Smart Prepaid LTE goes live

Smart Prepaid LTE goes live




Smart prepaid subscribers can now experience blazing fast internet connection as the MVP-owned Telco launched the Smart Prepaid LTE.

The service will be offered in three denominations which is basically identical to Smart’s postpaid offering. Below are the packages along with its corresponding subscription text codes:

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To take adavantage of this service, users need to purchase an LTE-provisioned SIM card which costs Php350. The SIM comes with free 7-days unlimited LTE that you need to register upon activation.

It comes in dual-cut (regular and micro-SIM) and nano-SIM variant and can be bundled with either a Huawei LTE dongle (additional Php5,995) or an LTE pocket WiFi (additional Php6,995).

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Smart will start selling these LTE enabled devices this coming Sunday. For more informatiom about the service you can check out Smart’s official website.



This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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62 Responses

  1. mario says:

    kakabasa ko lang sa website ng SMART. Nakalagay POSTPAID. Anu ba talaga?!

    • Josh says:

      Meron na po for prepaid. April 21, 2013 na ang formal selling. They’ve changed yung sa website kasi nagkamali sila ng promotions. Pero ngayon, available na ang LTE for both post & pre

  2. babidi says:

    May download/data limit kaya? Masaya sana kung wala pero most likely meron :(

  3. Nato says:

    If LTE is offerred in prepaid… does anyone know if its also offerred in freedom plan?

  4. Yusuf says:

    Holy shit. I need an LTE phone already!

    • Josh says:

      Please be careful on buying an LTE-capable phone.

      Ang Smart LTE requires a device that has a frequency band of 1800 mHz and 2100 mHz (Multi-band ang Smart, unlike sa Globe. It runs only at 1800 mHz)

    • Rome says:

      Wait, kung ang LTE ng Smart e nag-ooperate on 2100mHz, ibig sabihin this is not really LTE? Kase meron akong Huawei E5331 and according sa specs, hindi naman sya LTE, up to 3G/HSPA lang. But pwede sya mag-operate on 2100mHz. Ibig sabihin, marketing ek ek lang ng Smart and Globe ang LTE dito sa Pinas?!

    • von says:

      I think ung bands ay ung nka licensed kay Smart to use. Parang mga station ng radio.

    • SMART CSR says:

      “Wait, kung ang LTE ng Smart e nag-ooperate on 2100mHz, ibig sabihin this is not really LTE? Kase meron akong Huawei E5331 and according sa specs, hindi naman sya LTE, up to 3G/HSPA lang. But pwede sya mag-operate on 2100mHz. Ibig sabihin, marketing ek ek lang ng Smart and Globe ang LTE dito sa Pinas?!”

      Ser, hindi yan naka base sa band. Your Huawei E5331 is only 3G HSPA+ device. Kahit lagyan ng LTE sim yan 3G HSPA+ lang ang masasagap nyo. Meaning hindi pa rin kayo makakatakas sa kabagalan ng network lalo kung congested sa dami ng users ang HSPA+.

      Magkaiba ang LTE sa 3G at hindi yan marketing ek ek. Parang sinasabi mo naman yung Radio mo na AM/FM pwedeng mag connect sa WiFi.

    • Rome says:

      Smart CSR, thanks for clearing it up. :-)

  5. tykmo says:

    I use LTE 50 with my regular phone. Its okay. It is just like a normal unlimited surfing when using a 3g phone. But if you use an LTE ready device you can have the LTE connection. Check your area if already LTE ready and check when if you bought your broadband simcard after 2011.

  6. Burigadangpada says:

    may call and text function din po ba ito?

  7. Rome says:

    Sir Yuga, yung LTE Pocket Wifi na yan na binebenta nila, locked sa Smart Network ba yan kahit prepaid?

    • Josh says:

      Opo, Sir. Naka-lock to of course. Di naman siguro sila magbebenta ng openline na Huawei E589 (FU is priced at 9,500)

  8. Enya says:

    Wonder if the sim will work on a Smart LTE-capable iPhone 5 or Sony Xperia V?

  9. ocommon says:

    Blazing fast? Talaga lang ah!??

  10. melang says:

    bakit sa screen shot smart postpaid nakalagay pro sa title prepaid???

  11. jcruze057 says:

    is cavite already covered by lte?

  12. jajajason says:

    How about the bandwidth cap?

  13. meh says:

    So whats the data cap? I bet its something laughable

    So its 10k for the wifi hotspot, 350php for the sim

    For that much money i sure hope its unlimited use and no cap…..

    • Ace says:

      Its unlimited, dude! Great offer by Smart.

    • SMART CSR says:

      “So whats the data cap? I bet its something laughable
      So its 10k for the wifi hotspot, 350php for the sim
      For that much money i sure hope its unlimited use and no cap…..”

      Hindi pa kase reliable ang 3G at Towers namin dati kaya para mag mukhang mura at affordable yung Broadband Internet ginawa naming Time based kahit na naka GPRS lang yung mga nasa probinsya.

      Mas maganda nga naman if you’re paying for the bandwidth parang sa ibang bansa na:

      30Gb = P3,500 good for one month
      10Gb = P1,300 good for one month

      yung bang top-up nalang ang bandwidth kung maubusan. Kaysa naman lokohin namin kayo na Unlimited nga pero may Bandwidth Cap.

      Unlimited in a sense na kahit anong oras pwede niyong gamitin in one month hindi Unlimited Bandwidth.

      Pero ayan na kase ang napag desisyonan ng Marketing department.

  14. thecorrescode says:

    LTE kuno pero HSDPA+ lang talaga yan… Bakit di yan nareregulate ng government natin…

    • Jp says:

      Buti ka pa nga HSDPA ang nakukuha e.

      The thing here though is common sense dictates na if you are out of the 250meter radius of the tower that provides the LTE signal, better stick with the regular plan on any phone kasi outside the coverage, you’ll have to be contented with what signal you get.

      In areas covered though, this LTE connection is a BIG convenience like in our office, I can download a 700Mb file in just less than 10 mins.

      Then again, LTE is not for everyone and kung magrereklamo sa price, better not be a subscriber at all.

      Pag kumonti subscriber ng mga Telcos na yan, trust me, they will eventually lower those rates.

  15. theSandies says:

    LTE DATA is for DATA only no calls and SMS…

  16. Name: Jp says:

    There is no cap as of the moment as SMART has yet to study the usage of consumers.

    According to news, after June 30, they will announce the new prices.

    And nope, this isn’t available for postpaid users as they currently offer LTE to them through unlidata packages, as long as the gadget is capable to receive the signal.

  17. Josh says:

    I’ve called Smart, kasi I’m planning to buy an LTE-capable Pocket WiFi.

    This LTE promo is UNLIMITED po. Yes, unlimited po siya. Pero di ko lang alam sa prepaid. Sa postpaid hotline kasi ako tumawag, e. Kasi Naka-line ako, e. Haha

    • SMART CSR says:

      “I’ve called Smart, kasi I’m planning to buy an LTE-capable Pocket WiFi.

      This LTE promo is UNLIMITED po. Yes, unlimited po siya. Pero di ko lang alam sa prepaid. Sa postpaid hotline kasi ako tumawag, e. Kasi Naka-line ako, e. Haha”

      Oo, unlimited pa yan sa bandwidth. Pag aaralan pa namin kung anong cap ang nababagay para naman mas marami din ang subsriber na maka avail ng LTE.

      Hindi naman nagkakalayo yan sa postpaid LTE. Kaya wag ka na mag expect na mas malaking bandwidth dahil mabilis naman ang average ng LTE compared sa HSPA+. Kahit hindi siya steady na 42Mbps lamang pa rin kayo sa mga naka DSL sa speed.

  18. Josh says:

    Before I forget, sa mga Smart Postpaid subscribers (All-In Plans, Freedom Plan, iPhone Plan, etc.)

    ANG BILLING PO NITO IS ON TOP OF THE BILL, KAHIT FULLY CONSUMABLE KA PA. This is what Smart has told me.

  19. Yew says:

    @Josh:
    Kahit unlisurf/data yung plan mo sa smart kapag nkasagap ka ng LTE signal magkaka-additional sa bill mo? Yun ba? Sorry nalilito kasi ako. Sa globe kasi kung nka-unli data ka, unli na tlaga kahit anong signal pa masagap…

  20. Jeremie says:

    At dahil may LTE na sila, sana naman bumilis na yung mga HSDPA USB Dongle nila..

    • SMART CSR says:

      “At dahil may LTE na sila, sana naman bumilis na yung mga HSDPA USB Dongle nila..”

      Sana nga yung mga ibang customer namin na gumagamit ng HSPA+ na signal lumipat at mag subscribe sa LTE para naman hindi kayo congested jan sa signal na yan.

      Kung yang device mo rated for 21Mbps HSPA+ at nakukuha mo mga 10-12Mbps okay na yon. Gagastos ka pa ng pang LTE eh. Pero kung 0.1Mbps lang to 3Mbps mag LTE kana. hindi naman nagkaka layo.

  21. Jermaine says:

    How about for those LTE capable device not bundled with SMART pero naka All-In plan like iPhone 5 running on bands 1,3 & 5 po, gagana rin po ba yung LTE or for further announcements

  22. jmr_85 says:

    Will this work with an iPad 3? I’m using a Buddy SIM, and I’m only getting 3G. My fastest speed test was 6 mbps.

  23. len says:

    San Smart outlets nag bebenta ng LTE prepaid sim cards? I’ve checked Smart Tower at Ayala ave, wala daw sila and di nila alam kung kelan sila magkakaroon.

  24. Mark says:

    I have a droid razr maxx hd po.. LTE device na xa pero 700 Mhz and band nya.. I’ve seen that smart has bands of 2100,1800 and 850Mhz.. If I will put an LTE sim card on my phone, can it receive LTE signals?.. I live in an LTE coveraged area if you may ask..

  25. Momo says:

    How will you know the band of your device? I’m currently using nexus 7. I connect to wifi through my e5151 using a postpaid smart bro sim, and it is annoyingly slow. Even at off peak hours, smart bro’s internet performance is mediocre. I’m weighing my options if I should return back to globe or upgrade to lte. But I have no lte capable device. And besides though smart has mediocre net speed it is reliable compared to global which goes on outage for weeks due to their annoying system upgrade. Any advice?

  26. Jan Rachiann Palma says:

    Good day sir ronnie, i would like to ask where to buy the smart lte prepaid sim? yesterday i went to smart store at sm moa and no available stock as of the moment. thank you very much and hope to hear some updates. godspeed!

  27. jherwynne says:

    If I will use the LTE sim with HSPA+ devices, will I be able to reach at least the 21Mbps speed or it will be capped to 7.2Mbps still?

    The LTE sim should be provisioned for “upto” 42Mbps, right? So thinking of buying just the LTE sim and use it in my Huawei E5331. To follow na lang yung LTE myfi kung meron na sa black market.

  28. Mar says:

    Hi Sirs, gagana ba to sa HTC One?

  29. jd says:

    as for droid razr maxx hd that particular phone will not work for smart LTE, I assume that phone is issued by verizon wireless that uses LTE Band 13 @ 700MHz, Smart uses only Band 1 2100MHz, Band 3 1800MHz and Band 3 850MHz so its not compatible.. unless that if purchase a Multiband LTE Capable Phone like the Galaxy S4

  30. bogz says:

    What about Samsung Galaxy Note 4G LTE, will it work on the LTE prepaid sim?

  31. I5 says:

    Got a prepaid iPhone 5 smart-locked. Purchased prepaid lte sim nung apr21… Lte capable area ko.. 1 week triny ko, pero sa 3g parin ako nakakakonel na sobrang bagal!!! Mekylangan po bang tweak para makasagap ng lte signal?

  32. benjie says:

    Does it work with my BlackBerry Z10 – stl100-2

  33. Det says:

    Prepaid Lte sim being sold by smart are broadband sim meaning,it won’t work on your lte capable handsets. The only phone that will work so far is Xperia z.
    So if you don’t own Xperia z or any lte broadband stick and lte pocket wifi (also ipad 4g)don’t bother buying the smart broadband lte prepaid sim.

  34. benjie says:

    @Det. Wrong info. According to smart, lte sim works to any lte capable device kaya lte sim for lte device. Yun ang sabi ng technical staff ng smart na nakausap ko. I want to try sana kaso, out of stock sila.

  35. eric says:

    Wrong info si details, according to technical staff from smart, lte sim works with any lte devices kaya lte sim for lte device.. I want to try sana kaso out of stock yung lte sim nila..

  36. francis says:

    I’m so curious if smart lte prepaid will work on my lg optimus lte2. Guys any feedback if working sya in any lte devices..^_^

    • Owen says:

      the answer is NO. I have an Lg optimus lte2 or F160k. bought a smart lte prepaid sim pero 3g lang ang kaya. found out that sa prepaid lte dapat 2100Mhz and optimus lte 2 has B3 or 1800Mhz lang. pero i havent tried using it sa globe postpaid. 1800Mhz kasi frequency gamit nila.

  37. cheryl says:

    will the GALAXY NOTE 2 LTE be compatible with smart Lte sim.. anybody? thanks

  38. jd says:

    Before buying any LTE Capable devices, make sure that it is compatible with our LTE Networks here in the Philippines, Example, If you buy a unlocked iPhone 5 from US.. Sorry that phone will not work with Smart and Globe 4G LTE Network since the Frequency and Bands are not compatible, in the US they use LTE Bands 4 and 17.. It will just work in 3G HSPA+.. In the US they want different LTE Band so that you are tied with one carrier only.. AT&T and Verizon for example…

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