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My Own Review of Smart Bro Prepaid


Posted by Manny on November 8th, 2009


I wish I bought Smart Bro prepaid last month (for emergency purposes) since Smart Philippines lowered the price to Php 995 . When Typhoon Ondoy hit our country my PLDT landline lost it’s dial tone but only lasted 2 days so I never bothered buying Smart Bro. But just last month when Tyhoon Santi hit Luzon, I wasn’t lucky enough because up to now our phone line is still not working. So having a back-up broadband connection is essential. Now the question is why choose Smart Bro and not Globe Tattoo or Sun Cellular?  I was hesitant at first if I will choose other brand of prepaid wireless broadband. Since I already tried Smart Bro prepaid from a friend when I fixed their computer and was very satisfied with the speed (and they live near our residence. If they live on other place, I will not be sure if there is a 3G signal in our area), I was decided to buy it.

I also checked the speed of Smart Bro on speedtest.net and below is the result:

speedtest-smartbro

At 2Mb per second I assume this might be the fastest prepaid broadband in the Philippines (or maybe I spoke too soon….). I guess maybe, many are already using Smart Bro specially those who lost their DSL connection as per my other website statistics.

And why did  I choose prepaid? it’s obvious because I already have a myDSL broadband subscription at 990 per month even though most of the time the connection is crawling. I’m also getting tired calling the technical support to fix my DSL connection.

Comparing it to smart bro prepaid, the only significant disadvantage is the cost (there are other minor things like can’t log-in to BPI online banking). Imagine surfing 20 pesos per hour will cost you 100 pesos a day if you will surf for 5 hours! in a month it will accumulate to 3,000 pesos! it would really burn a hole in your pocket.Yes I know there is a SMART Bro Share It (Wi-Fi router) at php 999 per month but I still needed a landline so I’m not sure if it’s wise to avail of this product (there is a 24 month lock-in period and if the service sucks then you will not have a choice but to pay the 2 year lock-in period).

I was hoping Smart Bro will release a kind of unlimited surfing for let’s say 50 pesos for 24 hours? similar to unlimited call on prepaid cellphones and that will make Smart Bro even more competitive.

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22 Responses to “My Own Review of Smart Bro Prepaid”

  1. Dave Lucas says:

    Does Smartbro work in the US?

  2. Manuel says:

    @Dave Lucas I don’t think Smart Bro will work in the US because it is sim locked to Smart Philippines. The modem is a ZTE M627 dongle and might work in the US if you unlock it, replace it with a different sim that works in the US and configure the dongle software installed in the PC. I read in some forum that you can unlock it and replace it with other local network like Globe Tatoo.

  3. danny says:

    Please do tell if there is unlimited na for smart. Globe is ok. But if you surf 24/7 then the amount would be 14,480

  4. Manuel says:

    @danny I think there is already an unli-surf for Smart but your cell phone should be 3G capable. I was also waiting for Smart Bro to have an unlimited surfing like the Smart unli-surf but up to now there isn’t any. Just check the Smart website (www.smart.com.ph) for details.

  5. danny says:

    Thanks, I guess I’ll stick with Globe for the mean time. Their connection is pretty decent naman but costly

  6. weztlee69 says:

    I was hoping Smart Bro will release a kind of Unlimited Surfing for let’s say 50 Pesos for 24 hours? LIKE other broadband..

  7. Manuel says:

    @ weztlee69 I think Smartbro has a promo for unli surf. 200 pesos for 5 days. Check Smart cellular website for details.

  8. Browse N Drowse says:

    I wanted to install Smart Bro Share It in the past but when I was searching the Web for reviews about Smart Bro, I found this link: The reason behind SmartBro’s lockin period. It really opened my eyes. That’s why I hope to spread this link so that others might also see. I hope you will spread it too.

  9. kitkat says:

    I tried Smart Bro here in Cainta/Pasig and the connection was NIL. 11 Kbps which fluctuates down to 0 Kbps , websites won’t load. Better check if their signal is good in your area before buying and google feedback on SmartBro Prepaid Broadband before buying.

  10. Manuel says:

    @kitkat What a coincidence. My PLDT DSL is having trouble so I’m using a smartbro now. Signal is good but the extra expense of using it is not.

  11. MRcurious says:

    i wondering mr dr… how long does the smart bro unli surf 200 pesos will expire ,i mean what year 2011? the promo will expire in generally??… 2 Question .. and what is the 100 TST point just come out in my smart bro…??

  12. Gwen says:

    - hi, my brother’s smart bro was not used for a while. and i have loaded it yesterday for 200 php. we were just wondering why the load wasnt receive.

  13. sid says:

    Bakit ganito, i can’t access some websites. i registered to smart unli50. OMG this is so disappointing >_>

  14. GotCebu says:

    Does anyone know where the documentation online to let us know how long until the Smartbro simcard will expire? I’ve been gone from PH for 8-9 months and it doesn’t seem to work anymore :(

  15. Manuel says:

    @GotCebu The sim will expire if you will not load it. But for the meantime you can insert your smartbro sim on your cellphone and use it for text messaging so it will not expire. It works just like an ordinary sim but you won’t be able to use it for calling, only text.

  16. GotCebu says:

    Thanks Manual :) But if already expired, is there anyway I can buy new SmartBro sim, only the sim, to put into my usb casing? I’d hate to have to buy a whole new SmartBro setup (I already have 3 right now)

  17. Manuel says:

    @GotCebu Yes you can buy it on Smart Business Centers or stores selling cellphone sim card. I think it is available nationwide.

  18. GotCebu says:

    Thanks so much Manuel :) I will go to Smart Center soon and see if I can get one :) Thanks!!!

  19. Camille says:

    Bat ang aking smart bro ay super bakal? 0.05mbps lang ang lumalabas according to speedtest.net

  20. xcu says:

    can i use smartbro sim to browse the net on my nokia n95 without the use of any usb dongle just the phone itself coz i dont have a laptop inthe first place

  21. Manuel says:

    @xcu No you can’t use it on a mobile phone. Why not use smart buddy?

  22. Jasmine says:

    Do you know how long before the smart bro sim expires if you don’t load it?

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