iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro will be available for pre-order this Friday, 15 Sep 23

iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus

Apple today announced iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus, featuring an industry-first colour-infused back glass with a stunning, textured matte finish, and a new contoured edge on the aluminium enclosure. Both models feature the Dynamic Island, and an advanced camera system designed to help users take fantastic photos of everyday moments in their lives. A powerful 48MP Main camera enables super-high-resolution photos and a new 2x Telephoto option to give users a total of three optical zoom levels — like having a third camera. The iPhone 15 lineup also introduces the next generation of portraits, making it easier to capture portraits with great detail and low-light performance. Building on Apple’s innovative satellite infrastructure, Roadside Assistance via satellite can connect users to AAA if they have car trouble while off the grid. With A16 Bionic for powerful, proven performance; a USB‑C connector; Precision Finding for Find My friends; and industry-leading durability features, iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus represent a huge leap forward.

iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will be available in five stunning new colours: pink, yellow, green, blue, and black. Pre-orders begin Friday, September 15, with availability beginning Friday, September 23.

iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

Apple today debuted iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, designed with aerospace-grade titanium that’s strong yet lightweight to deliver Apple’s lightest Pro models ever. The new design also features contoured edges and a customisable Action button, allowing users to personalise their iPhone experience. Powerful camera upgrades enable the equivalent of seven pro lenses with incredible image quality, including a more advanced 48MP Main camera system that now supports the new super-high-resolution 24MP default, the next generation of portraits with Focus and Depth Control, improvements to Night mode and Smart HDR, and an all-new 5x Telephoto camera exclusively on iPhone 15 Pro Max. A17 Pro unlocks next-level gaming experiences and pro performance. The new USB‑C connector is supercharged with USB 3 speeds — up to 20x faster than USB 2 — and together with new video formats, enables powerful pro workflows that were not possible before.

iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will be available in four stunning new finishes, including black titanium, white titanium, blue titanium, and natural titanium. Pre-orders begin Friday, September 15, with availability beginning Friday, September 23.



Tourists, get the best Singtel 5G Tourist SIM/eSIM in Singapore!

It’s F1 season when race enthusiasts from all over the world descend into Singapore. As always, lots of exciting activities have been lined up, both on and off the track. For tourists, we understand that there are simply so many things to do with so little time on our tiny island! To set you off on the right foot, simply purchase the Singtel 5G Tourist SIM or eSIM online before your arrival. That’s right, find out how the Singtel 5G Tourist SIM help you stay globally connected at the lowest possible cost.

What is the Singtel 5G Tourist SIM?

The 5G Tourist SIM is the most preferred Tourist SIM in Singapore. With 5G connectivity, it allows visitors to tap on the most powerful network island-wide. Here are the different types of Singtel 5G Tourist SIM available:

  • $50 SIM Card (120GB 5G data, 10GB data roaming for 28 days)
  • $30 SIM Card (100GB 5G data, 5GB data roaming for 28 days)

For those who do not require the 5G network (which we don’t advise), you may purchase the $12 Tourist SIM that comes with 100GB data for 14 days.

Benefits of Singtel 5G Tourist SIM

With the Singtel 5G Tourist SIM, you can look forward to unparalleled connectivity in Singapore, even when travelling underground on the MRT! With 10X faster speeds, 2X lower latency and better bandwidth, this ensures that you will upload photos and stream videos in no time. In a sport where every millisecond counts, you can be assured that you will never miss out on the action due to poor network with the Singtel 5G Tourist SIM.

Singtel 5G Tourist SIM is now available in eSIM!

Singtel’s new fully digital 5G Tourist eSIM offers travellers to Singapore the most convenient way to enjoy the world’s best 5G coverage experience.

The Singtel Tourist eSIM’s convenient online sign-up process will allow you to manage all your connectivity needs prior to departure. Upon arrival in Singapore, you can simply activate your eSIM on your mobile devices via Singtel hi!App. This seamless provisioning process enables you to save on the precious time you would have otherwise needed to spend queuing at a physical outlet to purchase a SIM card. In additional, you can avoid the hassle of switching SIM cards. Simply toggle between your own SIM card and the Singtel Tourist eSIM effortlessly. Purchasing the Tourist eSIM also very convenient because everything can be done online in a truly digital experience.

Convinced of the benefits? Here’s the step by step guide on how you can purchase the Singtel 5G eSIM even before your arrival.

How to buy the Singtel 5G Tourist eSIM?

  • Step 1: Order eSIM at singtel.com/hitourist. Do ensure your device is eSIM compatible.
  • Step 2: Get eSIM order confirmation. Receive your eSIM reference number and verification code.
  • Step 3: Download and register on Singtel hi!App when you are in Singapore
  • Step 4: Install eSIM on hi!App and add eSIM on mobile data settings on your mobile phone and you are all set to go.

How to buy the physical Singtel 5G Tourist SIM?

If your phone is not eSIM compatible or you still prefer a physical Tourist SIM, you can buy your Singtel tourist SIM online before you reach Singapore at the following websites or apps and pick them up at the Singapore Changi Airport.

Next step, pay for your preferred Singtel tourist SIM online and then collect it at the following places:

  • UOB Money Changing Counter at Singapore Changi Airport
  • Travelex at Singapore Changi Airport
  • Changi Travel Services at Singapore Changi Airport
  • Singtel Shops islandwide

Alternatively, you can also buy the Singtel Tourist SIM from any of these outlets in Singapore:

  • Singapore Changi Airport:
    • UOB Money Changing Counter
    • Travelex Foreign Currency Exchange
    • Changi Recommends
    • Cheers store
  • Out and about in Singapore:
    • 7-Eleven store
    • Cheers store
    • Singtel Shop
    • Authorised retailers at Harbourfront / Tanah Merah
    • Other authorised retailers

Do note that the 5G S$30/S$50 Tourist SIM cards are only available at UOB Money Changi Counter, Travelex Foreign Currency Exchange, Changi Recommends, Singtel Shops and Singtel Exclusive Retailers.

Free Collectibles!

For those who buy the 5G Tourist eSIM, you will receive a free $5 KKday voucher for limited period. For those who pre-order online and choose to collect or buy the Tourist SIM card at Changi Airport (UOB Money Changing Counter, Travelex Foreign Exchange Counters) instead, you will also receive free high-speed racing souvenirs as part of F1 season.

Not to worry if you have forgotten to purchase your Singtel 5G Tourist SIM Card before arrival. That is because you can simply step into any convenience stores (Cheers, 7-Eleven) or Singtel Shop in Singapore to get your hands on them.

With that out of the way, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the F1 show!

Here’s a nifty table that summarises all the Singtel tourist SIMs available, with data allowances of up to 120GB of 5G data, and how much they cost. Singtel offers a wide suite of Tourist SIM, to meet all your travelling needs.


Save Over $300 on Phone Upgrades! Say Goodbye to Overpriced Phones with CompAsia

CompAsia: Your Gateway to Affordable Pre-Owned Phones

Are you longing for a phone upgrade but find it hard to justify spending a fortune on a brand new model? Well, we’ve got great news for you! Introducing CompAsia, the go-to platform for high-quality second-hand phones at budget-friendly prices.

Gone are the days when buying a second-hand device was considered unconventional. In fact, it has become a global trend embraced by tech-savvy individuals who value affordability, sustainability, and practicality. At CompAsia, we invite you to be a part of this growing movement and discover the countless benefits of owning a second-hand device.

And with their irresistible June-July GSS promotions, you can maximize your savings like never before. Here’s what you can expect from this fantastic opportunity:

A Wide Selection of New and Old Models

When it comes to buying second-hand phones, haggling at traditional stores can be a tedious process. But at CompAsia, all you need to do is browse their website to find an extensive range of phone models that cater to every budget. From the recently discontinued iPhone 13 Pro Max to older models like the iPhone 7, shopping second-hand allows you to explore discontinued gems if you’re a tech enthusiast or collector.

CompAsia Second-Hand iPhones: Unbeatable Deals

The iPhone 13 Pro Max, which typically retails for $1,749, can now be yours for just $1,049. Apple lovers looking for a steal should check out the iPhone 11 Pro. While its hardware was released in 2019, it can still be upgraded to the latest iOS 16. Starting at $529, a fraction of its original price, the iPhone 11 Pro on CompAsia is an absolute steal.

CompAsia Second-Hand Samsung Phones: Android Delights

Android fans, rejoice! CompAsia offers an extensive range of Samsung models, including the newer Galaxy S21 and S22 series. For an affordable yet relatively recent model, we recommend the Galaxy S215G, starting at an incredible $349. Not only that, but CompAsia also offers other Android brands like Huawei and Xiaomi at attractive prices.

Rigorous 32-Step Quality Check and Warranties for Peace of Mind

We understand your concerns about purchasing used products. However, CompAsia has implemented a meticulous system to address any doubts. Each device goes through an exhaustive 32-step internal test process to ensure full functionality. This includes checks on the battery, vibration, cameras, speakers, and screen LCD quality. Additionally, cosmetic checks for scratches, stains, and discoloration are conducted. Rest assured, CompAsia also provides a free 3-month warranty, with an option to upgrade it to 2 years, aligning with the typical phone upgrade cycle.

Why Choose CompAsia for Your Second-Hand Phone Purchase?

  1. Unmatched Value: Their unbeatable promotional prices allow you to save significantly compared to retail prices, making it the ideal choice for deal seekers like you.
  2. Premium Quality Assurance: At CompAsia, they conduct a thorough 32-step quality check on every device to ensure they are 100% functional, guaranteeing a top-notch user experience.
  3. Extended Warranty: Enjoy peace of mind with our up to 2 years warranty, providing you with added protection and reassurance.
  4. Free Shipping: CompAsia makes your experience hassle-free by offering free shipping, ensuring your chosen phone reaches your doorstep without any additional costs.
  5. 0% Interest Installment Payment: With Atome, you can enjoy the convenience of splitting your payments into 3 equal installments. For Grabpay users, we offer a 4 months installment plan, giving you extra flexibility when it comes to managing your finances.

Save Up to $40 on Affordable Phones with June-July GSS Deals

While the prices at CompAsia are already incredibly affordable, here’s an extra treat for you. Enjoy $40 off when you spend a minimum of $700 during June to end July. And if paying upfront is not convenient for you, fret not. CompAsia provides 0% installment plans via Grab and Atome, allowing you to split your payments over up to 4 months.

Thanks to the savings you’ll enjoy, you can finally treat yourself to that sleek Samsung Galaxy Z-Flip Series or the highly acclaimed iPhone 13 Pro Max. Don’t miss out on these incredible offers, exclusively available at CompAsia. Upgrade intelligently, save significantly, and be a part of the second-hand device revolution!

Visit CompAsia and upgrade your phone without breaking the bank today!


Get ready to pay more in service and conservancy charges (S&CC) from 1 July 2023

Jurong East Singapore

Get ready to adjust your budget, because starting this July, folks living in the 15 town councils managed by the People’s Action Party (PAP) will experience a bump in service and conservancy charges (S&CC).

These town councils include:

  • Ang Mo Kio
  • Bishan-Toa Payoh
  • Chua Chu Kang
  • East Coast
  • Holland-Bukit Panjang
  • Jalan Besar
  • Jurong-Clementi
  • Marine Parade
  • Marsiling-Yew Tee
  • Nee Soon
  • Pasir Ris-Punggol
  • Sembawang
  • Tampines
  • Tanjong Pagar
  • West Coast

The only exceptions are Aljunied-Hougang and Sengkang, which are overseen by the Workers’ Party (WP).

The WP has acknowledged that their town councils are facing similar cost pressures. They’re currently discussing the matter and will directly inform their residents of any changes to the S&CC.

According to the PAP town councils’ coordinating chairman, most town councils would face a deficit for the 2023-24 financial year if S&CC rates remain unchanged.

But don’t worry, though, since the increase will be gradual, spanning over two years. And the 2023 hike will be relatively smaller compared to the one in 2024.

Starting from 1 July 2023, you can expect your monthly fees to go up by anywhere from $0.70 to $7.90, depending on your flat type.

The second phase, commencing on 1 July 2024, will see an increase ranging from $1.00 to $9.10 per month.

The rates will differ for each town council, as factors like the estate’s age, resident demographics, and operational expenses vary.

Initially, the anticipated S&CC hikes were estimated to be between $3.00 to $3.80 for one-room flats and $18.70 to $21.90 for executive flats.

Thankfully, the Ministry of National Development (MND) is stepping in with a special grant to help offset the impact of potential increases on residents.

Keep an eye out for individual notices from your town council, which will inform you of the updated rates.

jurong clementi town council

Image Credits: straitstimes.com

And it’s not just residential properties that will be affected—commercial spaces like shops, offices, markets, and cooked food stalls in these 15 town councils will also see a rise in S&CC.

For shops and offices, the first hike in July will amount to an additional $0.01 to $0.40 per sqm each month, followed by an extra $0.02 to $0.41 per sqm starting July 2024.

Market and food stalls can expect an extra $2.20 to $31.50 monthly charge during the first increase, and an additional $2.20 to $36.40 per month in the second increase.

Meanwhile, S&CC for 27 markets and hawker centers owned by the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment (MSE) is set to increase in January and July 2024.

markets and food centers

This change will affect four categories of businesses within these MSE-owned venues: cooked food, piece, and sundry, market produce I, and market produce II.

Currently, cooked food vendors at these marketplaces pay a monthly S&CC of $140. Starting next January, this amount will rise to $155, followed by a further increase to $175 in July.

For piece and sundry stalls, the current monthly S&CC stands at $79. This figure will jump to $87 next January and then to $99 in July.

Market produce I vendors, who now pay a monthly S&CC of $67, will see this charge increase to $73 in January and $82 in July.

Lastly, market produce II businesses, currently paying $42 per month in S&CC, will experience an increase to $46 next January and $52 in July.

Will the cost be eventually passed down to its consumers?

We shall see.


Two People Arrested for Suspected Involvement in SIM Card Fraudulent Scheme

In a three-week islandwide operation to disrupt fraud syndicates, the police made significant progress by arresting two individuals involved in fraudulent activities related to postpaid SIM cards. The operation, which happened from May 8 to May 31, resulted in the termination of over 1,000 mobile phone lines, freezing of approximately 50 bank accounts, and the seizing of more than S$210,000. The suspects, a 23-year-old man and a 26-year-old woman, were apprehended for their suspected involvement in illegally registering postpaid SIM cards using customers’ personal information.

The Illegal Scheme

Preliminary investigations revealed that the 23-year-old man, who worked as a mobile phone store assistant, gained access to customers’ identification documents through the company’s mobile device used for SIM card registration. Exploiting this opportunity, he illicitly registered postpaid SIM cards using unsuspecting customers’ details and sold them to individuals who desired to purchase SIM cards without disclosing their identities.

The investigation also uncovered the alleged involvement of a 26-year-old woman who aided the man’s offenses. She established a shell company to procure unregistered postpaid SIM cards from a supplier, further enabling the illegal scheme. This discovery emphasizes the need for a comprehensive approach in tackling such criminal activities, not only targeting individuals but also uncovering the networks that support their illicit operations.

The Arrests

During the operation, law enforcement authorities seized various items including mobile phones and postpaid SIM cards, providing crucial evidence for the ongoing investigation. Additionally, 25 men and three women, aged between 22 and 43, are currently assisting the police in their investigation. It appears that these individuals’ identities may have been stolen and misused as part of the fraudulent SIM registration scheme.

Image Credits: Singapore Police Force

The Ongoing Investigations

The offense of illegally obtaining personal information carries a maximum jail period of three years and a fine. Unauthorized modification of computer material is punishable by a fine of up to S$10,000, a jail period of up to three years, or both. Failing to exercise reasonable diligence as a director may result in a fine of up to S$5,000 or a jail period of up to twelve months.

The police emphasized that fraudulently registered postpaid SIM cards pose a significant risk as they can serve as anonymous communication channels for illicit activities such as unlicensed moneylending and frauds. Scam syndicates often employ these SIM cards to contact victims and communicate among themselves, making detection challenging for law enforcement agencies.

The Public Awareness

The police are determined to track down mobile phone retailers and assistants who may inadvertently facilitate illegal activities. In light of this, the public is advised to avoid purchasing pre-registered prepaid or postpaid SIM cards and to safeguard their identification documents to prevent misuse during registration.

Image Credits: Singapore Police Force

Furthermore, individuals should exercise caution when approached to be appointed as directors for companies and ensure that they fulfill their duties diligently. Negligence in supervisory roles may result in a company being involved in criminal activities. Through their ongoing investigations and continued efforts, the police aim to safeguard public interests, protect personal information, and maintain the integrity of mobile phone retail practices.

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