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5 SIRI-ous reasons for you to get new iPhone 14 with Circles.Life

Apple fans, it’s the month fo September you know the drill, you know what’s coming! The Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, along with Apple Watch Series 8 and AirPods Pro have recently been announced by Apple, for those in Singapore who are looking forward to the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, let me share with you iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro information by Circles.Life. Here are 5 SIRI-ous reasons for you to get your new iPhone 14 with Circles.Life!

When you pre-order your favourite Apple iPhone 14 from Circles.Life, you can enjoy the following 5 SIRI-ous benefits:

  • Get an exclusive iPhone Ultra-packed Unboxing Kit: The first 200 pre-orders come with an unboxing kit with FREE accessories worth $69.80. Early birds will receive a Moft Snap-on Phone Stand and Wallet (worth $39.90), tempered glass screen protector (worth $29.90) and limited edition Circles.Life stickers – perfect to pair with your brand new phone. 
  • New phone, powered with unlimited data: All iPhone 14 purchases come with 3 months of unlimited data (worth $114*) so you are always connected to your family, friends and loved ones. 
  • Attractive partnerships with Atome and Mobilestop: Get $50 off when you pay with Atome; exclusive to existing Circles.Life customers. In addition, enjoy 10% off all phone accessories from MobileStop outlets** islandwide when you buy from Circles.Life. 
  • Hyper-flexible payment options: Choose up to 36 months payment plans with zero interest so you don’t need to worry about extra charges. 
  • eSIM capability: Seamlessly transfer via eSIM at no extra charges. Quickly transfer an existing cellular plan or get a new one digitally. Since your SIM card can’t be physically removed from the phone and placed in other devices, the eSIM ensures greater device and personal information security for all users. 

You can pre-order the iPhone 14 Pro Max (from $1,799), iPhone 14 Pro (from $1,649), iPhone 14 Plus (from $1,499) and iPhone 14 ($1,299) from Circles.Life here.

Remember to Pay-It-Forward and Pass-It-On to your family, relatives and friends, these 5 SIRI-ous reasons for you to get the new Apple iPhone 14 with Circles.Life!

Notes:

  • Price stated is for Number Transfer only. New number registration at +$10/mo.
  • ** Redeemable at MobileStop outlets at Jurong Point, Westgate, Vivocity, Tiong Bahru Plaza, NEX, Waterway Point, Tampines Mall and Northpoint City.

*** Information and picture courtesy of Circles.Life and AKA Asia ***

Singtel iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro Information

Apple fans, it’s the month fo September you know the drill, you know what’s coming! The Apple iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, along with Apple Watch Series 8 and AirPods Pro have recently been announced by Apple, for those who are looking forward to the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro, let me share with you Singtel iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro information.

Singtel will offer the most advanced iPhone line-up ever with iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max, then new Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE with ground breaking technology and performance, as well as the Apple Watch Ultra, a completely reimagined design and extraordinary new capabilities, and the 2nd generation AirPods Pro, the most advanced AirPods yet.

Here are key highlights and information on purchasing your new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro from Singtel, the only network to provide nationwide 5G coverage in Singapore. Singtel is celebrating the arrival of the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro with everyone here in Singapore, making it accessible and affordable for everyone.

Singtel has simply the most attractive offers on Apple services and accessories

Singtel is offering customers a slew of attractive offers including an extra $100 OFF the new device with Apple Care+, up to 12 complementary months of exclusive services (Apple TV+, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, iCloud) and an Apple Accessories Bundle which is as good as 30% savings on the Apple AirPods Pro with MagSafe and Apple 20W USB-C Power Adapter.

Simply more choice and value with Singtel

Customers now have more choices of Singtel mobile plans and payment methods. For the first time, they can pre-order their new device with a SIM-Only Plus Plan at $0 upfront. With Singtel PayLater, they can enjoy interest-free instalment payments of 12, 24 or 36 months, starting at $37/month. They can also enjoy up to $1,000 when they trade-in their old device.

Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE will be available on 16 September, whilst Apple Watch Ultra and AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) on 23 September. Customers can also activate the Singtel PayLater option on these new devices.

Simpler ways to get the latest iPhone from Singtel

Singtel’s pre-order arrangements have been enhanced to make it easier for Apple fans to get their hands on the latest iPhone. For the first time, customers can enjoy priority pre-order, free delivery or redeem vouchers under their Singtel Red membership privileges. In the event of limited supply of devices, customers can still place their pre-orders and receive their devices at a committed delivery date.

In line with Singtel’s commitment to improving accessibility and convenience, the opening hours of selected shops will be extended for ease of purchase or pick-up of the devices. Customers can pick up their iPhone at over 30 locations or opt for islandwide delivery with doorstep trade-in.

Pre-Order and Availability Dates

Pre-oder for all iPhone models will begin on 9th September 2022 at 8pm. The iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max is available on 16th September 2022. For the iPhone 14 Plus, it would be available on 7th October 2022.

As for the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch SE, it will begin on 16th September 2022. The Apple Watch Ultra will begin on 23rd September 2022.

The AirPods Pro (2nd Generation) will be available online and in stores from 23rd September 2022.

For more information on pricing and availability, please visit Singtel website.

* Information and picture courtesy of Singtel *

Circles.Life Singapore Apple iPhone 13 Price Plans

The new Apple iPhone 13 smartphones had just been announced recently on 14th September 2021 (California Time). For those who are looking to own the new Apple iPhone 13 smartphones, check out Circles.Life Singapore Apple iPhone 13 Price Plans here at https://www.circles.life/sg/apple-iphones/ !

Here are the price plans for the new iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max, which will be available for pre-order on the Circles.Life Singapore website/app.

Prices for Apple iPhone 13 models on Circles.Life Singapore

Consumers can also look forward to smarter, more flexible and affordable SIM-Only plans by Circles.Life with the following features:

  • No Lock-In: Savour the freedom to switch anytime on a no-contract plan
  • No Rip-Offs: No complicated bundles with built-in charges for unwanted add-ons or basic features like Caller ID
  • Free Delivery: Enjoy fuss-free, guaranteed delivery of new handsets direct to doorstep
  • Buy Now, Pay Later: Buy upfront or choose interest-free monthly repayments from a variety of payment partners

* Information and picture courtesy of Circles.Life *

Singtel iPhone 13 Price Plans

The new Apple iPhone 13 smartphones had just been announced recently on 14th September 2021 (California Time). For those who are looking to own the new Apple iPhone 13 smartphones, check out Singtel iPhone 13 Price Plans here at www.singtel.com/iphone!

As the new iPhone 13 models work best over a 5G network, Singtel customers will be able to enjoy a powerful experience on Singapore’s fastest 5G network which delivers speeds of more than 1.2Gbps. Singtel has been recognised by Ookla as the fastest 5G network operator in first half of 2021 and they are accelerating their 5G roll out, which presently covers over two-thirds of Singapore.

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro are priced attractively at S$288(1) and S$608 (2) respectively, on Singtel’s XO Plus 88 plan. In order to unlock and optimise the next-generation features on their new iPhone and enjoy ultra-fast mobile speeds over a 5G network, customers are encouraged to sign up for Singtel’s 5G NOW at S$10/month which comes with additional 10GB of local mobile data.

Singtel is offering trade-in deals, exclusive offers and a range of complimentary subscription to Apple services such as Apple TV+, iCloud and Apple Music valued at up to S$150, as they celebrate the arrival of the new iPhone 13 series on Singapore’s most powerful 5G networks.

Summary of Singtel iPhone 13 deals

Below is a summary of Singtel’s fantastic iPhone 13 deals which offer customers up to S$550 worth of discounts. Those who trade in their iPhone will enjoy an additional of up to S$1,000 off.

1. Experience high definition content and gaming experience across Apple services (worth S$150):

  • Apple TV+: 6-month complimentary subscription
  • Apple Music: 3-month complimentary subscription
  • Apple Arcade: 9-month complimentary subscription
  • iCloud: 12-month complimentary subscription

2. Enjoy up to S$500 off their handset when they sign up for:

  • New XO Plus 68 and above plans or upgrade to XO Plus 88 and above plans
  • 5G NOW for seamless 5G access
  • MobileSwop Unlimited Premium for device protection
  • DATA X INFINITY for unlimited data access
  • New Fibre Entertainment Bundle+

3. Enjoy up to S$50 accessories voucher when they sign up for any three of the following 5G value-added services:

  • Productivity Pass for data-free access to Zoom
  • Whitecoat Telehealth for free teleconsultation
  • Bookful for augmented reality books
  • MelodyVR for virtual reality entertainment
  • McAfee Mobile Security for that extra protection

Updates

Customers who have completed a minimum of 10 months on their contract (e.g. signed up /recontracted iPhone 12 in November 2020) are eligible to recontract for iPhone 13.

Early device upgrade fee waiver for eligible customers:

  • Singtel Circle Keyline customers will enjoy full waiver of Annual Handset Upgrade Fee worth S$500*.
  • For Non-Singtel Circle Keyline customers who have completed 10 months to 17 months, early device upgrade fee is now S$350*.
  • For Non-Singtel Circle Keyline customers who have completed 18 months to 20 months, early device upgrade fee is S$200.

*Valid till 30th September 2021.

Pre-Order your iPhone 13

Pre-orders for the iPhone 13 series start on 18th September 2021, followed by the island wide release on 24th September 2021. For more information and details on pricing, please visit www.singtel.com/iphone.

Do share Singtel iPhone 13 price plans and fantastic deals with your family, loved ones, relatives and friends! Pay-It-Forward and Pass-It-On! Sharing is Caring!

Notes:

(1) (2) Phone prices are inclusive of S$100 discount for new sign-ups of XO Plus 68 plan and above or upgrade to XO Plus 88 plan and above.

** Information courtesy of Singtel **

OtterBox Cases for New Apple iPhone 12 Models

Apple recently launched their new Apple iPhone 12 models, the Apple iPhone® 12 mini, iPhone® 12, iPhone® 12 Pro and iPhone® 12 Pro Max. The new Apple iPhone 12 models deliver brilliant OLED displays, cutting-edge cameras and the advanced MagSafe system. For those who are changing to the new Apple iPhone 12 models, have you also get a smartphone case to protect your Apple iPhone 12 smartphone? OtterBox, the no.1 selling smartphone case brand in the U.S. has OtterBox cases for new Apple iPhone 12 models that fun and functional. When you make a OtterBox smartphone case purchase for your Apple iPhone 12 smartphone, OtterBox will make a donation to a non-profit organization in support of elevating young learners.

“Apple continues to innovate in ways that connects us all, and OtterBox is here to protect and enable that connection,” said OtterBox CEO Jim Parke. “Not only is OtterBox dedicated to developing premium cases for Apple devices, we are also committed to giving back to our communities. Each OtterBox case purchased represents an opportunity to support one of our partner organizations that are focused on bringing innovative education to people around the world.”

The OtterBox collection of cases for iPhone 12 models has something for everyone:

  • Symmetry Series is a slim, stylish cases available in clear, graphic and colorful options. Symmetry Series solid color cases are now made with antimicrobial technology to defend the case exterior from many common bacteria. (2)
  • Award-winning Otter + Pop is now available in clear! Otter+Pop features an integrated PopTop for added fun and versatility. Otter+Pop Symmetry Series is available in glitter, clear, color and graphic options with a swappable PopTop that expresses your style.
  • The tried-and-true Defender Series is ready for any rugged adventure from parenting toddlers and teenagers to climbing mountains with multi-layer defense against everyday drops.
  • Commuter Series offers two layers of protection for life on the go. From bedroom to living room or home to office, Commuter Series protects iPhone 12 models from everyday scrapes and bumps and features port covers to keep dust and dirt out. Commuter Series is also now made with antimicrobial technology to defend the case exterior from many common bacteria.(3)
  • Strada Series is a luxurious leather folio with a built-in card holder for the most essential cards and cash. The folio acts as a kickstand for on-the-go viewing or can be used to cover the brilliant displays on iPhone 12 models.
  • Add 360-degree protection to your device with Amplify for iPhone 12 models. Amplify Glass incorporates the first EPA-registered antimicrobial glass and will help keep your screen safe from damage with 5X anti-scratch and shatter resistance.(4) OtterBox Alpha Glass is available with privacy option.

And now, you can get a case and give a buck! OtterBox and the OtterCares Foundation have supported kids in learning to be entrepreneurs, philanthropists, makers, doers and givers for more than a decade. New this fall, OtterBox invites you to join in this mission by purchasing a case then selecting one of the following non-profits to support with a donation from OtterBox:

  • The International Youth Foundation (IYF) stands by, for, and with young people. A global nonprofit with programs benefiting 7.7 million individuals and operations spanning 100 countries, IYF partners with local community-based organizations and its network of corporate, foundation and multilateral partners to connect young people with opportunities to transform their lives.
  • Khan Academy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan Academy provides over 100 million learners with high-quality lessons, interactive software, exercises, videos and articles — all for free.
  • As one of the world’s largest youth-serving NGOs, Junior Achievement prepares young people for employment and entrepreneurship, delivering hands on, experiential learning in work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship.

To learn more about the OtterBox giving back program and how you can donate a dollar when you purchase a case, visit otterbox.asia/givingback.

Pricing and Availability 

OtterBox smartphone cases for Apple iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are now available and coming soon on otterbox.asia.  OtterBox cases for iPad Air (4th gen), Apple Watch 6 and Apple Watch SE are also available now on otterbox.asia.

OtterBox cases for Apple iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are available now on The Digital Gadgets and iStudio retail stores.

Devices

Series

SGD (RRP)

iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12

iPhone 12 Pro

iPhone 12 Pro Max

Defender Series

$88.90

Commuter Series

$48.90

Symmetry Series

$64.90

Otter + Pop Symmetry Series

$79.90

Strada Series

$79.90

Alpha Glass

$56.90

Amplify Series

$75.90

Notes:

(2) Symmetry Series, Otter + Pop Symmetry Series, Defender Series, Defender Series Pro, Commuter Series, Strada Series are NOT protective against water. Will provide added protection against drops and shock.

(3) Helps protect the case exterior against many common bacteria. It does not protect you, the screen, primarily-interior pieces or holster.

(4) Amplify Glass with antimicrobial technology does not protect the user or provide any express or implied public health benefit.

* Information and pictures courtesy of OtterBox and Brand Cellar *

SophosLabs Report – 30 Fleeceware Apps Targeting iPhones

Smartphones are now an integral part of our lives today, for both work and leisure. Apple iPhones make up a substantial number of users around the world and they faced cybersecurity threats to the Apple iPhones too. Sophos, a global leader in next-generation cybersecurity, recently published SophosLabs Report – 30 Fleeceware apps targeting iPhones. 

As a smartphone user, do you tend to search for apps and download them into your smartphone, whether it’s for fun, for your hobbies or interests? I reckon smartphone users would do this often.

In this SophosLabs report, Don’t Let Fleeceware Sneak into Your iPhone, showing how Apple device users are being targeted by applications that overcharge users through costly subscriptions or unscrupulous in-app purchases. Sophos calls this kind of app “fleeceware” and researchers have found more than 30 iOS fleeceware apps available on Apple’s official App Store. Between them they appear to have been installed around 3.6 million times, according to publicly available data.

What could the fleeceware apps be? 

The apps can be image editors, horoscope/fortune telling/palm reader, QR code/barcode scanner, and face filter apps, with some charging weekly subscriptions of $9.99 (or $520 a year).

Sophos first alerted mobile users to fleeceware in September 2019, when it found a number of such apps available for Android phones. In January 2020, the researchers published a further paper, Fleeceware Apps Persist on the Play Store, detailing the discovery of another 20 such applications, with nearly 600 million alleged installations between them, as reported by Google Play.

“The main purpose of the iOS fleeceware apps we found seems to be severely overcharging users,” said Jagadeesh Chandraiah, senior security researcher at SophosLabs and the report author. “As was the case with the Android apps discovered in 2019, the app developers take advantage of monetisation practices widely used by legitimate free apps, but take them one step further. For example, in the hands of the fleeceware app developers, short free trials followed by a monthly subscription soon add up to hundreds of dollars a year in charges, and in-app purchases turn out to be essential for good app functionality rather than optional enhancements or extras.

“Fleeceware apps are not officially malicious, but they are unethical, preying on consumer trust with devious techniques designed to make money. They appear to encourage unsuspecting users to install them through aggressive online advertising and what are likely to be fake five star reviews. Fortunately, there are some practical steps mobile users can take to better protect themselves against fleeceware. This includes knowing how to cancel an unwanted subscription and taking a close look at an app before installing it.”

Advice for mobile phone users

  • Only install apps from official and trusted app stores like the Apple App Store and Google Play – malicious or unscrupulous apps are regularly reported to them by security researchers and others
  • Despite that, always remain vigilant when installing apps, only install those you are familiar with, and carefully scrutinise those that are new or which you have heard about through in-app advertising
  • Know how to cancel subscriptions – just deleting the app from your phone is not enough. The best online directions are on Apple’s support page and Google’s Play Store support page
  • Have an effective security solution in place that will alert you to dubious applications before they can do any harm. For example, Sophos Intercept X for Mobile is available for free on the Apple App Store and Google Play

In the wake of Covid-19 outbreak situation around the world, the whole world is facing an unprecedented time currently, facing many battles upfront for the economy and society. The number of people Working from home (WFH) at this juncture and in the future could be big, we must let our cybersecurity guard down when using your smartphone or Apple iPhone.

We might be guilty of downloading too many apps and even paying for some of the apps into our smartphones or Apple iPhones. Do be careful of those fleeceware apps!

For more information, do visit SophosLabs Uncut article and don’t let fleeceware sneak into your iPhone.

* Information and pictures courtesy of Sophos and Lewis *