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Smart Bro Rocket Plug-It offers up to 12Mbps




Smart is set to publicly announce their new HSPA+ capable Plug-It and calls it Smart Bro Rocket with promised speeds of up to 12Mbps on their mobile network.


The Smart Bro Rocket uses a Huawei E353 HSPA+ USB dongle.


The new dongle is available for prepaid users with a retail price of Php3,995 (will be available by Friday next week).

The same Smart Bro loading system works and the same rates apply (Php10 per 30 minutes). Smart currently has 154 base stations capable of delivering HSPA+ speeds so it’s still limited to Metro Manila and key provincial cities like Cebu and Davao.



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

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43 Responses

  1. Axx says:

    Where do we find this lovely list of cell towers?

  2. jm27 says:

    how bout for smart postpaid?

    • yuga says:

      @jm27 – not postpaid plans for the dongle yet but I suppose they will roll that out too. besides the limited HSPA+ base stations is a hit and miss and you don’t want to be locked out for 24 months when your area is not covered with HSPA+.

  3. JunJun says:

    another promise to be smart broken…

  4. Matt says:

    If that’s the case, then Galaxy S II users should be able to experience the “bump” in speed! Of course, with the right APN settings, I suppose?

    Any info, Sir Abe, regarding this assumption?

    • yuga says:

      @matt – that’s correct, same APN settings, and as long as you’re within the reach of the HSPA+ base stations.

    • petken says:

      Sir yuga post niyo naman yung settings for Galaxy SII. Yung settings ba is pwede sa regular prepaid or baka kelangan ng dedicated smart bro rocket sim.

    • DJ says:

      Up for this question. Thanks.

  5. petken says:

    May unlisurf din ba to?

  6. nameless says:

    Well. we’ll see.

  7. Ry says:

    Let’ see first then, I’ll wait for this dongle to lower its price :))

  8. NeoJohan says:

    Up to 12mbps? Whats the minimum?

  9. Rmil Chua says:

    I hope this will not be a disappointment. Hopefully you can get at least 5mbps even if you won’t achieve the 12mbps, that would be great.

  10. Kenth says:

    Sir Abe,

    Will SMART authenticate access to the HSPA+ cell site and/or APN using the SIM ID?

    If yes, it might not be as simple as using another HSPA+ capable device with your existing postpaid or prepaid smart bro sim?

    Can you find out if there are no restrictions like these?

    Thanks. :)

    • zer0ice says:

      IKR?!

      Also, I heard that currently Globe doesn’t authenticate phone sims at the moment, so that means, Galaxy S II users don’t get HSPA+ either..

      What’s up with that? Right?

      Of course, I just read it from one person at TCP. I’m a Galaxy S II user as well, but I use a Smart postpaid sim kaya I wasn’t expecting HSPA+ speeds, but I didn’t know Smart had it live now.

  11. Les says:

    Guys, kindly post your speedtests ha and area. Thanks.

  12. Hubes says:

    Does the unlisurf of plan have cap?

  13. hahahah says:

    unlisurf for a 12mbps? malaki ang chance na may cap ang unlisurf nito… or expensive without cap…

  14. It’s good to know that they offer prepaid for this unlike Globe’s which is only offered through plan. Nice one Smart!!!

  15. jonas says:

    it’s fast at first but when a lot of subscribers will take this, will bandwidth limit be a problem again and can it handle a lot of subscribers?

    • zer0ice says:

      I doubt it. The only HSPA+ device right now are Galaxy S II and a few USB modems that Globe carries…

  16. NemOry says:

    Sana mabilis nga to,..hehhe

  17. markem says:

    matry nga ito pag na-out na.. i hope it can reach atleast 5mbps.. hehe

  18. ano kaya says:

    OT: WOW
    nakakatuwa naman name ng broadband ngayon may lamborghini sa globe. Rocket sa smart. Ano naman kaya susunod na name nila… starship? Spaceship? Ano pa ba bibilis dun?

    • akuma says:

      Up next:
      “Sun to release their new line up of Broadband sticks”

      …Introducing the new Sun Sarao (jeepney brand maker)!

      …As wild and as fast as a “Jeep na Patok”!

      …Try it now and satisfy your hunger for speed!

      …the new Sun Sarao, only Php. 1500.00!

      …try it now and experience the “patok” experience!

  19. chrisedward says:

    If and when Smart can get 3G working better in this neck of the woods, ie ping speed of between 2000 and 3800ms d/l of 8-28kb/s u/l 38kb/s, then maybe this new product might work, but don’t hold your breath, this bad 3G signal has been reported since April,but of course smart could not give a hoot. and yes I do know its hspa+

  20. Tom says:

    Hey Abe Yuga!
    I have an iPad and a Kindle. Use a Softbank portable wifi for Net connection ( I live in Japan). I know my sofbank wifi won’t work in PI so I was thinking about getting this Smart Bro Rocket, but it PLUGS IN, right, like to a PC, right? So maybe it won’t work for me. Any portable wifi receiver you can recommend that DOESN’T have to plug into a device, like an iPad?

  21. Have to find it out, but i’m confident that it does.

  22. csseyah says:

    Sana nga makabawi na ang Smart dito sa 4G USB modem nila. Pagnagkataon… bibili din ako ng isa :p

  23. Rmil Chua says:

    Lamborghini or rocket?lol..

  24. sdfasd says:

    >>6.) Default charging will revert to Php200 per 180MB after September 30, 2011.
    useless man to…

    a youtube download can easily top off 50mb in a single view.

    kung merun ka ng android phone, simply enable tethering and you now have access to internet for P10 per 30minutes.

    buti pa mag smartbro plug it for P10 per 30mins lang din. whats the use of 12mbps for 200mb lang.

  25. Joe says:

    question:

    pwede ba gamitin yung naka-line ko na SIM ng smart bro USB dito?

  26. lyca says:

    i would like to ask if how much for 12mbps connections for post paid monthly?

  27. Dino says:

    I bought a rocket plug it from smart website and as advertise is a 4G HSPA+ but after installing it on my PC,the device manager shows that it is a 3G Modem. Any fix on this?

    • rey says:

      Open toolbar.. click internet Access then mobile broadband connection, then type SMART ur name and password

  28. james says:

    That Smartbro Rocket Wifi Plus is a BIG HOAX!! I bought 1 unit for Php6,450.00 last December 2011 and VOILA! A horrible 0.58Mbps download speed! Up to 20 Mbps download speed as advertised by Smartbro? [email protected]#$%!!!! That FU____KING&*%$#@ Smartbro 4G made me believe in SENSELESS ADVERTISEMENT LIES!!!!

    http://www.speedtest.net/result/1943799179.png

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