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Singapore telcos told: no 4G add-on fee for users on contract
Moto X to sell for S$568 in Singapore
IDA looks to mobile virtual network operators to spur competition in Singapore
Goondu review: Nikon Coolpix P600
 
 
 

Singapore telcos told: no 4G add-on fee for users on contract

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24 Apr
2014
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While Singapore’s smartphone users celebrate a rare consumer victory today, they should not be so quick to think that the temporary reversal of a 4G price hike will lead to free add-ons like caller ID in future.

Goodwill was probably topmost on the minds of StarHub executives yesterday, when they decided not to charge an additional S$2 for existing 4G customers still on contract.

This doesn’t mean it is no longer charging that additional fee. It just won’t do so, for now, for those customers who have said they did not know that 4G would be priced separately when they signed up.

 
Tagged in: broadband, Cellphones, Internet, Singapore, 4G, IDA, M1, Singapore telecoms, SingTel, StarHub,  
 

Moto X to sell for S$568 in Singapore

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23 Apr
2014
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Motorola’s much-hyped Moto X smartphone is finally making its way to Singapore stores, months after it first went on sale in the United States.

The Android phone will come with its much-talked about voice instructions, which let you get directions and set alarms by simply saying “Okay Google Now”. Another selling point is its unique curved back that has its fans.

 
Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, Moto X, Motorola, Singapore price and availability,  
 

IDA looks to mobile virtual network operators to spur competition in Singapore

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22 Apr
2014
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The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) is looking to bring some much-needed competition to the Singapore mobile market by turning to new mobile operators that “ride” on existing infrastructure in the years ahead.

Such mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) do not own any spectrum or network equipment, instead leasing them from incumbent operators to sell repackaged services to consumers.

 
Tagged in: Cellphones, Singapore, IDA, MVNO, Singapore, telecoms,  
 

Commentary: StarHub starts charging for 4G

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17 Apr
2014
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Much of the unhappiness with StarHub charging for 4G services has nothing to do with the seemingly small S$2 hike, but the surprise that it brought to customers.

They never expected to pay more for the faster speeds promised over existing 3G services. Like free incoming calls, the new service was not expected to cost extra, despite StarHub quite clearly stating that possibility in its terms when people sign up.

It’s not that consumers are daft, for not reading the fine print. They just don’t expect the cellphone market to be less competitive over time. 

 
Tagged in: Cellphones, Singapore, 4G, competition, IDA, M1, Singapore telecoms, SingTel, StarHub,  
 

Commentary: SingTel not making money from World Cup? That’s good news

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16 Apr
2014
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So, SingTel may not make any money after all for bringing the World Cup to TV screens in Singapore.

Don’t expect any football fan here to shed a tear for the pay-TV operator though, despite Senior Minister of State for Communications and Information Lawrence Wong’s disclosure in Parliament on Monday.

 
Tagged in: Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, Singapore broadcast rights, SingTel, StarHub, World Cup 2014,  
 

Goondu review: Microsoft Surface 2

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12 Apr
2014
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If you were tempted to buy the original Microsoft Surface RT, but held back, the updated Surface 2 is now even more tempting with a lighter frame, sharper screen and a number of other enhancements to match the impressive design.

 
Tagged in: Singapore, Tablet, Microsoft, review, Surface 2,  
 

Will StarHub’s new set-top box matter with streaming video?

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11 Apr
2014
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Okay, the answer is yes, for now. Clearly, with half a million households on cable TV in Singapore, StarHub’s newfangled set-top box unveiled yesterday will still matter to some couch potatoes in Singapore.

Made by Samsung, it is the first of three to be launched and which promises an experience that is four times faster. So now, you don’t have to wait that long for the annoying menu to pop up. The interface is also less cluttered and makes you feel you are controlling a smart device, like a WD Live streaming box.

Yet, therein lies the difference. The set-top box, like it or not, is still based on old cable TV technology. There will always be a slight lag between menus, because it still needs to pull stuff down over the cable network, one made for broadcast not interactivity.

 
Tagged in: Internet, Media, Pay-TV, Singapore, Software, cable TV, Nagra, samsung, set-top box, StarHub, video streaming,  
 

Easier Wireless@SG login now for phone and tablet users

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28 Mar
2014
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Cellphone and tablet-toting users who log on to Wireless@SG hotspots throughout Singapore will get online easier now with a new technology aimed at solving one main bugbear – getting connected.

As long as they have a device that uses a SIM card, they can use it to authenticate with the wireless network automatically, without having to log in each time they access the free hotspots. They also set up their devices only once.

 
Tagged in: broadband, Cellphones, Internet, Singapore, Tablet, EAP-SIM, HetNet, login, Wireless@SG,  
 

Hands on: Thuraya SatSleeve for Android

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27 Mar
2014
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Not many urbanites have use for a satellite phone since cities are often blanketed by cellphone signals.

Yet, if you decide to head for the occasional hike in the outback or perhaps get on a cruise ship, there’s now an easy way to keep in touch – by turning your regular Samsung Galaxy S3 or S4 phone into a satellite phone.

The Thuraya SatSleeve, essentially a snap-on satellite phone that uses your smartphone’s screen for calls and SMSes, now supports Android as well, after it debuted as an iPhone add-on last year.

 
Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, Software, android, satellite phone sleeve, Thuraya,  
 

M1 offers fixed IP add-on for home broadband users for S$2 a month

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27 Mar
2014
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M1′s home broadband users will be happy to know that it is offering a fixed IP address for just S$2 a month, enabling them to run their own servers and share files more easily.

 
Tagged in: broadband, cloud, Featured, Internet, Singapore, DDNS, fibre broadband, fixed IP address, M1, Singapore,