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July 16, 2013

SM management limits free WiFi access

Whenever, I’m at an SM Mall, I immediately connect to their free Wi-Fi service to keep my feeds updated all throughout my stay. But just recently when I was at the SM Mall of Asia, I noticed that the Wi-Fi connection on my Nexus 4 was automatically disconnected.

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That’s when I saw a notification on my browser stating that I have reached the maximum free WiFi access for the day. After that, I tried connecting on my Nexus 7 – and only just then that I spotted the time limit – 1 hour.

This may come as a bad news to some mall goers, particularly those who just hang out at the mall to leech on the mall’s free internet access. On the other hand, this will benefit the majority of the people as it will result to faster internet connection.

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38 Responses to “SM management limits free WiFi access”

  1. ariel says:

    eh tama din naman yang ginagawa ng sm kasi ang daming mga pinoy mahilig sa libre, magpapalamig sa loob ng mall tas maki free wifi pa over di ba? tas if you look at them wala naman binili whole day yan magbabad sa mall …kaloka! kaya dapat yan gawin ng sm …

    • bajigjig says:

      Nakikiinom pa ng tubig sa food court

    • sadsadsd says:

      @bajigjig: Buti kung inom lang. May mga iba na nakiki-inom na nga lang. Maglalabas pa ng PET bottle at mag-tatake home pa ng tubig (sabay kupit ng fork and spoon)!

    • Edwin C says:

      Iyang mga taong mga libre lang ang hinahabol sa mall sila ang nagpapadami ng tao sa mall. Makikita mo naka-upo lang sa mga stairs, klarong-klaro na walang kapera-pera ang mga iyan. Ang tagal pang umuwi ng mga freeloaders na iyan. Palakad-lakad ang karamihan sa kanila at para bang naghahanap ng libreng mani.

  2. Smokescreen says:

    Hahaha! May capping na rin sa SM!

  3. Pol says:

    Dati na yan Sir :) actually kahit network, IP jailed na rin iwas sniffers

  4. Reader says:

    Well, duh, resources din naman kasi yan ng SM. Andaming abusado dyan eh. Yung tipong pupunta ng mall para lang maka-download ng files/movies/torrents nila, wala namang bibilhin. Ok lang sana kung pang-check ng social networking sites or email ang ginagawa. Ang jeje pa ng iba dyan. Nasisira tuloy ang “premier” image ng SM Aura, hahaha! XD

    • Miss Call says:

      I don’t see anything premier out of a flooded parking and dripping theater ceilings.

    • Verbl Kint says:

      If they wanted to limit leechers, they could have easily just done proper administration to the network (throttling or closing ports) instead of limiting access to only 1 hour.

      This is clearly an admission from SM that they cannot handle the load of thousands of people trying to surf the net or post to facebook/instagram/twitter/ at the same time.

    • Boo says:

      @Miss Call: You need to improve your sarcasm-detecting skills.

  5. Rouge says:

    Get your own DATA plan is what they meant!

    • ariel says:

      exactly! kaso mo lang pag nasa loob ka ng mall hina ng 3G signal ng networks…kaya napipilitan ka maghanap ng hotspot and its good anjan ang coffee beans or krispy kreme that offers reliable connection yan ang problema ko sa 3G unli data plan ko sa smart …

    • booboo says:

      @ariel

      Actually malala kapag Smart user ka tapos nasa isang Ayala mall ka. Before ka pumasok naka LTE ka, when you’re inside it will drop to 3G tapos mabagal pa. Then when you get out balik LTE at mabilis na ulit. Haaay, Ayala and Globe. Why?

    • kiko says:

      @booboo

      Because ayala malls and globe are owned by the ayalas.

    • ariel says:

      @booboo, tama ka parati ko experence pag pumapasok ako sa trinoma, parati nawawala ang 3G signal ko hayy pangit na nga malln ila at sobrang siksikan pa ng mga freeloaders kaya what i do takbo ako sa the block or sa shangrila at least don konti tao at malakas talaga 3G ko …

  6. Dee says:

    haha. yeah. nagulat din ako nung nagpunta ako sa Moa last Sunday. Hindi naman ako madalas maki-wifi kay SM dahil sa kabagalan din. :)Pero okay nadin to nang mabawasan tambay sa food court! :D

  7. Rick says:

    wala rin naman kwenta ang wifi nila eh. I doubt that someone will go there just to download movies and such, 30 years bago sila matapos sa bagal ng net. Now they limit the connection to 1 hour.. oh well.. best bet is to have a mobile data connection nalang.

  8. Joy says:

    Dapat lang naman e. One particular experience – nasa Starbucks ako, tried sitting in one customer na naghohog (no offense meant here) sa sitting area na nagiinternet using SM Wifi. Ayaw nya, meron daw syang kasama – ayaw lang nyang makishare ng seating area.

    Makapal lang talaga e – taking advantage of the space na di bumibili nakikiwifi lang sa SM. Kawawa ang mga legit na bumibili ng pagkain or drinks.

  9. samuel witwicky says:

    Well, I never could connect to their Wifi at SM Megamall. What’s the deal with that? Anyone else having that problem?

  10. Smokescreen says:

    Sana if may nabili ka naman sa SM lets say worth at least P500, bibigyan ka ng password para magamit mo yun internet ng mga at least 3hrs. Then the more you shop, the longer hours of usage.

  11. fmz says:

    bandwidth cap of asia.

  12. -Joe says:

    I’m a security conscious kapag walang WPA2 authentication hindi ako mag connect kahit saang WIFI connection. There’s always a threat kapag free pwedi yan lagyan ng packet sniffer ng iba. Bottom line hindi pa rin yan safe kahit free.

    -BEWARE of Black Hats-

    • Reader says:

      There’s always a threat naman talaga once you connect to any open, public network. Pero what’s to be afraid of kung magbabasa lang naman ako ng news websites while sipping a cup of coffee?

  13. Iyan Sommerset
    Twitter: iyansommerset
    says:

    This kinda did annoy me last time I connected. I mean, who stays in a mall less than 2 hours? They should just throttle/block some sites (I’m guessing YouTube is a big bandwidth hog), or cap the bandwidth and not the time.

  14. neo says:

    Tama yan ginawa ng SM, marami kasi abusado na nag tatambay lang sa food court tapos nakikigamit ng WiFi ng SM para mag FB or Twitter buong mag hapon.

  15. tambaylangakonoh says:

    ok lang yun tama lng ung gnawa ng sm para mabawasan ung kabagalan ng Internet Sa lahat ng sm malls Sa pinas
    I hope also businesses inside affected sm malls must implement free wifi systems para mabenefit rin ung mga customers katulad Sa Starbucks.

  16. tmcr7 says:

    What do you expect from a company greedy for profits? They can’t even regularize their sales ladies.

  17. meh says:

    You know whats disappointing about the malls here , is no free wifi that works well and no place to sit without buying something.

    Most of the SM malls won’t let you sit anywhere unless you go into a store to buy something . You can’t sit on the steps or do anything. I also notice the free wifi gone at Starbucks and Robinsons malls

    Its a shame that things are abused

    • Carlo says:

      why would you go to the mall if your not planning to buy anything? and why would someone be mad for having something free taken away? as if you paid for it and you have the right to complain..

    • Jason says:

      Freeloader indeed

    • Jherwnne
      Twitter: jherwyne
      says:

      isa sya sa mga leechers ng free wifi saka tambay ng mall para magpalamig. :)

  18. anon666 says:

    ok naman ang wifi nila, pero yung time na pag madami na tao, bumabagal, minsan di pa makakonek, ayus yan ginawa ng SM para mabawasan mga abusado.

  19. poreber says:

    Dito Sa Indonesia may wifi yung mga Mosque. Sa Philippines may wifi ba ang mga simbahan?

    • Anonymous says:

      Dito sa Pinas nagpupunta ang mga tao sa simbahan para magsimba o ibang religious activity, jan ba sa Indonesia, nkikiwifi lang kaya nagpupunta sa mosque? Hindi ngunit may wifi ang simbahan eh sikat na.

  20. seph says:

    asa ka pa d na uso libre dito Pinas…!!! hahaha

  21. ej says:

    To the management: Your internet access connection is sooo slow. Given the limited time to your shoppers, I suggest that you check your wifi internet once in a while. For the record, ever since you limited the time here in SM Bacoor, it takes 10 mins to connect to social networking sites.

  22. rem says:

    pero makaka connect kapa kaya nun? oh hindi na for life?

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