Since I arrived here yesterday, I’ve been using my iPhone on roaming with Singtel 3G to get online to check emails and Tweet. I’m just hoping I wouldn’t end up with a huge bill when I get home.
So I checked around for some 3G rates on Singtel and found out it’s not that cheap as I would have expected for a well-connected Singapore.
On Singtel’s FAQ page:
How would my usage charge be calculated if I access data on a Pay-Per-Use basis?
Each data session is charged at $0.0054/KB in 2KB blocks. If you have 3 sessions of 103KB, you will be charged $0.0054 x 104KB x 3.
Is there a minimum data charge on Pay-Per-Use basis?
There is a minimum charge of $0.01. For example, if you only utilize 2KB in one session, you will be charged $0.01.
$0.0054 Singaporean dollars is about Php0.16 so that’s Php0.08/KB. That’s about half of what Globe charges on the per KB rates — Php0.15/KB. And as for the speed…
When tethered to my laptop, I just pop out the Globe SIM and place it on my SE Xperia. What’s really nice is that since I’m on postpaid, I didn’t have to configure anything to be able to do data roaming. It just simply works.