“What’s a GOMO?” That’s what I told my buddy when he asked me if I knew about GOMO.PH. I told him that I’ve never heard of it and that I’ll look it up.
Turns out, it’s an MVNO. Doesn’t help huh? MVNO stands for Mobile Virtual Network Operator. In its most basic sense, an MVNO is a telco that piggybacks on the infrastructure of another. In this case, GOMO operates on the Globe Telecom network. GOMO also appears, from my quick research, to be owned by SINGTEL. Not a surprise, considering their relationship to Globe.
I went over to their website at GOMO.PH and ordered a SIM card kit. GOMO normally sells them for PhP300. At the time of my purchase, they had a promo selling them for only PhP199, including free delivery. They delivered the kit a day after.
Inside you get a 5G capable SIM card with a prepaid load of 25GB of data, only. No voice. No SMS.
The kit comes in a nice envelope that’s designed in a way that says they’re “edgy” or “hip.” Inside you get a 5G capable SIM card with a prepaid load of 25GB of data, only. No voice. No SMS. I’ll get back to that later. The data service is really the star here. Unlike other services, the data doesn’t expire. You get to carry over any unused data from month to month. This is the appeal of GOMO. However, the SIM does expire after a year of no top-up. So technically you have a year to enjoy the data before you need to shell out any more moolah.
Now let me circle back to the no voice and no SMS part. The basic kit only gets you the aforementioned 25GB of data out of the box (envelope?). Should you need voice or SMS, you can convert part or all of your data allocation into voice minutes or SMS. You do this by converting your data to MO creds. This is their in-app currency that lets you convert 200MB of data to either 30 SMS or 3 minutes of calls.
You manage all this via the GOMO.PH app, which can be downloaded from the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, or the Huawei App Gallery. Using the app is zero-rated, meaning it doesn’t consume your data credits. This is, aside from the website, is also where you can buy more load for data.
While performance and signal will vary depending on where you are, you can assume it will be the same as if you were using a Globe SIM.
I installed the SIM in an old Globe locked Samsung J7 Pro and booted it without problems. The SIM was accepted and works. While performance and signal will vary depending on where you are, you can assume it will be the same as if you were using a Globe SIM.
Doing a speed test at my place where the signal is spotty, I was getting a consistent 5Mbps. At other places, the fastest I’ve seen it go is about 12Mbps. I might be able to get faster speeds with another device, but with the J7 Pro, this was it.
Overall, I was left with a good impression of GOMO. It’s priced reasonably and works well on an established network. I like the fact that the service is data-centric and allows you to roll over your unused data from month-to-month without the worry of them expiring. If you have the need for data on your mobile device, check GOMO out. It just might fit the bill.