Published on November 22nd, 2011 | by Bilal Sulehri4
SmartChoice.Pk – Broadband Package Selection Made Easy
SmartChoice.Pk is a recently launched website featuring first of its kind broadband comparison tool in Pakistan.
The site aggregates package information of all the broadband service providers in Pakistan and enables the users to choose the package which suits their needs by selecting a few options on the broadband comparison tool.
How to search
Users may select their desired option in the following:
- Broadband Tariff
- Broadband Speed
- Download Limit
First three can be left blank to include all possible options. The results can be sorted by cheapest price, highest rating and download limit. Search results are organized in a nicely designed table which displays a maximum of fifteen packages at a time (by default).
Lets test it
We searched with the following settings:
- Broadband Tariff: Rs. 1,000 maximum per month
- Broadband Speed: Any
- Download Limit: More than 10 GB per month
- City: Lahore
- Sort By: Highest Rating
The results are shown below:
Here, as seen in the image, packages can be sorted by speed, download limit and price in both ascending and descending order. Results per page can be changed from default 15 to 10, 20 or 30 per page.
The feature I really like in SmartChoice.Pk is that the package details can be viewed straight from this page. You can click on ‘GO’ button at extreme right or click on the respective provider logo to view package details. Details of all packages are available on the site, so instead of going to the service provider’s page to view the details, it directs to a page within SmartChoice.Pk where packages from different service providers are available in a unified format, hence comparing and analyzing is easier.
Another thing that should be appreciated is “Whats Included” checklist. Customers can add reviews or enquire from relevant service provider by filling information in a form below the broadband plan details being viewed. The page can be emailed to a friend and package can be added to a shortlist.
Although the comparison tool is quite comprehensive, it still misses a few features. Some features, which should have been there are as follows:
- Sorting by rating is available, but it is nowhere to be seen in search results
- A filter to choose between wireless and fixed line connections
- A filter to choose between USB dongles, WiFi, indoor units etc
- A filter to choose packages from a specific service provider only (or a checklist to do the same)
- A comparison tool to compare packages from two service providers only
- A tool to compare two packages
- The last one is a pretty difficult task but if present, this tool would have been the best one in the world for such comparison. An area picker for major cities which would select packages based on their availability (or signals) in the selected area.
Apart from the comparison tool, the site also contains a broadband speed test utility which is actually a widget powered by broadbandspeedchecker.co.uk. Users can also seek advice from experts if they are undecided about the most suitable plan via Ask the Broadband Expert page, we tried to mail them but unfortunately the form given on the page does not work as it opens the default mail program with firstname.lastname@example.org as recipient address, but a mail to the said address bounces back as well.
Smartchoice.pk also contains a blog which has two posts currently to engage with the users. The blog however needs frequent updates. The site is a project of Solcomm (Pvt.) Ltd which was incorporated in March 2011 with head office in Karachi.
Cutting it short, SmartChoice.pk is an innovative effort as it simplifies the selection of broadband packages for not-so-knowledgeable users. We hope that the site keeps improving and can become the ultimate broadband package comparison tool.