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M1 CEO Karen Kooi to Retire – Manjot Singh Mann Succeeds

Monday, November 5th, 2018

M1 Limited (M1) announced today that Ms Karen Kooi Lee Wah 64, will retire as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on 6 December 2018, after 23 years with the Group, to pave the way for leadership renewal.

“It has been my privilege and honour to witness and build on M1’s growth since its early beginnings, together with a capable and dedicated management team. I would not have accomplished as much without the team. After having spent 23 years with the Company, it is time for me to hand over the mantle. M1 is well-positioned for the next phase of growth and I am committed to working closely with the Board and Manjot to ensure a smooth transition,” said retiring incumbent M1 CEO, Karen Kooi.

“It has been my privilege and honour to witness and build on M1’s growth since its early beginnings, together with a capable and dedicated management team. I would not have accomplished as much without the team. After having spent 23 years with the Company, it is time for me to hand over the mantle. M1 is well-positioned for the next phase of growth and I am committed to working closely with the Board and Manjot to ensure a smooth transition,” said retiring incumbent M1 CEO, Karen Kooi.

She will be succeeded by telco veteran Manjot Singh Mann who will join as its new CEO on the same date.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, Management and staff of M1, I would like to express our gratitude and appreciation towards Karen for her dedication, service and invaluable contributions to the M1 Group in the last 23 years. We wish Karen well in her retirement,” said Danny Teoh, Chairman of M1.

Pending developments related to Konnectivity’s pre-conditional offer for M1 shares, Karen Kooi will remain on the Board as a Director of M1 Limited.

She will also remain as advisor to the Board till 28 February 2019 to ensure a smooth transition.

Manjot Singh Mann brings with him over 28 years of well-rounded operational leadership experience across diverse geographical markets and a unique blend of insights and perspectives in the rapidly evolving telecommunications industry.

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M1 & Nokia ups cellular & Wi-Fi networks in SMRT stations

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

M1 boosts network capacity, indoor coverage with Nokia in Singapore’s busiest MRT stations.

The new Flexi Zone small cells network in Orchard MRT, Raffles Place MRT and Jurong East MRT has increased 4G LTE download speeds by up to 2 times, compared to the performance over the existing base station and antenna system.

The new Flexi Zone small cells network in Orchard MRT, Raffles Place MRT and Jurong East MRT has increased 4G LTE download speeds by up to 2 times, compared to the performance over the existing base station and antenna system.

M1 Limited (M1) and Nokia have completed the installation of indoor small cells and WiFi networks to meet the surging data demand of mobile device users at Orchard MRT station, Raffles MRT Station, as well as Jurong East MRT station.

With the high adoption of advanced smart devices in Singapore, the demand for sharing and viewing high-resolution photos and high-definition videos have been growing.

To further improve customer experience in accessing data, M1 is working to provide high quality mobile coverage in MRT stations to thousands of passengers, particularly at the crowded zones during peak hours.

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EZ-Link launches NFC transit SIM cards for contactless payments

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

All three local telcos will sell the new NFC transit SIM cards. Supported handsets can be used to pay for MRT, LRT and bus rides; as well as at retail transactions.

EZ-Link introduces NFC transit SIM for contactless payments.

EZ-Link introduces NFC transit SIM for contactless payments.

The NFC transit SIM is a next generation, full-service NFC (near field communication) SIM which can be used for public transport, as well as at more than 30,000 ez-link acceptance points islandwide including shopping, retail, food & beverage and taxis payments.

“Transit is the ‘killer phone app’ Singapore consumers have been looking forward to, and we are pleased to be the first to offer customers the convenience of making payment with the one device that is always with them, their phone,” said P. Subramaniam, Chief Marketing Officer, M1.

Jointly developed by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) and EZ-Link, the NFC transit SIM will enable commuters to pay for public transit rides using just their NFC mobile phones.

M1 customers will be the first to enjoy contactless transit payments with their NFC transit SIM cards available at M1 Shops from today.

The NFC transit SIM card will cost S$37.45 (including GST).

As a launch promotion, the service activation fee of S$9.10 (including GST) will also be waived for customers signing up from tomorrow until 30 April 2016, while NFC transit SIM card stocks last.

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Promotion: M1 offers Upsized Data and added SIM-only plans

Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Following Singtel’s announcement of its DataX2 offer yesterday, M1 also offers Upsized Data for its postpaid customers at S$5.90; as well as two new SIM-only plans, and increased data for the existing SIM-only plans. StarHub is expected to follow suit with their data-upsize offer.

M1 offers Upsized Data for its postpaid subscribers. Upsized Data is available only at point of new line sign-up or re-contract on eligible Data Bundled mobile plans with 2-year handset contract. For Upsized Data sign-ups from 10 to 31 March 2016, the Upsized Data bundle will be available for use and billed from 1 April 2016. Click to enlarge.

M1 offers Upsized Data for its postpaid subscribers. Upsized Data is available only at point of new line sign-up or re-contract on eligible Data Bundled mobile plans with 2-year handset contract. For Upsized Data sign-ups from 10 to 31 March 2016, the Upsized Data bundle will be available for use and billed from 1 April 2016. Click to enlarge.

Here’s a summary of M1’s promotions:

  • Two new SIM-only plans – mySIM+ 15 and mySIM+ 20.
  • Data bundles enhanced for current SIM-only plans of up to 20GB.
  • S$5.90 Upsized Data gives smartphone plan users up to 12GB extra.

M1, which introduced its SIM-only plans last July, is adding two new SIM-only plans – the mySIM+ 15 and mySIM+ 20.

The S$20 per month mySIM+ 20 comes with a data bundle of 4GB, 150 minutes of calls and 800 SMS/MMS.

For S$15, the mySIM+ 15 offers 1GB data, 100 minutes of calls and 600 SMS/MMS.

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Samsung GALAXY Note 3 launched in Singapore with GALAXY Gear

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Customers swarmed the three Telcos – SingTel, StarHub and M1 – as the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 became available in Singapore. The phablet was also available at Samsung Experience Stores in Singapore.

Aesel James, 27, was the first customer who got the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 at the SingTel roadshow at Marina Bay Sands.

Aesel James, 27, was the first customer who got the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 at the SingTel roadshow at Marina Bay Sands.

The Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and GALAXY Gear was first unveiled at Times Square in New York on 4 September. Here’s the livecast of the global event.

“I have a Mac and an iPad, and I was seriously considering between the iPhone 5S and the Note 3. I thought it was easier to be in the same eco system with the 5S, but the Note 3 won me over with the new S Pen and its big screen, which is perfect for me when watching videos and playing games,” said James.

“I have a Mac and an iPad, and I was seriously considering between the iPhone 5S and the Note 3. I thought it was easier to be in the same eco system with the 5S, but the Note 3 won me over with the new S Pen and its big screen, which is perfect for me when watching videos and playing games,” said Aesel James.

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Singapore telcos sell Apple iPhone 5s & iPhone 5c on 20 September

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Singapore will be one of first 9 countries around the world getting the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c from Apple – from 20 September.

Apple announced the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c on 10 September.

The new Apple iPhone 5s with iOS 7.

The new Apple iPhone 5s with iOS 7.

All three telcos – M1, SingTel and StarHub will begin selling the new smartphones next Friday – all three are already accepting online pre-registration of interest on their websites.

The online URLs for pre-registering interest with the respective telcos can be found below.

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COMEX 2013 (5 – 8 Sep) at Singapore Expo & promotions flyers

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

The third of four large annual IT exhibitions in Singapore is here again, this time at the Singapore Expo, Halls 5 and 6. COMEX will open from 12 noon to 9 pm (Admission FREE). Floor plan and promotion flyers below.

COMEX 2013 (5 - 8 September) at Singapore Expo, 12 noon to 9pm, admission Free.

COMEX 2013 (5 – 8 September) at Singapore Expo, 12 noon to 9pm, admission Free.

For COMEX 2013, I’ve compiled promotions and flyers from selected exhibitors in a photo album on the tech4tea.com Facebook Page.

You can browse the album or directly access a specific flyer via the list of links below.

Promotions/Flyers in alphabetical order

  • ASUS desktops, All-in-Ones, laptops, Ultrabooks, tablets, phablets, smartphones, monitors, projectors, wireless networking equipment.
  • Canon
  • Dell desktops, All-in-Ones, laptops, Ultrabooks; and monitors.
  • Epson single-function printers, scanners and projectors, as well as multi-function inkjet and laser printers.
  • Fujitsu notebooks, Ultrabooks, tablet/laptop hybrids and PC accessories.
  • Fuji Xerox DocuPrint monochrome/colour laser printers for personal, SOHO or SME use.
  • HP
    • Monochrome/colour inkjet/laserjet printers and accessories, including mouse, keyboards, headsets, speakers, laptop bags and backpack, webcams and batteries.
    • Monitors & Computers (desktops, All-in-Ones, laptops, Ultrabooks, tablets and hybrid notebook/tablets)
  • Jabra audio accessories, wireless headsets, speakers.
  • Lenovo PCs: All-in-One desktop computers, multi-mode laptops, Ultrabooks, and hybrid notebook/tablets.
  • Linksys wireless devices.
  • M1 mobile, mobile broadband, home broadband, and MiBox TV.
  • Netgear networking equipment eg. switches, routers and media streamers.
  • Nikon CoolPix compact cameras, Nikon 1 mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, as well as DSLRs.
  • Norton security software solutions: Norton 360 Multi-Device, Norton Internet Security, Norton AntiVirus.
  • nubox Apple products and accessoires.
  • Olympus compact or tough cameras, DSLRs, mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, lenses and accessories.
  • Plantronics Bluetooth mobile headsets.
  • Samsung
  • Seagate storage products – hard disks, personal cloud storage/backup and media streaming solutions.
  • SingTel mobile, mobile broadband, home broadband, and Mio TV.
  • Skullcandy earphones and headphones.
  • StarHub mobile, mobile broadband, home broadband, StarHub TV – for home use and for businesses/enterprises.
  • tech@vogue accessories for smartphones, tablets and PCs.
  • TomTom portable navigation GPS devices, car chargers, phone mounts and Nike+ SportWatch GPS.
  • WD storage products (hard disks and personal cloud solutions) and HD Media Player.

With more than 830 exhibitors, COMEX claims to be Singapore’s biggest IT and consumer technology exhibition.

Below are the floor plans for the exhibitors.

Floor plan for COMEX 2013.

Floor plan for COMEX 2013.

The four major IT exhibitions in Singapore are:

Exhibition Dates Venue
IT Show 2013 7-10 Mar Marina Bay Sands
PC Show 2013 6-9 Jun Singapore Expo
COMEX 2013 5-8 Sep Singapore Expo
SITEX 2013 28 Nov – 1 Dec Singapore Expo

SITEX 2012 promotions: M1 smartphones, tablets and broadband deals

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

M1 will be at SITEX 2012 at Hall 5A in the Singapore EXPO.

Click to view or download M1 promotions for SITEX 2012.

Click to view or download M1 promotions for SITEX 2012. (Caution: 2MB PDF file with 2 flyers)

Check out the Telco’s smartphones, tablets and broadband deals here, as well as their bundled packages.

Apple launches iPhone 5 with 4-inch Retina display, A6 chip and new connector

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012

No surprises as to the features of the iPhone 5 except that there’s no NFC. Most of the enhancements are evolutionary rather than revolutionary. As with its predecessors, iPhone 5 will come in 16 GB (S$948), 32 GB (S$1,088) and 64 GB (S$1,238) configurations.

It will arrive in 9 countries, including Singapore, on 21 September.

The iPhone 5 comes in Black & Slate or White & Silver.

The iPhone 5 comes in Black & Slate or White & Silver.

The iPhone 5 will run on iOS 6, which will be released as a free software update two days before the smartphone itself hits the shelves.

Apple iPhone 5
OS iOS 6
Screen 4″ Retina display
Resolution 1136 x 640
Battery mAh rating not revealed
Processor A6
Features LTE
Camera Rear: 8 MP
Front: 1.2 MP
Video Rear: 1080p30
Front: 720p30
Video Info not available
Memory Int: 16, 32, 64 GB
Ext: Nil
Size /mm 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6
Weight 112 g
Price (w GST)
  • 16 GB: S$948
  • 32 GB: S$1,088
  • 64 GB: S$1,238

The new operating system features 200 new features but will notably be foregoing Google’s Maps and YouTube apps.

The 4-inch Retina display is now taller, with 1136 x 640 pixels at a high 326 ppi resolution.

All these will run off the new Apple-designed A6 chip and 4G LTE network.

Design-wise, the iPhone 5 is a stunner, with a selection of Black & Slate and White & Silver.

The former has most of my friends salivating although the white is beginning to become somewhat commonplace by now.

And the body is only 7.6mm thin.

The rear camera now has 8 megapixels while the front 1.2-megapixel camera shoots 720p video at up to 30 fps for FaceTime HD video calls.

A new panorama feature stitches photos of up to 28 megapixels simply by moving the camera across a scene in one smooth motion – like the sweep panorama in Sony cameras.

Available in 9 countries on 21 September.

Available in 9 countries on 21 Sep.

As expected, Apple has replaced the 30-pin connector with a new 9-pin Lightning connector.

A Lightning-to-30-pin Adapter (sold separately) is available to connect the iPhone 5 to legacy 30-pin accessories.

Due to the variation in LTE networks in different countries, the iPhone 5 will come in 3 variants in terms of LTE frequencies.

The first model (A1428 GSM) works only in the US and Canada, while the second (A1429 CDMA) works for US carriers Sprint and Verizon, as well as KDDI in Japan.

9-pin Lightning connector replaces 30-pin connector.

9-pin Lightning connector replaces 30-pin connector.

The third model (A1429 GSM) runs on 850MHz, 1800MHz and 2100Mz.

This is the most international version – compatible with the most number of countries.

Note that although the iPhone 5 runs on 1800MHz for LTE, Singapore operates its LTE network on 1800MHz and 2600MHz.

So in areas where 1800MHz is not available, the iPhone 5 will fall back onto 3G.

Likewise, in countries where the 4G is not compatible with your version of iPhone 5, you will still be able to use in on 3G.

The iPhone 4S will also be available for a suggested retail price of SGD$788 (incl GST) and iPhone 4 for a suggested retail price SGD$588 (incl GST).

The first nine countries getting the iPhone 5 on 21 September are Singapore, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, the US and the UK.

The iPhone 5 will be available in 9 countries on 21 Sep and another 22 countries on 28 Sep.

The iPhone 5 will be available in 9 countries on 21 Sep and another 22 countries on 28 Sep.

Customers from these countries can pre-order the iPhone 5 beginning 14 September.

All three major Telcos in Singapore, SingTel, StarHub and M1, will be selling the iPhone 5 on 21 September.

The iPhone 5 will next hit the shelves worldwide at 22 more countries a week later on 22 September.

These countries are Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.