Are you a SmartBRO USB modem user? Are you annoyed of their slow internet connection? Have you spent a fortune for paying their service? If your answer is YES to all of these questions then you are very lucky today! Because i am here to provide you information on how to get back at or at least make the most of, from a service that never really gave what they promised.
I’m a former dial-up user, because I really didn’t use the internet that much and I was still working at an internet cafe back then. Now, I’m in a bit of a slump and no longer have a landline phone service, so I told my brother to buy a SmartBro Prepaid Kit so that we can still have an internet connection at home without worrying about monthly bills. December last year he bought one and I got a bit excited to use it because of the nice things that I have read on their website. Later it turned out that their coverage in our area was low, it was 1 out of 5 bars most of the time. OUCH! Viewing Yahoo mail and friendster was already a hassle because of the slow connection, how am I supposed to watch Youtube Videos here?! The good thing about dial-up is, you already know that it’s slow, but with smartbro, their claim is “Just PLUG it IN! It’s BROADBAND!” then why in the name of everything holy is it like this?! This is the reason why I made a little bit of research on the net and this is what I found out. FREE INTERNET BROWSING USING YOUR SMARTBRO USB MODEM(technically you need at least 2pesos loaded to your account on certain situations).
How does it work?
Basically we will be using proxy servers to browse certain websites. The main difference is our proxy server is SMART Communications itself. For those who don’t know what a proxy server is, just imagine an extra computer between your PC and the internet. All data and information from your PC passes thru the proxy server first before it gets to the internet and vice versa. You might say, “Isn’t that the way SMARTBRO works?” Your data goes to Smart’s network first before they actually send it out? They would first determine if you have enough credits. If you do, then they will allow you to access the net but if not then, “Sorry! Your prepaid account does not have enough load to continue. Please re-load to resume your internet use. Thank you!” will appear on your browser. How is this proxy server thing any different?
Take a look at it this way, I’m pretty sure that almost all of us have passed or at least seen a toll gate. In order for you to have access to a certain place, you would first need to pay a certain amount of toll fee. They will not allow you to pass if you don’t pay-up. Right? Ok! But what if I found a way to reach that same place without passing thru the toll gate? I’m not talking about driving thru a thick forest or in the middle of a field etc. It’s a normal road. Does that make me a cheater when the rest of you pay honestly and I don’t? Call me anything you want but the same thing is applied here.
All our data will still pass thru SMART, but to a specific part of their network. A particular part of their network where they no longer monitor whether you have enough credits or not. So how can we use this to access the internet for free? Read on.
How do we do this?
If you see this notification, “Sorry! Your prepaid account does not have enough load to continue. Please re-load to resume your internet use. Thank you!” that means you no longer have enough credits on your account. All you need to do is type these proxy server’s addresses in your browser’s address bar so that you can access the internet.
As you can see, these are WAP sites of SMART. WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) is primarily used for providing internet access for mobile phones. But you don’t need to worry because it will also work on your pc browser.
Once the proxy server’s page loads it will provide its own address bar. That is where you should put the address of the site you want to visit and not the address bar on your browser. Voila! Free internet for all!
Reminder; since this is free and probably designed for phones, don’t expect a fast connection. But anyway it’s free. And another thing, if you can no longer connect to SMART’s network (meaning if you Click the CONNECT button and is says “Retry or Cancel”) you will need to put 9pesos or below to your account. PASALOAD works. It will not be used up but you won’t be able to use it to send text messages. You can browse the net for as long as the amount doesn’t expire, which is around 24hrs. Another reminder, if I were you I would not use proxy site for viewing sites that requires any form of log-in information because proxy servers are capable of viewing any info that come their way.
I hope all of you will benefit from this and hopefully the people from SMART won’t see and read this so that we can enjoy this forever! Tell your friends about my page and help spread the word and please leave a comment. Let me know what your thoughts are. THANKS! Always remember, “There’s always another way!” it may not be the best, but it’s still something to consider.
If you want to speed up your SmartBRO Prepaid USB connection. Please visit my other blog on how to do that. I’ve done it myself and it was able to provide me a peak of 1.2Mbps at one time and it was only showing 2 out of 5 bars!