Is Sun Cellular now riding on Smart's network?

Is Sun Cellular now riding on Smart’s network?




I know this would not be a huge surprise since Sun Cellular is already a member of the PLDT Group but just saw a couple of days ago that Sun Cellular has upgraded its network’s signal strength. It might have seem routinary but the instructions were a bit telling — select “Smart” in the network settings.

The instructions were stated like so (primarily in Tagalog).

Ngayon, mula Ilocos Norte hanggang Marinduque, Isabela hanggang Mindoro, Nueva Vizcaya hanggang Albay, pwedeng-pwede mo na gamitin ang Sun para ma-contact 24/7 ang iyong pamilya, kamag-anak at barkada. Sa Sun, kumpleto na ang tawagan sa buong Pilipinas!


 

Sundan lang ang mga steps na ito para makuha ang pinalakas na SUN signal:
1. Pumunta sa PHONE SETTINGS.
2. Pumunta sa NETWORK SELECTION or OPERATOR SELECTION.
3. Piliin ang MANUAL at lalabas ang mga networks na available.
4. Piliin ang SMART.
5. Ulitin ang steps 1 to 3 at piliin naman ngayon ang AUTOMATIC.

The instructions were pretty interesting and gives us a hint that Sun Cellular is already riding on Smart’s network.

Has anyone tried this in their area and made it to work? Perhaps those who didn’t have good signal from Sun Cellular before.



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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50 Responses

  1. Andrei S. says:

    yes actually, MVP’s PLDT acquired a majority share of Digital Telecom(in which digitel and sun is under) now his Smart network runs Sun Cell.

  2. nueljose says:

    Tried it just now. My phone returned a “No Access” error.

  3. Mikhail says:

    I have a friend from Butuan City. It’s located in Northern Mindanao. He told me about this yesterday and according to him, he can use his sun sim but gets signal from smart by changing the settings as stated above.

    Yes, he can call using his sun sim and with better coverage. Instead of
    “SUN” written on top of his screen, it is changed to “SMART”, still fully functional. Hmmmm. What does this mean?

  4. SunUser says:

    Not working here in Metro Manila. When I chose Smart, access was not granted. I had to choose Sun to gain network access.

  5. Epstein says:

    “No Access”

  6. milanaorly says:

    i think it appears “No Access” when sun signal is available, and switching it to Smart network

  7. Vlad says:

    I’m from Cavite, I tried and successful. My screen displayed Smart even I have a signal using SUN.

  8. ampaw says:

    yey! working for me here in laguna.

  9. timbabawok says:

    Working here in cavite. Using dual sim x1-01. Smart gold signal. Nice. =)

  10. Rich says:

    Here in Dasma Cavite, I’m using Nokia C2-02 dual-sim… Sun’s signal is alot stronger than Smart.

    So, no need to ride on Smart’s signal…
    Sun can ride on its own signal strength.

  11. watrboy says:

    not working on Blackberry of Sun :)

  12. henyongpinoy says:

    this must be a very good news for those places who had no sun signal…:) gonna try this in our barrio….:)

  13. Le Chu says:

    Ahhh, no wonder the signal of Sun in my area is already as good as smart. Calls are not terrible anymore and i can hear the caller clearly.

  14. since mahina both sun and smart signal sa area namin, no-go pa rin

  15. kendra says:

    that only applies in far provinces i guess…it’s still sun in manila but my friends told me that they got the same thing when they went to south and/or north..

  16. chinitoguy says:

    This is good news! I hope Smart can also ride on Sun’s network. Why? Sun has installed cellsites on Ayala Land-controlled malls and residential areas. Ayala Land is the sister company of PLDT’s nemesis Globe Telecom. For those who are not aware, Smart has weak and sometimes no signal at Ayala Malls and Ayala Land projects like Glorietta, Greenbelt, Trinoma, Serendra, etc.

  17. RaymundR says:

    @chinitoguy, that’s how unfair Globe and Ayala is para sa atin. Now we know! Racist di ba?
    Buti na lang naka-smart at sun ako. At buti na lang lalakas na ang Sun at sisikat na sa buong Pilipinas.

  18. damaso says:

    Hopefully, hindi naman lugi ang smart subscribers nito sa network congestion, and sun cellular cellsites should also be utilized by Smart subscribers.

  19. jayb says:

    PLDT monopoly :(

    wawa naman ang Globe

  20. ERO23 says:

    I think it’s fine, with the current network modernization of Smart, they can accommodate much more subscriber now. I think it’s fair for all. Dapat lang ibigay nila anf nararapat para sa subscribers na nagtitiwala sa kanila. AMEN?

  21. paul says:

    Keep it up para mawalan ng marketshare ang Globe… Saya!!! :-)

  22. gust says:

    I’m from Trento, Agusan del Sur, just tried a while ago and was successful. I’m very happy now because since last August 2011 could not use my SUN number. My screen displayed SMART GOLD, but no problem for me as long as I can use my SUN number with cheaper rate abroad. It’s really good news, thanks.

  23. jp says:

    di pa tapos ang linkup ng Sun at Smart. Nag-uumpisa pa lang. Medyo madugo itong project na ito dahil kailangan pagkitain ang bawat BTS ng dalawang network.

  24. Jesus says:

    Sinakop na nila lahat. Hehehe! Next na ang Globe.

  25. guest says:

    GLOBE KAYA MO YAN BOTO PARIN AKO SAYO!!! :))

  26. joseph says:

    i’m from davao city, sun postpaid subscriber here, but can’t connect to smart network on either 2G or 3G.

    not sure if implemented xa sa postpaid or kelangan pa i-activate … dunno..

  27. Cylord says:

    marumi talaga ang strategy ni globe.. know their history…

  28. It returns “Your SIM card does not allow a connection to this network”.

    I have post-paid SUN.

  29. WIshii says:

    Sa tingin ko hindi pwde sa post-paid yan, dahil SUN locked siya, At hindi maseselect as Manual ang SMART network.. i tried many times but it always says ” Can’t access network ” :) But anyway, Keep up the Good work..

  30. Robin says:

    Gumana sya sakin RIZAL area, and take note, 3G network pa ng SMART and RUNS VERY SMOOTHLY! I even tried it on my broadband and it works like charm :D

  31. Carlo says:

    Doesn’t work in Makati and Parañaque though. After searching for Networks and Smart is selected, it says “Unable to connect to network at this time. Please try again later.”

  32. mario says:

    uhm sinubukan ko ito ngyon as i read. sun user ako, sinunod ko lang ang mga instructions dito, akala ko hindi ko mapapasok yung smart then nagulat ako nung pag refresh ko sa iphone ko naka check yung smart then i switch to automatic. mukhang ok naman, di na masyadong inconsistent yung 3g ko. thanks sa help!!

  33. nardz says:

    sa mga probinsya lang siguro to gumagana at maaaring gamitin since Sun signal here in Metro and Mega Manila is almost ok.

  34. Jhuly says:

    Sa Novaliches area ko at walang signal ngayon ang SUN ko… sinunod ko yung instruction pero walang effect…

  35. Sheela says:

    it’s not working on my postpaid sim. :( Do you guys know is there anyway I can use it?

  36. jen says:

    registration failed po lumabas kahit sinunod ko yung steps…
    tulong nmn po…

  37. Jim says:

    Gumana sya samin ng wife ko, 1 day nga lang, then nagrereturn sya ng message na check operator messages… we tried to repeat the instructions again but it returned as no network access.. now it is worst than ever… sobrang hirap ng sumagap ng signal sa loob ng bahay..

  38. Nicko says:

    ayw saken yn, khit bago lng ung Sun Sim ko. sobrng hina ng signal. no signal signal kpg sa baba ng bahay.. Prepaid Sun. 2G

  39. Glenda says:

    I have a Sun postpaid plan and 3G works perfectly in Cebu. But when we went to Puerto Princesa last month, wala atang signal ang Sun Cellular kasi No Service ang nakalagay sa phone ko. Tried following the instructions indicated above at naging SMART 3G signal ko in Puerto Princesa. When we got back in Cebu, naging SUN 3G na uli. Ayaw na gumana if I choose Smart. I think this only works in areas na walang signal ang Sun o kaya super hina.

  40. lorna says:

    TRIED THIS IN LANAO DEL SUR. SUN HAD NO SIGNAL THERE BUY YES IT WORKS. AT FIRST WE WONDERED WHY SUN/SMART APPEARED ON OUR SCREENS. I JUST EXPERIMENTED ONMY PHONE SETTINGS..CHOSE SMART. FROM THEN I WAS ABLE TO USE MY SUN NA.

  41. SER says:

    SAAMIN NASA HARAP NAMIN CELLSITE NG SMART PAANO MAIROAM ANG SMART TO SUN??

  42. TONTON says:

    PLEASE HELP ME.. DI AKO MAKAGAMIT NG SUN MOBILE INET.. DI KO MAHANAP ANG SUN NETWORK EH.. NAGING SMART 3G XA KAYA DI AKO MAKA ACCESS SA SUN.. PANO B 23

  43. melvin says:

    omg ako lumilitaw SUN Sun and Globe piliin ko man alin sa dalawa yung Sun na maliit error huhuhuh wala pa naman akong signal sa Sun sa area namin…. grrrr postpaid pa naman ako…

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  45. Trix says:

    Any one tried accessing Data roaming from SUN does would it cost me money if I turn it on? domestic roaming for 3g. What do you guys think.

  46. Migz says:

    It worked here in Angeles, Pampanga. Chose Smart network and now my Sun prepaid signal is always 3 to 4 bars. Thanks a lot!

  47. Lenwin Lim says:

    Ginagawa ko naman yung step kaso walang nalabas na SMART …
    Ano ang gagawin ko…
    Anyone na makakatulong sakin…
    PM me
    [email protected]

  48. Marielle says:

    sakin din Sun at Globe lang lumalabas wala namang SMART. nakakainis na . Hindi makapagtxt pag nasa bahay dahil walang signal both ang SUN at SMART sim ko.. pero ngayon lang naman nagkaganto starting last week. Dati hindi naman. T.T

  49. Dolores Lazatin says:

    I have PLDT smart features the10pesos per call PlDT to Smart is this also applicable to sun since Smart and Sun already merge

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