M1 will be announcing tiered smartphone plans alongside the launch of its 4G LTE services towards the end of Q3. The information was stated in a press release sent yesterday about the company's financial results for half year 2012. Currently, M1 declined to share more details on the tiered smartphone plans.
SingTel is the first of the three local telcos to revise its existing mobile plans. The new plans have come into effect since 1st July for all new and re-contracting customers. The four new plans will have free local data bundles between 2GB and 12GB.
Following SingTel's announcements, StarHub also adopted a similar direction by stating that it will discontinue its SmartSurf Plans with 12GB and unlimited data bundle in the near future. StarHub's 3G i2Surf plans will replace the SmartSurf plans and offer 1GB to 5GB free local data bundles.
The rationale behind lowering the free local data bundle did not resonate well with the public. Many consumers argued that it is unfair to pay the same amount of money for a lower data bundle. The debate spawned many discussion threads in HardwareZone forums with the most active thread garnering over 936 comments. Hit the links below to check out some of the forum threads.