SingTel launches “Roam Like Home” DataRoam Saver service for Malaysia

Singapore, 3 October, 2014Singapore Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) today unveiled Singapore’s first “Roam Like Home” data roaming add-on service to Malaysia. Priced at just S$10 per month and available from today, the DataRoam Saver Malaysia (Monthly) 1GB service offers customers 1GB of roaming data in Malaysia via SingTel’s preferred partner, Maxis.

Under this new service, customer can “Roam Like Home” and enjoy data roaming rates similar to local data rates. Excess data charges beyond the data bundle will only cost subscribers S$0.10/MB, the lowest rate in Singapore.

Mr Johan Buse, SingTel’s Vice President of Consumer Marketing, said: “More than 250,000 SingTel customers travel to Malaysia every month, and the new DataRoam Saver Malaysia (Monthly) 1GB service will allow them to enjoy data usage rates similar to what they pay in Singapore. More importantly, the service offers great convenience and value for money without our customers having to search for elusive WiFi hotspots or juggle multiple SIM cards.”

 
Existing DataRoam Saver Malaysia (Monthly) 100MB plan enjoys free upgrade

Bundled data for the existing DataRoam Saver Malaysia (Monthly) 100MB plan will also be upgraded from 100MB to 200MB per month. The subscription fee for all new and existing customers will remain at S$5 per month.

 

 
Mr Buse added: “With the DataRoam Saver Daily and DataRoam Saver Monthly services to Malaysia, our customers can choose from a variety of data roaming plans to suit their needs. Whether you are a frequent traveller or heading to Malaysia for a day trip, you can select and activate your desired data roaming plan easily.”

 
All DataRoam Saver plans come with SingTel’s Network Lock feature. This feature protects customers from unintended pay-per-use data charges if their phone roams onto a non-preferred network. Customers will also receive SMS reminders when they have utilised 50 percent and 100 percent of their data roam plan. These unique features will eliminate bill shock, giving customers total peace of mind.

 

SingTel, Samsung and Ericsson unveil world’s fastest mobile service for smartphones

Singapore 19 August 2014 – SingTel, in collaboration with Samsung and Ericsson, today broke new ground in the mobile industry by unveiling the world’s first commercial 300Mbps 4G LTE-Advanced service for smartphones.

 

The service will be available from 23 August 2014 when SingTel launches the Samsung GALAXY S5 4G+, the first handset globally to be compatible with 4G LTE-Advanced networks. Another compatible smartphone, the Samsung GALAXY Alpha 4G+, will be available from SingTel in September 2014.

 

Mr Tay Yeow Lian, SingTel’s Managing Director of Networks, said: “From streaming videos to web surfing and uploading selfies, customers are doing more with their smartphones. With this launch, SingTel customers will be the first in the world to enjoy the benefits of the fastest phone on the fastest network.”

 

“We are constantly enhancing our networks with the latest technologies to provide our customer with the best possible experience for today’s increasingly bandwidth-hungry applications,” he said.

 

Network now covers more than half of Singapore

SingTel has been working with its mobile network equipment provider, Ericsson, to rapidly expand its 4G LTE-Advanced network across Singapore.

 

Street level coverage now extends to more than 55 per cent of the island, including areas such as Orchard, the CBD, Shenton Way, City Hall, Ang Mo Kio, Tampines, Jurong, Telok Blangah and Woodlands. (Please refer to the coverage map in Annex 1 for details).

 

Mr Tay said: “We have accelerated our network roll out programme and are on track to achieve nationwide outdoor coverage by the first quarter of 2015.”

Indoor coverage is currently available at 29 busy locations such as Plaza Singapura, Bugis Junction, Suntec City, Raffles City, Tampines Mall and Changi Airport. (Please refer to Annex 2 for details.)

 

Handset pricing

Customers can purchase the Samsung GALAXY S5 4G+ and Samsung GALAXY Alpha 4G+ with a mobile plan from SingTel’s retail outlets or online shop (www.singtelshop.com).

  Combo 1 Combo 2 Combo 3 Combo 4 Combo 6 Combo 12
Samsung GALAXY S5 4G+ handset price $688 $588 $278 $178 $78 $0
Samsung GALAXY Alpha 4G+  handset price  Prices to be announced at a later date

 

“Samsung is proud to unveil the first 4G LTE-Advanced smart phones in Singapore. We recognise that consumers aspire to do more, and what matters most to them is technology that helps them live the lifestyle they desire and gives them the quickest access to their apps and social networks. With devices like the Samsung GALAXY S5 4G+, consumers will be at the forefront of technology – and be able to use a smart phone that pairs powerful hardware with the fastest download speeds,” said Ms Irene Ng, Vice President, Regional Marketing, Samsung Asia Pte Ltd.”

 

Mr Raymond Soh, Head of Engagement Practices, Singapore & Brunei, Ericsson, said: “By building high performance mobile networks, SingTel provides its customers with mobile services that enrich their lives. Apps on smartphones and tablets are increasingly becoming the way we navigate our day and Carrier Aggregation ensures that customers always get the best experience on-the-go, even at cell edges.”

SingTel meets customer demand for more data with Asia’s first WiFi-integrated mobile plans

Singapore 12 August 2014 – SingTel today unveiled a range of mobile plans that are fully integrated with a new premium high-speed WiFi network that it is rolling out at crowded locations and underground MRT stations.

 

The Combo plans are designed to meet consumers’ fast growing mobile data needs by offering high-speed WiFi usage in addition to 4G data bundles. As a launch promotion, customers will enjoy unlimited WiFi usage until 31 July 2015. Subsequently, all Combo plans will come with 2GB1 of WiFi data allowances.

 

Mr Johan Buse, SingTel’s Vice President of Consumer Marketing, said: “Customers tell us that they want faster speeds and more generous data allowances. Our new premium WiFi network complements our 4G network and boosts network capacity in crowded, congestion-prone locations. It enables us to provide customers with an optimal mobile data experience where they need it most.”

 

Combo plan customers will be able to switch automatically between the 3G, 4G and SingTel WiFi network without a manual password login. To ensure that customers always enjoy a high-speed and seamless experience, SingTel has permanently waived the 4G value-added service subscription charges.

Combo 1 Combo 2 Combo 3 Combo 4(new tier) Combo 6 Combo 12
Price $27.90 $42.90 $62.90 $82.90 $102.90 $239.90
Outgoing talktime minutes 100 200 300 400 700 Unlimited
Local SMS/MMS 500 1000 1200 1300 1500 Unlimited
Local 4G data 100MB 2GB 3GB 4GB 6GB 12GB
WiFi usage NA 2GB. (Promotional offer of unlimited data usage from 19 August 2014 to 31 July 2015)
4G VAS Charge Waived permanently

 

The Combo plans provide customers with better value for money than existing plans. They offer up to 200 minutes more local talktime and up to 500 more SMS messages.

 

From 19 August 2014, the Combo plans will replace SingTel’s existing plans for customers who renew their contracts or subscribe to new lines.

 

SingTel premium WiFi network

Unlike free public WiFi networks, SingTel’s WiFi network is fully managed to ensure high quality performance. It can provide connectivity that is five times faster than typical free public WiFi services. (Average typical speeds of SingTel WiFi range from 4 to 10Mbps.)

 

At launch, coverage will be available at more than 100 hotspots at 11 locations, including popular shopping malls such as Raffles City, Plaza Singapura, Junction 8, Funan Digitalife Mall, Bugis+, The Atrium and Changi City Point. SingTel will progressively roll out the network to all CapitaMall shopping centres. (Please refer to Annexe 1 for the list of malls covered at launch.)

 

Hotspots will also be installed in Singapore’s busiest underground MRT stations and major bus interchanges.  Customers can enjoy coverage at Orchard, City Hall and Raffles Place stations from 22 August 2014. The service will be progressively rolled out to 16 MRT stations on the North-East Line, as well as eight other stations with high commuter traffic over the next nine months. (Please refer to Annexe 2 for the list of MRT stations.)

 

By March 2015, approximately 1,000 hotspots at more than 100 locations across the island will have been deployed. These numbers are expected to double by March 2016.

 

For the full list of SingTel WiFi hotspot locations, please visit www.singtel.com/stwifi.

SCM 20th Anniversary: Flashes of Chinese Cinema

Singapore, 8 August 2014 – In commemoration of its 20th anniversary, STAR Chinese Movies (SCM), a subsidiary of FOX International Channels, will partner with SingTel mio TV to host SCM 20th Anniversary: Flashes of Chinese Cinema, a showcase of iconic film posters featuring movies from 1994 to 2013, from 11 August through till 14 September. The film posters will be showcased in Jurong Point, Tampines Mall and Compass Point.

As part of its 20

th Anniversary celebration, SCM presents a showcase of film posters from 20 iconic m ovies from 1994 to 2014 that have a significant meaning and/or have impacted the movie industry. 

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SCM 20th Anniversary: Flashes of Chinese Cinema

11th to 17th August 2014

Jurong Point

JP 1, Level 1 @ SingTel Mio TV Booth

25th to 31st August 2014

Tampines Mall

Level 1 @ SingTel Mio TV Booth

8th to 14th September 2014

Compass Point

Level 1 @ SingTel Mio TV Booth

SingTel to offer free all-day unlimited mobile data in celebration of Singapore’s 49th birthday

Singapore, 5 August, 2014 – In celebration of Singapore’s 49th birthday, SingTel is offering its postpaid mobile customers free unlimited data on National Day (9 August 2014). Customers can stream music and videos, download apps, surf, post, pin and upload selfies to their heart’s content.

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, SingTel’s CEO Consumer Singapore, said: “We are delighted to be celebrating this important day with all Singaporeans and our customers. We hope this will help bring our customers closer to their friends and family. Sharing special moments in photos or videos of their favourite National Day activities will be made possible with SingTel’s network.”

In addition, SingTel mio TV customers can enjoy free previews of selected movies and ethnic channels such as FOX Movies Premium HD, STAR Chinese Movies HD, Astro Prima and SONY MAX.

SingTel mio TV will also offer customers 49 percent off selected Video-on-demand (VOD) movies from 8 to 10 August. Titles include blockbusters such as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, 300: Rise of an Empire and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. (Click here for a full list of VODs and channels)

Customers who sign up for any SingTel mobile plan (Value Plan and above) from now until 10 August will enjoy an additional 4.9GB of local data bundle every month for three months. They will also receive a $49 discount off selected handsets when they sign up for any SingTel mobile plan (Lite Plan and above). These promotions are also available to existing customers who renew their subscriptions.

SingTel has been the technology partner of the National Day Parade (NDP) since 1995, providing the support for the event’s online ticket balloting system and other telecommunication needs. This year, 51 SingTel staff will also be participating in the Parade as part of SingTel’s marching contingent.

Free for all customers
Free local data usage for all SingTel Mobile postpaid customers 9 Aug 2014(Midnight to 11.59pm)
Free preview of selected movie and ethnic channels for all SingTel mio TV customers 8 -10 Aug 2014
National Day promotions
49% off selected Video-on-demand titles 8 -10 Aug 2014
Additional 4.9GB local data bundle every month for three months for signups of Value Plan and above Ends 10 Aug 2014
$49 off selected handsets for signups of  Lite Plan and above Ends 10 Aug 2014
Free 1GB local data every month for 12 months with any MobileShare or TalkMore Unlimited sign-up Ends 10 Aug 2014
Wear red and white when you sign up or recontract a postpaid mobile or fibre bundle plan at SingTel shops and receive a $10 SingTel accessories voucher 9 and 10 Aug 2014

 

For more information, please visit www.singtel.com.

SingTel and TOUCH Launch Singapore’s First Cyber Wellness Mobile App

SINGAPORE, 10 July 2014 – SingTel and TOUCH Cyber Wellness today launched notAnoobie, Singapore’s first cyber wellness mobile application designed to help parents better understand and protect their children from online risks.

 

notAnoobie helps parents gain deeper insights into their children’s online activity while on-the-go. The app features the latest on cyber issues, game reviews and real life stories of youths who have overcome their online problems. The term “noobie” refers to a novice.

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About TOUCH Cyber Wellness

TOUCH Cyber Wellness (TCW), a service of TOUCH Community Services, is an award winning and market leading agency in the arena of school-based cyber wellness and new media literacy programmes. TCW is Singapore’s pioneer and leading non-profit agency advocating cyber wellness and new media literacy for children, teenagers, parents, and educators.

 

Within the school context, TCW works closely with youths, educators and parents to cultivate respect, a balanced lifestyle and responsible use of digital technologies to effect a positive and healthy cyber culture at home, in school and community.

 

TCW is also the first agency in Singapore to develop an “Adolescent Pathological Video Gaming Treatment Model” in use since 2006. This model was validated by Dr Timothy Sim (Associate Professor, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University) in 2012. TCW is currently the only service in Singapore that provides a full suite of cyber wellness programmes in education, mentoring and counselling to students, teachers and parents.

SingTel brings world’s first 150Mbps 4G smartphone to Singapore

 

Singapore 5 June 2013SingTel customers will be the first in Singapore to get their hands on the world’s fastest smartphone. This cutting edge 4G smartphone is the first handset in the world to support mobile broadband connections with speeds of up to 150Mbps. 

 

It will be available at the PC Show from 6 June with a subscription to a SingTel Flexi plan.

 

Mr Johan Buse, SingTel’s Vice President of Consumer Marketing, said: “Earlier this year, SingTel set a new benchmark by boosting the maximum speeds of its 4G network from 75Mbps to 150Mbps. We are thrilled to introduce the first of the next generation of 4G handsets that can take full advantage of the higher speeds. Our customers can look forward to many more of such devices in the coming months.”

 

All SingTel 4G customers will be able to enjoy the higher speeds at no extra charge with the Huawei Ascend P2 and future compatible handsets.

 

“Consumers are increasingly reliant on their mobile devices for information, entertainment, commerce and their lifestyle needs. With speeds of up to 150Mbps, they will be able to perform even more tasks on-the-move and enjoy a significantly faster and smoother experience,” Mr Buse said.

 

Price plans:

 

Huawei Ascend P2 price

Outgoing local calls

Local SMS

Local Data

Monthly subscription

Flexi SuperLite

$298

100 mins

500

100MB

$27.90

Flexi Lite

$198

100 mins

800

2GB

$39.90

Flexi Value

$0

200 mins

900

3GB

$59.90

Flexi Plus

$0

500 mins

1000

4GB

$99.90

Flexi Prestige

$0

Unlimited

Unlimited

12GB

$239.90

SingTel launches ‘Catch Dee Kosh If You Can’ Twitter Race #Fastest4GSpeed

SingTel will be commencing its first ever real-time Twitter race this afternoon at 1pm. Running from 3-7 June, SingTel subscribers who follow@SingTel will stand a chance to win some cold hard cash with #Fastest4GSpeed.

For the contest running from 3 – 5 June, 987 DJ and popular YouTube comedian, Dee Kosh will be taking over @SingTel’s Twitter page and will release a series of tweets and clues based on his location. By tweeting back and being the fastest person to determine his location, they could win $500 in cash.

Watch video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Naaxzjd0RaM&feature=youtu.be

PRESS RELEASE: SINGAPORE IS THE FIRST TO HAVE THE SOCIAL NETWORKING MOBILE PHONE IN ASIA

 

Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) and INQ Mobile today announced that SingTel mobile customers will soon become the first in Asia and among the first in the world to get their hands on the ultimate 3G social mobile phone, the new INQ Mini 3G.

 

I am very fortunate enough to be one of the first few Singaporean to witness the first 3G social networking mobile phone in the world. Thanks to Ivy (Singtel) for inviting me to the Blogger Launch @Supper Club, Odeon Tower.

 

The launch has given a very good demonstration on what you, as a user, can do with the INQ Mini 3G. The INQ Mini 3G is the first social mobile phone to be fully integrated with Facebook, offering ‘always on’, one-click access to this popular social networking application, as well as Twitter. It also merges contacts on the mobile phone and Facebook to create the world’s first ‘live’ address book. Customers will see the caller’s latest Facebook profile picture with every incoming call. Another impressive feature is that the main Inbox will contain separate folders for Facebook messages, pokes and requests, as well as emails and SMS, all on the same page.

 

Users can multitask easily with the user-friendly INQ Mini 3G to access popular social networking services such as Twitter, email and instant messenger using its Switcher feature. They can view updates 24/7 with the ‘always on’ feature by simply logging in just once to these applications and staying connected even when the phone is powered off.   

 

Unboxing of the INQ Mini 3G

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Pricing details will be announced on 19 September 2009 when the phone goes on sale at SingTel Shops, hello! stores and exclusive retailers island-wide.

 

For more information on phone features, click on www.singtel.com/INQ.

Business Times – S’pore firm scores mobile wallet success abroad

 

WITH Singapore’s efforts to promote payments via mobile phones slow to get off the ground, a local firm is dialling overseas to exploit the market potential of this emerging technology.  

 

 

Following the success of earlier trials, Cassis International is working with a Malaysian operator on the commercial rollout of its mobile wallet initiative, according to company CEO Chua Thian Yee. This comes on the heels of a similar deployment for Korea’s SK Telecom (stock quote: SKM)in 2007.

The homegrown tech upstart, formed in 2002 by a group of executives from the smartcard industry, plays an integral role in realising the payment promise of near field communication (NFC), the technology that is being used to allow consumers to tap and pay for purchases with their handsets.

This is because Cassis provides the solutions needed to allow financial services players to securely distribute credit-card and other payment applications over the air to NFC-enabled mobile phones. By loading the relevant applications, the phone can be used to pay for everything from train rides to burgers and movie tickets.

Cassis was roped in for all the NFC trials that were sanctioned by Visa International(stock quote: V),  and is the only Asian firm on the payment provider’s international mobile payment platform consortium.

Helped by the two overseas projects, the firm is expected to maintain its revenue growth at 30 per cent in 2008, but its big break could come within the next year with more commercial rollouts around the world.

‘2009 will be a big year for us,’ Mr Chua told BizIT in an interview on Tuesday, without disclosing details of the deals in the pipeline.

To tackle its overseas projects, the company currently has a team of 70 staff across Malaysia, China, Korea, France, and its headquarters in Singapore.

While inter-operability and fragmentation issues dogged earlier attempts to promote mobile payments, Mr Chua is confident that the outcome will be different this time around with NFC.

Instead of loading credit-card applications into the chip of a plastic card, the data is instead sent over the cellular network to an NFC handset. There is no need to replace existing payment terminals, Mr Chua stressed.

‘NFC uses a standard that has already been established. It’s not about introducing new equipment but merely using another form factor (the mobile phone instead of a plastic credit card) to pay using the same transaction terminal,’ Mr Chua said.

While telcos in countries such as Japan and Korea have introduced mobile payments, local operators here are just starting to dip their toes into the fledgling technology.

Singapore Telecommunications and its partners Nets and United Overseas Bank are assessing the feasibility of a new coupon redemption feature with NFC-enabled handsets.

Rival StarHub, however, has chosen to join hands with Japanese operator NTT Docomo (stock quote: NTT) to test out the latter’s Osaifu-Keitai mobile wallet platform in Singapore.

Source Business Times 20 Oct 2008