Wireless@sg From 1st December


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xtemujin

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SINGAPORE: From 1st December, everyone in Singapore can enjoy free wireless access at public areas islandwide.

Not only does this come a month ahead of schedule, the offer has also been extended for three years, one year longer than announced previously.

Surf for free online from laptops, PDAs or mobile phones at downtown areas, major town centres, libraries, country clubs and shopping malls.

There are now 900 hotspots to tap on – courtesy of the three operators – iCELL network, QMax Communications and SingTel.

And the number looks set to grow progressively to 5000 by September next year.

50,000 users are currently using such hotspots, and the Infocomm Development Authority hopes to see a five-fold increase in two years.

One just needs to sign up with any of the three operators online or face-to-face to get an account to roam freely across the different networks islandwide.

The registration process has been made simple for those who are not tech-savvy.

Khoong Hock Yun, Assistant Chief Executive of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, says: "All they need to know is their mobile number, enter it and they will be signed up.

"Getting the operators to accept signups using a mobile phone was very important because not just Singaporeans can do that but foreigners can also similarly do that."

To register, log on to the website of any of these three operators - QMax Communications, iCELL network and SingTel.

Once the online registration form is completed, a password will be sent via SMS to the user's mobile phone.

The three operators are all geared up for the launch of the Wireless@SG network, each targeting at least 100,000 users in the first year.

Alex Tan, Director of QMax Communications, says: "All three operators are actually working very closely together to make sure the operation moves on smoothly.

"I would expect that there might be hiccups here and there, and we encourage users, subscribers to feedback to each of the operators. We meet almost on a weekly basis to resolve subscriber issues."

As to how the operators plan to stay commercially viable while providing free WIFI service for three years, Terence Lai, Director of Wireless Broadband at SingTel, says: "The three operators will come together to push WIFI as a wireless broadband to a lot of consumers. Get them used to using WIFI, but with premium services, we will be selling our services like Voice over IP, the advertisements or broadband TV.

"Individual operators have their own services - that will be the competition pushing to the end-user."

Users of the Wireless@SG network will enjoy basic-tier access with surfing speeds of up to 512 kilobits per second (kbps).

But you will have to pay for premium services like higher access speeds and Voice-over-Internet-Protocol or VoIP. - CNA/so
 

xtemujin

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At SITEX, you'll get a free Creative webcam if you sign up with Qmax. The queue was very long yesterday.:sweat:


Photo from Saigonblack HWZ.


Sign up for wireless@sg.

Qmax: http://www.qmax.com.sg/wirelessatsg/index.html

iCell: http://www.icellnetwork.com/

SingTel: http://home.singtel.com/wirelessSG/wsg_reg1.htm

Looks like SingTel is not starting at a positive note since you cannot signup using the Others? link.
 

match80

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Question: How do we know which is provider that provides the wireless network in our area? :dunno: :dunno: :dunno:
 

xtemujin

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Accessing the Wireless@SG Network

To connect to the Wireless@SG wireless broadband network, a user just needs a WiFi-enabled device, such as a laptop computer or a PDA, a web browser, and a registered Wireless@SG account. With this registered account, the user is able to roam within any of Wireless@SG's coverage areas, regardless of the operators' network.

Wireless@SG is powered by the network of three wireless operators: iCell, QMax and SingTel. It will be provided free for the first 2 years. Beyond that, the three operators may consider extending the free periods should there be a strong public interest for it.

http://www.ida.gov.sg/idaweb/wireless/infopage.jsp?infopagecategory=&versionid=4&infopageid=I3928

HTH.
 

Yappy

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Thanks for the info... great! Was trying this monring at my HDB flat at jurong... nothing heard!

Guess got to go to hot spot!
 

raincool2005

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SINGAPORE: From 1st December, everyone in Singapore can enjoy free wireless access at public areas islandwide.

Not only does this come a month ahead of schedule, the offer has also been extended for three years, one year longer than announced previously.

Surf for free online from laptops, PDAs or mobile phones at downtown areas, major town centres, libraries, country clubs and shopping malls.

There are now 900 hotspots to tap on – courtesy of the three operators – iCELL network, QMax Communications and SingTel.

And the number looks set to grow progressively to 5000 by September next year.

50,000 users are currently using such hotspots, and the Infocomm Development Authority hopes to see a five-fold increase in two years.

One just needs to sign up with any of the three operators online or face-to-face to get an account to roam freely across the different networks islandwide.

The registration process has been made simple for those who are not tech-savvy.

Khoong Hock Yun, Assistant Chief Executive of Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore, says: "All they need to know is their mobile number, enter it and they will be signed up.

"Getting the operators to accept signups using a mobile phone was very important because not just Singaporeans can do that but foreigners can also similarly do that."

To register, log on to the website of any of these three operators - QMax Communications, iCELL network and SingTel.

Once the online registration form is completed, a password will be sent via SMS to the user's mobile phone.

The three operators are all geared up for the launch of the Wireless@SG network, each targeting at least 100,000 users in the first year.

Alex Tan, Director of QMax Communications, says: "All three operators are actually working very closely together to make sure the operation moves on smoothly.

"I would expect that there might be hiccups here and there, and we encourage users, subscribers to feedback to each of the operators. We meet almost on a weekly basis to resolve subscriber issues."

As to how the operators plan to stay commercially viable while providing free WIFI service for three years, Terence Lai, Director of Wireless Broadband at SingTel, says: "The three operators will come together to push WIFI as a wireless broadband to a lot of consumers. Get them used to using WIFI, but with premium services, we will be selling our services like Voice over IP, the advertisements or broadband TV.

"Individual operators have their own services - that will be the competition pushing to the end-user."

Users of the Wireless@SG network will enjoy basic-tier access with surfing speeds of up to 512 kilobits per second (kbps).

But you will have to pay for premium services like higher access speeds and Voice-over-Internet-Protocol or VoIP. - CNA/so
this is the reason why some are giving away free laptops, free LCD TVs, free sushi vouchers at the condition of 28 months service contract ! :think:
 

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Does it mean just register and immed can surf? Like in KL?

Or, we can only login if we are subscriber of any ISP? With username and password? :dunno:
 

KNIGHT ONG

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Sigh .. to me no different .. been using that since last year .. probably better as now got more hotspots ... :bsmilie:
 

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this is the reason why some are giving away free laptops, free LCD TVs, free sushi vouchers at the condition of 28 months service contract ! :think:
precisely..and M1 providing broandband 'on the go', better than the hotspots! the 28mths is really tying pple down before the next big wave of 'broadband' everywhere.
 

mohgui

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tried Wireless@SG in Funan the IT Mall. not too bad lah. speed is acceptable. just wish they expand their coverage to the heartlands too. that's where the bulk of people is.
 

CYRN

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Tried at Compasspoint using me PDA X51v :thumbsd: :thumbsd: went for dinner at Jack'sPlace...once inside...no signal. Also once I walked to bus interchange once past the MRT customer service booth...also no signal.

I signed wif iCell but the login page from Singnet cant log me in..even when I'm standing infront of the stage area.

Also, when I walked pass Mcd, my PDA jumped to Skynetglobal. :(
 

k3nn3th03

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jus got a letter from Singtel...

their speed has increase to 1Mbps at NO EXTRA cost...
 

kegler

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no different.... most spot are existing singtel spot.... been using it for a year... sigh... why can they cover more areas... esp outdoors
 

Virgo

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Everyone cannot live without Internet even when they're out there socialising with others? Looks cool with the notebook in a cafe surfing the net rather than communicating with your friends? :dunno:

I only surf when at home and in office. Other than that, the time is for my family and friends when I'm outside!
 

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