I’ve been trying to use Globe 3G when accessing the internet since they released their “low” internet via 3G rates.
Unfortunately, I’ve been having problems with it. When using my laptop, its either i can’t connect using my phone as modem… or slow browsing – even when using an HSPDA (3.5G) network. When browsing using my phone, its either I can’t connect or slowwwwwwwwww browsing.
And then there’s this problem of whenever i get disconnected, that means i’d have to pay another P5.00 even if my 15 minutes is not yet up. Come to think of it, i haven’t lasted using internet via globe 3G for more than 5 minutes.
You can check out the guidelines of using this service plus my comments here.
I’ve already called Globe’s customer service hotline twice. First when i can’t connect using my phone as modem, and then when i was experiencing slow browsing even if my 3.5G signal was full.
Yuga Tech also reports about a Globe user who have incurred charges for using this service.
So, still, the best for me is using Smart’s 3G to connect to the internet. For me, let me stress that out – for me, connecting to the internet using Smart’s 3G is fast, easy to use, and reliable. We don’t have an internet connection at home back in Manila. So what i do is i load up my smart prepaid sim with P30.00 and browse for less than 3 hours.
But here’s a trick (only for smart prepaid users) that’s been working for me and i love it.. I only load up P15.00. Then I connect to the internet via smart 3G and my 3G mobile phone. Then i’ll use it for 2 hours! Instead of paying P20.00.. i just paid P15.00. If you receive a “insufficient balance error, just re-connect. But if you see the “Packet data connection not available error in your mobile phone, then that really means you’re really out of load. For a list of common connection problems using Smart 3G, watch out for my post tomorrow.
And here’s more, I notice that if I use Smart 3G between 10am to 12pm, and 11pm to 1am (yes midnight) I am able to use it for more than 2 hours even if i only loaded P15.00.
So, now you know why I’m still not jumping up and down with Globe’s P5 per 15 minutes 3G service.