Philippine Mobile Internet Data Plans Roundup

by Ka Edong on April 28, 2009

I was in a two-day seminar last week. And when I get back to work, I find out there was a flurry of activity in field of the Mobile Internet data plans.

Smart came out with Mobile Internet data plans last week, both for pre-paid and post-paid.

Smart Buddy All Day Surf

Smart Buddy All Day Surf

The features of Smart’s All day surf data plans:

  • Lowest per-minute rate in the market
  • Available for prepaid subscribers
  • First with status inquiry facility, wherein you can check your remaining minutes

Rates:

  • Regular Internet access is at P10/ half hour
  • Budget surf is at P50 / 5 hours
  • Daily surf is at P100 / 12 hours

With the Smart Mobile Internet data plan, you can do your surfing for as low as Php 0.14 per minute .

You can check your mobile internet data plan status  to know your current subscription plan and time remaining. You can check using your mobile or by logging on to the Smart portal.

See detailed guidelines and mechanics at the Smart website.

For new Smart Gold post-paid subscribers, they get an hour of free mobile internet per month. See details of UNO promo on the Smart website.

Other Mobile Internet data plans

For Globe subscribers, I still see a rate of P5 for 15 minutes. I believe they came out with another plan, but I don’t see it in their website. You can check out Globe’s mobile data plans on their website (log-in required).

Updates (29April):

For Sun subscribers, I couldn’t find info on the web regarding their mobile internet data plans. Can anybody share a link? (If you have more info, please share via comments section below)

Update (May 7):  P10/30 minutes  on mobile internet. From my friend Reggie:

i forgot to mention, regarding Sun’s rates, they are now offering Php 10 per 30 minutes and can even go as low as Php 6.25. here’s the url: http://www.suncellular.com.ph/broadband.php

Value for money

To see which data plan works best for you, you’ll need to consider a few things:

  • how much surfing time are you expecting to do?
  • how much are you willing to pay to get a data plan?

Peso-by-peso, you’ll be able to compute which plan will give you the best value for money. For example, Smart’s P100/12 hours gives you  Php0.14 per minute. You can make a similar computation for the other data plans.

You’ll also have to see how much you’ll need to shell out to avail of the data plan at that per-minute rate. Choose wisely.

Mobile Internet getting more and more affordable

The trend I see now is that mobile internet access is beginning to become more and more affordable. The past benchmark was the next-door internet shop which typically would provide Internet access at P20 per hour. That’s as much as the regular mobile internet access is: P10/30 mins.

Now, Smart’s data plan is giving it at P8.30 per hour.

Of course the browsing experience will always be different for desktop and for mobile phone.

But at the end of it all, we’re providing internet access to more and more Filipinos.

Some day soon, many more Filipinos will be accessing the Internet for the very first time through the mobile phone and not through the computer in an Internet shop. That day is coming! Soooon!

ka edong
way of the peaceful mobile warrior

Comments

  • Reggie

    Globe now offers mobile surfing plans http://tinyurl.com/d7lnyq. I hope SMART will offer the same in their postpaid plans.

    Mobile internet is the future. it’s good that these telcos are now getting the idea that every Juan deserves to be connected anytime, anywhere.

  • Reggie

    i forgot to mention, regarding Sun’s rates, they are now offering Php 10 per 30 minutes and can even go as low as Php 6.25. here’s the url: http://www.suncellular.com.ph/broadband.php

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