It’s official. There is Smart Broadband signal in Montalban Rizal, particularly in San Rafael, San Isidro areas. I’m connected right now as I write this. I’m posting this to help people who are considering getting internet connections for their homes. Not to bash any other telco.
Was a bit disappointed back then when I was searching for information on whether there is internet signal in Montalban. Tried contacting the telcos, some were honest while some still wanted to give it a shot (try the connection) since as call agents, they are not really sure. But their spiels told them so.
Further, the reader that I am, I wanted to get second hand information from the public, as I believe advise from service providers are not always objective, they may be biased at times. Yes I saw a few forums dated 2009 and older, but there was none that explicitly says and confirms that there is. Just a few complaints and some quick fix tips.
So I hope future searchees will get to read this post. Both Smart’s Canopy and Pocket Wifi provide good signals, at least in my area of residence (message me for more details). I also tried Sun MyWifi (cheapest unlimited internet), but as of Jul11 there is no signal from our home. Sad to miss that bargain. I did not bother to try Globe Tattoo (anyone willing to offer me free trial?) anymore since cellphone signal in our area, to begin with, is already non-existent (since I got here back in 2010).
Note though that cellphone signal is not the same as broadband signal. That’s what I got from reading, and as confirmed by Smart Wireless Network as well. But having said that, a simpleton like me will think that cellphone signal coverage will be wider and more extensive than broadband internet coverage. Am I right to assume that?
So through a simple x+y, I did not try Globe Tattoo anymore. Sun cellphone signal in our area is already weak (1-2 bars out of 4), and as mentioned before, internet signal is nada. Smart’s signal is very strong, both broadband and cellphone.
Speed test? I’m not a techy guy, so just try this website. But for me, the connection is decent and fast enough. Have yet to make me impatient yet.
Disclaimer: Feedback above is from personal experience only, so just 1 person, so the assessment may not be statistically significant, if that’s what you’re looking for. You might want to consider running a survey (sarcastic here). Again, just one person. I wrote this more to give concrete feedback out there, since upon my search in the web, I did not find any explicit answer.
PS. Special thanks to Smart Cares in FB. You we’re really very helpful. Not sure if you’re the official FB page of Smart, but you gave me good service nonetheless, even if I’m not yet an existing customer. (Back then!)