SingTel unveils new WiFi network; overhauls data plans

SingTel unveils new WiFi network; overhauls data plans
A view of SingTel posters on telephone booths outside their head office in Singapore May 15, 2014.

SINGAPORE - SingTel customers will be able to access a new high-speed WiFi network that is being progressively rolled out at popular shopping malls and underground MRT stations.

According to a statement by the telco, SingTel's WiFi network average typical speed will range from 4 to 10Mbps, which is five times faster than typical free public WiFi services.

Coverage is currently available at more than 100 hotspots at 11 locations such as Raffles City and Plaza Singapura. SingTel said that it will progressively roll out the network to all CapitaMall shopping centres.

Hotspots will also be available at Orchard, City Hall and Raffles Place stations from Aug 22 onwards.

The service will be progressively rolled out to 16 MRT stations on the North-East Line, as well as eight other stations with high commuter traffic over the next nine months.

This new WiFi service is part of SingTel's new Combo plans, which offers high-speed WiFi usage in addition to 4G data bundles.

From Aug 19, the Combo plans will replace SingTel's existing plans for customers who renew their contracts or subscribe to new lines.

Customers will enjoy unlimited WiFi usage until 31 July 2015 as part of its launch promotion. Subsequently WiFi data allowance will be capped at 2GB.

Combo plan customers will be able to switch automatically between the 3G, 4G and SingTel WiFi network without a manual password login.

 Combo 1Combo 2Combo 3Combo 4 (new tier)Combo 6Combo 12
Price$27.90$42.90$62.90$82.90$102.90$239.90
Outgoing talktime minutes100200300400700Unlimited
Local SMS / MMS5001000120013001500Unlimited
Local 4G data100MB2GB3GB4GB6GB12GB
WiFi usageNA2GB. (Promo offer of unlimited data usage from Aug 19, 2014 to July 31, 2015)
4G VAS chargeWaived permanently

 

SingTel hopes to set up 1,000 hotspots at more than 100 locations across Singapore by March 2015. It said that the numbers are expected to double by March 2016.

For the full list of SingTel WiFi hotspot locations, please visit www.singtel.com/stwifi.

grongloh@sph.com.sg

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