberto (PLDT VP of Customer Sales and Marketing); Napoleon Nazareno (PLDT President & CEO, Manny V Pangilinan (PLDT Chairman), Dan Ibarra (PLDT Group Head of Retail Business)|
|PLDT Executives Launch Toast|
Perhaps, it was this bold move and market impact which PLDT was aiming for.
Feature-packed and household-friendly, the PLDT TelPad functions just like your usual wireless landline with a handset and dock station. What makes it stand out is the iPad-looking detachable 7-inch touch-screen tablet.
|PLDT TelPad On-Screen Dialer|
How To Apply /Reserve
A little bigger than the Samsung Tab but smaller than an iPad, subscribers can use the portable tablet (or the handset) to make and receive phone calls. And since it is basically a computer and has an unlimited myDSL broadband, you can access rich media content through the Internet as a bundled service. I can check my email from my landline! :)
It runs on Android version 2.2 offering multi-tasking features and is powered by a 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor to support performance. Since it's on Android, subscribers can download over a hundred thousand of applications online from the Android Market. It's Google’s store offering games (such as Angry Birds), business apps, magazines, and e-books.
|Facebook and Angry Birds on the PLDT TelPad|
|PLDT TelPad from all angles (showing ports)|
The PLDT TelPad further expands its value proposition with a 2-megapixel front camera for photos and face-to-face talk time if the other party has a camera too. What first came to mind is a videoconference call using YM, Skype, or GTalk on the comfort of your landline.
This is actually bad news for VoIP phones in the market. :(
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PLDT Vice President for Retail Voice and Microbusiness, Patrick Tang, further adds that “the PLDT TelPad tablet has built-in widgets and many applications that can access PLDT-run content-rich portals such as PLDT@Home, askPLDT and very soon, even PLDT Watchpad, which is PLDT’s online multi-media entertainment portal.”Mobility, ease of use, and applications - what more can you ask? Yes, I think it still has a lot of room for improvements such as weight, thickness size, and a more sensitive touch screen hardware.But these are features I usually want on my Android mobile phone (not my landline)! PLDT has certainly set a high fixed-line phone standard.
On the other hand, he adds however, that he liked "the PLDT TelPad's multi-media features and the way it functions as an alternative for a PC at home."
|Celebrity Bianca Valerio & PLDT Vice President for Retail Voice Patrick Tang|
PLDT offers the TelPad landline service which started yesterday at Plan 1849 with a bundled 1Mbps myDSL broadband connection and landline service.
Other Higher Plans are:
Plan 2099/month w/ 1.5 MbpsExisting PLDT myDSL customers can add as low as P500/month to upgrade to the TelPad plans.
Plan 3095/month w/ 2.5 Mbps
Plan 4100/month w/ 3.5 Mbps
The Market and The TelPad
|PLDT TelPad on the Charging Dock Station|
How would telecoms in other countries react? Will they follow-suit a third-world country?
I would expect that this launch, at the very least, turned some heads of the iPad and tablet manufacturers. But are they threatened? How would their sales be affected now that a similar-looking gadget with basically the same technology suddenly became very accessible?
|Ask PLDT Dashboard|
|PLDT TelPad Dashboard similar to your PC Desktop|
But Wait, There's More!
Yes, I heard through the grapevine that there is indeed more, and soon! As early as January 15, 2011. Newer and more improved hardware versions of the product will be shipped. So if you can hold your horses and spend the holidays without bragging about your new, mobile, and awesome internet-capable landline phone, you might consider waiting for one more month. I was told that next year's release would have more sensitive touch screens for better swiping. Moreover, a USB port which could communicate with 3G-USB sticks for real mobile internet surfing is also not too distant in the future.
Woah, I could use my mobile broadband usb stick on the PLDT TelPad soon!
Are you familiar with the mobile landline phones that look like cellphones introduced two years ago? These are the ones which you could literally bring anywhere as long as there is network coverage. Think a little further when PLDT would combine that with today's PLDT TelPad.
Reserve/Apply for a PLDT TelPad Now
Check out the Official PLDT TelPad Microsite and PLDT TelPad Facebook Fan Page. Application for Reserving a TelPad Unit also ongoing. Click on the "Book Yours Now" link near the center of the image.
|Click Yellow Circle to Apply for a PLDT TelPad|
As if I'm not torn enough if I should get an iPad or a Samsung Android Tab for Christmas, here comes the PLDT TelPad. Great!