Have you seen the print ads from Globelines lately? They have promo that offers landline bundled with broadband internet connection (with speed up to 384kbps) for just P995 net. It is actually a great package. So I called to inquire and maybe apply. The catch? Its available in selected areas only. The customer service rep gave these areas of coverage: Marikina, Mandaluyong, Pasig, Makati and San Juan. I asked her if they have in Quezon City since I saw their booth in the park “tiangge” two weeks ago. And she said no. Duh? Why are they actively advertising in nationwide newspapers when their infrastructure is not yet ready? By the way, their website was no help either.
So now I moved on to call PLDT for their NXGN Xtra Value Plan 888. For P888 net, you’ll get the landline + myDSL (88kbps) + Free PLDT to PLDT NDD calls for one year + Free Modem + Free Installation. They also have a variation of this offer, which gives you 384kbps for only P990 net. The catch? Again, it is available only to those lines that are NXGN. Fortunately, our line in Quezon City is already NXGN, but our office line is not yet. Another catch is the tie up period of 2 years. Pre-termination of the line will be charged P990x3, plus P1,200 for the cost of the modem. The funny thing with this PLDT promo is that they are also actively campaigning with their print ads, only to know that not all areas fall under NXGN.
For Bayantel, they have 384kbps DSL for P899 net. If you don’t have an existing Bayantel line, you have to pay for the installation fee of P1899, which includes the the landline and the modem already. Monthly fee for the landline is P300 net. So, total monthly bill is almost P1,200. Lock up period for the DSL is one year.
Given these choices, I think I will apply for the PLDT P990 promo. It’s the cheapest in the sense that our landline bill is already ranging from P600 to P750 per month. So just for a couple of hundred more, you get DSL as well.