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What SIM card for Malaysia for Singaporeans?

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The prepaid SIM cards I used U Mobile, Maxis, Celcom and Digi SIM cards and most expired due to failing to top up within the stipulated time thus confiscating the remaining amount of money prepaid.  This is a minus for owning a sim card without long life. Now, I only have Digi and Celcom SIM cards which serve me well.
The article I wrote 5 years ago (12 Nov 2009) was no longer valid as many have changed since.  Many points mentioned have their merits as they are the basic needs for Singaporeans in a foreign country.  Since then, the emergence of Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs) offers a spectrum of options to fulfill the needs of individuals at an attractive rate.  Our lifestyle has also changed dramatically when we are more addicted to smartphone.  Wifi and data have become our basic needs defying Maslow's theory. Factors to consider I list down some concerns for Singaporeans who are visiting Malaysia:
1. Calling minutes vs Online Data
There are 3 types of SIM card: Call…

The myths of China mobile phones

The popularity of China Smartphones iPhone 8 and Samsung are taking a beating in China as China Smartphones are gaining a strong foothold in the China market. Many of these manufacturers are adopting Android as the OS for their smartphone with heavy investment into making smartphone more responsive, nice looking and most importantly, bringing values to the market.

Huawei is defining the 5G smartphones, Vivo is focusing on selfie, Xiaomi is packaging as a system provider, Oppo is capturing the hearts of overseas marketing with its fluid experiences, Gionee is positioning to capture the hearts of the businessmen and Meizu is penetrating the value segment.  Other companies like Lenovo, Coolpad, 360, ZTE are also fighting to gain a footage in the competitive market.  Smaller companies are also struggling to survive rolling out phones with features such as weatherproof, bezeless, high battery capacity, 6GB or 8GB ram and dual camera.

In the midst of the competition, there are "traps&…

How to choose your postpaid Singtel Combo Plan?

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Singtel Postpaid Combo Plan Singtel Postpaid Combo Plan is the traditional and standard plan in every telco with a catchy 24 months plan to lock in customers. It is the prime and main plan offered by Singtel to attract customers since day 1 so it should be the first thing potential customers will see. Over the years, it is the cash cow of Singtel so it should offer the best plans to fight against competition. So are you getting the best deal if you are currently in this plan? What is the current Combo Plan?
Ref: https://www.singtelshop.com/shop/plans-add-ons.jsf#/tab-combo
This table is wordy and appears confusing. A better table can be found below.

From the table, it is obvious that the last 3 plans are for those who wanted unlimited minutes and sms.  Combo 12 plan is designed for frequent travellers who wanted to change phone every year (IMO, a silly act to choose flagship phones).  Combo 6 is targeting those who are simply frequent travellers while Combo 3 are those who are not fr…

Top 10 reasons why you should not buy flagship phone in Singapore

Why chasing after flagship phones? Many are chasing the latest iPhone X or Pixel 2 XL which will be launching soon in end 2017. The local telcos are also rushing to come out with phone plans using the old models to lock their loyal customers for another 1-2 years. Little do the customers know that this old business model is silly and no longer apply to this new world of technology.
Reason 1: Warranty of Phone is only 12 months but contract is 24 months The warranty of most of the phones are 12 months but the contract is 24 months.  This implies that the high-end phone has no warranty on the 13th month onwards.  Most of the electronic parts seldom break down in the first 12 months and that's why manufacturer are committed to service their phone within the first 12 months.  Why should you sign a 24-month contract to buy a 12-month warranty phone? Reason 2: Premium phone is sold at a premium during launch All phones are sold at the highest point to capture the trend setters who buy …

Features of a BAD smartphone

List of smartphones to avoid Chanced upon a few articles that warned that these phones should be avoided. The models and the respective reasons are:

Huawei P9: Leica certified lens but not made by Leica and premium pricedOppo R9: Simple look and feeliPhone SE: "Yellow screen" symptomsLG G5: Premium pricedHTC A9: Mid end chipset selling at premium priceMeizu Pro 6: No new features when compared to Pro 5Samsung S7: Price keeps dropping every weekSony Z5: Premium priced Let's explore further hoping to determine the real reasons behind those bad comments. Features and Capabilities Let's review the various specifications of the phones.

Brand ModelLaunch DateChipsetWeight (g)RAM (GB)Storage (GB)Battery (mAh)RMBRetail Price (US$)Huawei P9Apr-2016Kirin 95514433230003188480Oppo R9Mar-2016MT675514546428502799422iPhone SEMar-2016APL08981132161642<