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Postby TFNG » Mon, 13 Feb 2012 9:48 pm

I am transfering to SG soon. I plan to come to SG 4 to 6 weeks before my EP will be ready. I was wondering what the local internet provider's short term options for internet connectivity are?

A previous posting said mobile broadband connectivity is bad. You would be better off sitting in a Starbucks everytime you wanted to read your emails.

While my hotel/serviced apt. most likely will have wifi, I was wondering what my options (and costs) would be while I am away during the day and wanted to have internet connectivity?

My needs are simple, email and downloading requirements are approx. 5~7GB a week, download speed more important than 24/7 availability.


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Postby ecureilx » Mon, 13 Feb 2012 10:04 pm

TFNG wrote:I am transfering to SG soon. I plan to come to SG 4 to 6 weeks before my EP will be ready. I was wondering what the local internet provider's short term options for internet connectivity are?

A previous posting said mobile broadband connectivity is bad. You would be better off sitting in a Starbucks everytime you wanted to read your emails.

While my hotel/serviced apt. most likely will have wifi, I was wondering what my options (and costs) would be while I am away during the day and wanted to have internet connectivity?

My needs are simple, email and downloading requirements are approx. 5~7GB a week, download speed more important than 24/7 availability.


Thanks


me thinks this was discussed before .. but .. here I go

for mobile BB on plan, you need to be on a 6 months commitment.

Pre-paid is a killer.

Generally, M1 is a bit easy to get Mobile BB

Well, your data needs are on the high side.

I use up less than 1 GB, even though my office mail syncs 24X7, and all my email alerts cross more than 200 mails a day ... with each over 40 K to 300 K

Now all service providers are quietly dumping the unlimited BB on mobile.

M1, at 3 GIG, data only starts at 24$, 12 GIG at 40 odd $.

I would say, Use your home wifi for everything else .. like download and such ...

and use the mobile BB for accessing critical stuff, like visiting this forum :)

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Re: Mobile Internet Connection

Postby nakatago » Mon, 13 Feb 2012 11:32 pm

ecureilx wrote:me thinks this was discussed before ..)


It was.

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Postby zzm9980 » Tue, 14 Feb 2012 7:59 am

If you need the most reliable (remember, this is very relative to the competition sadly) you want to go with Singtel. It's also probably the priciest.

No personal experience with M1, except a *lot* of people telling me it's bad. Extensive personal experience with Starhub. You will always have full signal, but will lose IP connectivity (e.g., everything times out) for hours at a time even with that full signal.

Singtel also has issues, but their outage windows for me usually last under 3-5 minutes, as opposed to the 3-5hours of Starhub.

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Postby the lynx » Tue, 14 Feb 2012 9:55 am

zzm, I will be one of those people who say this.

Whatever you do, stay away from M1. Yeah it is super duper cheap but you get what you pay for - super duper lousy connection.

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Postby ecureilx » Tue, 14 Feb 2012 10:06 am

And to wade in again ..

I use a Starhub 3G on my router (yes, i know, it is not normal, but I didn't get any DSL or Cable internet .. and with the router, I can share the unlimited usage for my laptop and tablet) and I switch it on when I use the laptop or tablet at home.

And my own phone - Samsung Galaxy, is on M1 3G

And my office phone - is also a Samsung Galaxy - Singtel 3G

And all of them slow down in the evening .. hours, and weekends.

And for Singtel, my housemate was whining that her Singtel 3G is slow, even when watching youtube .. unlike my Singtel 3G

Guess what ? She is on a 1 MB Package, and me on 7 MB

so it is all RELATIVE

the good thing for M1, they are not finicky when it comes to issuing SIM only connections, especially when you are new in town. Take Singtel or Starhub - you need a postal address, proof of billing, and when you tell them how to get them when you are new in town, the staff face is blank, then an intelligent advise comes .. "why not you sign up under your friends' name ??? " or "you can find a friend to sign on your behalf ?" No kidding .. that's what the FT CS in Singtel and Starhub have told more than enough new colleagues of mine, on Q1

Duh ....

Doesn't help that The Green Monster and the Red Wall are both dictating terms, and quite often, insist on deposits, for those on S Pass or EP Q1 .. even for SIM only plan. Even when you tell them to cut off the IDD and roaming, two items that can skyrocket your phone bill...

No go..

That's my experience with the Telcos..

As for the outage that zz is talking of - nope, never noticed it, or I aint' such a VVIP use, to have lost productivity with missing 'net'

M1 may not be Hot, but for CS, and responsiveness .. they are much better, especially for OP as he just needs it for a few months only


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