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:
This morning, my PLDT myDSL at home wasn’t working so I turned back to the Smart Bro Rocket as my backup internet. Here’s the running account:
11:00 AM – 148MB
12:45 PM – 115MB
1:10 PM – 89MB
3:00 PM – 53MB
3:30 PM – 4MB
By 3:39PM, it’s all gone. I’ve used up 180MB.
My biggest mistake was opening up iTunes where it immediately downloaded a podcast and ate around 20MB before I killed it. I didn’t do any YouTube, no downloads or updates, no P2P. The only running applications I had was TweetDeck, Netvibes and GMail — all three of which would regularly pull data.
During the time when I was subscribed to Always On 200, I was able to get really good speeds.
I managed to hit 6 to 7Mbps during day-time and on peak hours. I rarely get that speed before.
Fortunately, or unfortunately, you can still subscribe to the Php10 per 30 minutes or use Smart UnliSurf with the SIM card.
The catch — you don’t get the same speeds as you do on Always On 200.
Here’s my speed test when subscribed to Php10 per 30 minutes.
Here’s my speed test when subscribed to UnliSurf 50.
Based on this little and inexpensive experiment, I think I’d be spending at least Php200 a day when using Always On 200 every day. That’s a total bill of Php6,000 a month.
However, there’s the bigger data plan (Always On 995) that allocates 2GB for 30 days. If I spend around 200MB per day, my monthly bandwidth would be 6GB. That’s 3 times the Always On 995 which translates to about Php3,000 in monthly bills.
Would it be safe to say that the Smart Bro Rocket Plug-It and the Rocket WiFi Plus could both cost you this much on a monthly basis if you want to experience that 12Mbps and 20MBps speeds? Maybe. Maybe more.