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PLDT vs Globe vs Converge ICT: Fiber internet plans available

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SO you finally realized that you can get fast home internet connection in the Philippines, thanks to fiber, which can transfer a huge amount of data seamlessly and deliver speeds over longer distances without being susceptible to electromagnetic interference.

(Update, October 21, 2017: Sky now offers fiber-internet plans. Check out PLDT vs Globe vs Converge vs Sky: Fiber-internet plans available.)

(Update, June 26, 2017: Our story about our experience with Globe Telecom, PLDT, and Converge ICT is finally up! Read this article: Globe vs PLDT vs Converge ICT: Our experience so far.)

SEE ALSO: Being a first adopter doesn’t always suck: Our case with Smart and Globe

What are your choices out there? Is your area fiber-ready? You may want to check if up-to-1Gbps internet connection is available in your place. And are the plans within your budget?

Here, we present a listing of the offers of PLDT, Globe Telecom, and Converge ICT, so you can see which one suits your needs. We’ll save the comparison of each provider’s actual connection performance and service for next time. (We’re currently subscribed to two. And oh, believe us, there’s a huge difference. The third didn’t reply to us after months of following up with it.)

The cheapest package that PLDT offers is Fibr Plan 1699, which the telco introduced two months after unveiling Plan 1899. The most expensive is a gigabyte plan, but you need to contact PLDT to know more about the monthly fee and other details.

  • Plan 1699 (around $34) — Speeds of up to 5Mbps; unlimited; modem and installation fee: P3,600 ($73) or P119 ($2.40) per month for 36 months; 12 months unlimited access to iFlix
  • Plan 1699 — Speeds of up to 15Mbps; 150GB per month volume allowance; modem and installation fee: P3,600 or P119 per month for 36 months; 12 months unlimited access to iFlix
  • Plan 1899 ($38) — Speeds of up to 20Mbps; unlimited; modem and installation fee: P3,600 or P119 per month for 36 months; 12 months unlimited access to iFlix
  • Plan 1899 — Speeds of up to 50Mbps; 300GB per month volume allowance; modem and installation fee: P3,600 or P119 per month for 36 months; 12 months unlimited access to iFlix
  • Plan 2899 ($58) — Speeds of up to 50Mbps; unlimited; 12 months unlimited access to iFlix
  • Plan 3499 ($70) — Speeds of up to 50Mbps; unlimited; comes with Cignal Budget Plan; 12 months unlimited access to iFlix
  • Fibr Giga Plan (for the monthly fee, swing by this page) — Speeds of up to 1Gbps; 12 months unlimited access to iFlix

The plans go from 1899 all the way to 9499. Take note: You’ll get more freebies from Globe, including an NBA League Pass and access to streaming services Netflix and HOOQ.

  • Plan 1899 — Speeds of up to 50Mbps; 300GB per month data allocation; installation fee: P1,000 ($20) payable in 3 months; free Wi-Fi router; 6 months access to Netflix, HOOQ, and NBA; free landline with unlimited calls to Globe and TM
  • Plan 2499 ($50) — Speeds of up to 100Mbps; 1TB per month data allocation; installation fee: P1,000 ($20) payable in 3 months; free Wi-Fi router; 6 months access to Netflix, HOOQ, and NBA; free landline with unlimited calls to Globe and TM
  • Plan 4499 ($91) — Speeds of up to 200Mbps; 1.5TB per month data allocation; installation fee: P1,000 ($20) payable in 3 months; free Wi-Fi router; 6 months access to Netflix, HOOQ, and NBA; free landline with unlimited calls to Globe and TM
  • Plan 6999 ($141) — Speeds of up to 500Mbps; 3TB per month data allocation; installation fee: P1,000 ($20) payable in 3 months; free Wi-Fi router; 6 months access to Netflix, HOOQ, and NBA; free landline with unlimited calls to Globe and TM
  • Plan 9499 ($191) — Speeds of up to 1Gbps; 6TB per month data allocation; installation fee: P1,000 ($20) payable in 3 months; free Wi-Fi router; 6 months access to Netflix, HOOQ, and NBA; free landline with unlimited calls to Globe and TM

Converge’s plans have been updated a few days ago, with the introduction of its two most expensive offers and its cheapest package getting a 5Mbps speed bump. Don’t expect any freebies from the company, though.

  • Plan 1500 ($30) — Speeds of up to 25Mbps; unlimited; installation fee: P2,500 ($50)
  • Plan 2500 — Speeds of up to 50Mbps; unlimited; installation fee: P2,500
  • Plan 3500 ($71) — Speeds of up to 100Mbps; unlimited; installation fee: P2,500
  • Plan 4500 ($91) — Speeds of up to 300Mbps; unlimited; installation fee: P2,500
  • Plan 7000 ($141) — Speeds of up to 500Mbps; unlimited; installation fee: P2,500

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  • KL

    How apply converge internet fiber?

  • Jubelyn May Pajarillaga
    • Alora Uy Guerrero

      Thanks for sharing, Jubelyn. Glad that you’re happy with Converge ICT’s service thus far.

      • Jubelyn May Pajarillaga

        yes..
        i’m very much happy and satisfied..

  • Jubelyn May Pajarillaga

    CONVERGE user here!!! haha.. super happy 🙂
    so fast…………

  • Badmilk

    Hi, I am from Pilar Village, Las Piñas City. I am whole-heartedly planning to switch to Converge because of the services I’m hearing about. It caught my attention ’cause I am a game streamer and I really need stable upload speed (and download speed as well) to keep my stream connection stable. My current ISP is Sky Broadband (16mbps with super low upload speed which is 0.91mbps) and I am not that happy with its service and its price. Now the question is, is Converge really as good as the reviews show and is it possible to install in Pilar Village, Las Piñas? Thank you!

    • Hello. You’ll need to get in touch with Converge to find out if it’s possible to install their fiber in your area. Good luck! 🙂

  • Manny

    Whats the best?

  • John De Jesus

    Hi I’m a resident from Quezon City area bandang q.c and araneta ave. may slot pa ba near this area ? thank you

  • Soneebee

    I am currently using converge for a few days now. So far i am getting consistent speeds. Download is around 3mbps. Kinda cool as download and upload are same so posting videos on youtube or fb is fast. So far so good… Area is Las pinas

    • Converge is only offering fiber connections, per its official website. If you’re not getting at least 20Mbps, then you’re not getting your money’s worth. The cheapest Converge offer costs P1,599 monthly for 20Mbps. 3Mbps down and up is laughably slow.

      • Juniffer Pablo

        I think he meant 3MB/s.

        • Songbird Supreme

          Hi ask ko lang ano ba pinagkaiba ng mbps sa mb/s? Kasi may real time na app ako dito na nalalaman yung data ko. Both Globe at Smart ang max eh 1mb/s lang 😒

          • Marvel Artuz

            Megabytes (MBps) and Megabits (Mbps) are different. 1 byte = 8 bits. That 20 Mbps = 2.5MBps. Google for prefixes also. At least if you are not aware the differences in magnitude between Giga, Mega and Kilo.

    • Ayen

      Thanks Soneebee

      Converge ICT

      • Pinaasa ako ng Converge. Sabi serviceable daw ako at pinagpasa ako ng requirements tapos wait ko daw account number. So nagpasa ako at inantay account number, kinabukasan inemail ako, “wala na daw slot.” Wow. 🙁

        • Jubelyn May Pajarillaga

          ohhh.. so sad.. buti na lang pala hindi nangyari sakin yan

  • Chesca

    We got scammed by Converge! We were talking to their agent, maayos naman kausap then when we paid for the line (4,500) he blocked us from his facebook page. Beware and be cautious with transacting online.

    • It’s never a good idea to pay an agent or anyone who claims to represent the company directly. As a general rule, only make transactions inside the company’s store or business center and only with authorized representatives.

      Also — and this is very important — companies do not allow their sales staff to receive payments from subscribers online or offline, for obvious reasons.

      We doubt the person you paid is connected with Converge at all.

    • Jubelyn May Pajarillaga

      maybe it’s not really from converge, so sorry to hear that..
      hindi naman sa fb page kami nakapag transact sa gmail namin kausap then fill up mga forms online tapos pumunta pa kami sa company nila sa mandaluyong

  • Sam Reyes

    Hi, i just wanna know kung saan yung location nung mga mahina ang inernet? im planning for converge kasi I used to be PLDT customer everyday sil may downtime.. how about manila kaya? any feedback from converge user here in manila?

    • Ayen

      Hi Sam,

      Where exactly in Manila to further check if feasible with the internet service. Thanks

      Converge ICT

    • Jubelyn May Pajarillaga

      i’m here at san juan city, sa mandaluyong yung office nila

  • Mark Villaluz

    So, I’ve been trying to apply sa converge for 4 months now, sabi nila nun pwede daw makabitan sa amin, bingay ko na lahat ng requirements, sobrang tagal magreply, it took them weeks to reply to a single message, tapos kahapon lng sinabi “As per last approval with the installation team, we can’t service the area due to overspan baka po kasi maapektuhan yung service kung pipilitin po.. I suggest na refund na po muna natin yung advance payment then once magkavacancy sa malapit po na cabinet sa inyo kokontakin ko po kayo para renew natin installation”. BOOM sakit diba, 4 months kong hinintay, inaasahan ko na may 25 mbps na kmi nung july pa, tapos after lahat nung ginawa ko na, after ko ipacheck kung ano na ung progress everytime na uwi ako from school ganto lng. Pass. Hard Pass sa CONVERGE.

    • If it’s available in your area, go with either Globe or PLDT. We haven’t heard a lot of good things about Converge ICT.

      • Mark Villaluz

        Nka PLDT po kmi ngayon, kaso po mahal kasi kapag ung 20+ or more mbps ung plan. I was planning to have my own wifi connection that only I would connect and in turn pay for it myself, and I’m still a student 😥

    • ganyan din experience ko. serviceable daw pinagpasa ako requirements then ayun wala daw slot nagantay ako sa wala

  • Justine Peña

    I’ve been dealing with converge for the past 2 months and they’re incredibly slow. I applied for the connection 2 months ago and they still haven’t installed despite my frequent requests for update. On the day that they scheduled to install they failed to appear and was asking for another day to install. I can’t revoke my request because I’ve already paid. So far this has been a terrible experience.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Justine. 🙂

  • tri max

    Pnka ok ang converge wlng problema at precise yung speed na bnbyrn mo,na trt kona ang pldt sobra everytime may problem sa connection at mnsn sbrng bagal kpg tnwgn mo yung nmbr nla pra i complain yung problem dnmn mgwn ng praan kc nga puro irereport lng nila pro wlng nngyyri converge ang pnk the best

  • Empty Maldita

    i just want to ask if there’s a landline inclusion ?? coz pldt and globe is with free landline

    • No landline for Converge packages as far as we know.

  • Converge Review

    read here and think again https://www.facebook.com/convergereview/

  • Faye Ferrer

    Thanks for the comparison. I would be interested to see your actual usage review, it is really hard to dive into any of the three since they have at least three years lock-in contract.

  • Artanis

    Good luck Smart and Globe, Converge ICT is much appreciated.

    • achaykiller

      now if only converge answers the damn calls lol

      • Alora Uy Guerrero

        You’re actually right! Check out our story, “Globe vs PLDT vs Converge ICT: Our experience so far,” at http://www.revu.com.ph/2017/06/globe-pldt-converge-ict-internet/

        • Michael

          3 days with converge ict in las pinas all i cam say modem is crap. Less down time is not true. Service technical support you will have to wait an hlur to get an answer avoid this ill go to icts office to get a full refund

          • Herman Amaro

            where you at in las pinas?.. planing to move to ICT? mmm….

      • Di ata kayang i-accommodate yung influx ng interested customers nila.

    • Alora Uy Guerrero

      What achaykiller said is true. Check out our update: http://www.revu.com.ph/2017/06/globe-pldt-converge-ict-internet/