I want to buy smartbro. Is this a good idea?

Philippines
September 9, 2008 1:42am CST
I want to try using smartbro. I need some inputs though about it. Is it better than the usual broadband connection? what are the advantages and disadvantages of using it?
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12 responses
@pehpot (4762)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
I think it is more expensive than subscribing to a monthly internet provider. If you are always on the internet, the smart bro would be disadvantage to you. Imagine they would charge you 20 pesos per hour, if in a day you are online 5 hours, that would be a hundred peso a day. In a month that would be 3000 in Philippine Peso. Where in you can have an internet connection with monthly charge of only 2k with a speed of 2mbps and unlimited surfing. See the difference? But if you are the type who use the internet in a need basis, and which is not that often then it is an advantage for you. But most people I know who used smart bro were not satisfied. It is convenient because you can surf anywhere but the thing is not all places have strong smart signal. If you are just using it in your home, my suggestion is just look for a cable provider and not rely on wireless connection. And oh, the connection on wireless are mostly unstable. Hope I have helped
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Yes, you definitely helped me alot. Im usually on the internet 5 hours a day and if i calculate the costs, i would be in the losing end if i use smart bro prepaid. I also heard that if it's raining, there's no signal. The connection indeed is quite unstable. I'll heed your advice and just look for a better broadband deal out there. Possibly globe broadband.
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
My dad and my cousin used to use smartBRO and they both have the same feedback. It's pretty slow when you are browsing. I personally haven't tried using it. I think one of its advantages is it's cheaper compared to other ISP's out there now.
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Yeah, it's cheap that's why im thinking of buying one. But i've recently researched about it and most of the feedback i got is that it's super slow. It also doesnt work when it's raining really hard. Some of my friends have experienced using it and all of them discouraged me. I appreciate your reply. Hope you have a nice day.
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
You want to buy or you want to subscribe? I'm using smart bro also, they don't have that quite fast connection, but I'm having a speed of 289 to 387 kbps internet speed apart from the 512 kbps, not bad, but I got some problems lately. The major advantage they offer is they installed even at the most remote location, since they offer wireless broadband.
@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
Maybe he's talking about the prepaid kind. You know, the one that is wireless? You have to buy the kit. I'm not sure if it's the same with subscribing or if you have to subscribe separately...
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
I see. I get it already, but it's still subscribing cause you need to get it to the provider, not from anyone else.
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Im talking about the smartbro prepaid kit. They've reduced the price to just P3,800. I'm just curious about it. At least it's better than dial up connection. And you can use it anywhere you are. You're right you can even use it in remote locations.
@alena824 (377)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
You first have to clarify if you mean the SmartBro postpaid plan (999) or the Plug It which comes in the 799 Plan and the Pre-paid. I have both the Postpaid plan and the 799 Plan. The latter is okay as back-up or just to browse. I noticed that once I get a really good connection (no fluctuations) the speed increases and becomes steady. Now the SmartBro postpaid plan is what I use both at home and in the office. Except for a couple of incidents when it was down following strong typhoons in the metropolis, I've been pretty satisfied with its service. It may have to do with your area and how strong the signal is where you are.
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• Philippines
10 Sep 08
Im talking about the smartbro prepaid plug it. I've already made up my mind. I'll just subscribe to cable internet. I heard it's alot faster than broadband. I appreciate the response. Have a nice day.
@dong1970 (1573)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
If you are like me spending 6-8 a day on internet, ishould advise you to subcribe on smartbro,but if you lesser time just use your internet card....
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@rsa101 (13344)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
Well one good thing about it is it is wireless. But if you want a reliable ones I suggest you chose the wired ones the speed are much more reliable although they do have their ups and down as well every now and then. But if you are mobile then smartbro perhaps could really be the best choice out there.
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• Philippines
12 Sep 08
That one is expensive and you'll jut waste your money because every time you loaded your sim card with any amount and you just use it for 30 minutes, then the sim card will get your remaining balance and you'll just realize it the next time you will be using it. Broadband is better but not portable. We have a Smart broadband connection but then I realize that it sucks, every time it is raining we have no internet access and Smart didn't count it for rebate. they really sucks- as for their name they are smarter than us. Well that's my opinion because I experience it. Next month I'll be switching on Globe broadband, I think that's better. Hope I helped! Thanks and happy myLotting! Mabuhay Philippines!
@swirlz (3138)
• Philippines
12 Sep 08
I've heard that Globe broadband is even worse; slower than Smart Bro.
@karagala (447)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
Get the postpaid smartbro not the prepaid. My cousin has postpaid smartbro and it's good. I bought someone a prepaid kit, it was so slow that going to the internet cafe was still preferred.
@karagala (447)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
better yet, get a DSL.
@warrior_777 (1392)
• Philippines
17 Sep 08
I am using smartBro connections and I can personally attest to you that it's not a good choice.. The signal is very weak and always hard to connect.. At night which is my time to use the internet since I'm out all day I usually cannot use it because of that no connection signal problem.. Although I admit that there are times that the signal is good, just right now that my signal is good and I can do mylotting now.. But most of the time the signal is very bad.... Happy mylotting...
@adoremay (2069)
• Philippines
16 Sep 08
I was so supposed to give an insight in this discussion, however I learned more from reading those responses. We are using smart bro as well, the plan 999. But nobody used it that much since all of us are working and my parents are not into technology. We don't the difference since we(in the family) does not manipulate the net that much. All we do is read mails, browse stuffs... :)
@oiixdaii (1059)
• Philippines
10 Sep 08
If you're mobile subscriber is Smart and is using a mobile phone that has a modem capability like Nokia, I suggest that you just use your phone. The charge is the same, P10.00/30 mins. I think smartbro uses the same technology with the 3g settings of Smart. I think, you will only notice the slowness of the connection if you are used to using the wired DSL connection.
@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
9 Sep 08
I just replaced my Smartbro with BayanDSL recently, so I can only compare these two: Smartbro plan 999 speed: 378kbs good for just browsing connection: always on service: only once in a year of subscription and a few simple connection problem BayanDSL plan 899 speed: 1280kbps excellent for downloading, youtube and other media site connection: have to connect like dialup, disconnection is common for me service: relatively new but so far when I call within the day extra: my 500 monthly bayantel bill was reduced to 300. So between the two if smartbro did upgrade its speed I'll go for it but it will not.