The new normal has forced people to work and learn from their homes to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As such, we’ve suggested several laptops in the PHP 25K, PHP 35K, and PHP 50K price range, as well as equipment that we think people should invest in. While we did briefly discuss how you should choose an Internet Service Provider, we have not discussed their available plans.
If you are looking for the most affordable internet plan, we’ve compiled and compared the list of offered by different ISPs in the country.
Author’s note: Due to the amount of data that you could potentially consume over a month’s work of learning and studying, we’ve only listed unlimited plans to avoid extra fees.
Here are the most affordable plans available from the four most prominent ISPs:
|Globe||Globe At Home Go Unli Plan 1299||5Mbps|
Unlimited Calls to Globe/TM, Local area Landline, NDD
|50% off for the first 3 months||PHP 1,299|
|PLDT||UNLI FIBR PLAN 1299||10Mbps||+5Mbps promo (Original plan 5Mbps)||PHP 1,299|
|Converge||FIBER X 1500||25Mbps||PHP 1,500|
|SKY||SKY Fiber Unli Broadband 999 Plan||5Mbps||PHP 999|
Do note that the plans given by PLDT, Converge, and SKY are Fiber connections, which should be more consistent (that is to say, there are no peak hours), and should have relatively similar download and upload speeds. Given the plans, the cost per Mbps would come out as follows:
- Globe – PHP 259 / Mbps, PHP 129.9 / Mbps for the first three months
- PLDT – PHP 129 / Mbps
- Converge – PHP 60 /Mbps
- SKY – PHP 199.8 / Mbps
As it stands, Converge offers the most value of the four, but have limited availability across the country. PLDT offers the second most valuable plan, costing only PHP 129 per Mbps. SKY’s offering is tied for the slowest available plan, at only 5Mbps, but offers the cheapest of all at just PHP 999. Lastly, Globe has the most expensive plan of the four but offers users unlimited calls to Globe, TM, and Local Landlines.
I would, however, like to reiterate that choosing which provider is heavily dependent on your location. Some providers may not be able to provide you the advertised speed, while others may. In this case, it will cause you fewer headaches and ease of mind by choosing the ISP that’s more capable in your area, even if its a little more expensive. Take advantage of free trials, when possible, and check out reviews from people within close proximity to your home.
For those with internet connections, help our fellow kababayans out and recommend which ISPs are working great in your area! Let us know in the comments below.