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Mobile Wifi Rental in Singapore

Postby Andrew Cheng » Sat, 02 Feb 2013 12:31 am

Anyone knows if i can rental mobile wifi device in Singapore?
It will be very helpful to have that device everytime i return to Singapore as compared to signing up a line with the telcos or buying a data SIM Card each time.

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Postby carteki » Sat, 02 Feb 2013 1:01 pm

You can subscribe to one of the hotspot options that can be found at most locations. Not sure of the cost etc. Can't think of the providers atm perhaps one of the other regulars can.
Other than that, just topping up your previous data card - should be a problem

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Postby Strong Eagle » Sat, 02 Feb 2013 1:26 pm

What is a "mobile wifi device"? Everything can receive wifi. Phones. Laptops. What do you want? Do you want mobile broadband via a dongle? You can use you phone as a broadband modem.

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Postby James Bud » Sun, 24 Feb 2013 1:10 am

Andrew,

I need to rent a mobile wifi device too for the next few weeks of my stay. It's called MIFI in my country.

Would appreciate it if you can let me know where did you rent it and if you have any problems with it.

Urgent

Thanks!

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Postby curiousgeorge » Sun, 24 Feb 2013 11:35 am

If you have a MIFI at home, bring it here.

If not, you can buy a MIFI in any Challenger (local IT store in most big malls) for about $80, and grab a data sim at any 7/11.

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Postby James Bud » Sun, 24 Feb 2013 5:01 pm

George,

Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, Im already here in Singapore. Currently Im surviving on prepaid data card, but it is really troublesome to change the sim card.

Need a Mifi rental. Help pls.

ps: I do not have a Mifi at home as I heard the frequency of 3g differ from country to country. verify pls?

thanks

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Postby nakatago » Sun, 24 Feb 2013 5:23 pm

James Bud wrote:George,

Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, Im already here in Singapore. Currently Im surviving on prepaid data card, but it is really troublesome to change the sim card.

Need a Mifi rental. Help pls.

ps: I do not have a Mifi at home as I heard the frequency of 3g differ from country to country. verify pls?

thanks


What's your phone?

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Postby zzm9980 » Sun, 24 Feb 2013 11:26 pm

James Bud wrote:George,

Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, Im already here in Singapore. Currently Im surviving on prepaid data card, but it is really troublesome to change the sim card.

Need a Mifi rental. Help pls.

ps: I do not have a Mifi at home as I heard the frequency of 3g differ from country to country. verify pls?

thanks


They do vary, but in most cases it's one set of frequencies for North America, and another set for the rest of the world.

You're not going to find a rental. Just go buy one. You'll get a Huawei Mifi (I have the E586) and a week of data from Singtel for under S$100. If if they did have rentals, it wouldn't be much cheaper. The E586 will still work in North America, but only at Edge/2G speeds. HSPDA+ everywhere else.

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Postby James Bud » Sun, 24 Feb 2013 11:59 pm

Thanks ZZM,

Thanks for the advice. I checked the MIFI device today. The teleco is selling at SGD 350. (not exactly what I want to pay for)

I will stick to the prepaid card for now. Let me know if anyone got any updates and I will be grateful.

Thanks lots!

This is a nice city btw =)

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Postby zzm9980 » Mon, 25 Feb 2013 8:17 am

This isn't the US, you don't have to buy from the telco. Every mobile/3G device sold in Singapore is unlocked by law. You can buy any phone from anyone, and put anyone else's sim card in it.

One thing Singapore doesn't have is good online shopping, so I can't link you to a MIFI for sale locally. But, just go to Amazon and search for "Mobile Wifi" to get an idea of your options. Then, go to any Challenger store, or Funan IT mall near City Hall MRT and just look around. I've seen the Huawei devices for sale quite cheaply. After that, go to almost any mobile shop or 7-11 and buy a Singtel (or Starhub or M1) pre-paid SIM card and activate data.

http://info.singtel.com/personal/phones ... obile-data

http://www.starhub.com/green

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Postby nakatago » Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:04 am

zzm9980 wrote:This isn't the US, you don't have to buy from the telco. Every mobile/3G device sold in Singapore is unlocked by law. You can buy any phone from anyone, and put anyone else's sim card in it.

One thing Singapore doesn't have is good online shopping, so I can't link you to a MIFI for sale locally. But, just go to Amazon and search for "Mobile Wifi" to get an idea of your options. Then, go to any Challenger store, or Funan IT mall near City Hall MRT and just look around. I've seen the Huawei devices for sale quite cheaply. After that, go to almost any mobile shop or 7-11 and buy a Singtel (or Starhub or M1) pre-paid SIM card and activate data.

http://info.singtel.com/personal/phones ... obile-data

http://www.starhub.com/green


THIS.

If you're using prepaid anything, you NEVER buy from the telco.

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Postby ecureilx » Mon, 25 Feb 2013 3:11 pm

nakatago wrote:
THIS.

If you're using prepaid anything, you NEVER buy from the telco.


Actually unless you are on a contract to get a free handset .. don't buy ANYTHING from telcos !! ;) Even contracted phones, if you do early termination, you may get a heart attack when you find out how they price the handset and demand the payment for the unfulfilled part of the contract ..

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Mobile Wifi Rental in Singapore

Postby Andrew Cheng » Tue, 26 Feb 2013 1:05 am

James Bud wrote:George,

Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, Im already here in Singapore. Currently Im surviving on prepaid data card, but it is really troublesome to change the sim card.

Need a Mifi rental. Help pls.

ps: I do not have a Mifi at home as I heard the frequency of 3g differ from country to country. verify pls?

thanks


Hi James,

i rented my a mifi device from http://www.rentafi.com. Their 4G device is of considerable speed and it costs less than $50 for 3 days.
Hope this helps.

I was also using the pre paid SIM card previously. Unfortunately, there is only 3G prepaid SIM card in the Singapore and it is sometimes too slow for emmail acess and internet surfing.

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Postby ecureilx » Tue, 26 Feb 2013 8:58 am

Andrew Cheng wrote:
James Bud wrote:George,

Thanks for the advice. Unfortunately, Im already here in Singapore. Currently Im surviving on prepaid data card, but it is really troublesome to change the sim card.

Need a Mifi rental. Help pls.

ps: I do not have a Mifi at home as I heard the frequency of 3g differ from country to country. verify pls?

thanks


Hi James,

i rented my a mifi device from http://www.rentafi.com. Their 4G device is of considerable speed and it costs less than $50 for 3 days.
Hope this helps.

I was also using the pre paid SIM card previously. Unfortunately, there is only 3G prepaid SIM card in the Singapore and it is sometimes too slow for emmail acess and internet surfing.


3G slow for internet ? well, tell me about it .. at home I have a 70$ 3G Router (not the costly one you are promoting here .. ) and with a Starhub 3G Sim, and, except at weekends or rare times, I can stream movies, do officer work by VPN, and all and don't find it bad .. yes, it is slow vs cable, but ... compared to the speed I get in Singtel 1M Plan, the Starhub Sim is ok.

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Postby zzm9980 » Tue, 26 Feb 2013 9:41 am

ecureilx wrote:3G slow for internet ? well, tell me about it .. at home I have a 70$ 3G Router (not the costly one you are promoting here .. ) and with a Starhub 3G Sim, and, except at weekends or rare times, I can stream movies, do officer work by VPN, and all and don't find it bad .. yes, it is slow vs cable, but ... compared to the speed I get in Singtel 1M Plan, the Starhub Sim is ok.


Come on, you of all people here should know performance varies greatly depending where you are on the Island. With Starhub in the immediate vicinity of Paya Lebar MRT (hardly ulu ulu) my iPhone would time out for hours just trying to check email.

Thanks Andrew for that link. I had no clue there was 4G rental here. It's pricy, but totally reasonable for just a few days if you need Internet. Although their process seems silly. You fill out a form, pay, and wait for shipment of your rental? They should have a kiosk at Changi; tourists and other visitors aren't going to want to wait for a shipment...


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