Expats will have no problem keeping in touch in Singapore. Mobile phone networks, internet and postal services are all of a high standard. English television channels and online news sites are also readily accessible.
The three main providers of phone and internet services in Singapore are StarHub, Singtel and M1. Expats should compare the pricing of their available options before choosing a service provider.
Internet in Singapore
With the fastest internet speeds in the world, Singapore is well connected, and expats will have no trouble finding WiFi in public hotspots throughout the city-state. Wireless, fibre and broadband options are available. Most packages come with a contract ranging between 12 and 24 months, and breaking it will result in penalties.
That said, expats who don't want to be locked into a 12 or 24-month contract, can get a no-contract plan with MyRepublic, which is currently the only provider offering this option. While this is ideal for expats who may not be staying in Singapore for long, a penalty will still be charged if terminating within the first three months and they will have to pay a monthly subscription as well as router and instillation fees, which would typically be free with a contract. Expats should therefore weigh up all their options and potential costs before making this decision.
Censorship in Singapore
The Media Development Authority (MDA) regulates and ensures local print media, radio, television and internet adhere to the law. A number of websites are blocked, and visitors trying to access the site are usually greeted by an MDA message alerting them that the site is forbidden. Although the MDA does monitor foreign content, expats shouldn't have any problem accessing international news sites and social media.
Postal services in Singapore
Mail services in Singapore are provided by Singapore Post Limited (SingPost), which is a subsidiary of Singtel. Local mail usually takes one to two days, and international mail depends on the destination. Additionally, there are a number of courier companies independent of SingPost that deliver both locally and internationally. Some of these also double up as delivery services for heavy shipments.
English-language media in Singapore
There is plenty of English language media in Singapore, including print and broadcast. Mediacorp, a state-owned free-to-air network, offers a variety of channels in English and Malay, both on TV and radio. Channel 5 also offers round the clock entertainment in English. Paid services include StarHub cable TV and Mio TV.
English books are readily available at all big bookstores. There are also a number of local English newspapers as well as many international publications available from newsstands.
►For info on financial matters in the Lion City, see Banking, Money and Taxes in Singapore
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