Carrier Philippine vacation - carrier options?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rui no onna, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    I'm wondering if anyone here is familiar with carrier options for the iPad in the Philippines. I have an iPad Air and iPad 4 (Verizon) which should both be compatible with Smart and Globe LTE (at least according to Apple's website). I saw that Smart currently has a promotion of PhP995/30 days for unlimited LTE. Does Smart allow Personal Hotspot on that plan? Also, which carrier has better coverage (Metro Manila area, in particular)?

  2. MJedi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2010
    I'm not sure about LTE, but I was able to use my iPad 3 on Smart 3G two years ago. And I did use Personal Hotspot on a prepaid plan. They probably will allow it on the prepaid LTE promotion you saw. It does look like the iPad Air supports the frequencies of Smart and Globe LTE according to Apple. Also, Smart has the better coverage than Globe in Metro Manila.

    Hope this helps.
  3. rui no onna thread starter macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Very helpful. Thanks!
  4. at0miq macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2010
    Hi, I'm from the Philippines.. living in Metro Manila. Globe and Smart are the two carriers/telecoms here in Manila that offer unlimited LTE and both telecoms cost the same - Php995/30 days. Both telecoms as well support Personal Hotspot.
    As for the better coverage, it basically depends on where you'll be residing here in Manila. :) If you'll be staying at Makati, Globe is okay. :)

    Just buy a prepaid SIM in either Globe/Smart stores and you're good to go.
  5. Mrs. Jobs macrumors member

    Mrs. Jobs

    Mar 22, 2011
    I visit Manila (Makati) often. My experience is that coverage and speed is not good at all with either carrier, to the point where I would often be forced to go to wifi spot in order to get connection at all.
  6. rui no onna thread starter macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Good to know, thanks! :) Another question, do you know how to enable the surfing plans on the iPad? Because in the US, the Messages app is limited to iMessage only. You can't use it for SMS.

    Staying in Quezon City (Eastwood) since that's where my grandmother lives.

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