Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel) has announced new initiatives to encourage more wireless data usage among consumers.
First is the introduction of two new plans that bundle together wireless broadband access at home. The plans are called Data3 Plus and Data3 Plus Unlimited and customers will be able to:
Access SingTel’s IDEAS WAP portal on their mobile phone for information and downloads.
Use their GPRS or Bluetooth-enabled mobile phone as a modem to connect to their PDA or laptop to surf the Internet or access email.
Surf the Internet wireless at more than 250 SingTel wireless hotspots islandwide.
Connect to the Internet via broadband in their own homes.
Mr Low said: “You have all these different platforms that offer wireless access, such as your GPRS handsets, wireless hotspots and wireless LAN at home. Previously, customers had to subscribe to separate packages to be able use all these platforms. SingTel is now offering a single subscription that allows them four ways to enjoy wireless mobility.”
SingTel will also be the first operator in the Asia-Pacific to launch Hewlett-Packard’s first converged data/voice device, the HP iPAQ Pocket PC iPAQ h6365. The h6365 is the first handheld with QuadBand and integrated three-way wireless capabilities - GPRS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth.
The company sees the HP iPAQ Pocket PC h6365 as targeted at both mobile professionals and individual consumers. With it, customers can send, receive, and reply to email in real time while on the go, connect to the Internet at a wireless hotspot, and wirelessly synchronise to a Bluetooth-enabled PC.
In the United States the h6315 (a different model number due to bundled software) was announced last month and is available only from T-Mobile.
Robin Seow, General Manager for HP Personal Systems Group Singapore, said: “HP’s collaboration with SingTel will provide a ‘one service, one device’ value-added solution to provide more real time information and entertainment while on-the-go. With the iPAQ h6365, HP aims to deliver a unique, innovative and simple global communications solution that meets consumers’ needs for one device offering data and communications functionality. By leveraging on our worldwide mobility leadership in Pocket PC devices, software, infrastructure and services, we are in a unique position to integrate these technology elements into complete solutions that work better together.”
The HP iPAQ Pocket PC h6365 will be available at all SingTel stores from 20 August 2004. It costs S$980 with a year’s subscription to Data3 Plus Unlimited and a year’s mobile subscription.