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 a 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||Added Features|
|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||FREE 30-day Viu Premium & Banglaflix + Activate on hi!App and get FREE 2GB|
|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||Extra 100GB, $15 value and FREE 30-day Viu Premium & Banglaflix. + Activate on hi!App and get FREE 2GB.|
|$38 hi! Prepaid SIM Card||180 days (top up to extend to 180 days)||$38||$38||8Gb for 30 days + 3Gb for use in Singapore and Malaysia||22¢ /min||5¢ each||FREE 30-day Viu Premium & Banglaflix|
|StarHub $8 Prepaid SIM Card||90 Days||$8||$10||1GB (30 days)||22¢ /min||5¢ (Local) / 15¢ (Global)||30 mins IDD 018 calls for 30 days|
|StarHub $15 Prepaid SIM Card||180 Days||$15||$15||8GB (180 days)||22¢ /min||5¢ (Local) / 15¢ (Global)||FREE WeChat, WhatsApp Messenger and LINE for 180 days.
Free 120GB local data for 28 days.
Free $100 IDD 018 credit for 28 days.
Free 5000 mins local calls for 28 days.
Free 200 local SMS for 28 days.
|StarHub $50 Prepaid SIM Card||180 Days||$50||$50||120GB (30 Days)+ 5GB roaming data (30 Days)||22¢ /min||5¢ (Local) / 15¢ (Global)||30-day 5GB roaming data (17 destinations)|
|M1 $8 Prepaid SIM Card||90 Days||$8||$10||1.5GB (30 days)||20¢ / min||5¢ (Free 10 local SMS with 5 local SMS sent)||–|
|M1 $12 Prepaid SIM Card||28 Days||$12||–||56 GB (2 GB/day, valid for 4 weeks)||5,000 mins outgoing/month, incoming free||5¢ (Free 10 local SMS with 5 local SMS sent)||1,000 Local SMS + Unlimited Incoming Calls|
|M1 $14 Prepaid SIM Card||180 Days||$14||$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)||–|
|M1 $20 Prepaid SIM Card||28 Days||$20||–||150GB (4GB/day +38GB)||5,000 mins Local Outgoing Calls
|600 Local SMS
|Up to 1,000 IDD 033 mins (Bangladesh 400 mins / India 1,000 mins / China 1,000 mins / Indonesia 200 mins / Philippines 80 mins / Malaysia 500 mins) + Unlimited Incoming Calls|
|M1 $49 Prepaid SIM Card||84 Days||$49||–||168GB (2GB/day for 12 weeks)||5,000 mins outgoing/month, free incoming||1,000/month||Unlimited. Incoming Calls|
|Simba Prepaid SIM Card||30 Days||$10||–||100GB||Unlimited mobile to local mobile lines + 300 Local Fixed Line Minutes
|Unlimited SMS to SIMBA Mobile (30 local SMS)||+1GB Roaming Data to selected countries
For regular usage, the M1 $12 Prepaid SIM Card is the most value for money at $12. It has a generous amount of local outgoing calls and SMS.
Power users would appreciate M1’s $49 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 the lowest possible cost (just to be contactable), M1 currently offers an $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.
SIMBA (Previously known as TPG) has a $10 plan for 100GB and it’s for those who need a massive data cap at a lower price range.
Data-Only Prepaid SIM Cards
If local data is all you need, you can look at data-only prepaid SIM cards. These types of prepaid SIM cards are ideal for tablet devices or if you plan to communicate only via messaging such as WhatsApp or WeChat.
|StarHub (3 – Days) Prepaid Internet SIM Card||3 Days||$5||1GB|
|StarHub (7 – Days) Prepaid Internet SIM Card||7 Days||$8||1GB|
|StarHub Prepaid Internet SIM Card||28 days||$8||10GB|
|StarHub Prepaid (AIO) Internet SIM Card||28 Days||$25||80GB + 40GB worry-free data on Sundays|
|Singtel Data Plans||1 Day||$7||2GB|
|Singtel Data Plans||3 Day||$16||6GB|
|Singtel Data Plans||7 Day||$30||15GB|
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 three telcos offer 100GB of local data, 500 mins local outgoing calls and 100 local SMS. Both Singtel and StarHub offer 1GB of roaming data, but StarHub Happy Roam has roaming coverage for more destinations. Roaming data is not available for the M1 7-day Prepaid Tourist SIM card.
|Singtel hi!Tourist SIM Card||Singtel hi!Tourist SIM Card||StarHub Travel Prepaid SIM Card||M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM Card|
|Roaming Data||3GB (Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand)||3GB (Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand)||1GB (17 destinations)||Nil|
|Local Outgoing Calls||500 mins||500 mins||1000 mins||500 mins|
|International Calls||30 mins||30 mins||30 mins||20 mins|
|Validity||14 days||28 days||10 days||15 days|
|Other Features||Nil||Free $3 value for MRT/Bus Rides||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||M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM Card|
|Validity||28 days||28 days||30 days||30 days||120 days||12 weeks|
|Local Data||100GB (5G)||120GB (5G)||100GB||150GB||100GB||168GB (2Gb/day)|
|Roaming Data||5GB (Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand)||10GB
(Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand)
|3GB (17destinations, 30 days validity)||3GB
(Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Taiwan)
|Shared between local and roaming. Valid for 30 days (Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Taiwan)||Shared between local and roaming. Valid for 30 days (Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Taiwan)|
|Local Outgoing Calls||Unlimited||Unlimited||3,000 mins||3,000 mins||1,000 mins||5,000 mins every 4 weeks|
|International Calls||90 min||90 mins||90 mins||50 mins||20 mins||Nil|
|Local SMS||Unlimited||Unlimited||5,000||1,000||500||1,000 every 4 weeks|
|Social Messaging Apps Usage||Unlimited||Unlimited||Unlimited||Nil||Nil||Nil|
|Other Features||Nil||Nil||Unlimited local incoming calls||Nil||Nil||Unlimited incoming calls|
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.
For the best value, the $14 M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM Card offers 100GB data for just $14 over 120 days. You can also use the same data (shared across local and roaming) in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Taiwan.
For 5G speed, check out the Singtel hi!Tourist SIM. At just $30, you get 100GB (same as the other offerings) which is valid for 12 days, and unlimited calls and SMSes.
This article was first published on 31 January 2019 and updated with the latest information.
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