After almost a decade as a faithful M1 subscriber, I finally succumbed to Singtel’s attractive cheapest mobile plan for better value for money. Just this early November when my 2years mobile contract end, I thought of renewing the contract with M1, but I found dismaying about M1 was that it’s cheapest plan is SunTalk Plus 100 costing $25++ with 3 months CallerID, and $30 thereafter. And after checking with StarHub and Singtel at the same time, it even really surprised me was that all the mobile plans for all three major companies were more or less the same for most affordable plan (I did not bother to check the rest of the plan) ! The latter two companies actually were cheaper at $20++, therefore $5 dollars cheaper.
But it left me wondering why after all these years that those mobile price is more or less remain the same ? Yes, though the plan benefits varies from mobile company, one can’t helping feeling that if some kind of
collusion is involved in term of pricing. After all, competition is supposed to drive price down, not maintain status quo or even disguise under the so-called better service or deal that no relevant to consumer if he found little use for it.
But what I do know is that Singtel, which often coincidentally follow by Starhub and M1, will sometimes hold special promotion for mobile plan of which the last promotion was on August (Not October as I recalled since I remember spoken to the Staff saying that it 2 months before contract expired) . So I actually hold waiting for the promotion, and luckily just yesterday, it happen that there is a promotion going on and I managed to signup with Singtel for the cheapest plan (not that I cheapo, haha, but saving money goes a long way !), and what I saw from the brochure is that it end today (30Nov). And also don’t bother to ask the Singtel staff when the next promotion, they just won’t divulge anything, claiming that when it comes, it comes, and when it goes, it goes (As usual, very singlish). But from what I observe, it probably takes 2-3 months before next promotion comes.
The different in saving from promotion is substantial for my case, almost half of which I currently paid for M1 plan previously.
So the new Singtel plan I signed up is as followed:
Monthly Subscription = $10.09 with promotion (Usual is $20.33) for first 12 months
Free Local Calls = 80mins for outgoing anytime
With No free SMS. (5.35cents for each SMS)
CallerID free for first 3 months, $5 thereafter
So for 2 years plan, the minimum total cost is
First 3 months => $10.09 * 3 = $30.27
Subsequent months of the year => $15.09 * 9 = $135.81
Subsequent year => $20.33 * 12 = $243.96
So adding in extra $20 dollars for SMS usage,
And purchase a Nokia 6120 classic phone costing $48 (with 2years contract) with registration cost of $42.80
the total cost for mobile usage in 2 years is $520.84 which average per year is $260.42, in turn average per month cost $21.70 which still reasonable (Still I believe it should be even lower if competition is aggressive).
| The phone I purchased was Nokia 6120 classic which I felt was the most value for money given that it is really a high-end phone (It is really a Symbian phone !)with premium features ! And given that it costs $48 for 2 years mobile plan, it is really unmatchable in term of price and value compare to even those free phone and high-end phone costing few times as much.
It is rare that one can get a Symbian phone at $48 dollars ! At least not one that is as excellent as 6210 classic !
The 3.5G phone is also pretty,light, sleek and compact, and contains generally all the features you normally find in high-end phones like 2megaPixel camera with built-in flash, bluetooth, USB 2.0, full features MP3/WMA music player etc. The speed is awesome as Symbian phone is known to be noticeable slow in the past. The screen is sharp and support 16 millions colours. Most importantly, it is using a standard USB connector to connect with PC (No more proprietary cable !). It also comes with 256mb miniSD card that good for the photo capture with the camera.
Review from the internet on the whole affirm that this is indeed a excellent phone.
All About Symbian Review: Nokia 6120 Classic / 6121 Classic Review
Mobile-review.com Review of GSM/UMTS-smartphones Nokia 6120/6121
Grab the promotion while you can !
So whoever want excellent value for money should take advantage of the promotion which ends today, otherwise one has to wait for another few months for the promotion again. And remember to get Nokia 6120 classic phone as well. You definitely won’t regret it !
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