Smart LTE officially launches in the Philippines

Monday, August 27, 2012 Alexis Mendoza 2 Comments

I was luckily invited to the launching of Smart's latest internet service that will change the way we experience internet today - Smart LTE. Neighboring countries like South Korea, USA, and Japan are already experiencing this service for quite a while now, and I'm glad that it finally reached the Philippine shores with Smart as the first network in the country to bring this service. 

Bloggers, media, gaming enthusiasts, and artists all came to Newport mall at Resorts World Manila last August 25 to be one of the first to experience the blazing speed of LTE. The venue was filled with booths that aims to let users experience LTE used in different tasks like watching and downloading movies in minutes, streaming videos online, downloading music in seconds, and no lag game plays all thanks to Smart LTE.

People checking out the different Smart LTE booths before the event
The event commenced with a big production number on stage counting down the launch of Smart's newest and modern internet service for the Filipinos. This was followed by the official launch of Smart LTE to the public.

"LTE is the cutting edge of Smart's mobile broadband service portfolio that includes HSPA+, HSPA, and 3G which we have significaly expanded." Smart's Wireless Consumer Division Head Mr. Noel Lorenzana explained during the launch, he added that the Smart LTE dongle will work seamlessly across all the above mentioned connections.

Top executives of Smart Communication Inc & PLDT. posed with their Smart LTE dongle units
Smart LTE promises blazing internet speed of up to 42Mbps at a fraction of a price (compared to other countries), Smart initially offers the Smart LTE serviceon postpaid for 3,500php per month with a 10GB data cap but Smart is now offering an unlimited data cap promo until October 25, 2012 for the early subscribers of the service.

I checked out the booths and tried out the speed of Smart LTE and surprisingly it was really really fast compared to my normal internet connection. We actually did an on the spot speed test to check it's real-time speed on location, and this came up;

Yes, that is a whooping 53.02Mbps on the spot. I tried watching videos on Youtube on 1080p and it is pure happiness when I watched the videos (ehem, Oppa Gangnam Style) load in a snap without any buffering I experience, Man, I wish I have this at home haha. I also tried to view my blog on the big screen using the Smart LTE, my whole blog loaded in just a few seconds! Joy! :)

A bunch of personalities also attended the event, all are also excited to experience the power of LTE in the country, some of the spotted celebrities at the event are KC Montero, Couple Aubrey Miles & Troy Montero, Jinri Park, Elmo Magalona, and more came all throughout the event.

Starcraft gaming champion Kim "Classic" Hong Jae was also flew in to grace event and show his wicked skills at the game, there was also a Starcraft competition done to the people who registered at the venue, all this we're done using the Smart LTE service.

RX 93.1's Gino battling with the Korean gamers in a friendly match
Smart LTE is now available at Plan 3500 with the free Smart LTE dongle with a 10GB monthly data cap, but they are now having an unlimited data promo until October 25, 2012 for the early subscribers of the service. Smart LTE signal is initially on selected parts of the metro for now, but Smart promises to add more areas in the coming months, check out if your area is included here. If you're ready to dive into LTE, you can apply for the plan already here on Smart LTE's microsite..

For more information, updates and promos from Smart, you can

More photos of the event can be found at AlexBam2006in3D Facebook page.


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