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iPhone and SingTel Super Sim plan

Postby joaker » Tue, 06 Mar 2012 4:42 am

Hi,

Next month, my wife and I will be moving to Singapore (from the US) for a 2 year work assignment. I currently have an iPhone 4S and my wife has an iPhone 4. We're thinking SingTel, and my wife will probably just get an iPhone 4S under contract when we get there. I, however, would like to be able to get an iPhone 5 (or whatever it's called) when it comes out, so I was hoping to avoid a contract. Assuming I can get my hands on an unlocked iPhone 4S, I was thinking of using SingTel's "3G Flexi Value SuperSIM" plan. On the SingTel website, it looks pretty similar to the "iFlexi Value" contract plan. However, there look to be some things that are listed under the iFlexi that aren't mentioned with the SuperSIM plan:
- data capped at $30/month for unlimited data usage
- Free Wireless@SG
- Value added services (caller ID, autoroam, voicemail, sms plus)

Does anyone know if these are really not included/available with the SuperSIM plan? I think I would miss the Wireless@SG access, caller ID and voicemail options. Also, are there any limitations with the SuperSIM plan with regards to corporate discounts? Any other things I would be missing out with the SuperSIM plan?

A few more generic questions:
- I see that there are specifc "Plans with Free Incoming Calls" - does that mean the other ones don't?
- Does Singtel have a 'family plan' similar to what we have with AT&T in the US?
- Looking at the "expat" plans, I don't really see an advantage with the iPhone plans - am I missing something?
- We'll also need to get internet and TV (no home phone) - are the bundled deals worth it?

Sorry for all the questions - I've tried going through the SingTel website and this forum, but haven't been able to figure this out. Thanks in advance for any guidance you can give,
-J

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Postby zzm9980 » Tue, 06 Mar 2012 7:11 am

All of those things are included in the SuperSIM plan. Have you used Wireles@SG extensively? It's pretty flaky, I wouldn't rely on it for anything. I tend to tether to my iphone (w/ Singtel) instead of using Wireless@SG. Much more reliable.

For the next four questions...

1) No, they're all free incoming. Singtel would advertise the air you breath as a free perk if they could.

2) Nope, none of the carriers do.

3) Ignore the Expat plans. Don't even bother. Nothing special about them, and they'll just confuse things since the Singtel employee if you mention them. (See #1, re: air you breath)

4) If you can't get fiber where you live, you might as well go with their MIO home bundle for the cost. Also throw in the home phone line, since it's only $3 more for unlimited calls. I've come across enough web forms in singapore that *required* two numbers that just having the home phone for that was worth it :)


No need to apologize. Most of us have been there. I did the same thing when I got here last summer. iPhone4 with SuperSIM, switched to iPhone4s with contract when it was available. Home MIO of Internet + Basic TV + Phone, and wife's iphone4s on here too. You get a 20% discount across the board when you bundle it all together. Also, with the Home MIO bundle, they let you upgrade one of your phones after 1yr on a 2yr plan, so this way you'll be able to get iPhone 5S when it comes out 12 months later :P

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Postby joaker » Fri, 16 Mar 2012 5:28 am

Thanks for the info - it helps a lot! :)

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Postby AndyWillie » Thu, 22 Mar 2012 10:32 am

I agree. Wireless@SG is very unreliable and I would never depend on it. Takes me 15 mins to send an email! For value added service, you should check with them that it doesn't expire after 3 months. Some things like 'caller ID' is only free for the first 3 months and after that they'll start charging you for it. Data cap is definitely helpful if you use cellular data a lot like me but due to the fact that almost everyone in Singapore has a smartphone, the network tends to be overworked at times and you can't get 3G.

All network providers advertise free incoming calls with their plans now. It's expected now, and any provider who doesn't have that..well would go out of business soon. For the bundled deals, it really depends. Sometimes it's really a good deal but often when you look at the fine print, it's not. So I would recommend putting in the leg work and go through all the specific offers and plans they have.

Hope this helps :D


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