SINGAPORE - The Straits Times (ST), the flagship newspaper of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), today announced a new All-in-One pricing package for its print, online, iPad and iPhone offerings.
Direct subscribers to the print edition (i.e. the newspaper) will be offered a special introductory rate of only $2 a month more to access the new ST iPad application, the enhanced ST iPhone app and the revamped ST Online.
Subscribers who currently purchase their daily newspaper through their vendors will have to convert to being direct subscribers of SPH to enjoy the All-in-One package.
To sign up, users should go to www.stsubscribe.com.
The ST iPad and iPhone app was launched on 1 August and offered free for a trial period. From 8 September, the ST will be available in multiple editions on the following platforms:
(1) the daily print (newspaper) edition;
(2) the ST Online edition, which comprises a free section and a paid section; the paid section is called ST Premium and is accessible only with a subscriber password;
(3) a paid iPad edition, with breaking news offered free;
(4) a paid iPhone edition, with breaking news offered free.
The All-in-One package comprises all of the ST editions listed above.
Currently, a monthly subscription to The Straits Times newspaper costs $24.65, excluding delivery charges. From 8 September, direct subscribers can opt for the All-in-One package at a special introductory price of $26.65 per month for a one year contract.
The various ST editions can also be purchased separately. The new ST Online Premium edition, which contains the full content from the day's newspaper, will cost $7 a week or $26.65 per month.
A subcription to the ST iPad and iPhone editions can be purchased from the App Store at US$7.99 (approximately S$10) a week or US$27.99 (approximately S$35) a month. (The ST iPad and iPhone app is a universal app, i.e. it is built and optimised to run on both the iPhone and iPad and can be purchased at a single price.)
Those who purchase an iPad and iPhone subscription will also be given free access to the ST Online Premium edition. This package is therefore the ST Full Digital package.
To further enhance ST’s digital offerings, the ST Online edition has been relaunched with improved features.
The free section now provides a richer multi-media experience with seamless integration of videos from ST RazorTV and with citizen journalism content from STOMP, as well as more effective use of social media tools such as Facebook and Twitter. One new feature is “The Big Story” which focuses on the key story of the day. Breaking news remains free.
From 8 September, the ST Premium edition will be accessible to all newspaper subscribers who sign up for the All-in-One package. Aside from the full content of the ST print edition, it includes a premium breaking news service. ST Premium subscribers also get the following:
- an e-paper version of the daily ST newspaper;
- an e-reader edition which can be downloaded and read offline;
- a 7-day archive of the ST
For circulation queries, please call the SPH customer service hotline at 6319-1800 or email email@example.com. The operating hours of the customer service hotline are 8.30am to 5.30pm (Mondays to Fridays), and from 8.30am to 12.00pm on Saturdays. The hotline is closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.