Smart Pocket Wi-Fi: You Might Not Really Need It!

Sharing Internet Connection

It might be very cool having a Smart (or Globe) Pocket Wi-Fi so that you can share your internet connection with your friends and family.

However, you might want to check your other gadgets that can also serve as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot before spending almost ₱2,000.

Pocket Wi-Fi from Smart, Globe and Sun

Pocket Wi-Fi from Smart, Globe and Sun
Smart, Globe and Sun Cellular each offers a self-branded Pocket Wi-Fi.

Use Your Phone or Laptop as Wi-Fi Hotspot

If you already have a SmartBro stick, you can already turn your laptop into a Wi-Fi hotspot. You can also buy a SmartBro stick instead of a Pocket Wi-Fi and save ₱1,000.

No SmartBro Stick? No problem, use your phone. Yes, your Android phone can serve as a Wi-Fi hotspot too. SmartBro promos also apply to Smart Buddy SIM’s so you can enjoy unlimited internet connection.

If these gadgets can already serve the purpose of a Pocket Wi-Fi, why would you spend ₱2,000?


Why You Might Still Need a Pocket Wi-Fi...

Using your phone or laptop as a Wi-Fi hotspot might sound easy and convenient but sadly, it has disadvantages too.

Your laptop isn’t very portable like a Pocket Wi-Fi. You can’t carry it around in your pocket unlike a ‘Pocket Wi-Fi’.

If you choose using your phone, check if it has HSPA+ capability. A mobile internet connection lesser than that is too slow to share. Furthermore, it will also drain your phone’s battery quickly.


Will You Opt for a Pocket Wi-Fi?

If you want a portable Wi-Fi hotspot that you can rely on 24 hours a day, you should use a Pocket Wi-Fi.

However, if you just want a Wi-Fi hotspot when you need it, you can save a lot by using your laptop or smartphone. It will even make you look cool!

This article has received a lot of comments saying that it is a stupid review. Well, I’m just giving my opinion and presenting an alternative to those who need a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot but don’t have a lot of cash to buy a Pocket Wi-Fi.

What do you think? Drop a comment below and join the discussion.








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55 comments

  1. Do you need to have a wireless router or something??

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  2. you mean to say, your phone will just be a hotspot but you can't use your phones internet without connections? what???

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    1. My point is, you can create a WiFi hotspot using your laptop or phone. You don't need a Pocket WiFi to do that. Of course, you'll have to have an internet connection in your phone or a broadband stick in your laptop which is way cheaper than a pocket WiFi.

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    2. I get your point but do you walk around with your laptop on just so your phone can connect to the internet? Quite ridiculous right?

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    3. the idea is about portability... you may not want your laptop always open only to share connection to other phone devices, also these portable pocket wifi spends less energy.

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  3. It is really sad that you dont realise that mobile network is not same everywhere. Have you seeen that people when they get ring on incoming call rush to windows? I have smart phone and Tata Photon which dont work in my room and to work with them I have to go to extreme end of home to the balcony and get some lines on network indicator. I donot want to sit in balcony 24hrs/day. So it is better that I use this smart wifi and put it in window or balcony where network strength is more than 3 lines. Even with Samsung smartphone I could not get hotspot working with keeping phone in balcony as it would disconnect or totally stop after few minutes. So you just buy 3G sim from any company and use 3G network package for Rs.250 for a month. Whereas the Photon plus or Reliance and other cost more than Rs.500 per month.Also with this you can have 5devices working on wifi. If you use more than 25000Rs worth laptop as hotspot against this 2500Rs. worth smart wifi then what is the value of laptop?

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  4. nonsense it boils down that you need a router or connection to internet to work stupid thinking

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    1. non sense... you still have to spend for the load... stupid review...

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  5. stupid review.. your smartphone can't handle the battery usage if you will do that and browse using the same phone T the same time.

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    1. That depends on the smartphone model. Of course, this isn't advisable if you have a smartphone that drains its battery just after 4-5 hours of normal usage.

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  6. I myself using smart portable wifi and it works very excellent. I tried using my samsung hotspot.yes its working but my other gadgets got super slow irritating connection. I still prefer my portable wifi though it is always need to be charge since im using unlimited connection. Hehe it gives me higher electricbill.

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  7. yes i do agree to you mika..i already tried to use my laptop as hotspot but the question is u cannot bring your laptop any where compare to a pocket wifi that you can just put it in your pocket..let say that you can also bring your laptop if you want but it is dangerous and hassel..

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  8. This just proves even more how useful pocket wifis are. What's the use of being able to create your own wifi spot with no internet connection?? the pocket wifis give you just that.

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  9. having a pocket wifi saves power on your other gadget/device. sharing internet connection from your mobile or laptop consumes more power, resulting to a lesser time of your device usage.

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  10. The advantage of a pocket wifi is you have a connection wherever you are

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  11. i have heard that pocket wifi is faster than mobile wifi. so if you have sun network, purchasing a sun pocket wifi makes sense than adding internet on your sun sim.

    but i do get your point, u can use ur android's tethering feature to make it as a wifi spot.
    but pocket wifi is just faster than that. that's it.

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  12. Stupid review.. You can make your phone/tablets as a WiFi hotspot but the difference of pocket WiFi in your phone/tablets is the connection,the quality of internet connection.. Switch your phone/tablet into a hotspot and your internet connection will be too slow.. Your review is very stupid..

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    1. Thank you for dropping by John Mark. I've tried using Android phones as WiFi hotspots and as long as the phone has 3G capability, the internet connection speed is almost the same. It's also dependent on the quality of the smartphone.

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    2. nah... 3g phone as a hotspot will eat your battery. pocket wifi makes your phone/tablet's battery last long hours of use. and you have better connection putting pocket wifi somewhere in your room that has better 3g reception.

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  13. Wrong on all accounts.

    "Using this method only laptops and netbooks can connect to your wifi network."

    You can voonect any wifi device to your adhoc wifi network.

    Try walking around with your laptop sharing its Internet connection over wifi. How much time do you have to wait for your laptop to boot up or wake from sleep and connect to the Internet before you can use it?

    Next, try going all day sharing Internet with your phone or tablet. See how long your batteries last.

    A pocket wifi is not an additional device. It's an alternate device. Instead of a USB 3G dongle, you have a pocket wifi.

    Please have some knowledge about things before you write about them.

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    1. iOS devices can connect to adhoc networks but not Android ones. At least without some tweaks.

      Again, it really depends on your needs. But if you think using your laptop or android phone as a WiFi hotspot will suffice, then don't buy a pocket wifi. Otherwise, you have to spend more than ₱2,000 for a pocket wifi.

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  15. Andaming Haters. Mga bobo comment naman. Good post btw

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    1. Rommel Tan, do you even understand what the topic is all about or just an idea on what the comments are saying??? "Mga bobo comment naman" --- are you referring to your post? :)

      anyway, just to enlighten you on what people in this thread are talking about (and don't worry, i'll keep it simple for you to understand), i'll explain in Filipino....

      ganito po kasi yun, Rommel Tan, ang pinag-uusapan po kasi dito e hindi daw po kailangan ng "pocket wifi" (at nagbanggit pa nga po ng tatak, Smart Pocket Wifi) sapagkat maaari naman gamitin ang sariling "device" para maging "wifi hotspot". ang mga kumento po na nakalagay dito e mga may kabuluhan na bagay kaugnay sa pinag-uusapan...at maging po ang nagsulat ng "post" na ito e sinabing, "depende na din sa pangangailanagn ng tao". samakatuwid, kung ito ay depende sa tao, hindi mo kelangan sabihin na hindi mo na kakailanganin ang "pocket wifi"....lalo na kung maraming bagay na nakadepende sa suwestyon na iyong ibinibigay... ika nga, bakit mo gagawing kumplikado ang bagay na simple?

      now, Rommel Tan, do you understand??? cheers!

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    2. Ano contribution mo sa discussion, aber? Utak-biya.

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    3. pwede -like ng maraming marami to? ahaha! I read the post and the comments. I will go for the commentators. ahaha! thanks alot for the comments, I am planning to buy pocket wifi soon. =)

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    4. tanga ka t#ngina mo epal ka pa ha

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    5. stupid review... stupid rommel tan

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  16. I really have my doubt on this, because...
    Your computer may have security software that just wont allow other devices to connect.
    If you have different OS platforms, then some may not be able to connect to your adhoc network.
    Ad hoc is not a very stable connection. They tend to drop frequently.

    just saying.


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  17. this is just a senseless post...which I think you wrote just to show that you know how to make your devices as wifi hotspot. needless to say, this process is known to every tech junkie.... also, when you use your laptop or notebook or smartphone or android phone as wifi hotspot, it drains the battery of your device faster!

    and as you've mentioned above in response to mika sacapano and anonymous, "IT REALLY DEPENDS ON YOUR NEEDS". however, your post is about "Smart Pocket WiFi - You Don't Really Need It!"....so what's the point in saying you don't need a pocket wifi if you know, for a fact, that there are a lot of variables and dependencies in using your own device as a wifi hotspot???

    if you'll be writing about "you don't need it" blogs again, make sure that "you don't really need it"..... cheers!

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  18. Portability is one great feature of a Pocket WiFi. Not to mention it is light. The idea of using your laptop or smartphone as a hotspot is just an option when using it in a room with a permanent set-up. Pocket Wifi has a higher specs that the usual USB Broadband Stick. Stable connection is more likely to achieve when you're post paid using your set-up.

    What you have presented here is not the best but I like the idea that there are other options if one does not have a pocket WiFi. I will still go for a pocket WiFi for reasons I mentioned above.

    Thanks! God bless you!

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  19. So your saying that I have to get my laptop in my bag then open it in public if I want to surf on a public place/riding a bus/walking/? LOL! or I have to have another android phone with 3g/lte so I could connect my wifi only tablet? LOL! yeah.. pocket wifi is for portability! I can surf the internet even while my pocket wifi is just in my pocket or inside my BAG!

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  20. So your saying that I have to get my laptop in my bag then open it in public if I want to surf on a public place/riding a bus/walking/? LOL! or I have to have another android phone with 3g/lte so I could connect my wifi only tablet? LOL! yeah.. pocket wifi is for portability! I can surf the internet even while my pocket wifi is just in my pocket or inside my BAG!

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  21. Before you write these kinds of misleading posts, you should be more informed on the subject. At the very least devote one hour of research into it for you may cause some misinformed people to forgo a pocket wifi for a 3g/lte capable phone.

    With my research and recent purchase of a smart pocket wifi (3g, not the 5k LTE one), this is one of the most important things that I found out but is not clear and was not raised in the comments before me:

    USING PHONE DATA PLANS FOR HOTSPOT SHARING HAS A DATA CAP

    Globe Postpaid plans with unlimited internet (and all Prepaid unli data plans for that matter) have a certain data cap (unspecified) per month. In their Fair Use Policy (google it, please), they have the right to slow down your internet or turn off your personal hotspot function after you reach a certain data limit. For example, it has been 2 weeks since I have been 'data capped' in my globe postpaid plan (which includes unlisurfing), meaning I can still use internet on my device (take note that they lowered my band from 3G to just HSDPA/GPRS meaning I can't even see my Iphone turning 3G now) but I can not share my internet to any other device (laptop/tablet) even if I can use the internet on my phone (sim). I used about 5GB of data before data capping. Not a bad volume of data but not very high either (so think carefully, potential internet shoppers). You MAY get over the data cap by paying by the minute, but I believe it is extremely expensive for a heavy data user. A Globe POCKET WIFI on the other hand, has no such data limit.

    SMART LTE plans also have a similar data cap but at 800MB. You may be tempted to torrent at 'blazingly fast' speeds but I'm sure you'll reach that data cap 'blazingly fast' too. For FB, mail, and general internet use however, it's perfect. The plan is offered on sim only (for phones) or on a pocket wifi/usb dongle. Note that there is STILL a data cap on LTE pocket wifi plans.

    I chose to buy a SMART BRO Pocket Wifi right now on prepaid (because I'm a student and have no proof of income yet - a requirement for a postpaid plan) and it is the 3G and not LTE version. It's 'slower' (if 3G is slow for you) than LTE but it has NO DATA CAP.


    TL:DR

    Using a phone's personal hotspot feature, be it if it is on an unlimited data plan or just paying by the minute is feasible only for light use (e.g., checking mail, fb, twitter etc on your tablet or laptop)

    While a POCKET WIFI is great for heavy users. It saves batteries from your phones and more importantly for heavy users, it has no data cap.

    POINT IS:

    Don't discount pocket wifi so quickly, especially if you seem to have never used one

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    1. Pahabol:

      You can find this on smart's site but I'll post it here too

      With regards to my Smart Bro Pocket Wifi (prepaid), I can still use it without a data cap.

      I do not pay by the minute but by loading it up with prepaid bro load and availing of UNLI promos for about 200 for 5 days. This has NO data cap unlike the unlimited surfing on LTE promos which has a data cap of 800MB per day).

      Note that if you are a heavy data user, and have a proof of income, consider a postpaid plan for a smart bro pocket wifi.

      Smart has postpaid plans for unlimited surfing using your pocket wifi for 600 or 1000 per month but their highest prepaid offer is only 200 pesos for 5 days (which, if you calculate, is 1200 a month if you actually use internet every day). You're not locked in for 24 months (you will have to pay I think an additional 1500 for cancellation) but for prepaid you have to buy the device at 2000 and pay 200 more per month so it's kind of more costly UNLESS you don't plan on subscribing to an unlimited offer every day (I go home during the weekends, so I theoretically will only subscribe for 20 days at 1000 pesos).

      These are some things to consider. At times like these when data companies are running oligopolies that trap you into weak ass data plans and expensive offers, we consumers have to help each other. :)

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  22. hahahaha, nakakatawa naman mga comment ng comment sa mga thread/forum simple lng namn ibig sbhin ng TS.....

    1. kng wala kng pera/tipid mode = follow this suggestion

    2. kng madami kang pera = bumili ka kahit ilang pocket wifi...

    very simple dba?

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    1. paano yun wala akong laptop???

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  23. nagawa q na po sir pero d q alam bakit nwala din

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  24. wala ka lang pambili

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  25. I've just recently signed up for a pocket wifi plan and I have to say that you both have a point (anonymous & dan).However, practicality wise and based on my own experience using laptop, phone and p-wifi I'd support Anonymous’ claim.
    Fact is, I've first used broadband for my laptop and yes I was able to share my connection with other devices including my own phone. Then I switch to a phone plan that has unli data. When I need to be offline with my lp, I just need to insert the BB Sim card to my phone (vice versa) phone to broadband Sim. They work perfectly fine and met my needs not until pocket came into play which I've realized I’ve been making means to really make it work. First, when I insert my broadband Sim to my phone it does not allow to make call neither does my lp allow me when my phone’s sim is inserted to it (situational). +, financing a phone thru monthly payment is something you don’t want to get into. The fact alone that phones/devices nowadays depreciates rapidly. While some of your friends are getting the latest model and your stuck waiting for the 24 months commitment period to end so you can upgrade.-Just a thought
    Now, that I have a pocket wifi. I can do those things more efficiently. I can use both my laptop and phone or even tab simultaneously without depriving the other’s functionality. It’s handy, less power consumption and flexible/adaptable. Hence, I was on a 10 hours trip the other day and didn’t have any means to charge neither my phone nor lp so what I did was turn off my phone first, Drained my lp battery. After which, switched my phone to airplane mode so I can only use wifi. To my surprise, I was online the entire time and still have some left which I couldn’t have, using my phone as a hotpot as eat up power as it is connected to the network specially when it switches bandwidth while travelling, same goes with my lp when wifi is on when I could have just tethered it for more reliable connection. Pretty much what Anonymous have said were all true. Yet, I can’t ignore the fact of what Daniel posted on the latter part “Again, it really depends on your needs” a big “Liked” to this one.
    If you only need an internet connection for social networking such FB and twitter or chatting (Skype and Viber) as most of the folks nowadays just go with a Sim with unli data and abuse your phone. Lol!
    Butchok,
    “Work smarter not harder”

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  26. pinahirapan mo lang sarili mo HAHAHA.

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  27. i loaded 300 regular load on my smart pocket wifi. Will it eat up my load if i just turn on my wifi without using it? thanks

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  28. Did you check the confirmation.. sometimes we think that our was ok... but we left it open and it charge it continuously without our knowledge.. it happened to me promise.

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  29. WTF. And this got posted on a techno guide? Sheesh.. Kakahiya

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  30. Of course you can make your laptop/phone as hotspots, it's their as a feature, problem is do you have internet connection with it? I mean on the cellphones side yeah. How about your laptop? Built in 3G Internet? Now there you have it. So technically people buy these Pocket Wifi because they need Internet outside their homes/houses/workplace(or rather it's for their workplace). It's not about being a hotspot, it's about having internet connection.

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  31. Daming kong tawa sa thread nato..parang hindi na mka tayo si TS sa mga comment.

    Anyways ang pangit talaga ng review ni TS..i myself have been a Hotspot user from time to time pero i would not recommend it to use as a replacement for a Pocket Wifi. Ayusin mo review mo TS.

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  32. Well using ur smartphone as a hotspot will suffer ur phone battery and ur connection when you want to share it with ur friends using tethering....2nd ung idea of a laptop being a hotspot eh lalo nmng hndi ok when we talking about portability at syempre conveniece lalo na kung wla ka nmn laptop i'd rather choose a price of 2k pocket wifi than a 25k sumtin and up price of laptop hahahaha....so indi pa rin po solution ung naicp nyu...kung gus2 nyu mktipid nandyan nmn ang sulit at ayosdito.com dun mkktipid ka sa pgbili kung iniinsist mu ung worth 2k na price ng modem...and isa pa same thing pa rin nmn mglload ka pa rin or kung d nmn bnbyaran mu pa rin nmn ung bill mu kung skali so wla din...when we talking about connection same pa rin nmn always depending on your location...u know what dpt na bigyang solusyon eh ung mga signal providers ntin d2 sa pinas kung cla ba eh gumgwa tlga ng paraan pra lhat ng kasuluksulkan ng lugar d2 eh may stable na signal eh indi tau nmmroblema sa connection at may simple png praan when we using our smartphone simple as data connection kung mlkas ang signal data connection lng spat na kung nangangamba tau sa battery powerbank at charger lng oks! Na hahahaha

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  33. You don't have the money for a pocket wifi, that's why lol.

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  34. Turn your Latop as wifi hotspot huh... i know pwede yun .ang tanong saan naman nakaconnect yung laptop mo ng internet connection?

    if you use your laptop as hotspot naku po daling malowbat laptop mo..

    i choose to have a portable hotspot gadget kasi walang hustle.. ok nman namn yung sa cdrking or just purchase the cheapeast android phone ng cherry na pwedeng mag thether or second hand lang.. just use it plainly as a hotspot...

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  35. Though your argument about not buying pocket wifi is somewhat correct, but using your phone as a wifi hotspot just puts your phone into a much more stress.. and also for the part of your laptop.. let the job be handled by the pocket wifi, coz it was meant, built and created for that purpose. it's portable. and energy efficient..

    the tutorial you presented though only applies to those who dont have money to buy pocket wifi.. but it's not a waste of money to buy one.

    I pity your phone, your putting too much stress on it.

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  36. ayusin mo review mo hooy!

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