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What’s the deal with Globe’s HSPA+?

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During the media launch of Globe’s Tonino Lamborghini Tattoo launch last week, I sat down with Peter Bithos (Head of Consumer Division) to talk more about the telco’s roll-out and their 10Mbps mobile internet offering.

4G Tattoo Lamborghini Plans • What'S The Deal With Globe'S Hspa+?

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Here are some of the key points we talked about that should help you decide when getting the “Tonino Lamborghini” postpaid plan:

  • The HSPA+ network is initially rolled out in some key cities within Metro Manila. Globe will aggressively expand this network but at this point, only the more congested locations within the metro are the priority. In the coming months, they will roll out their HSPA+ network in major cities outside Metro Manila — like Cebu and Davao. They would not give specifics but if your location has heavy mobile internet traffic, they will be the first ones to get the network upgrades.
  • To date — some areas of Marikina, Quezon City, Makati, Pasay, Las Pinas, Taguig and Manila have HSPA+ coverage. However, it’s not usually the entire city but some parts of the city so it’s possibel you are in Makati but is somewhere in the outskirts so you’re area is not covered.
  • There are currently only two devices that are being offered by Globe that will work on their HSPA+ network — the Tonino Lamborghini Tattoo stick and the Samsung Galaxy S2 (which they will release on June 27).
  • The Huawei E5, which Globe also offers as an alternative to the Tonino stick, can only go up to around 5Mbps so if you get the 10Mbps plan, you won’t maximize your allocation.
  • If you already have an open-line Samsung Galaxy S2 and use a Globe SIM, you might also experience the HSPA+ speeds as long as you are within the coverage area. While the HSPA+ plans of up to 10Mbps are only being offered on post-paid accounts, prepaid users can also experience the HSPA+.
  • 3rd-party manufacturers (like ZTE or Huawei for example) might also release unlocked devices which you can use with your postpaid (or even prepaid SIM) to access the HSPA+ network.
  • The HSPA+ upgrade also helps the existing 3G network to be less congested, essentially allowing for better actual speeds or more capacity.
  • Globe is rolling out an interactive map of the HSPA+ coverage within their Globe Concept Stores so you can see if your location is covered by their upgraded network before you sign up for any plan. They will also put this map on their website so everybody who’s interested can see and check it.
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Globe would not share any timeline as to when the entire Metro Manila will be fully covered and upgraded to their HSPA+ network so I guess some people will resort to “wait and see” before deciding to jump in.

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

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10 years ago

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Vignet
11 years ago

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deal
11 years ago

I am using pldt and the connection is very fast. One thing I hate with pldt is that their costumer service is takes action very slow. They won’t really entertain your problems with connections unless you would go to their office. Is that right? Well I guess subscribers should make a dealson this or else they would be doing this over and over again. I heard also globe connection is fast because my friends were using it too.

Johnlang
Johnlang
11 years ago

A couple of questions here…

1. Does it mean that if I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 and I have a postpaid sim, I can readily use the HSPA+ Network (up to 10 mbps) within the covered areas and I don’t have to purshase the Lamborghini device/plan any longer?

2. Is this automatic for postpaid plan holders or is it something that I still need to subscribe to from Globe?

IhateGlobe
IhateGlobe
11 years ago

WTF!!! come on Globe is just shitting all of us!!!!

IhateGlobe
IhateGlobe
11 years ago

WFT!!! come on Globe is just shitting all of us!!!!

Steve Jobs
11 years ago

I upgraded my 1 month old Tattoo SuperStick 1299 5Mbps to Tattoo Laamborghini 2199 10Mbps. And Yes, same with my 5Mbps Plan. I get the advertise speed. I dont rely on Speedtest.net kasi hindi tama result. Heavy download using filesonic premium account and i get more than 10Mbps night or day. Sometimes down to 8Mbps.

sarahlee
sarahlee
11 years ago

I bought the LAMBORGHINI 10mbps.

Let me get this straight.

Build quality is BAD.

I’m VERY dissappointed.

They call it LAMBORGHINI and YET they color comes off easily when you put it in your pocket and the Lamborghini logo and design is just cheaply printed onto the stick, it’s not even a high quality print but looks like it was produced in some hobby store, thus letting to color go off easily when you have it in your pocket among phone and other gadgets.

Now, so much about the under-par quality. Even the Smart Bro stick has a high quality print on its surface, just as a side note.

About the speed: I’m here in Makati at Dela Rosa Street, and during morning times (3am-4am) you can really get nice speed, talking about 8mbps and HD streaming on Youtube.

But during the day? What the hell, it’s worse than Smart Bro. I get like 0,3mbps or 0,5mbps, while my Smart Bro gives me at least 1mbps.

So what does it help if I have 8mbps only during obscure times and during the day it’s just really bad? And they want me to pay P2,199 for that per month. Nifty bandits and I’m happy Smart is rolling out LTE, at least when this will launch it will be an uncongested network with focus on high speed and not a datahighway full of traffic jams like Globe.

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