SingTel Launches Customized Postpaid Mobile Plans

So SingTel launches Easy Mobile, the first postpaid mobile service in Asia to allow users to customise their tariff plans every month to suit their lifestyle needs and budget.

This is something that I always wanted because I don’t use so much voice or SMS and I am willing to trade that for more data!

Easy Mobile
Easy Mobile

How It Works
Signing up is easy and can be completed within minutes via the Easy Mobile website. With a few clicks, users can customise their plan, choose a handset, mobile number and optional service features, as well as arrange for free home delivery.

In addition, there is a range of self-help tools which enables customers to monitor their real time usage and compare it against their chosen allocations. Customers can also retrieve their monthly bill at any time and receive online support if they encounter difficulties with their mobile device or service.

There are four tariff plans to choose from: Small, Medium, Large and XLarge. Each plan comes with a set allowance of units that can be used for voice calls, SMS and data. You can decide how many units will be allocated for your voice, SMS and data bundle, and you can tweak this every month to cater to your needs. In addition, you will have the flexibility to change to another tariff plan each month, if required.

One unit is equivalent to either:

  • 50 minutes of outgoing local calls OR
  • 500 SMS/MMS OR
  • 0.5GB of local data usage
Easy Mobile tariff plan Small Medium Large XLarge
Total number of voice, SMS and data units combined 4 Units 10 Units 16 Units 26 Units
Monthly subscription SGD$33 SGD$45 SGD$65 SGD$105
  • Easy Mobile is available with a wide range of popular smartphone models
  • All plans include free incoming calls and Caller Alert feature

Examples

  • A customer chooses the Medium tariff plan which comes with 10 units of usage. He allocates 2 units to voice (100 minutes), 2 units to SMS (1000 messages) and 6 units to data (3GB).
  • In the following month, he decides that he needs more data but less voice and SMS, so he increases his data bundle to 8 units (4GB) and reduces his voice bundle to 1 unit (50 minutes) and SMS bundle to 1 unit (500 messages).
  • Two months later, to cater to anticipated heavy usage, he upgrades his tariff plan to Large, which offers a total of 16 units. He then allocates 4 units to voice (200 minutes), 2 units to SMS (1000 messages) and 10 units to data (5GB).

Note that at launch, Easy Mobile is available for new line subscriptions only. Existing SingTel mobile customers will be able to renew their contracts with Easy Mobile plans in the coming months.

My Thoughts
Currently I am on Lite plan with 100mins/800 SMS/2GB for SGD$39.90 a month and on top of that, I am paying SGD$5 for Caller-ID and SGD$16 for extra 2GB data which total to SGD$61 per month.

With the Easy Mobile “M” Plan, it will cost me just SGD$45 + SGD$5 (Caller-ID) = SGD$50! I don’t need so much talktime and SMS anyway!

  • 50mins Talktime (1 unit)
  • 500 SMS/MMS (1 unit)
  • 4GB Data (8 units)

For my current phone plan, Lite, to get the iPhone 5s (64GB) it will cost SGD$818 and with Easy Mobile “M” Plan, the phone cost the same as well.

Easy Mobile - Mine
Easy Mobile – Mine

Klipsch Reference R6i

The recently launched Klipsch Reference R6 and Klipsch Reference R6i will be replacing the much loved and popular Klipsch Image S4 II and Klipsch Image S4i II respectively.

Prices will still remain the same which means the Klipsch Reference R6 will be retailing for SGD$129 and the Klipsch Reference R6i will be retailing for SGD$169.

Both will come with a one-year warranty by Tat Chuan Acoustic. In case you are not aware, Tat Chuan Acoustic, which is located at The Adelphi (1 Coleman St #01-17 Singapore 179803), is the official distributor for Klipsch and Sonos products in Singapore.

The Klipsch Reference Series earphones are built upon the Reference sound design which can be found in Klipsch floor speakers which are also Klipsch flagship products.

The only difference between R6 and R6i is that the latter comes with a three-button remote and mic that allows for control of music and phone calls on iOS devices. The earphone you see in this post is the R6i.

Specifications

  • Style: In-Ear Monitor
  • Frequency Response: 10Hz – 19kHz
  • Sensitivity: 110dB
  • Impedance: 18 ohms
  • Driver Design: Dual Magnet, Dynamic Moving Coil Micro Speaker
  • Noise Isolation: -22
  • Input Connections: 3.5 mm
  • Driver Diameter: 6.5 mm
  • Weight: 15.2 g
  • Colours: Black, White

With regards to specifications, the R6i is pretty similar to the S4i II except for the noise isolation level (-22 on the R6i vs -16 on the S4i II) and the weight (15.2g on the R6i vs 11.9g on the S4i II).

I also notice that the R6i cable length is about 10cm shorter than the S4i II. Personally, I find it better because I prefer a shorter cable.

Klipsch Reference R6i - Box Front
Klipsch Reference R6i – Box Front

Klipsch Reference R6i - Box Back
Klipsch Reference R6i – Box Back

Klipsch Reference R6i - Box
Klipsch Reference R6i – Box

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Creative Sound Blaster E1 – Portable Headphone Amplifier

Bought the Sound Blaster E1 which is a portable headphone amplifier for SGD$29 (usual price: SGD$69) from the online Creative Store. They are having a sale online to coincide with the PC Show 2014.

Shipping is additional SGD$6 but if your orders are above SGD$60, it ships for free within Singapore.

As mentioned many many times, I am not really an audiophile. I bought the Sound Blaster E1 just to give it a try and because it is selling at SGD$29, it is a steal! After trying it, I am pretty impressed by it.

Using the Sound Blaster E1 out of the box (without doing any configurations), it will give you Creative’s SBX Pro Studio technology which includes:

  • SBX Surround: With SBX Surround, an improved surround algorithm increases and expands the virtual surround spaciousness, allowing you to enjoy cinema-quality sound in the comfort of your home. Immerse yourself right in the middle of all the action.
  • SBX Crystalizer: Hear sound so vibrant and so dynamic, being surprised is an understatement. SBX Crystalizer enhances the dynamic range of your compressed audio source to give you a more realistic experience.
  • SBX Bass: Feel the rumble of a spaceship taking off, or dance to the pounding music from your favorite playlist. SBX Bass fills extends the low frequency tones and gives the extra impact for a dramatically improved sound experience.
  • SBX Dialog Plus: Ever watched scenes where you had to strain just to hear what the actor was whispering? SBX Dialog Plus enhances the voices in movies for clearer dialog, allowing the listener to hear the dialog over the rest of the soundtrack and over ambient noise in the listening environment.
  • SBX Smart Volume: SBX Smart Volume addresses the problem of abrupt volume level changes during playback and between songs by automatically and continuously measuring volume, and intelligently applying gain and attenuation to compensate for those changes.

In addition to SBX Pro Studio technology, you will get CrystalVoice (for calls) and Scout Mode (for gaming) technology as well:

  • CrystalVoice: CrystalVoice features innovative technologies that are specially designed to deliver the best vocal fidelity, so that you express yourself to others and be heard crystal clear in video conferencing, multiplayer games and online chats.
  • Scout Mode: It is a proprietary technology that allows you to hear your enemies from further away, giving you a distinct tactical advantage in combat.

I notice that the singer’s voice in songs is clearer (I am amazed that I can hear the difference) and the bass is slightly toned down when using my Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones.

A full charge on the Sound Blaster E1 can last you for 25 hours. It is extremely lightweight, weighing only at 25g.

The Sound Blaster E1 also comes with a built-in microphone which allows you to use your normal headphones for conversations over the phone. Note that if your headphones come with a remote to control the volume and music playback of Android or iPhone, it will not work with the Sound Blaster E1.

I love the included line-in and micro usb cables, it looks beautiful and well made.

Specifications

  • Output: Stereo
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio (SNR): 106dB
  • Connectivity Options (Main):
    • microUSB
    • Headphone Out: 1 x 3.5mm jack
    • Headphone Out / Mic In: 1 x 3.5mm jack
    • Line In: 1 x 3.5mm jack (4-pole)
  • Headphone Amp: Up to 600 Ohms
  • Max Channel Output: Stereo
  • Audio Technologies: SBX Pro Studio, CrystalVoice, Scout Mode

Sound Blaster E1 - Box Front
Sound Blaster E1 – Box Front

Sound Blaster E1 - Box Back
Sound Blaster E1 – Box Back

Sound Blaster E1 - Box
Sound Blaster E1 – Box

Sound Blaster E1 - Box Contents
Sound Blaster E1 – Box Contents

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Snugg iPhone 5s Ultra Thin Clear Case

I have been using the Power Support – Air Jacket Set (Clear) for iPhone 5/5s for quite sometime and I was skeptical about finding another clear iPhone 5s case that is just as good.

I was surprised that the Snugg iPhone 5s Ultra Thin Clear Case was pretty well built considering it is only retailing for USD$14.99 (excluding shipping).

When you hold just the Snugg’s clear case in your hand, it felt sturdy, slightly more sturdy than the Air Jacket. It might be due to the way Snugg’s clear case is being designed which exposes the whole top and bottom part of the phone alongside with the mute/volume switch. Whereas for the Air Jacket, all the ports and holes are carefully cut out from the case which makes the plastic around those area a little flimsy.

There are pros and cons for each designs. For the Air Jacket, it makes sure that your iPhone 5s is well protected and even when you drop the phone, it will not scratch the sides. But because of it being well protected, you might have difficult accessing the mute switch and using a wider base lightning cable (like the 30-pin to lightning connector).

For the Snugg’s clear case, leaving most of the top and bottom part exposed means that if you drop your iPhone 5s and if either the top or bottom touches the floor first, you will get scratches on the respective side. But on the flip side, you are able to use any lightning cable with the case.

Interestingly, both the Air Jacket and Snugg’s clear case has the same weight of 12g.

Snugg iPhone 5s Ultra Thin Clear Case - Packaging Front
Snugg iPhone 5s Ultra Thin Clear Case – Packaging Front

Snugg iPhone 5s Ultra Thin Clear Case - Packaging Back
Snugg iPhone 5s Ultra Thin Clear Case – Packaging Back

Snugg iPhone 5s Ultra Thin Clear Case - Back
Snugg iPhone 5s Ultra Thin Clear Case – Back

Snugg iPhone 5s Ultra Thin Clear Case - With iPhone 5s (Back)
Snugg iPhone 5s Ultra Thin Clear Case – With iPhone 5s (Back)

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Nokia XL Available In Singapore From 13th June 2014

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One of the first Nokia Android phones, the Nokia XL will be available in Singapore from this Friday, 13th June 2014 at 12pm sharp.

You can’t get it from the physical stores yet because it will be available exclusively online at handphoneshop.com/NokiaXL till 27th June 2014.

It will be available nation-wide and at all Nokia stores and Nokia solution partners from 28th June 2014.

The recommended retail price for the Nokia XL is SGD$239.

There are a total of six colours for Nokia XL but only four will be available in Singapore at launch. There are the bright green, orange, black and white.

I had the privilege to be at Mobile World Congress 2014 thanks to Nokia Connects (now known as just Connects), where Nokia announces their first Android phones: Nokia X, Nokia X+ and Nokia XL.

Nokia XL - Front
Nokia XL – Front

Nokia XL - Back
Nokia XL – Back

Nokia XL - Side
Nokia XL – Side

Nokia XL - Top
Nokia XL – Top

Specifications

  • OS: Nokia X Software Platform
  • Processor: 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Dual Core processor
  • RAM: 768MB
  • Storage: 4GB (Expandable up to 32GB using MicroSD card). Free 7GB Microsoft OneDrive
  • Screen: 5″ IPS WVGA (800 x 480) (187 ppi) (multi-point touch)
  • Camera (Rear): 5MP (2592 x 1944)
  • Camera (Front): 1.3MP (1600 x 1200)
  • Flash: LED Flash
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
  • Sensors: GPS+AGPS, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor
  • SIM: Dual SIM, using Micro SIM
  • Dimension (mm): 141.4 x 77.7 x 10.9 (Height x Width x Thickness)
  • Weight: 190g
  • Battery capacity: 2,000 mAh
  • Standby Time: 41 days (2G), 26 days (3G)