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Globe confirms free unlimited LTE on iPhone 5

Globe Telecom has finally confirmed that all iPhone 5 postpaid subscribers will get access to their LTE network at no additional charge. This means that if you are currently on a MySuperSurf data plan, you can get LTE for free.

In press release sent to us by Globe, they have finally lived up to their commitment of free unlimited LTE to their existing subscribers. They first announced this back in December.

The release indicated this development.

Globe subscribers on iPhone 5 postpaid plans can now experience fourth-generation Long Term Evolution (4G LTE) on their devices by updating to Apple’s latest software, the iOS6.1.

The availability is on the heels of Apple’s announcement that it has enabled the LTE functionality of the iPhone 5 in the Philippines.

With this development, Globe postpaid subscribers on iPhone 5 can enjoy blazing mobile internet speeds of up to 42 Mbps in LTE-covered areas without having to upgrade their plans or pay extra charges.

To enjoy LTE coverage on their iPhone 5, subscribers need to update to iOS 6.1 and use an LTE Nano-SIM.

Globe’s LTE network is heavily concentrated in Makati although it is now also available in select areas in Manila, Pasig City, Quezon City, Taguig City, Muntinlupa, Mandaluyong, Cebu City, and Boracay.

Meanwhile, Smart also sent a press release stating they will offer unlimited LTE to all data plan subscribers until April 30.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

49 Responses

  1. Avatar for oneil oneil says:

    hello, im using ipad mini 4G, anong plan ng globe for surfing? can i also get LTE nano sim?

  2. Avatar for Jon Jon says:

    Hi iya. Make sure that LTE is turned on in settings, general, cellular. Try to toggle airplane mode too. If all else fails go to a globe center and ask for a new nano sim that is LTE ready. I assure you. Once the sim is replaced with a new one your iphone5 will obtain LTE signal. I had the same issue you were having until i had my sim replace. Even if the person from the support call says that the current sim you have is LTE enabled, have it replaced with a new one.

    • Avatar for Iya Iya says:

      iVe just realized that my iphone 5 model A4128 (located at the back of the iphone 5 and not at “About” option) does not support LTE for Globe (but it does on Smart,ive heard). This is usually the case for those who bought their Iphone 5 units in the US. The Iphone 5 model that supports Philippine band is A4129. Thanks so much for the assistance Jon. I really appreciate it. I guess I just have to suffice with 3G or EDGE then :-(

  3. Avatar for Iya Iya says:

    Need assistance please:

    Details:
    iPhone 5 with IOS 6.1.2
    Globe Telecom
    LTE-activated nano-sim card (twice replaced yet both sim cards are LTE-activated as per Globe hotline agent)
    In an LTE-activated area (proven kc a family member has an LTE signal on his iphone 5 yet i dont)
    Did basic troubleshooting: restart network settings, soft reboot, manually change signal to Globe —- did this over and over yet no improvement.

    My problem is obvious — still no LTE signal. I asked the hotline agent if it’s possible that my unit is defective — said it’s impossible. Any assitance with my issue will be very much appreciated. Thanks.

    • Avatar for Jon Jon says:

      Hi iya. Make sure that LTE is turned on in settings, general, cellular. Try to toggle airplane mode too. If all else fails go to a globe center and ask for a new nano sim that is LTE ready. I assure you. Once the sim is replaced with a new one your iphone5 will obtain LTE signal. I had the same issue you were having until i had my sim replace. Even if the person from the support call says that the current sim you have is LTE enabled, have it replaced with a new one. – See more at: https://www.yugatech.com/telecoms/globe-confirms-free-unlimited-lte-on-iphone-5/comment-page-2/#comment-568978

  4. Avatar for David David says:

    Hi, hope someone can help me:

    I have a N7105 note 2 LTE. I have an unli data plan from globe and just today asked for a LTE nano sim which I inserted into a nano sim adaptor for my LTE note2. PRoblem is it says there is no service and wont detect the sim card, but I can send and receive calls and texts (even though is says no service). however, I can’t go into the network settings because it says I need to insert a sim first.

    Has Anyone else tried using a nano sim adaptor to use on their non iphone LTE phone?

    Peace!

    • Avatar for Ken Ken says:

      Parehas tayo ng problem sir. yung Unlidata plan ng wife ko sa iphone5 nya try ko gamitin sa N7105 ko. pwede calls and text kaso wala data. tumawag ako sa globe and sabi sa akin is yung plan is for iPhone 5 LTE lang daw. and wala pa daw sila LTE enabled microsim.

    • Avatar for red red says:

      Hi david and ken, guys yung n7105 nyo san nyo nabili sa mall or sa globe din? I just had mine but ang binigay nila sa akin is the n7100 but they said its lte ready pero alam ko naman nde, i need help and ur opinion ibabalik ko nalang sa globe to phone or have it replace with an n7105 meron kaya sila

  5. Avatar for Cedie Cedie says:

    Updated my iphone 5 for ios6.1, phone shut down and is now LTE capable as it says… Pero nag drop ang signal ko from 3g to E (edge). Did as advice from blogs, turning phone on and off… Still stuck at E… Are all micro sim of globe for the iphone 5 lte capable? Or is there a need to replace the sim for a new one? I’m in Makati which globe claims the area has the highest sugnal so far?

    • Avatar for Cedie Cedie says:

      Btw postpaid nman ako, am i just impatient? or does it take time for the signal to improve to LTE?

    • Avatar for Cedie Cedie says:

      Btw postpaid nman ako, am i just impatient? or does it take time for transition in regards to signal?

    • Avatar for James James says:

      You may need to switch sim cards. Just go to any GBC and ask for a 4G LTE sim card (don’t get the one with the sticker), it’s free anyway. You can also call globe to check if your plan has LTE provisioning. I heard they removed a feature before to correct the fluctuating signal issue of the iphone5.

  6. Avatar for Yui Yui says:

    Kakatawa naman tong mga sabi ng sabi ng capped. Palibhasa prepaid user at nakiki connect lang ng wifi sa kapitbahay niya.

    Pag postpaid ng globe hindi capped.

  7. Avatar for butad butad says:

    Went around makati to check LTE speed, I got 8Mbps DL speed as the highest in Valero/Paseo area pero average ng 6.5-Mbps. Sa may Kalayaan around 4Mbps.

  8. Avatar for Marian Marian says:

    Not all nano sims with LTE sticker are provisioned for LTE. Call Globe customer hotline or go to the nearest GBC to verify this :)

  9. Avatar for notoriety notoriety says:

    i have already upgraded my iP5 into iOS6.1 but sadly im here laguna wherein the it’s not yet LTE-covered. so, anyone wants to share how fast is the 4G LTE experience?

    • Avatar for itachi1 itachi1 says:

      You can check Globe’s retweets of their subscribers. So far I’ve seen most of their screenshots of speed tests at around 26-28mbps.

  10. Avatar for LenovoLover LenovoLover says:

    sabi ko na nga ba eh!

    PANALO talaga ang globe!

    SMART sucks big time!

  11. Avatar for iyes iyes says:

    Magbasa kahit papa-ano bago magtanong.

    4G/LTE: -dapat designed ang new mobile mo sa network na ito.
    -dapat OS ng mobile mo ready for LTE(updated like iOS6.1 ng apple)

  12. Avatar for iyes iyes says:

    basta 4G/LTE capable ang mobile mo ibig sabihin pde. as long as ung OS ng phone mo ready to LTE na siya like iOS6.1.

  13. Avatar for ric ric says:

    unlimited nga, may cap nmn.. ^^

  14. Avatar for larlar larlar says:

    dapat ang model number ng galaxy note 2 mo is n7105 para LTE capable

  15. Avatar for botchok botchok says:

    How about 4g LTE for samsung galaxy note 2?

  16. Avatar for shoc shoc says:

    Hi! How do I know if my Globe nano sim is an LTE sim?

    • Avatar for Messie Messie says:

      You will no its an LTE sim, when the sim card holder (the card the sim is attached to when you first get it from the carrier) has an LTE sticker on it. If I remember it right, for Globe, these are nano sims released on or after Dec. 14, 2012.

    • Avatar for Messie Messie says:

      You will know* its an LTE sim, when the sim card holder (the card the sim is attached to when you first get it from the carrier) has an LTE sticker on it. If I remember it right, for Globe, these are nano sims released on or after Dec. 14, 2012.
      (Edit: Spelling fail FML)

  17. Avatar for itachi1 itachi1 says:

    requisites for lte:
    1. lte capable handset
    2. lte sim
    3. lte-covered area

    …and yes since globe’s lte nano sims are postpaid then capping does NOT apply

    • Avatar for Hmmm Hmmm says:

      Thanks. Pero wala pa ata lte micro sim right? For ipad 4 ko sana. Listed nanaman ang Globe sa ipad lte.

  18. Avatar for Juan Juan says:

    LTE sim dapat.

  19. Avatar for Hmmm Hmmm says:

    Ask ko lang guys kung need ba yung simcard na enable lte or pwede yung ordinary lang? Thanks.

  20. Avatar for Ryuuji Ryuuji says:

    Can’t even receive a decent 3G signal from Globe, then they have the gall to advertise like this.

  21. Avatar for Toni Toni says:

    pag postpaid user walang capping ang globe internet kasi ako araw2 akong nagddownload ng torrent sa s3 at 4s(tethered) ko wala naman problem. para sa mga prepaid lang at mga broadband dongle ang capping.

    • Avatar for emem emem says:

      ako din hehehe no data cap whatsoever.. ang problem ko na lang is space sa external drive ko dahil mapupuno na ng HD movies and series hahaha

    • Avatar for Emery Emery says:

      May cap daw sa My Super Plan Unlisurf combo. 800mb daily kahit 3G or LTE. I just asked a while ago sa CSR.

    • Avatar for kenken kenken says:

      i’m a business flex 1800 postpaid subscriber at capped po sya upto 800 MB per day just like their dsl broadband upto 7GB per day. ask the CSR before you comment na wala… nabuko ko sila sa dsl broadband, when I reported that my 3Mbps plan always get an average speed of less than 1Mbps in speedtest(dot)net… they told me that I exceeded my fare use policy limit of 7GB when I did not use my internet for the whole day and it turned out that my account was sold to other subscriber near our area…. it was the technical support team who visited us reported that some agents do this…

    • Avatar for kenken kenken says:

      Google Globe Fair Use Policy in postpaid and tattoo…

  22. Avatar for meh meh says:

    Bet the cap is some laughable amount, probably 500mb hahaha

  23. Avatar for Calvin Calvin says:

    heard it’s not unlimited… capped daw according to globe.

    • Avatar for emem emem says:

      globe don’t cap internet for postpaid subscribers. unlimited is unlimited unlike smart. all the movies I downloaded using my phone as hotspot should be proof enough hehehe

  24. Avatar for marc marc says:

    iPhone 4s is not an LTE capable device.

    • Avatar for dave dave says:

      hindi po kaya nga nano sim e. :D

    • Avatar for von von says:

      sumasakit ang ulo ko sau dave paulit ulit ka. Walang kinalaman ang size ng sim card sa network na kayang isupport nito dahil magkaibang bagay ang LTE network at sim card. Walang LTE capability ang 4/4S dahil hinde siya ginawa para sa LTE network.

  25. Avatar for Francis de Leon Francis de Leon says:

    If I download iOS6.1 in my Globe postpaid iPhone 4S, will it also be capable of LTE? If so, how will I have to pay for that service?

    • Avatar for dave dave says:

      hindi po kaya nga nano sim e. :D
      iphone lang ang my capability to have access sa LTE network (apple and other smartphones designed for LTE)

    • Avatar for von von says:

      No bec the iPhone 4/4S does not have the hardware to support LTE.

  26. Avatar for Butchie Butchie says:

    Then make your LTE network available nationwide!

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