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Ultimate Travel Data Guide_ Best Data Roaming & Portable Wifi in Singapore

The Travel Data Guide You Need For Data Roaming & Portable Wi-Fi!

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Are you constantly on the lookout for Wi-Fi when you’re overseas?

The first option that comes to our mind is usually getting an overseas SIM card, but we often encounter the problem of not being able to purchase one at international airports.

When this happens, there are two other options that allow you to stay connected – Data Roaming and Portable/Pocket Wi-Fi.

If you’re still wondering which option to go for, this is an article you should bookmark because we’ve compiled some of the best affordable options that will be suitable for your travel needs!


TL;DR: Best Travel Data Providers & How Much They Cost

For your convenience, we’ve split the travelling into short trips (within 7 days), week-long trips (7 days), and multi-country trips in Europe or the United States for more than 7 days.

Data RoamPrice (SGD)Day(s) / Data LimitCountries
Starhub WOW Data Plan$31GB for 1 dayAustralia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America
$51GB for 3 days
SIMBA.sg RoamingGroup A:
$4 per GB
Pay-as-you-goAndorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guyana, French West Indies, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Reunion (La) & Mayotte, Romanian, Saint Pierre & Miquelon, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam
Group B:
$6 per GB
Canada, China
gigaRoam APAC pass$51GB for 5 daysAustralia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam
Circles Life GoRoam (APAC)$81GB for 7 daysAustralia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam
gigaROAM ROTW (Rest of the World)$151GB for 15 daysAustria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America
Portable Wi-FiPrice (SGD)No. of Devices / Data LimitCountries
Changi Recommends$3.70 - $12 per day5 devices / 500MB and UnlimitedCovers worldwide except for exotic areas such as Nepal, Turkey, Israel or countries in South America
Yogofi by Travelwifi$2.90 - $9.90 per day5 devices / Unlimited140 countries, but does not include exotic areas such as Nepal, Turkey, Israel or countries in South America
Y5Buddy$5 - $15 per day5 devices / Unlimited70 countries worldwide including Nepal, Turkey, Israel or countries in South America
Traveler-WifiFrom $9 per day5 devices / UnlimitedList of countries

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Data Roaming & Best Providers

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Data roaming is most likely the most convenient option for most travellers!

It is also the more expensive of the two due to the convenience provided by telcos.

Travel Data PlansPriceAvailable DataCountries supported
Starhub WOW Data Plan 1-Day$31GB for 1 dayAustralia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom, United States of America
Starhub WOW Data Plan 3-Day$51GB for 3 days
gigaRoam APAC pass$51GB for 5 daysAustralia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam
GOMO by Singtel (Asia)$61GB for 5 daysList of countries
Circles Life GoRoam (APAC)$81GB for 7 daysAustralia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam
GOMO by Singtel (Worldwide)$121GB for 7 daysList of countries
Circles Life GoRoam (EU/USA)$101GB for 7 daysBelgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, USA and UK
gigaROAM ROTW (Rest of the World)$151GB for 15 daysAustria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America
M1 Data Passport$12 + $5 activation fee1-month using your local data bundleBangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Isle of Man, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan & Thailand
Zero 1 Roaming (Asia Pacific)$181GB for 30 daysAustralia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam
My Republic Roam Like Home - Canada & USA / Europe$351GB for 30 daysAustria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Canada & the United States of America
M1 Data Passport$30 + $5 activation fee1-month using your local data bundleAustralia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Mauritius, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom USA (including Hawaii, Puerto Rico & US Virgin Islands; Alaska and Guam not covered)
Zero Roaming (Roam World)$423GB for 30 daysAlbania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovak Republic (Slovakia), South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, UAE, UK, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan and Vietnam
SIMBA RoamingGroup A: $4 per GB

Group B: $6 per GB

Group C: $15 per GB

Group D: $30 per GB
Pay-as-you-go

Note: You will be billed per 10MB
List of countries

SIMBA.sg (formerly known as TPG)’s the only provider that offers a pay-as-you-go roaming service.

The caveat is that you’ll be billed every 10MB used, hence if you’ve exceeded your usage even by 1MB, you will be charged additionally for the 1MB used.

M1’s data passport is also another unique plan as you’ll be using your local data instead of a separate overseas data plan when you’re overseas.

However, this might not be a good option if you’re constantly busting your local data. Note that there is also a $5 activation fee for M1 data passports.

Pro tip: Try to activate your data roam at least one day before your trip in case you experience issues with activation.

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Travel Data Using Pocket Wi-Fi

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Most of us travel to take a break from work or school, and with Whatsapp being an active platform for business conversations, a portable or pocket Wi-Fi is an option for those who don’t see the need for calling or SMS-es.

Before choosing one, there’re a couple of factors to consider before renting:

  • Size: A heavy-duty router that has stronger battery life would tend to be bulkier. You’ll need to choose between convenience and durability
  • Download speed: Download speed will affect your connectivity and time spend on retrieving information
  • Devices limit: There is usually a limit of up to 5 paired devices hence not everyone can use it at the same time if you’re travelling in a large group.

These are some affordable wifi rental service providers in Singapore:

Portable Wifi ProvidersPrice (SGD)SpecificationsDaily Data LimitNotes
Changi Recommends$3.70 - $12 per dayDevices: Up to 5

Download Speed: 4G/3G data

Battery Life: Up to 6 hours
500MB (3G/4G): Australia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Egypt, Europe, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Laos, Macau, Middle East, Myanmar, Morocco, New Zealand, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Thailand, United Kingdom

Unlimited 4G: Canada, Cambodia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, South Korea, Taiwan, U.S.A, Vietnam
Does not include exotic areas such as Nepal, Turkey, Israel or countries in South America
Yogofi by Travelwifi$2.90 - $9.90 per dayDevices: Up to 5

Download Speed: Up to 4G LTE Speeds

Battery Life: Up to 12 hours
UnlimitedDoes not include exotic areas such as Nepal, Turkey, Israel or countries in South America
Y5Buddy$5 - $15 per day

Note: $50 deposit upon checkout
Devices: Up to 5

Download Speed: Up to 4G LTE Speeds

Battery Life: Up to 13 hours
Unlimited

List of countries
Nepal, Turkey, Israel or countries in South America
Traveler-WifiFrom $9 per day

Note: $200 refundable deposit upon collection
Devices: Up to 5

Download Speed: Up to 300Mbps

Battery Life: Up to 13 hours
UnlimitedList of countries

Changi’s Wi-Fi router is often a go-to option for travellers as you can collect it at the airport before you depart. It can be paired with up to 5 devices and have unlimited data in selected countries.

Pro tip: A Wi-Fi router with a download speed of 150 Mbps should suffice if you’re only accessing social media and Google. However, you may need a device that has a download speed of 600 Mbps or more for widespread access such as streaming services.

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Which Should You Choose?

Personally, I would choose portable wifi when travelling in places like Europe as I can split the cost with two to three other travel buddies.

And this is especially so for multi-country hopping!

You don’t want to end up signing up for so many data plans when all you need is the internet.

As for short trips within Southeast Asia, it makes more sense to opt for data roaming as the plans for Asian countries are usually cheaper.

If you’re undecided, this is a table of the pros and cons of both options:

Data RoamPortable Wi-Fi
More costly in generalCost saving as you can share with more people
Might be limited to a number of countries onlyOnce daily data usage exceeds the limit, router speed will slow down but can still connect and use
A constant need to turn on-and-offRequires charging
Need to adjust phone settings such as Access Point NameNeed to place a deposit and can be chargeable for any damage or loss of router
Better for individuals who generally use more data while travellingBetter for group travelling and multi-country hopping

So, which option would you choose and do you have any latest experiences to share?

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