Smart and its subsidiary Smart e-Money, Inc. were also recognized for providing mobile money services for Help.ph, a global fundraising campaign organized by the Philippine Disaster Recovery Foundation in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
The WCA is an annual awards program recognizing excellence in the telecommunications industry. It is organized by London-based industry publication Total Telecom.
In winning Best Mobile Operator, Smart beat six other finalists with national and/or international business and operations – Globe Telecom, Ooredoo, EE, Idea Cellular, Turkcell, and Vodafone Qatar.
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Smart was also recognized for transforming its subscribers’ mobile devices into the biggest content marketplace via non-traditional services like Spinnr, the Philippines’ biggest online music portal. Through Spinnr, Filipinos can stream and download music at affordable rates even without a credit card.
For the Social Contribution Award, Smart won over Globe, Ericsson, BT, Ooredoo, PT Telkom, and Viettel. The winning project, Help.PH, allowed mobile phone users from all over the world to give donations for Yolanda survivors by simply sending a text message. The donated amounts were deducted from their prepaid load or charged to their postpaid bill.
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Smart was also shortlisted under the Best Operator in an Emerging Market category, Best Consumer Service for PowerApp, and Best Brand Campaign for Jump In, which aims to inspire young Filipino barkadas to embrace changes and challenges that will enable them to “Live More.”
Last year, Smart won Best Consumer Service at the WCA for SmartNet, a platform that allows Smart subscribers to use mobile Internet services safely and affordably.