Switching to LTE (SIM Card and Device) for faster speeds
It has been some time since Philippine telco’s introduced Long Term Evolution (LTE) to the country. A few years ago phones that support it was either expensive or hard to find. Fast-forward to 2017, buying an LTE-enabled phone is now cheaper and easier. LTE provides faster speeds and better connection than previous systems like GSM (2G) and HSPA/HSPA+ (3G). So how can you take advantage of this? Read on.
4G and LTE
We often confuse 4G and LTE as the same but we shouldn’t. 4G is a generation and LTE is a system.
4G is the fourth generation of mobile telecommunications technology. A system must meet the standards set by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to be named 4G.
LTE, on the other hand, is a candidate for a 4G system. But since it doesn’t meet the standards set by the International Telecommunications Union-Radio communications sector (ITU-R) it is not truly a 4G system. Although the ITU-R still considered LTE as “4G” since it offered substantial improvements over 3G systems and provided that future iterations of the technology meet the standard. It’s newer versions are called LTE-A (Long Term Evolution Advanced) and LTE-A Pro (Long Term Evolution Advanced Pro).
To be able to enjoy the speeds provided by an LTE system you would need a SIM and a capable device.
Buying an LTE SIM Card
Yes, sadly, you would have to say goodbye to your old SIM card if it isn’t LTE capable. Luckily most prepaid SIM cards sold today are LTE capable and are relatively cheap. Both Smart and Globe also offer LTE postpaid plans. These plans could be SIM only or bundled with a device.
While you would need to change your SIM Card, Globe has an option for their users to maintain their phone number. For more details on how to do this click here.
Buying an LTE Capable Device
If you already have an LTE SIM or if you’ve recently bought one then the next step would be to get a device that supports LTE. But before that let’s dive into which frequencies our Telco’s use.
Now your device should support these frequencies to be able to use the LTE services in the Philippines. You can check out our list of devices that support 700mhz here. After that, you’re all set to enjoy the speeds that LTE provides.
Do take note that even if you have an LTE capable device and SIM, some areas in the Philippines are not yet serviceable.