This is allegedly the subscription plan which Smart will be offering once they officially launched their LTE service next week. In August 25, Smart LTE will be available to regular subscribers under Plan 3500.
The subcription comes with a Huawei LTE dongle similar to the one we’ve tested during the beta stage (we were told the device alone costs about Php15,000).
So far, these are the locations where LTE signal is available. During the beta testing, the coverage was just around 200 meters. Smart said before they will increase that coverage to around a kilometer (or maybe farther) when they go commercial.
Taguig – The Fort
Makati City – Salcedo and Legaspi Village
Quezon City – Cubao, UP Diliman, ADMU
Pasig City – Ortigas
Pasay City – SM Mall of Asia
Manila – Binondo
Muntinlupa – Alabang
Back in July, we reported that Smart has finished rolling out 9,500 LTE base stations. However, it did not mean that all those 9,500 locations will be turned on. However, a total of only 49 base stations will be transmitting speeds of up to 42Mbps by August 25 when people start applying for the Plan 3500 subscription. Why only 49 and not something close to 9,500 base stations has got us confused. We were thinking Smart’s network overhaul would have made a huge impact in the network coverage but 49 isn’t very encouraging.
Again, allegedly. Not yet confirmed but that’s 10GB at 42Mbps for Php3,500 a month. Any takers?