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Smart 3G: from Php10/30mins to Php1/min

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[Update: Smart per Minute Rate for Mobile 3G] Smart is offering a new prepaid mobile internet plan — at one-peso-per-minute rate. That’s basically Php60 per hour, way more expensive than their current offering which is Php10 per 30 minutes or Php20 per hour.

The move to offer Php1 per minute might have been prompted by mobile users who connect in quick intervals to sites like Twitter, FourSquare or Facebook.

Realme Philippines

Smart Bro Prepaid Internet • Smart 3G: From Php10/30Mins To Php1/Min

So instead of paying Php10 just to update and check-in with FourSquare, you may be just spending Php1 or Php2 which in just a minute or two — enough time to fire up FourSquare, check-in and log out from your 3G connection. It really depends on the case use.

Smart has not yet indicated how you choose between the two bucket pricing — Php1/minute or Php10/30 minutes (or even the Php50 per 24 hours UnliSurf) — but I guess users will ultimately have more options when connecting to 3G internet.

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Kenneth
Kenneth
11 years ago

@Ronald R,

Thanks for the clarification. Hope the fix comes out soon. Hopefully next time when we type www.facebook.com in our mobile browser, the system should check first if the client has a valid unlisurf subscription. :)

Hoping to experience a better Smart surfing experience in the near future. :) Thanks Bro.

Ronald R
Ronald R
11 years ago

@Kenneth

Understandable dude…I was a smartbro user way before i worked for smart (SmartWifi pa) and I understand the frustrations of the common subscriber.

You may have clicked on the links that connect to the unli service (unli.facebook.com) instead of the normal facebook link (m.facebook.com). When you click on one of the unli links it charges you the 20pesos unlimited (its possible to charge you 20 even when you 9 pesos, the system will take the missing 11 upon next loading). You get charged even when you are already registered for unli surf (i apologize for this but this is how the current system is set-up)

We are trying to upgrade and fix our systems to give subscribers like you a better experience.

Hope this answers your upsetting situation.

Kenneth
Kenneth
11 years ago

@Ronald R,

Thanks for the reply and clarification. I think that is how it should work.

However, what I experienced is this, I registered for smart unli surf 50. while browsing/using the internet, i then opened a facebook page, after a few minutes no more internet. when i used my globe connection i found out my smart load became zero w/c is surprising because I know I still have extra Php9 load beyond what I used to register for the unli surf 50. after calling smart callcenter i was informed that it was becoz i registered daw for unlifacebook even when I had a valid unlisurf subscription. what’s funny nga is that I was automatically charged for unlifacebook20 even if my extra load was only 9 pesos. what’s even funnier is that when they refered it to your billing & collection department they said it was a valid transaction. which was weird and mind-boggling to me bcoz:
– first, i was on unlisurf 50 already,
– second, i did not register for unlifacebook20 but got automatically charged for it,
-third i only have 9 pesos how can i even register for unlifacebook,
-fourth smart billing and collection said it was a valid transaction Php for an unlifacebook20 subscription? and
-fifth i had to load my backup100buddy loadcard to continue using my unlisurf. the next day when i exceeded my unlisurf for a few minutes, bang I get charged again for another unlifacebook20 automatically, no intervention required from my end.

Sir Ronald R, am not trying to say its your fault nor am i trying to pick a fight, I’m just telling you about my experience, maybe you know someone inside who can check and make sure it does not happen to other smart subscribers coz I experienced this twice and someone also posted a similar/same experience in his blog.

Ronald R
Ronald R
11 years ago

@Kenneth

The one peso per minute charge is for people with load balances below 10 pesos.

By default 10 pesos/30 minutes pa din ang surfing namin for prepaid.

If you are on unlimited surfing you don’t need the separate unlimited facebook.

Unlimited facebook (20pesos/day) is there if you only do facebook updates. If you register for unli Facebook then get unli surf then that’s the time you get charged twice.

Hope this clears it up.

Kenneth
Kenneth
11 years ago

@Ronald R,

Since you work sa Smart, can you confirm na wala na nga yung offer before na 0.33cents/minute?

And also why is someone who is on 1day unlimited surfing charged for unlifacebook separately?

Baka lang may alam po kayo? So we the customers will understand.

Thanks in advance.

Ronald R
Ronald R
11 years ago

I work for Smart.

The 1 pesos per minute charge is for Bro and Buddy users who have less than 10 pesos on their accounts but still want to access the net.

Per minute charging was always available on PRepaid Smartbro plug it.

I’ll link to the relevant sites on smart.com.ph once i find them

NemOry
NemOry
11 years ago

o0 nga ung networks din sana mag THINK din. . .na wag cla magnanakaw sa mga clients nila. . .kahit wala kami bug para nakawan. .ayun ninanakawan. . .
: )

Jon
Jon
11 years ago

I just said, it was possible. Do you really want to wait for that time pag nagkaroon ng crackdown sa mga taong nagnanakaw ng bandwidth?

Of course it is a bug. But that does not justify your action of stealing. Kung sira yung pinto ng bahay nyo, at di nyo alam. May magnanakaw na nalaman sira pala yung pinto nyo. Ok lang ba nakawin nya mga gamit nyo, kasi may “bug” dun sa pinto nyo?

Think.

NemOry
NemOry
11 years ago

@mr bogus, yup totoo talaga sinabi mu cla ang mas magnanakaw ng load. .na sanay na mga tao jan. Ung iba d alam ang reas0n. . .

mr. bogus
mr. bogus
11 years ago

DAPAT 1PESO FOR 5 MINUTES PARA PATAS LANG!!!!!

BUT THE PROBLEM NANGANGAIN NG LOAD ANG SMART..!!!

buti na lang may facebook zero sa sun….

nemory and smart???.. hmmm… totoo talaga kasabihan ang magnanakaw galit sa kapwa magnanakaw…

i cant blame you dahil mga telco dito mga gahaman kaya nagpapakagahaman ka rin….

hoy manny pangilinan.. dami mo ginagastusan (azkal football team, meralco basketball team, talk and text basketball team) baka gusto mo magbawas..!!!!

NemOry
NemOry
11 years ago

@jon, ah via BTS ba? But ang tagal ko na sa forum namen ang tatagal na ng mga pinaka hackers dun but wala ako npansin na na threat na cla or pwd ma preso.

And what if our trick is just a bug?we are not using any thirdparty devices anyway. . Sometimes it’s the fault of the network, suddenly you can access the internet. .without a trick. .

Jon
Jon
11 years ago

@Nem0roy

Duh, it’s on your Twitter account, which you linked here on this blog. Hence I gave you advice to shut up about your cheating/stealing.

Seriously? Parang jumper lang yan sa Meralco. You make use of techniques/devices to gain access/use something that other people are paying for.

From a technical standpoint, it would be very easy for Globe to trace you, down to where you are right now via BTS triangulation.

Jon
Jon
11 years ago

@JustReading

Di talaga madala no? Tuloy pa rin. Tsk tsk tsk.

NemOry
NemOry
11 years ago

@Just Reading, para ngang thief, d q naman alam pwede ako ma preso. .pero totoo bang pwede yun mangyari??at pano nga ba naman??tagal q na kasi gamit e. .chaka d naman lahat ma aacess mu , .
Galing mu na google mu name q ata. ,hehe? .

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