Not all tech-gadgets are APPROPRIATE for you. Some need a laptop than a tablet because they write more on documents while others are more mobile and only need to surf the net. On the same note, not all internet services are equally appropriate for you. Here are the ISPs (Internet Service Providers) for both wired and wireless services that you can choose:
DSL stands for Digital Subscriber Line which is the most popular form of broadband internet access. A broadband internet is supposedly “high-speed” and allows much higher rates of data transfer than a dial-up connection. At a supposed minimum speed of 256kbps (4x than a dial-up speed), DSL also allows subscribers to use their phone for both voice calls and internet connection depending on a plan subscription.
PLDT DSL offers bundle packages (a land line phone and internet access) and data (internet access) only services.
Plan 990 means the monthly subscription fee is P990; Plan 1299 is P1,299/mo. rate; and so on. Plan 990 and Plan 1299 are bundle plans while Xperience 999, Xcite 1995, and Xcel 3000 is data only subscription.
Plan 990, based on my personal experience, has an average speed of 200kbps+ download and no more than the measly 100kbps+ upload speed. It’s below the Minimum Service Reliability @ 80% mandated by the National Telecommunications Commission. Plan 990 is best for surfing but still you can download and upload files from and to the net with minimal speed.
In my case, i can upload the recordings of my radio programs (45mins – 1hr) to my podcast in less than an hour. WatchPad experience is also quite moderate but you can’t avail of the High Quality video at Plan 990. I had experienced minimal number of service interruptions with Plan 990 since 2009. The longest interruption period was when i was confined in the hospital. However, i’d received a rebate from PLDT after i sought refund for the days we were not connected.
Plan 1299, has been my new subscription plan for 2 days now. My average speed is 400kbps+ to 700kbps+ download and 200kbps+ upload. I have yet to test uploading the recordings of my radio programs this weekend. However, my YouTube experience is quite satisfactory and playback is possible without the need to wait for buffering to finish when the speed is @ 700kbps+. With this plan, i can now enjoy HQ video on WatchPad.
For data only plans–Xperience 999, Xcite 1995, and Xcel 3000, i have no experience on it.
Globe renamed its broadband service into TATTOO DSL optimizing its brand name as a spin off of its 3G modem service.Like PLDT, Globe has also an Internet only and Internet and Landline plans and modified lately its plans by improving the speed for some of the plans, increased slightly the amount of the plan ranging from P999 – P2,299(instead of P995 to P2,295), and added three plans with higher speeds: 5Mbps, 10Mbps, and 15Mbps(see chart below).
I have an experience with Globelines broadband at my mother’s house with Plan 1295 (now Plan 1299). My latest speed testing using speedtest.net today shows the actual speed are about 940kbps+ download and 280kbps+ upload. In short, the actual speed is way below the promised speed according to Globe’s rate card. Though with this plan, the YouTube experience is much better requiring no wait for buffering before you could play the video. Surfing and page navigation are also much better than PLDT’s Plan 1299 which is only up to 768kbps download. However, Globe subscribers have been experiencing major interruptions for the past months.
SkyCable’s broadband service is the latest in landline internet service and is so far considered the best internet connection ever at faster speed with affordable rates. Though, not all areas are covered by the service. Check here for it service areas.
Unlike the residential DSL/Broadband, SKYbroadband is using the cables of SKYCable that used to deliver TV channels to our television sets at home. Thus, its internet speed is maintained no matter how far our homes because of the amplification of the cable signal by the distribution amplifiers strategically installed at SkyCable’s service areas. In comparison, the Telco’s DSL speed is diminishing according to the distance of the subscriber from the ISP’s control center.
The rates are also cheaper compared to the regular DSL. If you’re an existing SKYcable subscriber you’ll have an extra 500kbps of speed.
4G WiMax INTERNET SERVICE
WiMax internet service is ideal on places where there is no available fixed lines. WiMax stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access. [Wikipedia: It is a part of a “fourth generation,” or 4G, of wireless-communication technology, WiMax far surpasses the 30-metre (100-foot) wireless range of a conventional Wi-Fi local area network (LAN), offering a metropolitan area network with a signal radius of about 50 km (30 miles).]
The latest player in the wireless internet service is the Wi-Tribe of the SMC-owned Liberty Telecoms. However, Wi-Tribe is still in the National Capital Region.
3G USB STICK MODEMS
3G Wireless MODEMS (Modulator-Demodulator) connect to any ISP for internet access via the USB port of your computer. Its speed can reach up to 1Mbps-3.6Mpbs depending on the network. However, the users’ experience on 3G modems is not laudable as it is not reliable and dependable. The internet speed is always not stable and it may even nose-dive to as low as 0kbps.
Based on my experience it’s so difficult to upload larger files using 3G Modems because the speed may go down to zero. However, the experience is varied according to the area where you are using it. 3G modems are dependent of the networks cell sites capacity to accommodate both mobile phone and 3G modem subscribers.
I wrote several posts about 3G Modem including some troubleshooting tips:
- Remote Access Repair Tool (for Error 720/3G Modem Connection Problem)
- My Globe Visibility (Tattoo) Now Connects
- SmartBRO PlugIt vs. Globe Visibility
- Finally, My Laptop Connects with SmartBRO PlugIt
- Wireless 3G Services are shortchanging its prepaid customers
- SmartBRO PlugIt modem problem