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Cable TV and Bank Accounts

Post by Mike_Naylor » Tue, 20 Oct 2009 7:58 pm

1: I like watching Premiership Football and American football (NFL).

Does anyone know of both of these sports are available on any cable packages at the minute?

And how much is cable in general, compared to UK prices. As in for premium packages.

2: Bank Accounts. I'm assuming opening an account in Singapore, would just be like an expat opening one in the UK. As in, passport, visa, maybe employment offer letter/contract?


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Post by apollo_69 » Tue, 20 Oct 2009 8:29 pm

Not sure about the cable but I opened a DBS bank account today with just a passport and visa, used my office address for billing can either open a 'debit' account with $500sgd (which is the equivalent of an ATM / cash card in the UK e.g. solo, although it is part of NETS system which most places accept here) or a 'savings' account with $3000sgd (which is like a normal visa debit card in the UK).......if you go below those levels once you've opened an account you incur a tiny fee e.g. $2/month on the debit card. hope that helps, i got a working card within 15 mins from walking into the bank it was a very efficient service :)

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Post by LeeYii » Wed, 21 Oct 2009 12:02 am

Singtel and Starhub are the only 2 cable TV service provider in Singapore, i would recommend Singtel (Mio TV), as Starhub lose the Tv right for BPL season 2010/2011(was in the news about 2 weeks ago).

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Post by Girl_Next_Door » Wed, 21 Oct 2009 5:24 pm

For banks, I would suggest for you to open a UOB or OCBC account. DBS have more ATMs around the island, but 99% of Singaporeans have a DBS/POSB account. This mean that there is always a (long) quene when you need to withdraw any money!

UOB and OCBC ATMs are linked, so you can withdraw money from any of their machines. Be warned that if you withdraw money from the other bank (i.e. UOB ATM when you have OCBC account), you need to pay 20 or 30 cents per transactions.

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Post by road.not.taken » Wed, 21 Oct 2009 5:42 pm

My husband is beside himself watching the new sports network (ASN maybe? baseball playoffs, Monday night football live), I'm a football widow again! ](*,) Actually, good for him, he deserves it :love:

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Post by Strong Eagle » Wed, 21 Oct 2009 5:50 pm

Citibank, HSBC, Stan Chart, RBS, and Maybank share ATM's, for a 30 cent fee.

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Post by econoMIC » Thu, 22 Oct 2009 2:32 pm

I agree with Girl_Next_Door. I am still happy to get a UOB account as they are as good or bad as any other local bank but at least the queues at the ATMs are only a quarter as long. And believe me, queues can get very long at POSB/DBS ATMs.
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