I recently acquired a Wi-Tribe 4G Wireless Boom for testing. For a wireless broadband, well, compared to the others that I had used before, I can really say that this is a true wireless broadband. It is fast. Really fast!
I did a speed test and I got more than 1mbps for the download. A lot of people I know had asked me this question before, “Will I be able to play online games with Smart Bro or Globe Tattoo?” and I always tell them that since it is wireless and it runs on cellular technologies then it would be really slow for online gaming and it would be a lot better if you just connect using the typical DSL line or a cable internet connection. Well, a lot of you would tell me, not true… not true.. have you tried it? Sorry to say, I have. I bought myself a smartbro dongle and also had tried using the globe tattoo usb dongle. This is what I would normally say when I get to play an online game, “AMF NAMAN!!!! LAAAAGGG!!! #$@%!@!” And I am sure this is true to a lot of you out there.
But for the Wi-Tribe, I had to change my answer. If you ask me the same question but for Wi-Tribe, what I am going to tell you is this: “It is fast and I mean fast! It is not like your Smart Bro or Globe tattoo. It is 4G after all. I tried playing Special Force with it and I could honestly say.. No lags so far. I tried capturing the screen for a video proof but Camtasia could not capture it. But I assure you, if you have tried it yourself you would say cool. Imagine me connecting this to my car and play online games anywhere I am parked with my laptop. Well, that is if I am within Metro Manila.”
Wi-Tribe now only covers Metro Manila. But I had heard that they are going to extend their reach. This made me really smile. Imagine going around with my Wi-Tribe boom or dongle (Yes, yes! They do have their own dongle but its still 4G!) and get the same speed I have with my wired connection at home.
After testing the product, I now went online to look at different forums and threads about Wi-Tribe. Now there are a lot of negative comments there like the speed drops, the connection is intermittent. I have read all of them. Now it just seems unfair for them to criticize and compare this product to the slow 3G dongles that they have. You better try this out first before saying anything. It is not like Smart Bro or Globe tattoo is perfectly connected. When I used to have Smart Bro and Globe Tattoo, I had intermittent connections and it was far worse than what they had described. These people even had it the other way around. When it comes to having no signal. Well, even in the Metro, I lose connection with Smart and Globe, don’t you? That is the problem with wireless. There are still places where signals are really low. That is why you place the receiver in a location where you get the best signal.
One major problem that I had read in forums and threads is the Bandwidth capping. For the Plan 998 or 1mbps plan of Wi-Tribe you have a 6GB usage allowance. Now, I had read a lot of really nasty comments about this but the truth that everyone fails to see is that all the ISPs have their own capping it is just that they failed to tell you about it. Look for that thing you signed with them and read it. It is under the “Fair Usage Policy”. I have noticed this with my PLDT DSL connection, with the SKY Broadband connection, Smart Bro and Globe tattoo. You can test this yourself. One thing we notice is that when it is almost time for us to pay for the bill the speed slows down. And it really slows down. We even thought back then that they do this intentionally to tell you to pay your bills in advance. In fact, I had even called each of their own customer service about this. Like when my speed with PLDT DSL went down to 600kbps. I called them up and all they said was “Sir, the speed you told us is within the normal range.” Now, that is the reason why they tell you “Up to 1mbps”. Try reading again. Maybe you did not have your glasses on. If you are still skeptical about the Fair Usage Policy try looking for your copy.
Now, to sum it all up. I would say that with the capping and all, specially if you would just use the net for email, browsing and gaming, this is the perfect product for you. It is definitely high speed.
If you want to test it out… then sure, I am open to give you a Wi-Tribe 4G demo.