Dear Smart Broadband Inc., First, my apologies for the term. I can’t seem to find a better word to describe my disappointment of your broadband service, which you failed to…
Over a week ago, it has been tipped off that the official launch of Smart Communications 4G LTE service is imminent comes August 25th. The date was confirmed then through Smart’s official Facebook page last week, with the telco saying the first and much-anticipated commercial LTE service in the country will be launched officially at the Resorts World Manila, beginning 1PM on August 25th, Saturday. The event is open-invite so everybody got a chance to witness the highlights right when Smart kick off the event.
But don’t you get all excited, folks. Smart is pushing LTE service in select locations in the country, but the initial availability would be in Metro Manila only. Smart has already tested the service in key cities in the southern part of the country as well, specifically in Davao and Cebu, yet the commercial availability on these cities has still to be announced. I’m inclined to believe though Smart’s commercial LTE service won’t launch here in the South until 2013. And I’d bet all my cards for that wild guess! But yeah, I wish Smart will get me surprised! (more…)
Following Apple’s announcement of The New iPad few days ago, Smart Communications had issued a press release saying it “welcomes the announcement of the New iPad which features high-speed connectivity on Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology”.
And speaking of the Philippine launch of the tablet, SMART, through its Chief Wireless Advisor Orlando B. Vea, “believes that the New iPad could be made available locally sooner than expected”, apparently because SMART has a working LTE network in the country. Well, yes; SMART has a working LTE network in some parts of the Philippines, but I’m personally not convinced The New iPad will be launched sooner because the country already has a working LTE network. Is LTE support really a main selling point of The New iPad?
Though SMART didn’t clearly state its network will support such LTE-capable tablet, I personally found the presser horribly deceptive ‘coz it could mislead an ordinary Joe to believe once he gets The New iPad, the LTE connectivity will work with SMART out of the box. With SMART lacking important information on its website about its LTE network, at this point, I’m inclined to believe LTE connectivity of The New iPad won’t work here in the Philippines. Read on for more why I said that… (more…)