>Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) announced last night their newest offering which they called the PLDT TELPAD.

PLDT TELPAD is conceptualized by the brilliant minds of the PLDT teams headed by Mr. Patrick Tang, VP-Retail Voice Acquisition and Mr. Paolo Lopez, AVP-VAS Retention and Usage, who came up with an innovation that features a bundled landline telephone and myDSL internet service which is highlighted by a web-friendly 7″ touch screen tablet. 

Paolo Lopez giving his very witty presentation

Patrick Tang, the ever approachable VP

PLDT TELPAD Specifications

The PLDT TELPAD tablet is powered by a 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor and runs on Android OS version 2.2. PLDT has partnered with Google which enables you to download games and applications from Google Web Store. The unit has a 2GB internal storage space which can be extended because the unit houses 4 slots for all types of memory card (SD card, Mini, etc) and a port for USB.  PLDT Telpad has a 2-megapixel camera which you can use for video conferencing calls, family photo opps, snapshots and more. It is powered by a Lithion battery that can run undocked up to 40hrs on standby mode. You can even watch 3-4 movies on the undocked unit as vouched for by Mr. Patrick Tang during my conversation with him. 

The PLDT Telpad was made into reality through PLDT’s partnership with a Philippine company, Neugent Technologies, Inc., a world-renown developer and manufacturer of high-end surveillance Digital Video Recorders (DVRs) and other multimedia communications solutions.

Media formats supported by TELPAD

PLDT TELPAD tablet supports H.263, H.264 (in 3GP or MP4 container), MPEG-4 SP, AMR, AMR-WB (in 3GP container), AAC, HE-AAC (in MP4 or 3GP container), MP3, MIDI, Ogg Vorbis, WAV, JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, FLV, DivX, AC3, MIDI, MKV media formats.

Other Perks from PLDT Telpad

All users are in for a treat with PLDT’s ask PLDT and PLDT@home wherein users will have exclusive deals and offers from local supermarkets, movie passes, store discounts, etc. 
Users can also pay their bills through PLDT Telpad and will soon be able to view their bills online and at real time. PLDT is talking of partnership with several Industry providers such as Meralco and Citibank to make PLDT Telpad experience more gratifying.

How much is a PLDT Telpad?

The PLDT TELPAD will be available on Wednesday, December 16, 2010 on all Metro Manila subscribers but according to Mr. Tang, these are demo units. The full blast of the production will be on January 15, 2011 the same time the Regional subscribers can avail of the product. An existing myDSL subscriber just adds P500 on their monthly bill with a lock in period of 3 years and they get PLDT Telpad FREE plus an Internet speed upgrade of upto 1Mbps. For non-existing users, plans starts at 1,849 pesos for a 1Mbps connection. Other plans available are the Plan 2099 for 1.5Mbps, Plan 3095 for 2.5Mbps and Plan 4100 for 3.5Mbps.

Click here to go the Application form to Reserve your Telpad Unit 

Reactions from the users

Marcel Arellano and company

Mr. Marcel Arellano, Stock broker, Sales Trader of Asia Pacific Equities stated during my interview with him that he applauds PLDT for a breakthrough in communication and that PLDT steps up on its competitors by being the first to launch Telpad. Mr. Arellano thinks that Telpad will affect the demand of Ipad since Filipinos will be able to avail of the same technology at a more affordable price. According to him, the idea and concept is perfect and PLDT will surely profit from this brain child. 
But according to him, since the PLDT Telpad is still on it’s baby phase, it needs a lot of improvement to name a few the issue on the touch screen sensitivity wherein the Telpad touch screen isn’t as sensitive as other touchscreen devices, another point is the size and weight of the unit could be lighter, and so on. 

Mr. RJ Ledesma, a lifestyle columnist and the Editor-in-chief of UNO Magazine, stated that he can’t wait to avail several units that he and his family can use. He can see endless possibilities on his usage of PLDT Telpad. 

PinayMommyADreamer’s Take on PLDT Telpad

PinayMommyAdreamer with Mr. Patring Tang

PinayMommyAdreamer Blog on PLDT Telpad

PinayMommyAdreamer with PLDT Telpad

I am a PLDT myDsl existing subscriber and if all’s well by next year, I will get my hands on my very own PLDT Telpad. With my line of work, Telpad will prove to be very helpful and handy. If I finally own one, I’ll tell you more about it. But over all, PLDT’s new brain child sounds very promising and very interesting. 

So, when are you calling 171 to get your own PLDT Telpad? 

For more information:

visit the Official PLDT Telpad Microsite

Like the PLDT Telpad Facebook Fanpage