What do you do when your DSL connection goes down? You work from home and have tons of things to do!
This happened to me last week. I was in the zone super early in the morning, when suddenly the internet connection got lost. After checking what happened, I found out that the phone was dead; it didn’t have a dial tone. So, naturally, there wasn’t an internet connection as well.
I thought the dial tone and the internet connection would go back after a couple of hours.
But it didn’t.
Luckily, I had a backup internet connection.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Broadband Sim
As you know, a Broadband SIM allows you to use 3G network in order to access the internet. It won’t allow you to send or receive text messages and make outgoing or receive incoming calls.
I always carry two broadband SIM cards with me: Sun and Smart. In the past, I used to use SUN. But Smart’s 3G network seems stable and more prominent. So, that’s what I’ve been using for more than a week when we lost our DSL connection.
There are many options that you can choose from when enrolling in unlimited surfing promos. At first, I enrolled for P50 for 24 hours. But after two days, we still didn’t have an internet connection. So, I decided to enroll for five days, which cost me P200. I saved P50 from this deal. Not bad, right?
- 3G Device
A broadband SIM is useless without a 3G device. But most devices now already have 3G connectivity, so life has become more convenient.
Right now, I’m using a Samsung Galaxy S3 mini, which is 3G enabled. What’s great about having a 3G device is using it as a “router”. I can share my mobile data or internet connection with the other Wi-Fi devices I’m using.
In order to do this, simply turn on the Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot option in your 3G smartphone or tablet. Once this is turned on, get your other Wi-Fi device, and you can now search your phone’s mobile data connection like a regular Wi-Fi connection.
Since I can’t make any calls using my Smart broadband SIM, I had to transfer my regular SIM to an old cellphone (I went old school!), so I can still text and call like a normal person.
- Phone Credit
Of course, you need phone credit in order to get the ball rolling. Make sure to buy the card that says Broadband SIM. The load card for regular SIM cards won’t work.
I already made a mistake of doing this once.
It’s always a good idea to store at least P100 load card in your wallet, so you can use it just in case you need internet connection and your DSL is down. Or you can even use it when you’re travelling and need mobile data connection.
- Speed Test app
Lastly, I highly recommend doing a speed test first before enrolling in unlimited surfing promos. You don’t want to waste P50 or P200 only to find out that the 3G connection in your current location is almost non-existent.
You can also check the letter displaying in your smartphone to get an idea of how fast the connection. E means the connection is slow. You can check out my post here that explains the meaning of G, E, 3G, H, H+, and 4G.
Having a 3G enabled smartphone and a Broadband SIM have saved me when PLDT screwed me. I was able to work at home. Although it’s not as fast as a DSL connection, I got my work done.
So, I highly recommend keeping a Broadband SIM with you all the time as a backup internet connection.
And if you’re planning to buy a new device, I suggest considering a 3G enabled device versus the Wi-FI. It might cost more, but it’s worth it!
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