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[Cheatsheet] What Are The Best SIM-Only Plans In Singapore (2019 Edition)

We relook the SIM-Only plans in Singapore after changes to Circles.Life’s plan, the introduction of SingTel’s GOMO Mobile and TPG’s free year-long SIM-Only plan.

 

This article has been updated on 18 June 2019 to reflect the latest prices and plans.

Many of us spend several hundred dollars or more each year on our mobile phone plans but rarely consider whether there are better mobile subscriptions in the market when our contracts run down. The main reason – we are often lured by seemingly lucrative deals on the latest handphone models rather than looking for the best mobile subscription that actually fits our usage requirement.

Often, we end up opting for more expensive plans just to enjoy the initial handset subsidy. To lower the cost of buying the new phone, we also typically trade-in our perfectly working mobile phones which may even have nabbed us a better deal if we sold it on Carousell, eBay or even mobile stores on our own.

If we could just avoid our compulsion to buy the latest mobile phones, we would enjoy a substantial saving on both handset upgrades AND mobile contract – by getting a SIM-only plan.

What Is A SIM-Only Plan?

A SIM-only plan provides users with only a SIM card, allowing us to focus on getting the most suitable mobile plan for your needs with the right amount of talktime, mobile data and SMS texts. Unlike traditional mobile plans, SIM-only plans typically don’t offer a handset subsidy or bundle discounts.

SIM-only mobile plans are also generally cheaper than traditional mobile plans as we only pay for what we need and we won’t be forking out an additional amount for a new phone. We also get to enjoy the flexibility of not having a contract if we choose. This is especially relevant if we want to move to a SIM-only plan because our phones are in perfect working condition or because we may have to move abroad in the near-term.

While SIM-only plans started out as contract-free, certain telco providers are now offering 12-month and 24-month contracts deals with better value. It also differs from prepaid SIM plans as it is a post-paid plan.

Who Are The SIM-Only Plan Providers In Singapore?

– Circles.Life
– GOMO Mobile
– M1
– MyRepublic

– SingTel
– StarHub
– TPG Mobile
– Zero 1
– Zero Mobile

Comparing The SIM-Only Plans

We look at the SIM-only plans offered by the different telco and MVNO operators in Singapore to find out which offers the best deal. All promotions and discounts will be disregarded to take away variances that an individual may encounter depending on the time we subscribe for the plans.

We also use three model users – with basic data needs (2GB to 3GB), moderate data needs (8GB to 12GB) and extreme data needs (at least 23GB) – to determine the best SIM-only plans for each.

Best SIM-Only Plans For Basic Data Needs

User A needs a minimum of:

  • 100 mins talktime
  • 2GB to 3GB data
  • Caller ID
  • Free incoming calls

 

* The Circles.Life Base plan offers 4GB. If you port-in a number from an existing telco, you will receive an additional 2GB. If you are one of the first 10,000 customers to subscribe for its plan under its latest promotion, you will receive an additional 14GB for free, for ever.

^ TPG Mobile is offering a free year-long mobile subscription to the first 20,000 subscribers.

Read Also: [2019 Edition] Complete Guide To Prepaid SIM Plans In Singapore

Observations For Users With Basic Data Needs

Based on what’s offered, GOMO Mobile’s GO Plan looks to be the most affordable plan at $20.00. For a user requiring only basic data and talktime, we can still get up to 20GB data, giving us peace of mind that we will not easily exceed our usage while still paying a reasonable price.

Of course, TPG Mobile’s XL Unlimited Data Plan is currently offering a promotional free year-long mobile subscription for new users. Being free, nothing can beat this, but we have to bear in mind that this is only a promotion and it lasts for just one year.

While promotions are not included in our analysis, we should look out for them when signing up for a new plan. Currently, StarHub’s $25 SIM Only Plan is offering an extra 10GB and M1’s new 30GB Plan is offering a free 1-month subscription. Even comparing to these promotions, users with basic data needs should opt for GOMO Mobile’s Go Plan being the most cost effective option. M1’s new 30GB Plan also offers a compelling alternative, with much more data at 4G speeds, for just $5.00 more.

Meanwhile, certain operators, such as Zero 1’s 3GB To Unlimited plan and MyRepublic’s Smart 35 plan, are offering unlimited data, albeit at slower speeds after a certain amount of data. However, these plans may be suitable for basic data users who value more talktime over more data, with Zero 1’ 3GB To Unlimited plan giving 200 mins talktime ($29.99) and MyRepublic’s Smart 35 plan giving 1,000 mins talktime ($35.00). These plans give users added peace of mind that they will never get a bill shock.

Best SIM-Only Plans For Heavy Data Needs

User B needs a minimum of:

  • 100 mins talktime
  • 8GB to 12GB data
  • Caller ID
  • Free incoming calls

* The Circles.Life Base plan offers 4GB. If you port-in a number from an existing telco, you will receive an additional 2GB. If you are one of the first 10,000 customers to subscribe for its plan under its latest promotion, you will receive an additional 14GB for free, for ever.

^ TPG Mobile is offering a free year-long mobile subscription to the first 20,000 subscribers.

Observations For Users With Heavy Data Needs

Based on the plans available in the market, GOMO Mobile’s GO Plan appears to be the most affordable option again. Similar to the previous discussion, M1’s new 30GB Plan offers a compelling alternative, especially for users with heavier data needs with its extra 10GB data, while TPG Mobile’s free year-long XL Unlimited Data Plan continues to be the best promotion available.

Also similar to scenario basic data users face, another consideration is the plans that are on promotion as well as the unlimited data plans to avoid ever getting a bill shock. However, with 20GB and 30GB of data respectively, GOMO Mobile’s Go Plan and M1’s 30GB Plan look the obvious choices.

Best SIM-Only Plans For Extreme Data Needs

User C needs a minimum of:

  • 100 mins talktime,
  • At least 23GB data
  • Caller ID
  • Free incoming calls

* The Circles.Life Base plan offers 4GB. If you port-in a number from an existing telco, you will receive an additional 2GB. If you are one of the first 10,000 customers to subscribe for its plan under its latest promotion, you will receive an additional 14GB for free, for ever.

^ TPG Mobile is offering a free year-long mobile subscription to the first 20,000 subscribers.

Observations For Users With Extreme Data Needs

For those with extreme data needs, we assume speed matters as well. This rules out signing up for unlimited data plans which throttles down to slower speeds after using a certain amount of data. This time, M1’s 30GB Plan comes out slightly ahead, offering 30GB at $25.00. GOMO Mobile’s GO Plan continues to offer a reasonable deal – offering 30GB of data at $30.00.

Once again, the same considerations come into play, including TPG Mobile’s free year-long XL Unlimited Data Plan as well as plans which are on promotions.

Read Also: [2019 Edition] Best Unlimited Data Mobile Plans In Singapore (Plus: Which Plan Gives The Most 4G Data Per Dollar?)

Going For A 12-Month Contract Today

The telco industry has completely transformed since SIM-only plans first hit our shores. Initially, the three local telcos responded with better deals on 12-month contract SIM-only plans. Now, StarHub and M1 have completely moved away from that model, while SingTel’s 12-month contract is not feasible in any of our discussions above. SingTel has further introduced its own plan, via GOMO Mobile, to compete in the SIM-only market.

In our future analysis, we may completely delete this section as only SingTel offers such a plan today. Even taking a promotional 20GB of data into consideration, this plan only comes on par with GOMO Mobile’s no contract plan.

Best SIM-Only Plans For Extremely Low Data Requirements

Another group of people who may also sign up for SIM-only plans include parents getting a phone for their younger children as well as the elderly. In certain instances, some within this group may not require a lot data – perhaps due to parents wanting to limit their children’s phone usage or the elderly who aren’t familiar with the feature.

These three plans may be suitable for them.

Circles.Life is offering a $0.00 plan to users, which makes it a really compelling choice for those whose mobile usage needs are at a minimum.

While more expensive, Zero1’s and MyRepublic’s plans also compelling choices – ensuring those who sign up will never get a bill shock, which is important considering that it is primarily the young children and elderly who would be on the plans. Speeds just slow down after the 1GB rather than stop working, which means overusing will only be frustrating (at slower speeds) rather than expensive.

Best SIM-Only Plans In Singapore

The SIM-only market has undergone numerous changes as telco providers compete to provide the best SIM-only plans to capture market share. Here are the best SIM-only plans according to your data usage needs:

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