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Guide To Overseas Data Roaming Plans In 2024

Travelling overseas? Here are the best overseas data roaming plans to activate


Now that travel is in full swing, you may be planning a trip abroad – whether it’s for a holiday, work trip or a semester studying overseas. Before you fly, there’s one more important thing to get: an overseas mobile data plan.

A good overseas data roaming plan has become an essential part of any trip today. Lose your way finding that tourist attraction? Check Google Maps. Need a ride to get to your meeting? Hail a taxi or Grab/ Gojek/ Uber. Want to know what time that restaurant closes before you find your way there? Check the internet.

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Why Choose Overseas Data Roaming Plans?

There are a few options when it comes to obtaining mobile data during your overseas trips, including add-on overseas data roaming plans, renting a WiFi router, or using a pre-paid overseas data SIM card.

In general, roaming providers will restrict you to their preferred network partners and this may result in spotty mobile coverage when you are travelling in more remote locations.

Using an overseas data roaming plan is probably the simplest and easiest option. You just have to add on the overseas data roaming plan to your existing local mobile plan. Most of the time, this can be done instantly via your mobile provider’s app. Payment will typically be included in your next bill – making it a fuss-free choice.

The one disadvantage is that you would be tied to the overseas data roaming plans provided by your existing mobile plan provider. If you are a Singtel user, you cannot choose Starhub’s overseas data roaming plan, even if it is better suited to your needs.

If you are a frequent traveller, it may be worth switching your regular mobile plan provider to one that provides the best overseas data roaming plan for your desired destination countries. Thankfully, the availability of SIM-only plans also make it easy for you to switch or get a second line.

Read Also: WiFi Router VS Data Roaming VS Overseas Data SIM Card: Which Should You Choose For Your Next Overseas Trip?

Overseas Data Roaming Plans By Mobile Plan Providers In Singapore

In general, most mobile plan providers (including SIM-only plans) have overseas data roaming options that can be added to your mobile plan. This can be single-destination data roaming (meaning you can only use it in one country) or multi-destination data roaming (which is suitable if you intend to travel to more than one location).

Singtel ReadyRoam

Singtel users have access to ReadyRoam which can be activated using the My Singtel app. This can be done up to 30 days before your trip or activated instantly.

Frequent travellers may also consider activating AutoReadyRoam which automatically activates the lowest tier multi-destination ReadyRoam plan (from $5/GB) for you. Any relevant charges will be billed accordingly (i.e. ReadyRoam Neighbours Malaysia, or for ReadyRoam Asia if you’re visiting Australia).

Plan Price Validity Countries
ReadyRoam Neighbours Indonesia / Malaysia / Thailand 1 GB for $5 30 days Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand – 3 destinations
ReadyRoam Asia 4 GB for $18 30 days Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (Data roaming is currently unavailable), New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam – 18 destinations
ReadyRoam Worldwide 6 GB for $40 30 days Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar (currently unavailable), Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovak Republic (Slovakia), South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, UAE, UK, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan and Vietnam – 81 destinations
ReadyRoam Others 1 GB for $60 30 days Albania, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo DRC, Costa Rica, Cote d Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Faroe Islands,  Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Gabon, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greece, Grenada, Guam, Guernsey, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Maldives, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar (currently unavailable), Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovak Republic (Slovakia), Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos,  UAE, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam and Zambia – 157 destinations

 

Starhub DataTravel

Starhub users have DataTravel which gives roaming data from as low as $6 across up to 195 destinations. This can be activated via My Starhub App or SMS instantly or scheduled from 24 hours to 30 days in advance.

Those who are afraid of unwittingly enabling data roaming and consuming too much data have the option to activate DataRoamCap. Once the data roaming charges hit $100, data roaming service will be automatically disabled until the next billing cycle.

Additionally, StarHub also offers DataTravel Unlimited for unlimited data usage at $30 per day. You can even stay connected with unlimited data while travelling with their Inflight Connectivity ($25 per day) and Maritime Connectivity ($25 per day) options.

Plan Price Validity Countries
DataTravel Asia Pacific 1 GB for $6 3 days Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (currently disabled), New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
2 GB for $16 30 days
3 GB for $20 30 days
DataTravel Global 2 GB for $40 30 days USA (List of 50 states in USA),  Canada, UAE, Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (currently disabled), New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Albania, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Jordan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay
3 GB for $50 30 days
DataTravel Everywhere 1 GB for $80 30 days Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (currently disabled), New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam​, Albania, Argentina, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guerney, Hungary, Iceland, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jersey, Jordan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Palestine, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovak, Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, UAE, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uruguary, USA​, Anguilla (Caribbean), Antigua and Barbuda (Caribbean), Aruba (Caribbean), Azerbaijan, Barbados (Caribbean), Bermuda (Caribbean), Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba, British Virgin Islands (Caribbean), Colombia, Congo (Democratic Republic), Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica (Caribbean), Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Gabon, Ghana, Greenland, Grenada (Caribbean), Guam, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea Bissau, Guyana, Haiti (Caribbean), Honduras, Jamaica (Caribbean), Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mongolia, Montserrat (Caribbean), Mozambique, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, South Africa, St Kitts and Nevis (Caribbean), St Lucia (Caribbean), St Vincent (Caribbean), Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor Leste, Tonga, Turks and Caicos (Caribbean), Uganda, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Zambia​, Afghanistan, Algeria, Armenia, Bahamas, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands (Caribbean), Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Cyprus, Dominican Republic, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gambia, Georgia, Guadeloupe, Guinea, Iraq, Isle of Man, Lesotho, Liberia, Maldives, Mali, Martinique, Mauritius, Republic of Moldova, Morocco, Northern Mariana Island, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Swaziland, Tunisia, Zimbabwe​

 

M1 Data Passport

M1 users have the Data Passport which allows you to use existing local data as your overseas data roaming. This is valid a month from activation and can be activated via My M1+ app. There is also an option for recurring Data Passport which will be valid on a monthly recurring basis until deactivated.

If you fully utilised your local data under Data Passport, the excess data will be charged at $12.22/GB. There is an activation fee of $5 for each Data Passport activation.

There is also Unlimited Data Roaming for $15 or $25 per day for selected countries.

Plan Price Validity Countries
Single Destination $15 Data Passport $15 One month from the date of activation Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Isle of Man, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand
Single Destination $35 Data Passport $35 Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Mauritius, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, USA (including Hawaii, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands, and excludes Alaska and Guam)
$35 ASEAN Data Passport $35 Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam.
Myanmar is temporarily unavailable.
$65 ASIA Data Passport $65 Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam.
Myanmar is temporarily unavailable.
$65 Europe Data Passport $65 Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Guam, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jersey, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia,  Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom

 

SIMBA Super Roam

All SIMBA (formerly TPG) mobile users have free 1 GB or 2 GB data roaming to Malaysia and up to 62 countries. SIMBA users can also use the SIMBA 4G Voice App to make calls to and from Singapore using their plan entitlements.

Additionally, SIMBA offers their SIMBA SuperRoam plan which offers 10 GB data roaming as part of their regular mobile plan. There is also SuperRoam MY which offers 10 GB data roaming in Malaysia.

Plan Price Validity Countries
SuperRoam 50GB $20 30 days Malaysia – 50 GB

Group A countries (excluding Malaysia) – 8 GB

SuperRoam Max $25 30 days Group A to D – 10 GB
Inflight roaming (Aeromobile) only available on selected airlines

 

Group Pay Per User
(Charging is per 10MB)
Countries
A $4 Per GB (excess charges after 100% usage of data roaming quota) Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guiana, French West Indies, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Malta, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Reunion, Romanian, Saint Pierre & Miquelon, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam
B $8 Per GB Brazil, Israel, Morocco, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, UAE
C $15 Per GB Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Chile, Georgia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Mauritius, Mexico, Montenegro, Russia,  Serbia,  Tunisia, Ukraine
D $30 Per GB Armenia, Bahrain, Benin, Botswana,  Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea – Bissau, Honduras, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Peru, Republic of the Congo, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uruguay, Zambia

 

Circles.Life GoRoam

Circles.Life users can give their mobile plans a short-term overseas data roaming boost with GoRoam APAC and GoRoam EU/USA. They also have the option of recurring data roaming with GoRoam Plus.

Plan Price Validity Countries
Borderless (SG + Roaming) $30 30 days Singapore, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand
SuperRoam Asia $20 30 days Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand
SuperRoam Global 2 GB for $12

 

30 days Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan, USA and Vietnam
5 GB for $20
SuperRoam Europe 2 GB for $35 30 days Malta, France, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Albania, UK, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Turkey
GoRoam APAC Plus 1 GB for $8 7 days Australia, Bangladesh, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam
2 GB for $16
5 GB for $40
GoRoam Europe 100 MB for $7.50 7 days Malta, France, Belgium, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Albania, UK, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Netherlands, Romania, Turkey
200 MB for $15

 

MyRepublic Roam Like Home

MyRepublic users have Roam Like Home which can be purchased as one-off boosters or monthly recurring add-ons.

Plan

 

 

Price

 

Validity

 

Countries

 

Roam Like Home – Roam Asia I

 

$3.90 for 500 MB 1 day

 

Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong
$7.90 for 1 GB 7 days

 

Roam Like Home – Asia II & US

 

$8.90 for 1GB 7 days China, Macau, The US
Roam Like Home – Asia III & Canada $14.90 for 1 GB 7 days Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Canada
Roam Like Home – Pacific $16.90 for 1GB 7 days Australia, New Zealand
Roam Like Home – Emerging Asia

 

$16.90 for 1GB

 

7 days

 

India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Brunei, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia

 

 

Roam Worldwide

 

$39.90 for 1GB 30 days Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, UK, Luxembourg, Malta, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Latvia, Ukraine, Serbia, Montenegro, Romania, Bahrain, Azerbaijan, Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Canada, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Macau, US, Australia, New Zealand, India, Myanmar, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Brunei, Bangladesh, and Qatar

 

giga gigaRoam

giga users have access to gigaRoam which has two data roaming passes. Up to 5 passes may be activated at one time or you can buy the next pass when one runs out.

Plan Price Validity Countries
gigaRoam APAC $5 for 1GB 5 days Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
gigaRoam ROTW (Rest of the World) $15 for 1GB 15 days Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and United States of America.

 

GOMO Roaming

GOMO users also have access to Roaming. Rates are mainly available on their GOMO app.

Plan Price Validity Countries
Roam Single Destination – Indonesia $10 for 10 GB 14 days Indonesia
$5 for 4 GB 7 days
Roam Single Destination – Philippines $19 for 15 GB 15 days Philippines
$10 for 7 GB 7 days
Roam Single Destination – Thailand $14 for 100 GB 7 days Thailand
Asia Pack $15 for 4 GB 15 days Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam – 15 destinations
$6 for 1 GB 5 days
Worldwide Pack $30 for 4 GB 15 days Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar (currently unavailable), Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Vietnam – 50 destinations
$12 for 1 GB 7 days

 

Changi Mobile

Changi Mobile users have access to FlexiRoam Unlimited Data. This offers anytime easy roaming activation, auto-recurring roaming option and unlimited data option.

Plan Price Validity Countries
Travel Pack 1

 

$18 for unlimited data 3 days

 

Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand

 

$24 for unlimited data 5 days
$5 for 1 GB 30 days
$12 for 3 GB 30 days
$20 for 5 GB

 

30 days

 

Travel Pack 2

 

 

 

$30 for unlimited data 3 days Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, United States and Vietnam

 

 

$40 for unlimited data 5 days
$10 for 1 GB 30 days
$24 for 3 GB 30 days
$35 for 5 GB 30 days
Travel Pack 3 $14 for 1 GB 30 days Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, South Korea, Sri Lanka
$35 for 3 GB
$50 for 5 GB
Travel Pack 4 $15 for 1 GB 30 days India
$42 for 3 GB
$60 for 5 GB
Travel Pack 5 $30 for 1 GB 30 days Albania, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom
Travel Pack 6 $26 for unlimited data 3 days China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan
$36 for unlimited data 5 days
7 Days Travel SIM Package – Unlimited Data $45 for unlimited data 7 days Australia, South Korea
7 Days Travel SIM Package – Unlimited Data $30 for unlimited data 7 days Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand

 

CMLink Roaming

CMLink users can share their data across Singapore, mainland China and Hong Kong as part of their regular mobile plans. The regular mobile plans also include international calls to mainland China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and USA numbers.

Plan Price Validity Countries
Malaysia 30 Days 1GB Data $5 for 1GB 30 days Malaysia
Thailand 30 Days 1GB Data $5 for 1GB 30 days Thailand
Indonesia 30 Days 1GB Data $5 for 1GB 30 days Indonesia
9 Destinations 30 days 1GB Data $12 for 1GB 30 days Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand
15 Destinations 30 Days 4GB Data $18 for 4GB 30 days Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, Macau SAR China, Taiwan China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam
78 Destinations 30 Days 6GB Data $40 For 3GB 30 days Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, East Timor, Eucador, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau SAR China, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Netherlands Norway, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Panama, Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan China, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, UK, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam

 

VIVIFI Go

VIVIFI users have VIVIFI Go which offers both Data Roaming and Roaming Voice and SMS.

Plan Price Validity Countries
VIVIFI Go – MYS $5 Per GB 7 days Malaysia
VIVIFI Go – THA $5 Per GB 7 days Thailand
VIVIFI Go – IDN $5 Per GB 7 days Indonesia
VIVIFI Go – ROAM1 $17 For 2GB 14 days Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam
VIVIFI Go – ROAM2 $33 Per 3GB 21 days Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Slovak Republic (Slovakia), South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, UAE, UK, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam
VIVIFI Go – ROAM3 $63 for 1GB 21 days Albania, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chad, Chile, China, Colombia, Congo DRC, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, Gabon, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Grenada, Guam, Guatemala, Guernsey, Haiti, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Slovak Republic (Slovakia), Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turks and Caicos, UAE, Uganda, UK, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia
VIVIFI Go – ROAM4 $22 for 3 GB 14 days China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan

eight

All users of eight will be able to access international roaming with no additional charge in over 58 countries.

eight offers a sim-only mobile plan that provides 188GB local data for as low as $8 a month. Within the plan, users can also enjoy 8GB APAC Roaming when they visit Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, India and Taiwan and 1GB International  Roaming data in over 58 countries.

 

You can upgrade to a higher-tier mobile plan with 388GB local data at $18 per month.

 

Plan Price Validity Countries
188GB

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$8 for 8 GB APAC Roaming and 1 GB Intl Roaming (inclusive of 188 GB local data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30 days APAC Roaming:
Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, India and Taiwan,
Intl Roaming:
Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Laos, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao, Malaysia, Mongolia, Netherland, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan ,Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom,United States, Vietnam 
388GB

 

$18 for 58 GB Malaysia Roaming, 8 GB APAC Roaming and 2 GB Intl Roaming (inclusive of 388 GB local data)

 

 

Best Data Roaming Plan For Short Trips to JB/ Malaysia

The best value is eight. On top offering 188 GB local data, its plan also provides 8 GB overseas data roaming for six APAC countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, India and Taiwan as well as 1 GB data roaming for over 58 countries. All this for a total of $8 a month.

SIMBA also offers free 1 GB or 2 GB data roaming as part of their regular mobile plans.

Singtel, Starhub, VIVIFI, Changi Mobile, CMLink and giga all offer between $5 to $6 for 1 GB for data roaming in Malaysia.

Best Data Roaming Plan For Short Trips to Bintan/ Batam/ Indonesia

The best value again is eight, which offers 8 GB data roaming for six APAC countries and 1 GB data roaming for over 58 countries. SIMBA offers free 1 GB or 2 GB data roaming as part of their regular mobile plan as well. Even if you exceed, their add-on data is among the cheapest at $4 per GB for Indonesia.

VIVIFI, Changi Mobile, CMLink and giga offer $5 for 1 GB for data roaming in Indonesia.

Best Data Roaming Plan For Unlimited Data Overseas

M1 and Starhub offer unlimited data roaming on a per day basis, while Changi Mobile offers unlimited data for 7 days. Between these options, the cheapest choice will depend on your destination country and range from $15 to $30 per day.

Best Data Roaming Plan For Travelling Connectivity

If you are an avid seafarer, or fan of yachts and cruises, Starhub’s Maritime Connectivity is the only option for data roaming at sea and may be well-worth considering if you are frequently out at sea.

Starhub is also the only mobile provider that offers data roaming in the air with their Inflight Connectivity. However, most airlines do offer their in-plane WiFi options which will not require you to switch your regular mobile plan provider.

Best Data Roaming Plan For Exchange Students Or Short Overseas Postings

For exchange students or workers sent on overseas posting, changing to a local mobile plan or juggling an additional local SIM card may be a hassle, especially when you are there only for a few months. Most likely, you would still want to retain and access your Singapore number (such as for banking OTPs) but most short-term data roaming plans will be insufficient for your needs.

This is where M1’s Data Passport which enables you to convert your local data bundle to overseas data roaming really shines. Sure, you have to pay both the activation fee ($5 one-time) and the fee for Data Passport (from $15 monthly) but it may be well worth the expense, as you won’t need to switch mobile numbers or juggle multiple SIM cards.

Some SIM-only Plans Already Include Free Data Roaming

While it is quite simple to activate data roaming just before we travel, our regular mobile plan provider may not be offering the best deal, especially if we are frequent travellers.

Currently, three providers stand out for providing free data roaming as part of their regular mobile plans: SIMBA, CMLink and eight.

SIMBA offers free 1 GB or 2 GB data roaming to 57 Group A destinations built-in to their regular mobile plans and make calls when overseas using their plan entitlements using the TPG 4G Voice App. For short trips, this may be sufficient for most travellers. For longer trips, TPG’s SIMBA SuperRoam plan offers 10GB data roaming as part of their regular mobile plan.

Frequent travellers to mainland China and Hong Kong, may want to consider CMLink. CMLink’s regular mobile plans allows you to share your data usage across Singapore, mainland China and Hong Kong as part of their regular mobile plans. The regular mobile plans also include international calls to mainland China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and USA numbers.

New mobile service provider eight provides the most amount of overseas roaming data – up to 8GB – as part of its regular mobile plans. Users will be able to enjoy free 8GB data roaming in six countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, India and Taiwan as well as 1 GB data in over 58 countries. Users will also be able to make international calls when they’re abroad.

Travel Tips

As more countries move towards a cashless society, we can now visit countries with less physical cash required. Cashless transactions are not only safer and more convenient, but would allow us to enjoy more competitive exchange rates as compared to traditional moneychangers.

If you do not have a multi-currency account or wallet, you can register for YouTrip, and receive a S$5 welcome credit when you use the DollarsAndSense promo code “DNS5”). In addition to making payments in over 150 foreign currencies, YouTrip allows you to exchange and store up to 10 currencies in your wallet.

Another great option is the Revolut Card, where you can receive a bonus S$15 top-up to your account when you sign up using the DollarsAndSense link. It offers a choice of three tiers of its card, with the free standard tier allowing you to hold and send money in more than 30 currencies

You can also use Wise for competitive exchange rates as well as one of the largest currency options on the market. You can store and exchange over 40 currencies, including the Malaysian Ringgit. With Wise, you can also send and receive funds like a local in certain currencies, as you can receive a local bank account number in several countries, including Australia, Eurozone, the UK and Hungary.

This article was first written on 19 May 2022 and has been updated with the latest information.

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