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#1 Gregg

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 06:39 AM

I've heard of Smartbro and as I understand it, it is a wireless internet service available in the PI.

Can I assume this is owned and operated by Smart Telecom? And if so, is it safe also to assume that where there is Smart telephone service, then Smartbro would also work in the same areas?

Anyone have experience with Smartbro? is is reliable?

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 07:11 AM

Smart Communications owns Smart Bro internet service. Here are the links.

http://smart.com.ph/

http://smart.com.ph/SmartBro/

I think the best thing to do is your have your pinay contact the company directly to verify that they offer it in her area. I also think the reliability is going to depend on the area where she lives and also which island. Maybe she knows someone in her barangay that uses the service and can get an honest opinion on how well it works for them. That's what I would recommend. I have read and heard that Smart Bro is a pretty reliable in Cebu for 1000PHP a month.

The is also GlobeLines and PLDTmyDSL.

http://www.globelines.com.ph/

http://www.pldtdsl.com/



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Posted 27 November 2008 - 07:30 PM

QUOTE (Gregg @ Nov 26 2008, 10:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I've heard of Smartbro and as I understand it, it is a wireless internet service available in the PI.

Can I assume this is owned and operated by Smart Telecom? And if so, is it safe also to assume that where there is Smart telephone service, then Smartbro would also work in the same areas?

Anyone have experience with Smartbro? is is reliable?

Thanks!


Smartbro is worthy. In fact, this time last year, they were giving away a free computer printer with all new subcriptions. Itz a fast reliable ISP at 1000p/month. Cebu gets great coverage. They come out to your house and put up an antenna, and you connect your pc to it. If someone lives in area blocked by mountains or tall buildings, then that could cause choppy coverage. I am a daily beneficiary of the smartbro service. It works for me wink.gif Surely, others will come along here to tell that smartbro is no good or provides them poor service, or that other services are better (cuz everyone has an opinion, but some are more educated that others, hehe) but smartbro is fine, bottomline; thousands of households use it, and the price is right. If someone is in the middle of the city with phonelines, my preference would be DSL. I chose smartbro and have no regrets. I can count the smartbro D/C's and outtages on one hand in 12 months of use. Talaga, like everything in life, Your mileage may vary. Good luck.

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Posted 27 November 2008 - 09:18 PM

its not really wireless.. they put an antenna on your roof and hook it up on your computer i used smartbro before i got here in the US and now family is using it now.. sometimes they have really poor signal and dont have a connection for a whole day.. if your gf/fiancee has a phoneline at home i recommend to get pldt or globe i think its better i only got smartbro because we dont have phone connections in our subdivision.
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Posted 27 November 2008 - 10:05 PM

Thanks for the replies!

I wrongly assumed that it was something that you could attach to a pc or laptop.. similar to a wireless internet card, and that it worked via sattelite. Boy was I wrong.

Is there anythiing like that which she could use on a laptop without a phone line?


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Posted 27 November 2008 - 11:31 PM

There's more than one smartbro service. One is the antenna outside hardwired to their modem, which connects to lancard on the computer. Another is a pcmia card similar to what some of the American companies offer in the USA. How good they are depends on where you are and how good their local service support is. It was horrible in the Piapi neighborhood in Davao City. At first it started good, then went bad and was never good again. Put in a service call and they would say wait 48 hours to see if it worked better. Call back after 48 hours and the case had been closed but still nothing would have been done and the service was not up. Then you're told to wait 48 hours again to have them close the case and do nothing. My gf went through this for months of no service, but still they demanded payment because of the contract. You had to bribe a tech to actually come out and see why the service wasn't working. Turns out they had no good hardware left and were just recycling broken hardware from house to house. It might work for an hour or two then die.

I don't know how many times they said they would issue credit for the down time, but they never did. She finally dumped them for PLDT's dsl, which has been fairly good.

All I can say is find someone using the exact service you hope to use and find out how its been and how well did they handle problems when they occurred. A lot is going to depend on how good the local service center is. I can say Davao City's local support for smartbro is just to ignore their customers and demand the monthly payment.


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Posted 28 November 2008 - 04:20 AM

Im using smart bro broadband now.the internet connection is fast




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