In lieu to earlier announcement that Smart Communications has made with regards to their new data rate charging, instead of it being effective on the 28th of November, the schedule has been moved to January 2018, citing that “to give our customers enough time to understand and maximize their data usage options.”
The implementation of the P2/MB regular data rate has been moved to JANUARY 2018 to give our customers enough time to understand and maximize their data usage options. As of today, our default rate for data is still P5 per 15 minutes. Thank you!
But why we complain?
However, just like any other consumers, we don’t think that this new scheme is actually more beneficial with the side of subscribers, as this will bring inconvenience and worry when it comes to surfing your favorite websites or streaming your favorite content when you aren’t subscribed to any of the data plans, giving you the worry every single time that you might be charged more than what you can pay for.
This isn’t actually an enhancement, but rather limiting subscriber’s option when it comes to data promos.
Smart has apparently countered the concern by telling that you (the subscriber) get notifications when your PhP2/MB usage reaches the denominations of PhP500, PhP1,000 and PhP2,000. The additional charges was capped at PhP2,500 so you won’t pay for data more than this amount. (Thankfully they’ve included this)
After reaching PhP2,500, you will get unlimited data but the BS part is that your speed will be throttled to just 128Kbps until the end of the billing cycle.
Since all existing Smart Postpaid plans comes with an Add-on Data Plan, there’s an option for subscribers to (1) subscribe to another data add-on plan OR (2) enroll to the Php2/MB default data rate by texting DATA ON to 9999, when their bundled data package has been depleted.
As Smart notes, once the PhP2/1MB becomes effective, your mobile data will be automatically deactivated (even if you turn it on) unless you subscribe to a mobile data promo or activate the new PhP2 per MB pricing.
Well, this isn’t concerning Prepaid users, as said in their FAQ section, so rant about it ‘if and only if’ you are an existing or a potential Smart Postpaid subscriber.
Know more about Smart’s new data scheme HERE.