Globe Tattoo or Smart Bro, Which one is better?


Time for another misc tip :).

I’m currently in Startbucks as I write this and one of the barristas asked me earlier if I use globe tattoo or smart bro for my Mifi (pocket WiFi). I actually have both the wireless one and a USB dongle. I have both unlocked as well.

I explained to her that I use both, but I’m more into Smart now.

UPDATE: I just finished a post about dc-unlocker, the app I used to unlock my globe tattoo usb dongle and pocket wifi. So if you’re interested in that one you can read it here:

UPDATE 5/13/2013: I used to think that smart capped its torrent but looks like they don’t. I just downloaded a torrent and my speed was 400-500KB/s, INSANE I know lol. I finished downloading a 900 MB file in 30 minutes more or less lol. This is the first time I’ve seen it go that fast. Might be because it’s election day, a holiday and maybe not many people are using 3g right now so I got that high. I dunno. After that one download I can’t seem to replicate the speed anymore. Now I’m back to 40-100 KB/s speeds again, my normal speed for torrent downloads. This is on a normal 3g smart pocket wifi FYI, it’s not LTE or rocket wifi.

UPDATE 2/11/2014: Globe’s Fair Usage Policy Infographic is up on my Facebook Page

Here’s my story

Dami ko nang na collect

Dami ko nang na collect

I originally started with Globe and was satisfied for a long time because the speeds were decent. At least in my area it was.

We used to have a broadband connection, the usual 800 or 900 pesos per month thing and that was great. But my mom thought that it was distracting me and my brothers too much (my older brother was reviewing for the Bar while me and my younger bro are law students) so she had it cut off.

Since I couldn’t live without internet I decided to get myself a globe tattoo dongle and it was great for a while.

Like everyone else there were times na napuputol nalang bigla yung connection. There were also occasions when it was soooo slow that it almost felt like you had no connection at all.

So there were some bad experiences but for the most part it did it’s job. It was decent for browsing, email checking, Facebook, and blogging.  And I’m out most of the time anyway since I like to study/work in coffee shops so I only really needed to use it when I was at the apartment.

BUT, and this is the clincher that made me switch, I always  go for the daily unlimited surfing thing that they have (Supersurf 50) and I absolutely hate the 800 MB cap.

I hate, hate, hate, hate, hate it.

I love watching documentaries on YouTube and this is what usually got me capped when I was still using globe tattoo. You can still surf the net once you’re capped but you’ll have to unsubscribe to the unlisurf thing and you’ll be charged the usual rate (10 pesos per 30 mins I believe).

I also do a lot of torrent downloads but for some reason it’s really slow with Globe. They must have set a cap for torrent downloads as well. I think the fastest I get with globe is around 10 KB, that might be the limit.

So after months of Globe internet I finally decided to give Smart Bro a try.

I never go for the data plans because I usually work in places that have WiFi anyway (like I said I’m always in coffee shops) so I don’t need everyday up-time. I just want a device that I can use for those days when I decide to stay at home or for when I go out of town.

I got the Smart Bro prepaid dongle. Later on I bought a pocket WiFi on TipidPC and unlocked it.

Smart vs Globe Internet Verdict

Anyway, speed wise I “think” that smart is a lot faster than Globe in my area. I live in Paco, Manila by the way.

Yes there are still occasional slow downs and disconnections but I doubt this’ll disappear no matter what network I use. I mean it happens even with broadband data line connections so how much more 3g, 3g+ and even 4g ones.

But what really closed the deal for me was the fact the Smart Bro is uncapped. Meaning I don’t have to deal with the same 800 MB limit that Globe has.

Seriously, I don’t understand why Globe set a cap like that when their competitor Smart can offer something that just blows their data service away.

I use my Smart connection for torrent downloads and for watching full movies and documentaries on Youtube and it works great.

It’s much better than Globe and depending on where you are (if you’re in one of the 4g areas) it can even be much faster than data line connections.

I can download a movie in 2 or 3 hours sometimes, and sitcom episodes in just 30 minutes.

So the verdict:

SMART wins hands down

But I still keep my globe sim in case Smart goes down :). This has happened to me before and I’m glad that I had an alternative.

So if you can have your USB dongle or your pocket WiFi unlocked I suggest you get both. But if you can only pick one, Smart Bro is probably the better choice unless for some reason your area is having problems with their network.

If you want to learn how to unlock your Globe Tattoo, Smart Bro, or Sun Broadband USB or Pocket wifi, be sure to check out my other post about dc-unlocker. You can read it here:

I hope you found this post useful. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions and I really hope you like my Facebook page below :). Thanks.

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  1. Tess Chancellor 21 February, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I think Smoart Bro is my choice. I was using it back when I was in the Philippines and it works good.

    • Malds 21 February, 2013 at 11:04 am

      yup smart is, in my opinion as well, faster than globe. Plus it’s uncapped.

      • justmine 8 April, 2013 at 9:39 pm

        natry niu na po ba gamitin ung pocket wifi niu sa province po???

        • edsan 23 April, 2013 at 4:07 pm

          Tanong ko lang.. panu ba pinapa-loadan yung gantong device? or pinapaloadan ba talaga? Globe yung gamit ko now pero unlocked na sya so pede rin ako mag smart..

          • Malds 23 April, 2013 at 4:52 pm

            as far as i know di kasi kaya mag load thro text so hassle. Ginagawa ko either e-load/pasaload, or ililipat ko muna sa phone ko yung sim tas dun ako magloload ng regular way (yung kelangan mo “tawagan” yung cellcard number)

          • mary jane 28 April, 2013 at 12:11 pm

            edsan, pano ba mag unlock ng device? thank you.

          • Malds 29 April, 2013 at 12:36 am

            Hey Mary, check mo article ko about how i did it :). then basa basa ka ng konti sa forums ng dc unlocker to check if kaya mo iunlock yourself.

          • DiscoPandaXXX 2 May, 2013 at 3:56 pm

            Mabilis ba ang net sir kapag mag Unlisurf 50?

            or kapag mag unlisurf 200 lng.. para mabalis.. ang net :/ please reply ASAP.. para maka DL na ako Games HAHA!

          • Malds 2 May, 2013 at 4:10 pm

            haha adik ka bro ;). Same speed lang ang mga unlisurf, nag kakaiba lang yung duration (1 day,2 days, etc…). Magiging problema mo yung 800mb daily cap unless maliit lang yung game na yan.

            And depende din kasi talaga sa lugar mo kung mabilis ang globe o hindi. Sa amin ok lang, pwede maka download siguro ng malaking files kasi naabot ko madalas yung 800 mb cap, pero di ko sya kasi ginagamit sa torrents so kung balak mo mag torrent using globe ewan ko lang sa speed.

          • DiscoPandaXXX 2 May, 2013 at 4:18 pm

            LoL.. pero.. na try kuna.. SmartBro 200 load ko.. kaya naman mag download 4gb.. XDD pero.. kala ko kada unlisurf 50 4.0mbps Unlisurf 200 7.4mbps.. kala ko ganyan XDD ohkay.. salamat..

            Di ako adik.. Hobby ko lng talaga mga Games. XD bored kasi

          • Malds 2 May, 2013 at 4:49 pm

            ok lang yan, adik din ako sa games haha. Pero ngayon tumigil muna ako sa PC games kasi bumili kapatid ko ng PS3, dun muna ako nag aadik adik.

          • Sergsjhon Aliser 13 May, 2013 at 10:55 pm

            Im planning to buy this pocket wifi of smart for next month tanong ko lang po sir sa amin hina tlaga ng signal sa smart at lalo na sa globe at sun pero ang smart medyo ok lang po ….. may 2bars of signal po sa amin bhay isnt enough po sa pocket wifi yung signal na sinusupply ng network at preho po ba ng signal yung cellphone at pocket wifi (4g network),,,, po kc tlagang eager na po ako bumili sir :) I HOPE I cAN recieve a ASAP :) ill wait for a reply

          • Malds 13 May, 2013 at 11:20 pm

            Hi sergs, medyo kelangan mo talaga i check muna with the device kung ok sa inyo yung signal/speed. san ka ba nakatira? Baka meron kang pwede hiraman muna before ka bumili, pan testing lang.

            And pareho yung network na ginagamit ng cellphone at ng pockey wifi pero may divisions sila, namention ko na sya sa comment sa taas actually, copy paste ko dito.

            2g – pinakamabagal
            3g – yung normal na nasasagap mo using your typical usb dongle or pocketwifi
            4g hsdpa+ – di talaga totoong 4g, pero mas mabilis sa 3g. If smart pinaguusapan, ito yung rocket wifi nila na device.
            4g LTE – yung pinaka mabilis, pinaka recent, and pinaka mahal lol. Ibang network to sa 4g hsdpa+ so kung may rocket wifi ka, di ka pa rin makakaconnect dito. Kelangan mo ng LTE device talaga.

            Kung smart gusto mo, i-check mo muna kung may 4g sa inyo, eto link ng 4g sites nila:

            Kung wala, then either 3g (malamang ito yun) or 2g yung sa inyo. Pero yung 2g medyo talagang kelangan probinsyang probinsya ka na talaga nyan lol. Usually 3g na talaga yung network na ginagamit ngayon ng mga devices. Mosts cities 3g na talaga yan.

            Kung 3g lang meron sa area nyo, suggestion ko is wag ka bumili ng 4g device. Kasi sayan pera kung wala naman network. Sasabihin kasi sayo ng sales person nyan na 7m mb or 21mb or kung ano pang speed yung max speed nya. Pero wala naman point kasi di mo naman ever maabot yung speeds na yun kung mabagal yung network sa inyo.

          • elmer 3 August, 2013 at 6:10 pm

            Download smart/globe services to avail unlisurf or other promo (pde yan sa android and ios), para hindi mo na kelangan ilipat sa phone ung sim

    • Dongskie Albofera 6 August, 2015 at 8:42 pm

      so far I am using postpaid Globe Tattoo Gosurf 999 for 1 year for now…di ko po naranasan na nag throttle yung connection ko…there’s no capping @ all kahit mag youtube pa ako sa isang buong araw…according to them di po under ng FUP ang Gosurf nila na plan….my connection is only 3G network kahit mag laro pa ako ng Dota 2 still runs smoothly w/ out lags….

  2. Ryuu 3 March, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Alright, thank you very much sir. We’re about to move to another residence (a condo in Sta. Ana, Manila) kasi you see. And our PLDT DSL subscription would take a while to migrate. My ma saw this billboard of Smart and said that we should try it out while the landline /DSL was being migrated.

    At first I was very apprehensive because of Globe’s data caps (800 MB/day, I mean come on, they’d surely lose the battle with Smart if they go on like this. Also, their “UNLIMITED” LTE? xD What a joke, there was a deadline for the “unlimited” part. Bunch of liars.). ._.

    Anyway, thank you again for the info :D.

    • Malds 3 March, 2013 at 4:50 pm

      No prob and thanks for dropping by my blog :).

      Sta Ana isn’t too far from my place since Paco din lang naman ako so I think your smart speed shouldn’t be too different from mine. Pwede kayo mag USB lang muna till matapos migration ng PLDT nyo or if you want wifi, maybe get one of the pocket wifi’s like the one I use. 50 peso per day yung unli nya and 300 pesos yung one week (I’ve started using this a lot more often now).

      Decent yung download speeds even sa torrent especially pag gabi. You should be able to hold out with just Smart till your DSL is transferred.

      And regarding globe, yeah they really need to step up their game. I don’t understand why they still have that 800 mb cap thing. I suppose ok lang yun if you’re just using the net for twitter or Facebook pero local internet is moving to the wireless direction na and I really think at some point we’re all going to ditch the cables and use cellular network to transfer data.

      Kasi 4G is sooooo fast na nga. Even 3g is decent, papantayan na nya yung broadband speed tapos wireless pa sya. They need to up their DATA connection strategy if they want to compete in the industry.

      Wala talagang competition kasi ngayon between globe and smart. Globe just gets blown away because of the 800 MB cap thing.

  3. Kat 11 March, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I pretty much have the same sentiments. I had a Globe DSL for close to 5 years, but had to cut the line when I moved. Opted to get a postpaid SmartBro because of my past experience with it in our area, but using prepaid. So far so good.

    • Malds 11 March, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Awesome. Smart does have it’s own problems re connection from time to time but for the most part it’s a lot more solid than globe in my opinion (prepaid). Plus I actually get to do torrent downloads on smart so that makes up for most of the issues I have on it :).

  4. Laney 12 March, 2013 at 3:27 am

    I completely agree. I actually have smart bro and globe prepaid stick I also have sun wifi. In our area (I’m from Las Pinas) Smart is faster and more reliable than Globe. I only have the starter kit for smart and I thought of buying a better dongle and ended up buying Globe. It was really slow I can’t even open my email. My sun wifi was even faster than Globe.

    • Malds 12 March, 2013 at 3:33 am

      I actually got the 4g globe dongle and the globe mifi, and just had both unlocked para I can use smart and globe :). I switch them up from time to time. If you’ve got the 4g capable globe usb just have it unlocked.

  5. Sid 27 March, 2013 at 12:50 am

    I hate the 800 mb capping limitation of my prepaid Globe Tattoo and it’s slow connection. I live in Congressional Avenue extension in Quezon City. I decided to buy a Smart Bro USB Dongle because it has no capping. I tried the Smart Bro free 120 hours and I was amazed that there was no buffer while I watch videos and surfing was faster than using Globe broadband.

    • Malds 27 March, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Its not Always like that tho, the youtube no buffer thing. But most of the time it is so smart has my vote when it comes to 3g and 4g connection.

  6. Arian 1 April, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Is the smart pocket wifi good for video chatting like on Skype? I have a globe broadband plan at home but I rarely use it because I’m always out of the house. Is it better to just cut my broadband plan and switch to smart wifi pocket?
    By the way,do you know if 2mbps is fast for video chatting also?

    • Malds 2 April, 2013 at 12:30 pm

      If you rarely use your internet baka makatipid ka with just prepaid internet ng smart. Youll be able to carry it around and 50 pesos lang na,an ang unli for one day and 300 for a week. Compute mo muna tho. I cant really say for sure kasi di ko naman alam exact monthly usage mo.

      And re video chatting, 2 mbps is fast na for that. Unles super high res yan you hindi dapat sobrang laki yung kinakain ng video chat. If you can load youtube for example na diredirecho, na mga 480 or 720 na resolution, you should have no problems with video chat.

  7. justmine 8 April, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    sir malds.. any model po from smart pocket wifi is OK po??

    • Malds 9 April, 2013 at 12:10 am

      Hey there, yup na try ko na sya sa province mabilis din ang wifi ng smart sa Tacloban, Sta Rosa Laguna & Davao. pero medyo cities na din kasi sila so baka medyo ok na din yung 3g dun. I don’t know lang sa medyo rural areas talaga. And my pocket wifi is Huawei E5832, old model na yan actually. There should be newer ones out already but I got this one a year ago pa I think and I never bothered replacing it since it still does what it needs to do :).

  8. mary anne 10 April, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Hi. Have you tried using Smart always on? If so, please compare the speed of always on and unlisurf. I’m more concerned about the speed rather than the amount of data since I use the internet for research and dont download large files or do video streaming. They say that you can access speeds up to 7mbps if you subscribe to always on plans. I just need a consistent 1 mbps speed.

    • Malds 10 April, 2013 at 8:48 am

      Sorry Mary, I’ve never tried always on because of the limited data. I like to download torrents and watch movies/documentaries on youtube so I need the uncapped access. I’m guessing always on will probably be similar to the unli plan speedwise. I don’t see any reason why they’d make it different.

      Regardless of which one you go for though it should be enough for just research if that’s all you’re after. why don’t you try the 70 MB always on plan and see how fast you go through that. If that one lasts you at least two days then it might be cheaper for you to use that instead of the unli plan.

      • mary anne 10 April, 2013 at 8:53 am

        Thanks a lot! I’ll give your suggestion a try.

        • Malds 10 April, 2013 at 9:33 am

          Awesome, hope things work out for you :)

  9. calixliam 10 April, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    im planning to get a pocket wifi i just dont know which is better? my location is manila (tayuman) im using my samsung tablet for wifi tethering i used sun,smart and globe sim but it seems globe stand out on all sims that i’ve tried..though its slow but not slow compared to sun and smart..i just dont know if it would be different on pocket wifi..naguluhan ako bigla globe or smart based on your write ups ok ung smart..

    • Malds 10 April, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      the thing with 3g and 4g kasi is that speed will be dependent on area, so kung maganda globe sa inyo and ok naman sya for you then you might just want to stick with that. For me the distinct advantage ng smart over globe is that it’s uncapped (yung unli promos nila). Pero speedwise, depende din sa lugar mo although in my experience lamang ang smart. Pero ako lang naman yun.If you’ve tested all networks in your area and found na globe yung pinaka ok then just stick to globe.

      My suggestion is that you just get your pocket wifi unlocked or get an already unlocked one so you can continue to experiment between the networks. There are unlocked pocket devices naman being sold online like in tipidpc for example (you might be interested in reading if you’ve never used the site before) or sulit. Pero kung gusto mo talaga ng brand new or if your planning to get one with a plan, then just stick to a globe device kasi at least medyo kamapnte ka na dun.

      • calixliam 11 April, 2013 at 4:33 pm

        i see..hindi ako kuha ng plan bro bali ung device lang prepaid gamitin ko..un nga rin kasi nasa isip ko bka di ok kapag download ka ng movies using globe pocket wifi..pan uncappaed ba you can download khit ilan GB? sa globe ba naka cap? thanks man..

        • Malds 11 April, 2013 at 4:47 pm

          Yung globe bro na supersurf plan caps at 800 mb, and yes pag uncapped ka like what smart has for their unli 50 (equivalent to supersurf50 sa globe) kahit ilang gigs idownload mo ok lang. I was a heavy Globe user before I switched to smart. Ang tagal ko ngang nalaman na unli yung smart. I used to have 3 globe sims so that when one of em capped I’d just switch to the others, kalokohan lang talaga lol.

          Both Smart and Globe don’t have caps tho for their regular rates, yung 20 per hour thing nila. Basta di ka gumamit ng unlimited surfing promos nila, walang problema sa capping I think. But it’s wayyyyy too expensive to download movies at 20 per hour lol. You’re better of just buying them sa tabi tabi kung ganun lang.

          I suggest you shift to smart if you’re planning to do heavy movie downloads, torrent stuff, or kung youtube heavy ka. Or pa unlock mo nalang device mo if you already have one para you can still keep your globe sim.

  10. Ey 10 April, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    hi, me and my sister are planning to get a smart pocket wifi plan for 999 a month…We are living in project 8, Q.C… Me and my sister are neighborhood…Do you think it will work out as what the smart ads thru their website regarding the pocket wifi? She has a smart bro prepaid and I have a globe bro prepaid…but the smart bro is better than the globe bro because it has no cap… I just wanna make sure if unlimited is really unlimited and without other charges but a P999? Thanks.

    • Malds 10 April, 2013 at 6:51 pm

      hmmm I can’t say for sure since I’m not using their plan but there should still be no cap especially for their subscription plans. You can always clarify this before you get the plan anyway but chances are it’s not going to be capped. There shouldn’t be anything on top of the 999 (there usually isn’t) but I think you still have to pay for the device, I’m not entirely certain about this part since mine was 2nd hand.

      Keep in mind though that if you’re planning to share the pocket wifi, the range isn’t as large as advertised if you and your sister are in separate rooms. The wall sort of blocks the signal so if you’re used to wireless broadband, it’s not going to be as powerfull. You’ll have to test this out but on me and my brothers ipads, we have to make sure that my smart device is relatively close to both of us (there’s a small room between his and mine so i usually place it there near the window para malakas signal).

      • Ey 11 April, 2013 at 4:18 pm

        just wanna ask do you have any idea between a router and a wifi stick? which one is better? tnx

        • Malds 11 April, 2013 at 4:39 pm

          router kung pang family since it’s a lot more powerful coverage wise. Mas malaki range nya but you’d normally have to get a broadband installed to need one.

          The wifi stick is portable, and usually it’s good enough for your needs na kahit heavy torrent and youtube person ka like me. So for me, I’d go with the wifi stick because it fits my lifestyle better. The battery issue is a problem with the wifi stick tho since 3 or 4 hours lang lasting power nya pag dirediretchong gamit. But I have a universal usb charger (I think I got it from CDR king) that I carry around with me for my ipad and phone anyway so that’s not an issue for me basta may plug akong mahanap. Or I just hook it up to my laptop whenever I use it outside to keep it fully charged. I always make sure that I keep it fully charged so I can use it whenever I feel like surfing the net when I’m in a car (the stick charges on my brothers car tho coz it has the USB hook for an mp3 player), in a bus, or in some waiting room somewhere.

          So portability wise panalo yung wifi stick, you need to make sure the connection in your area is good tho and you need to make up for the battery issue. But if you keep it hooked up to your PC or to a charger while you’re using it like me, this won’t be a problem.

          • Ey 11 April, 2013 at 4:55 pm

            thank you so much…

          • Malds 11 April, 2013 at 5:46 pm

            Anytime :)

          • Rias 15 April, 2013 at 5:03 pm


  11. Ey 11 April, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Thank you… :-)

    • Ey 11 April, 2013 at 6:06 pm

      my sister decided to get a smart sim plan 999…is it okay if we will just buy a wifi stick to other gadget center or we will just purchase the smart pocket wifi? or do you know a place/person where we can buy 2nd hand? tnx

      • Malds 11 April, 2013 at 6:50 pm

        If your looking for second hand Gadgets you can try, thats where i buy most of my stuff. Just make sure that you do some research about the model you want to buy and pick a seller that has a lot of positive feedback.

        You might want to check out my post about tpc if you decide to get a second hand one:

        You can also go ahead and get it at the smart center tho if you want a brand new one. Mas mahal sya by a couple of hundreds to 1k tho kung sa kanila. Pero at least bago.

        • Malds 11 April, 2013 at 6:51 pm

          Oh and you can also buy brand new gadgets at tipidpc, mas mahal lang ng konti pero itll probably still be cheaper than getting the device at smart or some gadget store sa mall.

          • Ey 12 April, 2013 at 9:23 am

            Thank you so much..this really make a big help for us…bless you more…

          • Malds 12 April, 2013 at 10:14 am

            Salamat din and goodluck :)

  12. Yawa 13 April, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Kabibili ko lang kahapon ng globe tattoo all i can say nasayang lang 995 ko kasi ung Dragon nest ko panay disconnect may 800mb cap nanga wala pang kwenta sa online games …. Alam nyo po ba gawing smart bro ang globe tattoo?? anu mga configuration? para di masayang 995 ko

    • Malds 13 April, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      kelangan mo i unlock muna bro. Kasi yung dongle mismo di tatanggap ng ibang sim. Pwede mo ipa unlock sa mga cellphone stalls sa mga malls or sa greenhills. Pwede mo din gawin on your own pero gagastos ka ng mga 400 pesos and kelangan medyo techy ka ng konti. Dc-unlocker yung ginamit ko para magunlock ng dongle ko. Kung feeling mo kaya mo mag solo, google mo lang sya and magbasabasa ka muna about it.

      Pag maunlock mo na yung device mo, pwede mo na salpakan ng kahit anong sim yun bro. Tapos kung smart for example yung ipasok mo na sim, gawa ka lang ng new profile dun sa device options para sa smart bro tas gamitin mo yung default settings. Gagana na kasi sa default settings agad ang smart sim sa device mo kahit wala ka nang baguhin. Yung globe lang yung kelangan medyo maypalitan ka para magwork.

      So yun, kelangan mo muna ipaunlock yung device mo tas bili ka ng sim na smart. Ang pagpapaunlock nasa 500-800 yan siguro depende kung san ka magpaunlock.

    • Malds 13 April, 2013 at 1:42 pm

      hindi mo kasi mapapagana ang ibang sim sa pagpapalit ng settings lang unless naka unlock na yung devicemo.

  13. anne 13 April, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    grabe thanks sa blog mo…i learned a lot just by reading all the comments
    ….GOd bless you and your family…

    • Malds 13 April, 2013 at 3:00 pm

      Salamat din Anne sa pagbisita at sa comment :)

  14. Michaela 13 April, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Hi. Lately lang ako nagka idea sa mga cap thing ang sabi kasi sa advertisements nila unlimited ang misleading. May unlisurf for 1 month promo ba for pocket wifi prepaid? And parang nabasa ko may fair use policy din ang smart or no cap talaga? Smart bro first internet line namin pero nung lumipat kami switched to globe sobrang pangit ng connection at service kasi. Sana ok na ngayon at maexperience din namin mga positive feedback ngayon sa smart. Thanks learned a lot from this post tagal ko na nagreresearch about this.

    • Malds 13 April, 2013 at 8:50 pm

      Meron, pero di ko pa na try. Pag smart “Unli 1200” sya. Yung globe naman may “supersurf999” ata na one month. Pero yun nga lang, may daily cap ka na 800 mb sa globe sa Smart wala.

      Pag mag unli ka ng one month, medyo di na sya sulit talaga. Mas ok kumuha ka nalang ng plan kung balak mo mag monthly na unli kasi mas mura yung mga plans nila.

      In my case, the most na ginagamit ko for smart one week lang na unli, yung Unli 300 nila. Kasi may days talaga na di ko kelangan yung device ko like pag sa coffee bean ako tumatambay, so di ko kelangan gumastos for internet since may cofee bean card naman ako (free internet). Kaya kahit papana yung monthly cost ko for internet is using my pocket wifi is still less than the monthly fee for a plan. So sulit pa din for me to stay with prepaid internet lang. Pero pag maging daily yung use ko ng device ko, malamang magplaplan nalang ako kasi mas mura na sya kesa sa everyday gagastos ako ng 50 para mag pa unli.

      • Michaela 13 April, 2013 at 9:07 pm

        Ah ok naka globe dsl kami ngayon sa house ok naman kaso 3 kami sa family mahilig sa video streaming at download kaya ang hirap bumabagal. Nag inquire ako sa sun no cap din daw kaso mga nababasa ko puro negative feedbacks. Ano po ba marerecomment niyo for pocket wifi device in terms of quality and battery life, the one from smart or from sa mga sites like tipid and sulit? Thanks!

        • Malds 13 April, 2013 at 9:30 pm

          Kung yung device habol mo, the one you’ll find in tipid and sulit are pretty much the same as the ones being sold by smart. You’ll find some of the newer models on tipidpc though, kasi may mga models na ini-import ng sellers na wala si Smart. sensya ne pero I don’t know the model numbers ng mga bagong labas lol.

          Pero quality wise they’re not much different kasi given the speeds possible sa atin (and this is just my presumption, di naman ako expert sa mga ganito), yung bottlneck ng speed kasi nanggagaling sa networks and yung technology available on their end, hindi sa devices.

          So karamihan ng mga devices ngayon ang bilis ng kaya nila na speed. Pag basahin mo specs nila sasabihin 5 mb or 7 or 20+ mb kaya, which is technically true. Pero yung networks kasi sa atin di naman talaga kaya habulin yung ganong speeds for the mass market so kahit gaano ka ganda device mo, may limit talaga yung speed na maabot mo kasi si Smart, Globe, at Sun di kaya yung maximim speeds ng device. Puro marketing lang talaga yang sinasabi nila na kaya ng 5 or 7mb speeds ng device. Ultimately, yung network yung nagdidictate ng speed dito sa pilinas, hindi yung device.

          Imaginin mo nalang na parang may ferari ka na ang bagal ng galaw kasi traffic lang palagi sa kalsada. Di mo namamaximize yung potential ng kotse kasi di ka naman pwede rumatrat sa highway lol.

          In my opinion, parepareho lang talaga yung gma devices ngayon. Kasi I’ve tried both ZTE and huawei (mine and my friends) and speed wise pareho lang yung na proprovide nila. Battery wise naman, most of the ones available in the market will run out of power after 3 or 4 hours of constant use talaga. There are some devices na aabot ka ng 5 or 6 hours of constant use pero sobrang mahal na nya, cguro nasa 7-9K presyo na sya. Hindi worth it for the extra 2 hours.

          Advice ko nalang is that you buy a portable USB charger (CDR king) anda long USB cable. Para saksak mo lang sa plug yung device mo or sa PC/laptop habang ginagamit mo. That way it’ll never run out of battery.

          I can’t give you a specific model kasi I haven’t tried all of them and di na ako updated, basta make sure lang na if you’re getting them from sulit or tipidpc, you buy the ones na 4g capable (para future proof, pag dumami na yung mga areas na may 4g kasi ngayon iilan lang sa Manila area ang meron) and na openline na (in case you decide to use another network pag mahina pa din smart sa inyo).

          You can get yours from smart din namna, pero ipapaopenline mo pa sya. Pero ok lang naman, mga 500 pesos lang naman ang pagpaopenline. So it’s up to you where you wanna get yours.

          If it were me though I’d probably just look for an already open one from tipidpc.

          • Michaela 13 April, 2013 at 9:55 pm

            I’ll probably get one from smart instead mas convenient kasi sakin. Thank you finally may reliable infos na kong nakuha iba iba kasi sinasabi sa service center at sa web. Kailangan ko nalang itest smart signal dito samin. So smart pocket wifi plus portable usb charger and i’m good to go. Natapos din walang katapusan kong pag iinquire thank you so much!!!

          • Malds 14 April, 2013 at 1:23 am

            haha glad I was able to help. I can relate to the “walang katapusan na pag iinquire”. Medyo ganun din kasi ako sa mga bagay bagay lol. Hope smart works for you.

          • Michaela 14 April, 2013 at 7:24 pm

            Kuya malds pumunta ako kanina sa smart para bumili na sana pero nung tanungin ko ulit ang sabi ng guy “usually 1.5gb/month” bakit ganon. :( Pero yung flyer naman na kinuha ko nakalagay for pocket wifi “Do heavy duty internet jobs like video calls, HD video streaming, and fast downloads and uploads. That’s because Smart Bro gives you bigger bandwidth, powered by Smart’s fiber optic network that stretches all across the country.” Sana kasi sinasabi nila talaga kung ilan yung bandwidth na yun.

          • Malds 14 April, 2013 at 8:26 pm

            di ko gets, 1.5gb yung cap? plan ba to? parang malabo ata lol. Kasi I’m sure di to yung prepaid kasi palagi ako gumagamit nun and I go well beyond that, minsan in one day lang.

            Baka yung data plan para sa LTE technology yung sinasabi ni Kuya. Kasi ginoogle ko, 1.5G nga ang monthly cap ng data plan para sa LTE plan nila sa iPhone 5. Pero yung normal lang parang wala namang cap.

            Ewan ko lang kung may bago silang policy and i-cacap na nila lahat ng plans nila, pero sa prepaid (yung mga unli promos lang) na ginagamit ko kaya ko lumampas ng 1.5GB download sa isang araw lang.

            Try mo kaya mag tanong sa ibang smart personnel, baka naman nalito lang yung guy or di nya talaga alam. kasi I checked the TPC forum and parang wala naman daw capping ang smart pag yung usb/pocket wifi lang. Yung meron ata monthly caps is yung data plans lang para sa phone.

          • Michaela 15 April, 2013 at 12:58 pm

            Sige try ko po sa ibang branch. Feeling ko din walang cap or kung meron man malaki dahil
            yun yung inaadvertise nila ngayon “heavy duty internet jobs” kaya daw. Thank you again sorry kulit haha.

          • Malds 15 April, 2013 at 1:37 pm

            Oks good luck and ayos lang na kulitin mo ako lol, summer ngayon kaya madami akong oras haha. Pero seriously, I weirdly enjoy replying to comments on my blog lol so it’s not a bother ;).

  15. LynnGene 15 April, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    Hello po Kuya. I was planning to buy pocket wifi ng smart. I saw your blog and decided to ask you some questions. Kasi 1st time ko lang gumamit ng pocket wifi. Sabi nila mas maganda daw ang smart. I was using Globe super stick and always unlisurfing for 50. Kaso yung “superunli” nila di naman nagtatagal. Andto pa naman ako sa province. (candon city) And Kuya. Loloadan mo po ba yung pocket wifi?? Pag prepaid?? I tought kasi pag wifi wala ng babayaran. Yung device lang. What is better po kuya?? Im choosing with this 3 products. Pcket wifi , Wifi plug it , Rocket wifi. Thanks po Kuya. Illwait for your responce. ^_^

    • Malds 15 April, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      Hi Lynn, di ko talaga masabi kung better ang globe vs smart. Kasi kahit dito sa manila, depende talaga sya sa location mo. Kung mag research ka sa forums for example, madami din nababadtrip sa smart kasi pangit yung connection sa lugar nila. Nagkataon lang na sa place ko, ok sya. So I don’t know if smart or globe is better at your place, you need to test it.

      Yung distinct advantage lang ng smart over globe kasi is if you’re a heavy user, hindi sya nag cacap ng 800mb like globe. Yung unlisurf equivalent ng smart yun, walang data limit. Di ka matatangap ng “you have reached your daily limit blah blah blah”. Pero kung hindi ka naman heavy user (di ka mahilig mag download ng torrents or manood ng full movies sa youtube), di sya issue.

      Re your next question, Yes lo-loadan mo ang pocket wifi. Yung iniisip mo kasi na wifi na walang bayad, naka kabit yan sa broadband. May bayad pa din yung broadband, yung wifi lang wala kasi may wifi modem. Same concept sya with the pocket wifi. Yung pocket wifi mismo na device, modem lang yun. Pero kung gusto mo magka internet same pa din sya sa usb dongle types, kelangan may load sya and kung smart ka “unli 50” yung equivalent nila sa “supersurf50” ng globe.

      What’s better between pocket wifi, plug it, and rocket? depende sa needs mo lol. I don’t really know kung ano gagamitan mo or kung ikaw lang ang gumagamit or if you need to share it. Yun kasi yung mga magiging consideration mo plus yung price. Speedwise kasi mag papare-pareho lang yan.

      Pero personal opinion ko, based on my needs to though hehe:

      wifi plug it – wag mo kunin kasi kelangan nakasalpak sya sa laptop/pc para gumana. So kung naka ipad ka or something, di mo magagamit.
      Pocket wifi – is what I’m using so good ako dito. mga 4 hours battery life sya pero pwede mo naman kasi i plug lang sa usb charger or sa pc mo para palagi syang nag chacharge and di mag lowbat.
      rocket wifi – 4g technology kasi ito and mas mahal sya sa iba ng konti. Ok sya kasi pag magkaroon na ng 4g sa lugar nyo magagamit mo sya. Pero kung wala naman kasing 4g pa dyan, walang kwente yung extra feature nya. So parang nagbayad ka ng extra para sa isang feature na di mo naman magagamit. Kasi kahit sa manila, hindi lahat ng areas may 4g. Sa inyo ewan ko lang kung meron o wala, pero malamang wala. Check mo muna. PERO kung meron 4g dyan, then eto yung pick ko.

      So yun hehe hope that helps you decide :)

      • Malds 15 April, 2013 at 2:01 pm

        correction sa wifi plug it hehe, pwede pala ata sya gumana kahit walang pc/laptop basta naka saksak sya sa usb adapter/charger. So basically wala ata tong battery, kelangan naka saksak sya para gumana. So ayaw ko pa din sa kanya hehe

  16. vonpadilla 16 April, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Greetings Sir Malds! Im planning on subscribing to Smart Pocket Wifi for my laptop and phone. I Just want to ask you regarding Smart Pocket Wifi performance using torrents? do you get decent download speeds and does Smart has torrent download limit/capped? Thank you!

    • Malds 16 April, 2013 at 1:57 pm

      Hey Von, I use my smart for torrents all the time. But take note though that I’m not a plan user. I only get the daily/weekly unlis. Mabilis naman sya sa area ko. I can download series episodes in an hour or two, minsan 30-45 minutes pa. But it fluctuates and it’s usually fast at night. I don’t download stuff during the day so I’m not sure how fast it is pag regular hours, but I think it’s slower.

      I have read somewhere that they cap the maximum speed for torrent downloads though. I’m not sure if it’s across the board for all smart connections or if it’s for plans only. By “cap” I don’t mean that they limit your maximum download. What I meant is that they don’t let you go above a certain speed when it comes to torrents.

      There’s a really long forum over at tipidpc about subscriber speed ng plan users for smart. Baka madishearten ka though kasi medyo madaming reklamo dun haha. Depende lang talaga sya sa area bro, but sa Manila sa may UN banda mabilis naman sya. I live and hangout sa area na yun so dun nanggagaling experience ko.

      Sa gabi ok speed nya sa torrent, but again this is for the prepaid one. Imguessing it’s probably the same for the plan but I’ve never used it so I don’t want to say that it’ll be the same for you.

      Try mo kayang manghiram muna sa mga friends mo na naka plan ng smart. Test it out for a day or two in your area before you decide.

      • vonpadilla 16 April, 2013 at 3:43 pm

        alright Sir, thank you for these very important information, i really appreciate your inputs. salamat for sharing your experiences with us. more power and god bless!

        • Malds 16 April, 2013 at 4:48 pm

          Anytime Von and thanks for visiting my blog

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  18. Lance Tan 18 April, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Hello po. Di ko po alam kung ano kukunin ko for my mobile, SMART OR GLOBE?

    I usually go to cities and my dsl and wifi po kami dito but sometimes it gets disconnected

    If GLOBE —– mahina sa bahay pero kapag nasa cities mabilis but kapag pupunta kami sa manila ( which is madalas) super slow.

    If SMART —— I get descent speeds everywhere ( not so fast, not so slow)

    so pls help me choose…..
    PS I live in Pangasinan

    • Malds 18 April, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      lol if internet lang basis mo for picking a network advice ko is mag Smart ka na dahil sabi mo nga, decent speen naman sya kahit saan. Kaso kung plan yan, may cap ata ang data plans ng smart na 1.5G or 2 gig per month, not sure. Check mo muna sa smart center. Pero kung prepaid naman kukunin mo wala syang cap.

      Pero kung cell phone kasi consideration ko palagi is connectivity sa calls and text. And pretty much all my friends are globe so globe palagi kong kinukuha. Ginagawa ko inuunlock ko nalang sya palagi and may baon lang akong sim ng smart.

      I always make sure that all my devices (phone, usb and pocket wifi) are unlocked so I never have to pick a network lol. Pwede mo gawin ganun nalang para di mo na sya pagisipan. Gagastos ka lang ng mga 500 pesos para magpaunlock and then bili ka ng extra sim sa kabilang network.

      • Lance Tan 18 April, 2013 at 7:56 pm

        pero parang malaki rin ang difference kasi sng speed ko sa smart ay 0.50mbps pero sa globe 3-5mbps. Im always around the city. so any suggestion about that.

        and what’s better:
        Using your phone for internet or just getting a pocket wifi?

        tnx 😀

        • Malds 18 April, 2013 at 8:29 pm

          hmmm kaw lang I suppose :). If ok lang sayo na may cap 800 mb daily for the speed (assuming di to plan) then go for globe. Depende lang talaga sya sa needs ng gumagamit. In my case I like to always use smart kasi sa area ko it’s fast. If mas ok Globe for your purposes then globe ka nalang.

          Re phone vs pocket wifi question, I’m assuming this is a tethering question since you’re comparing it with a pocket wifi. if your phone can tether then you “might” not need a pocket wifi kas medyo pareho lang naman din but it still depends on your day to day activities.

          Ako kasi my phone cant tether and I carry an ipad and laptop with me all the time so I need a separate device, so pocket wifi talaga ako. Plus malakas kumain ng batery yung tether so I’d rather have a dedicated device na pang internet lang talaga.

          Ok lang mag tether if you’re always in a place where you can plug your phone para macharge mo habang ginagawa mong hotspot sya, but if you’re always moving about or if you use your phone as a hot spot while traveling, baka maubusan ka ng bat which is really bad if you need to stay connected through text/call.

          If you’re thinking naman of just browsing the net through a smart phone then there’s nothing wrong with that. If that’s all you need it for and kontento ka na sa smart phone then yun nalang. Makak mura ka pa kasi you won’t need to buy pocket wifi.

          In my case kasi I need the internet for my ipad and laptop for blogging/work/school. Di ako mabubuhay sa smart phone lang kahit may internet na sya. Kahit nga ipad medyo kinukulang sa needs ko so I need to bust out my laptop all the time.

          So yun, I can’t answer your question, medyo ikaw lang talaga makakasagot dyan lol :).

          • Lance Tan 18 April, 2013 at 8:47 pm

            ok po. tnx

          • Malds 18 April, 2013 at 8:56 pm

            Good luck sa pag pili :)

  19. User 99 19 April, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Hi yung pocket wifi niyo diba hindi galing sa smart, so sim lang binili niyo? Meaning kahit sim lang tapos ilagay ko sa laptop ko uncapped din siya? Gusto ko kasi itry muna yun signal strength dito samin through sim muna para kung palpak man P40 lang masayang. Ty

    • Malds 19 April, 2013 at 11:12 am

      Kung may usb dongle or pocket wifi ka na ng ibang network pwede sim lang pero kelangan naka unlcok yung device mo. Yung akin globe talaga yan, inunlock ko lang para gumana yung smart. Kung di naka unlock yung device mo di mo di gagana yung ibang sim sa kanya.

      • User 99 19 April, 2013 at 11:44 am

        So yung smart bro sim ba same din sa nasa loob ng smart pocket wifi? & wala ding cap? Para itest ko lang din. Sensya wla ako masyado alam dto

        • Malds 20 April, 2013 at 1:04 am

          basta smart sim whether usb or pocket wifi walang cap. Pero yung data plans sa phone ata meron, pero kung yung sim lang na pang internet ang alam ko wala talaga

  20. Tracy 22 April, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Hi Malds, I purchased Roket wifi after using Pocket wifi for a while. But I noticed that there is no difference in speed between Roket wifi and Poket wifi. I tried to check the speed by using them in the same location. I always subscribe Unlisurf. Can Always On give me faster speed than Unlisurf? Or it really doesn’t matter what plan you subscribe? Please kindly advise me :) Thanks!

    • Malds 23 April, 2013 at 12:26 am

      Hmmm this is just my opinion but you’re prolly not using 4g. Your area might not have it. In that case if you’re just on 3g then whether you use your pocket wifi device or your rocket wifi, the speed of your internet wont change. Basically both devices can give you speeds faster than your network can. So you dont see a boost.

      Its like you have 2 cars, one (rocket wifi) faster than the other (the normal one) but both stuck in traffic (i think i used this example in an earlier comment lol). Both cars can go faster than the speed the traffic is moving (network speed here) but they cant utilize their best speed because movement is limited on a congested road. So at the end of the day, it doesnt matter how fast your car is, as long as its at about the same speed of daily traffic it’s good enough.

      4g is sort of like the the skyway lol. You dont have it everywhere but you can go really fast when you’re on there. Might still not allow you to reach the top speed of your device but at least its better than 3g. Check mo muna sa internet yung 4g locations and if your place has it.

      Let me knnow if that makes sense lol.

      And i dont think going always on will make a difference. Mas sulit yung unlisurf anyway.

  21. thnets 24 April, 2013 at 9:12 am

    hi po tanong lang sana ako im using now plan 999 sa smart per month tapos parang nabigatan na ako gusto ng sis ko na magshare kami may wifi ho ba ang smart anong dapat ko gamitin para maka share sya ng net sa akin were neighbors lng kasi

    • Malds 24 April, 2013 at 11:09 am

      hmmmm USB ba gamit mo? baka pwede ka mag pocketwifi para mashare connection mo pero medyo mahirap yun kasi di kalakihan ang range nya. Kung neighbors kayo (meaning magkatabing bahay) baka di kaya. Kung roomates lang sana pwede hehe.

      Or try mo mag inquire sa smart center about their “share it” modem. Meron silang binebenta din ata na wifi modem na para sa smart broadband din talaga, a lot bigger than the pocket wifi. Eto link oh, Tanongin mo nalang magkano kelangan mo bayaran for the device since meron ka naman din nang plan sa kanila.

  22. Mark 24 April, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I just want to ask if smart pocket wifi unlisurt promo works on ym or skype video chat? Thank you

    • Malds 24 April, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Hey mark, it works on anything that uses the internet so yes :)

      • Mark 24 April, 2013 at 11:36 am

        Thanks for the quick reply I appreciate it.

  23. Jon Junio 26 April, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I just bought a pocket wifi from smart yesterday. It promises speed of up to 7.2 mbps. It’s prepaid like yours but I seem to have a cap on my torrent download speed. I can’t reach more than 17 mbps on any of my downloads. I do know how torrents work. I know that you need a lot of seeders and a few leechers. I’ve done every trick in the book to make my DL speed fast but to no avail. On the other hand, my apps download and browsing speed is quick as lightning. Signal is good here in sampaloc manila and I’m getting a 3g+. Why can’t I download torrents like you???

    • Jon Junio 26 April, 2013 at 4:05 pm

      That’s 17 kbps i’m sorry.

    • Malds 26 April, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Hmmm since you just got it yesterday why don’t you give it a couple more days. Speed on 3g whichever network you’re on isn’t consistent. I also get days when it’s unbearably slow. And try doing your torrent downloads at night, 12 midnight onwards. That’s usually the fastest for me.

      Also re torrent’s, always pick the one with the most seeders and the fewest leachers. I always go for ratio over number. For example I’d pick a 200 seeders/20 leachers file over a 2000 seeders/1500 leachers one.

      • Jon Junio 26 April, 2013 at 11:44 pm

        Yes, I always try to DL torrents at night. I even stayed until 3 am last night so I could check the rate but it stays the same. Not to brag or anything but i consider myself a veteran with torrents so I know how to get the optimal speed for a download. Hehe. Btw, do you plug your pocket wifi to your laptop while downloading? Because i have mine placed by the window so i could get better signal .Maybe I’ll just give it a few days. I hope my speed gets better. I really love my HD movies from torrents.

        • Malds 27 April, 2013 at 6:17 pm

          hmm i dunno why it’s not speeding up for you. Yeah just give it a couple days more and see if it changes for the better.

          And ako I have separate charger for it that you can plug to a normal socket so I plug it sa may window and leave the unit outside hanging lol. Gets better signal that way nga.

          • robeee 6 July, 2013 at 1:12 pm

            hi, just wnna ask. when you plug it directly sa socket, di naman nasisira yung device?

          • Malds 7 July, 2013 at 10:03 am

            Hey Robee, depende sa charger mo. I use a universal charger kasi and output nya is about the same as USB power so hindi nman sya masisisira. Most usb chargers will probably work tho, ang alam ko lang na medyo delikado siguro is yung charger ng ipad na bago. Yung fast charger. Medyo mas mataas ata output nun so even tho I’m not completely sure if masisira pocket wifi ko if i charge it with that, di ko na inaatempt just to be safe.

            Yung rule with charging stuff usually is that you can go below the required power, mabagal lang, but try not to use chargers na mas mataas output power. Although I did read somewhere that for modern phones, tablets, cameras, etc… kahit yung higher powered socket chargers will still work for them, mas mabilis lang mag charge. I’ve never tried it tho.

            In my case pala I use a spare motorola charger that I just found lying around at home. It’s output is 5 volts — 550mA, yun yung standard output level ata ng USB 2.

  24. eXile 26 April, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Hi there, just like to share my experience.
    Having an experience like yours with the good wired internet connection but you know what happened blah blah blah.
    But let’s cut the chase, when I used globe tattoo and ESPECIALLY Sun broadband, speeds were just.. how do I say it.. UTTER CRAP. I can’t believe they would even market this, robbing many people of their hard earned money. I would pay P100+ (which is a substantial amount of money as a college student ) every 3 days only to get 10 KILOBYTES PER SECOND, and it isn’t even stable (constant drops to zero and it would take me 20 MINUTES to download 6mb song). It would take forever to load pages and get work done. Watching youtube videos and torrenting is but a dream. I would cuss more than I get stuff done.

    BUT, after trying the last broadband option (which I thought was the worst according to colleagues), and boy was I wrong, it just changed everything I thought about broadband connections here. It hit stable speeds of 1.5-3mbps during peak hours and would go 5++mbps during early morning. PLUS, there was no data cap crap whatsoever, so I can download/torrent things I wanted without waiting very long. Hell, I could even play online games with acceptable pings during off-peak hours. Pretty amazing for a broadband stick.

    So thank you Smart for actually getting internet service done right and thank you sir Malds for sharing your experiences too.


    • Malds 26 April, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      lol yes I went through pretty much the same thing. I tried both smart and globe before I switched to smart. Globe isn’t too bad in my area tho, I actually had decent speeds but their data cap thingy just sucked way too much.

      So Smart user din ako all the way na ngayon.

      Thanks for dropping by my blog and sharing your experience (rant lol) eXile :).

  25. BONO 27 April, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    The best po Smartbro kasi 12mn onwards nkakapag dota 2 pako ng walang sablay. Dota 2 yan a sobrang mkahigop ng bandwidth pero maayos ang laro kahit pre-paid lang.

  26. j 28 April, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    simple question: using a pocket wifi and rocket wifi simultaneously beside each other via separate laptops but homing on the same BTS (cellsite) which has 4G capability – will the rocket wifi provide more speed than the pocket wifi. if yes, what are the actual/test speeds? would like to know – will the rocket wifi always be double the speed of the pocket wifi? eg 2mbps vs 1mbps or 4mbps vs 2mbps?

    • Malds 29 April, 2013 at 12:47 am

      Hi J, I’ve never actually done a side by side comparison. I’ve used both 4g and 3g separately for Smart and globe tho so I might be able to ad a bit of insight albeit an incomplete one.

      Actual speeds will depend on your area, but for mine I think the fastest I ever got for 4g was around 4 nearing 5 mbps. It was fluctuating though and it’s not consistent. that’s just the highest number I saw, I didn’t look at the numbers the whole time I was using it since I only check the speed of my connection in the beginning or when it’s really really slow. So I don’t know if I’ve ever gone above those numbers.

      For 3g it’s usually 1mb or less in my area. I can sometimes go over 1mb but not all the time. I hit like .4-.8 mb on the regular. Not uber fast but good enough for my needs (I stream 240 and 360 youtube vids just fine).

      But theoretically if you do a side by side comparison, 4g connection should be substantially faster than the 3g one. It’s not going to always be double the speed though, I mean it’s possible you may even go above double the 3g speed but whether you’re on 4g or 3g, speed always fluctuates. So it’s not going to be twice the speed consistently.

      All I can say is that from my experience, 4g has always been substantially faster than 3g. I just can’t say exactly by how much.

  27. Mai 2 May, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Hi Malds, just want to ask, does pocket wifi works po ba sa matatas na area? Im leaving po kc sa condo, and nasa 20th flr po ako, what do you suggest po na pwedent gamitin? I live sa may ermita mla.

    • Malds 2 May, 2013 at 11:05 am

      Oo naman lol it’ll work anywhere na may signal. Basta di lang na bloblock ng walls/building nyo yung signal gagana yan. Lapit mo lang sa bintana. I live in Paco actually, lapit lang sa rob ermita. And if your place is near roxas, medyo ok dapat speed ng Smart dyan. I hang out a lot kasi sa UN sbux, nasa service road ng roxas, and ok speed ng smart dun. I’ve also tried sa my pedro gil sbux and mabilis naman din smart dun, so I’m sure ok din sa ermita are yan.

  28. Aaron 4 May, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Bakit ako kahit connected sa SMART LTE napakababa ng download speed ko pagdating sa torrent. Pero kapag browsing at hindi P2P yung ginagawa ko mabilis talaga. Sa HSPA+ naman hindi consistent ang sa Smart sa akin, though umabot ako ng 13Mbps sa Speedtest. Sa Globe, ang highest na nakuha ko ay 7.2Mbps pero consistent kahit anong oras mabilis, ayun nga lang capped. Anyway, I agree with you, Smart is the better choice. Widest coverage pa kahit saan may 3G at nationwide na ang LTE. Globe napakabagal ng modernization samantalang mas maliit yung upgrade nila.

    • Malds 5 May, 2013 at 9:39 am

      mababa naman talga ata yung torrent speed vs browsing speed talaga, nakacap nga yung torrent kasi nila talaga pero at least pwede pa din naman for my needs so oks lang ako dun.

      • Again 9 May, 2013 at 4:29 pm

        Pero kapag postpaid ata hindi throttled yung pagdownload sa torrent. May nababasa akong tweets nakakapagdownload sila up to 2MB (not Megabits) sa torrent. I think kapag prepaid lang yun. Correct me if I’m wrong, though.

        • Malds 9 May, 2013 at 6:19 pm

          I dunno, never tried postpaid torrent downloads. Highest I’ve ever reached on normal 3g is somewhere around 600-700 kbps sa mobile partner ko (dashboard sa openline ko na device). Kasi madalang, umabot sa 100 kB/s sa torrent downloads yung speed ko. Usually nasa 40-80 kB/s sya nag rarange on a fast night. That’s around 600 something kbps ata after after conversion.

          So baka throttled (thank you for reminding me of the term lol I always forget this one) to 600-700 kbps ang torrent downloads sa 3g.

          Baka naman 4g yang friend mo, LTE??? Ewan ko lang din kung sa HDSPA+ aabot ng 2MB torrents.

          • Again 9 May, 2013 at 6:48 pm

            That’s normal sa 3G, Lucky ka na kung 100kB+ ang dumadating sa’yo

            Smart LTE at Globe LTE sila (twitter tweets actually, medyo chismoso ako kaya tinatanong ko kung anong network provider nila lol).

            Ang highest (theoretically) speed sa HSPA+ ay 21Mbps or 2.5MB/s. Pwede rin umabot.
            Meron 7 cell sites ang Smart na upgraded na sa DC-HSPA+ (42Mbps) I hope dumami pa yun para mabilis at affordable kaysa LTE na per data na ang charging after June 30.

          • Malds 9 May, 2013 at 7:47 pm

            Onga sana nga lumawak pa coverage ng hspa+ (lol kala ko may hsdpa, wala palang “d” hehe). Medy kulang pa din sakun ang 3g speeds minsan, lalo na during the day when it’s slowest for me.

            Might try LTE sometime soon. Was just reading about smarts plans kanina. Kaso may limit nga yung available plans and you have to pay for extra pagmaabot mo na. Kahit yung pinakamahal nilang broadband plan hanggang 21GB lang per month. Medyo malakas panaman ako mag torrent lol.

  29. Jeff 5 May, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    Hi po sir. Question lang. So balak ko na sana magapply ng Globe Tattoo postpaid plan 999 kasi advertised nila unlimited daw yun compared sa prepaid na may 800mb limit. Tapos nagbasa ako sa forums ng globe, may nagreklamo pati daw yung postpaid plan may cap din na 800mb. Alam nyo po ba kung ganun talaga sa globe?

    anyway, nainis ako sa very thought of capping since heavy downloader talaga ako sa mga torrents. So inisip ko magsearch ng services ng smart and i stumbled upon your blog and read na no cap talaga ang smart? is this only true sa prepaid? Gusto ko po kasi postpaid para wala ng load load kasi mejo hassle din and heavy user talaga ako daily. Ano po ba yung mga postpaid plans ng smart? gusto ko sana yung mga up to 12 mbps para magaverage sa mga 3-5 mbps pag ginamit and ok na ko dun as long as legit talaga na walang cap. Para matawagan ko smart and di sila malito kung anong gusto kong iavail.

    Wala pa rin pala akong device. Yung rocket wifi device mejo nagugustuhan ko kasi meron na daw hspa+ network dito sa condo namin sa ermita accdg to their website. kung in the future mag lte sim ako, kaya po ba ng device nito ang lte?

    Then, nasa 6,495 daw yung price nito. tiningnan ko naman sa tipidpc meron mga huawei na 3k-4k lang pero 4g hspa+ din and brand new pa. reliable kaya sa tipidpc bat parang ang layo ng price diff?

    hehe sorry po sir dami kong tanong. Gusto ko talaga pasigurado. Alam nyo naman mga false advertisers talaga mga telecoms XD thanks.

    • Malds 6 May, 2013 at 1:28 pm

      Hey Jeff I cant answer all of your questions with certainty pero subukan ko pa din.

      1.) I’ve never tried postpaid ng globe pero sabi ng friends ko who are using it di pa naman daw sila nakakaexperience ng cap sa postpaid.

      2.) Walang cap ang smart prepaid and post paid kung yung pang internet lang. Yung data plan ng phones tho ang alam ko meron cap yun. And baka yung naririnig mo na cap sa smart postpaid yung sa torrent yun. Yung cap nya hindi sa maximum download pero sa maximum speed. Mabilis pa din naman relatively, pero it’ll be a lot slower ng than regular browsing and streaming speeds mo. Parang may nabasa kasi ako sa forums din na mukhang may speed limit din ang smart. Di ako sure exactly kung gano kabilis yung limit.

      3.) Re rocket wifi to LTE question, I’m not sure about this one be honest. You might have to ask your network provider about this. Pero ang alam ko kasi hspa+ isn’t really 4G. It’s more like an upgrade of 3G so parang 3.5G lang talaga na network sya. It can get close to 4G speeds tho pero it’s a different network to 4G LTE. So baka hindi. You might have to get another device para maka LTE ka in the future.

      4.) Sa tipidpc ok naman goods dun, just make sure you read my post about tipidpc para mapili mo yung ok na sellers. Palaging malayo prices talaga ng retail store sa malls and ng sellers online. Yung mga online sellers kasi wala sila masyadong gastos kasi di naman sila nag babayad ng rent para sa store nila. So mas mababa lagi yung naoofer nila na prices. For example I recently bought a camera sa tipidpc for 15K na nagreretail ng around 20 sa mall. May waranty and brand new. You can always get cheaper stuff online if you know where to look :).

      • Jeff 6 May, 2013 at 8:43 pm

        ah ok. Kamusta naman sir yung latency/ping ng globe at smart sa google? Iniisip ko rin kasi gamitin siya pang gaming pero baka ang taas ng ping XD

        • Malds 7 May, 2013 at 12:12 am

          hmmm sorry bro, never really tried gaming on 3g/4g so I don’t know how well they’d do. Well I did try that game online that’s really similar to DOTA for a while, can’t remember what it was called lol. The one where you have to buy characters otherwise you can only use the ones that are unlocked for that week.

          May times na smooth ang gameplay pero from time to time mag spipike sya then it’ll go back to normal. Di sya consistently smooth. Pero this was last year pa so I don’t know if the network has gotten better.

    • Potpot 9 May, 2013 at 6:59 pm

      Alam ko unlimited talaga kapag postpaid, yan ang advantage kapag postpaid kaysa prepaid.

      Ang LTE ay ibang mobile technology kaya hindi makakaconnect yung rocket wifi device. Though may offer ngayon ang Smart na prepaid LTE. Yung LTE Pocket WiFi ay Php 6,995 mura siya kaysa sa unlocked. Kapag nag-postpaid LTE ka naman, per data ang plans at mahal so hindi bagay sa heavy download user katulad mo.

      Sa Latency naman, mas mababa sa Smart, pinakamababang nakuha ko 38ms. Yun ay sa HSPA+ network. sa HSDPA mataas talaga lagi ang ping.

      • Malds 9 May, 2013 at 7:50 pm

        yeah hassle nga yung setup ng LTE, currently mas sulit yung HSPA+ sakin dahil at least unli sya talaga. Sana lang lumawak pa coverage nya sa Manila.

        Highest latency ko ata na nakuha 148 ms if I’m not mistaking. Pero usually it’s much higher. I think I clocked that low lang, sa umaga ata yun nung gumising ako.

  30. RJ 10 May, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Hi kuya malds. Pano po mag register sa mga promos pag naka pocket wifi? Kailangan po ba smart din yung phone sim ko or through the device itself na? And yung pagload po pano ba ang system? Thank you in advance.

    • Malds 10 May, 2013 at 3:45 pm

      Hi RJ, pag load same lang sa phone, papasa load ko. Or ilipat mo sim mo sa phone mo tas load ka ng card.

      Yung prepaid unlimited internet promos naman ng smart ay:

      unlisurf 50 (1 day)
      unlisurf 80 (2 days)
      unlisurf 200 (5 days)+

      Just send it to 2200.

      Kahit sa device ka na mag text para sa unli promos ok lang.

      • RJ 10 May, 2013 at 4:15 pm

        Pwede rin po ba yung sa mga paloadan sa tindahan? Last question hehe pasenya po sa prepaid po ba may pang 1 month? Kunwari po parang 50 hrs valid 30days.. Ty :)

        • Malds 10 May, 2013 at 5:14 pm

          yup pwede yung normal na load lang sa tindahan. And I’m not sure kung anong promo yung may 50 hours in one month, sorry. Kasi pag prepaid always on tas unlisurf promos lang alam ko. Pero madali lang naman kasi malaman kung naka prepaid ka o pplan. Pag nagbabayad ka ng monthly sa smary plan yan, prepaid yung linoloadan mo lang

  31. Kenster 12 May, 2013 at 5:08 am

    Hi Sir Malds. Tatanong ko lang.
    Ano pinagkaiba nung Smart Pocket wifi prepaid dun sa Smart 4G LTE?
    Ung smart pocket wifi po ba ay 3g lang?
    or pareho silang 4g pero mas mabilis lang ung Smart 4G LTE?
    ano po ba talga?

    • Malds 12 May, 2013 at 6:38 am

      Hey kenster, yung pocket wifi hanggang 3g lang sya so mas mabagal sya sa 4g LTE. Yung 4g LTE, yun yung tunay na 4g network talaga. Medyo malayo speeds nilang dilawa. Masmabilis talaga ang 4g LTE.

      Yung nakaklito siguro is that for some devices, even before 4g LTE came out, sinasabi nila na 4g na din sya. This would be the ones na may HSDPA+ (rocket plug it & wifi for example). That one isn’t actually real 4g (at least that’s what most people are saying), parang upgrade lang sya ng 3g kaya masmabilis sya. Pero it’s still slower than 4g LTE.

      So isipin mo nalang sa pinas ngayon yung networks merong:

      2g – pinakamabagal
      3g – yung normal na nasasagap mo using your typical usb dongle or pocketwifi
      4g hsdpa+ – di talaga totoong 4g, pero mas mabilis sa 3g. If smart pinaguusapan, ito yung rocket wifi nila na device.
      4g LTE – yung pinaka mabilis, pinaka recent, and pinaka mahal lol. Ibang network to sa 4g hsdpa+ so kung may rocket wifi ka, di ka pa rin makakaconnect dito. Kelangan mo ng LTE device talaga.

  32. Alex Racho 12 May, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Thank you for all the useful info on this thread. I will get my first dual sim phone next week, and am already frustrated with Globe service (sa call/text/internet). Mama unlisurf pa nga ako P999. But really slow. So planning to get Smart prepaid sim and load with unli plans. Do these plans also come with free texts/calls? I’m also assuming I can share my internet connection like hotspot from 2nd sim, while I continue cell connectivity with Globe.

    • Malds 12 May, 2013 at 11:13 am

      hey alex I’m not sure dun sa free text/calls thing hehe. And making it a hotspot while till using your globe number is a feature dependent on your phone I think so you’ll have to check with the one you use.

  33. theArchitect 13 May, 2013 at 12:46 am

    sir, tanong ko lang. kakabili ko lang kasi ng smart pocket wifi kanina. always bang 3g lang ang nakalagay sa device?? and nag speedtest ako hindi ako tumataas ng kahit 1mbps. ang sabi nila eh up to 7.2mbps at ang minimum naman nila eh 1.5mbps. by the way sir sampaloc, manila ang location ko. thanks sir! more power!

    • Malds 13 May, 2013 at 9:26 am

      medyo normal na yang speed mo actually. Malabong makakita ka ng 7 mbps. Kaya nga ng device umabot ng ganong speeds, di naman ganun ka bilis yung network dito sa pinas. So med

  34. Arn Joseph Vergara 13 May, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    sir…gamit ko kai ngayon sun broadband stick lang…i always play dota 2 sa steam….makakapaglaro lang ako ng maayos bet 11pm- 9 am…. sa mga exceeding hours nag dadrop na po…ping ko on game 150-200- din biglang 1000…location ko po san mateo rizal…near st. matheus hospital..pati sa surfing bumabagal pag bandang hapon na….ano po ba recommended nyo na internet provider na mura lang…gusto ko prepaid lang po…ala po kami phone line or cable..maganda po ba pocket wifi? gamit ko po laptop ..needed to change my sun broadband stick po..kasi taas ping lagi on game…ok lang po kaya sun pocket wifi? kaya po kaya non gaming ng dota2?

    • Malds 13 May, 2013 at 6:17 pm

      sorry bro, unless subukan mo talaga yung smart tas globe sa area mo di mo malalaman kung mabilis or not. I suggest i unlock mo sun broadband mo, bili ka ng smart tas globe na sim card tas try mo maglaro using both. Kaw mag decide kung ano mabilis sa area nyo. gastos ka total mga 700-800 lang cguro for the unlocking and sim cards.

      And re pocket wifi, di bibilis speed ng connection mo kahit mag pocket wifi ka. Pareho pa din sa stick yan. The only way bibilis speed mo is kung:

      1.) may hsdpa+ sa area mo and bumili ka ng device na may hsdpa+ (rocket plug it/wifi for example)
      2.) or bumili ka ng 4G LTE device.

      Pero between a normal 3g usb device and a normal pocket wifi device, wala masyadong difference sa speed yan.

  35. ecmac 15 May, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Hi, I noticed you’d reply to everyone…so i’ll have my share.
    I use prepaid witribe at this time and i can’t download torrents but it does give me decent speed in browsing and buffering and steaming you tube vids (more on buffering) ugh! i believe this is a 4g network also known as LTE? correct me if im wrong. i took chance on wi-shit, but before that, i went to smart center to inquire about LTE, it was new then, and i was disappointed to hear from them that it might not work when using in an elevation that is higher than 12th floor. i live in 35 floor. i decided to get wi-shit because i had no other option, pldt run out of port etc. Now, i want a pocket wi-fi for my ipad and to get rid of wires. choosing between the non-LTE or the LTE thing. which one should i get? taking into consideration that im getting 2g smart signal in my unit, sometimes 3g, i bought a bro sim to check using my phone. i though they’re stronger than wi-shit based on company profile alone. but why am i not getting smart lte signal while i can get wi-shit signal here in Ermita-UN ave.(a listed lte area for smart)
    Thanks for this blog!
    to LTE or not LTE?

    • Malds 15 May, 2013 at 11:30 am

      hmmm tough problem. You sure your phone can connect to LTE? Might be the reason why you cant find smart’s lte in your area. Maybe you could find someone who has a smart lte pocket wifi and test it out at your place just to be sure. if it works then go for LTE. Be sure to check out their plan details tho. I could be wrong but I remember reading that they place a bandwidth cap on LTE plans and you need to pay extra if you want it expanded. That’s not an issue for most people