Fair Use Policy FAQs

Why is the Fair Use Policy being implemented?

We want to give all Globe customers a fair opportunity to enjoy our network. So we've decided to implement a Fair Use Policy that's designed to reduce the speeds of only the 3% of users. These users are responsible for generating large volumes of traffic on the network, which greatly impacts the service we offer to other paying customers.

Those who are most likely to be affected by the Fair Use Policy are those who use peer-to-peer applications to download large files, use their mobile phone as a personal hotspot, or stream videos heavily on a daily basis. These activities use up a huge portion of network bandwidth, affecting customers like you.

We assure you that neither lines nor mobile internet service are cut when a customer is affected by the Fair Use Policy. If a customer reaches the 1GB/day or 3GB/month threshold (Postpaid customers) or 800MB/day threshold (Prepaid customers), the internet speed will just slow down to make sure that others can also enjoy our shared resource.

Does this mean you will cut or stop my internet service?

No. Implementing the Fair Use Policy doesn't mean that your mobile internet service will be stopped. Remember that you could still enjoy browsing; it's just that if you reach the threshold, you'll experience slower speed. You may continue to surf websites, use Facebook, Twitter, etc. but may have difficulty with heavy internet activities like streaming and downloads.

Is this Fair Use Policy only with Globe? Or this applies to other telcos, too?

The policy doesn't only apply with Globe. Other telecommunications companies in the Philippines, as well as around the world, implement this in compliance with global industry practices. If you'll notice, the terms and conditions under your contract also cover a provision on FUP.

I'm a Postpaid customer. I don't understand what you mean by "1 GB a day or 3 GB per month (whichever comes first)".

Your internet speed will slow down if you use up 1GB of data for the day, or accumulate 3GB of data usage within your billing cycle.

If you hit the 1GB/day threshold, you'll experience slower speed, but no worries because as we mentioned above, you can still surf! You'll move up to normal speed at midnight. If you hit the 3GB/month threshold, your speed will move up to normal speed on your next bill cut-off.

Is there a way for me to avoid throttled internet connection? Do you have promos that are not subject to FUP?

We're no longer offering unlimited mobile data services for Postpaid customers, so we highly suggest you register to any of our GoSURF variants. These offers are not subject to Fair Use Policy. At GoSURF 999, you get 5GB of mobile internet, plus premium services like Spotify Premium and NBA League Pass.

How do I know if I'm hitting my threshold?

If you've hit the 1GB or 3GB threshold, you will be informed through text that you'll experience reduced browsing speed. So no need to panic; sometimes we experience different speeds because of changes in signal strength. Just remember, if you haven't gotten the message, you're still okay.

I got a notification from Globe that I've hit 3GB. It's impossible since I only use my data service for browsing, Facebook, and Instagram. What should I do?

Check first if your usage cut-off is based on your bill-cut-off.

Also, bear in mind that using your phone as hotspot will also be included in your total usage though it will not be reflected in your data tracker. Using of streaming apps like Spotify when on offline mode consumes data, too, as it downloads the songs for offline use.

You may track usage of your apps if you want just so you would know which apps are using the most data.

Can you teach me how to get an estimate of my internet usage?

Android and iOS devices actually have built-in data trackers. For iPhone, just go to "Settings" and select "Cellular Data". For Android, go to "Settings" and select "Data Usage". The reflected usage, however, is an estimate and may not be what appears on your billing statement or what's charged to you load.

I'm a Postpaid customer. What can I do with 3GB a month?

Now you may be thinking 3GB isn't much at all, when actually, our offer of 1GB/day or 3GB/month is one of the friendliest in the country! Imagine, you can enjoy 3,000 minutes of video streaming or download 1,000 songs, or post 6,000 times on Instagram or post 18,000 times on Facebook, or send 23,700 emails, or browse 3,000 webpages.

We know that customers are doing a little bit of everything on the web. Here's a sample of what you can do with your 3GB monthly allocation:

Everyday, you can enjoy 60 minutes of video streaming and download 4 songs and post 10 times on Instagram and post 3 times on Facebook and send out 5 tweets and 5 emails, and browse 8 webpages. That's a lot in a day, right?

I'm a Prepaid user. What can I do with 800MB per day?

With this capacity, you can already send/receive 22,400 plain text emails, send/receive 2,720 emails with document attachments, view 2,720 web pages, download 200 songs, upload/download 1,600 social media posts, view 272 minutes of streaming video or 4.5 hours of video conferencing with your loved ones abroad, and download one 90-minute movie.test

Was this helpful?