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Utilities in Singapore: How to connect to phone, internet, TV, electricity and water


To subscribe for phone (landline), internet, cable TV, gas and air-conditioning services, you will need an Employment Pass. Electricity, piped gas and water are all provided by SP Services: www.spservices.com.sg


The three mobile phone service providers in Singapore are SingTel, StarHub and M1. Cheap pre-paid SIM cards are available from dealers and convenience stores island-wide. A passport must be presented to purchase a SIM card. Landline phone services are provided by SingTel and StarHub.


Internet service providers include StarHub Max Online, SingNet, M1 and Pacific Internet. A program called Wireless@SG enables users to connect to free wireless broadband in many public places. In order to use it, you need to sign up with SingTel, iCELL network, or QMax Communications.


SingTel mioTV is a 24-hours pay-TV service available via broadband connection. StarHub provides cable TV. MediaCorp offers eight free-to-air TV channels.


Most homes in Singapore come with air-conditioning units, which require monthly or bi-monthly servicing.


Most stoves run off a gas tank that is stored in a kitchen cupboard. The tanks last between two and six months and cost about $30 to replace. Gas providers will bring a new tank to your home and take the empty one away.

Pest control 

You are likely to encounter a variety of pests in your home and garden – from cockroaches and ants to lizards and mosquitoes. If you live in a house, you may need a subscription with a pest control agency to keep the critters at bay.