29 September 2009

M1 launches no-contract plan packed with postpaid benefits

M1 launches no-contract plan packed with postpaid benefits

SINGAPORE, 29 September 2009 - M1 has launched a new and innovative tariff plan that will allow customers to enjoy the benefits of postpaid mobile services without the contractual commitments normally required for such services.

Customers who sign up for the new SuperPac plan will be the first in Singapore to be able to make unlimited free outgoing calls and surf unlimited data between 12 midnight and 10am daily. They will also enjoy unlimited free incoming calls and per second billing. In addition, customers get free IDD calls to 19 destinations and free caller ID display.

To start enjoying these super benefits, customers can take up either one of 2 plans; S$25 (comes with S$30 worth of value) or S$38 (comes with S$60 worth of value).

These benefits are valid for 30 days. At the end of the 30 days, customers simply have to reload their SIM cards to continue to enjoy the services. Reload Cards that cost S$25 and S$38 but give S$30 and S$60 worth of value respectively can be purchased for this purpose. Unique to the SuperPac plan, unused credits will be rolled over.

“With the launch of the SuperPac plan, we have demolished the notion that one needs to be tied down to enjoy postpaid mobile services. This plan will appeal to the segment of customers who are cost conscious and who like to track their mobile spending without foregoing the benefits of the postpaid plan that they are accustomed to,” said P Subramaniam, Chief Marketing Officer of M1.

“Many of our younger customers who are on the go 24/7 will also find the SuperPac plan’s unprecedented offer of unlimited free calls and data surfing in the early hours of the morning irresistible. It is the perfect plan to meet their communication and entertainment needs any time of the day,” he added.

The SuperPac plan will be available from tomorrow at all M1 Shops and exclusive retailers.

Singtel bids for EPL for the period August 2010 to May 2013

SINGAPORE Telecommunications Ltd (SingTel) and Starhub on Tuesday announced separately that they have submitted bids for the lucrative broadcast rights to the EPL for the period August 2010 to May 2013.

If they are separate bids, a head-to-head battle between the two warrings sides looks inevitable.

Presently, Starhub holds the rights.

There has been much speculation among media experts about the possibility of a joint bid by the two sides saying that it would be the way to go.

Such a move could stem escalating pay-TV subscription fees, which have drawn widespread complaints from sports fans here.

The rights to screen EPL matches in football-mad Singapore are seen as a key asset to both telcos, who have traded punches in recent years.

In 2007, StarHub was estimated to have paid a record $250 million to fend off SingTel and secure EPL broadcasts rights in Singapore until 2010.

This is believed to be four times more than what it had paid previously. Last year, SingTel hit back by landing the exclusive deal to show Uefa Champions League matches here until 2012.

Samsung 12 megapixel camera phone SCH-W880

Samsung has followed up their Pixon 12 or M8910 with the SCH-W880 or M8920. This new model is essentially like the first, which is a cellular phone with a camera that is much better than most cell phone cameras. In fact, it’s a lot more like a digital camera that also happens to have phone capability as well.

The SCH-W880 comes with a 12 megapixel sensor, as well as a mode dial, shutter, zoom, Xenon flash, and HD video at 30fps. It also has a 3.3 inch AMOLED WGA screen with Wi-Fi, GPS, and Bluetooth, as well as a microSD slot.

AMD Radeon HD 5870x2 spec and picture surface on the net

Radeon HD 5870x2

Pictures have started surfing around, of what is codenamed as 'Hemlock'. It seems to be slightly longer than the HD 5870, so it will come in at around 11.5" long (!). It is powered by a 6+2 pin and a 6 pin PCI-Express power connectors. It it will perform at roughly 80% more than it's single card counterpart, depending on the game.

Intel Light Peak to merge merge the future of both USB and display interfaces such as DisplayPort and consolidate USB , serial and parallel ports.

Intel has plans to consolidate all the wired connections on your PC to a single 10Gbps optical cable it calls Light Peak. It's working with Sony's Vaio group to roll out a controller to drive the interface sometime next year, reports EETimes. Light Peak is said to be essentially an effort to merge the future of both USB and display interfaces such as DisplayPort. It parallels the efforts years ago to consolidate serial and parallel ports on USB.

Intel last week demonstrated an early version of the link carrying uncompressed high-definition video over 40 metres from a notebook computer to a monitor at the Intel Developer Forum. The technology could run at distances up to 100 metres, executives said.
"The reason we showed it in a notebook is the number of connectors you need limits the size of the system," said Dadi Perlmutter, GM of the Intel Architecture Group. in a keynote address.
Light Peak is well ahead of demand. The 5GHz USB 3.0 is due to emerge in products next year, and DisplayPort, an interface that is replacing analog VGA and DVI, is now becoming mainstream on PC products.

"It will take years for this technology to be mainstream," admitted Perlmutter.


11 September 2009

04 September 2009

M1 acquires Qala

SINGAPORE, 4 September 2009 - M1 today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, M1 Net Ltd, has entered into an agreement to acquire all the issued and paid up ordinary shares of Qala Singapore Pte Ltd (Qala).

Qala is an established Internet Service Provider with a track record of nine years in the business. It offers a full suite of data and communications products and services to corporate, enterprise and public sector customers in Singapore. It also holds the rights to provide both indoor and outdoor seamless wireless broadband access under IDA’s Wireless@SG programme.

“This acquisition will allow M1 to enter the corporate fixed broadband business quickly by leveraging on the presence and experience of Qala in this market. We will use this ready platform to derive synergies and further grow the business as a full service operator,” said Ms Karen Kooi, Chief Executive Officer of M1.

“There will also be opportunities for us to enhance our range of products and services in order to better meet the diverse needs of our customers in this segment,” she added.

M1, Singapore's most exciting and innovative mobile, broadband and IDD service provider, was launched in April 1997. Since then, it has made significant inroads into the local mobile communications market, gaining considerable brand presence and market share. M1 aims to be the leader in personal voice, business and data communications, focusing on value, quality and customer service. More information on M1 is available at www.m1.com.sg