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August 25, 2012

Smart LTE launched; we got the fine details

Smart today held the commercial launch of their LTE service in the Philippines. This puts Smart as the first commercial provider of 42Mbps LTE service in the country.

The LTE service comes in one postpaid plan, the Smart LTE Plan 3500.

Here are the fine details we were able to get from Smart today:

* Promised speeds of up to 42Mbps where LTE signal is available.

* An initial 49 locations where LTE is available but will grow in time.

* Monthly service fee of Php3,500 is good for 10GB of bandwidth (upload and download).

* Additional bandwidth on top of 10GB will be charged Php450 per GB.

* The service comes with a free Huawei E392 dongle.

* Network compatibility with HSPA+, HSPA, 3G, EDGE, GPRS for areas where no LTE is available.

Here’s a map of all the LTE areas currently covered:

Smart is also offering a promo where the Plan 3500 has unlimited bandwidth from today until October 25, 2012. There’s a 24-month lock-in.

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46 Responses to “Smart LTE launched; we got the fine details”

  1. John says:

    Good news is – I can get my iPad and jusy plug a SMART sim then I can use LTE. Cheat. As the iPad uses 700/2100 Mhz LTE just like Smart’s LTE running at a 2100 Mhz band. Too bad I’m at bacolod !

  2. Sonofa says:

    Sana lagyan nalang nila ng per GB subscription for prepaid subscribers

    Masaya na ako sa P450 per gb kung ganyan kabilis… Di naman ako malakas gumamit

  3. cindy says:

    if a subscriber will use this at full speed 1 hour daily,after 30 days the total bill will be P248,170 + tax

  4. cath says:

    -Its like a ferrari with 1 liter of gasoline…useless!

    -pareho lang sila ng sister company nyang SUN CELLULAR! 3.6mbps daw pero di
    nila nilalagay sa ad nila na 2AM-6AM mo lang marereach ang speed na to! KALOKOHAN!!!

    -10gig a month nowadays is crazy.

    -Even if they double the cap to 20gb, it still seems too low. I don’t see the point of having that
    much speed if you’re limited in terms of the bandwith. Browsing speed wouldn’t have a lot of
    difference between a 3mbps connection and a 41mbps connection.

    -42Mbps can eat up 10GB in roughly 30 minutes of continuous, contiguous data transfer.
    Spread that out over 30 days, and you might as well just be on 1Mbps.

    -42 Mbps capped at 10 GB per month? That’s not SMART.

    -precisely, what would you do with the speed and have a cap?

    -10 GB/month? No way.

  5. roe says:

    What’s the sense of upgrading the system kung pangit nman ang serbisyo?!

  6. nexusboy says:

    masyadong bilib sa sarili ang SMART. akala nila tanga ang mga subscribers. LOL

    TAKE NOTE. speed is UP TO 42 Mbps. even if you’re getting 1 mbps, there’s no liability on the part of Smart.

  7. cooljackz says:

    Funny comments. Cguro globe subscribers kayo kaya puro negative comment nyo. We have the freedom to choose the services that we want. Eh ano kung afford naman ng tao ung SMART LTE di nyo naman ata kawalan un. Hehehe and maybe if ur thinking na smart subscriber ako, yes I am. Am also with Globe and Sun. I wanted to get the best of all carriers. LTE may not be for you especially if you consider them as Luxury Technology for the Elite. Pero nice at may LTE na ang pinas.

  8. nexusboy says:

    i even doubt yugatech is willing to subscribe to this LTE plan even if he can afford it.

  9. psycotrompus says:

    For the LTE bands with Smart, its listed here:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_LTE_networks

    You guys are correct. For only 10GB per month for LTE? I DON’T EFFING THINK SO Smart Communications, Inc.! It’s just part of their nationwide marketing strategy, nothing so special. Even I don’t think its the true 4G since the standard minimum rate should be 50Mbps. 42Mbps is for HSPA+ only.

  10. ric says:

    as what cooljackz(ass) said, naging luxury na nga lang ang inter service dito. loko ang kumag kasi waldas nang waldas ng pera ng nanay niya siguro, wagas kung gumasto. afford ko naman yan, kaso ayaw ko magpaloko sa mga tanginang mga kompanyang yan. ang layo ng service kumpara sa hongkong at london, nakakahiya na nga rin sa bisita naming British, ripoff daw talaga.

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