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Globe and Smart 4G’s Weakness: Rain?

When it rains... 3G/4G sucks?

Our testing of the Globe 4G Stick (Globe Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini) hit a rough patch in the form of the storm that hit Metro Manila. As most of you who own 3G-3.5G internet devices know, rain can drastically reduce broadband speed. This is just the weakness of wireless based technologies. It was a good time for us though to test how the Globe Tattoo Tonino Lamborghini would hold up. We took a couple of speed tests in Greenhills, Katipunan, Fort, and Makati and the results were consistent. Here’s a screenshot of one of the tests:

Talk about crippled internet!

This was taken in my condo which previously registered 3.8-4.5mbps. The speed was intermittent and sometimes would go up to 1mbps and even 2mbps but it would drastically go down after a few seconds. I checked the statistics tab of the Globe Tattoo panel and here’s what was shown:

Up, down, up, down... down... down... Up... down.

This is probably the biggest advantage of wired internet over the 3G/4G dongles. My DSL at home was consistent at 2mbps all throughout the storm… but it did hit 0mbps when we had a brownout, haha. If you do a lot of things on the internet often don’t rely just on 3G/4G dongles because it can really get crippled. It would be nice to have both though that would be a little costly. 🙂

Maybe they should offer 4G prepaid kits? I bet those would sell like hotcakes! Hopefully Globe Tattoo Lambo and Smart Evolution (LTE) will eventually come up with more budget-friendly 4G offerings.

How about you guys? How did your internet hold up during the recent storm that hit Manila?

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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3 Comments

  1. Yeah, a 4G prepaid internet would really be great. I’d get one for back-up work. Really hit me how I need backup after that stupid brownout yesterday.

    1. Yep! Same sentiments here. Brownout sucks. Speed will be much lower than what’s being advertised though. But slow internet is better than no internet. Haha!

  2. Just check TipidPC superstick thread you can see some hig speed connection globe tattoo superstick 1299 even raining no issue encountered. I dont know how you guys do a review and test those lambo plans. So far in my actual experience globe tattoo 1299 @5mbps give me decent speed even raining.

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