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Offline Palawan Aussie

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Smart or Globe
« on: April 08, 2013, 11:40:40 AM »
Seems there is a considerable difference in opinion as to which is best, Smart or Globe.

For example, today the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper reports that ..

"MANILA, Philippines — Globe Telecom continues to be seen by the public as the “better” network in delivering high-speed wireless broadband services, according to a recent Nielsen survey. Results of a recent brand health study survey by Nielsen showed that most people considered Globe as the brand that is a leader in 4G—“the brand that has the biggest 4G network,” “the brand that was first to offer 4G,” “fast Internet downloading using my cellphone,” and “fast Internet uploading using my cellphone.” Results showed that Globe “had a clear and significant edge over its rival on the abovementioned qualities,” Globe said in a statement over the weekend. "

Ref: http://technology.inquirer.net/24481/globe-telecom-said-to-deliver-better-broadband-service

However, two government reports from last year place Smart well ahead ..

"Tests by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) show Smart to be ahead of Globe in five different parameters testing basic voice services for the last two quarters of 2012. 

The purpose of the tests is to measure their network performance and compare the results to the existing NTC prescribed minimum service performance standards.

The tests were conducted using post-paid Globe and Smart’s Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards subscribing to regular services and not unlimited services. Sun SIMs, Talk and Text SIMs, Red Mobile SIMs and Touch Mobile SIMs were not used because these SIMs are sharing the networks of either Globe or Smart. The results of the tests in detail on the following parameters are as follows ... And as of April last year, Smart’s LTE network covered 46 cities and 69 municipalities .. much larger than the competition." etc

Ref: http://www.ntc.gov.ph/announcements_news.php?id=24


We find that it depends on where you are in the Phils. However, whichever company, I do think that basing data (internet) charges on time online seems a silly idea to me. In Australia, one is sold a Gb load, rather than an online time. Selling by time online simply encourages the service to be oversold, and is quite unfair if the service is very slow. Seems to me, charging by the actual amount of bytes downloaded is fairer.

Anyway, what do people think regards Smart or Globe or phones etc (eg, PLDT) in general?

Cheers,
Stephen

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Re: Smart or Globe
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2013, 07:35:42 PM »
I have been happily using Globe since 2003 while listening to endless complaints by Smart users.
 
It is not the best deal you can get but it doesn't matter how good the deal is if you can't use it. Globe has coverage every where I need it. And despite the fact that Smart claims it covers 100% of the Philippines. It doesn't.
 
I use a Globe dongle on Leyte for internet after previously having a Globe landline with internet. The Globe dongle is much faster. The average line speed for the dongle is about 1400kbps and download speed averages about 140kbps. 
I used to wonder what it would be like to read other people's minds.

Then I got a facebook account and now I am over it.

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Re: Smart or Globe
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2013, 08:23:24 PM »
We have both and there does not seem to be much difference between them. I took up Smart so that I could get free calls to complain about their internet :) Bing originally had Globe to get the UNLI to talk to some relatives she then had to borrow mine to get cheaper calls to the others. She has now bought a new dual sim phone with one of each.

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Re: Smart or Globe
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2013, 09:45:45 PM »
We have both and there does not seem to be much difference between them. I took up Smart so that I could get free calls to complain about their internet :) Bing originally had Globe to get the UNLI to talk to some relatives she then had to borrow mine to get cheaper calls to the others. She has now bought a new dual sim phone with one of each.

You can now buy a cell with both Smart and Globe sim cards?  Wow!  Talaga? 
Louisville, KY USA - Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, PH

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Re: Smart or Globe
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2013, 10:04:53 PM »
You can buy dual sim card phones here no problem.. Best to ask the locals which sim card has the best signal in the area..
What works in your area is not necessarily the best 4 miles down the road..
Sim cards average about 50  Pesos each.

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Re: Smart or Globe
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2013, 10:10:00 PM »
Jim.. We used Smart for 5 years as Globe had absolutely no signal where we live..
Globe put up a tower 2 years ago that I can see from my house..The Cellphone signal on Globe has been 5 bars ever since but no internet until just lately..Now we have a 1 GIG connection which for us down here is a massive thing..
Just depends where you live and whats best for the area.

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Re: Smart or Globe
« Reply #6 on: April 09, 2013, 12:07:34 AM »
You can buy dual sim card phones here no problem.. Best to ask the locals which sim card has the best signal in the area..
What works in your area is not necessarily the best 4 miles down the road..
Sim cards average about 50  Pesos each.

I know several guys who carry two cell phones for these reasons, especially when traveling from one province to another.  I'm all about keeping it simple.  One unit, two providers.   

Thanks!   :)
Louisville, KY USA - Bagong Silang, Caloocan City, PH

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Re: Smart or Globe
« Reply #7 on: April 09, 2013, 01:14:19 AM »
I know there are others and I think they might be more available and choices in the Philippines but I have a two sim slot inexpensive BLU that I picked up off eBay over two years ago for 45 bucks.  I am not in to all the fancy stuff (to include internet) for carrying around in my pocket or on belt.
Whatever floats your boat.

Offline Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am

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Re: Smart or Globe
« Reply #8 on: April 09, 2013, 09:59:07 PM »
My wife has a post paid subscription with Globe on her Apple 4GS iPhone and she constantly receives numerous text messages and or calls from bank solicitors, Globe promo deals and promo scams supposedly DTI authorized on a biweekly basis!
I use Smart's prepaid cards and I don't get any of those junk text mails or calls on my cheap Nokia cellphone!  :o ??? ;)
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Re: Smart or Globe
« Reply #9 on: April 09, 2013, 10:04:58 PM »
The only junk texts I get are from Smart on occasion trying to sell me more than my Smart prepaid card that I have in my cheap BLU cellphone.
Whatever floats your boat.

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Re: Smart or Globe
« Reply #10 on: April 09, 2013, 10:08:43 PM »
What's a BLU cellphone Bud?  ???
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"It's always a matter of money"!
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Offline BudM

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Re: Smart or Globe
« Reply #11 on: April 10, 2013, 12:51:40 AM »
It is a cheap little cellphone Art.  BLU is the brand name.  The one I was talking about earlier that has two sim slots.  I have had a Smart sim in it since I have had the phone.  When I get there, I will put a Globe sim in the other slot.  Two numbers will be sufficient for me.  One for general use and one private.  And the internet can stay at home.
Whatever floats your boat.

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Re: Smart or Globe
« Reply #12 on: April 10, 2013, 01:41:32 AM »
I want one of these "Duo" Samsung dual sim phone and the price is right, but I haven't found one yet here in the Philippines or I haven't looked hard enough! I like the the Samsung Galaxy S3, but it only has the single sim slot and it cost more!

https://www.google.com/search?q=samsung+duos+dual+sim&hl=en&sa=G&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=xVFkUcmpErGWiQfiu4CoBg&ved=0CEgQsAQ&biw=1344&bih=762
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"Life is what we all make it to be"!
"It's always a matter of money"!
"Do on to others as they would do on to You, but do it first"!
"Different strokes for different folks"!
"Que Sera Sera"!

Offline BingColin

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Re: Smart or Globe
« Reply #13 on: April 10, 2013, 08:06:56 AM »
I want one of these "Duo" Samsung dual sim phone and the price is right, but I haven't found one yet here in the Philippines or I haven't looked hard enough! I like the the Samsung Galaxy S3, but it only has the single sim slot and it cost more!

https://www.google.com/search?q=samsung+duos+dual+sim&hl=en&sa=G&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=xVFkUcmpErGWiQfiu4CoBg&ved=0CEgQsAQ&biw=1344&bih=762

Bing only spent around P2200 for one of the latest Nokia dual sim phones.It looks good in red and works well, what more do you want!

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Re: Smart or Globe
« Reply #14 on: April 10, 2013, 10:24:43 AM »
Now, I want to consider replacing that BLU eventually with a bit of an upgrade.  Dual sims appear to be getting out more than I realized.  I have had a Nokia cell single sim before and liked it.  Again, it was simple.  Will have to look at both Nokia and Samsung after I am there a few months and settled in.  It will have given me more time to observe in greater detail as to what is going on with communications both publicly and internally in my GF's business.  I have tried to learn as much as I can about the public sector but she has more going with her operation than I can keep track of sitting here so, I  will wait to buy until I take that in to consideration.
Whatever floats your boat.