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

24 Apr
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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,  

Commentary: StarHub starts charging for 4G

17 Apr
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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

16 Apr
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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,  

SingTel launches Singapore’s first mobile data plans for seniors

15 Mar
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SingTel unveiled on Tuesday new mobile data plans catering to senior citizens aged 55 and above, offering 20 per cent discounts off its regular subscription prices.

Tagged in: Cellphones, Singapore, seniors mobile plan, SingTel,  

World Cup 2014 to come to both SingTel and StarHub screens

12 Mar


You’ll be able to watch the World Cup in Singapore on either SingTel or StarHub, when the biggest sporting event kicks off in June. However, you’d have to pay more than S$100, unless you sign up for a contract with a pay-TV operator.

SingTel today said it had won exclusive TV rights to the live matches. Thanks to Singapore’s cross carriage rules, it will have to show the matches on StarHub set-top boxes as well.

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

SingTel users can pay for Windows Phone apps via monthly bill

6 Mar
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SingTel’s smartphone subscribers can now pay for apps and other digital content that they buy over the Windows Phone store via their monthly mobile bill. 

Tagged in: Cellphones, Windows Phone, direct carrier billing, SingTel, Windows Phone,  

SingTel: no plans to charge consumers separately for WhatsApp

28 Feb
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SingTel has clarified that it has no plans to charge consumers separately for using the WhatsApp service, as well as for other so-called over-the-top services that make use of the Internet connection it offers.

In several posts on Facebook yesterday evening, the telecom operator explained that a separate WhatsApp plan, announced last year, was aimed at those who want to have unlimited WhatsApp messages at a fixed cost. 

Tagged in: broadband, Cellphones, Internet, Singapore, IDA, net neutrality, service charges, SingTel, WhatsApp,  

Commentary: SingTel wants WhatsApp and Skype to pay

26 Feb


It’s a debate that’s been ongoing for years in the United States, and now SingTel has become the latest telecom operator to ask for the likes of WhatsApp and Skype to pay it money to use its networks.

Tagged in: broadband, Cellphones, Enterprise, Featured, Internet, Singapore, Chua Sock Koong, Mobile World Congress, net neutrality, Singapore telecoms, SingTel, skype, WhatsApp,  

M1 fined for poor mobile coverage, SingTel and StarHub pass tests

24 Jan
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Nationwide 3G coverage - Q2 2013

M1 has been given a S$25,000 fine for once again failing to provide adequate cellphone coverage in Singapore, while rivals SingTel and StarHub passed the tests conducted by the government regulator in the second and third quarter last year.

In the second quarter, the smallest operator here reached about 98 per cent of places such as housing estates, outdoor recreation centres and train routes above ground, which made it the poorest performer among the three operators. It also failed to reach the 99 per cent required.

Tagged in: Cellphones, Internet, Singapore, coverage tests, IDA, M1, SingTel, StarHub,  

SingTel’s mobile games store touts better discoverability, telco billing

26 Dec
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SingTel's WePlay
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SingTel launched its own Android games store in Singapore last week, taking aim at subscribers without credit cards by offering convenient billing for both one-time and in-game purchases.

Called WePlay, the app store lets SingTel subscribers pay for games using virtual credits (S$1 for 100 credits) and have all payments consolidated in their phone bills every month. A PIN can be set to prevent children from buying games without adult permission.

Tagged in: Cellphones, Gaming, Singapore, app store, mobile, SingTel, WePlay,