With tablet and smartphone sales on the rise, portable internet solutions have certainly made a turn for the better. Some of the more popular offerings in the market are from Sun Cellular, a company known for their affordability and unlimited phone plans. Here's a comparative chart with their offerings listed:
Plans Bundle Plan 799* Plan 899 Plan 299** Plan 450** Easy Broadband 899** MyWifi Plan 495 Anti-Bill Shock Plan 350 Burstable Speed 3.6 Mbps Usage Allowance Unlimited 45 hours **** 70 hours **** Unlimited 60 hours **** 60 hours ***** MSF PhP 799 PhP 899 PhP 299 PhP 450 PhP 899 PhP 495 PhP 999 Modem Charge FREE Php888 (Optional) P150 (MyWifi device, optional) PhP 888 Holding Period 24 months None 6 months 24 months None One-Time Huawei B200 Router Charge (Optional) Php4600 N/A PhP 4600
I recently had the chance to test out their unlimited 3G stick and here are some of my observations.
- Set-up:I have to give this to them. Installing the stick was pretty easy. Almost plug and play.
- Compatibility:Some older less powerful PCs even if their running on XP will have compatibility issues so I suggest you check your specs before purchasing.
- Reliability:Like their unlimited talk service, their internet service also suffers the same drop line fate. In addition to this, the signal in some areas are pretty atrocious.
- Speed:It also under delivered here as well. I wasn't expecting the 3 mbps advertised but the speed wasn't even a third of what was the advertised. Based on speedtest.net the average is .42 mbps for download and .22 for upload. There were some outliers for downloads which really pulled up the score.
Note: the data from speedtest.net says the ISP provider is "Digital" and note Digitel. I can not say that I am 100% positive that this is for Sun Broadband, but I maybe 95% positive it is. Because, I have cross reference this against the speed I got and the results seem plausible compared to some.
- Overall rating:1.5/5 stars
Don't get me wrong, it is usable. Just not something you would expect in this day and age. They advertised "upto" 3 mbps and not 3 mbps, so don't over expect. In fact, lower your expectations. You have to be very patient with this service.
I also tried the Globe one in store and it wouldn't even work in store, so we chose this instead. When purchasing 3G sticks, I suggest trying each provider at the store closest to where you will mostly use it in order to assess the connectivity better.
To marginally increase the efficiency of SUN's 3G stick and Globe's for that matter, go to PART 3 of this series, a review on CD R King's Router: http://manilagawker.blogspot.com/2012/06/part-3-sun-cd-r-king-router-review.html