Nowadays, it seems that we need internet connection almost 24/7. Whether it’s for work, or simply checking your notifications on Facebook, wifi access seems to be a must-have. So, when traveling, you usually rely on public wifi provided by coffee shops like Starbucks or Krispy Kreme. However, their connection is often slow, and at times you have to pay unreasonable amount of money to access it.
After learning my lesson of paying P60 an hour for wifi at Starbucks, I had to find another option. I love working at coffee shops, so I had to find a way to access the internet without getting a post paid pocket wifi, or buying those super slow Globe Tattoo sticks.
If you’re like me, who often need to access the internet, you’d be glad to know there’s a cheaper and more convenient alternative.
First, you must have a gadget that can be used as a portable wifi hotspot. I’m using Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7 with 3G connection. It’s easy to do this. You simply need to activate or check the option in the wifi settings where it says “portable hotspot”.
Secondly, you need a broadband sim.
A broadband sim can only be used for internet connection. You can’t use it for call or text. It allows you to have a faster internet when you use your laptop, phone, or other handheld devices through 3G network. I am currently using Sun’s broadband sim, and I bought it for P50.
Lastly, you need a “load”. Like regular sim cards, you need to buy a card in order to put funds to your account. You can pay for the internet usage on an hourly rate, or you can buy those cards with unlimited access for 24 hours, 3 days, or 7 days. The rate is P10 per 30 minutes, or P20 per hour. It pretty much has the same rate with computer shops. It’s a very reasonable rate compared to Starbucks’s P60 per hour rate!
What I usually use is the P50 for 24 hours unlimited internet access. So basically, my set up is this:
- I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 equipped with a Sun broadband sim.
- I buy a few P50 cards, and I use one every time I work at a coffee shop or if I’m traveling.
- Once I’ve loaded the P50, I activate the Galaxy tab’s wifi hotspot. I turn my laptop on, and connect to wifi using Sun’s 3G connection through my tablet.
I’ve been doing this setup for more than a month now, and it has worked well for me. Sun’s connection is pretty decent. It’s quite fast, and sometimes the speed even reaches to more than 3 mbps. Normally, I’d get a speed of 1 mbps. The only downside to this setup is that the connection depends on the location.
For example, when I attended a blogging conference in UP Diliman, I wasn’t able to connect since there was no signal. Luckily, this doesn’t happen very often.
By using this setup, I can be assured that I’m using a secured wifi connection. Plus, it allows me to have internet access anytime and anywhere I want.
What’s your setup? Do you have a pocket wifi, or are you happy with public wifi?
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