Ever since we stayed at our new place at Cavite, we are just using prepaid internet while waiting for the installation of our postpaid plan. We already have our Sun stick and a friend (thanks Lea) near us lend us their Smart and Globe sticks, so I had the chance to test all these different internet providers.
We first tested the Globe Tattoo stick. We loaded a P50.00 surf all you want for 1 day. We have noticed that we can use the internet properly for a selected time only (as per my husband, at dawn usually). The connection is just enough for attaching and sending docs in email. It can’t be used to watch Youtube and open Facebook because it is too slow.
We then tried Smart Prepaid Broadband. Compared to Globe Broadband, this one is a lot faster in our area. It even works anytime of the day. I can open my Facebook account using this but still cannot watch videos at Youtube. The only downside about Smart Bro is that it is more expensive that the other 2 internet providers. It costs us P10 per 30 minutes.
Yesterday, we tried Sun Internet Broadband. We were using Sun Broadband at Manila and so far we were satisfied with their service, unfortunately here at Cavite that is not the case. We cannot connect at any website at all. The P50.00 that we load which is valid for 1 day was gone to waste.
Now, we already have a postpaid plan. I will update you of what we got and if it’s worthy. I will test it for a few more days, so stay tuned.
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I also have Smart Pro Prepaid Broadband for back up use. Just like Globe, they also have the P50 unilsurf for one day. Just text UNLISURF 50 to 2200 from your SmartBro account. 🙂
I know that the three prepaid usb sticks have UNLIMITED internet valid for a number of days, so I’m having a hard time picking.
Thanks! Now I know Sun Broadband has location difficulties. I’ve read a lot that it is seemingly the fastest of the three because of its few User base (which should eventually slow down if Sun’s Users grow up in time, perhaps in the far or near future, since Sun is not as popular as Globe and Smart) but as you wrote, location matters. So I won’t really be sure if it would work in my city (Olongapo City, Zambales). But I’m still having this urge to try it out especially since they have a promo of P795.oo for the stick until Dec 31, 2012. So I have only 3 days left. There’s an official Sun store here (but not a dedicated building) so perhaps there’s a Sun cellular site in neighboring places if not inside the actual city itself. I’ll just ask the personnel about the location issue if ever I decided to go there finally. My case could be different since you bought your Sun stick in Manila then brought it to Cavite afterwards.
I’ve also read many articles saying Globe Tattoo is a little faster than Smart Bro, with their benchmark tests to prove it. But the downside is Globe has their annoying Fair Use Policy (or something) which limits the User’s bandwidth after reaching a certain limit. So it’s “unlimited” offer is not really unlimited at all. This really turned me off, as I really only want UNLIMITED internet even if just for a number of days (like the typical 1-day, 2-day, 3-day, 5-day, 7-day promos).
I just check Globe’s site and it boasts Globe Tattoo 4G Flash “up to 7.2 mbps”. Smart’s site right now as of typing this comment is down. The last time I checked it perhaps 3-5 months ago was “up to 5.x mbps”. Sun only has “up to 3.6 mbps”, they never upgraded their speed. I wonder when it will ever happen.
Currently I have a Smart Bro with red UE paint/label, I don’t know if this edition came out during the “up to 2 mbps” era. My maximum rate so far was 900+ kbps (roughly less than 1 mbps), but this is during, around 3-4 am when people are still asleep, and I only noticed this big speed only about thrice I think. So in daylight I typically get the 8-80 kbps range, a few times more than 100 kbps. I really think nobody ever gets those “up to” max speeds. Quite a deception really. But since Smart Bro does not have Globe’s Fair Use Policy trickery, I can leave it ON for the night until morning thus luckily I am able to download some big files.
Forgive me for my long story, I hope you can update your post soon, especially about “postpaid”, as I am thinking about Smart Bro postpaid alternatives and that Sun’s P795 promo.
Thank you for reminding me, I forgot to update this post na!
Too bad may fair use policy na din ang smartbro ngayon. kainis kasi grabe sa bagal ang net pag nag-exceed ka na sa maximum bandwidth :/
sa na may usb na lalagyan ng antenna hing papunta sa bubungan para masmaganda ang signal at hindi bumabagal