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Smart Bro Rocket Plug-It now official, available Monday




We were the first to break the news last week about the new Smart Bro Rocket 12Mbps so we followed it up with Smart today.

It’s now official and you can get the prepaid SmartBro Rocket for Php3,995 (no lock-in period but is locked to the Smart network).


You should also see this poster in stores where it’s available.

Internet rates starts at Php10 per 30 minutes and you can just use the normal loading system. The Smart Bro Rocket will be available for sale at Smart Business Centers starting Monday. Remember though, there are only about 154 HSPA+ sites across the country (Metro Manila, Cebu, Davao, etc) so don’t expect it to reach 12Mbps anywhere else.

Note: You can check the complete list of Smart HSPA+ sites here.



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

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64 Responses

  1. jonas says:

    still thinking of buying one vs globe. which is better?

  2. zer0ice says:

    I’m wondering if they’re going to allow other devices, e.g. current postpaid SIM, HSPA+???

    Any news on that, Sir Abe?

  3. heatmt11 says:

    is cebu city in the list to have that HSPA+ coverage?
    if so, i’ll buy one..

    • yuga says:

      @heatmt11 – yes some base stations in Cebu City have been upgraded to HSPA+

    • cooldude75ph says:

      From http://help.smart.com.ph/answers/index.php/2011/08/places-with-hspa-coverage/?wpmp_switcher=mobile

      Places with HSPA+ Coverage
      Posted on August 5, 2011 by Admin
      Get speeds up to 12Mbps in these locations using your Rocket Plug-It!

      HSPA+ SITELIST
      Bacood, Manila City
      My Place, Quezon City
      West Ave., Quezon City
      Teachers Village, Quezon City
      Project 7, Quezon City
      MSC 2 NIA Macro Tempo (sec3), Quezon City
      UP Diliman, Quezon City
      Congressional Village, Quezon City
      Tondo, Manila City
      Intramuros, Manila City
      Tutuban Center, Manila City
      R. Magsaysay, Manila City
      Gagalangin, Manila City
      Bo. Roxas Tondo (formerly ICA), Manila City
      San Miguel, Maypajo, Manila City
      Balic-Balic, Manila City
      J. P Rizal, Makati City
      Malibay – El Taytay, Pasay City
      Manggahan, Pasig City
      Winson, Pasig City
      PLDT Wise Tower, Makati City
      Metropolis Alabang, Muntinlupa City
      RC Bldg., Makati City
      Ateneo, Quezon City
      UST, Manila City
      Manila P. Noval 1800U, Manila City
      Xavierville, Quezon City
      Earnshaw, Manila City
      Veterans, Quezon City
      Maypajo, Caloocan City
      Sta Mesa Reloc, Manila City
      Maybunga, Pasig City
      Victorio C5, Taguig City
      Lawton Post Office, Manila City
      J.Fajardo, Manila City
      Paligsahan, Quezon City
      Mariblo, Quezon City
      Gastambide, Manila City
      Shaw-Acacia, Mandaluyong City
      A. Bato, Caloocan City
      COD Manila, Quezon City
      Manila Zoo, Manila City
      Tabacalera Reloc, Makati City
      Elsie Gaches, Muntinlupa City
      Panabo, Panabo City
      Koronadal, Koronadal City
      Kidapawan, Kidapawan City
      Butuan, Butuan City
      Marawi 3, Marawi City
      Gaston_Park, Cagayan de Oro City
      Davao – Villa Margarita, Davao City
      Davao City-Los Amigos (Tugbok), Davao City
      Ipil, Ipil
      Piltel Lanang, Davao City
      Davao – Cabantian, Davao City
      Polanco, Polanco
      Davao – Puan, Davao City
      Licayo, Dapitan City
      Dipolog 1, Dipolog City
      Kabacan, Kabacan
      Piltel Digos, Digos City
      Davao – Ponce, Davao City
      Gensan EMX, General Santos City
      Iligan, Iligan City
      Davao – Shrine Hill, Davao City
      Davao – Sasa, Davao City
      Davao – Toril, Davao City
      Zamboanga City, Zamboanga City
      Pagadian 2, Pagadian City
      Davao – Ecoland, Davao City
      Davao – Buhangin, Davao City
      Matina_Aplaya, Davao City
      Ulas, Davao City
      Davao – Agdao, Davao City
      Davao – Mintal, Davao City
      Butuan-Montilla, Butuan City
      Catalunan_Grande, Davao City
      Davao – Catitipan, Davao City
      Davao – Panacan, Davao City
      Dumoy, Davao City
      Davao – DBP_Village, Davao City
      Davao – Bangkal, Davao City
      Davao – Osmena_Park, Davao City
      Jacinto, Davao City
      Davao – Bacaca, Davao City
      Davao – Obrero, Davao City
      SM Davao, Davao City
      Limketkai Mall, Cagayan De Oro City
      PLDT PONCIANO, Davao City
      Toledo – Lutopan, Toledo City
      Punta Princesa, Cebu City
      Consolacion – NH Lamac, Consolacion
      Zarraga, Zarraga
      Pototan, Pototan
      Iloilo – Jaro Plaza, Iloilo City
      Pavia, Pavia
      San Miguel, Iloilo, San Miguel
      Minglanilla, Minglanilla
      San Jose Town Proper 2, San Jose
      Oton, Oton
      Bacolod – Daalco, Bacolod City
      Ormoc Proper 1, Ormoc City
      Mandaue – Cabancalan Rod, Mandaue City
      University of Cebu-Banilad SWEEP, Cebu City
      Cebu – Lahug 2, Cebu City
      University of San Carlos – Technological Center, Cebu City
      Labangon (relocation), Cebu City
      Basak (Lapu-Lapu), Lapu-Lapu City
      EG Mall, Cebu City
      Cebu – Edu Pelaez, Cebu City
      Iloilo 4 – Airport, Iloilo City
      Boracay, Malay
      Iloilo Downtown, Iloilo City
      Bacolod-Lacson (Santo Niño), Bacolod City
      Bacolod City Proper, Bacolod City
      MSC 3 Cebu, Cebu City
      Talamban, Cebu City
      Colon, Cebu City
      Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu City
      MEPZ, Cebu City
      Gonzales, Cebu City
      Li-ong, Mandaue City
      Mactan – Shangri-la, Lapu-Lapu City
      Bakilid, Mandaue City
      Basak Mandaue, Mandaue City
      Plantation Bay, Lapu-Lapu City
      Cebu – Parian, Cebu City
      Cebu – Rafols, Cebu City
      Cebu-Pahina, Cebu City
      Salinas, Cebu City
      Cebu – PLDT South, Cebu City
      Cebu – San Roque, Cebu City
      Mactan – Maribago, Lapu-Lapu City
      Cordova Mactan, Cordoba
      Mandaue – JH Pagsabungan, Mandaue City
      Mandaue – Looc, Mandaue City
      Lapu-Lapu – Babag, Lapu-Lapu City
      Cebu – Port Area, Cebu City
      Keppel Center (Monte de Piedad Bldg.), Cebu City
      SM City Iloilo, Iloilo City
      Iloilo-PLDT La Paz, Iloilo City
      Cebu – EG Shamrock, Cebu City
      Gaisano Fiesta Mall, Talisay City
      Piltel Mabolo, Cebu City

    • Les says:

      thanks cooldude pero natawa ako sa isang area: Manila Zoo hahaha ano yun meh commission ang Zoo?

  4. Rygel says:

    Is this service available Metro Manila-wide?

  5. dan says:

    available din po ba un unlisurf d2 sir?

  6. Rich says:

    Where in Makati is this HSPA+ available?

  7. brymarti says:

    yung 4k na yan
    bababa pa yan pag dating ng ilang months :D

  8. rcg says:

    May list ba kung alin places ang covered?

  9. hubes says:

    what is the cap of smart prepaid unli surf?

  10. heatmt11 says:

    sir yuga natanong mo ba talaga kung pwede mga unlisurf sa rocket plug-it? kasi nagtanong ako kanina standard charges lang daw talaga whicj is P10 for 30 minutes. hindi daw pwede mga unlisurf.. please clarify this to smart please.

  11. Jin says:

    Yet another new technology. The issue on 3G networks is not yet solve now smart introducing another tech. Let’s see how this works, cannot yet judge it by now.

    • Erin says:

      Telcos will offer the 4G option because it is a way to alleviate the 3G congestion. Think of it this way: currently nagsisiksikan lahat sa 3G hi-way, then nagbubukas sila ng bagong 4G hi-way para lumipat doon yung iba at lumuwag ng konti ang mga nasa 3G hi-way.

      :)

  12. Emman says:

    Just been to Smart Center in SM North, nagtanong ako regarding this one. SHOCKER!!! Sabi ng rep nila sakin wla pa daw silang info na may 12mbps na smart bro…Tsk, tsk.. She asked me where did I get the info, I told her sa yugatech. She replied “buti pa yang source mo alam, kami di namin na may ganun na pala”….
    Hmmm, ano kaya ibig sabihin nito?

    A) Abe is much, much more trusted by smart big wigs
    OR
    B) Smart don’t familiarize their own employees

    ciao…

    • joel says:

      Cguro kulang sa info drive ang mga smart employees.
      Where makakahanap ng list ng smart sa 154 nilang HSPA+ area? Any idea @abe???

  13. mike says:

    uhm…. is there a list of where the 154 HSPA+ base stations are exactly located?

  14. goodha says:

    bilib na talaga ako dito kay sir abe/yugatech. if igoogle mo about smart bro rocket plug it, ang unang lalabas ay yugatech of being the first source. if the speed is the up to 12mbps, then what is its guaranteed minimum speed all the time?
    i think you will only experience the “up to 12mpbs” if you are beside a hspa+ capable cellsite and your are surfing during the early hours of the morning.

  15. petken says:

    Sir yuga meron akong nung myfi ng huawei from yugadeals dati… Gamit ko smart sim I’m getting HSPA+ signal with mga 3-4Mbps… So ibig sabihin yung area namin pde mag up to 12Mbps?

  16. raul barrios says:

    Sir Yuga, is HSPA+ available here in Iloilo?

  17. Rmil Chua says:

    Does it mean that the whole metro manila is coverd by HSPA+?

  18. Name: says:

    SIr,

    Would you know if Samsung Galaxy SII can take advantage of the 12mbps signal broadcasted by Smart when it launches?

    If yes, what are the requirements? Thanks in advance.

  19. variouztrickz says:

    can anyone explain to me the broader definition of HSPA+ in layman’s term. THANKZ

  20. deuts says:

    Ung Sapido GR-1222 ba gagana dito?

  21. DJ says:

    Hi Boss Yuga – So since 4g na ang SGSII, Will it actually be able to automatically pick up the 4G signal na 12MBS bandwidth? anything else required? Sim?

  22. Mike says:

    Oh! Kala ko ba 4G LTE pinili ng smart. Ba’t nakigaya na rin sila sa GLOBE sa HSPA+

  23. siliconbully says:

    marketing: 5 stars
    service: 1 star

  24. michael says:

    UP DilimaN! Yehee!! XD

  25. PNOY says:

    As of now this is a better deal compare with Globe’s up to 10Mbps only with a monthly plan of 2,199. Globe has not yet release any prepaid with their latest broadband. I guess they are just waiting for the release of Smart’s rocket prepaid so they can decide what marketing strategy they will do next. Hope Globe will make it lower to a price of 2,990 compare with Smart’s 3,990.

  26. Pampanga says:

    The residents of Pampanga are earnestly asking Smart Telecom to consider expediting the roll-outs to our province, particularly in Angeles City.

    We’re really anticipative of any updates on this matter.

    Thanks!

  27. tope says:

    probable how many kilometer away from the site can be covered by this HSPA+ signal? thanks

  28. VP says:

    meron na sa ibang smart center… kakakuha ko palang kanina sa sm san lazaro… kaso 5 lang daw yun deliver… limited stocks!!!

  29. Wish Sun would also offer something like this then we can compare all 3 Networks (Smart, Globe, Sun)

  30. Paulo says:

    Wala naman cap ang smart kaya ayos to kahit prepaid.

  31. bb says:

    is it possible to switch my smart bro plug-it with this one?

  32. BBM says:

    For sure sa umpisa lang maayos yan and soon service will also sucks!!!

  33. Les says:

    Can you use this product when youre out of the coverage area? I mean gagana ba ang 3G or GPRS?EDGE signal?

  34. mike says:

    big and important question is. Is there at least a 7 day trial period to check and if we are not satisfied return the product no questions asked? Smart and PLDT is very hard to trust nowadays with reputation of giving poor service in the past. This company is there to satisfy their shareholders at the expense of poor paying consumers hard earned money.

  35. I got one from Smart Wireless Center in Megamall. The staff at the entrance have no idea what it is, when it is going to be available. I had to go and get a number to ask a Sales personnel about it. I asked for their fair use policy and got this info: a) the P10 per 30 mins is available for a limited period. Starting Oct 1, rocket users will have volume packages as default charging. b) No unlimited internet packages (no unlisurfs) c) Volume packages suck (max at 2GB for 30 days @ Php995), default of 180MB for Php200

    • mike says:

      what the hell! They gave and.advertised fast 12Mbps speed then cap.it at MB and max 2Gb a month?! Do the math. It just means your thousand pesos is gone in a few hours! THIS IS ONE BIG MONEYMAKING VENTURE!

  36. Speed is quite decent though. I live in Pasig where there is HSPA coverage and I get 5 mbps from speedtest.net. 12mbps is still a dream.

  37. Doc Nato says:

    I also got the smart rocket from megamall… I also asked the one who gives the number.. he said “hung friday pa nag po naming iniintay di pa run dumadating” then i asked the one from the cashier… meron na daw! I was so excited when i plugged it in my mac (osx lion) to my surprise… it was asking for an update then tells me I’m not connected to the internet even though i am… tried downloading drivers for huawei, di gumagana…. took me 5 hours to figure it out.. until i downloaded the java runtime for osx lion… ayun! gumana run sa wakas!!! its already 12midnight ngayon pa lang magtetest… got only 1.8kbps from speediest.net even though there’s an HSPA signal here in eastwood… I’ll try in St luke’s Q.C. tom!

  38. Leslie says:

    Sayang wala man lang HSPA+ site sa Bulacan. Smart gising gising din!

  39. Info says:

    Good thing its openline as yugatech have said and tested, just switch your smartbro sim to sun broadbandsim and subscribe the 100 unlisurf for 3 days compare with smart 200 unlisurf for 5 days and globe unlisurf 220 for 5 days. i havent tested it yet with other sims, might as well test it replace the smart with sun.

  40. Picolohk says:

    And I bet peer to peer will be throttled down to 120kbps

  41. Jon says:

    sobrang slow at mahal ng internet dito sa Pinas…sa Korea I have 100mbps tapos I’m only paying around P600 per month…unlimited pa yun meaning I can download GBs of movies and etc…na-miss ko tuloy ang Korea

  42. Aris Sison says:

    Does SmartBro Rocket work on Mac Lion?

  43. mizzeg says:

    it sucks i got one super bagal naman.. kahit na may site sa lugar namin ng HSPA super bagal padin.. i hope soon maayos ng SMART to para di naman medyo nakakahiya sa mga subcribers.

  44. adrian says:

    I recently bought SmartBro Rocket Plug-it and I’m happy to say that VPN would work with your rocket plugit! HOWEVER, when you follow your VPN provider’s information on connecting to the network you will get the speed of normal smart plug it. see… because the original profile of smartbro for rocket plug it has an APN of “smartbro” versus the APN suggested of VPN providers which is “internet”. The access point is different and probably the reason why surfing on APN-internet is slower compared to the default Rocket-APN

  45. Mark says:

    Sir Yuga ayos ba speed nito sa baclaran,parañaque city??

  46. jhune says:

    how much is this? I want to buy can you give me the cheapest but sulit in terms of speed? thanks

  47. What says:

    Tanga lang ang bibili nito. 12MBPS tapos Walang unlisurf ? Mabilis nga net mo, mabilis rin load mo.. SMART, Wag niyong gawin tanga mga tao

  48. Allan Caluste says:

    I’ve been using this everyday since August, and i’m getting consistent speeds between 2mbps to a high of 6mbps on a good day. Unlisurf still works for me (50 pesos whole day, 200 pesos 5 days). On the status, it connects as HSPA, but there were a few times when I saw it connect as HSPA+. DL speeds are fast, skype is really good. Sites known for heavy bandwidth consumption are throttled down unfortunately (eg youtube, torrent). Hope the unlisurf sticks para sulit.

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