Last year I wrote about the announcement of GLOBE Tattoo LTE. And that post has spawned more than 60 comments. A lot of people were asking about where to get LTE SIMs and if they could use it with their gadgets.
In this post, I answer those questions! In addition, I will do my best to give you all the information you need relating to LTE.
What is LTE?
According to Webopedia.com, “LTE is a 4G wireless communications standard developed by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) that’s designed to provide up to 10x the speeds of 3G networks for mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, netbooks, notebooks and wireless hotspots.”
Basically, LTE is the fastest mobile data connection that you can get. Theoretically when using LTE connection, you can get up to 42 Mbps in the Philippines. But the speed may vary depending where you are. For example, in Alabang, I can get up to 20 Mbps. In some places like Megamall, I can get up to 30 Mbps. On average, I get 6 mbps download speed.
Prepaid vs Postpaid
Depending on your usage, you can choose between a prepaid or post paid LTE SIM.
When using a prepaid LTE SIM, you will be charged two ways: time and data. Globe and SMART offer unlimited surfing promos. Depending on your usage, you can choose the best ones that fit your budget.
SMART LTE Unlimited Surfing Promo
If you don’t want to go the prepaid route, there are also unlimited data plans available. I have the P1500 unlimited data with 60 minutes free call and 120 texts. This can be useful if you usually use your smartphone for work.
There are also other plans where you get a certain number of hours of mobile data free every month.
Before getting a post paid plan, make sure to check the LTE signal in your location first. You can easily do this by going to SMART or GLOBE’s website. Their website usually lists the cities and provinces that have LTE coverage. Or ask a friend who has an LTE connection in your area. This way you can be sure that you get good signal before signing a 24-month contract.
Can I use an LTE SIM on my [Insert Name of Gadget Here]?
Basically, if your device is LTE enabled, you will be able to use any LTE SIM. However, if you got your device under a post paid plan, you won’t be able to use SIM cards from other networks. For example, my iPhone 5C is Smart-locked, so I can only use a Smart LTE SIM.
Will a Tattoo LTE SIM work with a Globe LTE Tattoo stick?
If you have a Globe Tattoo LTE pocket WiFi, you can use your postpaid LTE SIM. But you will only be able to use mobile data. You won’t be able to use your SIM for call and text. If you are getting charged for call and text on your postpaid plan,
Converting regular SIM to LTE SIM
Of course, it would be convenient if you can get LTE signal without changing your number. Unfortunately, if you have the old SIM card (non-LTE SIM), you have to get a new number because you’ll have to buy a new LTE SIM card. As of now, Globe or any other TelCo doesn’t offer a service where you could retain your number and get LTE coverage.
Where can I buy Globe Prepaid LTE Nano Sim?
It is available in selected Globe stores nationwide. A few months ago, only GLOBE postpaid subscribers have access to LTE SIMs. But I recently got an update from Globe that it is now available in selected GLOBE stores.
Can I use globe Tattoo SIM card for call and text, and for LTE?
If you have an LTE prepaid SIM, you can use it for call, text, and mobile data.
Do you have a question that wasn’t included in this post? Please feel free to ask them in the comments section.
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