Sunday, February 17, 2008

the one with the Smart Bro Plan 799, The Plug-it Anywhere Broadband

We just picked up our Smart Bro USB modem after two weeks of waiting for our Smart Bro Plan 799, The Plug-it Anywhere Broadband, application to be approved and an additional week of waiting for the USB modem to be available.

Dibidi Dibidi?

Ang liit lang pala talaga nung USB modem, hehe!

It is presented in a dvd-like case which contains the USB modem, data cable, sim card, Smart Bro USB Modem Quick Start (blue), and HSDPA USB Modem Quick Start (white).

The data cable has 3 plugs. One plug is for the USB modem (the small one) which the two quick start guides refer to as plug 1, another one is the one that connects to the PC (normal size with male connector) which the two quick start guides refer to as plug 2, and the other one is, I think, for extra power supply (normal size with both male and female connectors) which the two quick start guides refer to as plug 3. From what I understand, the Smart Bro USB Modem Quick Start says that you must attach plug 2 to the female connector of plug 3 and insert the male connector of plug 3 to the PC while the HSDPA USB Modem Quick Start says that plug 2 is the one inserted to the PC and plug 3 is just used to ensure that there is enough power supply. Medyo magulo sila noh?

The sim card is Smart Gold but it has a sticker that says "PLUG IT". Maybe they'll also release a sim card exclusively for this Smart Bro plan?

As I have mentioned above, there are two quick start guides. The Smart Bro USB Modem Quick Start is like a summary of the HSDPA USB Modem Quick Start. They have almost similar contents except for some of the illustrations, features, and notices mentioned.

We haven't tried using it yet so we're hoping that it will turn out fine just like their Plan 999 have done for last, I think, almost 3 years now. If you're asking why did we chose to apply for this plan, well, we all have our reasons, hehe! We did look into the issue of "it is just the same if we just use our 3G/GPRS capable cellphones as a modem", "the 40 hours is not free because that's what you paid for your Php 799", "not all areas are covered by Smart 3G and connection to those areas will just be in GPRS speeds", and other issues that's concerned with this plan. If it turns out just fine, eh di ok, good, magaling. If not, we have 24 months to suffer, unless we really want to discontinue it and pay them or something because we are still in the lock-in period. Anyway, I'll just make another post, maybe next week, after we have tried it out. Sana talaga ok 'to... haha! :D


Chris A. said...

Thanks for dropping an advert.
Really appreciated it... suki hehehe

Anonymous said...

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fan said...

News Flash Plug it Now 995

The Smart BRO USB modem is a small, palm-sized device that you can carry with you wherever you go. And anytime you need to surf, just plug it into the USB port of your PC, and you'll get connected in a flash. Total initial payment is P995 with FREE 5 Hours of internet surfing. Broadband Internet use is P10 for every 30 minutes.

Smart Bro Prepaid kit NOW costs P995 which already includes a USB modem and a SIM card. It already has a P100 preloaded broadband load which can be used up to 5 hours of high-speed broadband internet use.

Also read my review of SMART BRO plug it and share it along with antenna and manual comments.