Which Singapore Telco Plan Is Best For You: Data vs Price (SIM-Only Comparison)
TL;DR: You Should Definitely Switch To SIM ONLY Telco Plan
Editor’s Note: Updated 21 June 2018. Not kidding! We are stalking the telcos.
It may be convenient to extend our telco plan every time it becomes available for a re-contract, but this simple hack can help save you money and gives you the freedom of choice for the next 2 years.
Most Singaporeans might be on a wrong mobile plan costing them hundreds every year. We found this out when we were debating on our Personal Finance facebook group where everyday Singaporeans just like us, shared one of their biggest fixed expense each month – Mobile phone bills.
The Best No-Contract SIM ONLY Plans:
- For 3GB: Singtel – Their plan is the most value for money at only $20 per month. (Note: No talk time)
- For >5GB:
Circles.Life – Their 6GB plan wins at $28 per month with 100 minutes call time.
MyRepublic – Their 7GB data at maximum speed at $35 each month. This is followed by data at manageable speed.
- For 9GB: Zero Mobile – If you embark on their contract before 28 February 2018, you will receive 9GB total worth of data for $40 per month
- For 15GB: StarHub – Their DataJump add-on gives their SIM Only plans a huge edge in this field at 9GB for only $44 per month, and 15GB at $54 monthly.
- For >25GB: Circles.Life – Still a market disruptor at 26GB with full speed at $48 per month with add-ons which are crazily cheap for heavy mobile data users.
- For Unlimited data:
Zero Mobile – Full speed unlimited data and unlimited talk time at $65 per month
Zero 1 – Unlimited data at $29.99, but maximum speed capped at first 3GB
All of MyReupblic plans are on unlimited data. The number of GB indicated represents the amount of data at full speed.
The Best 12 Month Contract SIM ONLY Plans:
- For 5GB and 30GB: Singtel – For 5GB, they edge slightly ahead with a $20 per month plan with 150 mins talk time, 50 mins more than their competitor M1. Their 30GB plan is cheaper too!
- For 6GB and 8GB: StarHub – For 6GB, StarHub is ahead with a $24 per month plan with 200 mins talk time, and unlimited weekend data. Their 8GB plan is only at $34 per month.
- For 15GB: M1 has the best plan at only $40 per month.
- For unlimited GB: M1 – M1 just turned the tide for the 12 Months Contract SIM Only Plan with $98 per month for UNLIMITED data.
You can read more about the actual comparisons below. Subsequently, you can also learn about the strategy we recommend on how you can get a brand new phone at a cheaper price.
Further Reading: Detailed Illustration of SIM-Only Plans
Each telco provides a plan known as the SIM-only plan which costs much lower than most of their 2-year mobile plans. Finally, we have here, the hard facts behind how each telcos line-up against each other with their SIM-only plan.
Singtel vs M1 vs Circles vs Starhub vs Zero Mobile vs Zero1 (No Contract)
In the table below, we come out with the best SIM-only mobile plan with 3 assumptions:
(Information updated as of 21 June 2018)
- The monthly data package is our main priority, hence, mixed different add-ons for each telco to get the best bundle. By data, we refer to data connection not restricted to certain places (eg. Singtel wifi).
- The table below is for SIM Only with no contract mobile plans.
- We excluded comparing the SMS bundle as it is not a deciding factor, given the minimum usage of such function.
- Do take note that MyRepublic offers unlimited data. The number of GB shown represent the number of data at maximum speed. It will be followed by a manageable speed after which.
For players Zero Mobile and Zero1:
(What’s with the word Zero?!)
- Both new virtual telco offers only 1 standard plan each for now.
- Zero Mobile offers consumer with a 9GB and unlimited talk time bundle if they sign up before 28 February, $4 cheaper than closest competitor for 9GB space, Starhub.
- Zero1 tries to intervene the market with unlimited data and 200 minutes talk time at only $29.99 per month. The catch, however, is that 4G data speed is capped at the first 3GB of the plan.
Singtel vs M1 vs Starhub (With 12 Months Contract)
Singtel, Starhub and M1 came out with a SIM Only 12 months contract mobile plan in an attempt to lock in some customer loyalty, while Circles.Life, does not have such plans available.
There is a split decision when it comes to the best deal for the 12-month contract, consumers should select based on their usage and lifestyle.
Re-Contracting = An Overpriced 2-year Phone Payment Scam
- It is the best and the only deal we know of.
- It is the first mobile plan we started with and it is rather convenient to just renew it.
- A 2-year mobile plan comes with a rather attractive discount on the latest mobile phones.
The harsh truth is that telecommunication companies (telco) are shaving dollars off your favourite mobile phones to make re-contracting attractive. The remaining cost of your “subsidised” mobile phone plus interest is distributed throughout the rest of your 2-year mobile plan, which you are stuck with.
In the face of new entrants such as Circles.Life and stiffer competition, the power has shifted to the consumer, you. The data plans prices were slashed drastically and you would be really be losing out if you re-contracted a new 2-year plan.
SIM-Only Plan + Carousell Phone Strategy
With data for a mobile plan being the main priority, we have a simple strategy. Simply get a SIM Only plan with the same amount of data followed by our preferred mobile phone on Carousell.
The cost of a typical Starhub 2-Year Plan with Samsung Galaxy S9:
The cost of a Starhub SIM-ONLY Plan with Samsung Galaxy S9 from Carousell:
Total savings over 2 years: $175.00
The cost of a typical Singtel 2-Year Plan with iPhone X 64GB:
The cost of a Singtel SIM-ONLY Plan with iPhone X 64GB from Carousell:
Total savings over 2 years: $447.60
For a more extreme comparison, we do a comparison across telcos for high data bundle plans. Also, take note that we are not taking the amount of call time into consideration for our comparison.
The cost of a typical M1 2-Year Plan with iPhone 7 Plus 32GB:
The cost of a Circles.Life SIM-ONLY Plan with iPhone 7 Plus 32GB from Carousell:
Total savings over 2 years: $3,441.60
Conclusion – Switch To SIM ONLY
In conclusion, we hope that this simple hack has taught you how to save you a ton of money and you now know it is definitely worth marking down the date on your calendar, the moment your current 2 years end. Our whole team has jumped on and we have been spreading the word around.
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