Data Roaming with Singtel

I had to attend a 3 day conference in Bali last month. So as to avoid the massive backlog of email when I got back, I had to find a way to get at my email and stuff. I didn’t want to lug my notebook, and I didn’t want to pay the hotel’s ridiculous WIFI fees.

I decided to pack the iPad2 (newly updated to iOS 5 so I could use all the new multitouch gestures), sign up on Singtel’s 3 day unlimited Bridge DataRoam service and give it a go. My iPad doesn’t have 3G, so I’ll tether the connection from my iPhone. Oh, pack the charger too.

You’ll have to read the fine print. The unlimited service is on a per operator per day basis. I flew to Bali via Kuala Lumpur, so didn’t have access to 3G while in Malaysia. Thankfully though KLIA’s WIFI service is quite good.

For 3 days (well, 1.5 days really), I did all my stuff on the iPad. Surfing, checking and replying email, referencing PDF’s. I have to say it did well as long as I didn’t have to produce any Word or Excel files. There are apps for that, but I’m too cheap. Best of all, it booted instantly so I could get at whatever I wanted whenever. Fast too.

The Bridge DataRoam 3 day Unlimited plan came in at $38. Once in to the hotel room, I locked the phone to Telkomsel and signed up for it via SMS. I got this in return.

Service was fast, and accessible even outside the hotel’s WIFI zones. Advantage of tethering via iPhone is that the phone can use 3G too for apps like Wassap.

Now almost a month later, the bill arrives!

Holy cow, that’s almost 6 grand rack-rate for 263MB of data! And at the bottom of the bill, this.


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