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Speedtests should not be the measure of mobile broadband

I don’t get it.

I don’t understand the hype behind these speed tests.

SMART, Globe, SUN … does it really matter who claims to be the fastest? Based on studies, Globe claims to be the fastest but everyone else says it isn’t so. SMART fluctuates as well. SUN is the “fastest” and also the “slowest.”

So… what now?

For me it’s really simple. Buy the mobile broadband of choice that has relatively OK coverage where you frequent. The reason why I use SMARTBro is because it’s more effective in non-Ayala properties (this is a personal observation so it might be different with you). If you go to an Ayala Mall anyway, there will always be a free WiFi coffee shop around the corner so it negates the need for a dongle. Besides, lots of malls have free WiFi anyway.

To summarize: SMARTBro = better outside malls. Inside malls = use free WiFi. Cebu = SMARTBro. Davao = Are you kidding?! There’s free WiFi on the streets!!!

Again, these are personal observations.

And, when technology fails (believe me, we put too much trust in technology), use this for SMART and this for Globe.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

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