Smart bro power plugit guide.
You've probably heard of smart bro's power plugit.
Well, did you know there are at least 2 kinds of power plugit? The 2 modems are almost indistinguishable but the box has some changes. For simplicity's sake, I'll call them "new" and "old". Here's a picture of the new one.
And here's a pic of the old one.
From the front the distinguishing feature of the box is the sticker in the middle. In the old one, its square and white. And it says Php 1245 and 120 hours valid for 5 days. The new one has a round blue and yellow sticker that says Php 1245 and 240 hours valid for 10 days.
So now you know one advantage of the new one, you get more free surfing hours when you buy the new one.
Now lets look at the top of the box. Unfortunately, I dont have a shot of the old box.
With the old box you would have had a big green holographic sticker sealing the top flap of the box. Here you only have a small clear sticker sealing the box. It covers the right half of the right sticker, above the text November 2012. The sticker on the left is the important one. It gives the manufacturer or brand of the modem, ZTE. IT also gives the model, MF 190.
Here's a shot of the back of the new modem. Again you see the ZTE and MF 190 text. Again, the new and old modem are very similar visually so you would need to look for the model number. The old modem is model MF 180.
The software dashboard of both new and old are almost identical and to most users both are pretty much identical. However, there is one important difference.
ZTE MF180 USB Modem Details:
Transmission Rate: 3.6 Mbps
3G Frequency Band: HSDPA/UMTS 2100MHz
2G Frequency Band: GSM/GPRS/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz
ZTE MF190 USB Modem Details:
Support HSDPA up to 7.2Mbps, HSUPA up to 2Mbps
The 190 is theoretically faster. However, actual speeds are still governed by the speed of your internet plan and by the congestion of your local smart bro network. So It might not matter. But still, one can hope that smart will upgrade its network so one could fully utilize the new modem's higher speed.
Aside from that, AFAIK there are no other significant differences between the new and old modem.