I actually didn't know that there was this Open Access and Non-Stop Surf data usage schemes until I heard that Sun Cellular was going to offer the Xiaomi Mi Pad tablet under their Sun Broadband Gadget Plans just very recently. So my first question was, what are these type of data offerings and how do they exactly work? Because I have never heard of this ever before and I am pretty sure you haven't too.
So I made a bit of research, through Sun Cellular's website of course and these are what I found out.
The Non-Stop Surf and Open Access (not in Plan 350) are available in four different Sun Broadband plans such as Plan 350, Plan 450, Plan 699 and under Easy Broadband Plan 699.
All websites from the internet are classified as "casual or light" and "heavy" in terms of services they offer to internet users like us. Casual and light activities are those of just reading blogs, posting status updates, commenting, liking and uploading photos on social media etc. Then for heavy activities those would be music and video streaming, downloading files and making/receiving calls over the net. More examples below from Sun Cell's Non-Stop Surf FAQs.
Casual and Light:
- Web Searching (e.g. Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc)
- Web Reading (e.g. Blog sites, news, sports, entertainment, other articles, etc)
- Social Media Posting with or without photos, comments, update in status, like, etc (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc)
- Email reading/sending plain text with or without attachments (e.g. Outlook, Yahoo Mail, Gmail, etc)
- Chat messaging with or without photos, stickers, etc. (e.g. Whatsapp, Line, Viber, etc) with or without photos
- Navigation (e.g. Waze, Maps, etc)
- Mobile applications (e.g. Wikipedia app, Foodpanda app, Uber app, Google app, etc)
- Streaming of videos/music (e.g. Vimeo, Youtube, Deezer, Spinnr, etc)
- Downloading/Uploading files (e.g. pictures, files, videos, movies, music, emails, etc)
- VOIP or Calls over the Internet (e.g. Viber, Skype, Facetime audio/video, iMessage Voice Messaging, etc)
- Mobile applications that do streaming/downloading/uploading (e.g. Youtube app, Vimeo, app, etc)
Now going back to the two, the Non-Stop and Open Access Surf. The Non-Stop Surf is for the Casual and Light websites and then the Open Access Surf is for the Heavy ones. All plans I mentioned above come with Non-Stop Surf but not the Open Access Surf as it's not included in Plan 350.
Non-Stop Surf is basically an unlimited internet service with a twist. It comes with 1.5GB of data allocation that can be consumed under the normal download and upload of according to Sun Cell is up to 7MBPS but once the 1.5GB of data is used up within the month, the speed will be throttled down to 2G or less. The allocation will be reset or replenished once a new billing cycle starts.
For Open Access Surf, Plan 350 does not have one but Plan 450 has and Plan 699 and they are with 500MB and 1.5GB data allocations respectively. What happens when you exceed those limits? You guess, additional data fee of Php5 per 10MB will be applied. Don't worry you will be notified when you are about to reach the limit. You can read more information about these two on the FAQs page.
Source: Sun Cellular