One of my biggest problems when going on vacation in one of the smaller islands in Palawan is lack of internet connectivity. The one we’re staying right now (Coral Bay, Coron) doesn’t even have electricity 24/7 and we’re only able to charge our gadgets in the evening (6pm to 6am).
The most common combo around here is a gas-powered electric generator and satellite internet.
And it’s an effective combo and a really expensive one. The satellite internet alone costs no less than Php9,000 per month for an entry-level plan. The owner of the resort forgot what was the promised speed but I can tell you it’s no better than a dial-up connection.
It’s so slow I can hardly load Speedtest.net properly.
So okay, I finally got one test out.
But in remote areas like Coron, Palawan where Globe doesn’t even have a decent signal (you’d be glad to see 1 bar but 90% of the time there’s no signal) and Smart can barely sustain GPRS for mobile internet, you don’t have any choice but to go satellite.