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Is there 4G in Boracay, Philippines?


in Boracay, Philippines by @avermat | 5yr  | 12 comments

There was a lot of talk about 4G coming to Boracay a few years ago, but I donโ€™t hear much about Internet speeds there these days. I get the impression that real-world connection speeds are super slow? If Iโ€™m willing to pay for it can I get a fast+reliable connection?

Are speed tests like this one an urban legend?

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@johan | 5yr

FFS people, get a grip, itโ€™s not like thereโ€™s no internet connectivity. I lived there for a year a couple of years ago, and lack of internet was never an issue. Itโ€™s not fast, but itโ€™s there.

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@duckdublin | 5yr

Avermat, how did you get on with your internet in Boracay? Heading there is January and if we can find internet we will stay for work so fingers crossed that it is working.

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@avermat | 5yr

Havenโ€™t been back there yet. Let me know what you find when you head there in January!

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@kelly | 5yr

Boracay is not intended or equipped in any way for serious work. I barely hold there for a month. By the way, 4G is working mostly around so called Station 2 area. Stay in Station 1 or at the far southern end of Station 3 or on the eastern part of the island and chances are you wouldnโ€™t get 4G.

โ€œ3Gโ€ here close to meaning โ€œnon-existing connectionโ€ - so if you donโ€™t get 4G at any particular spot, you wouldnโ€™t get any internet there at all.

Electricity shortages are also common - a few per week.

Itโ€™s a lovely island with nice beach sand, crystal turquoise water and fresh air, though. Just donโ€™t assume that you would have stable (or fast) connection there.

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@kelly | 5yr

Thereโ€™s 4G, but itโ€™s highly unreliable.
Itโ€™s usually overloaded at the evenings and connection problems are common.

That said, most of the time itโ€™s still better than local WiFi.
Thatโ€™s fresh test of my connection:

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@danielrelich | 5yr

Ooof, rough. Iโ€™ll be there next Friday, getting spoiled on the internet speeds here in Singapore

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@avermat | 5yr

Thanks everybody for your comments and suggestions!

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@tiara08 | 5yr

I have to agree with @MatthiasEZeitler on this one. Internet speed in the Philippines is quite slow and prices are way more expensive than other countries. There is no such thing as โ€œunlimited internetโ€ too, so donโ€™t be fooled with all the advertisements. :smile:

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Internet speed in the Philippines is generally quite low as they oversubscribe their capacity. Boracay is beautiful, but at least last year the internet was pretty crappy (wifi and mobile)

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@destiny | 5yr

Smart and Globe has LTE coverage in Boracay. They advertise unlimited which isnโ€™t really unlimited according to fair usage policy. There is a monthly data cap depends on the plan/prepaid subscription. Itโ€™s hard to win against ISPโ€™s here :neutral_face: That said, check http://www.tipidpc.com/forums.php?sec=5 there are specific threads about Smart / Globe LTE

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@avermat | 5yr

Thanks @mike2381. Didnโ€™t know about OpenSignal, was using Net Index before.

Has anybody been on the ground there recently? Itโ€™s been 3 or 4 years since I was last there.

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Hello all,

I have a mail management service in the UK which all my mail gets sent to. This works fine 90% of the time and most can be dealt with digitally.

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Iโ€™ve used DHL for really important stuff, like bank cards, but it would be nice to have an address where I can forward certain mail. Anyone been able to set something up like this in the Philippines? Would a virtual office allow me to receive mail?

Thanks in advance

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in Philippines by @lopesrosanna | 3yr 3 years ago | 16 comments

Hi there,

Iโ€™ve been wanting to visit the Philippines for a while. I need a stable connection to make skype calls and get my work done. I have some questions:

  • If Iโ€™d spend a total of 2/ 3 months there, and would stay minimum 3 weeks and max 1.5 months in one place, which would you advise me to visit?
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  • Any major events that I should experience?
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I know some of these questions are relative, but please give me your own honest opinion and advice.

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Going by the website, this shared work space sounds good:

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My wife and I are planning on spending a month or two in the Philippines from mid December through mid January. We have many teammates there and plan to travel to meet each of them, but want a โ€˜home baseโ€™ for the duration of the stay.

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Internet speeds donโ€™t worry us much as we lived in Mexico last year and dealt with slow internet without issue.

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Coming here for business for 1st-30th June. Accommodation seems very expensive even a way out of the city, around $700 USD for anything remotely decent. Two bedroom (ideal, meeting someone) is around $1200 USDโ€ฆ almost more than you can get on Air BnB in Australia for something thatโ€™s way out in the burbs & low quality.

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Anyone has experience with prepaid 4G data-only SIM cards in Italy?

My main contenders are Wind, Three and Vodafone.

Do you know which one offers the best deal and coverage? I have a mifi device.

Thanks!

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Best 3G/4G carrier for Bali?


by @jruz | 5yr 4 years ago | 7 comments

Hi, Im going to spend 2 month in Bali mainly in Ubud.
Iโ€™m getting a Hubud membership but donโ€™t want to be trapped there all the time, so I want some reliable mobile connection.

So far Iโ€™ve been checking out:

From the coverage maps on their websites, seems they all cover pretty well the Kuta area, but but other areas not.

My usage is mainly: Github, Slack and one daily Video Call.

Do you have some recommendation on this? I was thinking on Indosat.

Thanks!

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