More and more, I’ve been contemplating about switching to SMART. Ever since I’ve been invited to be part of their blog activities, I started to seriously consider the merits of switching to their network. More so when I saw their new TVC last weekend:
It struck me that in today’s fast world, we cannot afford to have any delay in our communications we others. Every second counts as it enables us to live more.
So, why do I want to switch?
1. Well, Globe has been very frustrating these days! How many of you have poor signal, can’t call properly because of this, or have received very late text messages? I have!
At our office in the middle of Ortigas, for example, the signal is rubbish. I get a call from client and we have to do the “Hello? Can you hear me?” script almost all the time. Then, just when we get to the heart of the discussion, the line suddenly gets garbled and the call is cut. Frustrating, right?
It’s actually very funny in a way because every time someone’s mobile phone rings, we have to run to the only spot that gets proper reception- the office lobby. So, we’re always in a panic every time we get a call. It can get very embarrassing too because how can you explain to your client that you’re signal’s too poor that’s why your conversation gets cut often?
It’s beyond annoying.
2. Every time I call my boyfriend in the UK, Globe keeps charging me even when he doesn’t pick up his phone. It wasn’t like this before. I was very surprised to find out that I lost some mobile phone credits even when his phone was just ringing. That’s so unfair, don’t you think? Now, I’m spending so much for calls that didn’t push through. I tweeted Globe last weekend about it and didn’t even get a response.
However, even despite these, I’m still having second thoughts because most of my friends and family are using Globe. Switching would be such a hassle.
Then, as if the fates were giving me a sign, I was informed by my coworkers yesterday that I just won a SMART Net Phone from PLDT SME Nation. I did a silly pose in front of their truck last week when it was touring Ortigas just for fun and didn’t really expect to win anything. However, as they say, great things come when you least expect it. This is really a sign. If I really do get the Net Phone, which I hope I would because I’d be very mad if they renege on their promise, then I’m definitely switching to SMART.
Plus, I’m envious of my Tita who got a Samsung Galaxy Tab and a free Samsung Corby for being such a loyal SMART Postpaid user. I want rewards like that too! Haha 🙂
Lastly, if my experience with the SMART Rocket Chic is anything to go by, then I think I’ll be very happy with this network. I’ve been using it for several days now whenever I have client meetings out of the office and it’s been very fast and reliable. Since I’m not really a techie, I decided to use the Speedtest.net tool to help me do my comparison:
First you have the results for my Rocket Chic Plug-It. I erased my IP Address because I’m not sure if it’s safe to reveal that. Haha You can see that both my upload and download speeds are about 1.4 MBPS – very fast for a plug it broadband! Moreover, according to the speed test, my connection is faster than 81% of the Philippines and therefore garnered a grade of A-.
Now compare it to the Bayan DSL connection we have at home:
The download speed is at 0.61 MBPS while the upload speed is at 0.49 MBPS; both obviously less than 1 MBPS. It’s grade is an average C, which, according to this website means that it’s slower than 53% of the Philippines. How very disappointing!
So, what do you guys think? Should I switch or not? Help me decide please! 😀