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October 22, 2008

Smart Bro 3G now unlimited at Php1,500

It’s finally here, Smart Bro is now offering unlimited 3G access for a monthly flat rate of just Php1,500. That, and the earlier announcement that they’ve upgraded their network to speeds of up to 2Mbps.

smartbro unlimitedYes, that’s surf all you want. The Php1,500 a month is a pretty attractive price actually. Banners/flyers from the official website reflect the new pricing plans.

Smart Bro Plan 1500
Unlimited
Initial Payment: Php1,500 (includes USB modem dongle)
MSF: Php1,500

Smart Bro Plan 799
60 hours free (Php13.3/hour and Php10 per 30 mins. in excess of 60 hours)
Initial Payment: Php799 (includes USB modem dongle)
MSF: Php799

Smart Bro Prepaid
Php10 per 30 minutes
Php2,500 one-tme fe for the USB modem dongle

The original Plan 799 has also been revised with an additional 20 hours free connection time.

It didn’t take that long for Smart to follow the way of Sun Cellular Broadband. We’ll see how long before Globe takes the same step.

Disclosure: Smart Bro is an advertiser on this blog and several other blogs authored by me.

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29 Responses to “Smart Bro 3G now unlimited at Php1,500”

  1. Nick
    Twitter: nickdael
    says:

    I hope this has better connectivity than Globe Visibility. Tried GV in Cebu’s IT park and the connection is still bad.

  2. Aldrin says:

    i am still hesitant to avail another 3G service. 3G signal in Dasmarinas is not good. still Very slow. I connect using my nokia phone though. I don’t know if it’s gonna be faster using the bundled modem. Is it?

  3. Amiel says:

    Can i surf the net using my cellphone n82 using smartbro 3g?

  4. herbert says:

    abe, does smart have drivers for xandros and leopard?

  5. This is great. The monthly rate of 3G is acceptable and it includes the dongle already without buying it. But I still doubt the reliability of the connection.

  6. Andre Marcelo-Tanner
    Twitter: kzapkzap
    says:

    ah good free unlimited 3g and 3.5g, now when will it get better coverage :)

  7. MiGs says:

    Hi Abe,

    Can you clarify with Smart Bro if they are offering this nationwide or just in selected areas.

    I’ve already blogged about their unlimited promo however, when i was about to get one, the rep from the smart bro hotline said that the unlimited plan has been discontinued. Then, i went to a smart wireless center here in Davao and they said that they are still offering it.

    So i came in the conclusion that its only offered in selected areas.

    Try calling *1888.

    http://www.migsmobile.net/2008/10/19/smart-bro-unlimited-prepaid-plan-discontinued/

  8. IAM says:

    I have just recently availed of this service. They’re still offering it. Maybe the hotline may have just been misinformed. It works on leopard, I don’t know about xandros though. It can capture faster speed since the modem is hsdpa/hspa, your phone has to hsdpa/hspa capable in order to get better speed.

  9. mr nice guy says:

    Good news for internet surfers. I thought Smart Bro won’t give in to a monthly fixed rate.

  10. yuga says:

    @aldrin – I suspect Smart has upgraded their HSDPA to at least 3.6Mbps you only get better speeds if your cellphone’s HSDPA chip supports that speed or the 7.2Mbps. The latest 3G dongles can support up to 7.2Mbps HSDPA.

    @amiel – yes, I believe you can. The Smart Bro SIM cards start with a prefix 0929.

    @herbert – they have had drivers for Xandros a long time ago and the CD installer has support for Mac OSX too.

    @Migs – got a confirmation directly from their Corporate Communications that this is nationwide and covers all areas.

  11. Jay says:

    @yuga comment #10

    “that this is nationwide and covers all areas.”

    they wish! should upgrade all I mean ALL. Read: ALL their networks supporting 3G not repeaters.

  12. yuga says:

    @Jay – I meant the new unlimited plan is nationwide. As for the network coverage itself, I still doubt it.

  13. BigBird says:

    @ yuga

    Seems to know more than SMART CS, I suggest to charge them double!

  14. Jam
    Twitter: iamjammed
    says:

    So they’ve upgraded their speed? I see no change in the connectivity. In fact, it even got worse.

  15. Peter says:

    The 1500 package does sound very interesting. I inquired about this at Smart Wireless Centers. Unfortunately, customer care representatives said the plan is currently “on hold.”

  16. Eduardo says:

    Wow! I hasn’t even been a month since it was launched, and now it’s on hold?

  17. Peter says:

    @Eduardo

    Yes, I’m afraid. “Plan 1500 is on hold,” according to customer reps at Smart Wireless Centers in SM Megamall and Ayala Avenue.

    On the other hand, Smart call center agents say the plan is still available. If it is indeed available, I will apply for the plan.

  18. peachy says:

    wow, i hope i can get this!
    seems so many different experiences in getting it and not.
    will let you know if i do :)

    thanks much

  19. jaybee says:

    I was suppose to subscribe for the unlimited 3G this morning at Smart Wireless Center, ATC branch and I was informed that it is currently on hold. :-(

  20. robert says:

    Does smart have a Sim-Only 3.5G unlimited internet like Sun?

  21. Ashurie says:

    Sir Yuga, is this also available for Lan gaming? I mean sharing through lan? medyo newbie po ako when it comes to Smartbro 3G and yung isa pa na may modem. Thank you much po!

  22. Jennifer says:

    Hi, i was wondering if 3G will work out using router? we have 3 pc and 1 laptop at home and im currently using the 999plan but all the wires get me crazy! i want to try 3G if it will work out!

  23. Nemz Tan says:

    “Sir Yuga, is this also available for Lan gaming? I mean sharing through lan? medyo newbie po ako when it comes to Smartbro 3G and yung isa pa na may modem. Thank you much po!”

    Same question. Thanks!

  24. Blas Tiangco says:

    For Nemz.

    Yuga, hope you don’t mind me replying to this.

    If you are a hardcore gamer, getting a USB or Wireless internet is not a good idea. The DSL line connection is more stable. Wireless has other factors such as weather, line of site and all that. Signal fluctuates in a day, in an hour or a minute though it is consistent most of the time.

    So if you are a gamer and you plan to use it for that particular purpose, you will only get disappointed. I am also sharing from what other gamer friends have experienced and switched back to the hardlines of DSL.

    Hope this helps.

    - B

  25. Davao Region says:

    Jay Soriano replied on Apr 18th, 2009 at 7:14 pm (19)

    @Albert

    the device is Huawei B933

    http://www.huaweidevice.com/worldwide/productInfo.do?pinfoId=1861&directoryId=2741&treeId=741

    guys meron na kiang nag-uunlock nito? so we can use SUN, SMART, GLOBE and even bring it abroad.

    wala. pero makaka bili ka unlocked na. from hongkong or china @ 3k-5k

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