Speedster Fam plan 1299 lets you share data allocation with mobile phones of your family.

PLDT HOME and Smart pioneer PH’s first data sharing capabilities

Here is some wonderful news from Smart and PLDT Home. The Philippines’ first data plan enables subscribers to a home DSL service to share their data allocation with mobile phones of their family.

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Under its new Speedster Fam Plan 1299, PLDT HOME DSL offers five times faster speeds of up to 10 megabits per second (Mbps) and a monthly data allocation of 50 gigabytes (GB). Moreover, subscribers who upgrade their Speedster Plan with a Smart mobile plan 399 or plan 600 can share 6 GB of the 50 GB monthly data allocation to their mobile phone lines which they can use even outside the home. Customers may get up to four Smart mobile phone lines bundled with their Speedster Fam Plan all conveniently billed under one subscription.

This is quite handy for those want to be connected with their family members. A connected family ensures that one can easily communicate through the various communication apps that include group messaging.

#SmartFamilyTies plan: Nurturing a safe and connected family

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Good news for families who need to stay connected through Smart Family ties Plans . This new offering will help your family stay constantly connected with family members yet ensuring  a safe and protected environment for children when using their mobile devices.

No more worries when you need a quick call to your daughter  and checking up on her at school or sending  an “I love you call” to your wife or husband wherever they may be. Even if my daughters have left the nest, I still call them up to make sure they are doing well. After all, a mother will always be a mom no matter the age of a child.

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The family ties plan:

There are two choices for the postpaid lines:

  1. Family ties Plan 900- calling within  the family circle; unlimited SMS to Smart subscribers and 200 all-network texts as well as 100 MB of free data for each line every month
  2. smart family ties 5

  3. Family ties Plan 1800- unlimited calls and texts to all Smart subscribers, 200 free all-network texts and 300 MB of free monthly data for each line
  4. smart family ties 7

Both plans come with three lines and three smartphones of their choice.

Phone models include the following

  1. O+ USA 8.2
  2. O+USA 8.31
  3. Lenovo A269i
  4. Alcatel Magic
  5. Lenovo A369i
  6. O+8.37

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What happens if you have more than one kid?

The plan gives added flexibility as you can add up to six additional lines per subscription . It costs 300 pesos per line for Plan 900 and 600 pesos for Plan 1800.

One can also maximize their plans by subscribing to various call, text and data packages through Smart Postpaid flexibundles.

Now what protection does the family have?

vodafone

Smart partnered with Vodafone offering the Guardian App which provides call and text-messaging filters and bans certain numbers from contacting their children.  What a great way to protect your kids from the risk of cyberbullying! The app can also balance the activities of your children like banning the use of games during homework time.

Family Ties Plan promo mechanics poster

Join the #SmartFamilyTies Online promo

And here is something for you. The Smart Family Ties plans promo will allow your family photos from Instagram to be featured in their online ads. Awesome. Imagine your family photos posted in Smart online ads. Every so often, there will be themes for certain months.

Here are the mechanics.

For the first run of the promo, the theme will be graduation. This will run from today until March 21. Ads featuring the graduation theme winners will run on March 28 – April 5.

Share your child’s photo in his/her toga with the family and get a chance to be featured in our online ads! Plus a lot of cool prizes await you. The more you share, the more chances of winning! Don’t forget to tag @smartcares and use the hashtag #SmartFamilyTies!

Family Ties Plan promo mechanics

Intrested families can avail of Smart Family ties by contacting 8488877 or dial *887 on their Smart mobile phones or just visit http://smrt.ph/familytiesplans

The real deal on Globe’s Fair Use Policy (FUP)

Globe fair use policy

If you don’t know it yet, Globe started strictly enforcing a 1 GB a day/ 3GB a month Fair Use Policy (FUP). You can check their FUP for the Tattoo Broadband for your Home – DSL, WiMAX and LTE. Or check that infographic above this post. Globe says the FUP will not affect your regular mobile surfing habits. If you exceed 1 GB, your connection will automatically be downgraded to 2G browsing speeds but you will soon be upgraded again to regular browsing speed once midnight comes along.

I am all for data cap so that the quality of the speed is maintained. I hate having an LTE sign on my iPhone but the speed is uber slow. Besides there is a lot you can do with 1 GB a day.

Here are the online activities you can do with 1 GB! You can:

1. Browse up to 10,486 web pages (100 Kb web page)
2. Send and receive up to 2,048 plain text emails (500 Kb emails)
3. Upload/download up to 1,020 photos (1 MB photo)
4. Download up to 246 songs (4 MB song)
5. 1 movie (700 MB video file)

Globe adds that “if you do not share or download large files from the Internet, rest assured that you will not be affected by Globe’s Fair Use Policy. Media streaming and downloading of torrents contribute to extensive use of bandwidth capacity and if left permanently on may cause you to break this policy.”

Despite the FUP, my internet connection is still slow. I have not gotten a notice yet that I went over the 1 GB daily cap. I am really looking forward to a wonderful connection in the future. I hope this is part of their #projectwonderful on social media.

Globe and Smart on the latest NTC benchmarking study on network quality among Philippine telcos

I use two telcos for my mobile needs. My Globe is a postpaid line which I have used since 1999. My Smart is pre-paid since 2008 so it interests when these two large telcos relay important announcements. The latest news is the recent network benchmark test conducted by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), comparing the Grade of Service and overall signal quality of both Globe Telecom and Smart Communications against NTC Cellular Mobile Telephone System (CMTS) standards

Globe says:

In the most important benchmark where the NTC has an applied industry standard consisting of Grade of Service or Call Setup Failure Rate (CSFR), Globe Telecom’s legacy network outperformed its competition who has widely announced its network upgrade completion. With the Grade of Service or CSFR standard set by the NTC at 4%, Globe recorded a nearly identical 4.45% while Smart registered a distant 9.95% (closer to the industry standard is better). This means that call success rates are higher using the Globe legacy network at 95.55%. For consumers, the experience is that it is easier to call using the Globe legacy network with more calls getting connected even at first try.

Globe claims that their legacy network outperformed SMart recently modernized network in terms of grade of service. They added that the Globe legacy network also performed at parity with the upgraded network of Smart in almost all other metrics.

Globe Telecom President and CEO Ernest Cu in his reaction to the recent NTC benchmark results said, ”It is now clear who is telling the truth and really giving good service to the public even with just our legacy network. Competition has claimed they are done with their upgrade and there’s no denying the official results from NTC quality tests show their upgraded network performs even below NTC standards. As soon as we fully fire up our brand new network, our subscribers and the entire nation will enjoy a whole new mobile experience that is once again pioneered by Globe Telecom.”

Smart says:

According to that test, Smart’s network rated higher in four of the five parameters that had been defined by the NTC in consultation with all three mobile phone operators. These four important parameters where Smart posted better scores are: 1) Drop Call Rate; 2) Call Set Up Time; 3) Average Signal Quality; and 4) Average Receive Signal Level.

Smart claims that Globe conveniently downplayed or disregarded these parameters and focused on the “blocked call” parameter, which was the only test that showed better results for Globe. On that basis, Globe said that its “legacy network” was better than that of Smart.

This happens to be the same legacy network that Globe officials have admitted, in several recent occasions, to be congested.

According to Smart, the truth , is quite different: Both carriers actually passed the standard. Globe registered a score of -69.83 dBm. But Smart delivered lopsidedly better results: -62.63 dBm. In this parameter, the lower the negative number is, the better the signal. Translated into layman’s terms, what this result means is that Smart’s signal level is up to five times stronger than Globe’s. In terms of customer experience, a stronger signal level means better indoor coverage, resulting in better voice quality, less drop calls, faster and more reliable SMS and higher data speeds.

What I say

So what is the real score?

Telco’s signal and mobile strength depends on location. I don’t text or make calls because I am heavily dependent on mobile internet . Most of the time it is Smart that delivers consistent speed. In fairness to Globe, I am aware that Globe’s network’s transformation is 50 % complete. Perhaps in due time, Globe will deliver consistently fast speeds.

Whatever NTC studies show , it is subscribers’ comparative experience that matters in the end. In Pasig, both telcos work pretty well for me. It is certain places like UP campus, Eastwood, or Greenhills that the Globe 3G signal is bad.

Here is the press release fromthe NTC and you decide:

2nd Quarter Quality of Service Benchmarking Conducted on Mobile Network Service Providers