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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Comparison: Smart and Globe GPRS / Internet browsing

I've been using Smart's Internet browsing for some time now. Our office doesn't have internet connection so most of us use our cell phones as modems. When I heard about Globe's time browsing, I had to try it out because only Globe had HSDPA signal in our area and I've been dying to test the browsing speed of my HSDPA phone.

ACTUAL TEST

For this test, I tried manually downloading a Trendmicro update which is around 23mb. I've been manually updating the anti virus of my office PC because the subscription expired and my company is too cheap to buy another year's worth of updates. What can you expect from a company which doesn't even have internet connection?

With Smart, I was able to download the update in around 17-20 minutes at around 17-25 kbps download speed. While downloading, I was also able to browse some other websites while browsing.

With Globe, there was a problem. Maybe it's because it's my first time connecting, I don't know. Initial download speed was only 7-13 kbps and then the download bas suddenly stopped. I thought I as disconnected (there goes my 5 bucks). I tried downloading it again and the speed is now comparable with Smart however, I couldn't browse other websites and download at the same time. I didn't bother finishing the download because my 15 minutes. Was almost up and I only had 30 pesos load. I checked my balance to see how much was the damage and if I was indeed disconnected as i initially thought. Globe only deducted 5 pesos for my 13 minutes or so of browsing.

My initial impression was that Smart's internet browsing was faster even if I was only using their 3g signal compared with Globe wherein I was surfing using their HSDPA Signal. In any case, I'll continue testing Globe's time browsing service and reserve my final judgment until I have tested it thoroughly.

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