PLDT recently reinvented the landline when they introduced their latest offering which bundles a landline service and internet with a touch-screen tablet, the PLDT TelPad.
The included tablet includes a special dock that serves as its charging dock and handset. Pretty neat, right? The tablet is 7 inches, similar to Cherry Mobile’s Superion and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab. Moreover, it is powered with Google’s mobile operating system, Android 2.2. Unfortunately, PLDT did not announce yet that it is upgradable to Android 2.3. It is endowed with 1Ghz Cortex A8 processor that gives the device a powerful thrust in executing applications and renders it capable of multitasking opened applications.
Similar to the CM’s Superion, the TelPad is capable of making and receiving calls and access over 125,000 applications, ebooks, games and magazines online via the Android Market. You may also use the device for video conferencing. Thanks to its internal 2 megapixed front-facing camera.
Storage may be a bit of a problem as it only has available 2gb internal memory. Fortunately, the TelPad’s memory is upgradable as it accepts SD card and yes… wait for it… USB drives. This basically gives the TelPad a bit of an edge compared to the Apple iPad (especially, with the 4.2.1 update, now refuses to accept external hard drives due to the voltage downgrade).
Anyway, the PLDT TelPad is free at Plan 1849 with bundled 1Mbps broadband connection. Existing PLDT myDSL customers (like me) only need to add as low as P500/month to upgrade to the TelPad plans.
Other TelPad plans include Plan 2099 at 1.5Mbps, P3095 at 2.5 Mbps, and Plan 411 at 3.5Mbps. All these are inclusive of the landline phone and myDSL broadband service. Pretty sweet deal, right? I can’t wait to try it out!
Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of gadgetpilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.