M1 announces nationwide 4G LTE network and will go live on September 15

The 3 telcos has been catching up with one another in delivering the fastest broadband speeds. Although M1 was late to introduce the service, they are the first to introduce it country wide this September 15.

M1’s LTE speed will range from 6.9Mbps to 17.4Mbps and will cover 95% of the including both outdoor and indoor locations.

New smartphone and mobile broadband service plans

M1 also announced that it will introduce new smartphone and mobile broadband service plans, in conjunction with its 4G service launch.

New M1 Smartphone Service Plans

Smartphone Plans with 4G VAS

ValueSurf+

LiteSurf+

ExtremeSurf+

MaxSurf+

3G Monthly Subscription $39 $59 $98 $198
4G Monthly Subscription^ $49.70 $69.70 $108.70 $208.70
Voice Bundle (mins) 120 300 700 Unlimited
Message Bundle 600 800 1000 2000
Data Bundle 2GB 3GB 5GB 12GB
Other Benefits Unlimited free calls to 3 M1 numbers
Excess Data Charges $5.35 per GB, capped at $94.16

(excluding monthly subscription)

Theoretical Download Speed

– 3G

– With 4G VAS

7.2 Mbps

75 Mbps

Typical Download Speed Range*

(at fixed locations)

– 3G

– With 4G VAS

0.9 Mbps to 4.5 Mbps

6.9 Mbps to 17.4 Mbps

4G VAS at additional $10.70 per month


New M1 Mobile Broadband Service Plans

Mobile Broadband Plans

with 4G VAS

mData Value+ mData Lite+ mData Max+
3G Monthly Subscription $12 $24 $40
4G Monthly Subscription^ $24.84 $36.84 $52.84
Data Bundle 2GB 5GB 10GB
Excess Data Charges $5.35 per 1 GB block, capped at $94.16

(excluding monthly subscription)

Theoretical Download Speed

–  3G

–  With 4G VAS

7.2 Mbps

75 Mbps

Typical Download Speed Range*

(at fixed locations)

–  3G

–  With 4G VAS

0.9 Mbps to 4.5 Mbps

6.9 Mbps to 17.4 Mbps

4G VAS at additional $12.84 per month

With the new data bundles starting from 2GB per month, the majority of customers will not incur higher charges. 78% of smartphone users consume less than 2GB of mobile data per month and 93% less than 5GB of mobile data per month. For customers who use beyond bundled allowances, excess data will be priced at an affordable $5.35 per GB.

Furthermore, re-contracting M1 customers will be given an additional 1GB of complimentary data bundle on the new smartphone and mobile broadband plans.

M1’s new smartphone and mobile broadband service plans will be made available to all new and re-contracting customers from 15 September 2012.

At launch, 4G devices that will be available include handsets: Samsung GALAXY Note LTE, Samsung GALAXY SII LTE, HTC One XL and LG Optimus True HD LTE; tablets: ASUS Transformer Pad TF300TL and Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE; USB modem: Huawei E392, and mobile Wi-Fi modem: Huawei E589.

Live Demonstration

Customers can experience live demonstration of the amazing 4G service at M1’s flagship shop at Paragon from 6 September 2012. At the Live 4G demo-zone, customers will be able to test out new 4G handsets and tablets on M1’s 4G network, and experience first-hand, the next generation mobile experience.

For more information on M1’s amazing 4G network and services, please visit www.m1.com.sg/4G.

SingTel on the other hand was launched in June and will only cover 80% by year end and 95% by 1Q 2013. Starhub is expected to roll out LTE by year end.

Both telco uses LTE that runs on 1,800MHz and 2.600MHz frequencies. Customers who buy 4G devices do take note that it must support these spectrums otherwise it can’t take advantage of LTE.

Phones and tablet that will work are Samsung Galaxy Note LTE, Samsung Galaxy SII LTE, HTC One XL and LG Optimus True HD LTE phones, as well as the Asus Transformer Pad TF300TL and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE tablets. Unfortunately the Apple new iPad won’t run in LTE mod as it supports the 700MHz and 2100MHz spectrums.

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