While there is no clear solution to the traffic problem and daily commuter woes in sight, at least the long wait is going to be a lot more bearable thanks to the EDSA Wifi project of the government and the telcos.
Last week, while standing in line to load up my PayMaya Beep card I decided to check my work email. As I was still near the Shangri-La mall I tried connecting to their wifi when I saw a few other open connections, the strongest of which was the Smart Wifi @MRT-EDSA. I decided to connect and check the speed and whoa! It was even faster than my home connection!
It seems the government is giving the public something to smile about just in time for Independence Day Celebration.
The new Smart Wifi service is open to all subscribers of all networks, and lets users connect to Smart’s newest and fastest network to surf, stream and download content. You get an initial free 30 minutes every day without data cap.
Connect to #SmartWifi @MRT-EDSA
To enjoy super speed and reliable connectivity, all you have to do is turn on your wifi and select #SmartWifi@MRT-EDSA from the list of available Wifi networks to connect and start browsing.
Once your free minutes are up you can extend your session per day by purchasing Smart Wifi load from partner retailers in denominations of P20 pesos for 2 hours, valid for 2 days; and P50 for 10 hours, valid for 5 days.
You may also conveniently convert your Smart, Sun, and TNT load to Smart Wifi minutes by texting your preferred denomination WIFI10, WIFI2O or WIFI50to 9991.
Productivity on the go
With Smart Wifi, commuters may squeeze in productive moments while lining up for the next train ride, or traveling as a passenger on EDSA from sending emails, updating social media accounts, streaming the latest hit videos and music, or downloading files on the fly.
Smart Wifi’s deployment at MRT stations and along EDSA complements the mobile services provider’s aggressive rollout of its newest and fastest LTE network meant to deliver the best digital and mobile experience for Filipinos.
Aside from MRT and EDSA, PLDT and Smart have already deployed carrier-grade Smart Wifi service at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, at the Light Railway Transit, and in key regional airports, seaports and transport hubs all over the country.
Smart Wifi is also available in high-traffic areas, such as tourist spots, hospitals, schools, city halls, malls, as well as major hangout places across the country aptly called Smart Spots.
Learn more about super speed Smart Wifi at smart.com.ph/smartwifi and follow updates on Smart’s official accounts on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SmartCommunications), Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).