All 3 telcos in Singapore will be offering the iPhone 3GS 8GB, iPhone 4 16GB and iPhone 4 32GB on 30th Jul 2010.

All 3 telcos plans are quite similar, they come with 12GB bundled data or unlimited (depending on plans). Free locals minutes ranges from 100mins,300mins,700min or unlimited talk time. M1’s price for the iPhone 4 retails for S$480 and S$620. As for the iPhone 3GS 8GB , M1 also offers the Take 3 plan.

Although M1 doesn’t offer free video streaming, it offers a slightly cheaper plan compared to the two other telcos.

It may not have free tv programmes but it has free calls to 3 M1 friends which definitely saves you a lot of money if your friend is also a M1 subscriber.

M1 price plans

Value Lite Extreme Unlimited
Monthly Subscription $36 $56 $98 $198
Free Local Voice & Video Calls
100 mins 300 mins 700 mins Unlimited
Free Local SMS & MMS
500 500 500 Unlimited
Free Local Data Bundle
(up to 7.2mbps)
12GB 12GB Unlimited Unlimited
iPhone 4  16GB
$480 $210 $0 $0
iPhone 4  32GB
$620 $360 $60 $0
iPhone 3GS  8GB $360 No cost on
Take3 or $60
$0 $0

Starhub Plans

Starhub plans are a bit more expensive. The cheapest 3G SmartSurf 100 is priced at S$38 compared to S$36. The number of minute, SMS, bundled data  is the same as M1 value plan. The Smartsurf 700 plan is priced the same but the Unlimited plan is S$205,  more than what M1 offers at S$198. (you get the iphone 4 16GB for free). The iPhone 4 16GB is at S$500 while 32GB is at S$630, S$10 and S$20 more expensive that the M1 plans.

As Starhub comes with Free TV mobile viewing, the extra $2 allows you to get entertained on the move with its selected tv channels. On the other hand, with more mobile users viewing mobile tv, it will also mean slower HSPA+ access.

3G SmartSurf 100 3G SmartSurf 300 3G SmartSurf 700 3G SmartSurf Unlimited
Monthly fee (with GST) $38 $58 $98 $205
Voice credit (mins) 100 300 700 2000
SMS/MMS credit 500 500 500 2000
Data credit (GB) 12 12 12 Unlimited
iPhone 4 16GB $500 $230 $0 $0
iPhone 4 32GB $630 $380 $70 $0
iPhone 3GS 8GB $350 $80 $0 $0

Singtel plans

Singtel’s pricing for the phones are identical to Starhub’s. The iFlexi lite and value has a higher subscription per month but the  iFlexi Plan is slightly cheaper than M1’s and Starhub’s. The iFlexi Premium only has a 30GB data compared to unlimited on both M1 and Starhub.

For Iphone plans on Singtel. Users are offered SingTel AMPed to Enjoy unlimited music downloads on your PC and mobile at no data charge with SingTel AMPed. You can create and share your very own playlists, get pre-album releases, receive invites to exclusive showcases and more.

It also has MobileTV of selected channels from its suite of pay tv channels (no detail information about it).

iFlexi Lite iFlexi Value iFlexi Plus iFlexi Premium
Monthly fee $39.00 $56.00 $95.00 $205.00
Local Calls (mins)* 100 200 500 2,000
Local SMS/MMS 500 500 500 2,000
Local data bundle 12GB 12GB 12GB 30GB
iPhone 4 32GB price $620 $360 $60 $0
iPhone 4 16GB price $480 $210 $0 $0
iPhone 3GS 8GB price $350 $60 $0 $0

Conclusion

Out of the three telcos, M1 and Singtel has the cheapest handset pricing for it’s S$36-S$39 and S$56-S$58 plans. In terms of contract, you will pay slightly more for Starhub and Singtel but they offer unlimited music for Singtel Amped while both Starhub and Singtel offers some pay tv channels for entertainment.

As we have mentioned before, carriers that has streaming tv using HSPA+ tends to slow down the network especially during peak hours. So far M1 seems to have the fastest network as it is not choked down with video streams. This might change when they become a IPTV operator in the future.

So plain vanilla users who wants the best price plan and speed, I personally feel that M1 is the better choice of the 3. For best entertainment, Starhub would be the choice if you want to watch tv on the go with the best pay tv channels on your small screen. If you want free music, Singtel will be your choice.

A summary of the best telcos offers can be seen here

https://en.ocworkbench.com/mobile-news/comparison-chart-of-price-plans-of-iphone-4-by-m1-singtel-and-starhub/

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