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Internet in Singapore is fast and connections are easy to set up. Cable and Internet services (including high speed cable, DSL and ISDN) are offered by several different providers, each generally requiring an application, documentation and a deposit to establish service. Additionally, there are numerous pricing schemes for each service, varying between providers. The main communication providers are SingTel, Star Hub, M1 and Pacnet.

Services vary depending on the internet provider you opt to go with. Most of the companies have choices in regards to broadband, business class, DSL, and global roaming. A typical internet package might offer you download speeds from 8 to 30 Mbps, upload speeds from 256Kbps to 1 Mbps, multiple e-mail addresses, a personal homepage, support for multiple PC connections, and support for bandwidth intensive business applications for SOHOs and running multiple web-based applications. Prices will vary depending on the kind of package you purchase.

Be aware that most of the internet packages have an obligatory 24 month contract. You might find some with a 12 month contract, but either way you should be prepared to make a commitment to the service provider you choose. If you have to leave before your contract is up, you might have to pay the difference.

SingTel:
http://info.singtel.com/personal/

Star Hub:
http://www.starhub.com

Pacnet:
http://sg.pacnet.com

Broadband and wireless access is common throughout Singapore. All of the companies have priced their internet and cable connections competitively and they can often be bundled with telephone services to give you even greater savings. You’ll need to assess your Internet needs, as well as your television watching habits, to determine which service is most beneficial to you. By following the links above, you can look at the different companies and what they offer.

All ISPs in Singapore require that you submit a completed application form with the following documents when you apply for any of their internet plans:

· Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents: Copy of Singapore NRIC
· Foreigners: Copy of Employment Pass/Work Permit/Student Pass/Social or Dependent Pass (at least 6 months validity) and copy of passport
· For wired internet access at home: copy of tenancy agreement

SingTel (Dial 1610 for broadband services and 1609 for fixed telephone and IDD services) and Starhub (Dial 1633 for all services) provide combined fixed telephone line, internet broadband and cable television services at special rates. Pacnet (Tel: (65) 6336 6622) offers broadband services to corporate customers and individuals. M1 (Dial 1627) specializes in mobile phone services only.

Bundling your services can save you money if you were planning on purchasing those services to begin with. For instance, SingTel offers fibre broadband, mio TV, and telephone service in one package. Some of the features of this package include a handset upgrade every 12 months and a 15% discount on v019 calls for first mobile line and up to a 25% discount for 4 lines. There is also a free fixed line number retention and a 10% discount on additional mio TV content.

For information on available services, fees, and requirements in regards to Internet services, visit http://www.contactsingapore.org.sg/moving_communication.shtml


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