Globe Telecom launches commercial LTE handset

Globe Telecom has just launched the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE in the Philippines, running on the company's fourth-generation LTE network.

The Huawei Ascend P1 LTE, touted as the first commercially available LTE handset in the country is available for free under Globe's UnliSurf 1799 plan, or on installment at P500 for 24 months on UnliSurf 999. Alternatively, a prepaid kit is available for P21,000.

“Subscribers can now purchase the Huawei Ascend P1 LTE under our unlimited data plans and experience mobile browsing speeds of up to 100 Mbps, on-time exchange of text messages, as well as clearer calls and faster call connections,” said Globe Postpaid head, Martha Sazon.

The Huawei Ascend P1 LTE features a 1.5GH Dual Core processor, 1GB RAM, a 4.3in Super AMOLED Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen, 8 megapixel camera, WiFi, and BlueTooth. The device runs Android ICS.

Globe also said it will be offering other LTE smartphones, including the Samsung Galaxy S III LTE and ZTE T81.

Since September, the Globe 4G LTE network has expanded in key commercial and residential areas in Makati. By yearend, the Globe 4G LTE network is expected to be deployed over a wider area in NCR, as well as in Cebu and Davao.

LTE technology is claimed to be faster than current HSPA and HSPA+ technology, with peak speeds of up to 60 Mbps for outdoor coverage and 30 Mbps indoors.

Instead of “pocket activations” or “hotspots”, Globe's 4G LTE network rollout will emphasize large contiguous areas for more stable coverage.

“The speed of our LTE network is at least 10x faster than existing 2G and 3G networks, giving quicker responses to every user application such as video and mobile gaming. We have better outdoor coverage using advanced antenna solutions,” said Robert Tan, Globe's Chief Technology Adviser. — TJD, GMA News

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