Big Phone Week

It has been a big week for phones.

iPhone

The iPhone 5c and 5s have been launched and as usual the craze over those phones have overwhelmed most people. However, it is also worth noting that this year’s iPhone launches have attracted a much more muted response compared to previous years, with focus being placed mostly on the new iOS 7 operating system as well as the emergence of new colours for both the iPhone 5s and 5c. Whilst I was unable to attend Singtel’s launch day festivities as I usually did for the past couple of years, there was no less of a brouhaha this year over the iPhone product launch.

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(Image Courtesy of Singtel)

Note 3

Samsung’s latest competitor in the smartphone space has also emerged, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 launching coming to Singapore soon. Singtel has announced their pricing for a two year contract and they are as follows. It is expected that their Starhub and M1 competitors to provide similar price points for their mobile phone price plans.

Plan Lite Value Plus Premium
Monthly Subscription $39.90 $59.90 $99.90 $239.90
Local Calls (minutes) 100 200 500 Unlimited
Local SMS 800 900 1,000 Unlimited
Local Data 2GB 3GB 4GB 12GB
Samsung GALAXY Note 3 32GB $618 $348 $98 $0

(Price Plans Courtesy of Singtel)

Finally: BlackBerry

BB has announced the coming of BBM or BlackBerry Messenger to the iPhone and Android. In a growing sign that things are not all that great down in the BB camp, BlackBerry has finally opened up their crown jewel BBM client for use by their former mortal enemies of Android and iPhone. The BBM Client comes to Android 21st September and iOS 22nd September. At the same time however, it is also worth noting that BlackBerry has launched the Z30, an update to the Z10. With a bigger battery and bigger screen, it presents a rather run of the mill effort, that would struggle even against second and third tier Android manufacturers. This does go to show how far this former market leader has fallen in the smartphone races.

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