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PLDT DSL Plan 999 5Mbps Review: Is it worth it?

PLDT DSL Plan 999 5Mbps speed test

Internet is an absolute necessity at this day and age. Internet is important for a huge variety of reasons, and it affects and facilitates nearly every aspect of modern life. A lot of Filipinos use the internet to rekindle with their loved ones abroad, do homework, read news, watch cat videos --nearly everything nowadays is online. Heck, we're even branded as the social media capital of the world!

The internet penetration in the Philippines is so great that telco companies have struggled to keep up with the demand. Our country's internet is not only among the world's slowest but also the most expensive. That's why choosing the right internet service provider is very important. No one wants be stuck on a 2-year contract with over expensive internet and infuriating download speeds.

I opted for a 1-year contract with PLDT's myDSL 5mpbs plan and here are my impressions so far.

IT'S NOT ACTUALLY 999 A MONTH!
The plan comes mandatorily bundled with a telephone line that you have to pay each month. They say the line is necessary because it's where the DSL connection passes through. That's an additional 600 pesos to your monthly bill. This could work well with other people who frequently uses a telephone but it doesn't for me because I NEVER use the telephone. It just lies there, in an empty corner, collecting cobwebs.

PLDT DSL Plan 999 5Mbps speed test router

THE SPEEDS ARE SURPRISINGLY STABLE
I leave the router on 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. I've been on the plan for a about three months now and I haven't encountered any problem with it whatsoever. It's been pretty stable and performs as advertised. Sometimes it even goes beyond 6mbps. I know that their are a lot of people complaining about their service but I can only speak for myself and so far it's been good. 

PLDT DSL Plan 999 5Mbps speed test telephone

PRO TIP: If portability is not an issue for you, always go with the wired internet plans. Wireless connections have capacities and therefore have limitations. Their speeds are volatile because they are subject to congestion and geographical variables.

HANDLES 1080P STREAMING PRETTY WELL
Gone are the days of watching YouTube in potato settings. It handles 1080P streaming well and you won't be disappointed with how fast it buffers. It's perfect for streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and binge watching cat videos on YouTube. But move up to 1440p and you'll find yourself watching a stop motion film. Sadly, it doesn't have enough horsepower to handle streaming in any resolution above 1080p.

PLDT DSL Plan 999 5Mbps speed test

THE SPEEDS ARE STABLE, UPLOAD IS MEH
I game a lot and even play a few e-sports titles like DOTA 2 and CS:GO. As I've said before, the connection is stable and lag is not a problem. It manages to deliver enough speed at a low latency to make online games run buttery smooth. Ping is way below 100 and hovers around 15-35 which is good for gaming.

PLDT DSL Plan 999 5Mbps speed test


The upload speed hovers around 1mbps which is less than the acceptable speed of 2mbps. This matter a lot if you upload huge amounts of data on the internet like high definition videos and files.

IT'S UNLIMITED AND TORRENT DOWNLOADING IS A BLISS
Most plans nowadays, especially wired ones, comes with data capping which is not good for consumers. I myself can gobble up a 100gb monthly data allocation in one week. To my surprise, PLDT's plan come with unlimited data and it wouldn't bug you with additional charges even if you torrent day and night. Not to mention, torrent downloading is a bliss. A 1gb full HD movie can be downloaded in less than 20 minutes. I downloaded the whole Mr. Robot series in less than 2 hours.


IS IT WORTH IT?
PLDT's pricing should definitely improve. 1,600 pesos a month is still pricey for a 5mbps internet connection and it shouldn't be mandatorily bundled with a telephone. It's 2017, who the hell uses telephones?! The speeds are stable, streaming is buttery smooth, and it handles gaming well. PLDT should work on its upload speeds but its not much of a deal breaker for me since I don't upload large files online.  I came from a lousy  and data capped pocket wifi service from Sun and I'm more than happy to switch. They immediately installed it 4 days after I requested it and I've been a satisfied customer ever since.

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5 comments:

  1. There's nothing PLDT can do much to improve upload speed. I believe pldt is using adsl2+ standard which can only handle 1.4mbps of upstream without overhead. This is one of the limitations of any DSL standard.

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  2. Yes... yes.. we are @ 5mbps BUT right now the quality is shittier by the day. Just pinging from google 98ms at best then at times catching Request timed out. I miss the first year when we had the 1mbps speed but the ping is excellent stable 50ms~100ms

    ReplyDelete
  3. I do not understand where you got the 2mbps upload figure.
    Unless they opt for annex M you won't get that 2mbps upload on adsl2+

    ReplyDelete
  4. Just wait a few more months, that connection will be messed up.

    ReplyDelete

PLDT DSL Plan 999 5Mbps Review: Is it worth it?

PLDT DSL Plan 999 5Mbps speed test

Internet is an absolute necessity at this day and age. Internet is important for a huge variety of reasons, and it affects and facilitates nearly every aspect of modern life. A lot of Filipinos use the internet to rekindle with their loved ones abroad, do homework, read news, watch cat videos --nearly everything nowadays is online. Heck, we're even branded as the social media capital of the world!

The internet penetration in the Philippines is so great that telco companies have struggled to keep up with the demand. Our country's internet is not only among the world's slowest but also the most expensive. That's why choosing the right internet service provider is very important. No one wants be stuck on a 2-year contract with over expensive internet and infuriating download speeds.

I opted for a 1-year contract with PLDT's myDSL 5mpbs plan and here are my impressions so far.

IT'S NOT ACTUALLY 999 A MONTH!
The plan comes mandatorily bundled with a telephone line that you have to pay each month. They say the line is necessary because it's where the DSL connection passes through. That's an additional 600 pesos to your monthly bill. This could work well with other people who frequently uses a telephone but it doesn't for me because I NEVER use the telephone. It just lies there, in an empty corner, collecting cobwebs.

PLDT DSL Plan 999 5Mbps speed test router

THE SPEEDS ARE SURPRISINGLY STABLE
I leave the router on 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. I've been on the plan for a about three months now and I haven't encountered any problem with it whatsoever. It's been pretty stable and performs as advertised. Sometimes it even goes beyond 6mbps. I know that their are a lot of people complaining about their service but I can only speak for myself and so far it's been good. 

PLDT DSL Plan 999 5Mbps speed test telephone

PRO TIP: If portability is not an issue for you, always go with the wired internet plans. Wireless connections have capacities and therefore have limitations. Their speeds are volatile because they are subject to congestion and geographical variables.

HANDLES 1080P STREAMING PRETTY WELL
Gone are the days of watching YouTube in potato settings. It handles 1080P streaming well and you won't be disappointed with how fast it buffers. It's perfect for streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and binge watching cat videos on YouTube. But move up to 1440p and you'll find yourself watching a stop motion film. Sadly, it doesn't have enough horsepower to handle streaming in any resolution above 1080p.

PLDT DSL Plan 999 5Mbps speed test

THE SPEEDS ARE STABLE, UPLOAD IS MEH
I game a lot and even play a few e-sports titles like DOTA 2 and CS:GO. As I've said before, the connection is stable and lag is not a problem. It manages to deliver enough speed at a low latency to make online games run buttery smooth. Ping is way below 100 and hovers around 15-35 which is good for gaming.

PLDT DSL Plan 999 5Mbps speed test


The upload speed hovers around 1mbps which is less than the acceptable speed of 2mbps. This matter a lot if you upload huge amounts of data on the internet like high definition videos and files.

IT'S UNLIMITED AND TORRENT DOWNLOADING IS A BLISS
Most plans nowadays, especially wired ones, comes with data capping which is not good for consumers. I myself can gobble up a 100gb monthly data allocation in one week. To my surprise, PLDT's plan come with unlimited data and it wouldn't bug you with additional charges even if you torrent day and night. Not to mention, torrent downloading is a bliss. A 1gb full HD movie can be downloaded in less than 20 minutes. I downloaded the whole Mr. Robot series in less than 2 hours.


IS IT WORTH IT?
PLDT's pricing should definitely improve. 1,600 pesos a month is still pricey for a 5mbps internet connection and it shouldn't be mandatorily bundled with a telephone. It's 2017, who the hell uses telephones?! The speeds are stable, streaming is buttery smooth, and it handles gaming well. PLDT should work on its upload speeds but its not much of a deal breaker for me since I don't upload large files online.  I came from a lousy  and data capped pocket wifi service from Sun and I'm more than happy to switch. They immediately installed it 4 days after I requested it and I've been a satisfied customer ever since.

.post-body img { max-width: 100%important; height: auto!important; }

5 comments:

  1. There's nothing PLDT can do much to improve upload speed. I believe pldt is using adsl2+ standard which can only handle 1.4mbps of upstream without overhead. This is one of the limitations of any DSL standard.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Yes... yes.. we are @ 5mbps BUT right now the quality is shittier by the day. Just pinging from google 98ms at best then at times catching Request timed out. I miss the first year when we had the 1mbps speed but the ping is excellent stable 50ms~100ms

    ReplyDelete
  3. I do not understand where you got the 2mbps upload figure.
    Unless they opt for annex M you won't get that 2mbps upload on adsl2+

    ReplyDelete
  4. Just wait a few more months, that connection will be messed up.

    ReplyDelete

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