Unlimited mobile internet sounds too costly for cellphone users who just need the basics for their communication needs. SUN Cellular proves itself to be first in offering another unlimited service at affordable rates with its Call and Surf postpaid plans which come with two options.
SUN Cellular Call and Surf: Unlimited Mobile Internet Postpaid Plans
1. Call and Surf Unlimited 999 – Unlimited Mobile Internet (as fast as 2Mbps) + Unlimited Calls & Texts (Sun-to-Sun) at PHP 999
2. Call and Surf Lite 799 – Unlimited Mobile Internet (as fast as 2Mbps) at PHP 799
This sounds like a really good deal if you compare with other networks offering unlimited mobile internet. For instance, Globe Telecom offers unlimited mobile internet for 30 days with My Super SURF at an add-on cost of PHP 999, while Smart Communications has their Unlisurf 1200 package at an add-on rate of PHP 1200 for 30 days. For SUN Call and Surf, the monthly fee to get unlimited mobile internet access is only PHP 999 and this already comes with unlimited call and text to SUN subscribers.
This really got my attention as I had been considering getting a new phone plan with unlimited mobile internet access. My first option was choosing from Globe’s My Super Plan packages. I was really bent on getting the Blackberry Curve 8520 at their Plan 999 but then I saw SUN Cellular’s latest promo, The Great Blackberry Deal, which got me more interested.
SUN Cellular – The Great Blackberry Deal: Unlimited Mobile Internet Postpaid Plan
The Great Blackberry Deal offers a monthly rate of PHP 999 for unlimited mobile internet, plus unlimited call and texts to SUN subscribers, plus 3 months free Blackberry Internet Service (BIS). Although you need to shell out PHP 2000 for the Blackberry phone, but compared to Globe’s offering, this one got my attention.
So I applied immediately at SM’s SUN Shop and submitted some needed financial documents. While waiting for my approval, I got a bit impatient after more than a week has already passed, especially when our broadband access here at home went down for more than a day. I guessed that maybe SUN didn’t approve my application, so I tried calling the number their staff gave me, only to be directed to a voice mail option. I visited their website and sent a message via their contact form:
Hello, I applied for the Blackberry 999 Deal at the Sun Shop in SM Bacolod last March 29. I submitted my BPI credit card bills and valid ID. Please advise if my application was approved, since I am also considering other telecoms provider, and need to know my application status so I can move on. BTW, I am also a SUN subscriber for the 350 Plan.
I was browsing over the other pages of the SUN Cellular website that time and this is how I learned about their Call and Surf Plans where they offer Android phones.
Enjoy Sun’s Best Android Plan. Experience unlimited mobile internet + unlimited calls and texts + free phone for only P999/month. Get activated now.
If you visit their Facebook page, you will get more updates about this service and the free phones currently available – Samsung Galaxy 5, Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 and Nokia C5-03.
I did another browsing for more information about the Android OS and also compared the available Call and Surf free phones being offered. Finally, I decided on the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8, mostly because I prefer a touch phone than the QWERTY phone, and it doesn’t need additional cash out unlike the Blackberry. I also use a Sony Ericsson C510 phone and am quite fond of it, so I was tending towards this brand.
My message sent to their online feedback form was immediately acknowledged because the next day, I got a call from the SUN Shop where I applied that my Blackberry is already waiting. I also got an email regarding my online followup that it was already sent to the concerned branch. Well, it’s good that SUN’s online customer feedback form is a faster way to let your concerns be addressed to. Since I was no longer interested with the Blackberry, I inquired if it was possible to have the Xperia X8 instead, and I got a positive reply.
So, I got my Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 phone on Sunday (you can view the unboxing pics here) but my account was activated on Wednesday, which was not really what the staff told me that it would immediately start after 24 hours. Regarding the mobile internet access, I tried to find the connection settings from their website but to no avail. I even activated the GPRS service and downloaded the mobile internet settings for the phone but still can’t connect to the internet. I called up their customer service and was advised to visit the SUN Shop. Sigh. Anyway, after the support staff at the SUN Shop configured the settings, my phone was finally connected to the internet, although I noticed the signal wasn’t acceptable when browsing. There are some spots in the mall where internet was acceptable, but ironically not in the SUN Shop and at home.
How to configure the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 for SUN
My mobile internet access was just too slow, so I did a bit of research again about the settings. The important step is to go to your mobile network settings and change the APN to fbband. Thanks to Little Miss Geek for sharing the setup instructions which you can also follow if you’re having problems with your X8 internet settings. I just followed the instructions as is, and I noticed that my phone’s internet access improved. At least mobile browsing is better now and some chat programs are loading.
SUN Cellular Call and Surf Links
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/callandsurf
Want to see how the Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 looks like? Click here to view the unboxing and phone pictures.