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

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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 $8 $10 1.5GB (0.5GB – anytime, 1GB – 12am to 8am) Pay per use Pay per use Nil
Singtel hi!  Prepaid SIM Card 120 Days $15 $15 1.5GB (0.5GB – anytime, 1GB – 12am to 8am) Pay per use Pay per use Unlimited
Singtel hi!  Prepaid SIM Card 180 Days $50 $50 5GB
(7 Days)
Pay per use Pay per use Nil
Singtel YAY! Monthly Plan 30 Days $19.90 (auto-renew every 30 days) Nil 5GB (3GB – anytime, 2GB – 12am to 8am) 200 mins 200 Unlimited
Singtel LocalSaver$18 Top-up Card 30 Days $18 Nil 2GB (1GB – anytime, 1GB – 12am to 8am) 1,000 mins 500 Nil
Singtel

RedHot$30 Top-up Card

30 Days $30 Nil 4GB (3GB – anytime, 1GB – 12am to 8am) 1,000 mins 1,000 Nil
StarHub

Happy Prepaid SIM Card

30 Days $8 $10 800MB Pay per use Pay per use Nil
StarHub

Happy Prepaid SIM Card

120 Days $15 $15 2.2GB Pay per use Pay per use Unlimited
StarHub

Happy Prepaid SIM Card

180 Days $50 $50 100GB local data (10 Days)
/5GB roaming data (30 Days)
Pay per use Pay per use Nil
M1 Prepaid SIM Card 90 Days $5 $5 500MB (20 Days) Pay per use Pay per use Nil
M1 Prepaid SIM Card 180 Days $15 $15 2GB (120 Days) Pay per use Pay per use 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 prepaid SIM cards with 120 days validity, StarHub Happy Prepaid SIM card is a better option as it has a larger local data bundle and is less restrictive compared to Singtel.

For 180 days validity, the M1 Prepaid SIM Card is the card of choice as it is the cheapest and has the longest data validity compared to Singtel and StarHub.

Data-Only Prepaid SIM Cards

If local data is all you need, the data-only prepaid SIM card is probably the best option. 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 5 days 15 days
Price $20 $18 $32
Local data 5GB 2GB daily 2GB daily

 

Observations:

The Singtel hi!Data SIM card provides a decent 1-week usage for local data. For individuals who have high data usage, the StarHub prepaid internet SIM card provides good value with 2GB local data daily.

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 EZ-Link SIM Card StarHub Travel Prepaid SIM Card M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM Card
Price $15 $18 $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, free round trip on Singapore Cable Car, Sentosa attractions discount and dining offers Unlimited local incoming calls Nil

 


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 Card 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.

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 $50 $32 $30 $50
Local Data 100GB 100GB 100GB 100GB 100GB
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)
5GB
(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
Local SMS 5,000 5,000 500 5,000 5,000
Social Messaging Apps Usage Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Nil Nil
Other Features Free Singtel WIFI

 

Free Singtel WIFI

 

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 card has the best value. Both Singtel hi!Tourist SIM card comes with free Singtel WIFI, which provides connections at over 1,800 hotspots in Singapore. The Singtel hi!Tourist SIM Card (Twin Pack) is a good choice for those travelling in pairs. It comes with two lines and the value of the package will be shared among the lines.

Prepaid SIM Cards For China

Some prepaid SIM cards in the market are designed for customers who want to keep in touch with their families and friends back in China. Common bundles include international calls to China and messaging apps such as WeChat.

  Singtel ChinaSaver$22 Top-up Card Singtel China888 Top-up Card StarHub WeChat Go SIM Card StarHub WeChat Go SIM Card
Validity 30 days 8 days 7 days 12 days
Price $22 $8 $16 $32
Local Data 2GB 800MB 100GB 100GB
Roaming Data Nil Nil 1GB
(Happy Roam destinations)
2.4GB
(Happy Roam destinations)
Local Outgoing Calls 500 mins Nil 500 mins 3,000 mins
International Calls (China) 500 mins 800 mins 60 mins 150 mins
Local SMS 500 Nil Unlimited Unlimited
Messaging Apps Usage Unlimited (WeChat and WhatsApp) Unlimited (WeChat and WhatsApp) Unlimited (WeChat and Lingcod TV) Unlimited (WeChat and Lingcod TV)
Other Features Nil Nil Free incoming call Free incoming call

 

Observations:

For users who make frequent international calls back to China, the Singtel prepaid SIM card is a better choice. Conversely, the StarHub prepaid SIM card has a lower international call allowance but provide roaming data and more local data.

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