A few months ago, while waiting for my flight from Anchorage to Seattle, I spent the whole time waiting to talk to my friends through Discord, a chatting and voice call program designed for gamers in mind. We talked for hours and the whole time I used my LTE connection. Before my last trip to the States, I never really realized just how amazing and necessary mobile internet is.
I met my friends in a game I play and now we spend a lot of time just chatting. Of course, because all of us live in different parts of the world, we can’t just meet at the mall and grab lunch or whatever. Speaking of going to the mall, me going out is usually when I’m not available to talk to them aside from when I sleep. Pretty much all of them are able to get on and chat when they are out and about, except for me. It gets frustrating and having to catch up on what they’ve been talking about a couple hours later isn’t ideal. When I was in the States, I could get a notification on my phone, see what they’ve been saying and reply with my own input even when I’m out of the house.
Now, talking to friends isn’t the only use for the mobile internet of course. I’ve been using Spotify for listening to music lately, even got a month of free premium which is amazing but it expired recently. Premium allowed me to download the songs I wanted to my device and listen to them anywhere, even without an internet connection. Since my premium ran out though, I’ve stopped using it because I can’t take it anywhere as well as a few other things. While I can download songs to my phone the good old way before Spotify was a thing, it’s a lot less convenient and I’d need a computer to do that.
I know the Philippines has mobile internet, but the issue really is that it’s not good. I did have mobile internet back when I first got my sim here, but it wouldn’t even load Discord, it was only for Facebook and even that was really slow. Why have restrictions on what sites I can and can’t visit? It’s absurd! If I use, say, 100mb of data on Facebook or 100mb of data on Discord, it’s the same amount of data, so why restrict me to Facebook. The speeds should also really be better. Facebook might take 2-3 minutes to load, which is horrible and really unacceptable. Alaska might have worse mobile internet, but not by much and they have good reasons not to have good mobile internet like lack of demand and the remoteness of most places there. Here, there really is no reason for mobile internet to be this bad, there is a demand for it and there’s infrastructure for it (or at least, there should be), Overall, I really feel like the Philippines is very behind in mobile internet and should invest in it, especially with so many mobile devices now.