Smart recently announced that they are enhancing their pay-per-use billing model from PHP5 for every 15 minutes to PHP2 for every 1MB.
Smart’s New Pay-per-use Billing Model for Data
If you received the text advisory, then you probably know that Smart will be implementing their new pay-per-use data rate of Php2 per 1MB used starting on November 28, 2017. According to the telco, the enhancement will allow subscribers to do more with their plans.
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The current rate is Php5 for every 15 minutes of usage. Once in effect, the new rate will affect all new and existing Smart Postpaid subscribers. To protect subscribers from incurring ungodly charges that it may bring, an SMS notification informing them of running data consumption will be sent when they reach Php500, Php1,000, and Php2,000. There is also a data bill cap of Php2,500. Once the limit is reached, data speeds will be throttled down to 128kbps, with no additional charges.
The effect of the change depends on how subscribers use their data, but at least you’ll only get charged whenever you actually consume data. Correct me if I’m wrong, but on the old rate, you will be charged as soon as you’re connected. Meaning you’ll be charged Php5 for every 15 minutes you’re connected, incurring thousands if left unnoticed.
Of course, you can just subscribe to Smart’s data add-on offerings and save yourself the hassle. Personally, I prefer using GigaSurf 99 (Php99 = 2GB, Unlimited text, 7 days) because I browse the web more than I use social media. For those heavy on Facebook, check out All Out Surf 99 (PHP99 =1GB data, unlimited Facebook, 100 minutes of calls to Smart, TNT and Sun, 7 days).
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