Singtel, MobileOne & Starhub

Before I start this post, I would like to thank everyone for the positive comments for my "Car Ads Series". I enjoyed putting that series together as much as you enjoyed watching it. Thanks again!

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In Singapore, and if you owns a mobile phone, you are mostly to be subscribed to a operator that’s either Singtel, MobileOne or Starhub.

Look at the pic below.

light_01.jpg picture by Viviobluerex

I know it’s just a picture of a traffic light, but why?

Singtel is the first mobile phone operator and the very first telephone company in Singapore. So in term of placing, Singtel gets the top place. Likewise, on the traffic lights, you get to see Red on the top.

MobileOne came during early 90s and took Singapore by storm. Singaporeans were happy that the Singtel monopoly was broken finally. So being second on the scene, you get to see amber Yellow on the cente of the traffic lights.

Then came Starhub in during the early 2000s. Starhub took on the offensive stance and marketing hard "rewriting" the costs of handset costs and offered Singaporeans with incredible subscription rates. Till today, it remains one of the most favourite operator among the mobile phone users’ community. So since Starhub came last, it gotten the lower position being Green.

Coincidence?

Now link it up from a driver’s point of view since Traffic Lights are the tools of our discussion today. As a driver,
RED – I hate Red lights, it means delay.
Amber Yellow – I don’t mind the amber Yellow as it depends where is my location when the light turns.
Green -And of course, every other driver that I knew loves Green, including me. It means Go!

Now another set of analogy,

Red Singtel is not as popular these days due to the higher charges for subscription rates as compared to the other 2 operators. When I was on Singtel, and that’s when I got my first mobile phone, I remember the charges were sky high. Haha. Every month when the bill came, I am in for a "surprise". If not due to work, I would have kept my "Pager" and dumped the phone back then.

Amber Yellow MobileOne is an operator that either you love it or you hate it. I am on M1 now, and since my first complaint in 1998 on the high number of dropped calls at the place I lived, it’s been 10 years already and they have done nothing to it. How I know? The dropped calls or the unstable signals still happens until this very day. Sadly, I am still on MobileOne till today.

Green Starhub may be the "Green Horn" when they came into the picture, I am sure you would have remembered the newspaper reports about its frequent glitches since it started. I took up a second line from Starhub to supplement my M1 line. After I started using the phone, everything seems ok. But the bills was nowhere to be found, they didn’t send me any. After about 7 months, I received a bill from Starhub for $1500+ and due 4 days later. I remember that year and I freaked out and called the Starhub operator. I cancelled my line with Starhub and never look back again. ha ha ha.

But NOW.

A new regulation was passed recently, now anyone can retain their mobile number even if they switch operator, the real fun begins.

MobileOne has been rather aggressive on Outdoor Media and TVC recently, Starhub is closing in on M1 and hey, where’s Singtel man? (Mediaedge:CIA & Kinetic Worldwide, something has to be done soon!!!!)

I am definitely switching. How to trust a Mobile Operator that has not resolved a complaint that was made 10 years ago?

My favourite colour is red, but as a driver, I love Green.

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Email me at media_world@live.com and tell me what do you think? To Switch or not to Switch? If Switch, Red or Green?

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On Singapore Roads
* Met 32 Road Idiots Since my last Blog.
* Total 814 Road Idiots Encountered on SG Roads. 
   

Wish List
* More "Media Free Play" from The Government.
* Form more Media Associations to represent local media owners.

* All Road Hoggers Dead.
* For God’s Sake Clean Up Trash On Public Roads.
* Petrol Companies are Profiteering yet Authorities Don’t Care.
* No Roadworks during Peak Hours Please!

* Please tell me where can I dine without the presense of PRCs!
* Foreign Talents or Foreign Troublemakers? We shall see.
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