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BEST SIM-ONLY MOBILE PLANS IN SINGAPORE FOR EVERY BUDGET

Best SIM-Only Mobile Plans in Singapore With User Reviews: Singtel GOMO vs Circles.Life and More

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Want to save money and get more data while having the freedom to switch telcos whenever you want?

Consider getting a no-contract SIM-Only plan!

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If you’re as auntie/cheapo like me, you’re free to jump around the moment you spot a better deal 😉

So, what are the best SIM-Only mobile plans in Singapore, and how do you choose what’s best for you?

Read on to find out!


TL;DR: Best SIM-Only Mobile Plan Singapore (April 2022)

SIM-Only Mobile PlanMonthly PriceDataData Cost Per 1GBNetworkTalk Time (Minutes) | SMS
For light data users
Most Value: TPG (50GB)$1050GB
(+free 50GB)
$0.20TPG300 | 30
Recommended/Cheapest: Zero1 Starter$6.906GB + unlimited throttled$1.15Singtel150 | 100
For moderate data users
Most Value: TPG (80GB)$1880GB
(+free 50GB)
$0.23TPG500 | 50
Most Value: Changi Mobile Flexi Pro$2088GB$0.23M1500 | 500
Recommended: MyRepublic Mobile Core$17 (U.P. $20)50GB +10GB (promo) + unlimited throttled$0.28StarHub/M1500 | 500
For heavy data users:
Most Value: MyRepublic Mobile’s Unlimited Data$39Unlimited data (4GB/day at 4G, slower speeds thereafter)N.A.StarHub/M11,000 | 1,000
Recommended: GOMO (60GB)$3060GB$0.50Singtel500 | 500
Recommended: giga! (150GB)$45150GB$0.30StarHub10,000 | 10,000

Note that information is valid as of 4 April 2021 and that prices and promotions for these sim-only plans can be changed without prior notice. 

Jump to:


What Is A SIM-Only Plan?

SIM-Only plans are postpaid plans that package data, talk time and SMSes at a fixed monthly cost.

This way, you can focus on what is most important to you — which is probably data.

They function like traditional mobile phone contracts, BUT you’re not locked into any minimum contract period.

This means that you are free to switch telcos or mobile plans anytime you like without incurring any penalties.

How Do I Choose The Best SIM-Only Plan For Me?

The best SIM-Only plan really depends on how much data you’ll need. Here’s how we would choose a mobile plan:

  1. Look at your latest telco bills to check how much data you’ve been using monthly (and how much talk time and SMS-es if you’re old school like that)
  2. Narrow down a few plans from our list of SIM-Only mobile plans that caters to your data needs
  3. Consider the quality of service, user experience and mobile reception of the company
    • We’ll cover reception briefly in this article. Alternatively, check out reviews on Seedly of the respective companies to get a better sense of user experience.
  4. For those who care a lot about user experience, consider looking at mobile app reviews on the Apple/Google Play store.
  5. After that, go forth and pick a plan knowing that you’ve done your research/due diligence and getting the most out of your money!

Which Singapore Telco Has The Best Reception?

There are four Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in Singapore:

  1. M1
  2. Singtel
  3. StarHub
  4. TPG Mobile

And these are the 10 Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO), aka virtual telcos in the market right now:

  1. Changi Mobile
  2. Circles.Life
  3. CMLink (China Mobile)
  4. giga!
  5. GOMO
  6. Gorilla Mobile
  7. MyRepublic Mobile
  8. redONE
  9. VIVIFI
  10. Zero1

Here’s a look at who’s on which MNO’s network:

Mobile Network OperatorMobile Virtual Network Operator
(Which MNO do they rent bandwidth and network services from?)
SingtelCMLink
GOMO
VIVIFI
Zero1
Starhubgiga!
MyRepublic
redONE
M1Changi Mobile
Circles.Life & MyRepublic
Gorilla Mobile
TPG-

Also, here is how the telcos compare in terms of coverage according to the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA)’s latest Q4 2021 (October – December) 4G quality of service performance results:

Source: IMDA

While it has improved greatly in the past few years, TPG is still lagging behind the big three telcos, M1, Singtel and Starhub.

Cheapest SIM-Only Plans ($15/month)

Are you looking to save on recurring expenses and have no need for so much data? Here are the cheapest SIM-Only plans in Singapore!

SIM-Only Mobile PlanMonthly Price (Includes GST)DataData Cost Per 1GBNetworkTalk Time (Minutes) | SMS
Zero1 Starter$6.906GB + unlimited throttled$1.15Singtel150 | 100
Changi Mobile Flexi Value$8
8GB
$1M1200 | 200
redONE Amazing8$85GB + unlimited throttled
$1.60StarHub300 (Can be used in Singapore & Malaysia) | 300
VIVIFI Lite$8.803GB$2.93Singtel500 | 20
VIVIFI Plus$99GB + unlimited throttled$1Singtel350 | 200
Zero1 6u$9.90 (U.P. $13.90)6GB + unlimited throttled$1.65Singtel200 | 200
TPG (50GB)$1050GB
(+free 50GB)
$0.20TPG300 | 30
MyRepublic Mobile Lite$106GB + 2GB (promo) + unlimited throttled$1.25StarHub/M1300 | 300
CMLink (6GB)$106GB
(Usable in SG, HK & PRC)
$1.67Singtel100 (usable in SG, HK, PRC, IN, MY, TH & US) | 100
giga! (6GB)$106GB$1.67StarHub500 | 500
Changi Mobile Flexi Best$1558GB$0.26M1300 | 300
MyRepublic Mobile EX Core Plan (For new port-ins or non-M1 customers only)$1550GB + unlimited throttled$0.30StarHub/M1500 | 500

Best value: TPG (50GB)

The most value for money plan is undoubtedly TPG’s (50 GB) SIM-Only plan, as each GB of data only costs $0.20.

The company is even running a promotion where you get an additional 50 GB of data for free, bringing the cost per GB down to $0.10!

However, based on Seedly reviews, TPG has a score of only 2.9 stars, and users have complained about bad network coverage, especially underground.

Best recommended: Zero1 Starter

Being the cheapest on the list, the Zero1 starter plan offers 6GB for just $6.90, and you get unlimited throttled data thereafter with a decent number of minutes/SMSes.

Plus, Zero1 utilises the Singtel network, which provides the most coverage out of all the other operators.

Mid-Range Sim-Only Plans ($15 – $30/Month)

These plans are for you if you don’t mind paying a bit more each month for more data.

SIM-Only Mobile PlanMonthly Price (Includes GST)DataData Cost Per 1GBNetworkTalk Time (Minutes) | SMS
MyRepublic Mobile Core$17 (U.P. $20)50GB +10GB (promo) + unlimited throttled$0.28StarHub/M1500 | 500
Zero1 50u$17.90 (U.P. $19.90)50GB$0.36Singtel500 | 500
M1 (50GB)$17.9550GB + 30GB (promo for first year)$0.36M11,000 | 1,000
TPG (80GB)$1880GB
(+free 50GB)
$0.23TPG500 | 50
redONE Amazing18$1825GB + unlimited throttled$0.72StarHub500 (Can be used in Singapore & Malaysia) | 500
Circles.Life Base Plan$1820GB$0.90M1100 | 25
M1 (50GB)$19.9550GB + 50GB (promo for first year)$0.40M11,000 | 1,000
Changi Mobile Flexi Pro$2088GB$0.23M1500 | 500
Circles.Life Easy Peasy Plan$2050GB$0.40M1100 | 25
giga!$2040GB$0.50StarHub500 | 500
GOMO (20GB)$18 (For first year) (U.P. $20)20GB$1Singtel200 | 200
MyRepublic Mobile Pro$20 (U.P. $29)70GB + 80GB (One-time usage for first 3 months) + unlimited throttled$0.29StarHub/M11,000 | 1,000
Starhub$2060GB + 20GB (For first 3 months)$0.33StarHubUnlimited | 1,000
CMLink$18 (for first 6 months) (U.P. $20)30GB + 40GB (For first 6 months)
(Usable in SG, HK & PRC)
$0.67Singtel300 (Usable in SG, HK, PRC, IN, MY, TH & US) | 300
GOMO (20GB)$2020GB + 40GB (For first year)$1Singtel500 | 500
Gorilla Mobile Switch25$2550GB$0.50M1100 | 100
redONE Amazing28$2850GB + unlimited throttled$0.56StarHub800 (Can be used in Singapore & Malaysia) | 800
CMLink$28 (for first 6 months) (U.P. $30)60GB + 40GB (For first 6 months)
(Usable in SG, HK & PRC)
$0.50Singtel400 (Ssable in SG, HK, PRC, IN, MY, TH & US) | 400

Best value: TPG (80GB)/Changi Mobile Flexi Pro

Again, TPG’s 80GB SIM-only plan is the winner here as each GB of data only costs $0.23. If you count in the free 50GB, each GB of data costs a mere $0.14.

For those who would rather hop on an MVNO that relies on the big three telcos, the Changi Mobile Flexi Pro costs $0.23 per GB while riding on the M1 network.

Best recommended: MyRepublic Mobile Core

At just $0.28 per GB, the MyRepublic Mobile Core is the cheapest in this category while affording its users unlimited throttled data should you exceed the limit.

Moreover, MyRepublic uses StarHub and M1, both major operators with coverage second only to Singtel.

Premium SIM-Only Plans (≥$30 – $50/Month)

Data-hungry? These plans are the most suitable for you!

Though you’ll probably need to fork out much more to satiate that hunger.

SIM-Only Mobile PlanMonthly PriceDataData Cost Per 1GBNetworkTalk Time (Minutes) | SMS
GOMO (60GB)$3060GB$0.50Singtel500 | 500
Changi Mobile Flexi Ultra$35100GB$0.35M1800 | 800
redONE Amazing38$3880GB + unlimited throttled$0.48StarHub1,000 (Can be used in Singapore & Malaysia) | 1,000
Circles.Life (100GB)$38100GB$0.38M1100 | 25
MyRepublic Mobile’s Unlimited Data$39Unlimited data (4GB/day at 4G, slower speeds thereafter)N.A.StarHub/M11,000 | 1,000
CMLink$40100GB
(Usable in SG, HK & PRC)
$0.40Singtel500 (usable in SG, HK, PRC, IN, MY, TH & US) | 500
giga! (150GB)$45150GB + 50GB (For first three months)$0.30StarHub10,000 | 10,000
Gorilla Mobile Switch45$4580GB
$0.56M11,000 | 1,000

Best value: MyRepublic Mobile’s Unlimited Data Plan

Source: Giphy

With a value of (theoretically) infinity, you can opt for MyRepublic Mobile’s Unlimited Data plan, which costs $39 per month for unlimited 4G data capped at 4 GB a day with managed speeds thereafter.

Moreover, MyRepublic uses StarHub and M1, both major operators with coverage second only to Singtel.

Best recommended: GOMO (60GB)/giga!

If you want the best network coverage in Singapore and a whopping 60GB data plan, GOMO’s 60GB plan would likely be the plan for you.

GOMO by Singtel is the highest-rated and most popular on SeedlyReviews too.

 For those who want an insane 150GB on top of 10,000 minutes of Talktime and SMSes, consider giga’s 150GB plan. It also has the second-best value in this category at $0.30 per GB.

Giga rides on the Starhub network, so you’ll also have sufficient coverage.

 SIM-Only Plans For Seniors And Family

In addition, there are also SIM-Only plans for seniors and SIM-Only plans for families that you might want to check out too:

Is a SIM-Only Plan Better Than a Fixed Contract Mobile Plan?

Here’s what we found:

Here’s also a telco vs sim-only comparison for iPhone 12.

Spoiler alert: you’ll be saving lots of money!

 

Source: SpongeBob SquarePants | Giphy

Plus, you’re getting more bang for your buck in terms of data too!

Besides saving on your data plans, remember to charge your mobile bills to credit cards to maximise your spending!

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