The UK have announced a 26 April launch date for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and we have heard similar leaks in Singapore as well from our telco friends. It is likely that there would be a possible launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in Singapore on 26 April, Friday.
The Sony Xperia Z, dubbed as the best smartphone that Sony has ever built, would go on sale in Singapore this week. The Android Jelly Bean-toting (albeit only 4.1.2), water resistant Sony Xperia Z comes with some of the best specs available on the market – and is one of the most eagerly awaited handsets of recent months.
Singtel has updated their launch event details. Sales of the iPhone 5 will commence from 8am on 21 Sep, Friday at Marina Bay Sands. Looks like you will get the phones earlier than your US counterparts! The good thing is that this time around, by holding it at MBS instead of Comcentre should allow for a more organised queuing system. And on a Friday morning, should thin out the crowd a fair bit except for those hardcore Apple fans who might actually take leave to get their hands on an iPhone 5.
All 3 telcos (Singtel, Starhub, M1) have announced that they will sell the iPhone 5 beginning Friday, September 21. Alongside, they have also announced their new 4G LTE plans.
Singtel and M1 have announced the details of their price plans for the iPhone 5, and the pricing is as follows. The price comparison between M1 and Singtel is shown below and it looks like M1 is aggressive. The basic model iPhone 5 16GB is great value from M1 with the Value+ plan a significant 48 dollars cheaper than Singtel. For the prices from Starhub, only the iPhone 5 16GB is competitive. The rest of the prices are ridiculously more expensive than the others.
|Model||Telco||Value+ or iFlexLite||Lite+ or iFlexValue||Extreme+ or iFlexPlus||Max+ or iFlexPremium|
|iPhone 5 16GB||Singtel||478||198||0||0|
|iPhone 5 16GB||M1||430||190||0||0|
|iPhone 5 16GB||Starhub||473||233||0||0|
|iPhone 5 32GB||Singtel||598||48||0||0|
|iPhone 5 32GB||M1||580||290||20||0|
|iPhone 5 32GB||Starhub||613||343||83||0|
|iPhone 5 64GB||Singtel||758||468||198||58|
|iPhone 5 64GB||M1||710||450||150||55|
|iPhone 5 64GB||Starhub||768||498||228||78|
We are expecting the price for iPhone 5 (16GB) to be at S$498 with a basic 4G plan, i.e. the same launch price as the iPhone 4S.SingTel today announced it will offer iPhone 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, to customers in Singapore beginning Friday, September 21. Follow their website here to pre-order Singtel iPhone 5.Likewise for Starhub pre-order, their website here. Starhub has updated the site to allow for pre-registration.M1 pre-order website here and they have revamped their iPhone price plans and its actually cheaper compared to normal. It is not a 4G plan though, just a normal 3G plan and if you add the 4G VAS, it becomes more expensive than Singtel.
Don’t forget, you can also buy from Apple Store too. The launch price is S$948 for the 16gb model and likely 1088 for the 32gb and 1238 for the 64gb. Same as the previous models. Past experience shows that you can pre-order from them too and they will ship out either on the 21st or 22 of September. But stocks are expected to be limited so do it fast.
iPhone Plans (M1)
|Voice Bundle (mins)||100||300||700||Unlimited|
|Message Bundle (SMS/MMS)||600||800||1000||2000|
|Free Local Data Bundle||2GB||3GB||5GB||12GB|
|Exclusive benefit for re-contracting customers:
Free additional 1GB