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Smart to offer Rocket WiFi Plus at 20Mbps soon!

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: October 5, 2011

This is going to be hard to beat -- Smart is coming up with a Rocket WiFi Plus that will replace their old Pocket WiFi and promises speeds of up to 20Mbps! Here's the only hint we are getting at the moment: Just like the Pocket WiFi, this probably be offered as a postpaid plan first with WiFi sharing of up to 5 devices. No details or pricing and release date. Stay tuned as we get more details. Update: I'm not sure if this is going to ride on their HSPA+ network of via their new LTE network. If it's…

Is the Huawei E586 the Smart Rocket WiFi Plus?

Relevance: 97%      Posted on: October 7, 2011

I have been told by a reliable source that the Huawei E586 could be the pocket WiFi used by Smart for the Rocket WiFi Plus. The press release says it's going to ride on their HSPA+ network so this looks like it. We borrowed this unlocked Huawei E586 from an independent seller to check if it's going to be the one that will be offered when the Smart Rocket WiFi Plus finally arrives. Huawei E586 HSPA+ Pocket WiFi: HSPA+/HSPA/UMTS 21.1Mbps downlink, 5.76Mbps uplink WiFi 802.11 b/g/n Li-Ion battery 1500mAh 32GB storage via microSD card I've only been testing it since…

SmartBro Rocket WiFi Plus: Php6495 for 20Mbps

Relevance: 94%      Posted on: October 7, 2011

We caught the scoop a few days ago and it's now confirmed. Smart has finally unveiled its newest mobile internet device -- the Smart Bro Rocket WiFi Plus -- which claims speeds of up to 20Mbps. The SmartBro Rocket WiFi Plus is an upgrade to their Pocket WiFi which used to be only up to 5Mbps and in conjunction to the previously released Rocket WiFi dongle. This one has the ability to share WiFi with up to 5 devices. It's not yet readily available in prepaid but is now on a pre-order period for now. The one-time price for the…

Smart Bro Rocket Plug-It now official, available Monday

Relevance: 80%      Posted on: August 5, 2011

We were the first to break the news last week about the new Smart Bro Rocket 12Mbps so we followed it up with Smart today. It's now official and you can get the prepaid SmartBro Rocket for Php3,995 (no lock-in period but is locked to the Smart network). You should also see this poster in stores where it's available. Internet rates starts at Php10 per 30 minutes and you can just use the normal loading system. The Smart Bro Rocket will be available for sale at Smart Business Centers starting Monday. Remember though, there are only about 154 HSPA+ sites…

Smart Bro Rocket Plug-It offers up to 12Mbps

Relevance: 80%      Posted on: July 29, 2011

Smart is set to publicly announce their new HSPA+ capable Plug-It and calls it Smart Bro Rocket with promised speeds of up to 12Mbps on their mobile network. The Smart Bro Rocket uses a Huawei E353 HSPA+ USB dongle. The new dongle is available for prepaid users with a retail price of Php3,995 (will be available by Friday next week). The same Smart Bro loading system works and the same rates apply (Php10 per 30 minutes). Smart currently has 154 base stations capable of delivering HSPA+ speeds so it's still limited to Metro Manila and key provincial cities like Cebu…

Smart Bro Rocket cuts UnliSurf Plans

Relevance: 78%      Posted on: September 16, 2011

Just learned today (thru one of my staff in Manila and verified by @arnoldgamboa) that Smart Bro Rocket has finally cut off subscription to Smart Unlisurf plans. When Smart Bro Rocket was first released, they allowed subscription to UnliSurf 50 and UnliSurf 200. However, they warned that this will eventually be reverted to a bucket plan by September 30 -- at Php180 per 200MB. The default internet rate is Php15 per 30 minutes. It's still the 16th of September but subscribing to UnliSurf has suddenly become invalid. Will get official word from Smart regarding this switch and will update once…

Using Smart Bro Rocket on Php200 per 180MB

Relevance: 75%      Posted on: October 10, 2011

Since October 1, Smart has switched the plug on their Smart Bro Rocket Plug-It to use volume-based data pricing (same as Always On). The recommended bucket plan is Php200 per 180MB. So I tried it on my Rocket Plug-It to see how much I'd consume in a day. So I subscribed to the Php200 per 180MB pricing yesterday evening at 6:04PM and watched my data consumption via the My.Smart website. Here's how it looked like yesterday: 6:04PM: 184MB 7:30PM: 155MB This morning, my PLDT myDSL at home wasn't working so I turned back to the Smart Bro Rocket as my…

Smart Bro Rocket Buyers Guide

Relevance: 72%      Posted on: August 8, 2011

So I bought the Smart Bro Rocket at Smart's Wireless Center in Rockwell this morning. They made me sign a waiver that outlines some of the limitations of the dongle and the service. So, here are 10 things you need to know before buying the Smart Bro Rocket. Some Wireless Centers are still a bit confused with the Smart Bro Rocket so you will have to ask and explain that it's the new one with 12Mbps. The guard and front customer service both didn't knew about it but I insisted and the other one in the activation desk confirmed. 1.)…

Smart Bro Rocket Speed Tests (Metro Manila)

Relevance: 63%      Posted on: August 11, 2011

We've been doing a lot of speed tests in a number of areas around Metro Manila using the Smart Bro Rocket Plug-It and I'd like to share the results we got in the last 3 days. The areas we managed to get speed test results include the following: - SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City - Park Square 1, Makati City - Bonifacio High Street, The Fort, Taguig - Bayani Road, Taguig - Heritage Hotel, Pasay City - Evangelista St., Bangkal, Makati - Makati Cinema Square, Makati City - MegaMall, Mandaluyong City - Wendy's Boni Station, Mandaluyong City - Guadalupe…

Smart Bro replaces Smart Wifi

Relevance: 59%      Posted on: April 26, 2006

Smart Communications thought their Smart Wifi brand is knee deep in the mud right now that the best thing to remedy the bad publicity is to re-name it. So, they came up with Smart Bro (is that a shortcut for broadband?) They did some clean-up and even remove pages from their official site which mentioned Smart Wifi. Too bad that page is already #1 on Google, Yahoo and MSN for the term "smart wifi". (I suppose my blog will take over that spot, eh?) Migs pointed out that that Smart Bro is also a browser and a few days after…