fbpx Press "Enter" to skip to content

SMART Bro 4G Pocket Wifi Review!

Jullian Robin Sibi 13

Smart has been making some waves recently. They just changed their logo to represent synergy with PLDT. They have committed to transform their networks into the country’s most data capable infrastructure delivering a growing array of compelling digital services.

One way of making an impact is through Smart Bro, their wireless broadband service. Smart Bro has been promoting their new promos like SurfMax85, which gives you all-day surfing for two days for P85. Another thing they’re promoting is the Smart Bro 4G Pocket WiFi. Smart also claimed that they now have #FasterDataInCebu. Since I have to see it to believe it, I bought one of these and review it.

smart bro 4g pocket wifi packaging

Scenario

Like I mentioned in my Tattoo Mobile WiFi review, I pretty much use the internet all day. At home, I have a stable WiFi connection so I don’t have a lot of problems there. When I’m outside though, I pretty much rely on the internet connection of the place I’m at. I usually go to coffee shops since most of them have internet connections. Some of them are slow though, so I have to use my iPhone’s data connection. This is where the Smart Bro 4G Pocket WiFi comes in.

Unboxing and First Setup

smart bro 4g pocket wifi unboxing
Contents: Smart Bro Data SIM, Smart Bro 4G Pocket WiFi, Battery, microUSB cable (for charging)
Smart Bro’s 4G Pocket WiFi device is a repackaged ZTE WiFi modem just like the Tattoo Mobile WiFi device is a repackaged Huawei device. Personally, I like Smart’s choice because it has a more compact design and can easily be placed in a pocket. Guess the naming was right. Hehe. Besides that though, the unboxing was just a simple no-fuss experience.

Using the My Smart Account app

smart bro 4g pocket wifi my smart account

One of the good things I found out while testing and reviewing the Smart Bro 4G Pocket WiFi was the My Smart Account app! It’s available for iOS and Android. The app does a good job of showing the active subscriptions you currently have. It’s also easy to subscribe to one of the surf plans! You just tap on the “Add a package” button and select one of the available packages like the one on this list below:

smart bro 4g pocket wifi my smart account packages

I think that the app is a necessary download when you have a Smart Bro 4G Pocket WiFi. It makes subscribing to promos like SurfMax85 easier!

Signal Coverage and Internet Speed

smart bro 4g pocket wifi speed header

 

Here’s where the review gets real tricky. I’ve been using the Smart Bro 4G Pocket WiFi since last Monday and sadly I was disappointed as to where I could use this device. It works fine at home, but it’s only useful in emergency situations like a brownout.

The Smart Bro 4G Pocket WiFi generally doesn’t have good coverage in Cebu City. Before purchasing this, make sure you know which telecom provider offers the better speeds in your area. I mentioned in my Tattoo Mobile WiFi review about what Globe needed to do to improve their 3G speeds. Smart claims to have faster data, and just as I am writing this review, I have seen some signs of that. I can’t show any results though since I haven’t finished doing my speed tests for Globe V Smart II yet. Will update this review with the link to the speed test results!

Final Thoughts

smart bro 4g pocket wifi final thoughts

Overall, I still like the Smart Bro 4G Pocket WiFi. Even though the coverage isn’t as good, initial indications have shown that their speeds are catching up. It remains to be seen whether Smart can compete with Globe in that department, but I’m liking what I see so far. The design of the device is compact, light, and easy to put in the pocket. The My Smart Account app is a good complement to this as I could easily subscribe to Smart Bro’s promos. If they put more effort with their 3G speeds and coverage, they have a good shot at beating Globe.


That’s it for my Smart Bro 4G Pocket WiFi review! Wanna know if Smart’s speeds are better than Globe’s?

globe v smart ii header

Find out in Globe V Smart II right here on my blog!

 

  1. Amiko Amiko

    Hi Julian. Is the ZTE device 4G capable or it is just the sim? I believe the model is ZTE E5330C but I checked the specs online it’s only 3G supported.

    • It’s just marketed by Smart as a “4G Pocket Wifi”. The speeds only reach 3.5G at best. 🙂 Hope this clears things up!

  2. joyce joyce

    Is this helpful?

  3. Amara Amara

    Hi! Does it shows 4G in the screen of Smart pocket wifi?

  4. Joy Ann Joy Ann

    Hi I am using the same pocket Wi-Fi as you. But It seems na ang hirap nya makasagap ng connection. To the point na yung google chrome mag “No data Received” or the web page is not yet available. Nabo bother ako if yung laptop ko ang may problem or yung pocket wifi.

  5. Grettle Mae Ngina Grettle Mae Ngina

    Pwd ba palitan ung sim ng lte sim?

  6. Abel Abel

    Hi Julian

    Can I use my plan Smart sim card for the pocket wifi?

    • Yes, you can! But you can’t avail of the Smart Bro promos (which can have more data in promos).

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.