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TRACKING YOUR DATA MADE EASY!

Tight na budget, so how do we keep ourselves connected? Find out here!

Tracking your Data Made Easy

Published on July 15, 2016

How much data do you use every day or every month? Do you know?

A few months back, I told myself that I needed to start watching how much data I consume after streaming a cat video only to get cut off because I went over my promo. Cheesus.

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Luckily, I found that tracking how much data we use (and making the most out of it) is quick and easy to do. (Sharing it with you kasi we’re friends!)

Since I’m an iPhone user, let’s start with this:

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*Don’t forget to reset (hit Reset Statistics at the bottom of the screen) when your data promo ends.

If you’re using Android, it’s just a little bit different so just check your settings!

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Oh and of course, there’s an app for that, too!

If you’re keen on using another way to monitor your data, I recommend My Data Manager. It’s free, easy to use and it's available for both iOS and Android users. It's not perfectly automatic, but it's quite good.

Setting up My Data Manager is as easy as 1-2...

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And that’s it! The app will begin monitoring your data and will notify you a few times, like when you’ve used up 50 or 75 percent of your allotted data, so you can avoid going over your cap and end up with a dent on your prepaid load.

It also gives you good insight into which apps are eating up your data. One feature I particularly like is Forecast Usage, which helps estimate how much each app will use even before you open it. Nifty little trick, if you ask me!

So that’s it. Really, knowing is half the battle.

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Now, going back to that cat video…

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700MHz: MEGAHEARTS OR MEGAHURTS?

Everything you need to know about this whole 700Mhz deal.

700 MHz: MegaHearts or MegaHurts?

Published on July 12, 2016

So you’ve probably heard the news about that 700 megahertz (Mhz), and you might be wondering: what’s the deal with it anyway? Am I going to love it? Or hate it? Is it going to make our internet faster?

Simply put: Lower frequencies (700Mhz and below) can penetrate walls and cover a wider area while higher frequencies (above 700MHz) are faster at transmitting but have shorter reach.

This illustrates how a lower frequency can penetrate through walls:

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But if you want a good grasp of the idea and go geeky, we need to science it up a bit.

The radio spectrum is the invisible highway of airwaves that traffic TV, radio, smartphone or wireless capable device. Kinda like an EDSA for your texts, calls, TV, etc.

In this highway, there are "lanes" for each kind of user.

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The lower spectrum (500-700 MHz) is used for broadcasting TV and Radio. Good reach but are slow in transmitting. Imagine this as a "lane" exclusive for light vehicles that can travel far like motorcycles and small cars.

Mobile Networks are at the mid spectrum (700 - 2600 Mhz). They use it to service your calls, texts, and mobile internet. Think of this "lane" being exclusive to mid-size vehicles that can carry more stuff like SUVs and sedans.

While the higher spectrum (2.4 - 5 Ghz) is used for high speed wireless internet. This "lane" is reserved for the heavy carrier types like trucks and trailers.

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Transforming the 700 Mhz from broadcast to mobile telco means adding extra wide and reliable "lanes" to the ones being used by Smart.

This means more "lanes" dedicated to better reach and signal for day-to-day calls, text messaging, and mobile surfing.

These "extra lanes" will also bring stronger signal to cities, towns, and beyond.

Thanks to these "lanes" indoor users at home and in offices can also expect better coverage and less drops.

Now, the next time somebody asks you about this 700 Mhz biz, school these fools with science!

Sources
http://infographics.bworldonline.com/index.php/2016/06/07/demystifying-the-battle-for-san-miguel-corp-s-700-mhz-allocation/
http://ntc.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2016/nrfat/PHILIPPINE%20NRFAT%202016%20Rev.%201.pdf
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HUGOT DATA: GETTING DEEP WITH DATA

Solving your data problems & dating woes with a simple change in perspective.

HUGOT DATA

Published on July 12, 2016

Lagi ka bang kinakabahang mabitin sa data allowance at mabitin din kay bae? Shouldn’t be a problem! Like most things, problems in data usage and dating can be solved by a change in perspective. Let me help you maximize your use of your data allowance, without feeling FOMO about what’s happening to the crush you’ve been checking out online.

Ang taong mahal mo ay parang data,
dapat binibigyan ng time at effort.

Show your bae how much you value her by investing time and effort. The same is true with using your favorite sites and applications. You need to be aware of how much data is consumed when you use them, para meron namang matira para sa iba. Check this out so you know how much apps, like Facebook and Twitter, use.

Ingat sa pag-gamit ng wingman.
Para silang app, minsan taksil.

Avoid getting blind-sided. Some applications may be syncing, or updating applications, nang hindi mo nalalaman. Here are what you need to check to prevent your data allowance from being consumed without your say-so.

‘Wag makontento sa sinasabi ng iba.
Kung mahal mo, aalamin mo. Ikaw mismo!

Alerts are being sent to you when you have consumed 80%, and 100% of your data allocation. But you can monitor it separately. Be vigilant with these awesome applications!

See? That wasn’t too hard. You don’t need to miss out on updates and news online. Just follow these tips, and your internet experience will be seamless.

You’re welcome.

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BIGGER IS BETTER: GOING GIGA

Some fresh advice on the advantages of going bigger on your data allocation.

Bigger is Better

Published on July 12, 2016

When was the last time you found yourself unable to upload a snap, finish a video, or send an important work e-mail because you ran out of data? It happens too often, it’s not even funny anymore. So frustrating you go:

#BeastMode

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Because let’s be honest, there’s never really enough data when #FOMO is real. That’s why we want our feed updated like #allthetime. We want to see what’s lit on our friends’ snaps. We enjoy the latest fail/music/tutorial/food/spoiler videos on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. We’re on Waze and Uber when you’re commuting. That’s what being a digital native is all about. Being connected and updated 24/7.So with all these data-hungry apps that we use daily, MBs aren’t cutting it anymore.

Oh if, for some reason, you don’t know what MB means; well it’s short for megabytes, which is equal to 1,048,576 bytes. A byte, which is generally 8 bits long, is a unit of measurement for data size. Don’t confuse MB with Mbps, which is short for megabits per second. If a byte is for size, bps is for data speed naman. And because I’m makulit, here’s a cool infographic:

So yeah, we millennials can’t get enough data. Bitin na talaga ang MB. And this data need presents us with a timeless solution: to go BIG. Like a thousand times BIG. Kaya nga ako, I pick the offer that gives me at least a GIGABYTE of data at the best price.

#NotBadAtAll

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Yes, folks, you read GIGABYTES! This ain’t too shabby specially if you’re still on a budget/allowance. Because #letsbehonest

#TipidIsMyJam

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Now to the good part. So what does a gig of data get you? How much can you get from 1GB versus the typical data offers? To help us understand better, let’s see what 1GB and others can do to help us get noticed ni #crush:

Well you get the point. We’re all due for a data upgrade. So why stay MB-itin when going Giga is so much better?

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DATA HITS: WHAT’S YOUR MOBILE DATA SPEED?

Get the rundown on the different mobile data speeds & what you can do on them

Data Hits: Understanding Mobile Data Speed

Published on July 12, 2016

Chances are you’ve checked your phone’s signal strength and noticed a bunch of numbers and letters beside it at some point. Anyone with a smart phone may have seen either 2G, 3G, or LTE to indicate mobile data speed, but what exactly do they mean? Here’s a rundown of your mobile Internet speed and what it lets you achieve.


2G: Let’s Take It Slow, So Slow
Need to send a quick text? It's not a problem with a second generation (2G) network. Want to upload a picture on Instagram? Ipa-develop mo na lang. While 2G lets you do the phone essentials like calls, texts, and basic Internet search, online surfing is limited because of the slower speed you might experience.


ALSO APPEARS AS: GSM, GPRS, G, EDGE, E


WHAT YOU CAN DO:  Call, text, some old-school surfing

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WHAT YOU CAN’T DO: Streaming videos might take forever.

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3G: Never Gonna Let You Down
When it comes to mobile data speed, a third generation (3G) network is every smart phone user’s standard. Whether it’s browsing through your favorite website, streaming a new song on Spinnr, or watching the latest Running Man viral video on YouTube, you can depend on your 3G network. Although it may have some limitations, like when downloading hi-res images and videos, it’s still very reliable—just like the friend you can always count on.


ALSO APPEARS AS: 3G, HSPA, HSPA+, H, H+


WHAT YOU CAN DO: Practically everything your smart phone was made to do – browse the Internet, stream music, watch videos, and so much more online.

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WHAT YOU CAN’T DO: It will take a while to download big files. Video streaming will be most likely be stuck in SD (standard definition).

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LTE: How Do I Live Without You?
Ah, the three letters that can make every smart phone user kilig to the bones. Long Term Evolution, more commonly known as LTE, is the latest standard in mobile data and is 6x faster than 3G. With LTE, everything is hi-res, hi-def and real-time – videos, photos, games, music, even Skype video calls! You can go #galawangbreezy on your downloads, too. Keep in mind, though, that the faster the internet is, the faster your data gets consumed! So when you’re on LTE, your data allocation might be finished faster. ;)

LTE technology is still growing in the country—more and more areas are being optimized for it. So how do you maximize your LTE power? Two things! Be sure that you’re in an LTE area (visit opensignal.com or your service provider’s site such as smart.com.ph/network to know if there’s LTE in your area); and syempre, that you own an LTE phone.


ALSO APPEARS AS: 4G


WHAT YOU CAN DO: Surf the net in ultrafast speeds of up to 42 mbps! That’s 6x as fast as 3G.

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WHAT YOU CAN’T DO: Put your phone down; because hey, fast Internet, dude!

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LTE-Advanced: I Want It That Way
When you thought nothing could top LTE, LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) was launched in the mobile data market this year in Boracay by Smart Communications, Inc. Basically LTE with a turbo boost, LTE-A is the older brother who's got higher data speed thanks to "carrier aggregation," which is kinda like combining two or more data highways to create a mobile data superhighway. Imagine if you could multiply EDSA by two during rush-hour traffic. That will make travel time so much faster same with LTE-A. Availability is currently limited in the Philippine market—only few phones, like Saamsung S7 & S7 Edge, are LTE-A capable. But with the developments in the next generation of smart phones, you’ll get to enjoy its fastest speed soon enough.


ALSO APPEARS AS: 4.5G


WHAT YOU CAN DO: Enjoy internet speeds faster than 250 mbps as a single user! That means seamless streaming of HD videos or instant downloading of huge files.

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WHAT YOU CAN’T DO: Almost nothing, basically

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