All three major telcos – Singtel, StarHub and M1 – offer prepaid SIM cards, giving you plenty of options depending on your intended usage. Different bundles vary in terms of the validity period, amount of local/roaming data, talk time and SMS. Some also provide features such as unlimited usage on certain social messaging apps.
For your convenience, you can use this handy guide we compiled to help you find the right prepaid SIM card that suits your needs. All prices in this article are inclusive of GST.
Long Validity Prepaid SIM Cards
A longer validity prepaid SIM card is suitable for those who live in Singapore and prefer prepaid SIM card over a post-paid plan. All these SIM cards have bundled local data. For local outgoing calls and SMS, some cards come with a bundle while others charge based on pay per use.
|Validity||Price||Value||Local Data||Local Outgoing Calls||Local SMS||Messaging Apps Usage|
|Singtel $8 hi! Prepaid SIM Card||90 Days (top up extend to 180 days)||$8||$10||1.5GB for 30 days||22¢ /min||5¢ each||Nil|
|Singtel $15 hi! Prepaid SIM Card||120 Days (top up extend to 180 days)||$15||$15||3GB for 120 days + 5GB for 30 days||22¢ /min||5¢ each||Unlimited Messaging App and Spotify|
|StarHub $8 Prepaid SIM Card||90 Days||$8||$10||1GB (30 days)||22¢ /min||5¢ each||Nil|
|StarHub $15 Prepaid SIM Card||180 Days||$15||$15||8GB (180 days)||22¢ /min||5¢ each||Unlimited WeChat, WhatsApp Messenger and LINE is valid for 180 days|
|StarHub $50 Prepaid SIM Card||180 Days||$50||$50||100GB (10 Days)+ 5GB roaming data (30 Days)||22¢ /min||5¢ each||Nil|
|M1 $8 Prepaid SIM Card||90 Days||$8||–||1.5GB (30 days)||20¢ for first minute; 18¢ per subsequent minute||5¢ (Free 10 local SMS with 5 local SMS sent)||Pay for Add on here.|
|M1 $12 Prepaid SIM Card||4 weeks||$12||–||56 GB (2 GB/day for 4 weeks)||5,000 mins outgoing/month, incoming free||5¢ (Free 10 local SMS with 5 local SMS sent)||Pay for Add on here.|
|M1 $14 Prepaid SIM Card||180 Days||$14||–||4GB (120 Days) + 4GB (30 days)||20¢ for first minute; 18¢ per subsequent minute||5¢ (Free 10 local SMS with 5 local SMS sent)||Pay for Add on here.|
|M1 $60 Prepaid SIM Card||12 weeks||$60||–||168GB (2GB/day for 12 weeks)||5,000 mins outgoing/month, free incoming||1,000/month||Pay for Add on here.|
For regular usage, the M1 $12 Prepaid SIM Card is the most value for money at $23. It has a generous amount of local outgoing calls and SMS. If you require more allowance for outgoing calls, adding on the 7days unlimited local outgoing call for $7 is a good option to consider.
Power users would appreciate M1’s $60 Prepaid SIM option, with 168GB (rationed at 2GB/day) and a whooping 5,000 outgoing minutes, 1,000 SMS and free incoming calls.
In terms of lowest possible cost (just to be contactable), M1 currently offers a $8 plan, with $8 in value and 1.5GB of data (for 30 days), valid for 90 days.
For those who want the longest validity of 180 days, Singtel $14 hi! Prepaid SIM gives the best value, at $14, for $14 of value and 4GB of data.
Data-Only Prepaid SIM Cards
If local data is all you need, you can look at data-only prepaid SIM cards. These type of prepaid SIM cards are ideal for tablet devices or if you plan to communicate only via messaging such as WhatsApp or WeChat.
|StarHub Prepaid Internet SIM Card||StarHub Prepaid Internet SIM Card|
|Validity||7 days||4 weeks|
|Local data||1GB||20GB + 40GB worry-free data on Sundays|
For individuals who have high data usage over the longer-term (1 month), StarHub’s $25 prepaid internet SIM card provides good value.
Short-Term Tourist Prepaid SIM Cards (7 Days)
The 7-Day tourist SIM cards are suitable for travellers who are staying in Singapore and neighbouring countries for a week or less. All the three telcos offer 100GB local data, 500 mins local outgoing calls and 100 local SMS. Both Singtel and StarHub offer 1GB roaming data, but StarHub Happy Roam has roaming coverage for more destinations. Roaming data is not available for M1 7-day Prepaid Tourist SIM card.
|Singtel hi!Tourist SIM Card||StarHub Travel Prepaid SIM Card||M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM Card|
|Roaming Data||1GB (Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand)||1GB (Happy Roam destinations)||Nil|
|Local Outgoing Calls||500 mins||500 mins||500 mins|
|International Calls||30 mins||30 mins||20 mins|
|Social Messaging Apps Usage||Unlimited||Unlimited||Nil|
|Validity||7 days||7 days|
|Other Features||Nil||Unlimited local incoming calls||eSIM available.
At a price of $12, StarHub Travel Prepaid SIM Card is the most value for money as it has the widest data roaming coverage.
For those who prefer the convenience of eSIMs, M1’s offering provides that option for supported phones.
Longer-Term Tourist Prepaid SIM Cards (12-15 Days)
For travellers who are staying in Singapore and neighbouring countries for more than a week, getting a longer duration SIM card may make sense. All the three telcos offer 100GB local data, 3,000 mins local outgoing calls and 5,000 local SMS (except for StarHub with 500 local SMS). All telcos provide data roaming with roaming coverage for different countries, with StarHub having the widest coverage.
|Singtel hi!Tourist SIM Card||Singtel hi!Tourist SIM Card||StarHub Travel Prepaid SIM Card||M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM Card||M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM Card|
|Validity||12 days||15 days||12 days||12 days||14 days|
|Roaming Data||3GB (Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand)||5GB
(Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand)
|3GB (Happy Roam destinations, 30 days validity)||3GB
(Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Taiwan)
(Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Taiwan)
|Local Outgoing Calls||3,000 mins||3,000 mins||3,000 mins||3,000 mins||3,000 mins|
|International Calls||90 mins||90 mins||90 mins||50 mins||50 mins|
|Social Messaging Apps Usage||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Nil||Nil|
|Other Features||Free Singtel WIFI||Free Singtel WIFI||Unlimited local incoming calls||Nil||Nil|
The best prepaid SIM card to get in this case depends if you are travelling to other countries within the validity period. The StarHub Travel prepaid SIM card provides the best roaming coverage across 17 destinations, including countries out of Asia.
If you are only staying in Singapore, then the Singtel hi!Tourist SIM has the best value. At just $30, you get 100GB (same as the other offerings) that is valid for 12 days, and a modest amount of calls and SMS.
This article was first published on 31 January 2019 and updated with the latest information.
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