Cheapest SIM Only Plans In Singapore 2020: Data vs Price Comparison
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Cheapest SIM Only Plans In Singapore 2020: Data vs Price Comparison

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Want to Save Money? Then You Should Definitely Switch to a SIM Only Mobile Plan

Are you still with the three big telcos (Mobile Network Operators or MNO) in Singapore: Singtel, StarHub, and M1?

P.S. you do know that you’re just paying for your ‘discounted’ smartphone in monthly instalments spread over your 24-month contract right?

Want to save money but get more data and not be tied down by a 12 or 24–month contract

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Then you might want to consider getting a SIM Only plan instead.

But apart from the price, did you know that it’s also important to pay attention to which network these telcos are on?

Otherwise, what’s the point of switching to a cheaper plan if it has lousy reception?!


TL;DR: Cheapest SIM Only Plans In Singapore Under $50

There are a total of 13 telcos (MNOs and MVNOs) in the market offering SIM only plans.

For an island with such a small population, this much competition is great news because the prices will definitely be kept competitive.

Here’s a look at the cheapest SIM Only plans in Singapore under $50:

Telco SIM Only PlanMonthly BillData At 4G SpeedTotal Amount Of DataTalktime
Circles.Life SIM Only $5 Plan$5.002GB2GB50 mins
Circles.Life SIM Only Base Plan$28.0020GB20GB100 mins
Circles.Life SIM Only Wanderlust Plan$40.0020GB20GB100 mins
CMLink $15 SIM Only Plan$15.005GB5GB100 mins
CMLink $30 SIM Only Plan$30.0020GB20GB300 mins
CMLink $50 SIM Only Plan$50.0040GB40GB300 mins
giga! SIM Only 5GB Plan$10.005GB5GB100 mins
giga! SIM Only 25GB Plan$25.0025GB25GB1,000 mins
giga! SIM Only 50GB Plan$45.0050GB50GB10,000 mins
GOMO SIM Only Mobile$20.0020GB20GB200 mins
Grid Mobile SIM Only Mobile Plan$24.9040GB40GB200 mins
M1 Sim-Only Plan$25.0030GB30GB1,000 mins
MyRepublic SIM Only Value Plan$18.007GBUnlimited
(managed speeds after 7GB)
1,000 mins
MyRepublic SIM Only Power Plan$24.0030GBUnlimited
(managed speeds after 30GB)
100 mins
MyRepublic SIM Only Unlimited$48.00UnlimitedUnlimited
(managed speeds)
Unlimited
MyRepublic SIM Only Pro Plan$29.0040GBUnlimited
(managed speeds after 40GB)
400 mins
MyRepublic SIM Only Lite Plan$10.006GBUnlimited
(managed speeds after 6GB)
300 mins
redONE SIM Only Amazing8$8.003GBUnlimited
(managed speeds after 3GB)
100 mins
redONE SIM Only Amazing18$18.006GBUnlimited
(managed speeds after 6GB)
200 mins
redONE SIM Only Amazing28$28.0010GBUnlimited
(managed speeds after 10GB)
300 mins
Singtel SIM Only 20GB Plan$25.0020GB20GB150 mins
Singtel SIM Only 40 GB Plan$46.7540GB40GB150 mins
Starhub $25 SIM Only Plan$2515GB15GB100 mins
Starhub $50 SIM Only Plan$5040GB40GB300 mins
TPG 50GB SIM Only Plan$10
(for 30 days)
50GB50GB300 mins
VIVIFI Lite SIM Only Mobile Plan$8.803GB3GB500 mins
VIVIFI Share SIM Only Mobile Plan$29.9040GB40GB300 mins
Zero 1 SIM Only 1GB to Unlimited Data$13.901GBUnlimited
(managed speeds after 1GB)
200 mins
Zero 1 SIM Only 3GB to Unlimited Data$29.993GBUnlimited
(managed speeds after 3GB)
200 mins
Zero 1 SIM Only 9GB to Unlimited Data$39.909GBUnlimited
(managed speeds after 9GB)
450 mins

Note: Information correct of 1 April 2020


Too many choices and lazy to compare?

Why not just use our FREE SIM Only Price Comparison Tool?SIM Only Mobile Plan comparison Tool

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It’ll take you less than 10 seconds to find out which SIM Only plan is the best for you.


What Is A SIM Only Plan?

At the risk of stating the obvious, a SIM Only plan means that you’re only getting a SIM card.

SIM Only plans are postpaid plans and function like your traditional mobile plans.

Except that they’re not bundled with the latest smartphone or discounts.

This way, you can just focus on what is most important to you:

  • data
  • talk time, and
  • SMS

Best of all?

You’re not locked into a minimum contract period.

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

Why Are SIM Only Plans so Much Cheaper?

You’re probably wondering how are the telcos, who are offering SIM Only plans, keeping their prices so low.

Here’s why.

Singapore Telcos and the Network Which They Are On

There are three major Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) in Singapore:

  1. Singtel
  2. StarHub
  3. M1

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

  1. Circles.Life
  2. CMLink
  3. giga!
  4. GOMO
  5. Grid Mobile
  6. MyRepublic
  7. redONE
  8. TPG Mobile
  9. VIVIFI
  10. Zero1

The reason why these virtual telcos can keep their SIM Only plan prices so low is because:

  • They aren’t paying to maintain their own network and infrastructure (they’re leasing from the MNOs and selling it to you)
  • They spend less on marketing (when was the last time you saw a Singtel ad vs. a Zero1 ad?)
  • They don’t have physical stores (read: no need to pay rent)

Needless to say, once the major MNOs wised up.

They started offering their own versions of SIM only plans back in 2019.

Which Is The Best SIM Only Plan in Singapore?

As with most things which are cheap, the quality of service and reception are some of the things which might be less than ideal.

So if you’re picking a virtual telco’s SIM Only plan, you might want to stick with one that’s tapping on a reliable MNO network.

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

MNO
SingtelStarHubM1TPG
Which MVNO Do They Lease To?
CMLink

Grid Mobile
(joint venture between Singtel and ST Telemedia)

GOMO
(by Singtel)

VIVIFI

Zero1
giga!
(sub-brand of StarHub)

MyRepublic

redONE
Circles.Life-

If you ask me, the best way to find out which is the best SIM Only plan is to ask people who are currently using the SIM Only plans which you’re thinking of getting.

Wondering how you can find out?

Simple.

Just check out the real-user reviews left by our Seedly Community to get a better idea of which is the best SIM Only plan in the market!

The Best No-Contract SIM ONLY Plans in Singapore

The majority of us who want to switch to a no-contract SIM Only plan want one thing: MORE DATA!

With this in mind, let’s look at the options available.

Best SIM Only Plan For Light Data Users (7GB and Below)

Telco SIM Only PlanMonthly BillData At 4G SpeedTotal Amount Of DataTalktime
Circles.Life SIM Only $5 Plan$5.002GB2GB50 mins
CMLink $15 SIM Only Plan$15.005GB5GB100 mins
giga! SIM Only 5GB Plan$10.005GB5GB100 mins
MyRepublic SIM Only Lite Plan$10.006GBUnlimited
(managed speeds after 6GB)
300 mins
MyRepublic SIM Only Value Plan$18.007GBUnlimited
(managed speeds after 7GB)
1,000 mins
redONE SIM Only Amazing8$8.003GBUnlimited
(managed speeds after 3GB)
100 mins
TPG XL Unlimited Data PlanFree
(till trial expires)
2GB
(per day)
Unlimited
(managed speeds after 2GB)
Unlimited
VIVIFI Lite SIM Only Mobile Plan$8.803GB3GB500 mins
Zero 1 SIM Only 1GB to Unlimited Data$13.901GBUnlimited
(managed speeds after 1GB)
200 mins
Zero 1 SIM Only 3GB to Unlimited Data$29.993GBUnlimited
(managed speeds after 3GB)
200 mins

Special mention: TPG XL Unlimited Data Plan

Yes, we’re aware that TPG just launched their TPG 50GB SIM Only plan.

Which means that the XL Unlimited Data Plan is no longer available for new sign-ups.

But if you’re still on it, you’re can still use the plan till your 6-months trial is up.

With data usage capped at 2GB per day, and international roaming available for India.

The best thing about TPG’s trial offering is that it is free — as part of a free trial of their services.

You’ll have to stick to VoLTE supported devices to take advantage of the unlimited calls to local phones benefit.

And have to put with patchy service (sometimes) when you’re underground.

But hey, it’s FREE.

Enjoy it while it lasts.

Best SIM Only Plan For Moderate Data Users (Between 10 to 20GB)

Telco SIM Only PlanMonthly BillData At 4G SpeedTotal Amount Of DataTalktime
Circles.Life SIM Only Base Plan$28.0020GB20GB100 mins
Circles.Life SIM Only Wanderlust Plan$40.0020GB20GB100 mins
CMLink $30 SIM Only Plan$30.0020GB20GB300 mins
giga! SIM Only 25GB Plan$25.0025GB25GB1,000 mins
GOMO SIM Only Mobile$20.0020GB20GB200 mins
M1 Sim-Only Plan$25.0030GB30GB1,000 mins
redONE SIM Only Amazing28$28.0010GBUnlimited
(managed speeds after 10GB)
300 mins
Singtel SIM Only 20GB Plan$25.0020GB20GB150 mins
Starhub $25 SIM Only Plan$2515GB15GB100 mins

Special mention: redONE SIM Only Amazing28

If you live or travel to and from Malaysia for work in Singapore, then this might be something worth considering.

Because users have access to free data roaming in Malaysia as well as no additional charges for calling and texting Malaysian numbers.

Best SIM Only Plan For Heavy Data Users (More than 20GB)

Telco SIM Only PlanMonthly BillData At 4G SpeedTotal Amount Of DataTalktime
CMLink $50 SIM Only Plan$50.0040GB40GB300 mins
CMLink $70 SIM Only Plan$70.0060GB60GB300 mins
giga! SIM Only 50GB Plan$45.0050GB50GB10,000 mins
Grid Mobile SIM Only Mobile Plan$24.9040GB40GB200 mins
M1 Sim-Only Plan$25.0030GB30GB1,000 mins
MyRepublic SIM Only Unlimited$48.00UnlimitedUnlimited
(4GB/day at 4G speed, managed speed after)
Unlimited
MyRepublic SIM Only Power Plan$24.0030GBUnlimited
(managed speed after 30GB)
100 mins
MyRepublic SIM Only Pro Plan$29.0040GBUnlimited
(managed speed after 40GB)
400 mins
Singtel SIM Only 40 GB Plan$46.7540GB40GB150 mins
Singtel SIM Only 70 GB Plan$73.5070GB70GB150 mins
Starhub $50 SIM Only Plan$50.0040GB40GB300 mins
Starhub $80 SIM Only Plan$80.0070GB70GB500 mins
TPG 50GB SIM Only Plan$10
(for 30 days)
50GB50GB300 mins
VIVIFI Share SIM Only Mobile Plan$29.9040GB40GB300 mins

Special mention: Circles.Life SIM Only Base Plan + $20 per month for Unlimited Data

If you take advantage of Circles.Life’s current promo of $18 per month (U.P. $28 per month) for the SIM Only Base Plan.

And pay an additional $20 per month for Unlimited Data.

That works out to be $38 per month for Unlimited Data!

If you’re budget’s a little tight… you could try the latest kid on the block: TPG 50GB SIM Only Plan

At $10 per month, you get 50GB of data!

FYI: looking at the reviews it seems like reception is a little spotty for TPG, but give the newcomer some time and it should be fully operational sooner than later

The Best 12 Month Contract SIM ONLY Plans in Singapore

If you want to stick with the big telcos.

Then you have to take note as some of their SIM Only plans come with a ‘contract’.

Albeit it’s shorter: usually 12 months.

Telco SIM Only PlanMonthly BillData At 4G SpeedTotal Amount Of DataTalktime
M1 Sim-Only Plan$25.0030GB30GB1,000 mins
Singtel SIM Only 20GB Plan$25.0020GB20GB150 mins
Singtel SIM Only 40 GB Plan$46.7540GB40GB150 mins
Singtel SIM Only 70 GB Plan$73.5070GB70GB150 mins
Starhub $25 SIM Only Plan$2515GB15GB100 mins
Starhub $50 SIM Only Plan$5040GB40GB300 mins
Starhub $80 SIM Only Plan$8070GB70GB500 mins

Re-Contracting Is Just Paying for Your Phone in 24-Month Instalments

So you have a traditional two-year mobile plan that is nearing the end of your contract.

You’re probably thinking:

  • It’s the best (and probably the only deal) you know
  • It’s the first mobile plan you started with so it’s convenient to just renew it
  • Re-contracting gives you an attractive discount off the latest smartphone

STOP.

The harsh truth is that the upfront ‘discount’ which telcos offer on a new mobile phone…

Is collected back by tagging a small monthly premium on your monthly phone bill.

Which essentially means that you’re paying for your shiny new smartphone in 24-month instalments.

The “SIM Only Plan And Phone From Carousell” Strategy

With data as the main priority for most of us getting a mobile plan, we have a simple strategy.

  • Step 1: Use the SIM Only Price Comparison Tool to find a SIM Only plan which gives you at least the same amount of data (most likely more) you’re using on your two-year contract
  • Step 2: Shop on an online marketplace like Carousell to buy your preferred mobile phone (brand new in box)
  • Step 3: Enjoy more data and savings!

To better illustrate this strategy, we looked at a Singtel two-year contract plan, which comes with an iPhone 11.

And compared it with a Singtel SIM Only mobile plan with an iPhone 11 purchased separately on Carousell.

Here’s what we found:

 Cost Of Mobile Plan
(2 Years)
iPhone 11
(64GB)
Total Cost
Singtel 2-Year Contact Mobile Plan
(2GB, 200mins)
$1,029.60
($42.90 per month)
$658.00
(with Singtel contract)
$1,687.60
Singtel SIM Only 20GB Mobile Plan
(20GB, 150mins)
$600.00
($25 per month)
$1,000.00
(on Carousell)
$1,600.00

The total amount of savings if you went with a SIM Only card and purchased your phone separately?

$87.60 over two years.

Mr Krabs Money Eyes
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This doesn’t sound like much, but it’ll pay for at least 3 months of your SIM Only plan.

Plus you’re getting WAY more data (20GB vs 2GB)!

Conclusion? Switch To SIM ONLY Today!

Not convinced?

Just use our SIM Only Price Comparison Tool and try it out for yourself.

Ready to switch?

Then mark the date when your two-year contract ends to remind yourself!

Oh, by the way, if you wish to save more…

Remember to choose the best home broadband plan too!

About Ming Feng
A stint in Bloomberg gifted me with a beer belly, which only grew larger when I moved on to become a Professional Trader. Now I turn caffeine into digestible finance-related content.
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