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Post by max-89jw » Mon, 15 Oct 2012 6:31 pm

Hi, which telecom should I use that is value for money and good service?
I am not sure which one to sign up as I am using a starhub prepaid card for now and planning to sign a 2 year contract with the local network. Anyone has any recommendation?

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Post by taxico » Thu, 18 Oct 2012 1:30 pm

there're 3 cell service providers and they're more or less similarly priced. their coverage in most public areas are the same, but in less populated/weird structures, it may differ.

eg, singtel's service at my wife's office is HORRIBLE but m1 (mine) works great. regardless, she stuck with singtel due to her loyalty discounts.

if it were me, bad recept and calls that can't go through would drive me insane and i'd rather break the contract than to live with the lousy service.

if you're happy using starhub at work and at home at the moment, you can consider continuing with their post paid service.

or else, if there's a phone + service plan + price you like from a particular provider, then i say go for it. deals usually come out every saturday and are advertised on the paper (ST) and on their web page.

if reception is truly poor, it's grounds for early termination without (much) penalties - but this needs to be done early in the contract, not after 13 months when you find out you're no longer needed in singapore.

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Re: Telecom

Post by the lynx » Thu, 18 Oct 2012 3:15 pm

max-89jw wrote:Hi, which telecom should I use that is value for money and good service?
I am not sure which one to sign up as I am using a starhub prepaid card for now and planning to sign a 2 year contract with the local network. Anyone has any recommendation?
Unless your company is paying for your phone bills, I personally think that postpaid plan is not worth it. I've been using Starhub postpaid close to 4 years and while the reception and pricing is average (and below average on my unlucky days), I still think that it has a lot of room for improvement.

I wouldn't have gone for it if it wasn't for my corporate rates and my desire to own a new smartphone at cheaper rate (as part of the package).

On another note, I've used M1 for my broadband package and by the end of the subscription, I'm close to driving myself insane. If I had known that you can request for early termination on "grounds of poor services", I'd done that long long time ago.

Stick to your prepaid plan. If you have to choose, go for Singtel or Starhub. Singtel generally has the best reception (although with almost negligible different to Starhub and M1) and Starhub has a decent free IDD package to selected countries and also for roaming. M1 is the cheapest.

Perhaps your company has corporate rates in one of the above? You can check with them.
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Post by nakatago » Thu, 18 Oct 2012 3:20 pm

Question: What will you use it for? Which service will you be using more often?

Some people are finding prepaid to be actually more cost effective but it all depends on what you'll use the service for.
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Post by synack » Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:55 am

I got here about a month ago and was looking for a voice and data plan that is (1) Cheap (2) non-contract (or super short term) (3) Not prepaid and ended up with Singtel 3G Flexi Lite that comes with 2GB data @ 37.xx per month. There is 3 month contract. The other providers contract were somewhere between a year or two.

So I thought all is well until I read that people had been complaining about Singtel's 3G data network problems particularly in the MRT (and elsewhere) and experienced it myself. And that is where I intended to use the phone to access the net and whatsapp etc. So you should factor in availability too in searching for that good package.

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