No more unli: Smart's cap on LTE service takes effect Feb 1


Posted at Jan 22 2013 03:25 PM | Updated as of Jan 22 2013 11:25 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Smart Communications, Inc. is set to implement a cap on data plans under its LTE (Long Term Evolution) services starting next month.

After Jan. 31, the Smart LTE Broadband Plan 1299 would be capped at 5GB; the Plan 1749 at 10GB; and the Plan 3500 at 21GB.

LTE is the fastest fourth-generation (4G) connection, and Smart's services offer up to 42mbps of speed. This technology allows users to stream videos faster, play online games without lags or finish downloading files in a shorter span of time.

Smart in August last year launched its LTE service, and hotspots include more than 500 establishments--malls, restaurants, clinics, salons, etc.--in 10 cities across Metro Manila. It initially offered LTE on an unlimited basis for first subscribers.

Users who subscribed to Smart's LTE Broadband Plans have the option to avail of a Pocket WiFi device for a one-time fee of P2,000.

"With the Smart LTE Pocket WiFi, all of your devices can now run on the power of LTE. This gives you the chance to get the most out of our world-class LTE service and to experience what it’s like to truly Live More," Lloyd Manaloto, head of Smart Broadband Internet and Data Services, said in a statement.

Smart is currently in talks with NTT Docomo of Japan, Hutchison Telecommunications of Hong Kong, KT Corp. of South Korea, and StarHub of Singapore for possible LTE roaming partnerships.