For more than 2 years, we have PLDT DSL giving us fast and reliable internet connection. In addition, I got my Sun Broadband last year so I'm still connected even I'm not at home and I have my laptop with me. The latter's contract will end on November 3 so I decided to request for termination and apply for a Pocket WiFi. The options are Globe and Smart. Sun is not included because I just got a new plan under their SUNdroid rush promo. Since last week, I have searched for reviews of subscribers of both service providers. Knowing Smart and its service, I decided to visit their Festival Mall center and I got my Pocket WiFi.
I availed of their Plan 599 where I need to pay P800 (one-time) for the pocket WiFi device. So in total, advance payment is P1,399 (P800 for the device and P599 for the first month). At first I'm hesitant that this is the plan that I want because of only 50 hrs inclusion. When you exceed, you will be charged 10/30mins. And after reaching P999, it will be unlimited. So I can safely say that my plan is P999. With advertised 7.2Mbps working with 4G network (depends on the area). Our residence and office is situated near HSPA cellsites so I guess I won't have any connection problems.
Sort of unboxing post. :) As stated, you can connect up to 5 gadgets. So I can connect my laptop, android phone, android tablet. And speed up to 7.2Mbps. When I tried speedtest in Festival, it reached 1.32Mbps. At home, 2.15Mbps is the best (so far).
Freebie from Smart
The package includes the Pocket WiFi Device (Huawei E586Bs-6), Smart Bro SIM, USB charger, Manual and Safety information. You can plug the modem in your laptop as a charging option or buy an adaptor.
The power button on the bottom right. Hold it until the screen lights up to turn on the device. WPS button on the upper right.
Left side - microSD card slot up to 32GB.
Top - You need to push the upper part to open the back cover.
Bottom - USB, where we connect the USB charger. Plug it to a computer or to an adaptor.
Huawei Pocket WiFi
SIM card inserted
The screen after pressing the Power button.
The screen shows the signal strength, Network (4G, 3G, H), WiFi and how many devices are connected, Internet connection status, SMS, Battery.
My old Sun Broadband and my new Smart Bro Pocket WiFi.
If like me, you're not a heavy user and not a fan of online games, where a Facebook status, the usual Like and share button is what we do, posting tweets on Twitter and other social networking activities, sending E-mails and some IM, then I recommend Smart Pocket WiFi for you. It is faster as compared to our PLDT DSL, handy and you can bring wherever you go. For 599-999/month, it is one, if not the best, plan we can have.
For more details, visit Pocket WiFi - Smart Communications.