Globe Home Broadband LTE?

Globe home broadband LTE? I don’t even want to talk about it. Yet, I’m so frustrated that everytime a webpage fails to load, I’m going to rant in this blog.

Black Screen of Death
The Black Screen of Death when no page loads due to Globe’s intermittent connection

Mobile Data Is Faster

A lot faster. And we’re talking about a 5 mbps LTE subscription. How does that happen? A huge modem complete with outdoor antenna is supposed to perform way faster than a tiny built-in modem on a mobile phone, and yet Globe home LTE crawls like a bug, squirms like a worm.

Globe Throttles Speed

And not just after you exhaust your data allowance. In my experience, when I consume my data allowance for a given month and order volume boost to continue browsing, the next month starts with a really, really slow and hideously intermitent internet connection. While I’m writing this section, Globe’s slow, intermitent internet has gone on for over half the month of a suppposed-to-be 5-mbps subscription.

When Globe thinks that you’re an avid internet user, it’s as if they block your internet access, or bring you down in terms of priority among competing users, leaving you with leftover internet. Would Globe say it’s part of their “fair use policy”? I’m just too frustrated to find out.

A Ripoff?

Has nobody ever sued Globe for selling services that they cannot deliver on? For instance, Globe sells 5 mbps internet, yet you’d be lucky if you get over 0.2 mbps. I can hardly load any webpages at all. It’s almost a ripoff. Or is it not already?

Would you care to upgrade to a 10 mbps internet, then? If their 5 mbps internet gives you less than 0.2 mbps speed, how fast do you think a 10 mbps internet will bring you? 0.4 mbps? I wouldn’t bother upgrading, honestly.

Expensive Yet Useless?

I heard from my neighbors who are using mobile data from Smart and Sun. They’re fine with their internet, and they’re paying only about P200 a month. I’m paying P1,200 a month for Globe Tattoo Home, and my neighbor after borrowing my laptop said, Globe was painfully slow.

I couldn’t agree more. Honestly. Globe Tattoo Home is way more expensive, and yet it’s so slow it’s just useless at times.

I want to work online, I want to read online, I want to watch a movie online; but I couldn’t, because Globe won’t let me. It’s rude, just rude. You’re paying them for internet, and yet they won’t connect you online when you need them to.

In fact, it’s worse than rude. How’d you call that? Again, the word ‘rip-off’ comes to mind.

Waiting for the Sky to Fall

Sometimes, Globe internet is like waiting for the sky to fall. The webpage loads for like forever, and never actually finishes loading. That is, if it loads any pages at all.

This is especially worse around noon, presumably when lots of subscribers are competing for internet access. I’m an online solopreneur; I got neither noon breaks nor weekends. With Globe internet though, it’s like having non-working holidays very, very often: the Globe Intermitent Connection holidays.

Give Me a Break

October 12, 2017

Dear Diary,

Last night I was happy with Globe internet. It was still slow, but at least I was able to load pages. Suddenly, however, the signal disappeared. I thought, maybe I just needed to restart the modem. I did, and, surprise, surprise, what came back was the usual, painfully slow internet.

It’s nearly 6 in the evening now. Globe internet has never recovered. I’m trying to blog, but I couldn’t download an image I wanted to use as illustration. [Sigh.] This 5 mbps internet from Globe is really something. Globe, can you give me a break?

2 hours later

I’ve been waiting all this time for the image to download. It’s just 16.5 mb. The download fails, I resumed, fails again, I resumed, fails many more times, I restarted modem, download resumed. Globe had me download 3/4 of the image for 2 hours before the browser finally cancelled the entire thing. Seriously, I have better things to do with my time than wait for Globe internet to not finish a download!

Globe Slow Downloads
2 and a half hours later
Globe Slow Downloads 2
3 hours later

In the end, it took Globe more than 3 and a half hours to finish downloading the 16.5 mb image. How is that a “5 mb per second” internet? It’s more like 5 mb per hour internet.

Globe the Harbinger of Migraine

Yes, I think I’m starting to get migraine, thanks to Globe. My head hurts.

Incidentally, I’ve also been expecting a mail that reportedly had attempted delivery on Tuesday, but hasn’t yet arrived in the local post office even after 2 days. PhilPost and Globe should get married, because they make a good match.

Their speed is what they have in common. And Globe’s not even government-owned.

Last updated November 9, 2017
Deomar Pandan

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