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Is there 4G in Boracay, Philippines?


in Boracay, Philippines by @avermat | 6yr  | 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 | 6yr

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 | 6yr

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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@ramblemeans | 6yr

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

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@avermat | 6yr

Thanks everybody for your comments and suggestions!

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@tiara08 | 6yr

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 | 6yr

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 | 6yr

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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Hey, hope everyone is well!

We're leaving in a month to go travelling. Our first destination is still to be confirmed, but will likely be Poland or Slovakia. We will be moving around every month or two to different destinations.

The question we have is: what do people do with phones/ phone numbers when hopping from country to country? Ideally we'd just like one number for the whole trip (even better, the number we already have) wherever we go, rather than getting new SIMs with different numbers.

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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€™m in the Philippines currently on a the standard 30 day tourist visa. Iโ€™m planning on spending an extended period of time here with the odd joint here and there around S.E.Asia.

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Just trying to work out whether it is worth paying for the extension or itโ€™s better to try and fit any trips out within the 30 day periods that I get.

One side point is that I am interested in getting the photo ID card which I believe you get after a couple of extensions which may allow me to open a local bank account.

It would be great to hear from anyone in a similar position as this or who has experience with this.

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I know some of these questions are relative, but please give me your own honest opinion and advice.

Thanks!
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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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