Got an LTE-enabled device? Then, you can browse at lightning fast speeds of up to 42 Mbps, thanks to the Philippine telcos Globe and Smart. For free! Enjoy unlimited access over their LTE networks, provided of course you’re one of their postpaid subscribers on a data plan, but without having to upgrade your plan or pay extra charges!
It’s not everyday that your telco offers you free LTE connectivity. Yet, Globe and Smart made it happen after Apple released its iOS 6.1 update, which brought LTE capability to additional networks worldwide. So, now “Smart iPhone 5 users (in the Phillipines) on iPhone Plans 999 and 2499 and Unlidata Plans 1500, 2000, and 3000 can automatically use Smart LTE for free.”
Speaking about plans, Globe’s SuperSurf plan costs PhP 999 per month (US$25). Smart offers data access at similar rates. Most postpaid plans come inclusive with a data plan, plus consumable amount for calls, messages and other services.
Back to the good news, though. There’s more! Not only their rival, Smart Communications, has also announced the same free LTE service for postpaid subscribers, but it’s most likely that other LTE-enabled devices — such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE – can also gain unlimited access, provided that subscribers are within LTE coverage and have an LTE-enabled SIM.
However…. There’s a catch! Isn’t there always?!! In this case, more than one, actually.
First off, with Globe and Smart the free and unlimited LTE access will only be available until 30 April this year. Second, Globe, in particular, has LTE coverage in some areas within Metro Manila, Metro Cebu and the popular beach hotspot Boracay only. And third, while Globe does not explicitly say so, its subscriber terms of service (ToS) has a clause that limits mobile downloads to 800 Mb per day, after which access is either significantly throttled down or blocked until the next day.
As it looks, the Philippine providers are “teasing” their subscribers by enabling this unlimited free LTE service, to sharpen their appetites for faster mobile broadband and faster devices.