Poly student wins Apple Watch for getting ST News on WhatsApp

Polytechnic student Choong Yao Feng won an Apple Watch for following ST News on WhatsApp.
Polytechnic student Choong Yao Feng won an Apple Watch for following ST News on WhatsApp.PHOTO: CHOONG YAO FENG

SINGAPORE - He had been eyeing an Apple Watch but found it too pricey.

Now, polytechnic student Choong Yao Feng will get his hands on the gadget after he won The Straits Times (ST) News on WhatsApp contest on Thursday.

To take part, readers just had to subscribe to the ST News on WhatsApp service. Through the free service, readers get news that matters to them, as it breaks, delivered to their mobile devices via WhatsApp.

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"(ST News) is quite good, it keeps me informed of the news," Mr Choong, 19, said. He added that he likes how ST News shares important stories, but not in too large a volume, which could be annoying.

"I work out a lot so I will try to do some fitness stuff (with the watch)," he said.

The contest kicked off on Aug 20 on ST's Facebook and Twitter pages before it closed on Wednesday.

More than 2,200 people have subscribed to ST News on WhatsApp since it was launched in May this year.

The contest pulled in more than 1,000 of those subscribers. Those who were already subscribers before the contest were also eligible to win the Apple Watch.