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Singtel launches ‘data-free’ Apple Music service

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Singtel is collaborating with Apple to launch the first date-free tie up with Apple Music in Singapore, offering a service to post-paid mobile customers for a subscription fee of S$9.98 per month.

The telco says new and re-contracting customers who sign up for the service will enjoy six months free with no minimum contract.  

“We’re excited that this latest collaboration with Apple will allow Singtel customers to be the first in Singapore to experience data-free Apple Music,” said Yuen Kuan Moon, chief executive of Consumer Singapore at Singtel.

“Our customers will have the freedom to stream or download music entertainment on our superior network, without taking a byte off their monthly mobile data allowance. We will continue to forge partnerships to bring our customers the very best from around the world, be it content, services or the latest devices.”

Moon says Apple Music offers subscribers an “incredible catalogue” of more than 45 million songs, combined with their entire iTunes library, which consumers can stream or download for offline listening all ad-free.

Under the new offering, subscribers can also create their own playlists or discover new ones curated by Apple Music, and share music with their friends. In addition, listeners will also get a daily mix of recommended music based on their preferences, can listen to radio stations from every genre, and watch exclusive music videos, documentaries and concerts from their favourite artists.

Apple Music also includes Beats 1, a global livestream of radio shows and Singtel’s data-free Apple Music is available on iOS and Android devices, including Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular).

To access the new service, Singtel customers can sign up at Singtel Shops island-wide in Singapore or at

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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