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I Didn't Know My Mobile Plan Could Turn My GCash Into a Credit Card

The story of how Platinum GPlan saved me during lockdown.
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As the banks closed on New Year’s Eve, I was frantic to find an ATM. I needed to buy essentials for the long holidays and vacation, but the five branches of ATMs I visited offered no paper bills. 

Fortunately, I received a notification from my mobile plan service provider, Globe Platinum, offering a credit line through my GCash. 

Since my mobile plan was Platinum GPlan 3799, I was entitled to as much as P33,600 in GCash Credits, which I used to buy my lockdown holiday essentials: Food from Mystery Tasting Boxes by Chef Chele Gonzales, and subscribed to private sessions of Mental Wellness. 

Because my plan also came with consumable data for streaming services such as Netflix and HBO Go, I spent most of my time on Discovery+ (Sorry, Netflix!) watching exclusive documentaries such as Deciphering the Philippines with Atom Araullo and Inside the Vatican’s Vault

I was mesmerized when I watched the much-hyped Adele: One Night Only, also on Discovery+, and all I can say is it completely satisfied my soul. 

I am also writing this because unbelievably, during the holidays, my broadband internet service conked out. Luckily, I had unlimited surfing on my Globe Platinum, which relies on a dedicated Platinum Priority network, so there was no buffering when I watched Adele belt out “Easy on Me,” in One Night Only

But seriously, this dedicated network for Platinum subscribers had an impressive constant ping of 2 ms throughout my staycation: I was even able to share my hotspot with my mother who wanted nothing else to do but watch Tagalog movies on Netflix. 

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On the morning of January 1, 2022, I developed a sneezing episode. I was not sure if it was because of the pandemic or the fireworks the previous night. Since it was still the holidays, all the diagnostics laboratories around my village were closed. I reached for my phone to check other outlets when I just had the instinct to talk to Thea, my personal Platinum Digital Assistant. The last time I talked to her, she helped me book a reservation for this fancy restaurant in Tagaytay that is always full. Why not try her to help me book PCR tests?

It worked.

Within minutes, I was notified of a rider heading out to retrieve samples from me and my mom for RT-PCR testing. 

Which made me wonder, am I really living in the Philippines with such efficient service in the palm of my hand? Where was Thea all my life?!

When I bragged about this to my friend, he casually responded with “Yes, I know what that is.” Apparently, he used Thea for his airport lounge access and travel planning weeks ago. 

Well, sorry, nobody told me you could do that. Now I know. 

So these are the perks of a VIP… Last week, I received these elaborately designed facemasks created by Filipino artists. It came with a handheld fan with a similar design by Cebu-based artist Yvonne Quisumbing. 

But in all, it was this small, thoughtful attention to detail that impressed me about Platinum GPlan. 

I realize Globe Platinum is not all about having reliable internet service. It’s also the small details that make you feel genuinely prioritized that matter. Like when you run out of cash in the middle of a lockdown during the holidays, and all you have is a huge credit line at GCash for your weeklong sustenance. I really, really appreciate that.

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This is the link to Globe Platinum so you can also upgrade to prioritized experiences and services.

This story was written in partnership with Globe Platinum.

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