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Sat 11 Jun 2005

Wireless and coffee

Category : mac and the internet

I still keep a 56k modem line for the cheap thrill of blogging during blackouts. When I am out and about in urban Singapore free networks exists in few places - most McDonald's outlets, NYDC and Funan Centre.

In a growing number of places, Singnet customers can access their wireless network at 12.6 cents per minute ($7.56/hour). This is much cheaper than Singtel's prepaid card which, at 100mins/$30, works out to $18/hour - may as well buy a Singnet 56k subscription to save on the discount and lose the hassle of topping up the card.

Anyway, after a post by Mr Miyagi, I looked up and found that Singnet has a subscription Outdoor Wirelss Surf (SOWS?) unlimited registrationscheme. This costs $10.40/mth x 12 months + $10.50 (one time registration) = $135.30/year if I maintain a susbscription.

Based on unsubscribed rates, one year's worth of subscription works out to S$135.30/$7.56 = 17.9 hours of unsubscribed surfing by a Singnet customer.

Since I probably paid for about 24 hours ue of Singtel's wireless last year, it's enough to get me subscribed.

Starhub too has an outdoor wireless subscription plan as well. Their cost (no registration fee until end-June)= $10.50 x 12 = $126.00/year.

I feel Singnet has an advantage with its hotspots in Burger King, Delifance, Spinelli's and Starbuck's.

What about the Coffee?
You can get Singnet at Spinelli's, which roasts its coffee beans in Singapore. Like many in NUS Science, I'm a sucker for their stuff. With Starhub, however, you'd bee making a beeline for the Bean (like Mr Miyagi). This, for me, is too much of a sacrifice.

Quality of coffee aside, when I claimed a free drink in each of three different branches over the past five years, somehow, Bean staff managed to make me feel like a panhandler whilst explaining the limitations of my free coffee claim (add $1 for larger cup, okay?) At Spinelli's, on the other hand, they'd urge me to order a large cup, which I'd resist since medium is just about right for me. (I eventually also realised to get the same taste on a large cup, I'd have to go triple shot. And that's pushing the caffeine limit).

So no contest there.

And winning an iPod mini for topping up my Spinelli's friend's card, did not impair my objectivity!

The amazing thing is, if I just compared options based on coffee shops, McCafe comes out tops with unimaginably decent coffee and free wireless!

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