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Trying out the Globe Tattoo 4G Flash

For about two years now I’ve been a Globe Tattoo user. It’s conveniently portable and excellently fast, plus the Supersurf promos are mighty handy. The other week I was able to try the new Tattoo Flash. At first I thought it was just the same ol’ reliable stick but with a new wrapping, but I decided to try it, anyway.

Globe Tattoo Flash
I’ve already had two, see.

It’s one of three variants of the new Globe Tattoo Prepaid Stick. Other variants are:

  • Tattoo Sonic – a 3G-capable device that lets you surf at speeds of up to 3.6 Mbps.
  • Tattoo SuperStick – a 4G WiFi Stick that allows you to surf at speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and share the WiFi connection with up to 8 devices

My Tattoo Flash is a 4G-capable device that lets me surf at speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps. I never actually believed those numbers before. As long as the internet works in a speed that doesn’t make me impatient, then I’m fine. I mean, what can you expect from a tiny internet stick, right?

But, HUH, this Tattoo Flash is a bit different. On first try, I immediately noticed that, yes, the Tattoo 4G ad was pretty truthful: this new stick had speeds faster than what I’ve seen from any internet stick. I was able to load pages as if I was in my T3-connected office, and YouTube videos barely needed any buffering. I’ve been “trying” it for over a week now, and the speed doesn’t seem to lower, even when I’m in different locations and at different times.

(Okay, I know that there are a lot of “Globe is SO slow!” blogs and testimonies out there, but…I’ve personally never experienced it. Weird. But yey for me!)

Aside from a pretty good performance in the internet speed, the Tatto Flash also comes with this Globe Toolbar. It’s that little purple thing on the lower right side of my screen:

Globe Tattoo Toolbar hoverout
That one, on the bottom right!

This is what you see when you fire up the browser when you first plug in your Tattoo Flash:

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To be honest, I hate popups. I hate anything that appears on a webpage that isn’t really part of the webpage content I’m looking for. And I hate things that installs things into my computer when I don’t want it to.

But this Globe Toolbar is interesting. (I really really wish that they asked for my permission, though!)

What it does is gives me access to promos (I seriously have a hard time memorizing all those promos!), new offers, my account, and LiveTattoo, Globe’s new lifestyle portal. LiveTattoo lets me choose which lifestyle I have (Techie, Adventurer, Culture Vulture, Trendsetter, Audiophile, Campus Glam.) and points to useful websites that match that lifestyle. To be honest I haven’t explored all of it–just Zalora heeheehee–but it seems useful.


The Globe Toolbar is a jump-off point to this portal, and I can use it even when I’m anywhere else on the web. In fact, I can use the Toolbar and access my Tattoo Account even when I’m on any other computer, as long as I use any Globe Tattoo Flash. This also works with the Tattoo Sonic and the Tattoo Superstick, I believe.

A plus point: it’s unobrtusive, and is really transparent-ish when you’re not hovering your mouse over it. It only expands when you click on it, and you can fold it up again easily.

Globe Tattoo ToolbarIt looks like this when you expand it.

I have yet to explore the full capacity of the Globe Toolbar and LiveTattoo, but so far it’s looking pretty good.

The Globe Tattoo Flash is available at Php1,245, is preloaded with Php5 and comes with free 120 surfing hours valid for 5 days. Visit tattoo.globe.com.ph for more details.

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1 Comment

  1. yeah i think that USB stick is worth every money you would spend galing ang bilis not like their rival amp na smart yan i hate their service…. pag tumungtong ng 3G ang unit nila wala na mabagal na ang net… but here sa globe even at 3g it wont slow that much… yey globe…

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