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PLDT intros cheapest fiber plan. Is it worth it?

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THE affordable has become cheaper. Two months after introducing Fiber Plan 1899, PLDT unveiled a fiber-optic internet-connection package whose monthly fee is friendlier to your budget than the 1899. 

Starting this month, you may now add PLDT Fibr Plan 1699 to your list of choices when choosing a broadband plan — if your area is fiber-ready, that is. For P1,699 a month, you’ll get speeds of up to 5Mbps and an unlimited volume allowance. So besides the Fibr Giga Plan at 1Gbps, the telco’s offers now include the following:

Pricing of PLDT Fibr Plans

PLDT Fibr Plans. Not shown here is the service that gives you speeds of up to 1Gbps.

But is Fibr Plan 1699 really something you’d like to avail yourself of if price and volume allowance are an issue?

Here is our suggestion: If you can spare P200 more, just subscribe to PLDT Fibr Plan 1899. The difference is minimal, but you’ll already have connection speeds of up to 20Mbps — the disparity between 20Mbps and 5Mbps is just too big. Better yet, you’re still not capped. 

If price and volume allowance are an issue, here is our suggestion: If you can spare P200 more, just subscribe to PLDT Fibr Plan 1899.

Plan 1699 has a lock-in period of 36 months. With the other offers, you’ll be tied to PLDT for only 30 months. Still long, but just the same, that’s six months shorter than three frickin’ years. Good for you if you’ll end up being happy with the service, but what if you won’t be? You’ll just have to suffer till your contract ends — or pay the termination fee.

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Another factor not going for the package: You’ll have to pay P3,300 or P119 per month for the whole duration of your contract for the modem and the installation service. There’s no such thing as free here. 

Of course, you can always check the plans of other companies that offer fiber connection. There’s Globe Telecom and Converge ICT. See if they’re available in your area then do some digging. Whichever you choose, we think you’re still better off because fiber is still faster than cable and DSL. We’ve been taking advantage of it since 2015, and we haven’t looked back.

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Editor-in-chief: Alora Uy Guerrero has 21 years of experience as an editor for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. She took time off journalism to manage OPPO’s digital-marketing campaigns. When not busy with her babies, she’s working on Revü, a passion project — or probably traveling or obsessing over her favorite bands, movies, TV shows, and basketball teams.