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    Mar 10, 2016

    Double your Singtel mobile data for $5.90 monthly

    FROM today, Singtel customers have the option of doubling their mobile data allowance at a fixed additional cost of $5.90 a month.

    Customers can sign up for the plan at the IT Show 2016, which opens today at the Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, or at any Singtel retail outlet.

    The new add-on plan, DataX2, applies to those who sign up or re-contract for two years with the telco.

    For instance, those on its $62.90 Combo 3 plan can pay $5.90 more every month to double their mobile data allowance to 6GB. Comparable subscription plans from M1 and StarHub cost more than $80 a month.

    At the four-day IT Show, which is organised by Singapore Press Holdings' unit Exhibits Inc, consumers can also indicate their interest in fibre broadband operator MyRepublic's mobile plans.

    MyRepublic said it will charge consumers as little as $8 a month for a mobile plan, should it succeed in becoming the fourth telco here. The cheapest comparable plan in the market costs about $20.

    Its broadband customers will get a better deal at $6 a month.

    However, this plan comes with only 2GB of mobile data and a chargeable add-on SMS and voice service.

    The company will also roll out an unlimited data plan for $80 a month. Competing telcos do not have unlimited plans, with larger data bundles of 12GB and more costing more than $100 a month.

    A spokesman for MyRepublic said the move is intended to "provide insight into the different approach MyRepublic looks to take, should we become successful in our upcoming mobility bid".

    However, Clement Teo, a senior analyst at market research firm Forrester, said: "It is a bit premature for MyRepublic to announce plans even before they get a telco licence."

    Consumers can also sign up for M1's new Smart Activity Monitoring service aimed at helping caregivers keep track of their elderly wards.

    The telco will install one motion sensor or door sensor and a panic button in customers' homes for a one-time fee of $214. The service costs $14.66 per month.

    Additional reporting by Lester Hio