I was talking to a Filipino I used to work with and she told me that she wished her cell phone / mobile phone had a feature that let her send a voice message to someone because she was sometimes too lazy to type an SMS text message.
When she said this I started to laugh and then I asked her,
“Well, why don’t you just dial the number of the person you want to message and talk to them?”
I guess this had never occurred to her because she says to me,
” Yeah. I guess I could. Couldn’t I?”
At this I had to laugh some more. My first instinct was to think she was a moron or just absent minded but in actuality she’s a very smart girl. Obviously, living in the Philippines gives a person a much better understanding of Filipinos and how things are done here.
Filipinos will send texts (SMS text messages) a lot more often than they will make a phone call where as in the US and other countries we prefer to talk directly to the person opposed to taking the extra time and effort to send a text.
Why do they do this? Why do things the hard way? Well, usually I would say that’s their logic system but in this case there is very good reason for it. Simply put text messages are cheaper.
However, things are starting to change and that trend is starting to reverse itself but it’s slow going. With the advent of the unli-plans Filipinos are changing the way they use their phones.
What’s an unli-plan you ask? An unli-plan is when you pay a flat rate to either send an unlimited number of texts in a 24 hour period or you can make an unlimited number of calls in a 24 hour period.