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February 20, 2014

Alcatel OneTouch Link Y800 is the new Smart Bro LTE

We recently discovered that the new Smart Bro LTE Pocket WiFi that is being offered to subscribers lately is the one from Alcatel. It looks like the Alcatel One Touch Link Y800 replaces the usual Huawei LTE pocket WiFi offered before.

We chanced upon the new pocket WiFi when it was awarded to one of our teams by Mazda Philippines for joining the fuel economy experiment in Clark over the week-end. It came packaged as a prepaid kit with an LTE SIM card and 7 days worth of mobile internet.

We’d assume that it is the one being offered by Smart in their online store for only Php4,888 per kit.

The kit includes the WiFi router, two 1,500mAh batteries and a charging cradle. The spare battery was a bit of a surprise but it’s great to know you can always readily replace the other one once it becomes worn out due to constant use. The charging cradle also makes it easier to set the pocket WiFi in place.

The extra battery and charging cradle makes the Php4,888 price tag seemed more palatable for an LTE device. Perhaps this is the reason why Smart switched to Alcatel from Huawei for their LTE pocket WiFi.

The Alcatel Y800 uses a regular LTE SIM, supports a quad-band LTE network and is capable of sharing internet connectivity with up to 10 devices.

Data Rate: LTE 100Mbps downlink, 50Mbps Uplink
4G LTE Bands: 800/900/1800/2600 MHz
3G Bands: 900/1800/2100 MHz
2G Bands: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
WiFi 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz
Storage: 2GB NAND flash internal storage + 1GB LPDDR RAM
Li-Ion 1500mAh battery

You can get this from Smart for Php4,888 and comes free with a Smart Bro prepaid LTE SIM which is good for 7 days of LTE connection.


30 Responses to “Alcatel OneTouch Link Y800 is the new Smart Bro LTE”

  1. lee17 says:

    I bought two of these babies over the week, one for my apartment and one for my office. I was supposed to get a data plan but didnt want to get tied down by the contract. So I bought one, was so satisfied that I pitched it to my boss and now we have prepaid LTE for the office. By far ita the best purchase I have ever made. I’m never going back to 3G ever again.

  2. meh says:

    1500mah is not very much when it comes to LTE my huawei E5776 has 3000mah . And when it comes to LTE and travel you need as much battery as possible. 3000mah makes it almost the entire day

  3. Potpot says:

    No 3G band 5 850MHz? Smart’s LTE is running on band 1 2100MHz.

  4. Nero says:

    Smart is using a customized firmware for their Y800 para gumana sa 2100MHz band 1 LTE. Wala pa din silang 1800MHz band 3 at 850MHz band 5 LTE.

    • rockz says:

      Smart is running 1800 and 2100 on LTE esp in Vis/Min areas. Mostly 1800 is for prepaid and 2100 for postpaid.

    • Qwerty says:

      How do you know they’re operating on 1800MHz? Their Twitter agents only say you need a 2100 MHz compatible device.

  5. bogz says:

    Im from Mindanao(CdO)..4G LTE Prepaid here only support 2100Mz.

  6. star says:

    can somebody try how long does it last with the 1500mah battery on continuous use LTE compared with the 3000 mah with the other brand. I want to know if it can last 8 hours for mobile use.

  7. bond694 says:

    HUAWEI E5776 is much better. Supported LTE bands LTE800, LTE900, LTE1800, LTE2100, LTE 2600.

  8. Pano ba palitan yung AP nito ? kasi naka smartbro yung AP nya.

  9. justcallmelloyd says:

    I just got 3 Huawei Smart LTE pocket WiFi :((

  10. meanmoviemagic says:

    smart y800 wouldn’t allow you to select 802.11n. only shows 802.11b/g. is there a way to remove the smart firmware.

  11. del TY says:

    it does not work at lte speed when connected 4g with lte sim, less than 1mbps. when set to 3G only speed up to 6mbps. on my huawei e589 I get 20mbps as high as 48mbps. who said it can work at smart band 2100 lte? no wonder prices went down to 3500 from third parties. consider this a warning to future customers. until smart activates its other non 2100 lte band.

  12. IamMIKOY says:

    pag nakacharge sa cradle parang hindi siya maayos..medyo nakaangat ang isang side nya…

  13. Jojo says:

    This SmartBro Alcatel Y800 is one of the worst gadgets I ever purchased!

    Here are the problems:
    1. Poor battery life
    2. Screen is poorly-lit, hard to read when outside
    3. Settings are “crippled” by Smart firmware, so you cannot change the APN
    4. LTE reception is poor (even if nearest Smart LTE antenna is just right beside my house)
    5. Network settings is severely limited (when you select 4G in dropdown list, it says “FAILED”

    • rupert says:

      Pano ka nakakapag select ng netwoerk? Yung sakin naka automatic lang, disabled ung button ndi ko mapalitan ung network.

      Problema ko ngaun palaging naka 3G lang, ung ibang kasama ko na naka huawei may 4G naman silang nakukuha na signal.

    • Kororo says:

      @Rupert

      Same thing sakin. Disabled yun settings ng network

    • tof-tof says:

      @rupert: tol, try mo eregister load mo para 4g signal makuha mo.

  14. Pepay says:

    Ok na yung ALCATEL Y800kaso yung batt ang hina, kainis

  15. Kororo says:

    My Alcatel keep’s turning off by itself, kahit nakacharge sa dock..

    My Max DL speed hits only @ 4.5mb max, with 4g signal… using prepaid…

  16. ged says:

    diba ang band ng SMART LTE ay 2100mhz?
    bakit dun sa specification 800/900/1800/2600 MHz lang ang nakalagay?

  17. Raewyn says:

    Pano po ba i-fix ung ganitong problem. Nakaregister naman ako ng 4G LTE 995 ung good for 1 month . Dto sa apartment ko lagi akong naka 4G pero ngaun bat naging 3g nalang. Tapos paminsan kusang namamatay kahit full batt naman. ang ginagawa ko nalang pinapalitan ko ng battery tapos ok na ulit..

  18. martin
    Twitter: martinjdee
    says:

    Possible software issue with this device. Every week bumabalik ako sa Smart Store – Festival Alabang to have my device checked and replaced with a new unit. Problem kasi, pagkatapos mong gamitin after 5-7 days, hindi na nagbro-broadcast ng WiFi signal ung device pero may signal naman from Smart’s LTE network. Ang labas nun, hindi maka access ung laptop/phone ko ung pocketwifi at hindi sya maka connect sa internet. Balik na naman ako bukas sa kanila. Hopefully, bigyan na nila ako ng previous LTE wifi modem nila kesa sa Y800

  19. Raewyn says:

    Wala na naman ulit signal ang 4G panay 3G lang. sayang ung load ko ng 995. Pag sinet ko ung network to 4G only walang signal. Dati naman akong 4g dito sa lugar namin sa Mandaluyong. Ano kayang solution dito mga paps?.

  20. rory says:

    look if you guys want to fix this at least try to do a reset of the device

    I had an alcatel glory locked on sun and did a factory reset. Little did I know both sims are unlocked. Therefore a single data wipe could remove smart’s previous firmware and return to the original

    • rory says:

      p.s trying it on a wifi device might and possiblt work since they opened it before we could open it

  21. sean says:

    what router/device is compatible with SMART LTE network here in VISAYAS (Cebu City) that has LAN/ETHERNET???

    Plan to make SMART LTE as DSL backup to our network. Thanks?

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