Singapore, – Lianhe Wanbao (WB), an evening Chinese daily published by Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), has launched its smartphone and tablet apps, along with its new website, on 9 September, as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations.
The new WB smartphone app covers both iPhones and Android smartphones while the new WB tablet app is for both iPad and Android tablets. The smartphone and tablet editions offer WB in both native and PDF formats.
Both iOS apps for iPhone and iPad can be downloaded from iTunes Store, while Android apps for smartphone and tablet are available on Google Play. As of 30 September, there are already 103,241 downloads with 21,080 registered users for the mobile apps (iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone and tablet).
All apps can be downloaded for free. Lianhe Wanbao is offering a free trial from that gives users full access to all content. Users can register a free trial account via Wanbao Online ( onwards, simply subscribe to any of the Lianhe Wanbao packages for a year and get a sure-win prize (subject to a lucky draw). Prizes include a Samsung 60" FHD 3D LED TV, a Marina Mandarin Hotel 2D1N weekend stay, a 3-night Penang/Phuket or Phuket/Langkawi cruise for a family of four on SuperStar Virgo and more! Furthermore, subscribers who opt for the All-in-One package for a year will get two complimentary River Safari tickets worth $50. In total, more than $120,000 worth of prizes will be given away!wanbao.com.sg) or Wanbao apps. Deadline for registration is on 9 Oct, 2359hrs.
The PDF format will also be available on Wanbao Online (wanbao.sg or wanbao.com.sg) and Wanbao apps. Free registration with full access for smartphones and tablets started on 9 Sep and will go on till
The paywall will be rolled out on and all registered users will be notified and invited to take up the subscription package, while they continue to enjoy a grace period of FREE full access till .
From , charges will apply for subscribers, with the All-in-One package costing $4 more than the print edition. The monthly subscription to Lianhe Wanbao print edition costs $22.65, plus a delivery fee of $3 to $5, depending on the subscriber’s household type (Print edition will be delivered by the following day).
At $26.65 per month, subscribers of the WB All-in-One package will be able to enjoy up to four concurrent access on their smartphone and tablets.
The new WB smartphone edition and tablet edition each will cost $24.65 per month.
Subscription for the smartphone and tablet editions can each be purchased from the iTunes Store at US$5.99 (approximately S$8) a week or US$24.99 (approximately S$32) a month. Users can also purchase a single copy daily from iTunes Store at US$0.99 (approximately S$1.20).
With the digitalisation of the evening daily, WB is now available in multiple editions on the following platforms:
1. The daily print (newspaper) edition;
2. The WB online edition
3. A tablet edition
4. A smartphone edition One free trial account will allow the user to access all the WB digital platforms.
The following new content will be available on all the digital platforms:
- Photo galleries
- Digital-only content (content exclusively for digital platforms)
There will also be new features:
- Users can leave comments
- Social sharing
- Direct contact with newsroom (tip-off)
- Fun games with numbers
Subscribers will also have access to the print CATS Classified and Recruit sections in PDF formats.
Mr Chua Chim Kang, Editor, Lianhe Wanbao, said: "We are thankful for everyone's support in pushing the total number of Lianhe Wanbao mobile application downloads past the 100,000 mark. This is indicative of the growing trend of delivering and consuming news through mobile and digital platforms. We hope to continue to provide readers with exciting and insightful articles through our paid digital platforms, and promote greater interaction and dialogue with readers. More readers have been providing us with story ideas through digital platforms. Our team will do our utmost best to work on these ideas and bring you the latest developments on the ground."
Ms April Pung Koon King, Executive Editor cum Digital Editor, Lianhe Wanbao, said: "We will continue to strengthen content in three areas; themed reports, hot topics and bread-and-butter issues. The editorial team will extend their professional capabilities into the digital realm, and provide digital readers with exclusive content. These include additional 'field notes' by our journalists, a 'chatroom' where readers can pose questions to journalists, as well as talk shows which offer insightful analysis. We will also provide exciting video content to transport readers to the scene of breaking news and entertainment stories."
For subscription queries on Lianhe Wanbao, please call our SPH customer service hotline at 6388 3838 or visit www.wbsub.com.sg from onwards. The operating hours of the customer service hotline are between (Mondays to Fridays).
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Ms Lee Kuan Fung
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Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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Mr Eric Ng
Singapore Press Holdings Limited
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Mr Gary Yeo
Corporate Communications & CSR
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About Lianhe Wanbao
One of two evening Chinese dailies published by Singapore Press Holdings, Lianhe Wanbao was established on March 16, 1983 to provide the latest news, with special emphasis on human interest stories and community happenings.
Its bold, lively reports and creative layout provide an entertaining read for readers after a hard day's work. The use of simpler Chinese in the newspaper makes it easy to read and enjoy. Over the years, Lianhe Wanbao has won over a growing pool of loyal readers with its editorial style.
Daily Average Newspaper Circulation (Aug 2012): 90,200
About Singapore Press Holdings
Main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Southeast Asia's leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms. SPH has 19 titles licensed under the Newspaper Printing and Presses Act, of which nine are daily newspapers across four languages, and over 100 magazine titles in Singapore and the region. On an average day, – 3.05 million individuals or 76 percent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH’s news publications. SPH’s internet editions of its major newspapers enjoy over 300 million page views with 20 million unique visitors each month. Other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, omy.sg, ST701, Stomp and The Straits Times RazorTV. SPH has also ventured into book publishing, broadcasting, out-of-home advertising and properties. For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.