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The 3G Battle of Mandaluyong

Globe Visibility:

With speed likes this I pity the fool who signed up for a 2 year plan with Globe Visibility. It’s GPRS for heaven’s sake. Good thing I got in on pre-paid.

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Sun Cellular:

The youngest and smallest network Sun Cellular fared better. I am considering getting Sun Call & Surf Unlimited ~ P999/month for unlimited Calls & SMS Sun-to-Sun plus unlimited data.

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Smart :

SMART posted the best results among the 3 carriers. I think it is the only one who was able to reach 3G speed. No luck with HSDPA though.

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Tests were done using an iPhone 3GS

Test location:



Globe Visibility: P5 / 15min

Sun Cellular: P10 / 30min

Smart: P10 / 30min


Without a doubt SMART comes out on top in terms of speed. Both SMART and SUN stayed connected for the most part. Globe Visibility had the most miserable experience.

It should be noted that a lot of factors affect speed. The network, location, interference, signal strength, network load, etc. YMMV


  1. Hi..I want to ask what kind of sim cards are u using for each network? Im an iphone user.. and I want to maximize the phone using unlimited data (preferably i want to use skype while on the go) but i dont know how to cofigure the APN for Sun Cellular Network.. thank you very much for the time.

  2. fo_tr3s:

    I have smart (postpaid) & smart bro (prepaid)
    sun broadband wireless
    globe (prepaid) & globe visibility (prepaid)

    to use sun just put minternet in APN or sun broadband use fbband as the APN. HTH.


    check out this guide for settings on local and some international networks.

  4. wow try this as soon as i visit the phils. thank you

  5. Don't mention it. Safe travels and I hope you enjoy your time in the Philippines.


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