StarHub, SingTel release iPhone prices; pricier mobile plans await consumers

The monthly subscription for the most basic 4G plan is now $42.90 a month for 150 minutes of outgoing calls, 1,000 SMS and 3GB data allowance. -- PHOTO: STARHUB
The monthly subscription for the most basic 4G plan is now $42.90 a month for 150 minutes of outgoing calls, 1,000 SMS and 3GB data allowance. -- PHOTO: STARHUB

SINGAPORE - TELCO StarHub has followed SingTel and M1's lead to raise 4G subscription prices. StarHub's move comes on the back of the launch of the new Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which will be available this Friday.

The monthly subscription for the most basic 4G plan will be $42.90 a month for 150 minutes of outgoing calls, 1,000 SMS and 3GB data allowance.

This is $3 more than the existing basic SmartSurf mobile plan, priced at $38 a month with a $2.14 extra for the 4G add-on service. However, the older plan comes with only 100 minutes of outgoing calls, 800 SMS and 2GB of data allowance.

The old SmartSurf plans will no longer be on sale to new and recontracting customers from this Friday.

The basic iPhone 6 16GB handset will cost $518 under StarHub's new monthly plan which will cost $42.90. Under the same plan, the iPhone 6 Plus 16GB handset will retail at $657.

How much the telcos are selling the iPhone 6 & 6 Plus for

Here is a comparison of the cost of Apple's new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus bundled with the most popular entry level monthly plans.

Telco SingTel StarHub M1
Data plan Combo 2 $42.90 200 outgoing mins, 2GB data 4G 3 $42.90 150 outgoing mins, 3GB data i-Lite+ $41 200 outgoing mins, 3GB data
iPhone 6 16GB - $508 64GB - $648 128GB - $788 16GB - $518 64GB - $650 128GB - $796 16GB - $525 64GB - $665 128GB - $805
iPhone 6 Plus 16GB - $648 64GB - $788 128GB - $928 16GB - $657 64GB - $796 128GB - $935 16GB - $665 64GB - $805 128GB - $945

Source: SingTel, StarHub and M1

ST GRAPHICS: DERRICK HO

Last Friday, M1 was the first to release iPhone prices, with the announcement of pricier monthly 4G subsciptions. M1's i-Lite+ plan will have a monthly fee of $41, $2 more than before.

The basic iPhone 6 16GB handset will cost $525 under the M1 plan.

SingTel was the first to raise monthly subscriptions last month, with mobile users who renew their contracts paying $3 more for their monthly subscriptions.

Its basic plan costs the same as StarHub's at $42.90 a month, but customers get 200 outgoing minutes, 1,000 SMS and 2GB of data allowance. Under the plan, basic iPhone 6 16GB handset will cost $518 and iPhone 6 Plus 16GB handset, $648.

Pricer mobile plans: How much the most popular ones now cost
Telco & Plan SingTel Lite SingTel Combo 2 StarHub SmartSurf Lite StarHub 4G 3 M1 ValueSurf+ M1 i-Lite+
Price $39.90 $42.90 $38** $42.90 $39 $41
Talk time (minutes) 100 200 100 150 120 200
SMS 800 1,000 800 1,000 600 1,000
Data bundle 2GB 2GB 2GB 3GB 2GB 3GB
 

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**Since June (2014), StarHub has been charging new and re-contracting customers an add-on fee of $2.14 a month (usual: $10.70/month) for 4G services.

SingTel and M1 have yet to charge the $10.70/mth add-on fee for 4G services

Source: SingTel,StarHub, M1

ST GRAPHICS: DERRICK HO