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Qualcoom outs Snapdragon 410 chip, looks to sub-US$150 LTE phones

10 Dec
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Chipmaker Qualcomm has come up with a new processor that it claims will make 4G phones cheaper than US$150, as telecom operators and phone makers look to the low- to mid-tier market in the year ahead.

Tagged in: Cellphones, 4G, LTE, Qualcomm, Snapdragon, Snapgradon 610,  

Asus Nexus 7 (2013) comes with LTE now in Singapore

18 Oct
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Android fans who have been waiting for the 4G version of the new Nexus 7 will be happy to know that it’s finally making its way to Singapore from tomorrow.

The 32GB version with Long Term Evolution (LTE) will cost S$529. Folks who want to stick with Wi-Fi only now have a 32GB option from Asus as well. This will go for S$429.

Tagged in: android, Singapore, Tablet, 2013, Google, LTE, Nexus 7, Singapore price and availability,  

Singapore and Asean partners to use 700MHz spectrum for 4G

18 Jun
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Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia are looking to run 4G services on airwaves that will be freed up when analog TV broadcasts are switched off in the region by 2020.

While the move is aimed at re-allocating precious bandwidth in the sky, the use of a common 700MHz frequency band in the region could enable travellers to easily “roam” with their smartphones and log on to local cellphone services to make calls or surf the Web.

Tagged in: broadband, Cellphones, Internet, Singapore, 4G, Asean, CommunicAsia 2013, imbX 2013, LTE, roaming, TV spectrum,  

Commmentary: StarHub 4G coverage to reach 95 per cent by October 2013

14 Jun
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Another day, another network upgrade by a Singapore telecom operator.

There was a time when subscribers didn’t care how a network was run, as long as they could make calls or get their e-mails on the go. Today, however, with users often upset over clogged-up 3G networks and spotty 4G coverage, telcos seem to have upped their game publicly.

The latest news comes from StarHub today. It will blanket 95 per cent of the island with its 4G signals in the next four months, joining rivals M1 and SingTel in providing nationwide coverage for the fast mobile Internet service.

Tagged in: broadband, Cellphones, Internet, Singapore, 4G, LTE, StarHub,  

IT Show 2013: new and noteworthy deals

8 Mar
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For some people, the unceasing IT bazaars such as this week’s IT Show seem to assault the senses every three months, with their loud discounts and thronging crowds.

Still, some brands treat the event as a launch pad for their new products, and other companies occasionally surprise us with generous gifts and low price points, so they’re worth checking out.

Here are a few new and noteworthy items at this year’s IT Show.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, laptops, PCs, Singapore, Tablet, 2013, asus, BlackBerry Z10, fibre broadband, HTC Butterfly, IT Show, LG Optimus G, LTE, Panasonic, Singapore, Sony Xperia Z, toughbook, VivoTab Smart,  

Sony Xperia Z out in Singapore on March 1, costs S$988

7 Feb

Sony Xperia Z

Sony seems to have gotten its game together like never before, and that includes shipping its flagship phone on time to steal a march over rivals.

The Xperia Z, possibly the best phone from Sony in a long while, is going on sale in Singapore on March 1, for a rather expensive but not unexpected S$988. Impatient buyers can pre-order from February 15 at Sony stores or telecom operators.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Singapore, 4G, LTE, price and availability, Singapore, Sony, Xperia Z,  

Yet another 4G tablet out in Singapore – Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE

5 Jan

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If you’re looking for a tablet that will hook up to the new 4G or Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks in Singapore, there’s another option in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1, which now supports the new technology. The updated version of the tablet will start selling for S$998 in stores today, and come in grey.

Tagged in: android, broadband, Internet, Tablet, Galaxy Note 10.1, LTE, price and availability, samsung, Singapore,  

What 4G or LTE phones to buy in Singapore?

8 Nov
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Things have moved very fast since all three cellphone operators in Singapore decided or ramp up their coverage with faster 4G or LTE (Long Term Evolution) services two months ago.

The good news is that there are now several options for 4G phones. Today, many of the latest top-end models can link up to the new network, should you choose to sign up to a 4G service.

Here are five phones, out in the shops or coming in the next few weeks, that you should check out.

Tagged in: android, broadband, Cellphones, Internet, iphone, Singapore, Windows Phone, 4G, Apple iPhone 5, Galaxy Note II LTE, Galaxy S III LTE, HTC Windows Phone 8X, LTE, Nokia Lumia 920, Singapore,  

Hands on: Samsung Galaxy Note II LTE

20 Oct


When the Galaxy Note was unveiled a year ago, I saw it as a niche product aimed at folks who might do a bit of sketching on the go. Why would people go back to a stylus and isn’t a 5-inch screen too big for a phone?

Well, if you see the queues this weekend in Singapore for the Galaxy Note II, the followup to the surprise hit last year, you’ll know how wrong many geeks like me have been.

The new S$998 “phablet” – a cross between a phone and tablet – comes with a slightly bigger screen and now looks even more like a sure-fire crowd pleaser.

Tagged in: android, Cellphones, Featured, google, Singapore, Software, 4G, Android Jellybean, availability, Galaxy Note II, LTE, price, review, samsung, Singapore,  

SingTel sticking to gradual LTE roll-out, promises better quality

19 Sep
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Despite seeing its rival M1 become the first to offer 4G throughout Singapore, SingTel is sticking to its guns and promising that its slower rollout will provide better quality.

M1 became the first telecom operator here to cover 95 per cent of the island with LTE or Long Term Evolution signals on September 15, and the pressure is now on the other two local telcos to match up.

Yet, the “red camp”, Singapore’s biggest telco, has hit back by suggesting it offers better quality of service. Said its CEO for Consumer in Singapore, Yuen Kuan Moon: “We will focus on quality rather than (rush to) cover the entire island with LTE.”

Speaking at a media briefing with network equipment vendor Ericsson on Monday, he said customers who hop on to SingTel’s LTE network now will be able to fall back on upgraded 3G speeds of up to 42Mbps in areas where the LTE signal is unavailable.

This faster 3G is exclusive to SingTel’s LTE subscribers, and appears to be a temporary measure to keep LTE subscribers happy until the whole island is covered.

SingTel currently has 50 per cent of the island covered with LTE and expects 95 per cent coverage by March 2013.

Check out our guide to whether or not it’s a good time to jump on the 4G LTE bandwagon.

Tagged in: broadband, Internet, 4G, LTE, M1, mobile broadband, SingTel,