How to unlock your Smart bro, Globe tattoo or Sun broadband USB Dongle or Pocket Wifi


My post about Smart vs Globe internet has been getting a LOT of views and comments so I thought I’d write a related post. Figured people might find the tool I used to unlock my usb dongle and pocket wifi useful.

This really isn’t going to be very long since this isn’t a tech blog and I don’t want it to become one hehe. So I’ll just be mentioning what I used to unlock my devices with links to the site where you can download the app.

They already have really good video tutorials on their site so there’s no need for me to make another one.

So here it goes.

Smart bro, Globe tattoo or Sun broadband USB Dongle or Pocket Wifi Unlocking Tool

The tool I used is called DC unlocker. You can download it here:

What does unlocking my smart bro, Globe tattoo or Sun Broadband do?

Unlocking your usb or pocket wifi device makes it an openline device.

If you got your device from any one of the the three networks, then it’s probably locked to that network only. Meaning it’s not going to accept any other sim card.

Unlocking it or making it into an openline device basically removes that restriction. So once it’s done, you can now use it to connect to the internet using any sim card.

Is it free?

No. The App download itself is free but you cant unlock your device without credits. The App will let you identify your device but you’re going to need credits to unlock it.

So you’ll need a credit card, a paypal account or a money brookers account if you want to use this device. They have other options as well, just check their site.

Should I try to unlock my device myself or should I pay someone else to do it for me?

If you’re techy enough you can probably work out how to use this device and unlock your own devices and your friends. Heck you can even charge other people and maybe start a business with this lol.

If you do the math, you’ll be spending less money unlocking your devices yourself rather than having it unlocked at one of the stalls in green hills or at some malls.

What’s cool about learning how to do this yourself is that you can unlock the other devices that you’ll buy in the future yourself. That should save you some cash.

If you’re not confident in your tech skills though, you might as well pay someone else to do it. The process isn’t difficult but there are just some people (I know a lot of them) who don’t mix well with technology. That’s fine.

Kung di kaya, wag na pilitin.

How much will unlocking my device cost?

Each device will cost a certain number of credits to unlock. 1 Credit costs 1 Euro. Just head on over to their site to check how much your device will cost.

Also, and I’m not very sure about this because my memory is fuzzy, I think the free dc unlocker app also tells you how many credits are needed to unlock your device once it’s able to identify it.

How do you use it?

I refer you to the tutorials on their site:

No need for me to make another one. These are comprehensive enough.

If you have any questions, you can head on over to their forum:

They’ll be better able to answer your questions so wag na ako yung tanongin lol.

Coz I unlocked both my Globe USB dongle and Globe Pocket wifi early last year and I can’t really remember the process anymore hehe. So I might need to look up their tutorials again once I unlock my next device (I don’t plan on getting a new one anytime soon though).

Is there a free version of DC-unlocker?

I have seen some cracked ones online but I can’t remember where. But from the comments I read, a lot of them don’t work anymore. Just Google for those if that’s what you’re after.

So yeah, that’s it. Good luck unlocking your device and please like my Facebook page below if you found this post useful :). Thanks.

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  1. Katherine 26 June, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Hi, tested na po ba ito? kasi baka may side effect to na baka masira na ung pocket wifi then dahil wala na sa warranty papagawa pa siya ng mas mahal. Pangit kasi signal ng Smart wifi dito sa area namin, ang malakas na signal is Sun so I want to unlock it. And may effect po kaya un na kapag Sun ang ginamit kong sim card sa smart pocket wifi is hndi ganun kabilis. TIA

    • Malds 27 June, 2013 at 2:01 am

      Hey katherine, yup I’ve done this to two of my devices, a dongle and a usb wifi. Medyo kelangan nga lang may konting techy knowledge ka to get it to work. So if you wanna try it make sure mag basa basa ka muna sa site nila and forums nila. May mga videos din ata on how to do it so you might want to watch those din.

      If feeling mo di mo kaya on your own, you might want to just have it unlocked. Medyo mapapamahal ka ngalang ng konti depending on where you have it unlocked.

      Also re the switching to sun question, dahil malakas signal does not necessarily mean magiging mabilis ang internet although it does help. Kelangna mo pa din talaga i test. So I can’t really say na mabilis ang sun sa area nyo.

      Ang maganda nga lang pag ma unlock mo device mo is pwede ka mag switch between all three networks para makahanap ng pinakamabilis. Or kung nagloloko yung isang network (which happens to all three from time to time) pwede mo palitan simcard. Ako I don’t really use sun pero I switch between globe and smart.

  2. ixaac 6 August, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    can we use normal globe simcards to globe tattoo broadbands?

    • Malds 6 August, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Yup, you cna use normal cards. There’s not much difference between of the the tattoo cards and the normal phone simcards (for the prepaid ones at least). They just have a different print at the back.

  3. daren 10 September, 2013 at 10:28 pm

    hello po, ask lang po ako kung pwede ko po bah mapalitan yung normal smart sim card ko to smart LTE sim sa pocket wifi?nka plan po kasi ako ng 999 sa normal na smart sim. sobrang hina po kasi tlga nong inavail ko sa area nmin..hindi kayanin kahit voice call lang.

    • Malds 11 September, 2013 at 7:49 am

      hmmm im not entirely sure. Feeling ko pwede naman, pero I doubt you’d be able to use LTE on a normal pocket wifi. You’d need to get the LTE device. The most na magagawa ng LTE sim mo on a regular device would still just be 3g and 2g lang. And kung mahina na sya to begin with, switching sims wont change anything.

  4. Mark 17 October, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Thanks a lot for this tip, bro! I will try it tonight on my Sun Pocket Wifi. Hopefully it’ll work. 🙂 I’ll post an update kapag success so others can get a heads-up too.

    • Malds 22 October, 2013 at 4:29 pm

      Good luck. Make sure updated yung app. Last time i did this was a year agobut i still get regular emails from the company so i think its still working. Its a bit tricky to learn if your not used to these kinds of things but it becomes real easy to replicate after doing it once :).

  5. Richard 23 October, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Hi! Can I use normal sim card (non broadband sim card) to pocket wifi?

    • Malds 26 October, 2013 at 6:53 pm

      Yup, I use my phone’s sim card all the time 🙂

  6. Lali 29 January, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Hi there. Im using a smart bro pocket wfi. But the speed is slow. When i download torrents the fastest speed i get is 20kbps. Any suggestions on how to speed it up?

    • Malds 1 February, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      Hey Lali, I’ve been using smart the past couple of days and during the day torrent speed is pretty slow. In my experience it’s usually past 1 am to like 8 or 9 am that I get the fastest speeds. So for most of the big files that I download, I just que them overnight on my torrent. I can usually get at least 40 – 60 kbps on average but from time to time I also breach 100kbps and have even seen it go up to as high as 200kbps. But it’s not consistent.

      There’s really not much you can do on your end to speed up the connection to be honest. Other than getting a good signal and making sure that it’s set to connect to only 3g or 4g (if you have it). It all boils down to location and I’m assuming congestion of network (which I’m assuming is why it’s faster during the really early hours of the day since not many people use the network at that time).

    • Mark 3 February, 2014 at 11:38 am

      Hi Lali,

      Torrent ports and connections are actually filtered by telecom providers therefore speeds are throttled– the reason why you’re getting speeds like that. Smart and Sun has been known for doing this activity for a long time, and recently, Globe implemented one which blasted criticism from loyal subscribers over social media.

      Downloading torrents via 3G/LTE is not encouraged as it affects other subscribers within the same area. This is generally the bottom line of all our network’s Fair Usage Policy (FUP).

      • Malds 4 February, 2014 at 9:02 pm

        Thanks for that one Mark 🙂

  7. ray tuballes 27 February, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Hi,there ask ko LNG panu or san nakakabili Ng WiFi dongle Para smart tv na Samsung KC d ko CIA makonek Sa net sayang LNG kung di ko KC magamit thanks….

    • Malds 27 February, 2014 at 2:33 pm

      Hi Ray. Wala ba kayong normal wifi sa bahay? kasi that would work already. If wala, then you’re going to need a pocket wifi or as you said, a wifi dongle. Pero better ang pocket wifi kasi you don’t need to attach it to a PC or laptop para magamit. Cost siguro is around 3k to 4k. You can get one at any of the smart/globe centers. I believe they sell them. Pero you can also find them at random computer/cellphone/gadget shops sa malls. They’re not that difficult to find na.

      Or if you prefer to buy them online or if you’re looking for a cheaper second hand one or one na naka unlock na, try TipitPC.

  8. Wenn 9 June, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Hi sir Malds,

    Recently, I bought a Huawei E583c pocket wifi, and can’t figure out on how to use it (load wise). You, as an experienced one on this, can you please help me, i am curently using globe prepaid sim. Do I still have to avail the unli surfings they offer or just regular load?

    Thank you, and hoping for a reply. 🙂


    • Malds 10 June, 2014 at 2:28 am

      Hi Wenn,

      You can’t do normal loading through a card on a pocket wifi since it doesn’t allow you to dial the pin numbers. What you’ll have to do is either get auto/pasaload or you can switch the globe sim to a phone, then load using a card and switch the sim back to the pocketwifi again.

      To get unlisurf, you can head to the browser dashboard of your pocketwifi. to log in to the pocketwifi just type on your browser and it should take you there. You should know your password, it’s prolly in your manual. Once you input the password and are logged in, click the “SMS” button on the upper part of the dash. Go to “write SMS”, and you use tthis how you’d normally write a text.

      To subscribe to supersurf for globe, just type “8888” on the number tab and “supersurf50” (for daily unli) on the content box.

      Hope this works for you :).

  9. indaydaly 25 June, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Hi Malds, can we use these unlocked dongles with an international smartphone such as the U.S. AT&T or Verizon? Thanks for posting this, i’m trying to figure out a way to get connection while traveling the philippines.

    • Malds 25 June, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      If you mean will unlocked US AT&T/Verizon phone/dongle/pocket wifi work here if they’re unlocked? Yes they will. Once you unlock them they become generic devices basically. Then just switch a local sim into em and they should work fine.

      I’m not entirely sure if that’s what you wanted to ask. I might not be reading the question correctly tho.

      If you’re asking if a dongle can be used with a smart phone, well… no they can’t. They can only be plugged in to a usb (pc/laptop). You can’t connect them to a phone. If you have a pocket wifi tho you can use the wifi to connect to the net through your phone.

      • indaydaly 25 June, 2014 at 8:43 pm

        Thanks Malds, yes you understood the question correctly. Next question, will the local phone need a load? Will the U.S. phone need a data plan? salamat gid.

        • Malds 25 June, 2014 at 11:17 pm

          hello again, yup the local phone will need load. The sim cards you can buy, pretty much anywhere, are all prepaid. You’d need to go to a globe/smart/sun store if you wanna get a plan (which you’re free to do as well if you want).

          Re the second question, it’s not going to matter if it was a phone with a plan in the US or a prepaid one once it’s unlocked. If it was a plan phone in the US, the plan will still be attached to the US sim card. If it were still locked to a particular US network you wouldn’t be able to put in a local prepaid sim card. But once it’s unlocked, it’ll work for any sim card of any network, whether plan or prepaid.

          Oh and depending on your location internet speed here in the phil can differ a LOT.

          • Malds 25 June, 2014 at 11:21 pm

            if you do end up using a prepaid sim, you might be interested in googling either unlisurf for SMART or supersurf for GLOBE. they’re the prepaid surfing promos that we have here. It’s much much cheaper in the long run to use em than just letting your credits burn away per hour.

  10. Elsa 3 July, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Will I be able to use the Smart LTE sim card on 3g pocket wifi?

    • Malds 6 July, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      hey Elsa, i think pretty much all the LTE sims are the micro ones so most people think it’s not gonna work unless you’re using a 4g pocketwifi coz of the fit issue.

      I have one and use it on my 3g pocket wifi tho, so yes it can work even if you’re using a pocket wifi with the big (old) slim slot. You just need to make sure that the nodes on the pocketwifi slot connect with the right slots. So you might have to do a bit of testing to get this one right. There’ll be a lot of adjusting then turning the device on and off to see if the devices sees the sim. It becomes real easy tho ones you’ve memorized the correct adjustment.

      The mini/micro sims as far as i know are designed pretty much the same way as the big ones. They just took out the extra plastic on the sides to make it smaller. I’ve even seen some shops with special clippers that cut the big sims so they can fit in micro slots for the new phones.

      You’re obviously not gonna get 4g speeds tho since it’s a device limitation.

  11. Dianne Zamora 14 July, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Good day sir. I have my globe pocket wifi na kasama sa plan na kinuha ko. Disconnected na siya since last month. Gusto ko pa din sana magamit yung pocket wifi ko , pwede bang maging prepaid yon? Or madami pang dapat gawin para maconvert siya at magamit ko ulit as prepaid na lang? Thank you 🙂

    • Malds 16 July, 2014 at 7:29 pm

      Hi dianne, yup pwede. Pa open line (unlock) mo lang then salpakan mo ng prepaid na simcard. Im not sure kung ano yung effect ng pagpapaopenline ng device sa previous plan mo tho. But since na mention mo that the plan has been disconnected then im assuming that you already own the device in which case, wala dapat repercusion kung ipa openline mo sya.

  12. Marlowe 14 August, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    hi sir. i have just unlocked my globe tatoo huawei e5220s-2. i got the signal but cant connect. i tried to change the profile settings. but as i see there are some few options that werent there in an unlocked driver. so i cant connect to sun. could you please help me what to do?

    • Malds 15 August, 2014 at 12:00 am

      Hey marlowe, could you take a screen capture (print screen) of the settings so I know what’s happening. I wanna see what the additional options you’re saying are. If you post pics of the settings here I might be able to help you out.

  13. james 20 August, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    sir bakit ayaw ma detect? ito po yiung nakasulat
    DC – Unlocker 2 Client 1.00.0460

    Detecting card :

    selection :
    manufacturer – Huawei datacards
    model – Auto detect

    card not found !

    • Malds 21 August, 2014 at 2:09 am

      Hi James, san mo na download yung dc unlocker “2”? Dito ka mag download ng client bro, Parang di naman ata nagreleas ang dc unlocker site ng version 2 for their client. Wala ako makita sa website nila. Nakuha mo cguro yan sa ibang site.

      Baka kasi either old or unsupported model yung na download mo na client kaya di madetect ang device mo. Ang latest version ng client nila bro dc-unlocker client 1.00.1125. Baka really old model yung nakuha mo.

  14. Faindaa 27 August, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    Hindi rin madetect yung SUN dongle ko. Tsaka dinownload ko yung client sa site nila may nakalagay talaga na “2”.

    any tips?

    • Malds 28 August, 2014 at 1:32 am

      hmmmm, check mo muna kung makakadownload ka ng updates for the app. Then check mo kung ano yung model ng device mo. Usually makikita mo sya sa likod ng dongle mo.

      Then try manually looking for the model, wag mo i auto detect. See if you can find your model that way.

  15. Matt Matt 18 November, 2015 at 10:17 am

    hi sir malds

    ask ko lang po ,
    may smart bro pocket wifi ako 3g from plan now its disconnected since 9 months .
    gusto ko po sana gamitin . pede ko ba gamitan ng smart broadband sim card ?
    ano mga kelangan gawin kelangan ko pa ba sya ipa-openline or ok na gamitin ko .
    and paano po ang load ng broad band 🙂
    ano po mas maganda gamitin sakanya Smart broadband simcard or Prepaid lang ?
    thanks in advance po 🙂

    • Malds 20 November, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Matt :),

      1.) kung naka disconnect, I think it should be limited to the sim lang. My “guess” is the device itself is just locked to smart so it should still work with a prepaid sim or any other smart plan sim card na hindi naka disconnect. So if you have a working sim, salpak mo lang and see if it works. Take note though na kung susubukan mo mag switch to a prepaid sim may konting settings ka na kelangan baguhin. Sometimes pwede mo sya ma bago, other times kelangan mo i-unlock yung device itself para mabago mo sila, pero minsan gumaganda pa din kahit wala kang baguhin. So just try it out first and see what happens. Baka swertehin. Remember na depende sa sim na binili mo, minsan kelangan naka subscribe ka sa isang internet plan like alwayson or something like that. Matagal na akong di gumagamit ng smart kasi naka PLDT na kami so I can’t tell you what the plans are, paki google nalang :).

      Also ano ibig mo sabihin by “broadband”? By any chance, do you mean “plan”? As in yung monthly payment plan things. Kasi if you have a working sim na ongoing pa din yung plan, pwede mo isalpak lang yan doon and it should work. Basta hindi disconnected. If it is disconnected, you’ll have to go to smart to reconnect it.

      2.) Kung sakaling di gumana yung prepaid sim kahit naka unli/promo plan ka, then you might have to unlock it. There are a number of apps online that can help you do this, just google them. But most of them you need to pay a little bit. If you’re not confident in sifting through these apps and maneuvering through the instructions, don’t even try, baka masayang lang pera mo. The app on this post, DC-unlocker, is what i used and it worked for me. It’s not that hard to use but it’s not super easy either (at least for most people). So up to you kung balak mong subukan. You’ll have to pay a little bit as well tho.

      If malapit ka sa isang area na may mga nagbebenta ng phones, nag jajailbreak, or things like that, it might be better for you to just have someone there unlock it for you who knows what they’re doing.

      Also you might consider just buying an already unlocked one. Check Tipidpc or OLX. They go for a couple of hundred nalang ngayon since they’ve been replaced by phones na.

      3.) If by broadband you mean “plan”, you can’t “load” them. You either need to be subscribed and pay the monthly thingys. So if na disconnect ka, you need to go to smart, reconnect it and pay whatever you need to pay. Prepaid yung pwede i-load either by pasaload, through the device’s interface (yung sakin I can make calls kasi pag naka salpak sa PC so it worked), or by switching the sim to a phone then loading there tapos switching it back.

      3.) And plan vs prepaid, I have never used plan so I can’t say much other than my friends who have seem to say na normally mas mabilis ng konti at mas stable ang plan. But hindi rin super laki yung difference ata sa connection. Prepaids were pretty fast din naman pero medyo erratic lang, minsan super bilis minsan naman ang bagal. Pero pang emergency lang naman yung smart prepaid ko so i didnt mind. I also had a globe one so i switched a lot kung mabagal ang isang network.

  16. Cate 7 December, 2015 at 12:49 am

    Hi! Ask ko lang pede ba gamitanang sun lte broadband if ill be working from home…ie. Research, download, uploafing docs or files on website. Kakayanin ba ng LTE pocketwifi o rbroadband?
    What do you think?


    • Malds 7 December, 2015 at 3:27 am

      Yup, those are normal stuff. Any broadband from any network will work for basic stuff like that.

      • Cate 7 December, 2015 at 3:36 pm

        Including skype po ba? I mean mabilis ba wala lag or hang kaya. Kasi im planning to work from home – virtual assistant. And probably more on skype at internet reseach and downloading ang gagawin ko. And if kaya ng lte yun na lang bibilhin ko kesa magpadsl pa ko dito sa bahay. Any suggestions po…i would appreciate them very much esp. sa mga nagwowork from home /home-based. Thanks much1

  17. Evie 18 December, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Hi Malds, I have an unlocked Globe Tattoo pocket wifi. I inserted a Smart Bro sim card. I already enrolled the SMART number, however, I got a notification that a verification code was sent to my SMART number. How will I be able to read that code? Do I need to remove the sim and insert it in a mobile phone?

    • Malds 21 December, 2015 at 3:33 pm

      There is normally a browser dashboard thing for pocket wifi devices. You just either need to type in the URL or the IP number. Then input the username/password naka default sa device. The messages go there. You can also text using that.

      Even if you remove the sim and insert it into a phone, if the text has already been received, it might already be stored in the device but you could still give that a try.

      To access the browser dash, try typing this on your browser:

      That’s usually the default IP used by most devices. If you don’t know your ID/Password, search online kung ano yung default ID/pass ng device mo.

  18. kuripotnanay 13 January, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    Hello Malds, great job on this topic! Speaking of LTE Pocket Wifi from Smart, I’m interested to get one. I am a homebased online tutor, and I’m currently looking for a back up net connection. Question is, will Smart’s LTE Pocket Wifi speed and connection be suitable for work-from-home jobs? Thanks in advance.

    • Malds 14 January, 2016 at 8:09 am

      Hi Kuripotnanay, unfortunately I can’t accurately comment on LTE connections coz I never used theirs. But my opinion based on the numbers that they claim though is that speed-wise it’s definitely enough for a home based work scenario. Especially since you’re only using it as a back up and not as your main connection. I even think their normal 3g is fine as long as you’re in a good area.

  19. Maria 15 January, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    ask ko lang kung paano pag nakaplan yung pocket wifi namin sa smart? paano pag gusto na namin stop kasi masyado limited yung plan 499. possible na na pag nagchange ng sim, magiging prepaid na sya? or mageerror lang?

    • Malds 19 January, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Hi maria, pag maunlock yung device you should be fine with replacing it with a prepaid sim, it might even work (I’m not 100% sure) kahit di naka unlock basta prepaid na sim of the same network. Pero you’ll need to cancel your plan. Kasi I think you’ll still be charged the monthly thing even if you don’t use the postpaid sim anymore.

  20. JB 26 May, 2016 at 3:54 pm

    Ask ko lang if unlock na yung pocket wifi pwede na ba sya magamit using any sim card abroad.

  21. JB 26 May, 2016 at 4:02 pm

    baka medyo confusing ang tanug. After ma unlock yung pocket wifi, can I use it abroad using any sim card from abroad.


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