M1 joins SingTel, StarHub in raising excess mobile data charges

Telco M1 has joined SingTel and StarHub in raising the rates for excess mobile data use, in the latest demonstration that data is king. -- FILE PHOTO: M1 LIMITED 
Telco M1 has joined SingTel and StarHub in raising the rates for excess mobile data use, in the latest demonstration that data is king. -- FILE PHOTO: M1 LIMITED 

Telco M1 has joined SingTel and StarHub in raising the rates for excess mobile data use, in the latest demonstration that data is king.

M1 customers will have to pay twice as much if they use more than what their data bundle allows. According to its website, the new rate of $10.70 for each gigabyte (GB), capped at $188.32 a month, will kick in from January.

Currently, it charges $5.35 per GB, capped at $94.16 per month.

SingTel was the first to end its promotional excess data rates in September. Since then, its customers have been paying twice as much for exceeding their data bundle - at $10.70 per GB, capped at $188.32 a month.

StarHub will also increase data rates to $8.56 per GB, capped at $85.60 per month, from next month. It currently charges $6.42 per GB of excess data used, capped at $64.20 a month.

From next month, M1 will also be imposing a minimum one-minute charge for all outgoing mobile voice calls. Per-second billing will kick in after the first minute. There is no change in local call rates, which are still at 16.05 cents per minute.