5G in Singapore with the iPhone 12 / Pro / mini / Max

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Now that you have decided which iPhone 12 you will purchase (or have already purchased one), the next thing that you are likely concerned about is the network service, for one of the headlining features of the iPhone 12 series is after all, 5G.

Sub-6GHz 5G in Singapore

All current iPhone 12 models that are not produced for the American market do not support mmWave, only sub–6GHz. In Singapore, the three main telcos, Singtel, M1 and Starhub (M1 and Starhub bidded as a joint entity) have won the two licenses available to build the nationwide 3.6GHz 5G network, and so it is likely that anyone looking for 5G services locally right now should expect that only the Big Three will offer it, for now at least.

If your main network is a MVNO (like mine is), please forget about 5G for the time being.

5G coverage, according to M1, Starhub and Singtel (accurate on 31st Oct 2020)

Here is M1’s coverage map.

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Here is Starhub’s coverage map.

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It covers the following locations;

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And finally, here is Singtel’s coverage map.

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How much does 5G cost in Singapore?

Both Starhub and Singtel appears to only allow you access to 5G if you sign up for one of their postpaid plans that include 5G specifically, with all the shackles of traditional mobile plans.

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M1 is the only telco locally that seem to allow you to purchase 5G as a “booster pack” to their SIM-only plans with pricing structures similar to those of the local MVNOs.

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Will you be going 5G? Or will you wait until the technology matures?


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