using HSDPA technology plans and pricing
Bluetooth 6 Dec 2006
As most of you are aware, the Singapore's broadband is
limited to a few major players. Most of them are using either ADSL or CABLE,
either own or they buy the bandwidth from them.
Today, M1 launched their new Broadband service. This
service is not based on ADSL copper wire or Cable, it is based on wireless
technology HSDPA commonly labelled as 3.5G.
In fact, a similar service was already implemented some
time ago but it is lmiited to 3G speed which runs at 384Kbps. With HSDPA,
the fastest speed M1 is offering to the public is 3.6Mbps. The two other
price plans are 384Kbps and 1.8Mbps.
Currently, the 3 unlimited plans are priced as low as $22 to
$68. The Broadband 384 (384Kbps/384Kbps) is at S$22. Broadband 1800
(1.8MBps/384Kbps) is S$38 and Broadband 3600 (3.6MBps/384Kbps) is priced at
S$68. A 6 mths service commitment applies.
This is indeed a good option for those on the move as you can
choose to use a USB modem, PCMCIA or a Linksys wireless router to share out the
network whereever you are.
One thing to note is that all plans are bounded by Fair Usage
Policy whereby extra charges will be incurred if your monthly traffic exceeds
2GB. The information shown below is extracted from M1 website.
C. Data Services – Fair Use Policy
1.1 For data services with unlimited usage benefits, your usage should not be:
(a) Excessive (downloading or uploading more than 2 GB each month inclusive of
video streaming, video calls, email assess, VOIP calls, downloading and
uploading of any content); or
(b) Unreasonable (use which may adversely affect our network, or other
customers’ use of our network and/or services); or
(c) Fraudulent (including resupplying our service without our consent to a third
party to access the data services).
1.2 If you are in breach of Clause 1.1 above, we have the option to :
(a) charge you a rate of S$0.01 per KB in blocks of 10KB, for continued data
services usage; or
(b) suspend or terminate this Agreement in accordance with Clauses 5.2 and 5.3
of this Agreement.
On the next page, we test drive the speed of the HSDPA
network at one of the M1 shops and see if it can be good enough for replacing
current ADSL/Cable plans.