Ever since moving to the new house, my main problem was having no internet connection so last Monday I went to the Smart branch of Trinoma to inquire on their Smart Bro plans. If you follow my blog, you'd know that I curse the living daylights out of Smart Bro. As in nung nasa Baguio ako, sinusumpa ko ang Smart. This is because the signal of Smart Bro is really weak in Baguio. I was fooled into using Smart Bro in 2007 and that was one year of hell for me. Slow connection, rude and useless technical support reps, people from the wireless center giving me the run-around, and crap like that. Go Globe!
Apparently dito sa Manila in our area, the signal is very strong because our village is close to the tower of Smart. My neighbor uses Smart Bro and since she had the whole house on WiFi, I'd normally connect my phone or laptop on it, I'd ask permission every time of course. Oo nagpapaalam ako! The first time she told me that she was using Smart, I was in utter disbelief. Gaya nga ng sabi ni Charice, "I can't bilibit!". She showed me the canopy, and the moment I saw it, I believed that she was on Smart.
So back to my story. Though I was really, as in really hesitant of using Smart Bro as my Internet Service Provider, I hauled my ass to the Smart Wireless Center at Trinoma to apply for one. It seems that they no longer offer the Canopy as part of the Smart Bro plan, they only have WiMAX, Router, and the Plug-In shit. I asked a few questions which they answered properly (wow kelangan ng Smart Baguio na ma-train ng mga taga Trinoma). Despite every bone in body saying No, I applied for Smart Bro WiMAX. They told me, I will be contacted in 2-3 days.
Thursday I was getting anxious as to where my ISP was. So I tried calling the number they gave me. No response. I triedn texting, again no response. I was getting agitated. Friday while at work my Blackberry and iPhone kept on ringing, apparently it was the people from Smart calling. So I answered the call during my break, they asked me a bunch of questions. They verified a few things and they said that they'll go to my house after my work. Since I had a few errands to run that day, I got home at around 8 and when I got there, there they were waiting for me. Wow ah, house call talaga.
So we used their sample unit on my laptop but they also gave me the unit that'll be mine and wow was I amazed at the speed. It's even faster than my Globelines connection in Baguio for the same price. Here's the unboxing:
So that's Raymond Villasenor, the guy who went to the house. He was very helpful and very patient considering I am one demanding bastard. Picture was taken by his companion Ms. Gie who declined to be photographed for reasons I cannot fathom. Now for you to know if the WiMax unit is working, it needs to have a minimum of 3 green bars. That means that your connection is strong. So I was really amazed by how fast they were able to get my internet connection up and running. Oh by the way you'd have to wait for 24 hours for the activation of your modem. Mine just started working properly last night. Unlimited downloads, here I come. And I'm one of the very few in the country who's using WiMAX.
If you would want to inquire or apply for Smart Bro WiMAX you may contact Raymond at +63919.910.0351.
I can say that I'm fairly happy with my connection at home and that's saying something because I have unbelievably high standards for internet connection.