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Smart LTE Plan 3500 confirmed!




Smart has just confirmed the pricing of their new 42Mbps Smart LTE service. Their sign-up page outlines the details — 42Mbps, 10GB, at Php3,500 a month.

The postpaid Plan 3500 comes with a free LTE dongle (worth Php8k). MSF is Php3,500.

There’s are no more details of the plan except those stated above. What seems to be missing are:

● What are the exact locations of the coverage?
● What happens after you consumed the 10GB cap?
● Will they allow you to buy more bandwidth or just shut you down?
● Will they throttle you down when you reach the allocation?
● Will they switch you to HSPA+, HSPA or 3G if there are no LTE signal?

We’ll just have to wait ’til August 25 during the official public launch to find out.



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

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52 Responses

  1. meh says:

    Do they have a coverage map? One thing i don’t understand about the Philippines is the lack of coverage maps.

    Just telling me the LTE location doesn’t show me the coverage or explain how far out i can go before i have no signal.

    I remember one time i went and asked where the 4g signal was and how strong or where the weak areas were and the answer was ” if you have 4g then its working” which is a stupid answer, on globe all my 4g speed tests are less than 2Mbps down which is not in any way 4g…….. its hardly a 3g speed

  2. I am actually monitoring this update from SMART because I want to know how if they will end like Wi-Tribe – a total failure.

  3. bong says:

    sana wala tumangkilik. so they will re-think about the 10gb cap. kung nung 2005 10gb cap baka pwede pa now isang malaking kalokohan na lang toh. :(

  4. Vince says:

    Not even enough to download ONE blu-ray movie with HD audio and other features.

  5. bensy says:

    correct me if i’m wrong but 10GB is just equivalent to 32.5minutes of use at full speed of 42mbps.
    it doesnt makes sense and simply not practical

  6. Nimrod says:

    3500 Pesos for a 10gb data plan? That’s rediculous.

    @42mbps, i would exceed the 10gb cap for 1-2 days usage.

  7. R2 says:

    10GB, more or less 4-6 HD movies lang, no thanks. =)

  8. kiora12 says:

    ….guys un ang point ng smart…kze since fast connection masyadong magiging pabor to sa mga pirata kung tataasan nila un bandwidth if you guys are talking about movie download…just so you know tayo na ang my pinaka best deal when it comes to internet connection/access/plans kung kukumpara to other countries.

    • vince says:

      excuse me. paano naman ang mga mahilig mag download ng legal games sa Steam and mahilig mag video conferencing with relatives abroad, may kasama pang pag share ng home videos (home videos ha, not copyrighted) shot at HD resolution.

    • kiora12 says:

      …point is LTE/4g is all about connection speed at un selling point ng offer ng Smart..if your main concern is data then your options is plan 999 for you to get more for what you pay for…cheers mate!!

    • crackinthewall says:

      Actually, its not all about the speed. It’s about, as they say in Smart, living more. If its only about the speed, then they would have no need for 4G. 3G speed is enough for the average user but 4G connections allow for so much more. It’s about enabling the users to do more online, things that due to the horrible infrastructure in this country is impossible. No one can even offer a viable SD streaming service in this country because our 3G and “broadband” connections suck so bad. We are slowly starting to become more dependent on the internet, radio, TV, games, all this need no just speed but also the allotted data to actually be useful. At 10GB, you won’t even bother with HD Youtube videos. Or play games via Steam. So no matter how fast your connection is, if you can’t do anything online, it’s pointless. I can understand capping mobile data on phones but on dongles? No can do.

    • tuyong utak says:

      wtf? seriously? para hindi itake advantage ng mga pirata? lol. tingin mo ba mga pirata gamit usb dongle lang?
      anyway, para sa mga regular users like facebook, youtube, twitter and other social networking sites ok na to pero aanhin mo ang mabilis na speed kung para sa facebook lang.

  9. vince says:

    dapat ganito ang package nila. 3500 pesos a month at say 5-10 mbps. For a limited time only, while supplies last, the first 10 gigs gets a free speed upgrade to 42 mbps

    yun, mas maganda pakinggan. lolz

  10. Mark says:

    10gb for P3500? Kahit pa 100gb for P3500. BIG JOKE YAN. Ang mag-subscribe lang sa plan na yan ay ang mga taong wala na magawa sa pera. Im still happy with unli net plan 999. Hindi man umaabot ng 42mbps, more than 10gb naman.

  11. Ramon says:

    Too bad, it was too good to be true anyway

    Waiting for globe’s move…please give smart some competition @[email protected] lower the prices!

  12. Rmil says:

    10gb? not enough for a single steam game..lol pc games nowadays is over 10gb per game, even online games range from 2-4gb… well, its not about piracy or something, the question is what is the use of 42Mbps if you’re stuck with 10gb a month for 3500? 10gb is far too small nowadays…

  13. Jovz says:

    10gb @ Php3,500? Good luck to them =))

  14. knives809 says:

    Well, practically, you need faster speeds because you download more. If limited lang sa 10gb ang 42mbps, sayang ang P3500. Di ka rin naman nakakasiguro if within the range ka ng 42mbps na speed. For sure baka di ka nga umabot ng 10mbps eh. Yung ngang 3g speed na up to 3.6mbps depende din sa location. Normally di ka aabot ng 1mbps. Considering na mas madami cellsite ng 3g kesa sa lte, I really doubt this one. Bahala na yung mga early adopters. Makibalita nalang tayo sa review ng mga magsusubscribe

  15. knives809 says:

    Well, practically, you need faster speeds because you download more. If limited lang sa 10gb ang 42mbps, sayang ang P3500. Di ka rin naman nakakasiguro if within the range ka ng 42mbps na speed. For sure baka di ka nga umabot ng 10mbps eh. Yung ngang 3g speed na up to 3.6mbps depende din sa location. Normally di ka aabot ng 1mbps. Considering na mas madami cellsite ng 3g kesa sa lte, I really doubt this one. Bahala na yung mga early adopters. Makibalita nalang tayo sa review ng mga magsusubscribe. Hehe

  16. MVP says:

    Smart just want to claim that they are the “first” to offer this kind of service in the PH for advertisement purposes but doesn’t really care about the quality of their services.

  17. Battlefield3soldier says:

    Not even enough to download Battlefield 3!

  18. unggoy says:

    ulol kayo smart. kaya nga andaming gumagawa ng illegal na activities sa inyo dahil sa katangahan ng services nyo.

  19. Ton O. says:

    10gb won’t be enough. We have the 3mbps from Bayantel with a 15gb cap and we always go over the limit a bit. All we do is FB, surf, and sometimes Youtube.

  20. wapski says:

    kung ito gagamitin pang download ng ganes.. mabuti pang bumili ka na lang ng original..

    • vince says:

      I download my games from Steam. That’s legal. I pay for it. Not all downloaded games are illegal

      The biggest Steam game I have is the star wars the force unleashed 1. its around 14 gigs

    • crackinthewall says:

      Get with the times! Software companies are slowly trying to kill physical media formats. They’ve already started with Apple’s App Store (YES, even OS X apps can now be bought and installed on your Mac in minutes– if you actually have a functioning broadband connection), Steam, OnLive and Windows Marketplace. Even the newest version of OS X can be downloaded online from the App Store and MS is moving in the same direction. There are legal means to download all the things we pirate for a price.

  21. vince says:

    BTW, if you saw the full page ad in the inquirer last Aug 18, 2012, the ad says “Download HD movies in minutes”

    http://i47.tinypic.com/30t303a.jpg

  22. globe says:

    how can you live more with a 10gb cap?

  23. exe says:

    10 gb-A DAY.. NOT BAD! :) But if its 10 GB a month.. hmmmm

  24. not smart enough says:

    this is like having a 10sec car but you only have 50 meters of driving lane. tsk tsk tsk. i’d rather have a regular broadband speed with unlimited bandwidth (sun cellular)

  25. tipzee89 says:

    Sana my mag educate sa mga low-average internet users sa internet speeds, para naman nai2sip ng mga telcos na hindi nila mauuto ang mga internet users dito sa pinas at hindi na rin sila maka pag come-up ng ganito pang mga promos.

  26. Psanchez says:

    10 Gb per month?! what a joke. Ano ang sense ng 42 mbps kung 10gb lang

  27. SMART - Limit More says:

    Its like a ferrari with 1 liter of gasoline…useless!

  28. Not a good deal. Especially to online entrepreneur like me.

  29. Cindy says:

    This plan is favorable to Smart.
    This is a trap for consumers, especially for those who are not well verse about data cap, GB and mbps
    I will not be surprise if many consumers will later complain of Bill Shocks

  30. LG Promo Victim says:

    burn in hell smart communications!!!!
    burn in hell LG mobile phones!

  31. rico says:

    high speed. low data cap. perfect formula for bill shocks

  32. Smart wtf. says:

    If you compare the bandwidth to price ratio dito sa Pinas sa ibang bansa, you would be surprised kung gaano kamahal ang internet service dito..kahit i factor out mo pa ung purchasing power parity ng peso..super expensive parin grrrr..+ my cap pa..kalokohan.

  33. Calvin says:

    @Smart wtf according to this report, http://www.wirelessintelligence.com/analysis/2012/08/european-lte-operators-look-to-new-pricing-strategies-to-boost-mobile-broadband-revenues/

    mas mahal LTE bandwidth sa ibang bansa per gigabyte compared sa inooffer ng smart. are you comparing 3G bandwidth with LTE bandwidth?

  34. gearz says:

    @Calvin
    di ko binasa yun article yun graph lang. pero base dun sa graph sa pinost mo 42mbps na unlimited is only around 78$(3.2k php) while 42mbps with 10gb cap is around 45$(2k php). e di lumalabas na mas mura pa din dun???

    • Calvin says:

      hahaha tama… mas mura nga sa Europe $2.50 per GB. nag malik mata ako doon.

      pero mas mura pa rin tayo sa Japan LTE pero not by much.

  35. Eds says:

    Sir Abe and Calvin,
    Do us a favor do not attend the launch. This is just crazy!

    • Calvin says:

      kundi kami umattend, pano namin malaman kung ano yung reasoning nila behind their pricing scheme?

    • Cindy says:

      alam naman natin na ang totoong reason for the price scheme is more and more profit. Yung excuse naman nila palagi ay network congestion, abuse of use, piracy…. Pero kahit pa naman piracy basta nagbabayad sa kanila ng mahal ay pinapayagan nila.
      Well, it is anyone’s option to attend or not. Sana lang ay ieducate na mabuti ang subscriber and magbigay ng honest opinion kung favorable sa subscribers yung plan or hindi.

  36. sdsd says:

    10GB? PUTANGINA SMART

  37. 10gb boy says:

    10gb for 3.5k php? This is a trap

  38. miggs says:

    pareho lang sila ng sister company nyang SUN CELLULAR! 3.6mbps daw pero di nila nilalagay sa ad nila na 2AM-AM mo lang marereach ang speed na to! KALOKOHAN!!!

  39. miggs says:

    pareho lang sila ng sister company nyang SUN CELLULAR! 3.6mbps daw pero di nila nilalagay sa ad nila na 2AM-6AM mo lang marereach ang speed na to! KALOKOHAN!!!

  40. egry says:

    COMMENTS:

    -10gig a month nowadays is crazy.

    -Even if they double the cap to 20gb, it still seems too low. I don’t see the point of having that much speed if you’re limited in terms of the bandwith. Browsing speed wouldn’t have a lot of difference between a 3mbps connection and a 41mbps connection.

    -42Mbps can eat up 10GB in roughly 30 minutes of continuous, contiguous data transfer. Spread that out over 30 days, and you might as well just be on 1Mbps.

    -42 Mbps capped at 10 GB per month? That’s not SMART.

    -precisely, what would you do with the speed and have a cap?

    -10 GB/month? No way.

    -i can use that 10gb within 2hours. 3500 for a 2 fast movie streaming. id rather buy dvd copies!

    -10GB a month at P3500/month? Too rich for my blood.
    What’s the point of having phenomenal speeds like that when you cap it at 10GB a month?
    either way its a bad move for smart having limited for 10gb.
    Like other muggers said, its not practical. The reason why people even need faster speed,
    is to consume more / download more.
    You don’t need a 50mbps speed just to do internet surfing and twitter.Doesn’t make sense

    -target market would probably be those who wanna show off LTE tech to friends.
    for the next 3 hours at least. then he gets to show it off again next month
    for another 3 hours haha

  41. mista says:

    -Its like a ferrari with 1 liter of gasoline…useless!

    -pareho lang sila ng sister company nyang SUN CELLULAR! 3.6mbps daw pero di
    nila nilalagay sa ad nila na 2AM-6AM mo lang marereach ang speed na to! KALOKOHAN!!!

    -10gig a month nowadays is crazy.

    -Even if they double the cap to 20gb, it still seems too low. I don’t see the point of having that
    much speed if you’re limited in terms of the bandwith. Browsing speed wouldn’t have a lot of
    difference between a 3mbps connection and a 41mbps connection.

    -42Mbps can eat up 10GB in roughly 30 minutes of continuous, contiguous data transfer.
    Spread that out over 30 days, and you might as well just be on 1Mbps.

    -42 Mbps capped at 10 GB per month? That’s not SMART.

    -precisely, what would you do with the speed and have a cap?

    -10 GB/month? No way.

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