Well here I am to spread words of wisdom and provide a little hope and comfort. Now you are scratching your head and wondering how that can happen considering the topic of this post, filipino internet. But then again you might be thinking, shit, Mike has finally slipped into the murky waters. But allow me to continue if you will. I’ll keep all of this to the last 2 years.
SMART: Two years ago I got the Smart pocket wifi and it’s really not to bad. It might have taken pages 10 or 30 seconds to load but they did and it was the same speed all the time. Then around about August of 2015 I noticed Smart started getting slower and slower, sometimes taking hours to open a webpage, no joke. Even if Smart was turned off for day or two it was the same when turned back on, dead people moved faster. Even though Smart was very slow at least it stayed connected, well most of the time. Ok, some of the time, hummmm little of the time. I would have the net signal at full bars in lower right corner of laptop yet hours to open a page as I said.
So I would put my mouse over it and it would say connected right? Right. But if I clicked the wifi bars it would bring up all connections and under my wife would say no internet access. So reboot only to get the same thing or the warning triangle on the wifi bars. So getting fed up I thought I would try a test and went out and bought a Globe pocket wifi which Globe assurred me was better than Smart. So here’s how that went.
Globe: Well Globe was a little better at first but not by much. Globe would connect fast then and load fast but kept disconnecting and started acting like Smart a little. For both Smart and Globe the loads were the “unlimited” and tried several places around town with the same result, poor service.
So after hearing me complain about Smart (wife does not know I also got a Globe) wife set up to get PLDT and here’s how that went.
PLDT: We inquired about the PLDT Home Fibr and was told it would be 2 weeks before they could install it, that was on a Friday. Well come the following Sunday PLDT was at my house installing the Fibr which took a few hours. What we ordered was the 3,500 pesos bundle with unlimited internet and cable tv, Cignal. So the net is installed but was told 24 hours for the cable to be activated, no big deal for me. Well about 4 hours later the cable was up and running! Then the same day I got a phone call from PLDT asking how everything was and gave me a number if there was any problems. So wife out of town and asked me about the internet from PLDT and I told her what I thought. Best way to answer her is to let her try herself. So today she arrived from the other house (son finishing school before coming to this house) and was shocked I think.
I connected her cp to the new and she started surfing, impressed I think I could say. Although have had Fibr for 5 days now here is what I get. Fibr stays connected and loads the pages fast, within seconds a webpage is opened and have had no problems. Most houses around ours has Fibr and we still get good service even though my connection box is 2 blocks away. The only downside I found is the set up. The wire runs into the house and into a phone jack. From the phone jack into the wifi box, connected to the box is the wifi, cable and a landline phone if you choose so the box has to set close to a tv or run wires to tvs. So it is safe to say that PLDT Home Fibr is by far the best internet I have had since coming to the philippines and if they keep providing service like this then I will have no complaints. Wife was even impressed with the speed and service, then I told her this is close to internet speed in the states.