Update (Nov. 2, 2015) – Unlisurf is no longer available, please read http://www.karenmnl.com/smart-unlisurf-ending-replaced-by-surfmax/
Update (8/29/2015): Here is the updated list of Unlisurf and Supersurf promos still being offered.
Update (8/12/2015): Smart UnliSurf for Prepaid is available until further notice! Also, please check out our How to Get the Best Mobile Internet series.
However, the Unlisurf offers are not promoted or listed on their website anymore. I got these updates by calling Smart and checking their FB page.
You can try to register to our SMART Bro UnliSURF 995 and SMART Prepaid UnliSurf 999. Both have unlimited surfing valid for 30 days, for only P995 and P999. To register for SMART Bro UnliSURF, just text UNLISURF 995 to 2200. For our SMART Prepaid UnliSurf, text UNLI 999 to 211. Thanks.
Update: SmartBro’s UnliSurf has been extended to Jan. 31, 2015! Also, please check out our How to Get the Best Mobile Internet series.
After several days of people being unable to subscribe to UnliSurf, on Jan. 7, SmartBro has extended their UnliSurf promos to Jan. 31, 2015.
Here are the denominations of SMART Bro UnliSURF, enjoy 1 day unlimited surfing for P50, 2 days for P85, 5 days for P200, 7 days for P250, 15 days for P500 or 30 days for P995. To avail, text UNLISURF 50, UNLISURF 85, UNLISURF 200, UNLISURF 250, UNLISURF 500 or UNLISURF 995 to 2200. Hope this helps.
No More Unlisurf
People have been trying to renew their registration to the various Unlisurf subscriptions and found that they couldn’t. It turns out that SmartBro has stopped offering its popular Unlisurf internet promos. According to their Facebook page, their unlisurf promos ended on Dec. 31, 2014, and they no longer offer any unlimited internet package.
UPDATE: Unlisurf is back due to public demand. But we don’t know how long it will be available, and it is now an add-on rather than the highlighted feature of any postpaid plan. March 3, 2015
SmartBro Big Bytes
They are suggesting that subscribers check out their Big Bytes offers instead. This a big step down if one is used to Unlisurf – downloading gigabytes of data a day and watching a lot of streaming videos. There are places where DSL is not yet available, so mobile internet is the only internet option. It really sucks when you have to start monitoring and limiting your internet usage.
To be fair, Big Bytes provides a lot more volume data than Globe’s GoSurf or Smart’s Always ON. For just P20, you get 100MB instead of just 45MB (Always ON). That’s more than twice the volume!
However, a big downside is the shorter validity period. For example, is that for P100, you get 700MB of data (you only get 100MB on other promos), BUT the validity period for the Big Bytes 100 is only for 3 days.
And for what it’s worth, they also give you unlimited music streaming from Spinnr.
|Name||Data Inclusion||Price||Text Keyword To 2200|
|Big Bytes 20||100MB plus unlimited music streaming from Spinnr, all valid for 1 day||Php 20.00||Big Bytes 20|
|Big Bytes 30||150MB plus unlimited music streaming from Spinnr, all valid for 1 day||Php 30.00||Big Bytes 30|
|Big Bytes 50||250MB plus unlimited music streaming from Spinnr, all valid for 3 days||Php 50.00||Big Bytes 50|
|Big Bytes 100||700MB plus unlimited music streaming from Spinnr, all valid for 3 days||Php 100.00||Big Bytes 100|
|Big Bytes 150||1GB plus unlimited music streaming from Spinnr, all valid for 5 days||Php 150.00||Big Bytes 150|
|Big Bytes 199||1GB plus unlimited music streaming from Spinnr, all valid for 7 days||Php 199.00||Big Bytes 199|
|Big Bytes 300||2.1GB plus unlimited music streaming from Spinnr, all valid for 10 days||Php 300.00||Big Bytes 300|
|Big Bytes 500||3.5GB plus unlimited music streaming from Spinnr, all valid for 15 days||Php 500.00||Big Bytes 500|
|Big Bytes 999||5GB plus unlimited music streaming from Spinnr, all valid for 30 days||Php 999.00||Big Bytes 999|
Gone are the happy days of unlimited torrenting and streaming for people without DSL or Fibr or anything similar.
SmartBro’s Big Bytes offer is good enough for the occasional need for internet. If I was going out of town for the weekend, I’d probably get a Big Bytes 100 to keep me connected to email, social media, chat apps, surfing my favorite sites, Waze, Dropbox, and watching Youtube. But I definitely would not be using it to download my favorite shows.
If this was my family’s main source of internet, there is no way 5GB (Big Bytes 999) would be enough. 5GB would last us 2, maybe 3 days.
Even if you have DSL, this should concern you because your DSL can break. Then what are you going to do? The last time our DSL modem broke, it took PLDT 2 weeks to send a replacement. In that time, we relied on a pocket wifi and Unlisurf. I imagine that if I was limited to only using 100MB per day of internet for work and everything else, I would probably go postal. What if they suddenly started metering DSL, too?
It’s no secret that the majority of internet users in the Philippines need internet for 1. Facebook (social media), 2. downloading free stuff (like “free” movies, songs, tv shows, anime, software, etc…), 3. online gaming, 4. web surfing. The biggest data usage is from “downloading stuff”. The reason nobody buys DVDs in Quiapo anymore isn’t because the authorities cracked down on the place. It’s because nobody watches DVDs anymore. People have learned to download things. The addiction to the things they watch is still there – they just changed media from DVDs to computers/tablets/phones.
So what are these people going to do now? They will probably end up camping out at their friends’ houses that have DSL. Or they go back to the old-fashioned way of swapping USB sticks and portable hard drives and copying files from each other manually.
Of course, I have to have a disclaimer saying that I don’t support piracy. But if there was a good, affordable alternative, people wouldn’t be pirating! Spotify is a good example. I know many people who stopped downloading music because they started using Spotify (with free streaming via Globe). They didn’t consciously decide to stop downloading pirated music – it was just that they were happy with Spotify and didn’t feel the need to download pirated music anymore. If you have a premium Spotify account, you can “download” music on the app and listen to them offline. The P129/month for the premium account is still a bit high for regular people in the Philippines but it’s acceptable (you can get it free with GoSurf).
The reason people download pirated shows is because for some reason or other, it’s not available when they want it. Most people watch their tv shows after dinner to relax and de-stress. Many people also binge-watch on weekends, holidays, days off, sick days. But the shows are not being shown at the times people are available. Most of the shows I like are shown at odd hours of the day (live via satellite), when most people are at work. The ability to pause and replay is also something people want. One does not have to miss scenes from their favorite show when the phone rings, or when a child cries and demands mommy.
If there was a local version of Hulu, Netflix, or on-demand satellite TV, I’d gladly pay the subscription as long as it was affordable (P500 a month or less, or even up to P999, the cost of an unli internet package) and there was a very good selection of shows on demand (thousands of new shows, old shows, etc…) and unlimited viewing. It should be as convenient, or even more convenient, than downloading stuff, and can be viewed on all your gadgets and TVs (even just screen mirroring is fine). If such a service were available, I think most people would drop their cable subscription and channel the money towards this instead. Even if it had advertising, that would be fine, as long as it was not excessive.
Dept. of Justice to Telcos – Unlimited means Unlimited!
Finally, I really think that this change was brought about by the DOJ’s warning to the telcos about misleading customers with “unlimited” offers that were not really unlimited. Unlimited means unlimited – no data throttling, no data capping, no Fair Usage Policy, or else!
Here’s the link to the DOJ’s Advisory. For me, this is the best thing Sec. de Lima has done and what I will remember her for.
Unfortunately, the telcos have responded by discontinuing their unlimited internet offers.
I hope someone comes up with a good alternative, like, say, neighborhood wifi hotspots where you can pay like P20 to access fast wifi, unlimited, for 8 hours.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post. Please feel free to leave a comment below, I love hearing from you!