Day 1: wi-tribe 4G InternetAuthor: Reklamadora | Filed under: Feature, Random, Rio, Young Underpaid Professionals, Yuppie Experience
As a belated happy birthday gift to myself, I bought myself a wi-tribe 4g modem. I could’ve bought myself a toy or a book (priorities of a 28 year old), but since I work and play on the Internet, I thought the heck with it, right? Plus, they’ve announced that they’re increasing the speeds across the board – PHP 998 for 2mbps, yeah! – and that new subscribers between November 2 to December 2 are exempt from the subscription lock-in period.
Well, Saturday afternoon I went to the wi-tribe store at Santana Grove. I applied for the 998 plan and brought only an ID and a proof of billing (credit card bill). After filling out the application form and paying for the 998 service deposit, I was all set. I was told that the modem was pre-activated to 1mbps and will be activated as soon as I receive a call and confirm that the modem is in fact working and that it is delivering a satisfactory speed.
When I got around to testing, I went through the user manual and set it up. Plug the modem to a power outlet, check. Wait for the lights to connect to a base station, connect the LAN cable from the modem to netbook, and log in the wi-tribe service site. After a good 30 minutes, I gave up trying to find a signal in the bedroom. I went to the nearest window (we’re surrounded on all sides by walls), and got a steady three signal bars.
I conducted three speedtests. Results of which averaged out at around .80mbps download and .30mbps upload.
I fired up the torrent as well to test. I downloaded two 350MB files, decided that I can’t stay awake all night, and paused one file at midpoint. One download finished at 1 hour and 29 minutes, which isn’t all that bad considering I have the other at 50something percent. Overall, it got 526MB at an hour and a half. I’m a happy internet camper, but the real test will be in the coming days when I actually use this for work. We’ll see how wi-tribe does at heavy usage. Stay tuned.