Data Roaming Must-Know Guide For Every Singaporean To Travel With Ease
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Data Roaming (Must-Know) Guide For Every Singaporean To Travel With Ease

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As Millennials, the one thing most of us CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT especially while travelling is THE INTERNET.

Data roaming has increasingly become more popular as their rates are getting more competitive. Despite it not being the cheapest option to get access to the internet overseas, it’s convenience, without having to switch sim-cards, has won the hearts of many.

When I travel to Johor Bahru (JB), most times I would just activate data roaming with StarHub at just S$5 for 1GB, which is cheaper and more convenient than getting a prepaid sim card at JB (if I don’t intend to come back before the sim card expires).

If you find yourself in that situation like me, this one is for you.

Data Roaming Must-Know Guide For Every Singaporean To Travel With Ease

TL;DR – Which Telecom Provides The Cheapest Data Roaming Plan to use in JB?

I’m going to use JB as an example because it is where everyone commonly travels to, 

(Click the links above to be teleported to the details below!)

By the way, do not belittle the price of Circles.Life just by looking at this, though it may be costly to data roam in JB but Circles.Life provides the cheapest option for data roaming in the US at $3 per 100MB.

Disclaimer: This article was not sponsored, and that’s how we deliver unbiased content to you. 😉


Singtel Ready To Roam (Monthly)

If you are a globetrotter that travels more than 18 countries in a month, Singtel offers their Ready To Roam data roaming plan that cost S$35/GB for 56 destinations with the flexibility of using 1GB across 30 days.

ReadyRoam PlansPrice per GBCountries
Website
Malaysia$5/GBMalaysia
9 Destinations $12/GB*
(U.P. $15/GB)
Australia, Brunei, Cambodia,
Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia,
New Zealand, Philippines
and Thailand.
18 Destinations $20/GBAustralia, Brunei, Cambodia,
China, Hong Kong, India,
Indonesia, Japan, Laos,
Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar,
New Zealand, Philippines,
South Korea, Taiwan,
Thailand and Vietnam.
56 Destinations $35/GBAustralia, Austria, Bangladesh,
Belgium, Brunei, Canada,
Cambodia, China, Croatia,
Czech Republic, Denmark,
Egypt, Fiji, Finland, France,
Germany, Ghana, Greece,
Hong Kong, Hungary, India,
Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy,
Japan, Kenya, Laos, Macau,
Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia,
Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand,
Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines,
Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia,
Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain,
Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland,
Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey,
UAE, UK, USA and Vietnam.

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M1 Data Roaming Plans

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M1 Data Passport (Monthly)

What M1 offers us with Data Passport is slightly different from what we are used to. By subscribing to the data passport at a price, it allows an M1 user to use their local data bundle overseas.

  • Data bundle: Your local data bundle
Single Destination
Multiple Destinations
Website
M1 Data
Passport
DestinationsM1 Data
Passport
Destinations
$10 Data PassportChoose one of the destinations:
• Australia • Bangladesh
• Cambodia • Hong Kong
• Indonesia • Laos
• Macau • Malaysia
• New Zealand • Saudi Arabia
• South Africa • Sri Lanka
• Taiwan • Thailand
• United Arab Emirates • USA
$25 ASEAN
Data Passport
Use across all 9 destinations:
• Brunei • Cambodia
• Indonesia • Laos
• Malaysia • Myanmar
• Philippines • Thailand
• Vietnam
$25 Data PassportChoose one of the destinations:
• Brazil • China
• Germany • India
• Italy • Japan
• Netherlands • Russia
• South Korea • Spain
• United Kingdom
$50 Asia
Data Passport
Use across all 23 destinations:
• Bangladesh • Brunei
• Cambodia • China
• Hong Kong • India
• Indonesia • Israel
• Japan • Laos
• Macau • Malaysia
• Myanmar • Nepal
• Pakistan • Philippines
• Saudi Arabia • South Korea
• Sri Lanka • Taiwan
• Thailand • United Arab Emirates
• Vietnam
$50 Europe
Data Passport
Use across all 35 destinations:
• Albania • Austria
• Belgium • Croatia
• Czech Republic • Denmark
• Estonia • Finland
• France • Germany
• Greece • Hungary
• Iceland • Ireland
• Italy • Jersey
• Latvia • Lithuania
• Luxembourg • Malta
• Montenegro • Netherlands
• Norway • Poland
• Portugal • Romania
• Russia • Slovakia
• Slovenia • Spain
• Sweden • Switzerland
• Turkey • United Arab Emirates
• United Kingdom
One time activation charge of
$2 per Data Passport
Flat $5 monthly charge for Multi-SIM users
(Regardless of number of Data Passports subscribed)

M1 Unlimited Data Roaming

Unlimited data roaming is useful if you will be using data on more than 1 devices, such as your tablet or your laptop. This gives you the ease of mind that you would not pay for more than what you have opted for. 

  • Data bundle: Unlimited
  • Charged daily
Daily Data ChargesAvailable Destinations
Website
$15 Unlimited
Data Roaming
• Bangladesh • Cambodia • China
• Hong Kong • India • Indonesia
• Laos • Macau • Malaysia
• Saudi Arabia • Sri Lanka • Taiwan
• Thailand • USA
$25 Unlimited
Data Roaming
• Philippines • Japan • South Korea
• Aircraft Satellite
$10 Unlimited
Data Roaming
• United Arab Emirates
(Limited Period Only)

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StarHub Data Roaming Plans

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StarHub DataTravel Asia Pacific / Global

 DataTravel Asia Pacific
DataTravel Global
Website
Data Bundle1GB for $5 over 3 days-
2GB for $15 over 30 days2GB for $40 over 30 days
3GB for $20 over 30 days3GB for $50 over 30 days
Supported destinationsAsia Pacific:
Australia, Cambodia, China,
Hong Kong, Indonesia, India,
Japan, Korea, Myanmar,
Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand,
Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand,
Vietnam
Asia Pacific:
Australia, Cambodia, China,
Hong Kong, Indonesia, India,
Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Macau,
Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines,
Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam

USA, Canada, United Arab Emirates

Europe:
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria,
Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark,
Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,
Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland,
Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein,
Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta,
Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway,
Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia,
Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia,
Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK

StarHub DataTravel Unlimited

  • No sign-up or activation required
  • Bundled Data: UNLIMITED
  • Charged daily
StarHub DataTravel UnlimitedSupported Destinations
Website
$19/dayAustralia, Brunei, Cambodia,
Gabon, Hong Kong, India,
Indonesia, Kenya, Laos, Macau,
Madagascar, Malaysia, Niger,
Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines,
Seychelles, South Korea, Sri Lanka,
Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda
$25/dayAnguilla, Antigua and Barbuda,
Bangladesh, Barbados, Cayman Islands,
Chile, China, Costa Rica, Dominica,
El Salvador, Grenada, Guernsey,
Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Luxembourg,
Montserrat, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Panama,
Papua New Guinea, Peru, Saudi Arabia,
St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent,
Turks and Caicos, Vietnam*, Uruguay
$30/dayAlbania, Argentina, Austria,
Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium,
Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Islands,
Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia,
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Croatia,
Curacao (Netherlands Antilles), Czech Republic,
Democratic Republic of the Congo,
Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt,
Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France,
Germany, Ghana, Greece,
Guam, Guatemala, Guinea Bissau,
Guyana, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland,
Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan,
Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,
Macedonia (former Yugoslav), Malawi,
Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro,
Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,
Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico,
Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Samoa,
Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia,
South Africa, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago,
Turkey, U.A.E, UK, Ukraine,
US, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu,
Venezuela, Zambia

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Circles.Life Data Roamer

According to Seedly Reviews, Circles.Life is the popular option for people living in Singapore – usually those that have a higher data usage.

Circles.Life doesn’t have special bundles for data roaming, however, they do have exclusive rates for some countries. And for some countries like the US, it is worth it.

  • Pay as you go, you only pay for what you consume
  • Able to set roaming limits 

For S$3 per 100 MB, you are able to use data roaming in these countries:

Countries
Website
Albania, Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, USA.

If you had used 1 GB of data overseas, that would cost you a total of S$30.

  • Other countries not listed above are available at different rates here

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MyRepublic – Roam Like Home

With MyRepublic’s data roaming plan, Roam Like Home, you are able to get your roaming activated instantly through the MyRepublic app. These Roaming Data Boosters that they call are valid for 30 days from the date of activation.

Roaming Data Boosters are only available in selected countries listed here:

Roam Like HomeData BundlePriceCountries
Website
Essential500 MB$6Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand,
Philippines, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong
2 GB$18
Neighbours1 GB$6Malaysia, Indonesia
Pacific1 GB$15Australia, New Zealand
Popular Asia1 GB$20China, Macau, South Korea
Emerging Asia500 MB$15Brunei, India, Laos,
Myanmar, Vietnam
Canada & USA100 MB$8Canada, USA
1 GB$35
Europe100 MB$8Austria, Belgium, Croatia,
Denmark, Finland, France,
Germany, Greece, Hungary,
Iceland, Ireland, Italy,
Netherlands, Norway, Poland,
Portugal, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland, Turkey, UK
1 GB$35

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I hope this article helps you in one way or another when deciding to buy a local sim card or use your own telecom data roaming. Also, thank you to those who have read my previous article and being so sporting with “milk tea with pearl”, if you haven’t do check it out

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