July 31, 2018

Expats’ Guide to Getting an Internet Service in PH

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  • These days, the internet is the best way to keep in touch with anyone, anywhere around the world. Internet speeds vary from country to country and per provider.

    The Philippines is one of the heaviest internet users in the world and is on the top when it comes to social media usage. That means, of course, that a reliable internet connection is needed in the country, but if we’re being honest, it’s usually not the case. For this reason, people have multiple options to explore for their internet service.

    • Mobile Data

    With smartphones being so common these days, mobile data is the easiest way to stay connected.

    • Prepaid

    Nowadays, smartphone users don’t even need to subscribe to a phone plan to get data. They simply need to buy phone credit (how much depends on the service provider) and convert the credits to mobile data.

    • Postpaid

    More common among those whose work is tied to their phones and the internet, postpaid phone plans are divided into 2: SIM only and with phone.

    Just about every mobile service provider offer postpaid plans. For the SIM only plans, consumers are usually not bound to a lock-in period and only one proof of identity is usually needed.

    If the postpaid plan comes with a phone, the following are usually required:

    • Valid ID/Proof of Identity
    • Proof of income
    • Billing Address

    Consumers are also usually bound by a lock-in period that is solidified by signing a contract.

    • Pocket WiFi

    For WiFi on the go that doesn’t involve one’s phone, a pocket WiFi is often handy. Again, mobile network providers are responsible for this service.

    These devices can be bought almost anywhere and are pretty affordable. If you want fast internet speeds, go for the LTE device because this can reach speeds of up to 42 mbps.

    • DSL

    A common internet plan in the Philippines is the Digital Subscriber Line or DSL and there are two providers: PLDT and Globe. DSL is installed through telephone lines, making it an improved version of the dial-up as it allows people to use the phone and the internet at the same time. Prices and speeds vary depending on the plan subscribed for.

    Those applying for a DSL may be asked for the following: Valid ID/Proof of identification, Proof of address, and Proof of Financial Capacity or Proof of Income.

    Also read: Expats’ Guide to maximizing your internet in the Philippines

    • Fiber Optic

    Recently making waves in the country is fiber optic internet. It is increasingly becoming popular as it is much faster than DSL. The usual internet providers now offer fiber internet but there are more companies entering the market with competitive prices. Again, prices and speeds still vary depending on the plan applied for.

    Also read: Converge ICT upgrades plan, launches 25 Mbps internet speed for P1500

    • Cable Internet

    This is a popular option for those who still enjoy watching cable TV because cable and internet plans usually go hand in hand. SkyCable is still one of the biggest and most popular but there are other cable companies to choose from.

    • Satellite Internet

    There are areas in the country where there is a difficult to no traditional broadband access. For these places, the most reliable form is the Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) which is also known as satellite internet. These tend to be a bit more expensive but they are more reliable especially in places where there’s bad cell service or difficult to install phone lines.

    Also read: Expats’ Guide to Satellite Internet in the Philippines

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