New Smart WiFi in Nueva Vizcaya

Wow! I hope this is a sign that the internet is booming in town. Smart WiFi or Smart Wireless Internet from Smart Communications Philippines (SMART) is now offering wireless internet for an introductory price of P788.00 a month, unlimited to anyone who wants to have internet at home. The speed is 128kbps.

Smart WiFi is using the cellular towers to relay the signal and transmit data from the WWW to an antenna placed atop the building, which would convert and send the info to the computer and vise versa. I am using one actually here in Pasig City because it's cheaper than any other providers but mine is under Meridian Telekoms, Inc. Meridian merged with Smart around June 27, 2005 so it's all under Smart Wireless now although my bills still say Meridian Telekoms... :)

Anyway, what I'm confused about is that I was told by the Tech Support here in Manila that as long as the base station (cellular site) is within 1.5 kilometers and nothing is blocking the space, the antenna should be able to pick or send and receive data from the base. I asked their Technical Support and they said the same technology applies to the provinces. However, when my friends who live about 500 meters away from a SMART cell site in Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya tried to apply for it, their applications were denied. The reason given to them was that it should only be within 100 meters from the base station. Say that again please?

I'm getting pissed off here. How come it should be within 100 meters? What if the SMART tower is on the hilltop? Gee! I'm going to get the details of this, but how come the info from SMART Manila and SMART Nueva Vizcaya (Bayombong) are totally different? Are they using a different technology in the province?

I'll answer my questions soon... I just don't have the energy to call Meridian Tech Support now because I often have to wait on queue for some time before one picks up the phone... and I'm calling from my mobile phone all the time for God's sake!

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