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Cable broadband extinct?

Postby Wd40 » Sun, 27 Mar 2016 12:00 am

Looks like Cable broadband is getting extinct. My current Starhub Cable broadband 24 month contract is getting over in Jun and I was looking for options. It looks like Cable broadbands are not offered by anyone anymore. M1 had stopped cable broadband long ago. Starhub still seems to offer but the pricing is ridiculous 100mbps for $50 for 24 month contract, that too that page is hidden from the main starhub site, I had to do a google search to get to that page. They offer dual broadband plans with cable and fibre and that is cheaper than the cable only. Singtel seems to have discontinued its cable broadband.

I know fibre broadband is fast and futuristic etc, but it makes sense for locals not foreigners. The termination charges are very very high for fibre compared to cable, which is why I have been avoiding fibre until now.

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Re: Cable broadband extinct?

Postby PNGMK » Sun, 27 Mar 2016 8:42 am

I see plenty of cable modems around in people's HDB's? Also ADSL is still around in HDB. Maybe try searching from a different IP...
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Re: Cable broadband extinct?

Postby x9200 » Sun, 27 Mar 2016 8:56 am

It is still offered by starhub but within some odd "dual broadband" plans.
I'm also on the cable bb subscription but the contract ends only in January.

The fact your contract ends does not mean the service is going to be immediately discontinued. My previous contract with starhub started around 2008-2009 I believe and continued as it was with the same charges and parameters till last year when I decided to upgrade it. Funny, I still have a free of charge 1GB speed unlimited transfer mobile bb from that plan and it still works.

I had one mobile contract with singtel that was signed for 2y in 2002 and it died only last year.

I suggest don't worry too much, don't ask stahub for any upgrade, don't respond to any offers, just wait and see what is going to happen when you cross the contractual period line - my guess, it will go on as it is now.

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Re: Cable broadband extinct?

Postby Wd40 » Sun, 27 Mar 2016 9:41 am

Currently I pay $30 per month for the broadband. Its a blended rate. 1st 6 months was free and next 18 months is $40. So average it out it $30 per month over the 24 months. My bill reads MaxOnline Ult (Aft 67% off Broadband) -> $37.2940.

After the 24 months are over, I guess the discount will go away and I will have to pay the full price. Also the below link says I will have to pay $50 per month, if I have to retain my cable broadband

https://www.starhub.com/personal/suppor ... plans.html

I find $50 a month just too much. If I get a contract from M1, their fibre broadband their cheapest one is $35. Starhub's cheapest is $40 on a contract. Why is internet so expensive?

When I came to SG in 2009, I got 1mbps broadband free with Starhub TV settop box. All this 1gbps is bullshit. I was happy with 1mbps and didnt miss anything.

I will just follow x9200's of not doing anything until the contract expires. I got mailers in the past to "upgrade" for the dual fibre and cable broadband, but I passed them. Nice gimmicks, but I won't fall for them. After Jun let's see what is in store.

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Re: Cable broadband extinct?

Postby x9200 » Sun, 27 Mar 2016 11:31 am

I've never had this sort of blended rate plans but all the plans I was under were discounted 12/24m contracts and for some reason it continued including the curious one, 1GB I mentioned - it is still free of charge.

It was also not the case of an auto-recontracted plan. Specifically for the starhub it stated on their web that I was under no contract.

The singtel 2002 plan was a $9 corporate promotion (a classic plan) and it continued like this for 13y.

I had another, regular data plan from singtel I was paying like $14 for 30GB transfer, 3G speed - you won't find anything even close to it in their current offer. It continued until now for 3y extra years after the original contract was expired.

Frankly, I don't get how it works, but this is my experience.

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Re: Cable broadband extinct?

Postby rajagainstthemachine » Sun, 27 Mar 2016 12:16 pm

i pay 39$ for month currently for a 100MBps fibre connection from M1 with a free landline and 1gb/month mobile plan, so far i haven't had any complaints and like X9 says you can continue using your adsl or explore some other vendors, sometimes they also absorb fibre installation charges.
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Re: Cable broadband extinct?

Postby martincymru » Mon, 28 Mar 2016 4:42 pm

I'm not a techie.

I have just taken out the 50$ month Starhub cable 'cos my old unit (one of 20 in an old Victorian house) does not have fibre installed. Not sure how to get fibre, think all the unit owners need to agree. Someone enlighten me.

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Re: Cable broadband extinct?

Postby BBCWatcher » Wed, 30 Mar 2016 9:21 am

Just stay with your StarHub cable broadband. The contract term is a minimum commitment (subject to early termination fee), not a maximum. If you're not happy with the normal monthly rate after your contract term ends, you can take a look at alternatives. For example, M1 offers fibre broadband with a home telephone line on a 12 month contract for $39/month. When the contract term ends their $39/month rate continues, assuming no rate increase. (Hypothetically they could increase month-to-month rates in the future.)

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Postby taxico » Thu, 07 Apr 2016 6:18 pm

get the $30+ dual fibre/broadband starhub package. there is no need to install the fibre service. tell them you'll hook it up yourself.

if you decline the free wifi router, they give you about $100 worth of "points" you can use to offset your bill.

the broadband modem works wherever there's a (working) starhub/SCV plug. doesn't have the be at the "registered" service address.

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Postby Wd40 » Thu, 07 Apr 2016 7:16 pm

taxico wrote:get the $30+ dual fibre/broadband starhub package. there is no need to install the fibre service. tell them you'll hook it up yourself.

if you decline the free wifi router, they give you about $100 worth of "points" you can use to offset your bill.

the broadband modem works wherever there's a (working) starhub/SCV plug. doesn't have the be at the "registered" service address.

(this is how i get my internet now)

Thanks.I think the starhub dual broadband is $40. Also the early termination/relocation charges are very high for fibre.

If I have to take fibre broadband, I will go with M1. Theirs costs only $30 and they give free mobile broadband of 1GB data per month. I can use the mobile broadband in my dual sim phone and will not recontact by SingTel mobile contract. So that will mean 1 contract less.

Edit: just got off the calls from both Starhub and M1.
Starhub told me I could continue my current cable broadband after the contract gets over, for same price of $40.

M1 just told me that I can get the 200mbps line for $29. Their termination charge is is lower at $300+ if I terminate in 6 months. Also if I move to a new place, their relocation charges are cheap at $50. But then they dont allow transfer of ownership. Hmm, that is tricky. Starhub allows transfer of ownership, but its expensive at above $200 if you move your house or terminate within 1 year, then there are fibre termination charges + the service termination charges. Basically this is because Fibre cabling belongs to Singnet.

I believe Starhub, makes sense only if you are sure to stay in SG and not move your house for atleast 1 year.

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Re: Cable broadband extinct?

Postby x9200 » Thu, 07 Apr 2016 8:40 pm

Interesting. I moved the house few time already and don't remember the $200 fees.

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Postby Wd40 » Thu, 07 Apr 2016 8:43 pm

x9200 wrote:Interesting. I moved the house few time already and don't remember the $200 fees.

That is probably because yours is cable broadband. That is easy, and free, you just carry the modem with you to the new house and fit it yourself. For fibre the charges are atrocious.

I found the link:
http://www.starhub.com/personal/broadba ... arges.html

Service Early Termination Charge
(If subscription is less than 12-month) $385.20

Fibre Service Cancellation Charge $235.40 (High rise)

Relocation Fee
(Per request to change residential service address) $107.00

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Re: Cable broadband extinct?

Postby x9200 » Thu, 07 Apr 2016 8:48 pm

Possible but I wonder why. What so specific to the fibre? Or this is a price for the installation including trunking and the point?

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Postby Wd40 » Thu, 07 Apr 2016 9:07 pm

x9200 wrote:Possible but I wonder why. What so specific to the fibre? Or this is a price for the installation including trunking and the point?

I have never had fibre connection so I don't know how it exactly works. But I know that this charge is inspite of the opennet fibre termination point being present in your house.

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Re: Cable broadband extinct?

Postby x9200 » Fri, 08 Apr 2016 7:05 am

Directly related to this subject, I have problems to figure out if I am hooked to the fibre or not. The online checker says, yes, I am, but I don't see any related wiring/points neither in the apartment nor in the entire condo. The condo is over 10yo so I don't think there was somebody with a vision especially that this is the worst planned condo I have ever seen. Do they always install the fibre using surface trunking or they try to utilise some existing ducts if the can? Still, there is nothing visible inside the flat.


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