How does LTE in the Philippines fare nowadays? It lags behind most countries worldwide in terms of availability (63.73%) and speed (9.49 Mbps), based on OpenSignal's State of LTE report released in February 2018. Ironically, the Philippines has had this wireless broadband technology for over half a decade now (starting in 2012, according to OpenSignal).
Nonetheless, LTE broadband plans are good alternatives to wired connections for people who live in areas with strong signals and lack of DSL or fiber coverage.
LTE broadband plans in the Philippines promise high-speed internet connection, with advertised maximum speeds ranging from 3Mbps to 50Mbps. This could mean movie streaming and online gaming without lags and even downloading large files within seconds.
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Globe LTE Broadband Plans
Globe At Home LTE Broadband Plans
Globe launched two types of LTE broadband plans starting at PHP 1,299 for speeds of up to 5 Mbps with a 400 GB monthly data cap.
LTE installation costs PHP 1,000 payable in three months. There's also a PHP 1,200 fee for LTE Super Home Phone activation (PHP 200 initial cash-out + PHP 1,000 payable in 5 months).
Included in all Globe LTE broadband packages are the following:
- Four-port Wi-Fi router
- Landline phone with free calls to Globe and TM for 24 months
- 6-month Netflix and Disney Channel app subscription
- 2-month HOOQ subscription
|Globe Plan||Monthly Service Fee||Advertised Maximum Speeds||Monthly Data Limit||Monthly Data Allocation|
|Plan 1299||PHP 1,299||5 Mbps||400 GB||100 GB for YouTube + 300 GB for internet data|
|Plan 1599||PHP 1,599||10 Mbps||500 GB||100 GB for YouTube + 400 GB for internet data|
|Plan 1699||PHP 1,699||20 Mbps||600 GB||100 GB for YouTube + 500 GB for internet data|
|Plan 1899||PHP 1,899||50 Mbps||600 GB||100 GB for YouTube + 500 GB for internet data|
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Smart Bro LTE Broadband Plans
Smart Bro LTE Home WiFi
Smart's LTE home broadband offers the lowest price range for its three postpaid plans, starting at PHP 499 for speeds up to 42 Mbps with a 6 GB monthly data cap. However, new subscribers have to pay a one-time fee ranging from PHP 1,500 to PHP 2,000. All postpaid home broadband plans have a lock-in period of 12 months.
A Smart Bro prepaid Wi-Fi is also available for a one-time fee of PHP 1,995. Reloading can be done via a Smart Load Card in PHP 100, PHP 300, and PHP 500 values.
All postpaid and prepaid home LTE products boast of a wide indoor coverage in selected areas with LTE-ready 700mHz frequency. Up to 10 devices can connect simultaneously.
|Smart Bro LTE Home WiFi Products||Initial Fee||Monthly Service Fee||Advertised Maximum Speeds||Monthly Data Limit|
|Postpaid Plan 499||PHP 2,000||PHP 499||42 Mbps||6 GB|
|Postpaid Plan 799||PHP 1,750||PHP 799||42 Mbps||10 GB|
|Postpaid Plan 999||PHP 1,500||PHP 999||42 Mbps||15 GB|
|Prepaid||PHP 1,995||N/A||42 Mbps||N/A|
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Before you appy for any of these LTE broadband plans, check the service availability of your chosen provider in your area. The information can be found on the telecom's website. This way, you are guaranteed to enjoy a high-speed LTE connection at home.