It can be daunting to arrive in a foreign place without establishing some form of way to contact loved ones back home. In this article, we’ll be sharing all about the telco service providers available in Singapore, and some handy tips to help you pick the right plan.
What are the Telco Service Providers in Singapore?
Smartphones have become an integral part of the Singaporean lifestyle, so mobile connectivity is important — whether it be through free WiFi in public areas or telco services. The three telco service providers you’ll find most locals connected to in Singapore are Singtel, StarHub, and M1. With competitive subscription plans and pricings, all three providers facilitate local and overseas calls, offer broadband, mobile data, and entertainment services.
If you’re unsure of committing to one of these, you can always opt for a MVNO (mobile virtual network operators). Unlike existing telcos that have their own cell towers, MVNO lease their mobile networks wholesale from them instead. This allows them to offer even more affordable mobile data package options, perfect for tourists or temporary use. Well-known MVNOs to look into are Zero1 (leases from Singtel), MyRepublic (leases from StarHub), and Circles.Life (leases from M1).
What Types of Mobile Plans are there?
Depending on your needs and budget, there are two basic mobile plans to choose from:
1. SIM-only plan – Also known as postpaid plans, it’s the cheaper alternative and one with less commitment. It contains talk time for both outgoing and incoming calls, mobile data for Internet connectivity, and SMS texts. This plan is great if you don’t plan on upgrading your mobile device anytime soon, and it offers the option to change telco service providers in the future if a better deal arises. To enjoy this plan, you’ll need to provide the telco company with a valid long-term visa/work pass, residential address, and a letter from your employer confirming your employment and residential status in Singapore. Contrarily, if you’re only going to be in Singapore for less than 3 months or don’t want to commit to a particular telco service provider just yet, a prepaid SIM card would be the recommended option. Simply top up a prepaid amount of credit to access mobile data, talktime, and SMS texts, and you’re good to go!
2. Contract plan – Unlike a SIM-only plan, a contract plan is perfect if you’ve already decided to commit to a telco service provider of your choice for long-term. The minimum duration of these contract plans is usually 2 years or up to 36 months. If you’re in the market to upgrade your mobile device, contract plans are a great way to do so as many telco service providers in Singapore offer packages that include a brand new device as part of your contract once your existing plan expires.
Which is the best SIM-only plan for you?
Choosing the best plan depends on your needs and usage. We’d suggest checking past bills to track your usage on average each month. Below are a few to get you started (please note that the plan rates are subject to change):
Main Telco Service Providers
Singtel – $30/month
Singtel’s most affordable SIM Only Plus plan comes with 60GB monthly data (and extra 30GB for new sign-ups!), 1,000 minutes of talktime, and 500 SMS texts at just $30 per month. You are also able to customise your plan with a wide range of add-ons to suit your needs along with the flexibility to change it anytime. You do, however, need to sign a 12-month contract for this plan.
StarHub – $25/month
If you don’t want to commit to a 12-month plan, consider StarHub’s Online SIM Only no contract plan. It comes with 80GB of mobile data for the first 3 months and 60GB thereafter, unlimited talktime, and 1,000 SMS texts for just $25 per month. As of the writing of this article, they are offering this plan at a discounted price of only $20 per month!
M1 – as low as $17.95/month
M1 has two options of the no contract SIM-only plan. The 80GB plan is the most affordable at only $17.95 per month where you get free true 5G for 3 months, unlimited calls to 3 M1 numbers, 1,000 minutes of talktime, and 1,000 SMS texts. The second option is priced at only $19.95 and comes with everything in the aforementioned, but with 100GB of data instead.
Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)
Zero1 – as low as $6.90/month
The Zero1 Starter plan is a good plan to start with to get your mobile connectivity set up. At only $6.90, it comes with 6GB of mobile data, 150 minutes of talktime, and 100 free local SMS texts. Their Zero1 Jumbo 60 and Zero1 Jumbo 100 plans come with more mobile data, talktime, and SMS texts at equally affordable prices as well.
MyRepublic – as low as $10/month
The most affordable SIM-only plan from MyRepublic is their Lite Plan at only $10 per month. It comes with 15GB of mobile data for the first 6 months and 8GB thereafter, 300 minutes of talktime, and 300 SMS texts.
Circles.Life – as low as $10/month
If your communication needs are only the basic of basics, Circles.Life $10 SIM-only plan is what you may want to consider. This plan comes with 5GB of mobile data, 100 minutes of talktime, and 25 SMS texts with the option to add more data or talktime at small additional costs.
With the wide variety of mobile plans available, it might be overwhelming for you to make a final decision. On the bright side, setting up mobile connectivity is relatively simple in Singapore and you will not miss a beat of your everyday affairs regardless of geographic location. If your mobile connectivity needs end up changing in the future, it’s just as simple to switch over to another mobile plan.
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