Globe's Tattoo gets you totally loaded with 300 load

Monday, September 28, 2009

Monday, 28 September 2009 00:00

As if Tattoo were not already uber-cool, Globe Broadband has just upped the
ante by filling up your favorite broadband USB with a full P300 worth of
free load. That means 15 whole hours of pure unadulterated surfing pleasure.
That's 3x as much load as you'll get anywhere else, and it's available until
October 31.

Globe broadband Tattoo Prepaid usb drops to Php895

Monday, September 14, 2009


The catch — well, promo period is only until October 31, 2009. The Globe Broadband Tattoo prepaid kit still comes with free 5 hours of mobile 3G worth Php100. Kits are available at Globe Stores and authorized dealers nationwide.

Note: SmartBro Prepaid kit also costs Php995 now.

News Flash smart bro Plug it Now 995, FORMERLY 1999

Globe Tattoo usb plug it

Globe Broadband Tattoo, formerly known as Globe Visibility, uses a USB stick that works as a modem. Users simply plug the stick into their PCs or laptops to surf the Web anytime, anywhere. 3G and High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) technology enables high-speed connectivity and fast downloads. With Globe Broadband Tattoo, users can experience speeds of up to 2 Mbps. That makes activities like social networking, chatting, blogging, emailing and even streaming music and movies much more enjoyable yet still affordable.

Go to their official website here http://site.globe.com.ph/web/guest/254?sid=1252896531151

Globe redesigned Globe Broadband Tattoo not just as a connectivity tool for its users, but a lifestyle tool as well. Users can now choose from a range of three hip and trendy Globe Broadband Tattoo USB designs, featuring artwork in black, orange, or blue. Depending on the user’s personal style, they can choose the skin that reflects their personalities and lifestyles the most.

The Globe Broadband Tattoo Prepaid Kit comes with a free P100.00 load that is equivalent to five hours of free Internet time. On top of that, users pay only P5.00 per fifteen (15) minutes on the Internet.

And once users have consumed their free load, reloading the Globe Broadband Tattoo Prepaid SIM is easy because it can be loaded like a regular prepaid SIM, whether through Share-A-Load, Globe Load or prepaid call cards

Users may also opt for a postpaid plan for Globe Broadband Tattoo; there is a range of plans for as low as P 799/month with 60 free mobile internet hours each month.

Aside from using Globe Broadband Tattoo as a mobile Internet modem, the SIM card inside the USB can also be used for calls and sending text messages at regular cellphone rates. The USB also comes with a built-in expansion slot where users can insert their own Micro SD card for additional file storage.

New Tattoo skins

http://site.globe.com.ph/web/guest/broadband/news/1?sid=qmlnjfs2lcb71252897166306

There is a nice review at this blog which includes photos of the kit, click the headline below to read http://rexdelsar.com/blog/2009/03/review-globe-tatoo-wireless-broadband-prepaid-kit/comment-page-2/#comment-5241

You can share this USB Tattoo with others using a router

You can use this router below for the USB plug it to use it as a router too

Aztech HW550-3G http://www.aztech.com/prod_3g_hw550.html

http://www.onecommerce.com.ph/home-red.html is the seller in the Philippines about 3,800 pesos N router with speeds up to 300 kbps wireless in contrast to 52 kbps on G. Full speed in the router LAN connections in the back 4 port

Another 3G router
3G Mobile WiFi Router: D-Link DIR-451


UNLOCKING & EXTERNAL ANTENNA

Also the Globe USB Tattoo may also be able to have an antenna added to make better reception outside. You can also add a USB cord from CDRKing so you can stick the usb out the window to get better range. Check my blog on the SMART bro USB noted in this posting to get the details on the antenna to buy and where and also the extension cable from CDR King.

UNLOCK You can get the SUN or Globe modem which is and get it unlocked on SULIT and then use it with SMART as well as it has a plug in for an antenna which would definitely increase your signal if placed near a window or buy the antenna panel from the link below which will plug into the plug it from SUN. Go to sulit and search unlock SUN

http://www.sulit.com.ph

side view of the USB stick with concealed slot for a micro-SD card and socket for an external antenna

side view of the USB stick with concealed slot for a micro-SD card and socket for an external antenna

EXTERNAL ANTENNA SUN uses the HUAWEI E160 and it has a connection on side for an external antenna which is nice. You can get unlocked at http://www.sulit.com.ph/ just type E160 unlock and you will get the instructions how to load the sign it details for SUN, SMART or Globe after it is unlocked. I have tested the service and it works. Onlline chatter says Globe uses the same HUAWEI E160 usb modem and if so you can again get it unlocked for service with any provider from the source at sulit above and also it has an external antenna connection to allow you to use an external antenna to increase your signal which is badly needed.

Learn more about unlocking this Tattoo here for use also with SMART and SUN

http://www.philmug.ph/forum/showpost.php?s=7195cc97e2ec44e1b947dc14c568bcfb&p=646344&postcount=1

You can get an external antenna plug and antenna panel here


roughclaw YM http://roughclaw.com/Products--and--Services.php
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CDR King has a nice extension cord to extend your usb cord out the window to get a better signal, and it has a booster built in too

USB extension cables at CDRKing under cable accessories usb http://www.cdrking.com/

Disadvantages to Globe 2 mbps usb plug it Tattoo and reviews and speeds






Disadvantages
1. 15 minutes 5 pesos but if you loose connection for any reason you will be charged another 5 pesos and this can get expensive if you have a weak signal or Globe has network problems and yet you pay for it. Globe needs to seriously rethink its disappearing minutes as Congress and the customer on blogs complain about this ripoff.
2. No per minute plans like SMART offers. SMART is listening to customers and congress and it seems GLOBE is ignoring the customer pleas to stop making them pay for load and then not letting them use the minutes paid for just like Congress complained they were doing in cell phone calls expiration and missing loads. What you pay for you should get pure and simple. http://smart.com.ph/bro/Features.htm
3. Globe has no unlimited plans like SMART has (1500 pesos per month nationwide for unlimited SMART Bro plug it) http://smart.com.ph/bro/products/

Monthly plans are not competitive with either SMART or SUN.
See Sun plans here they have cheap per minutes rates but their usb is still 1899 so they are not meeting competition 
http://www.suncellular.com.ph/broadband.php

SUN INTERNET USB PLUG IT NOW GIVES 180 HOURS FREE SURFING READ REVIEWS
Sun just finally met the competition a little by now offering 180 free for 30 days when you buy their 1895 usb plug it modem. Smart now offers modem for 999 and Globe for 895
http://suninternet.wordpress.com/


4. No per minute rates and rips off on the 15 minute rate even worse than SMART does with the 30 minute plans. Both are unfair to the consumer
Here is the per minute rates of SMART http://smart.com.ph/bro/Features.htm

News Flash smart bro Plug it Now 995, FORMERLY 1999

5. 2 year lock in period for post paid contract 2 year lock in contracts are way too long for such a service! And why don't they allow customers a trial period before lockin so customers can test the speed and satisfaction with the service rather than causing later customer dissatisfaction everywhere and clogging customer service centers with concerns, wasting staff resources and erroding stock profits as a result. The USB stick is free with the post paid plan.

Pricing plans for post paid should be revised if they want to compete with SMART who has an unlimited plan with unlimited hours for 1500 a month while Globe only 120 hours for 1499 pesos a month which after the other disadvantages makes the choice of SMART or SUN with much lower prices much better choices.   reference http://tattoo.globe.com.ph/


Post paid application is evidently required but very hard to locate on the web. It seems Globe is pushing their prepaid and makes it difficult to find out about the postpaid online. This is not good business promise and I assume their requirements are even worse than SMART which waste customer time with repeated trips and slow processing when Globe and SMART could make it a much less painful process for post paid and save lots of staff time and stockholder money. 



Read the Digital Robbery blog here about disappearing minutes on SMART BRO plug it or my review of disappearing minutes in one of the sections of this blog but this applies even more so to Globe where they don't even give you any credit if you get disconnected, you start all over a new session and get charged too and this is very wrong and until senior management addresses this major fault I am sure Globe is doomed to failure in competition with Smart and Sun.
http://thepinoy.net/?p=3518



Reviews by other bloggers (more added soon)
http://www.nomad4ever.com/2009/08/17/3gumts-internet-smartbro-or-globe-tattoo-in-the-philippines/comment-page-1

Also check out this review of a blogger who went all over the country testing the internet as he went. His findings showed

So what is the difference between Smart and Globe? Driving with a Tricycle more than 4.000 kilometers around the whole country over the last 2 months - and accessing the internet in every town I stayed over night - here are my first-hand experiences regarding Smart Bro and Globe Tattoo:

Prepaid Offers: Globe offers 15 minutes for 5 Pesos, Smart offers 30 minutes for 10 Pesos. That looks on first view like a win for Globe, due to the lower time unit - but wait a minute! If you get disconnected - what can easily happen in a lower coverage area - you will pay another 5 Pesos again, even if you didn’t consume your 15 minutes yet. With Smart you can disconnect/reconnect as often as you please within your 30 minute period. It’s basically a draw - but something to consider. *

Speeds: Both providers offer similar speeds on paper, with Smart having the upper hand in reality. Both start with simple 3G, which is theoretically up to 384 kbps bandwidth. An extension to that is HSDPA, which can go as high as 3.6 Mbps of bandwidth, although Smart offers maximum 2 Mbps. There is of course a huge difference between theory and reality. In reality I never had higher download speeds than 90 kbps with Smart and 40-50 kbps with Globe - which doesn’t sound like a lot, but is still good enough to surf the web, use Skype for telephony and video chat, check out YouTube Videos and even download the odd larger patch or software. *

Globe Tattoo 3G Starter Kit - better design than coverageCoverage: During the trip around the country I found the coverage of Globe Tattoo mediocre at best, mostly it wasn’t even available in bigger towns - not even GPRS speeds. Exceptions are the island of Luzon and the Metro Manila area. There are also some university towns that are covered by Globe Tattoo as well, but they are few and far between. So probably one reason why Globe changed the name to Tattoo was, that their Globe Visibility service was actually a ‘Globe Invisibility service’. *

Compare that with the coverage of Smart Bro, which is literally available anywhere - even in/on smaller cities and islands. The only exceptions were Samar and Leyte, which has the least developed 3G internet infrastructure. Tacloban and Ormoc on Leyte were the few exceptions here, the rest of the 2 islands had maximum GPRS speeds available. Gloibe was literally non-existant. Smart also offers generally country-wide higher speeds like HSDPA, an extension to the standard 3G speeds, which are offered by Globe only around Makati and Ermita in Manila. *

Reliability: The reliability of both services is pretty good - when you have coverage. There are some disconnects from time to time - but simply reconnect and the data flows again. Also you can experience some longer outages from time to time. Here again I had more troubles with Globe than with Smart. With Globe Tattoo I also had issues using POP3 mail, which could only be received, but not sent. Also the upload speeds are where SmartBro really shines - you can upload almost as fast as download - which is important, if you use Online Services like Flickr.com or Dropbox to backup your pictures or personal files. Globe is on the losing end in that regard again. I’m currently sitting here on Bantayan Island - a small island about 10km away from Cebu island - and having 4 bars out of 5 standard 3G speed with Smart Bro here. Globe Tattoo isn’t even showing any faster speed than plain GPRS connection, that is somewhere in the 8-12 kbps range, similar to analogue modem dial-up.

Conclusion Smart Bro LogoIf you are roaming the country, there is only one clear winner here - it’s SmartBro! It’s virtually available anywhere, the speeds are decent and the realiability is acceptable. The world of Globe is mainly restricted to the Metro Manila area. I wonder if they still think, that the world is flat? In Manila they are even under more threads also; with new rivals like Sun Cellular joining the 3G competition. But hey - more competition, good for the consumer, right? If you stay mainly in one area - it doesn’t hurt to try out both. Maybe even Sun Cellular is offering 3G services in your area! So what to do? Don’t fall for their sim-locked Starter Kits! Get a UMTS Card for your PC, use a Netbook with UMTS slot or simply your 3G-ready phone. Just buy a prepaid SIM card, which can go as low as 40 Pesos for Smart, Globe or Sun in most locations. Try out which service works most reliable in your area. Use the other SIM card as a backup service, in case your main provider is experiencing an outage

Globe Tattoo experience in Pasay City

Read the above review and speeds here http://www.calvinshub.com/2009/09/globe-tattoo-experience-in-pasay-city/comment-page-1/#comment-15068

Read other comments here

http://www.yugatech.com/blog/telecoms/globe-tattoo-prepaid-drops-to-php895/
Ric replied on Sep 12th, 2009 at 11:31 pm (22)
While I agree that lowering prices are great, I would prefer if these telcos deliver on their promised speeds and coverage. Doing that alone will have customers knocking at their door instead of them trying all these marketing and ad gimmicks. Word of mouth alone should keep their business flourishing as long as they maintain quality of service.

I just bought a Smart Bro prepaid for 995 and I would have gladly paid for the original price rather than getting it this cheap with lousy speeds in return.
Kenneth replied on Sep 13th, 2009 at 8:56 pm (31)
Another great news that I might had overlooked again. I wonder will Sun catch up with the two top networks? It’s been ages since I’ve been hearing the same reasons that their internet packages using a USB modem is ONLY available in the Metro.
virtualstefan13 replied on Sep 14th, 2009 at 1:43 am (32)
unlocked my Smart Bro MF627 and tried GLOBE…. Globe compresses the images and therefore the quality of images sucks…
I’m sticking with SMART BRO…
Kung may SUN lang sana dito sa PANAY…
Vance replied on Sep 14th, 2009 at 2:33 pm (38)
Nothing beats Sun hehe when it comes to package deal. For existing sun users: P699 – unlimited 3G internet, for non existing Sun users, 189x (during week days) then weekend promo: 159x for the modem and then 799 per month. Compared to other networks meter/capped plans aside from paying the modem.

Globe Broadband Tattoo: Fast or Slow?

I had a holiday vacation with my boss and some office staff just recently. In that occasion, a lady colleague bought a Globe Broadband Tattoo prepaid kit from a Globe Business Center.

And so a day after, we reported back to office. With excitement, she requested me to install her new Globe Broadband Tattoo. I noted some of my observations during installation and actual usage.
  • The signal strength depends on your distance from a Globe cellsite.
  • The quality of service depends on the availability of the type of signal available such as Dial-Up, WIZ Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE, 3G or HSDPA in your area. Unfortunately, the cellsite closest to us is still on EDGE. The signal type, by the way, is shown at the lower left portion of the module.
  • Globe Broadband Tattoo can be easily installed on any computer with XP or Vista operating system. I discovered later that it works much better in Windows 7.
Sadly, the speed is just a little faster than a dial-up connection. Both testmy.net and speedtest.net revealed a 100 to 110 kbps (14 kB/s) download speed. Based on the table below, that speed for an EDGE powered mobile internet connection is still within range.

Mobile Internet ConnectionAverage SpeedMax Speed
HSDPA 400-700 Kbps2 Mbps
3G 150-250 Kbps 384 Kbps
EDGE80-120 Kbps156 Kbps
GPRS30-40 Kbps 56 Kbps
WIZ Wi-FiDependent on Hotspot 512 Kbps
Dial Up30-40 Kbps 56 Kbps

Conclusion: Globe Broadband Tattoo's internet connection speed depends on the type of signal available in your area.

You're lucky if your area is already covered by HSDPA. Here is the list of areas with HSDPA mobile internet connection. This review is here http://coolbusteratyourservice.blogspot.com/2009/08/globe-broadband-tattoo-fast-slow.html


Globe Tattoo FAQs

Sunday, September 13, 2009

FAQs included here just scroll down to read the full details for these questions

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What documents do I need to submit in order to get a Globe Broadband Tattoo Prepaid Kit?
Where can I buy a Globe Broadband Tattoo?
What is inside the Globe Broadband Tattoo Kit?
What are the available colors?
How do I get started?
Do I pay a monthly fee?
How much is the browsing rate?
How do I check my load balance?
Do I get charged if I check my load balance?
What if I exceed a fraction of 15 minutes?
What if the connection is not stable and I disconnect and reconnect within the 15-minute surfing duration? Will I be charged P5 every time I connect and reconnect within the 15 minutes?
Is there a minimum maintaining balance in order to use my Globe Broadband Tattoo?
How do I reload my Globe Broadband Tattoo?
What do the text beside the signal bars mean on the lower right hand side of the Globe Broadband Tattoo window?
Can I send and receive text and use value added services using Globe Broadband Tattoo?
Can I use my Globe Broadband Tattoo when I am in another country?
Will Globe Broadband Tattoo work with a Mac?
Will Globe Broadband Tattoo work with Windows?
If I have questions about my Globe Broadband Tattoo, who can I contact?
Is Globe Broadband Tattoo available in Postpaid?
Will I be locked-up if I avail of the Postpaid Plan?
Do I need to pay P1,895 for the USB stick?
Will I be locked-up if I avail of the Postpaid Plan?
Will I be cut if I go over my free hours?
How will I be charged if I go beyond my free Internet hours?
Is my area covered by HSDPA?


What documents do I need to submit in order to get a Globe Broadband Tattoo Prepaid Kit?

No need to submit any ID or documentation. Just pay P1,895 for the kit.

Where can I buy a Globe Broadband Tattoo?

You can buy from any of the following outlets located nationwide:

  • Globe Business Centers
  • Globelines Payments and Services Centers
  • SM Department Stores
  • National Bookstore
  • Makro
  • Globe authorized dealers nationwide

What is inside the Globe Broadband Tattoo Kit?

  • Globe Broadband Tattoo USB
  • Globe Broadband Tattoo Prepaid SIM card
  • Free 5 hours Internet usage worth P100 loaded in the SIM card
  • Use Manual

What are the available colors?

  • Black Dragon
  • Purple Brushstrokes
  • White Techie

How do I get started?

  • Insert the enclosed Globe SIM into the SIM slot in the USB modem
  • Plug in the Globe Broadband Tattoo into the USB slot in your PC or laptop.
  • Installation process will automatically start.
  • Once completely installed, click on the Globe Broadband Tattoo icon on your desktop.
  • Once the application is open, choose Globe Broadband Tattoo PREPAID or POSTPAID in the drop down box.
  • Click on CONNECT. You will know you are connected when:
      • A bubble will pop up at the bottom stating that your Globe Broadband Tattoo is now connected, or
      • When your CONNECT button changes to DISCONNECT
  • You can now start surfing the Internet.

Do I pay a monthly fee?

No monthly fees for Globe Broadband Tattoo PREPAID. You load your account as you use it, similar to a prepaid cellphone.

How much is the browsing rate?

P5 for 15 minutes

How do I check my load balance?

  • Click on TEXT (Envelope Icon)
  • In the text box beside the SEND TO field, type 222
  • In the message box, type BAL
  • Click on SEND TO
  • Your load balance will be sent to you via text
  • To view the message using your Globe Broadband Tattoo application
      • Click on the TEXT icon
      • Click on SIM/USIM Card folder
      • Click on INBOX

For Globe Broadband Tattoo Prepaid, always check your load balance before connecting to the Internet to avoid interruptions in your Internet surfing.

Do I get charged if I check my load balance?

No. The checking of load balance is free.

What if I exceed a fraction of 15 minutes?

If you exceed a fraction of 15 minutes, you will be charged another P5 which will be deducted from your load.

What if the connection is not stable and I disconnect and reconnect within the 15-minute surfing duration? Will I be charged P5 every time I connect and reconnect within the 15 minutes?

No, you will not be charged P5 every time you connect and reconnect as long as you are still within the 15-minute duration.

Is there a minimum maintaining balance in order to use my Globe Broadband Tattoo?

Yes, you are required to maintain a minimum of P5 load in order to use your Globe Broadband Tattoo

How do I reload my Globe Broadband Tattoo?

You can reload through any of the following:

  • Autoload Max from any Globe Retailer
  • Globe Call and Text Cards
  • Share-a-Load from a Globe cellphone
    • Click on write message
    • Type space <4> i.e. 100 1234
    • Send to 2+10 digit prepaid mobile number i.e. 2917XXXXXXX

When loading from Globe Prepaid cellphone, available denominations are P1 - P150.
When loading from Globe Postpaid cellphone, available denominations are P1 - P150, P300 and P500

What do the text beside the signal bars mean on the lower right hand side of the Globe Broadband Tattoo window?

Those are the different types of signals. Each type has a corresponding average and maximum speed. See table below:

Type of Mobile
Internet Connection

Average Speed

Maximum Speed

HSDPA

400 - 700 Kbps

2Mbps

3G

150 - 250 Kbps

384 Kbps

EDGE

80 - 120 Kbps

156 Kbps

GPRS

30 - 40 Kbps

56 Kbps

WIZ Wi-Fi

Dependent on hotspot

512 Kbps

Dial Up

30 - 40 Kbps

56 Kbps

Can I send and receive text and use value added services using Globe Broadband Tattoo?

Yes you can. Regular cellphone prepaid rates apply

Can I use my Globe Broadband Tattoo when I am in another country?

Yes you can. Regular cellphone roaming rates apply

Will Globe Broadband Tattoo work with a Mac?

Yes, it is compatible with a Mac OS v10.3 and up.

Will Globe Broadband Tattoo work with Windows?

Yes, it is compatible with Windows 2000, XP, and Vista.

If I have questions about my Globe Broadband Tattoo, who can I contact?

You can call our Customer Service Hotline by dialing 211* from your Globe cellphone or 730-1000**

* Calls to this number are toll-free if made from Globe or TM cellphone
** Calls to this number are toll free if made from Globe Landline

Is Globe Broadband Tattoo available in Postpaid?

Yes. There are 3 postpaid plans, each with corresponding free hours per month:

Plan

Free Internet Hours per Month

Plan 799

60 hours

Plan 999

75 hours

Plan 1499

120 hours

Will I be locked-up if I avail of the Postpaid Plan?

Yes, the lock-up period is 24 months.

Do I need to pay P1,895 for the USB stick?

No, the USB stick is FREE for Postpaid Plan subscribers

Will I be cut if I go over my free hours?

No, your browsing will not be cut even if you go over your free hours.

How will I be charged if I go beyond my free Internet hours?

You will be charged P0.33 per minute in excess of your free hours.

Is my area covered by HSDPA?


Is my area covered by HSDPA?
Click here to see a list of HSDPA areas
http://tattoo.globe.com.ph/HSDPA.php

These FAQs are from
http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=globe+tattoo+usb&d=76669770350504&mkt=en-PH&setlang=en-US&w=2eb80fdf,af563d72