While browsing, ironically using the super-snail-speed Globe Tattoo, I stumbled across this report at GMA News. Let’s see how “fast” Globe is…it took 5 minutes and 42 seconds to load the news page.
Anyway, I laughed when I read the first sentence of the report, “A survey commissioned by Globe Telecom in the fourth quarter of 2010 revealed that Globe Tattoo has the fastest speed among existing mobile broadband products in the market.”
The test was performed in 500 “random” households all over the country. Results indicate that Globe Tattoo bested other “broadband” providers Smart and Sun Cellular.
This might end up as a press release gone wrong.
Using “fastest” seem like a good way to cover-up hard facts. If Globe Tattoo is to claim it’s the fastest provider, it has to show some real numbers.
It’s hard to give a founded opinion about being the “fastest” in the Wireless Broadband War as there are several factors to consider such as the following:
- How random was the sampling?
- Proximity of the households to data centers of all three providers.
- How the tests were performed.
Anyhow, commissioning a survey to show that you’re the best? That’s got to be the lamest attempt at being “the best.”
Here are some notable comments on the page:
“kalokohan!” – Seyrel
“globe tattoo is fast, umaabot speed ng prepaid connection ko around 2-2.5Gbps pag mga bandang madaling araw na :-) signal strength? fair enough, not the strongest but the speed is still there :-)” – Joel
“Wait. The survey only analyzed which is the "fastest" but not necessarily best in "availability". This press release could simply be a spin on data gathered.
Credibility is also questioned since it seems commissioning seems to be self-serving. I’d prefer a totally independent 3rd-party survey.
If telecoms services are to be surveyed it should be on the following:
1. Sustained signal availability in the most number of areas in the country.
2. Sustained data speed
3. Least bull$#!+ (un-fair usage policies) on supposedly customer-centric promos. ha!” – dude_funk
I can attest that Globe is better than Sun and Smart. Been a Sun postpaid and Smart prepaid customer for over a year before I switched to Globe Tattoo postpaid in August 2010. Though there were some instances of slow download speeds, they were only temporary and occurs only between 1 or 2 days in a month.
All in all, I’m very satisfied with the service. Only bummer is that I’m paying a premium at P999.00 a month – Martin D. Jee