What It’s Like to Have an Unlimited Data Plan

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Two weeks ago I talked about what it’s like to have an LTE device. For this week’s What’s It Like Wednesday, I’d like to share with you my experience in having a postpaid unlimited data plan. More specifically, I’m going to talk about this from a Smart Subscriber perspective.

My Current Post Paid Plan

  • Unlimited Data Plan 1500
  • LTE connection up to 1.5 GB
  • 120 free text to all networks
  • 60 minutes free call to all networks.

This might not be for everyone. We all use our phones differently. So, the free call and texts that come with this plan might not be enough for you.

Side Note: When checking your post paid bill, SMART does not give you a breakdown as to how much free text or minutes you have already consumed. It will only give your total bill in peso. Therefore, you have to manually monitor your usage.

Based on my experience, however, the free texts and minutes are more than sufficient. Honestly, on the first month I only sent around 90 text messages and 15-minute worth of phone call.

Since I have unlimited mobile data, I’m always online on Facebook and Viber. Every time I call my mom or my sisters, I just use Viber.  We also send messages through Viber.

Having an unlimited data plan is such a convenient experience. I no longer have to sign up for mobile data promos. When I was using prepaid SIM, I sign up for those  promos where you get to surf the internet for 24 hours for P50. While it’s not entirely a hassle, having an unlimited data plan is just a lot more fun and more convenient. And I don’t have to worry about not turning off my mobile data because I won’t get charged extra. I don’t have to worry that my credit or “load” would get eaten up when I forget to turn off mobile data.

Having an unlimited data plan is also perfect if you have multiple devices.  I actually use my iPhone as a portable hotspot. I connect it to my MacBook Air through USB and I can work anywhere. Luckily, the spots where I work in Alabang has strong signal connection. I can work smoothly and without any problems. Honestly, it’s as if I had a DSL connection.

Quick Tip: Before getting an unlimited plan, I suggest buying a prepaid LTE sim first. This way you can test the LTE connection in your area.

LTE connection is pretty stable in the Philippines, and it’s only going to get better as time progresses. Getting an unlimited data plan is worth it if you want to have internet access on your phone.


Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems, she believes she has the best job in the world. 🙂 Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
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  • BA

    How about the 1.5G data cap?

    Personally I’m subscribed to Smart Freedom plan with these 2 buckets:

    Mega250: Unlitext to all networks, 170 mins to Smart, 100mb for 1 month.

    Depending on usage, either Always On 300 (250mb) or Always On 500 (1gb).

    For a total of either Php550 for minimal usage or Php750. However recently I don’t find myself reaching the 1GB limit, so tipid tipid na ko sa Php550.

    • Irene Enriquez

      Actually, on the first month I was worried with the 1.5 GB cap. But it looks like they’re not very strict about it. Maybe you only get flagged if you use cellular data for lots of download? I’m not sure actually. But after a month, I stopped checking how much data I’ve used. The Smart Freedom plan sounds good. Does it come with a phone too? Or just a plan? Mine came with an iPhone 5S.