Smart LTE Prepaid Pocket WiFi Unboxing: Crazy Speeds On-the-Go

Smart LTE Pocket WiFi with our cute Scottish Fold cat, Rumfold!

Smart LTE Pocket WiFi with our cute Scottish Fold cat, Rumfold!

Unboxing the Smart LTE Prepaid Pocket WiFi

We were initially hesitant to buy the Smart LTE Prepaid Pocket WiFi when it first came out because of the Php6,500+ price tag. However when Smart slashed the price and brought it down to just Php4,888 we just had to get one. And that’s exactly what we did earlier this afternoon! We bought a unit from the Smart kiosk in Vmall (3rd Floor), Greenhills, and we just want to share with you guys our unboxing and initial impressions.

Unboxing, Packaging, and Initial Review

The Smart LTE Prepaid Pocket WiFi came in a soft printed carton box. The packaging actually looked kinda big especially when you consider how small pocket wifi devices usually are, hehe. Anyway unboxing was straightforward — we removed the slip-on sleeve, peeled off the tape, and popped open the lid. We were initially greeted by the Smart LTE Prepaid SIM card and underneath that was the actual Pocket WiFi unit.

Ooohhh... pretty box

Ooohhh… pretty box

Rumfold takes the lead with our unboxing!

Rumfold takes the lead with our unboxing!

The Pocket WiFi device itself looks pretty sweet. It’s mostly made of hard plastic material with a smooth matte finish and it comes in black. The dark color is the perfect canvass for the colorful elements of Smart’s logo and branding.

Up front we have the power button and a small LED strip which displays the status and information of the device (battery life, connectivity, etc). The back plate is removable and inside you’ll find the slots for the battery, micro SIM card, and a micro SD card. We have no idea what the micro SD card slot is for though.

Other than the pocket wifi we found the usual stuff inside: USB to micro USB cable, wall charger, and the manuals.

Here's what's inside

Here’s what’s inside

In our first two days of use we can say that the Smart LTE Prepaid Pocket WiFi is a fantastic back-up internet device, especially if you frequent areas with LTE coverage. Battery life is around 5-6 hours and it’s quite easy and intuitive to use. To load it up you’ll have to connect the number with your Smart Online account (just go to Smart’s website and register) so you can use the load you get to buy time bundles for LTE. In terms of speed we got a consistent 8-12 Mbps DL here in Greenhills and we hit around 20 Mbps near Greenbelt. Not bad right? :D

Rumfold <3 Smart LTE Prepaid Pocket WiFi

Rumfold <3 Smart LTE Prepaid Pocket WiFi

If you’re using a non LTE pocket WiFi device and you frequent (or live) in places with Smart’s LTE network, sell that and just add money to get this. The speed difference is big and there is less downtime for LTE compared to 3G based on our experience.

Two thumbs up to Smart for their LTE roll-out and for subsidizing the Pocket WiFi cost! :)

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12 comments on “Smart LTE Prepaid Pocket WiFi Unboxing: Crazy Speeds On-the-Go

  1. Yusuf

    Is it openline? Please say yes.

  2. I don’t care about LTE. That cat is adorable!!!!

  3. RO

    Off topic: Scottish fold po ba yung cat? Saan nyo sir sya nabili?

    • Bonnevie Cattery

      • RO

        Thanks po

  4. Jericho

    Di na gagana unlisurf 200 kabibili ko lang nito parang mas mahal ata ang registration for unlisurf 300 for 7 days pag niregister ko ito sa unlisurf 3g lang ang connection ko o di na siya gagana sensia na free pang yung gamit ko eh kaya nanganga pa pa ako.

  5. Blake

    Hi Carlo,

    Can you tell us the specs including what Huawei device is this i.e. unit no.? Thank you!

  6. Wnston

    magkano na po cia ngaun .. ??plan ko po kasi bumili pero ang tanung may capping po b unlimited internet nito… kasi ayoko na s smart bro at pldt .. may capping kasi .. eh MR. Downloader ako .. hehe

  7. james03

    Ask lng po,kabibili ko long ng late pocket WiFi huawei open line.una nilagay ko smart bro eh so sobrang Bagal Kc nun ngbakasyon Kapatid ko dto s manila in 1999 pesos. Lang binili nya eh masmabilis p in kanya.so nalaman ko n may late sim place kya bumili din ako.Pero gnun p din mabagal p din.sampaloc area ako kya bka walang coverage dto s amin, banda save more nagtahan.kaso may nabasa ako n dapat saw lte din daw cp m.eh iPhone 4 long gamit ko at android n fisttab3.at in nakalagay s pocket WiFi ko 3g lng..eh SNA bka mas oki p kung 1999 pesos n lng binili ko bka mas mabilis p..sayang b bili ko s lte?

  8. james03

    Ask lng po,kabibili ko long ng late pocket WiFi huawei open line.una nilagay ko smart bro eh so sobrang Bagal Kc nun ngbakasyon Kapatid ko dto s manila in 1999 pesos. Lang binili nya eh masmabilis p in kanya.so nalaman ko n may lte sim pla kya bumili din ako.Pero gnun p din mabagal p din.sampaloc area ako kya bka walang coverage dto s amin, banda save more nagtahan.kaso may nabasa ako n dapat daw lte din daw cp m.eh iPhone 4 long gamit ko at android n fisttab3.at nakalagay s pocket WiFi ko 3g lng..eh SNA bka mas oki p kung 1999 pesos n lng binili ko bka mas mabilis p..sayang b bili ko s lte

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  10. Byakuya Kuchiki

    Those who are asking if you need to have an LTE capable device to use this, it’s a NO. The purpose of this being an LTE router is only for internet speed improvement. Isipin mong mabuti. Kung may Nokia C3 ka dati, meron siyang Wifi capability but the device itself isn’t 3g capable yet it can connect to any wifi routers including a 3g router. Same principle applies to an LTE router. Ganun lang ka-simple. :)

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