SMART Communications Inc. has recently launched a new addition to their broadband portfolio, the SMART Rocket Plug-It.
For the price of P3,995 for the dongle, it’s supposed to be the fastest mobile broadband prepaid service in the market with speeds that could reach up to 12Mbps.
Find out if it delivered! Read on.
- The signal keeps switching from HSPA+ to HSDPA to WCDMA. That itself means that the signal in our area is pretty unstable.
- I had the best result when I tried it on the 5th floor of our condo. But inside our unit, which is on the 1st floor, I can barely get a HSPA+ signal. Light is always blue which means its connected to a 3G signal. Poop.
- I live near Alabang and the nearest HSPA+ cellsite is at Festival Mall.
- On a good, STABLE signal, the SMART Rocket can give faster results than our wired internet.
GEEK GIRL’S VERDICT
Well, obviously, the SMART Rocket didn’t do so great, looking at the Speedtest result
Definitely far from their claim of ‘up to 12Mbps’.
But I do have to say this: I’ve gotten better results with the SMART Rocket compared to my other mobile broadband dongle. (Dapat lang! With the one time fee of P3,995!)
At least I could do some decent surfing with the Rocket. There were so many times I got frustrated with the other mobile broadband dongle that I currently own. I could connect to the network, but I couldn’t send and receive data.
At least with the Rocket, even if the connection was disappointingly slower compared to the supposed speed they are marketing it, I could still load websites and even upload photos on my Facebook :P
So on a final note: Location is a really important factor when it comes to choosing your mobile broadband.
SMART Rocket might not work for me, but it might work for other people who live in better proximity to SMART Bro HSPA+ sites.
With that said, SMART Bro has now over 500 HSPA+ sites. You can check the list of locations here: http://smart.com.ph/bro/products/hspaplussites.htm
The prepaid Rocket kit comes with an hour of free surfing. Regular browsing costs P10 for every 30 minutes.
Link: SMART Rocket Plug-It