PLDT’s plan to roll-out Wi-Fi zones across the Philippines, specifically in Manila and Cebu area, actually first broke the news last year. Here in Cebu, it will finally turn into a reality as the giant telco made it available to the public, in time of the province’s celebration of Sinulog Festival.
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PLDT says the Wi-Fi zones are free to access comes January 15th, the Grand Parade of this year’s Sinulog Festival. Interested users only need to visit PLDT booths to register (so you can get your username and password) which can be found within the city’s Wi-Fi zones as follows:
- Gen Maxilom Ave (Mango Ave) from Gorordo Ave to Fuente Osmena Circle – permanent
- Fuente Osmena Circle – permanent
- Osmena Blvd. from Fuente Osmena Circle to P. del Rosario St. – permanent
- N. Bacalso Ave from Cebu Provincial South Bus Terminal to P. del Rosario St. – permanent
- P. del Rosario St (covering USC) from Osmena Blvd to Sikatuna St – permanent
- Cebu Sports Complex – temporary installation until Jan. 16 only
- Cebu City Hall covering Magellans Cross and Sto. Nino, Basilica – permanent
- Ceby Provincial Capitol – permanent
- Plaza Independancia – permanent
Again, these PLDT Wi-Fi zones are free to access only during this year’s Sinulog; although, PLDT will make the service permanent thereafter. The telco will start charging the subscribers then — specifically beginning January 16th, 2012 – and the rates are as follows:
DSL subscribers: Php 150 on top of their monthly bill
Landline subscribers: Php 300 on top of their monthly bill
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I’ve personally checked some of PLDT’s Wi-Fi hotspots as listed above and it appears the telco is able to provide decent signal strength (as indicated in the Wi-Fi indicator), but I haven’t really tested the actual throughput just yet. Better yet, this is good initiative from PLDT.
If you guys want to give it a shot after Sinulog, you can sign up via this link.