Earlier this evening, Globe finally introduced their devices and services that will utilize their HSPA+ network. It was just last April when they demoed their HSPA+ speed to the media which can go up to 10 Mbps. However, what good is that speed if there’s no device in the market that can utilize it right? Well here they are.
First up is the new broadband stick called the Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini. This 4G broadband dongle is available under Globe’s newest postpaid plan which will go for P2,199 monthly. Using the device, subscribers can enjoy surf-all-you-want, high speed mobile broadband access powered by Globe’s 4G network.
Globe is also proud to be the first to bring a 4G phone in the country in the form of Samsung Galaxy S2. This one’s not a surprise anymore but finally it’s coming after thinking it would be available last May. This superphone running on a pair of 1.2GHz processor and touting a huge 4.3″ Super AMOLED display will be exclusive to Globe once it becomes available on June 27. My SuperSurf Plan 3799 subscribers can get it for free while prepaid subscribers can get it for P29,990.
Completing the 4G portfolio is the Video Message Service (VMS), the newest and one of the most interactive media channels for mobile phone users best enjoyed under the 4G network and the Samsung Galaxy S II device. Through VMS, users can create, view, upload, share, send and receive video content through their mobile phones. It also allows users to connect with their favorite celebrities by following their video blogs and music videos, watching their video clips, or being updated with the latest happenings and events through partnership with GMA New Media. As a special treat, VMS be will available for free to My SuperSurf Plan subscribers until July 31.
This VMS thing I’m not keen of, well not at this early stage of 4G. Until the country is saturated with 4G coverage and people with 4G devices, video messaging won’t really take off. Maybe in a couple of years.
However, Globe is being aggressive in the expansion of their 4G HSPA+ sites which will benefit more subscribers in the coming months. To date, commercial deployment of HSPA+ has doubled, with presence now available in Mandaluyong, Navotas, Caloocan and Valenzuela.