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Smart launches first 5G pocket WiFi in the Philippines

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TL;DR: Smart’s Rocket WiFi is the Philippines’ first 5G powered pocket Wi-Fi device.

Smart Communications just launched the country’s first 5G-capable pocket Wi-Fi device. The Rocket WiFi is powered by Smart 5G.

The device is designed for sharing and multitasking, able to connect up to 15 compatible smartphones, tablets, or laptops. It also enables users to enjoy all-day connectivity with its heavy-duty 5,000mAh battery.

“We’re very proud to launch the Rocket WiFi, the country’s first-ever 5G-powered Pocket WiFi, as part of our thrust to simply bring the latest technology and cutting-edge innovations in the hands of Filipinos,” said Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.

“With the Rocket WiFi, our subscribers have front-row seats to new and exciting digital experiences that can only be made possible by Smart 5G, the most extensive 5G network in the Philippines,” she added.

Smart 5G Rocket WiFi

The Rocket WiFi is available with Signature Data Plan S for Php 1,324 per month for 36 months, with a one-time cashout of Php 5,300.

Data Plan S comes with 20GB per month for all online activities. It also comes with the Data Rollover, so all unused data from the previous month will be carried over to the next month.

To sign up for a new Smart Bro 5G Rocket WiFi Plan, customers can visit the Smart Online Store or head to select Smart Stores in Metro Manila.

Smart 5G

The launch of the Rocket WiFi comes amid its ongoing nationwide 5G rollout. Smart has fired up more than 1,700 5G sites across the country – the most extensive coverage in the Philippines.

The telco is at the forefront of the 5G revolution in the Philippines as the first local telco to launch 5G services nationwide last July 2020 in Metro Manila, and strategic areas in Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

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Smart 5G recently went live in Benguet, Misamis Oriental, and Zamboanga Sibugay.

Smart is also the first local telco to launch Signature 5G Plans, which are specially designed with generous data allocations so customers can make the most of the high-speed Smart 5G.

Smart 5G complements Smart’s continuous expansion of its 4G/LTE network. Smart’s mobile network is already the fastest in the country, as reported by third-party mobile internet analytics firm Ookla and Opensignal.

According to Ookla, Smart was the country’s fastest mobile data network in the second half of 2020 with a Speed Score of 24.99, with average speeds of 20.08 Mbps for download, and 7.42 Mbps for upload. Ookla has also cited Smart as the country’s fastest mobile data network for three years in a row now.

On the other hand, Opensignal noted in its November 2020 Mobile Network Experience Report for the Philippines that Smart remained ahead of the competition in terms of Video Experience, Upload, and Download Speed Experience, 4G Availability, and 4G Coverage Experience. 

Bryan is a tech enthusiast and self-admitted geek who enjoys blogging and watching NBA clips on YouTube. He has over 20 years of experience in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations from different industries such as telecommunications and banking.

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