Living in the Philippines

Internet & DSL In The Philippines

I can't imagine to live in the Philippines without the Internet. Luckily, Internet access via DSL is available on most islands in the Philippines, may it be over the good old Land line, direct cable or wireless (LTE) over the mobile towers.

If you stay on a very remote island however, you may experience some speed problems, in fact you will have to test which provider (Globe or SMART) serves you best.

You may also have access to the Internet by a satellite dish but the cost for that is about 15,000 Peso a month.

If it comes to prices, this are the packages currently available at Globe Telecom (September, 2023):

Service Speed
Data Package
Set up Fee
Monthly Fee
200 Mbps
300 Mbps
500 Mbps
800 Mbps
1 Gbps

Mobile Internet Prepaid (April 2019):

  • P 15,- "GO SURF15" good for 2 days (100 MB)
  • P 50,- "GOSURF50" good for 3 days (1 GB)
  • P 299,- "GOSURF299" good for 30 days (1,5 GB)
  • P 999,- "GOSURF999" good for 30 days (8 GB)
  • other plans between and above may also be available

To register you need a Globe SIM Card and SMS the above GOSURFxxx to 8080. If you run out of data you may book another package on top.

Globes competitor SMART offers wireless Internet only (by SIM Card) and has similar packages as Globe at similar prices. If you want to use mobile internet you need to check at your house which provider has the best signal.

If you want to rent a house or a flat in the Philippines and you are depending on an Internet connection, ask at the local provider about what is available in that area. But be carefull: Even if land line and DSL is available in general, it does not mean that they will also have an free access point available at that particular place.