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Unlock new possibilities with Smart Bro

Jul 10, 2020 - 2:59 PM

Smart Bro Prepaid LTE Pocket WiFi now comes at a lower price and with a promo

Smart WiFi continues providing services as it commemorates #WorldWiFiDay

Jun 20, 2020 - 9:04 AM

PLDT-Smart reinstates their commitment to make public Wi-Fi accessible to everyone on #WorldWiFiDay

Get a Smart Bro LTE Pocket WiFi delivered to your doorstep via GrabMart

Jun 12, 2020 - 6:45 AM

In just 2 hours, you can get a new pocket WiFi

Smart launches new LTE-Advanced Pocket WiFi plans starting at only P699 per month

Jun 03, 2020 - 4:59 PM

It comes with a data rollover feature so you can carry over unused data to the next month

Google to shut down free WiFi program

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:25 AM

(UPDATED) The search giant cites cheapening mobile data costs and difficulties in scaling and sustainability as reasons for shutting down

GOOGLE STATION. The Philippines is among the 8 countries where the program was rolled out. Screenshot from Google Station website

INFOGRAPHIC: Spots in Metro Manila where you can get free Wi-Fi

Jan 24, 2020 - 4:49 PM

Here’s the ultimate cheat sheet to the best places where you can access free Wi-Fi for your work and school needs

Makati to soon get free public WiFi from Globe

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:35 PM

(UPDATED) Globe will provide Internet access to 27 barangay health centers, the University of Makati, the Ospital ng Makati, and city hall

FREE WIFI FOR MAKATIZENS. Makati Mayor Abby Binay and Globe CEO Ernest Cu lead the MOA signing to provide free public WiFi access in the city. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Free Wi-Fi For All Program rolls out in San Juan City

Sep 23, 2019 - 5:44 PM

The Department of Information and Communication Technology chooses San Juan as its pilot city for the Free Wi-Fi for All Program

FREE INTERNET ACCESS. San Juan City residents can now connect to the internet through various Wi-Fi access points in the city. Photo by Janella Paris/Rappler

Netflix to stream 'Ang Babaeng Allergic Sa WiFi'

Aug 09, 2019 - 11:56 AM

Sue Ramirez, Jameson Blake, and Markus Paterson are heading to Netflix this August

PLDT launches ‘FamLoad’ home prepaid broadband packages

Jul 08, 2019 - 2:32 PM

Rates range from P15 for 1GB to P1500 for 100GB of data

FAMLOAD. Photo from PLDT


New DICT chief Honasan promises free Wi-Fi, tablets for poor kids

Jul 02, 2019 - 2:25 PM

Newly appointed Information and Communications Technology Secretary Gregorio Honasan II aims to connect far-flung areas to the internet

New law requires free Wi-Fi, free access to clean restrooms in transport terminals

Jun 19, 2019 - 2:48 PM

The measure also orders all land transportation terminals and stations to provide lactation areas and spaces for diaper-changing

Passengers who are going home on their provinces for Holy Week flock the Araneta Center Bus Terminal in Quezon City on April 13, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Philippine Airlines offering 30MB of complimentary inflight WiFi

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:26 PM

The current 30 MB data allocation doubles the 15MB limit which began in 2017

Photo from Philippine Airlines


Public WiFi service Google Station to launch this month

Feb 13, 2019 - 1:14 PM

Google Station will initially be available in 50 locations across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao

GOOGLE STATION. Mahesh Bhalerao discusses their public WiFi service at Google For Philippines 2019. Screenshot from Google livestream


The week in phones: OPPO's Find X successor, Nokia penta-lens, WiFi 6 phones

Feb 10, 2019 - 9:08 AM

The new OPPO is reportedly called the Find Z, likely the brand's first 5G phone

Photo from OPPO


Google, Smart Wifi jointly pledge to power the nation with free, fast, and reliable internet

Jan 07, 2019 - 2:17 PM

More Filipinos will be given access to connectivity

What makes the Pinoy family special

Dec 19, 2018 - 5:33 PM

Read on to find out if your own family possesses these habits!

WiFi standards switch to simpler naming scheme

Oct 12, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Instead of being labeled 802.11ax, it will now simply be called WiFi 6, with future standards being called WiFi 7, 8, and so forth


Smart Wifi increases deployment in over 100 school areas nationwide

Sep 21, 2018 - 5:47 PM

UP Diliman, DLSU Manila, and PLM are among universities with access to super speed internet connection

Movie reviews: Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino 2018, part 1

Aug 19, 2018 - 7:30 AM

Movie critic Oggs Cruz gives us a lowdown on 'Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi,' 'Bakwit Boys,' 'Madilim ang Gabi,' and 'Pinay Beauty'

Traditional or modern courtship? 'Ang Babaeng Allergic sa Wifi' stars weigh in

Aug 18, 2018 - 4:22 PM

Sue Ramirez, Markus Paterson, and Jameson Blake share their thoughts on courtship

State universities may get P280-million budget for free Wi-Fi

Aug 12, 2018 - 4:15 PM

The funds are under the proposed 2019 budget of the Department of Information and Communications Technology

FREE WI-FI. Students from state colleges and universities like the University of the Philippines are set to have free Wi-Fi access through the 2019 budget. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Jameson Blake on free graphics controversy: No intention of 'downgrading' anyone

Aug 09, 2018 - 9:37 AM

The Hashtags member admits he shut himself out from social media after the incident

Senate OKs bill requiring clean toilets, free Wi-Fi in land, RO-RO terminals

Jul 24, 2018 - 7:00 PM

The bill also requires nationwide land transport terminals to provide at least one breastfeeding station for mothers

Hundreds of passengers bound for Visayas and Mindanao for the Holy week break patiently wait for a ride at the Araneta Center Terminal in Quezon City on Sunday, March 25, 2018. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Google Wifi now in the Philippines

Jun 27, 2018 - 11:11 AM

New Google hardware arrives in the country through partnership with PLDT

MODERN DECOR. Google's mesh wifi device is chic and is designed to blend in with furniture. All photos from Google


Smart makes first successful 'Voice over Wifi' call in PH

Apr 03, 2018 - 11:04 AM

VoWifi or Wifi Calling allows customers to make and receive calls while connected to Wifi, bypassing the need for a traditional mobile network


Globe prepaid WiFi promo offers 1GB of data for P15

Oct 20, 2017 - 11:20 AM

Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi subscribers can avail of HomeSURF15 to beef up data allocation

Security flaw prompts fears on WiFi connections

Oct 17, 2017 - 6:26 PM

Attackers can exploit the flaw in WPA2 – the name for the encryption protocol – 'to read information that was previously assumed to be safely encrypted,' says a blog post by KU Leuven researcher Mathy Vanhoef

WPA2 WiFi security protocol breached, experts warn

Oct 16, 2017 - 5:43 PM

The WPA2 protocol vulnerabilities allow attackers to eavesdrop on WiFi traffic passing between computers and their access points

#ThewRap: Things you need to know, October 2, 2017

Oct 02, 2017 - 10:55 AM

Hello! Here are the stories you shouldn't miss this Monday.

PLDT to provide Wi-Fi to over 2,300 buses by end-2017

Oct 02, 2017 - 12:10 AM

PLDT says this will help bus operators comply with the government's plans to modernize the country's transport system

TECH UPGRADES. Over 2,000 buses nationwide will have Wi-Fi by the end of this year. Rappler file photo

The people you meet at food parks

Aug 09, 2017 - 9:20 AM

See if you’re a Lone Wolf an In The Moment person part of the Brady Bunch a Weekend Warrior and so on

Duterte signs law providing free internet in public places

Aug 03, 2017 - 8:57 AM

Republic Act 10929 requires public places like hospitals transport terminals and government offices to provide free internet in main congregation points

DICT assures sustained push for 3 big projects at grand event

Jun 24, 2017 - 12:54 PM

Ongoing projects – Pipol Konek the National Broadband Plan and the National Government Portal – star at big launch hosted by the Department of Information and Communications Technology

Free WiFi in public places soon to be a law

May 16, 2017 - 12:59 PM

The Senate and the House of Representatives have agreed on the final version of the proposed measure

Rappler file photo

Smart Unboxes the next step to a digital lifestyle

Nov 15, 2016 - 4:00 PM

Smart is embracing the digital lifestyle with bigger and better data offers for entertainment junkies online shoppers and avid travelers

Results: Speed tests of Smart's public WiFi at NAIA Terminal 1

Oct 25, 2016 - 8:09 PM

The tests reel in an average download speed of 88 38 Mbps and an average upload speed of 63 78 Mbps

Google announces Wifi networking hub, Home assistant

Oct 05, 2016 - 1:50 AM

Google s home innovations aim to make Google and its AI powered assistant a bigger part of your home life

GOOGLE WIFI. Screen shot from YouTube.

I worked at NAIA Terminal 4 for a day to test Smart's 1 Gbps WiFi

Sep 27, 2016 - 7:04 PM

It s fast but it has its flaws

THE DAY'S HIGH. The download speed fluctuates from 40 to 70.75 megabits per second on an active connection. Screengrab from Speedtest.net

Smart Communications to spend P1B on Wi-Fi boost

Jul 11, 2016 - 12:45 PM

Smart says its Wi Fi public hotspots are undergoing upgrades in all 4 terminals of NAIA and the airports in Davao Iloilo Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental

EXPAND WIFI FOOTPRINT. The expansion of Smart Wi-Fi is supported by PLDT's fixed and wireless networks, backed by fiber optic footprint spanning over 100,000 kilometers

#PugadBaboy: WIFI

Mar 04, 2016 - 5:00 AM

Cavite pioneers province-wide free WiFi

Dec 13, 2015 - 8:47 AM

In its initial stage registered users can tap the service for an hour daily Priority is given to students teachers and civil servants involved in public safety and disaster management

Free wifi sa Antipolo City inilunsad

Oct 30, 2015 - 12:09 PM

PRESS RELEASE Antipolo City partners with BC Net Incorporated to provide free wifi in public areas

Smart-Uber team-up brings in-car Wifi to ridesharing service

Sep 09, 2015 - 1:01 AM

The team up s free Wifi initiative will first occur with select Uber Black vehicles rolling out to other Uber vehicles in the coming months

SMART AND UBER. Screen shot from http://smart.com.ph/pages/uber

Prioritize free Wi-Fi in hospitals, airports, trains – Recto

Jul 26, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Recto said free Wi Fi access in major government hospitals is important so that the sick and those take care or treat them can have a lifeline they can use to call a friend

Where to work: 7 restaurants with steady free Wi-Fi

May 30, 2015 - 9:02 PM

Sometimes you just really need Wi Fi with your food Let s take a look at a few practical options

'Slow but open' PH Internet focus of global summit

Mar 24, 2015 - 8:47 PM

Civil society leaders tech experts NGOs lawyers and governments gather in the Philippines to discuss privacy surveillance and free expression online

INTERNET FREEDOM. RightsCon Southeast Asia, a global conference on digital rights, opens in Manila on Tuesday, March 24. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

House panel approves free public Wi-Fi bill

Mar 18, 2015 - 4:54 PM

The bill seeks to provide free wireless Internet connections in all national government offices across the Philippines

Free Philippine Wifi initiative set for July

Mar 17, 2015 - 7:16 PM

Users get speeds of 256 kbps to check the Internet with data caps imposed to curb abuse

FREE WIFI. File photo by Michael Josh Villanueva

PH terrorism, Maguindanao massacre, Pope Francis trip | The wRap

Nov 21, 2014 - 7:44 PM

The Philippines is number 9 in terrorist activity worldwide 5 years after the Maguindanao massacre – where’s justice for the victims? Pope Francis tells Philippine church and government officials: don’t spend too much on my visit