I don’t know about you, but I’m hooked on mobile internet and always being ‘online as it happens’. With the Nokia N900, MicroB and FireFox Mobile, the only thing that limits me getting to the sites I want is a signal. In the UK, O2 and T-Mob have been doing a fairly decent enough job for me, getting me hooked on never been unhooked.
One of my geek concerns when travelling to the Philippines was whether they had any decent mobile internet coverage and plans. Of the two biggest networks, their online sites (and twitter accounts) weren’t too helpful. Giving Globe a try, I was initially disappointed with my crawling internet. In this case it was reception issue. I’m actually directly opposite ABS-CBN and connected to the ‘Pinoy BigBrother House’ – and shielded by the growsing number of high rise condominiums and our own houses which are concrete reception eaters.
Ironically, nearly every other place except my house however, I get a clean 3G signal. I was quite surprised by some of the speed tests I got as it was way faster than what I ever got with O2 or T-Mobile UK when in Cardiff or London, with my current T-Mob sim seem stuck at a tortoisian 400kbps. With Globe Philippines I got a respectable 1922kbps (on 10th floors each), with similar range on repeat tests. Not bad at all. Price isn’t too bad for a short stay on prepay (220PHP – approx 3GBP for 5 days unlimited surfing or 5PHP or 7pence for 15 mins.] but it does add up if you’re here for a month or longer – and getting a long term contract isn’t an option.
So, how fast is your mobile internet?
What network? Can your phone browser perform the bandwidth test?