12 Best SIM-Only Mobile Plans in Singapore: Singtel vs StarHub vs M1 (2022)

Gone are the days when you’d have to sign up with one of the big 3 telcos — Singtel, Starhub and M1 — just for mobile data.

With one of these cheap SIM-only data plans, you’d no longer have to commit for 2 years and be obligated to wait for re-contract discounts on your new handset. Just take the money you save on your SIM-only plan, and get yourself a new phone on Lazada.

With so many new players and virtual telcos like Circles.Life, SIMBA (formerly TPG), redONE and so on joining the fray, mobile data plans are now a buyer’s market. Check out how the cheapest SIM-only mobile plans stack up.

Contents

  1. Overview: 12 cheapest SIM only plans
  2. Singtel SIM-only plans: GOMO
  3. M1 SIM-only plans
  4. Starhub SIM-only plans
  5. Starhub SIM-only plans: giga!
  6. SIMBA (formerly TPG) SIM-only plans
  7. Circles Life SIM-only plans
  8. redONE SIM-only plans
  9. VIVIFI SIM-only plans
  10. Zero 1 SIM-only plans
  11. My Republic SIM-only plans
  12. China Mobile SIM-only plans
  13. GridMobile SIM-only plans (closed down)
  14. Cheapest SIM-only plans comparison
  15. Bonus: Best credit card for telco bills

1. 12 Cheapest SIM only plans under $20/month

SIM only planMonthly subscriptionData / outgoing talk time / SMS
Circles Life $5 Plan$52GB / 50 mins / 25 SMS
redONE Amazing 8$85GB / 300 mins / 300 SMS
VIVIFI Lite$8.803GB / 500 mins / 20 SMS
Zero 1 Starter Plan$6.906GB / 150 mins / 100 SMS
SIMBA (formerly TPG)$10100GB / unlimited mins / unlimited SMS to SIMBA lines
giga (Starhub)$106GB / 500 mins / 500 SMS
MyRepublic Lite$1018GB (for 6 months), 8GB (thereafter) / 300 mins / 300 SMS
CMLink (China Mobile)$10.8012GB / 100 mins / 100 SMS
Grid Mobile (ceased operation)
Circles Life Basic Plan$1820GB / 100 mins / 25 SMS
GOMO (Singtel)$2020GB / 200 mins / 200 SMS
M1$17.9580GB (for 12 months), 50GB (thereafter) / 1,000 mins / 1,000 SMS
Starhub$2080GB (for 3 months), 60GB (thereafter) / unlimited mins / 1,000 SMS

2. Singtel SIM-only plans: GOMO (from $20/month)

GOMO piggy backs on Singtel’s 4G network. With Singtel being one of the three main telcos in Singapore, the GOMO sub-brand serves to get a slice of the marketshare.It now has 2 main plans:

  • 20GB ($20/month)with 200 minutes of talk time and 200 SMS. Use GOMO promo codeFLASHDEAL to get 100GB data, 500 minutes of talk time and 500 SMS.
  • 60GB ($30/month)with 500 minutes of talk time and 500 SMS. Use GOMO promo code ROLL5OFF to get 100GB data, 1,000 mins, and 1,000 SMS.

Although its $20 for 20GB plan used to be the market leader, it’s now facing stiff competition from SIMBA (formerly TPG), MyRepublic and M1. That said, it’s still a good price for the security of a Singtel product.You can manage your plan easily with the GOMO app.

3. M1 SIM-only plans (from $17.95/month)

Shortly after Singtel’s GOMO and Starhub’s giga!, M1 joined the SIM-only plan. But instead of trying to ingratiate itself with millennials, M1 hassimply updated their one SIM-only offering.This SIM-only plan is fully customisable to your needs, and there are 2 main plans you can chose from:

  • $17.95/month for 80GB data for the first 12 months and 50GB thereafter with 1,000 mins of talk time and 1,000 SMS.
  • $19.95/month for 100GB data for the first 12 months and 50GB thereafter1,000 mins of talk time and 1,000 SMS.

If you’re a new customer, there are pretty good promotions that M1 is currently running:

  • $17.95/month for 80GB of datafor the first 12 months + 57GB bonus data for a month and 50GB thereafter, 1,000 minutes talk time, 1,000 SMS. Plus unlimited weekend data and unlimited calls to 3 M1 numbers.
  • $19.95/month for 100GB data for the first 12 months +57 GB bonus data for a month and 50GB thereafter1,000 mins of talk time and 1,000 SMS. Plus 1-year supply of Nature’s Farm Buffered Vitamin C1000. Sign-up with the promo code M1VITC.

4. Starhub SIM-only plans (from $2o/month)

Beyond its sub-brand giga!, Starhub also offers SIM-only plans under its main brand with no contractual obligations. If you’re like most boomers who only trust and believe in the 3 main telcos because you think they are as legit as it gets, you’ll be limited to the following plan:

  • $20/month for 80GB data for the first 3 months and 60GB thereafter with unlimited talk time and 1,000 SMS.

If you sign-up for the SIM-only plan via the My Starhub app, you can enjoy a month of cloud gaming on GeForce NOW. Alternatively, if you’re willing to commit for at least 6 months and sign-up through the My Starhub app, you’ll be entitled 2 months of free Disney+ subscription.

5. Starhub SIM-only plans: giga! (from $10/month)

Giga! is Starhub’s entrant on the virtual telco scene, and it has 2 plans to choose from:

  • $10/month for6GB of data, 500 minutes of talk time and 500 SMS.
  • $20/month for 100GB of data + 50GB bonus data for 3 months and 50GB thereafter, with500 minutes of talk time and 500 SMS. To enjoy the bonus data, sign-up with promo code GIGADATA.
  • $25/month for 120GB of data + 60GB bonus data for 3 months and 60GB thereafter, with 2,000 minutes of talk time and 2,000 SMS.To enjoy the bonus data, sign-up with promo code GIGADATA.
  • $45/month for 150GB of data + 50GB for 3 months and 100GB thereafter, with 10,00 minutes of talk time and 10,000 SMS.To enjoy the bonus data, sign-up with promo code GIGADATA.

The $25/month and $45/month giga plans are on the expensive side — although that’s a crapload of data and talk time.So if you’re a modest phone user, the $10/month plan should be enough. Giga! plans allroll over unused data for 2 months, which means you can theoretically get more data than you paid for.

There’s also currently an ongoing “Pop-up plan” promotion til 31 July 2022:

  • $18/month for 100GB of data + 50GB for 3 months and 50GB thereafter with 500 minutes of talk time and 5,000 SMS.To enjoy the bonus data, sign-up with promo code GIGADATA.

6. SIMBA (formerly TPG Singapore) SIM-only plans (from $10/month)

To mark its second year in Singapore, TPG Singapore officially rebranded itself as SIMBA earlier this year. Ithas 2 “spoil market” SIM-only plans:

  • 100GB ($10/month) with unlimited minutes to local mobile numbers, unlimited SMSto SIMBA lines, plus free data roaming to 57 selected countries.
  • 130GB ($18/month)with unlimited minutes to mobile numbers,unlimited SMSto SIMBA lines, plus free data roaming to 57 selected countries.

Sounds like an amazing deal, but the downside is that SIMBA’s VoLTE feature does not work with all devices. If you’re wondering what is the VoLTE feature, it’s a technology that allows voice calls to be made on 4G network. And because SIMBA’s mobile network is built on 4G technology, it is essential that the mobile phone you are using is VoLTE capable. Otherwise, you might not be able make voice calls on your mobile phone. While most phones support 4G that might not automatically mean that they are VoLTE capable. To be sure, check here for a list of compatible handsetspublished on SIMBA’s website.

Note: If you/your parents are 60 years old and above, consider SIMBA’s Seniors Digital Plan at $5/month.

7. Circles Life SIM-only plans (from $5/month)

Circles Life has the absolute cheapest SIM-only plan on the market at just $5/month. Here are the options:

  • Circles Life $5 Plan: 2GB data,50 minutes of talktime 25 SMSes, free caller ID
  • Circles Life $10 Plan:5GB data, 100 minutes of talktime and 25 SMSes
  • Circles Life Basic Plan $18/month:20GB of data, 100 minutes talktime, free caller ID

The biggest downside is a very high one-time SIM card registration fee of $38. However, if your friends or family are with Circles Life, you canfullywaive offthis registration feeif you use their referral code.

8. redONE SIM-only plans (from $8/month)

redONE is a Malaysian telco with some attractive SIM-only plans.Choose from 4 redONE plans:

  • redONEAmazing8 plan ($8/month)gives you 5GB of data, 300 minutes of talk time and 300 SMS.
  • redONE Amazing18 plan ($18/month) offers 25GB, 500 minutes of talk time and 20 SMS.
  • redONE Amazing28 plan ($28/month) has 50GB, 800 minutes of talk time and 800 SMS.
  • redONE Amazing38 plan ($38/month) gives you80GB, 1,000 minutes of talk time and 1,000 SMS.

Its main selling point is that the bundled mobile data can be used in Singapore and Malaysia — clearly the plans are aimed at Malaysians living here.

9. VIVIFI SIM-only plans (from $8.80/month)

VIVIFI is yet another virtual telco with 4 SIM-only plans to choose from:

  • VIVIFI Lite ($8.80/month) with 3GB data, 500 minutes of talk time and 20 SMS.
  • VIVIFI Plus ($9/month) with 6GB data, 350 minutes of talk time and 100 SMS.
  • VIVIFI Binge ($18/month or $25/month) with 50GB data, 300 minutes of talk time and 300 SMS OR with 70GB,300 minutes of talk time and 300 SMS.
  • VIVIFI Share ($40/month ) with 180GB data, 1,000 minutes of talk time and 100 SMS.

While the first 3 SIM-only plans are pretty self-explanatory, we actually like the more expensive VIVIFIShare Plan the most.

You can share this plan with up to 9 other users; each additional user has to pay$6/month.This arrangement may be suitable for couples with young children or elderly.

So for example, you, your husband and your child share a VIVIFI plan.You pay the base price of $40 and an additional $12 to add on 2 users. The total price comes up to $52, and 3 of you get to share a total of 180GB data. If you do the math, that’s comes up to $17.22/month per user.

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VIVIFI is also currently celebrating its 3rd birthday and what this means for you is…promotions! Here are the ongoing promotions:

  • VIVIFI Binge ($16/month) with 50GB data + 30GB bonus date for 12 months, 3GB free data roaming for 6 months, 300 minutes of talk time and 300 SMS. Promo valid til 31 August 2022.
  • VIVIFI Binge ($23/month) with 70GB data + 30GB bonus date for 12 months, 3GB free data roaming for 6 months, 300 minutes of talk time and 300 SMS. Promo valid til 31 August 2022.
  • VIVIFI Share ($40/month ) with 180GB data, 1,000 minutes of talk time and 100 SMS for 1 mainline and 2 sublines for 6 months. Sign-up with promo code VIVIFITURNS3.

Keep up with current VIVIFI promotions here.

10. Zero 1 SIM-only plans (from $6.90/month)

Zero 1’s gimmick is that all their plans have “unlimited” data.Apparently, you get 4G speeds on the first GBs that you pay for. Thereafter, your data will be at “managed” speed (read: slow but supposedly “usable”). But at least you’re not forced to top up for extra data.

  • Zero 1 Starter Plan ($6.90/month) offers 6GB data, 150 minutes of talk time, and 100 SMS.
  • Zero 1 Jumbo 60 Plan ($12/month) has 60GB data, 500 minutes of talk time and 50 SMS.
  • Zero 1 Jumbo 100 Plan ($20/month) has 100GB data, 800 minutes of talk time and 100 SMS.

Do note that for Zero 1, you’ll need to pay a one-time registration fee of $10.70.

11. MyRepublic SIM-only plans (from $10/month)

MyRepublic has refreshed its offerings to be more competitive than before, especially with its current (indefinite?) flash sale. Here are the plans:

  • Lite ($10/month) for18GB of data for first 6 months 8GB thereafter, 300 minutes of talk time and 300 SMS.
  • Core (currently $17/month; usually $20) for 80GB of data for first 6 months 60GB thereafter, 500 minutes of talk time and 500 SMS.
  • Pro (currently $20/month; usually $29) for 100GB of data for first 6 months 80GB thereafter, 1,000 minutes of talk time and 1,000 SMS.
  • Unlimited (currently $25/month; usually $39)for unlimiteddata (5GB at full speed, managed speeds thereafter) 2,000 minutes of talk time and 2,000 SMS.

Although the Lite plan is the cheapest, we prefer the similarly-priced giga! for its rollover data feature. The Core plan is the best of the lot at just $17 if 50GB — perfect if your phone isn’t compatible with SIMBA (formerly TPG).

12. China Mobile SIM-only plans (from $10/month)

For newcomers, China Mobile has these SIM-only plans to offer:

  • 6GB ($10.80/month)with 100 minutes of talk time and 100 SMS.
  • 25GB ($20.80/month)with 300 minutes of talk time and 300 SMS.
  • 35GB ($30.80/month)with 400 minutes of talk time and 400 SMS.
  • 50GB ($40.80/month)with 500 minutes of talk time and 500 SMSes.

As you can guess from its name, China Mobile is very much aimed at mainland Chinese living in Singapore or Singaporeans travelling abroad.

Allof its data can be shared across Singapore, mainland China and Hong Kong, while its talk time can be used either locally or to selected countries (China, Hong Kong, Malaysia,Indonesia, Thailand and USA).

13. GridMobile (closed down)

GridMobile closed for good on 6 December 2021. While it was still around, it used to offer a$17.90/month plan, also thecheapest 20GB plan on the market. It was a good option if your data usage exceeds 10GB (and your phone isn’t compatible with TPG).Users could also earn gridPoints to offset bills, get cash back, or spend at merchants like Grab and Shopee.

14. Cheapest SIM only plans comparison

How do you know which plan to sign up for? Here’s a quick guide:

SIM-only plan comparison: giga or MyRepublic ($10/month)

SIM only planMonthly subscriptionData / outgoing talktime / SMS
Starhub giga!$106GB / 500 min / 500 SMS
MyRepublic Lite$1018GB (for 6 months), 8GB (thereafter) / 300 mins / 300 SMS

Our recommendation for lite phone users is either giga or MyRepublic, whose $10/month plans are comparable. However, with the My Republic Lite plan, you do get 18GB for the first 6 months and 8GB thereafter. The giga! plan is attractive for its rollover data policy that can possibly give you more data than you’re paying for.

If you don’t want to sacrifice your data: SIMBA (formerly TPG) ($10/month) or MyRepublic ($17/month)

SIM only planMonthly subscriptionData / outgoing talktime / SMS
SIMBA (formerly TPG)$10100GB / unlimited / unlimited to other SIMBA lines
MyRepublic$17 (promo price; U.P. $20)80GB for first 6 months, 60GB thereafter/ 500 min / 500 SMS
GOMO (Singtel)$2020GB / 200 min / 200 SMS
M1$17.9580GB (for 12 months), 50GB (thereafter) / 1,000 mins / 1,000 SMS

If your phone is compatible with SIMBA (formerly TPG), you really can’t beat it’s $10 plan. Like we said, they spoil the market.

Otherwise, we like MyRepublic ($17/month), GOMO ($20/month) andM1 ($17.95/month). All 3 plans come with a decent amount of talktime and SMS, so they won’t make you feel like you’re sacrificing any part of your life just to save a few bucks.

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FAQs

Which is better Singtel StarHub or M1? ›

With an impressive score of 81.5 on a 100 point scale, StarHub is the outright winner of the Games Experience award. The operator wins by a margin of around three points over M1 and Singtel which share second place with statistically tied scores of 77.7-78.9 points.

Which is better Singtel or StarHub? ›

Singtel is the overall winner in three out of the four categories that we featured. However, the good news is that both telcos offered sanguine outlooks, in a sign that there are better days to come.

Which telco has the best coverage in Singapore 2021? ›

However, StarHub comfortably wins the award again — this time with a score of 56.4 Mbps, ahead of Singtel's score of 48.1 Mbps. Its lead over second-placed Singtel has increased by 1.3 Mbps to 8.3 Mbps as Singtel's score fell by 2.1 Mbps, while StarHub's dropped by only 0.8 Mbps.

Which SIM is best in Singapore? ›

If you want to buy the best SIM card in Singapore, I recommend going with Singtel. It is the fastest mobile operator in the country. Consider its, or M1's or StarHub's, tourist SIM cards with 100 GB for as little as 12 SGD.

Which network has best coverage in Singapore? ›

Singtel is arguably the fastest data provider in the country with the best coverage. Starhub (www.starhub.com) – The second fastest data provider in the country with second best coverage, Starhub services close to 2 million mobile customers and has almost 30% of the Singapore market.

Which is the best mobile service provider in Singapore? ›

TL;DR: Best SIM-Only Plan Singapore (August 2022)
SIM-Only PlanMonthly PriceNetwork
Recommended: GOMO (5G, 60GB)$25Singtel
Best Value: MyRepublic Mobile's Unlimited Data$25StarHub/M1
For heavy data users
Recommended: giga! (150GB)$45StarHub
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Which network is the fastest in Singapore? ›

Surf the web effortlessly with Singapore's Fastest Mobile Network. Based on analysis by Ookla®️ of Speedtest Intelligence®️ data Q1–Q2 2020, Singtel is Singapore's Speedtest Awards™ Winner for mobile network speed during Q1—Q2 2020.

Is M1 data good? ›

M1 and Singtel placed in the Very Good (65-75) category with scores of 74.2 and 73.9, respectively — while TPG earned a Good rating (55-65) due to its score of 64.5 points. M1 and Singtel are statistically tied for second place and StarHub led by about 1.7 points.

Is GOMO better than Singtel? ›

Putting aside minute differences in network speed and coverage, both telcos offer competitively priced data plans. On a cost-per-GB basis, GOMO takes the win, with its S$20 for 50GB plan narrowly nudging out giga's S$25 for 60GB plan.

Which telco has 5G in Singapore? ›

The 3 major telecommunication companies in Singapore have started providing 5G mobile plans, including Singtel, Starhub and M1. Here are the 5G pre-paid plans available for the various telecommunications listed below.

Is Gomo and Singtel the same? ›

GOMO is backed by Singtel's 4G network. For all that's said and done, Singtel was recently awarded the fastest 4G peak throughput speeds, which makes it one of the most reliable networks in Singapore.

What is the best network provider for my area? ›

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Which telco is under Singtel? ›

Singtel. StarHub. SIMBA (previously TPG Singapore)

Which mobile data is best? ›

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  • 1 1. Airtel Rs. 449 Plan.
  • 2 2. Airtel Rs. 293 Plan.
  • 3 3. Vodafone Rs. 244 Plan.
  • 4 4. Idea Rs. 347 Plan.
  • 5 5. Jio Rs. 399 Plan.
  • 6 6. Jio Rs. 309 Plan.
  • 7 7. Aircel Rs. 348 Plan.
  • 8 8. BSNL Rs. 395 Plan.
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How many SIM cards can a person have in Singapore? ›

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) first introduced regulatory controls on prepaid SIM cards in 2005. Under the current regime, a subscriber must be at least 15 years old, and can subscribe to up to a maximum of 10 prepaid SIM cards.

How is M1 coverage? ›

Available in more areas now, M1's True 5G SA network covers about 50% of Singapore including CBD, Marina Bay Financial Centre, key town centres and high data usage areas such as Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Chinatown, Clementi, Orchard Road, Pasir Ris, Paya Lebar, Sengkang, Tampines and Woodlands.

Which mobile data is fastest? ›

T-Mobile swept all three major categories for mobile speeds and the 5G subcategories. According to the report, T-Mobile has a download speed of 117.83 Mbps, up from 90.65 Mbps during Q4 2021. This makes T-Mobile more than twice as fast as AT&T. For latency, T-Mobile actually tied with Verizon Wireless at 31 ms.

Is Singapore 5G ready? ›

Singtel and a joint venture by StarHub and M1 were issued final awards in June 2020 to operate 5G networks in Singapore, allowing them to deploy nationwide standalone networks that deliver full-fledged 5G capabilities.

How is M1 coverage? ›

Available in more areas now, M1's True 5G SA network covers about 50% of Singapore including CBD, Marina Bay Financial Centre, key town centres and high data usage areas such as Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Chinatown, Clementi, Orchard Road, Pasir Ris, Paya Lebar, Sengkang, Tampines and Woodlands.

Can I use Singtel router for StarHub? ›

All TP-Link WiFi 6 routers are compatible with all Internet service providers in Singapore, including, Singtel, Starhub, M1, MyRepublic, ViewQwest and more. TP-Link routers are fully compatible with the Singtel TV services.

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