Globe picks the 4.3-inch Huawei Ascend P1 as first LTE handset

We saw the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE device last November but then it was just a soon-to-be available LTE phone. Globe made good on their promise to bring LTE handsets at the last quarter of the year by choosing this Huawei handset for their postpaid and prepaid subscribers. The Huawei Ascend P1 is a decent-looking 4.3-inch phone with a qHD AMOLED display and runs on a dual-core processor using Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It has 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage with support for microSD. It also has an 8-megapixel camera that can do Fujll HD video recording. LTE speed on this phone supports up to 100Mbps but from what we’ve seen so far from Globe’s LTE test, 42 Mbps would already be acceptable. The Huawei Ascend P1 LTE will be free on UnliSurf Plan 1799. Add P500 monthly for 24 months if you want it on UnliSurf Plan 999. If you want it on prepaid, prepare to shell out Php21,000. Huawei Ascend P1 LTE Specs: 4.3-inch AMOLED qHD display @ 960×540 pixels, 256ppi TI OMAP 4460 Cortex-A9 1.5GHz dual-core PowerVR SGX540 Graphics 1GB RAM 4GB internal storage, up to 32GB via microSD HSDPA 21Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps, LTE 100Mbps WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, HS GPS with aGPS suppor Dolby Mobile 3.0+ 8MP autofocus rear camera, dual LED light 1080p video recording @ 30fps 1.3MP front-facing camera Android 4.0 ICS Li-Ion 1670mAh battery 127.4 x 64.8 x 7.7mm 110 grams SRP: Php21,000 on Globe Prepaid Related posts: Globe gets exclusivity on the Samsung Galaxy S2 Globe announces BlackBerry Bold 9900 pricing plans Globe to offer Nokia’s first Windows Phone, the Lumia 800 Globe bares pricing plan for Samsung Galaxy S III, pre-order’s up Globe GCASH launches new mobile app for Apple, Android and BlackBerry devices Smart’s LTE goes dual-band, now also operates in the 1800MHz...

read more

Smart ups LTE Plan 3500 bandwidth cap to 21GB, intros Plan 1749

Smart’s LTE network went live to the public last August 25 for P3,500 a month that comes with an LTE dongle and 10GB worth of bandwidth. A lot of people were not happy coughing up P3,500 a month for high-speed internet but with a 10GB cap on data. Well if 10GB is not enough for you, Smart is upping the cap on their LTE Plan 3500 to 21GB. If you think 10GB is more than enough for your needs though, Smart introduced a lower Plan 1749 which also comes with the LTE dongle worth P8,000 for free. If the LTE dongle is limiting for your needs, you can also avail of the Smart LTE Pocket WiFi upgrade by cashing out P2,000 (one-time) to any of the two LTE plans. This Pocket WiFi allows you to share your high-speed internet to up to 5 devices via WiFi. Smart has expanded their LTE to more locations and establishments which you can check here. Current LTE Smart subscribers will still enjoy unlimited bandwidth to the LTE network until October 25 January 31, 2013. [Smart] Related posts: Smart LTE undergoes close beta testing Smart LTE, why you should not be too excited Smart’s LTE goes dual-band, now also operates in the 1800MHz...

read more

Globe launches Tattoo Black LTE service, will be available by October 28

Last Thursday, Globe finally launched their LTE Service dubbed as Tattoo Black which will be made available by October 28, 2012, missing their self-imposed deadline of September. Pre-registration is already available for those who are interested however. As reported more than two weeks ago, there will be 2 plans under Tattoo Black. Plan 1799 for the 28 Mbps experience and Plan 2499 for the full 42 Mbps LTE service, and both are cheaper than the competition. The Globe Tattoo Black Plan 1799 allows you to upgrade to a Superstick (to share connection up to 5 users) for an additional P150 per month. Plan 2499 however, uses the Superstick right off the bat. Aside from LTE speeds, Globe Tattoo Black subscribers will enjoy perks especially for those who will avail of Plan 2499. You will get a dedicated hotline, priority handling in stores, discounts at partner establishments, and more. Click here for full list. As a treat to early subscribers, Globe is giving an unlimited cap for both of their LTE plans until January 31, 2013. Afterwards, Plan 1799 gets a 12GB bandwidth cap and Plan 2499 a 15GB cap. What happens if you reach the cap? Although there’s no official word yet, it’s pointing towards throttling down to 3G/HSPA+ speeds which is not bad at all. Globe’s competitor’s current LTE service will charge the subscriber P450 per 1GB in excess. Globe will start offering their Tattoo Black in Makati but also announced that they will cover more area within Metro Manila by the end of 2012. Their LTE service operates on Band 3 1800 MHz. Related posts: No related...

read more

Smart LTE: What you probably don’t know

One afternoon last week, we sat down with LTE experts from Smart Communications so we can get a better understanding about their LTE network and what device specifications consumers should look for if they want to use LTE. What we can’t give you right now are details about iPhone 5 and if it will work with their LTE. Smart is keeping a tight lip on that issue. What you also won’t see here are mobile data plans for LTE devices but they gave us a hint that there will be different pricing models you can choose from. So what do you probably know so far? One is that Smart LTE operates on both 2100 MHz and 1800 MHz frequency. We were given a heads up that they will also be introducing LTE on the 850 MHz frequency real soon making Smart the only telco in the Asia-Pacific region to support three LTE bands. What this does is widen their LTE highway for more capacity, network resiliency, and more device compatibility. According to PLDT-Smart Technology Group Head Rolando G. Pena, the 850MHz frequency which has a wider radial reach will provide the umbrella coverage layer to their LTE network. This frequency also provides better indoor signal to complement their 1800MHz and 2100MHz frequencies. Another thing most people don’t know but should know about using LTE devices is that it should be compatible with the Band and Frequency of the network you’re subscribed to. There are a total of 36 LTE bands available and having a device that supports 2100 MHz on LTE is not enough. For example, Smart uses Band 1 and AT&T uses Band 4 on the 2100 MHz spectrum. However, you can’t use your unlocked AT&T LTE phone (iPhone 5 perhaps?) when you bring it here in the Philippines to work with Smart’s LTE. Or you can simply forget about LTE devices from the US because their standard is not widely used in other countries. Device bands should match carrier bands. Smart uses...

read more

Smart looks at the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE as one of its LTE handsets

LTE has been a big news the past couple of weeks and you might be wondering what handsets will be available to cater each telco’s LTE plans. Well what you’ll see in the picture below is Smart testing the Samsung Galaxy S2 LTE handset which is one of the handsets they’re considering to be bundled with an LTE mobile data plan. This is the Samsung Galaxy S 2 LTE I9210 model which runs on the 1800Mhz band but with a maximum 21MBbps downlink, half of what Smart’s LTE service is capable of. Are we seeing cheaper LTE mobile data plans from Smart? Probably but only time will tell. Anyway, this shows that Smart is not only banking on high-end flagship LTE handsets but also on mid-range ones like this Galaxy S2 which runs on a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip as opposed to the Exynos chip of its non-LTE brethren. We’ll keep you posted as we hear more news of LTE handsets that Smart is considering. Right now, what’s commercially available from the telco is their LTE dongle which comes free on their LTE Plan 3500. Related posts: Globe gets exclusivity on the Samsung Galaxy S2 Get ready for the Samsung Galaxy S II, should land this month Smart’s LTE goes dual-band, now also operates in the 1800MHz...

read more

Globe’s 4G LTE Postpaid Plans unveiled, 1799 or 2499?

Sep 09, 12 Globe’s 4G LTE Postpaid Plans unveiled, 1799 or 2499?

Posted by in Tech News, Telecoms

Globe Telecom is set to launch its LTE service this month and they just unveiled their postpaid plans to go with it. Globe’s 4G LTE service is available in two flavors, Tattoo Black 1799 for those who don’t need the full 42 Mbps speed (up to 28 Mbps only) and Tattoo Black Elite 2499 who wants the full LTE experience. Here’s what each plan entails: Tattoo Black Plan 1799 free USB dongle (SuperStick upgrade option for P150/month) speeds of up to 28 Mbps dedicated hotline priority handling in stores discounts at partner establishments nationwide concierge assistance Tattoo Black Elite 2499 free USB dongle speeds of up to 42 Mbps dedicated hotline priority handling in stores personal relationship manager to handle all the Tattoo Black customer needs complimentary tickets to Tattoo parties MIASCOR Lounge Access Extension Card credit limit extension priority reservation on Globe handset and tablet devices It’s clear that Globe is aiming to deliver that full customer satisfactory experience with these plans. Also, their plan is priced relatively lower than its competitor Smart, who was the first to launch their LTE service in the country at Plan 3500 with a 10GB cap. Giving subscribers options is also a good thing for Globe who recognized that 42 Mbps can be too much for some people. It’s still unclear whether there will be a data cap for Globe’s LTE Plans or if it’s going to be unlimited for a limited period like Smart. Or if it will throttle down to HSPA+ speeds once a cap has been reached but will keep you updated as we hear from Globe. No list of Globe LTE locations from have been revealed yet but according to their LTE announcement a few weeks ago, Makati City will be the first to experience Globe’s ultra-high speed offering. [Blog@Globe] Related posts: SMART LTE launch imminent – August 25, 2012 Globe’s LTE network set for commercial availability this September Smart launches the country’s first LTE network, unlimited data until October 25 Huawei brought...

read more

Smart’s LTE goes dual-band, now also operates in the 1800MHz band

Smart Communications just announced that their LTE service is now multi-band operating on both 2100MHz and 1800MHz spectrums making them one of the few in the world to have a multi-frequency mobile LTE service. It was just over a week ago when Smart launched the country’s first LTE service. It ran on 2100MHz which is the same as the one used by LTE pioneer Japan’s NTT Docomo. The 1800MHz on the other hand is the band of choice by competitor Globe Telecom. It is also the band of choice of top telcos in UK and Australia. So how will having a multi-band LTE service benefit the consumer? According to PLDT-Smart Technology Group Head Rolando G. Peña, offering LTE in multiple frequencies will give their subscribers greater flexibility, better coverage, and a wider range of compatible devices. However, Smart advised subscribers not to go ahead and buy LTE devices or handsets off e-Bay just because it runs on 1800MHz or 2100MHz. It’s more complicated than that and even we cannot give a clear cut explanation on how to check if your LTE device will work with Smart’s LTE network. The best and safest way would still be to wait for Smart’s announcement on compatible LTE handsets/devices. Related posts: Smart LTE undergoes close beta testing New Unli call and text option for Smart prepaid subscribers Smart unveils postpaid and prepaid plans for iPhone 4S Smart’s first batch of Samsung Galaxy Nexus already sold out in one day New Smart postpaid subscribers automatically get Smart Money card Smart LTE, why you should not be too...

read more

Smart launches the country’s first LTE network, unlimited data until October 25

It’s official! The Philippines now has an LTE network available to subscribers courtesy of Smart Communications. Smart Communications launched their LTE service to the public in Newport Mall, Resorts World yesterday, August 25. The launch party was well-attended by Smart executives, media, celebrities, cosplayers and also by mall-goers who got to enjoy the festivities. Smart’s LTE can give you up to 42Mbps broadband speeds with a 10GB monthly cap for Php3,500 and comes with a free LTE dongle. Go over the 10GB cap and it’s Php450 per 1GB. However, Smart is offering early LTE adopters to unlimited data until October 25! No cap with that speed? Imagine the damage you can do to your disk space. According the PLDT-Smart Network and IP Systems Head Rolando G. Pena, high traffic areas across Metro Manila will get LTE signals. This includes the Makati Business District which alone has about 20 LTE sites. For comparison, only 24 LTE sites across the metro were present during beta testing. To demonstrate Smart’s LTE speeds, a simultaneous launch was done in Cebu. There was a live online battle between the country’s best Starcraft II player, Pablo ‘Mski.Pobbes’ Poblador who was in Cebu, against Korea’s champ, Kim ‘Classic’ Hong Jae, who was at Resorts World. Unfortunately, we didn’t stay around to see who won but one thing’s for sure, Smart LTE is now live and ready! Related posts: SMART LTE launch imminent – August 25, 2012 Huawei brought their own 4G solution to the Philippines via LTE Road Show Globe HSPA+ Speed Test Demo Smart LTE undergoes close beta testing Globe’s LTE network set for commercial availability this...

read more

Globe’s LTE network set for commercial availability this September

Earlier today, Globe Telecom officially announced the availability of its fourth generation LTE network for broadband and mobile use. Although no exact date was given, Globe’s LTE will be available in September 2012 through their Tattoo brand. Consequently, 4G LTE for mobile will be available by the fourth quarter of 2012 along with LTE-capable handsets and tablets. “By September of this year, it’s all systems go to launch the 4G LTE network of Globe. On top of just offering the fastest speeds on the country’s best broadband service, Tattoo, Globe will offer 4G LTE on a full range of mobile phones by the fourth quarter of the year,” said Peter Bithos, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business of Globe Telecom. Instead of putting up numerous LTE spots with limited range within the metro, Globe is focusing on areas where they expect high number of LTE users. As such, their first target is Makati where they will provide large contiguous areas of coverage for subscribers in the commercial and residential district. This lets you enjoy your LTE subscription in a wider area instead of being stuck in one spot. Globe will quickly expand their 4G LTE to cover regions across Manila, the three major capital cities and select regions across the country. With Globe’s LTE connection, tests in highly populated areas in Metro Manila yielded up to 60 mbps downlink data throughput rate.  To date, Globe has a total of 2,700 4G sites all over the country and expects to increase that number to 4,000 before the year ends. If you’re wondering about plans, pricing and handset details, mums the word on that one despite continuous pestering from the media. We’ll just have to wait for their official launch soon. Related posts: Globe HSPA+ Speed Test Demo Huawei brought their own 4G solution to the Philippines via LTE Road Show Globe unveils 4G devices to utilize HSPA+ network Manila airports get free WiFi courtesy of Globe Globe Telecom ventures into VoIP, partners with Vonage SMART LTE...

read more

Smart LTE, why you should not be too excited

Smart announced that their LTE will be launched this Saturday, August 25. The pricing is not a secret anymore, Php3,500 per month with a 10GB cap and this already includes the Php8,000-worth LTE dongle. Sure a lot of people are excited. It will be the first commercially available LTE service in the country so that’s a big thing. However, when reality sinks in, do you really need it? The 42Mbps speed? I know you want it, I would. I have experienced latching onto an LTE connection and can’t contain my glee on the download speed I’m getting until I ran out of things to download and view online. But do you really need it to actually pay for it? I’m going to list my observations based on information about the service currently available right now. Php3,500 for 10GB. The price is fair in my opinion, but countries like Singapore offer it for far more cheaper at Php2.3k (SGD 69.90) for the same amount of data. But I would say that a lot of Filipinos aren’t ready yet to pay Php3,500 for internet with limitations. Maybe if Smart will switch you to HSPA once you used that 10GB before the month ends, then it will be more attractive. 42Mbps speed is no joke. During our beta test, speeds definitely reach past that number so that’s a safe speed for Smart. And with LTE, you won’t be sharing the same bandwidth with 3G users, and LTE’s network is unlikely to get crowded. 10GB cap! How easy can you go through that? With 42Mbps it will probably take half a day, or two max if you run out of things to download. A 40-minute TV show episode in 720p HD reaches 1GB already, what more if it’s Full HD? However, Smart is doing this to prevent strain in their network just like how other LTE providers in the world use the same 10GB cap (and an unlimited plan as well). Lack of HD online content. Sure LTE...

read more
Page 2 of 3123