With all the buzz about Globe Telecom’s strict implementation of their Mobile Data Surfing Fair Usage Policy (FUP), we can’t help but compare it with Smart Telecom’s own FUP on mobile surfing. The Fair Usage Policy is set not just for mobile data browsing, but for texts and calls as well. View the comparison on the table below, as well as details and an overview comparison on mobile data plan prices on countries in the world.

FUP comparison

The reason why Globe started to strictly implement their Fair Use Policy according to them is to “ensure fast and reliable service” as apparently, 3% of their data subscribers are considered as heavy users. This solution sparked great ire amongst disappointed Globe subscribers, as a Fair Usage Policy was never really discussed when you sign up for a surfing plan (at least in my case when I signed up for an UnliSurf promo almost 2 years ago with my current plan). Smart on the other hand has their daily and monthly cap both on 1.5 GB, just half of Globe’s 3 GB monthly cap.

This is however, maybe just in theory as many Smart subscribers are claiming that despite heavy use of their mobile internet –downloads over torrent, HD video streaming– they have yet to experience being capped by their network provider. Globe on the other hand has been very strict, even sending a text notification to users from 8888 informing them that they have already reached the cap set by the network.

Globe text on FUP

Globe has been claiming that their cap is “aligned with the global industry practice of telecommunications providers anywhere in the world and is subject to change without prior notice”. Upon research, this is however, true. But the difference here is that unlike Globe and Smart, mobile networks from countries don’t market their data plans as “Unlimited Surfing” but, instead, they have different pricing schemes up front for corresponding monthly allocation of mobile data. Once you reach your allocated data, then you’ll be throttled to 2G speeds, just like what Globe is implementing.

Mobile Data Plans

Source: Verizon, T-mobile, Vodaphone Australia and O2 UK

What we see in the data presented above is something our local telco providers should take a look at, to provide us with a more transparent service: different pricing schemes with corresponding allocation in terms of fast browsing speeds. With this, there’ll be no false advertising. Subscribers who wants to consume more data on high speed can do so, granted that they of course, pay more.

Read about our own experience in reaching Globe’s data cap as we detailed it on a separate post. Meanwhile, what are your thoughts about this? Let us know via the comment section below.