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[2020 Edition] Complete Guide To Prepaid SIM Plans In Singapore

The best way to stay connected without a post-paid plan.


This article was first published on 31 January 2019 and updated with the latest information.

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 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 bundle while others charge based on pay per use.

  Validity Price Value Local Data Local Outgoing Calls Local SMS Messaging Apps Usage
Singtel hi! Prepaid SIM Card 30 Days $4 $10 1.5GB Pay per use Pay per use Nil
Singtel hi!  Prepaid SIM Card 120 Days $11 $15 3GB + 5GB (valid for 30 days) Pay per use Pay per use Unlimited, with min top-up of $10/month
Singtel hi!  Prepaid SIM Card 180 Days $50 $50 5GB
(7 Days) + 8GB (30 days)
Pay per use Pay per use Nil
Singtel YAY! Monthly Plan 30 Days $19.90 (auto-renew every 30 days) Nil 15GB 200 mins 200 Unlimited
Singtel LocalSaver$18 Top-up Card 30 Days $18 Nil 2GB 1,000 mins 500 Nil
Singtel RedHot$30 Top-up Card 30 Days $30 Nil 5GB 1,000 mins 1,000 Nil
StarHub Happy Prepaid SIM Card 90 Days $8 $10 1GB (30 days) Pay per use Pay per use Nil
StarHub Happy Prepaid SIM Card 180 Days $15 $15 8GB (180 days) Pay per use Pay per use Unlimited
StarHub Happy Prepaid SIM Card 180 Days $50 $50 100GB  (10 Days)
+ 5GB roaming data (30 Days)
Pay per use Pay per use Nil
M1 Prepaid SIM Card 90 Days $8 $10 1.5GB (30 Days) Pay per use Pay per use Nil
M1 Prepaid SIM Card 180 Days $14 $14 4GB (120 Days) + 4GB (30 days) Pay per use Pay per use Nil
M1 Prepaid SIM Card 30 Days $25 1GB/day (30 days) 5,000 mins outgoing, free incoming 5,000 Nil
M1 Prepaid SIM Card 90 Days $60 1GB/day (90 days) 5,000 mins outgoing/month, free incoming 5,000/month Nil

 

Observations:

For regular usage, the Singtel YAY! Monthly Plan is the most value for money at $19.90 per month. It comes with an auto-renewal feature, generous local data, a reasonable amount of local outgoing calls and SMS. If you require more allowance for outgoing calls, the Singtel LocalSaver$18 Top-up is a good option to consider with 1,000 mins local outgoing call bundle.

For a little more, power users would appreciate M1’s $25 Prepaid SIM option, with 30GB (rationed at 1GB/day) and a whooping 5,000 outgoing minutes, 5,000 SMS and free incoming calls.

In terms of lowest possible cost (just to be contactable), Singtel currently offers a $4 plan, with $8 in value and 1.5GB of data, valid for 30 days.

For those who want the longest validity of 180 days, StarHub’s Happy Prepaid SIM gives the best value, at $15, for $15 of value and 8GB 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.

  Singtel hi!Data SIM Card StarHub Prepaid Internet SIM Card StarHub Prepaid Internet SIM Card
Validity 7 days 1 week 4 weeks
Price $20 $8 $25
Local data 5GB 1GB 20GB + 40GB worry-free data on Sundays

 

Observations:

The Singtel hi!Data SIM card provides a decent 1-week usage for local data. For individuals who have high data usage, but over the longer-term (1 month), StarHub’s  prepaid internet SIM card provides better 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 Singtel hi!Tourist SIM Card (Twin Pack) StarHub Travel Prepaid SIM Card M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM Card
Price $12 $15 $12 $12
Local Data 100GB 100GB 100GB 100GB
Roaming Data 1GB (Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand) 1GB
(Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand)
1GB (Happy Roam destinations) Nil

 

Local Outgoing Calls 500 mins 500 mins 500 mins 500 mins
International Calls 30 mins 30 mins 30 mins 20 mins
Local SMS 100 100 100 100
Social Messaging Apps Usage Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Nil
Other Features Nil $3 EZ-Link stored value Unlimited local incoming calls eSIM available.

 


Observations:

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 travellers who need a EZ-Link card for public transport, the Singtel hi!Tourist EZ-Link SIM (Twin Pack) is a better choice since there is no additional card cost (an EZ-Link card cost $5 normally). It also comes with a $3 EZ-Link stored value.

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 (Twin Pack) 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
Price $30 $15 $32 $30 $50
Local Data 100GB 100GB 100GB 100GB 100GB
Roaming Data 3GB (Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand) 1GB
(Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand)
3GB (Happy Roam destinations, 30 days validity) 3GB
(Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Taiwan)
5GB
(Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Taiwan)
Local Outgoing Calls Unlimited 500 mins 3,000 mins 3,000 mins 3,000 mins
International Calls 90 mins 30 mins 90 mins 50 mins 50 mins
Local SMS Unlimited 100 5,000 5,000 5,000
Social Messaging Apps Usage Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Nil Nil
Other Features Free Singtel WIFI $3 EZ-Link stored value Unlimited local incoming calls Nil Nil

 

Observations:

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 (Twin Pack) has the best value. At just $15, you get 100GB (same as the other offerings) that is valid for 15 days, and a modest amount of calls and SMS.