Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Finding the Best Unlimited Internet in the Philippines

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Having reliable Internet connection has become a necessity these days. The number of Internet users in the Philippines and across the globe has rapidly increased in recent years and is expected to continue to grow over time. The rise of social media platforms and the need for more information are just some of the many reasons why people need good Internet connection.

Unlimited Internet is one of the most highly recommended plans. It’s a type of an Internet connection plan that allows you to surf anytime of the day without data limits! There should be no upload or download cost counted towards your monthly usage plan. 

There are several companies out there, from big shots to smaller industry players, which offer unlimited Internet in the Philippines. It may be confusing to determine which telecommunications company to sign up with, so here are a few guidelines to help you get the best unlimited Internet:

Decide on the type of Internet connection you need.

To help you choose which Internet connection suits your needs, here are the four basic types of connections you can avail:

Mobile Internet

If you’re always on the go—a frequent traveler maybe—mobile Internet connection would be best for your needs. It depends on your device however, because mobile Internet usually comes with a USB modem that is plugged into your laptop. But if you have a 3G/4G enabled tablet, a SIM card is all you need. Globe, Smart, and Sun Cellular have got the most popular mobile Internet plans, which often have free devices that come along with the plan. Another type is the specialized device called “Pocket Wi-Fi” which allows you to connect up to 10 gadgets all at once.

ADSL Broadband

This type of Internet connection is widely available in the Philippines. With Internet speeds of up to 24Mbps, an ADSL broadband plan is good enough to let you stay connected.

Cable Internet

For heavy gamers and heavy downloaders, cable Internet is the most ideal connection type. You can download MP3s, movies, documents, and multimedia at a high speed of up to 30Mbps.

Fiber broadband   

With theoretical speeds of up to 200Mbps, fiber broadband is so far the fastest connection speed you can get. This type of connection is widely used in countries like Hong Kong and Singapore, and already available in the Philippines.

Choose your unlimited Internet plan.

Once you’ve determined the connection type you need, the following considerations should guide you in choosing the best unlimited Internet plan.

Check the monthly usage cap.

Even if they’re tagged as ‘unlimited’, some unlimited Internet plans impose monthly usage caps that, when reached, will result in slower speeds. For example, if your plan has a cap of 15GB, and you’ve used up all those data within a specific month, your provider will slow your connection down. So look out for those and carefully examine the plan you’re getting.

Your location matters.

Ask your chosen provider which is the best type of connection you can have at your home. Your location from the exchange has got something to do with the Internet speed. The farther you are from the exchange, the slower the speed that you get. And if you happen to choose wireless Internet connection, your location should be able to be in the right spot to get enough signal.

Shop, compare, and save. 

There is no point in getting the best Internet plan if you don’t get the best value for your money. When you subscribe to an Internet plan, make sure you are able to pay your monthly dues on time. Online comparison sites is a free and easy-to-use broadband comparison tool which can help you find make the right choices and ultimately get the best unlimited Internet that suits your needs.

This contribution is exclusively written for UsapangTekno.com by MoneyMax Philippines, the country's leading financial comparison portal which helps Filipino consumers make the right financial decisions as they settle on the best credit card, home loan, broadband plan, and more—fast, comprehensive, and free. Please do check our website to learn more.