After Pisonet, Here Comes Piso WiFi


A WiFi Vendo Machine, only in the PH

Almost everybody knows the concept of Pisonet. It’s slowly managed to replace the traditional internet cafes in the PH, especially in low-income areas. But there’s another sachet-type internet business that may overtake the traditional Pisonet business model that does away with the expensive computer stations and just gives internet access via WiFi.


The process is the same as Pisonet – you plop in coins through the slot, and out comes an access code that connects you to WiFi. As far as we can tell, Php 1 gets you 6 minutes of WiFi, which is usually enough for most people to check their Facebook, send a message or whatever. This partiular setup also eliminates the hardware cost of retrofitting computers to take the Pisonet system.

With more and more affordable smartphones out in the wild today, the Piso WiFi system might be the next big thing in affordable internet. The base cost of the unit is around Php 25K, and can run off of any DSL connection though the people who sell it recommend you using at least 3Mbps. Up to 30 people can connect to the thing at any given time which increases the potential revenue stream of the device.


John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.


  1. Pag nag-wifi hotspot ang isang naghulog ng piso, pwede ba maki-Internet sa hotspot niya ang sampung barkada niya na sisingilin din niya ng tigpi-piso?

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