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Testing Smart GPRS on the road to Vigan

We head out to Vigan around 2AM this morning. I brought my car, asked my cousins to drive for me so my brother tagged along. I thought that if I had to spend this whole week in some place like Vigan, might as well make the most out of it.

Just before we left, I was checking the AirborneAccess website if they have any available hotspots in the historical city. Unfotunately, there was none, but I just remembered that Arnold posted his life-saving day by Smart 3G the other day. So I borrowed my cousin’s N6680 to try it out with my laptop. The settings would not work for the N6680 but when I tried my N3230, it worked!

Smart 3G

While on the road, I hooked up my laptop to my mobile phone and tested out Smart GPRS. Took me a while to be connected and when I was able to login, the pages load real slow, I couldn’t logon to Yahoo Messenger and I can’t view cPanel/WHM. Not a big problem but a little inconvenient especially when you want to check on your server that’s been cranking up in the past few days.

Anyway, my connection spoeed was just around 40Kbps and the pages are crawling. Even GMail is having a hard time loading.

Still, it’s way better than nothing at all. And for Php10 per 30 minutes, it’s a bargain.

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Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech with over 20 years of experience in the technology industry. He is one of the pioneers of blogging in the country and considered by many as the Father of Tech Blogging in the Philippines. He is also a technology consultant, a tech columnist with several national publications, resource speaker and mentor/advisor to several start-up companies.

22 Responses

  1. Avatar for john john says:

    SMART gprs this days become very slow. whenever you try to connect on the internet via mobile phone, egprs automatically turn on. That means the phone is switched to a higher level gprs just to maintain the data speed given by gprs inspite of a weak carrier signal…but actually what happens is almost 4 times slower than ordinary gprs.. it started from late march until now.hope SMART do something for that.

  2. Avatar for john john says:

    SMART gprs this days become very slow. whenever you try to connect on the internet via mobile phone, egprs automatically turn on. That means the phone is switched to a higher level gprs just to maintain the data speed given by gprs inspite of a weak carrier signal…but actually what happens is almost 4 times slower than ordinary gprs.. it started from late march until now.hope SMART was do something for that.

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