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What Are The Best SIM-Only Plans In Singapore (2022 Edition)

If you’re always exceeding your data limits, you’ll want to relook the SIM-only options currently available in 2022.


The mobile market in Singapore used to be characterised by contract plans with handset subsidies. Effectively, these plans package both the mobile plan and the handset as part of the monthly fee pays for the subsidies on the handset (making the plan function partially as an instalment plan for the phone). However, this means that if you do not recontract immediately at the 2-year mark, you will essentially be paying additional instalments for a phone that is already paid for as the plan would continue at a higher monthly rate. However, the introduction of sim-only plans has changed the mobile market.

Read Also: [2020 Edition] Best Unlimited Data Mobile Plans In Singapore (Plus: Which Plan Gives The Most 4G Data Per Dollar?)

What Is A SIM-Only Plan?

SIM-only plans do not include subsidies for the handset, and most of them come with the benefit of having no contract. If a competing telco offers a better plan, or if the telco is giving unsatisfactory reception/service, the consumer can always switch. Of course, there are also downsides to switching such as the time taken for the SIM card to be delivered, and not having reception and data during the downtime waiting for the setup and activation.

The other benefit is being able to choose when to upgrade your phone, rather than being tied to a 2-year upgrading schedule. For iPhone fans, this is great news since you can theoretically get the newest iPhone every year while selling your older model secondhand, whereas you might have had to pay an early upgrade penalty if you were tied to a 2-year plan. Those who find it a hassle to port over contacts, pictures and apps can always choose to use their phones for 3 or 4 years before upgrading and enjoy the savings.

The other benefit of SIM-only plans is that at present they happen to be very heavily focused on providing data. This is compared to the more traditional postpaid (2 year contract) plans which typically provide more SMS and Talktime but relatively little data, and prepaid plans which charge for data usage at exorbitant prices. If you are a heavy data user, SIM-only plans are a good choice for you.

Many Options For Consumers In Singapore

The increasing popularity of SIM-only contracts is clearly evident. The three local telcos – SingTel, StarHub and M1 – all have their own SIM-only plans, as does TPG Mobile, which won the fourth telco license in Singapore.

A slew of mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) have also entered the market offering their own SIM-only plans – GOMO Mobile (launched by SingTel), giga (launched by StarHub), Circles.LifeZero1MyRepublic, redONE, ViviFi, Grid Mobile (joint venture by SingTel and ST Telemedia), as well as CMLink (China Mobile).

This has led to further intensification of competition in an already crowded telecommunications marketplace. The main benefactors are the consumers in Singapore (for now), as prices have tapered, and service standards are under pressure to improve, and products more innovative.

What Has Changed In The SIM-Only Space?

Ever since the first edition of this article was published in 2018, we’ve continued to follow the ever-growing SIM-Only space and make updates to the article to keep it relevant.

Here are some key developments since our last update in late 2019.

Singtel announced the discontinuation of its Singtel Wifi service by 1 April 2020, which gives mobile subscribers free access to some 2,000 access points islandwide at speeds that are faster than [email protected] with no login required.

Circles.Life quietly retired its widely-trumpeted  $0 Flexi plan, replacing it with a $5 Plan, though you’ll need to know about it to sign-up, since this new plan isn’t found on their Home or Plans page. On the plus side, Circles.Life has dropped the price of their base plan from $28 to $18, while giving the same amount of data and features.

In March 2020, Zero Mobile’s license was suspended and its directors blacklisted by IMDA for their failure to resolve billing disputes with its customers. That same month, TPG announced the launch of their first paid plan.

Probably because of intense competition, other telcos have adjusted prices and offerings slightly, generally for the better. Some players have also dropped out of the race with Grid Mobile ceasing operations on 6 Dec 2021, but otherwise, all the other telcos are competing hard for a slice of the SIM-only market.

The latest two entrants to this market are Gorilla Mobile and Changi Mobile. Their offerings will be discussed below. With more options and cheaper prices than ever before, 2021 is the best time if you’re in the market for a new SIM-Only plan.

Comparing SIM-Only Plans In Singapore

We’ll 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 they subscribe, especially since discounts off monthly fees are seasonal and only last for a limited time.

Not everyone has the same needs, so we shall consider two types of users. User A  would be someone who has moderate data needs (20GB and below) and user B with extreme data needs (above 60GB). Based on this classification, we shall recommend plans to fit the needs of both categories.

User A would be the typical Singaporean who either just needs basic data, or enough data to entertain them during commutes (Youtube/Netflix/Mobile Games). People in the User A profile may also occasionally use mobile hotspot to enable internet usage on their laptops for working on-the-go or offsite.

User B would be mainly people who work offsite a lot and thus need mobile internet or people who use mobile data as a replacement for a home broadband service. User B may also include small businesses which have moderate office internet needs but do not wish to pay exorbitant fees for a commercial broadband plan.

Of late, many players in the market have bumped up their lowest offerings, charging between $20-30 for 40 – 100GB. Since they charge roughly the same price as other providers providing basic data quantities, and those are the lowest data plans for the provider, we shall consider these plans under the User A category despite the fact that it provides more data than necessary. In addition to that, some providers are starting to provide 5G, and these will mainly be placed under the User B category.

Best SIM-Only Plans For Basic To Moderate Data Needs

User A needs a minimum of:

  • 100 mins talktime
  • 20GB and below data
  • Caller ID
  • Free incoming calls

 

  Plans Cost/Month
(Including GST)
SingTel SIM Only Plus 30 (12 Month)
– 60 GB data
– 1000 mins talktime
– 500 SMS
$30.00
StarHub $25 SIM Only Plan (No Contract) – $25.00
– 
80 GB data
– 
1,000 mins outgoing callsUnlimited Talktime
1000 SMS
Free incoming calls
$25.00
StarHub $25 SIM only plan (12 Month) – $25.00
– 
100 GB data
– 
1,000 mins outgoing calls
– 
Free incoming calls
$25.00
M1 Bespoke SIM-Only (No Contract) – $15.95
– 5 GB data
– 100 mins talktime
– 100 SMS
$15.95
M1 Bespoke SIM-Only (No Contract) – $20.95
– 
12 GB data
– 100 mins talktime
– 100 SMS
$20.95
TPG Mobile 100GB SIM-Only (No Contract)
– 50 GB data (unthrottled)
– 50GB throttled data
– 300 mins Local Fixed Line minutes
– 30 SMS
– 
1 GB international roaming data to selected countries
$10.00
Circles.Life (No Contract) – $18.00
– 
200 GB data
– 2 GB Bonus Data, Forever.
– 
100 mins talktime (outgoing and incoming)
– 
25 SMS
– 
Free caller ID
$18.00
CMLink (No Contract) – $10.00
– 
6 GB data (Can be used in S’pore, Hong Kong, mainland China)
– 
100 mins talktime (local and local to mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and USA)
– 
100 local SMS
– 
Free caller ID
$10.00
CMLink (No Contract) – $20.00
– 
30 GB data (Can be used in S’pore, Hong Kong, mainland China)
– 
300 mins talktime (local and local to mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and USA)
– 
300 local SMS
– 
Free caller ID
$20.00
giga (No Contract) – $10.00
– 
6 GB data
– 
500 mins talktime
– 
500 SMS
– 
Free incoming calls
– 
Free caller ID
$10.00
giga (No Contract) – $20.00
– 40 GB data
– 500 mins talktime
– 500 SMS
– Free incoming calls
– Free caller ID
$20.00
GOMO Mobile (No Contract) – $20.00
– 20 GB data
– 
200 mins talktime
– 
200 SMS
– 
Free incoming calls
– 
Free caller ID
$20.00
MyRepublic Lite Plan (No Contract) – $10.00
– 
Unlimited data (First 6 GB unthrottled)
– 
300 mins talktime
– 
300 SMS
– 
Free incoming calls
$10.00
MyRepublic Core Plan (No Contract)
– 
50GB
– 
500 mins talktime
– 
500 SMS
– 
Free incoming calls
– 
Free caller ID
$20.00
redONE Amazing 8 (No Contract) – $8.00
– 
5 GB data (Can be used in S’pore and Malaysia), unlimited data at 128kbps thereafter
– 
300 mins talktime (Singapore and Malaysia)
– 
300 SMS
$8.00
redONE Amazing 18 (No Contract) – $18
– 
25 GB data (Can be used in S’pore and Malaysia), unlimited data at 128kbps thereafter
– 
500 mins talktime (S’pore and Malaysia)
– 
500 SMS
$18.00
VIVIFI Lite Plan (No Contract) – $8.80
– 
3 GB data
– 
500 mins talktime
– 
20 SMS
– 
Free incoming calls
– 
Free caller ID
$8.80
VIVIFI Plus (6GB/10GB) Plan (No Contract) – $9.98/$14.98
– 
Unlimited data (First 6 GB unthrottled)
– 
350 mins talktime
– 
100 SMS
– 
Free incoming calls
– 
Free caller ID
$9.98/$14.98
Zero 1 6u (No Contract) – $13.90
– 
Unlimited data (First 6 GB unthrottled)
– 
200 mins talktime
– 
200 SMS
– 
Free incoming calls
– 
Free caller ID
$13.90
Changi Mobile Flexi Value (No Contract)
– 8GB Data
– 200 mins talktime
– 200 SMS
– Free incoming calls
$8.00
Changi Mobile Flexi Best (No Contract)
– 40GB Data
– 300 mins talktime
– 300 SMS
$15.00
Changi Mobile Flexi Best+ (No Contract)
– 40GB Data
– 400 mins talktime
– 400 SMS
$15.00
Changi Mobile Flexi Data (No Contract)
– 50GB Data
– 300 mins talktime
– 300 SMS
$15.00
Gorilla Mobile Switch25 (No Contract)
– 50 GB Data
– 100 mins talktime
– 100 SMS
– Free incoming calls
– Max $24 switchback monthly
$25.00


Read Also: 
Complete Guide To Prepaid SIM Plans In Singapore

Absolute Lowest Price And Best Overall Value

For those who want to spend the absolute minimum on their SIM-Only Plans, redONE’s Amazing 8, Changi Mobile’s Flexi Best are charging the lowest price at $8. However, TPG’s 100GB plan gives the best value since it gives a whopping 50GB unthrottled data for $10, compared to 8GB and 5GB from Changi Mobile and redONE.

However, a caveat is that the coverage and reception for TPG may not be as good as other providers, which could be the reason for the insane value, so best to try for a month or two and test reception reliability especially in places where you are likely to need your phone often (eg. Home/Work/School) before porting your number over.

Best for Students

redOne’s Amazing 8 offers 5GB of data, while MyRepublic’s Lite Plan  VIVIFI’s Plus Plan and Zero 1’s 6u all offer 6GB of data respectively, all under $15 monthly. These plans provide the stated data at full speeds, and throttle all usage thereafter, which is great for people who do not use much data, especially students who might not be able to afford the bill shocks that come with exceeding the data quota. With that said, TPG’s 100GB plan costs just $10 while providing more data than the average student might use, so it may also be well worth it for students.

Best SIM-Only Plans For Extreme Data Needs (more than 60 GB)

User B needs a minimum of:

  • 100 mins talktime
  • more than 60 GB data (at high speeds)
  • Caller ID
  • Free incoming calls
  Plans Cost/Month
(Including GST)
SingTel(5G) SIM Only Plus 45 (12-Month)
– 
70 GB data (5G)
– 1000 min talktime
– 1000 SMS
– $100 phone voucher
$45.00
SingTel(5G) SIM Only Plus 55 (12-Month)
– 90 GB data (5G)
– 1500 min talktime
– 1500 SMS
– $100 phone voucher
$55.00
StarHub(5G) 90 GB Sim Only plan (12 month)
– 
90 GB data (5G)
– 1,000 mins talktime
– 1,000 SMS
– Free incoming calls
$38.00
StarHub(5G) 110GB Sim Only plan (12 month)
– 
110 GB data (5G)
– 1,000 mins talktime
– 1,000 SMS
– Free incoming calls
$45.00
M1 Bespoke SIM-Only (No Contract)
– 60 GB data
– 100 mins talktime
– 100 SMS
$55.95
M1 Bespoke SIM-Only (No Contract)
– 
90 GB data
– 100 mins talktime
– 100 SMS
$70.95
TPG Mobile 130GB SIM-Only (No Contract) – $18.00
– 80 GB data (unthrottled)
– Additional 50 GB data
– 500 mins talktime
– 50 SMS
– 2 GB international roaming data to selected countries
$18.00
Circles.Life (No Contract) – $38.00
– 
20 GB Base plan data
– 100 GB Rollover data (Unused gets rolled over to next month)
– Rollover up to 300GB of data
– 100 mins talktime (outgoing and incoming)
– 
25 SMS
– 
Free caller ID
$38.00
CMLink (No Contract)
– 
60 GB data (Can be used in S’pore, Hong Kong, mainland China)
– 
400 mins talktime (local and local to mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and USA)
– 
400 local SMS
– 
Free caller ID
$30.00
CMLink (No Contract) – $40.00
– 
100 GB data (Can be used in S’pore, Hong Kong, mainland China)
– 500 mins talktime (local and local to mainland China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and USA)
– 500 local SMS
– Free caller ID
$40.00
giga (No Contract)
– 
60 GB data
– 
2,000 mins talktime
– 
2,000 SMS
– 
Free incoming calls
– 
Free caller ID
$25.00
giga (No Contract)
– 
100 GB data
– 
10,000 mins talktime
– 
10,000 SMS
– 
Free incoming calls
– 
Free caller ID
$45.00
GOMO Mobile (No Contract)
– 60 GB data
– 
500 mins talktime
– 
500 SMS
– Rollover up to 100GB, 1000mins, 1000 SMS
– 
Free incoming calls
– 
Free caller ID
$30.00
MyRepublic Pro Plan (No Contract)
– 
70GB
– 
1,000 mins talktime
– 
1,000 SMS
– 
Free incoming calls
– 
Free caller ID
$29.00
MyRepublic Unlimited Data (No Contract)
Unlimited Data
– 
1,000 mins talktime
– 
1,000 SMS
– 
Free incoming calls
– 
Free caller ID
$39.00
redONE Amazing 28 (No Contract)
– 50 GB data (Can be used in S’pore and Malaysia), unlimited data at 128kbps thereafter
– 
800 mins talktime (S’pore and Malaysia)
– 
800 SMS
$28.00
redONE Amazing 38 (No Contract)
– 
80 GB data (Can be used in S’pore and Malaysia), unlimited data at 128kbps thereafter
– 
1,000 mins talktime (S’pore and Malaysia)
– 
1000 SMS
$38.00
VIVIFI Binge Plan(50GB/70GB) (No Contract)
– 
50GB/70GB
– 
300 mins talktime
– 
300 SMS
– 
Free incoming calls
– 
Free caller ID
$18.00/25.00
Zero 1 50u (No Contract)
– 
50GB Data
– 
500 mins talktime
– 
500 SMS
– 
Free incoming calls
– 
Free caller ID
$19.90
Zero 1 80u (No Contract)
– 80GB Data
– 800 mins talktime
– 800 SMS
– 
Free incoming calls
– 
Free caller ID
$29.90
Changi Mobile Flexi Pro (No Contract)
– 60GB Data
– 500 mins talktime
– 500 SMS
$20.00
Changi Mobile Flexi Ultra (No Contract)
– 100 GB Data
– 800 mins talktime
– 800 SMS
$35.00
Gorilla Mobile Switch45 (No Contract)
– 80 GB Data
– 1000 mins talktime
– 1000 SMS
– Free incoming calls
– Max $24 switchback monthly
$45.00

 

Best Overall Value

For heavy data users, TPG Mobile plans offer the best value with the most data per dollar at $18 for 130GB. Zero1 offers the second overall most value for money plans at 50GB for $19.90 and 80GB for $29.

5G Plans

For those looking to ride the 5G wave, Singtel and Starhub have started providing 5G SIM-only plans. However they will require signing on to a 12-month plan. In this case, Starhub’s plans seem to offer more value at 90GB for $38 or 110GB for $45.

Frequent travellers

Those who may need to travel overseas regularly for work may consider plans that offer overseas data usage. redONE’s data can be used in both Singapore and Malaysia while CMLink can be used in Singapore, Hong Kong and mainland China. TPG Mobile also includes 1 to 2 GB data for India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand.

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

Seniors and Family Specific Plans

Another group of people who may also sign up for SIM-only plans includes 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 of data – perhaps due to parents wanting to limit their children’s phone usage or the elderly who aren’t familiar with the feature.

Here are the plans that are targeted at seniors and families:

  Plans Cost/Month
(Including GST)
TPG Mobile Silver SIM-only (No Contract) – $5.00
– 
20 GB data (unthrottled)
– Unlimited Mobile to Local Mobile Lines
– 
300 Local Fixed Line Minutes
– 
30 SMS
– 
1 GB international roaming data to selected countries
$5.00
Starhub Senior Plan (12 Months)
– 35 GB data
– Unlimited Talktime
– 3 months of Hotstar access
– Free caller ID
$25.00
Circles.Life Family – $15 to $25 per line
– 
200 GB data shared between up to 6
– 
500 mins talktime (outgoing and incoming)
– 
200 SMS
– 
Free caller ID
$50/$60/$70/$80/$90 for 2/3/4/5/6 SIMs respectively
VIVIFI Share Plan (No Contract)
– Share 180GB between family members, up to 9 lines.
– 
1000 mins talktime
– 
100 SMS
– 
Free incoming calls
– 
Free caller ID
– Add $6 /mth per extra SIM card
$40 + $6 for each extra SIM

TPG Mobile’s Seniors Plan is currently the cheapest SIM-only plan available on the market right now. However, only seniors (60 years old and above) may apply for this plan with each senior being able to apply for a maximum of 4 lines under this plan.

VIVIFI’s Share Plan and Circles.Life’s Family Plan is targeted at families with the ability to share the data, talktime and SMS of the main Share Plan. Each Share Plan can share up to 8 additional lines (VIVIFI Us) or 5 additional lines (Circles.Life). This may make sense for large families. Taking Circles.Life as an example, a 6-member family pays $15 each and gets 33.3GB per person, making it second only to TPG’s 50GB SIM Only Plan in the User A category.

Read Also: Why Using Sim-Only Mobile Data Plans Together As A Household Makes Good Financial Sense

This article was originally published on 2 August 2018 and updated to reflect new information and the latest price plans. Additional reporting by Clement Low.

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