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Singapore: 6 Best eSIMs Compared + Discounts (2022)

Singapore – the Lion's city. The city-state is known for being incredibly clean, modern, and… the ban on chewing gum.

Yes, the last point is real, but it is enforced sparingly by immigration. Unless you try to bring in boxes of gum.

For many residents in neighboring countries, Singapore is regarded as a short-trip destination.

Perhaps a weekend out to shop, dine, or explore some attractions.

For those coming from further away, the activities mentioned above still apply, but they usually stay longer than just a weekend.

Or it is a stopover destination before continuing to the final leg of their itinerary.

The thing that makes Singapore stand out is that it is the most expensive country in Southeast Asia – by a lot.

But, the country is beautiful. Yet, you should still find ways to save on expenses where you can.

What you should not do, in many cases, is roam internationally in Singapore.

International roaming can be expensive, which is why using local and travel eSIMs is recommended to save money.

And if you get a travel eSIM, you do not have to deal with the SIM card registration bureaucracy and skip the queues in Singapore.

How much will a local or travel eSIM for Singapore cost you?

You can get an eSIM for Singapore for as little as 5 USD, with 1 GB of data for 7 days, up to 99 USD, with unlimited data for 90 days, from M1 Singapore, Airalo (Connect Lah!), Holafly & Nomad.

Those are some generous data allowances, right?

And you can even get unlimited data if you want.

See how much it would cost you to use 10 GB while roaming – much more than what Holafly would charge you for unlimited data for 90 days!

In this guide, I will go over the eSIM options offered by the Singaporean mobile operators (M1 Singapore), Airalo, Holafly & Nomad. Let's do this.

Buying an eSIM for Singapore Guide (logos of Airalo, Holafly, Nomad, M1 & Connect Lah!)

Original publication: 17th of August 2022. Last updated: 25th of August 2022.


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eSIMs offered by the Singaporean Mobile Operators

To get the best service available, in terms of reception and speeds, you want to go with the local mobile operators directly instead of with a travel eSIM.

That is because you will have a higher priority on the network in case of network congestion.

However, that does not mean travel eSIMs will always be slow.

In fact, some mobile operators throttle (prepaid) on select plans or all plans for “optimization” reasons (read: we cannot be bothered to invest in our network).

Anyway, which Singaporean mobile operators offer eSIMs to prepaid customers?

Currently, only M1 Singapore offers eSIMs to prepaid customers if you get the 12 SGD tourist eSIM.

Otherwise, no eSIMs are offered to prepaid customers

Luckily, you have other options for getting an eSIM for your trip to Singapore: travel eSIMs from Airalo (with Connect Lah!), Holafly & Nomad.

Not only can you set up these eSIMs before arriving in Singapore and activate them upon landing, but you can also avoid Singapore's SIM card registration scheme, which is mandatory for anyone using Singaporean SIM cards and eSIMs.

While mobile data is already affordable in Singapore, getting a travel eSIM will not break the bank – not at all.

Plus, I have plenty of experience with Airalo, Holafly & Nomad, and I can assure you they work well – and other Phone Travel Wiz readers also had pleasant experiences with them.

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So let's see what these travel eSIM providers have to offer in Singapore, right?


Airalo eSIMs for Singapore (Connect Lah!)

Singapore Connect Lah! eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

If I could only get a travel eSIM during my trip because I do not have the time or opportunity to buy a local SIM card or eSIM, then I would always get an eSIM from Airalo.

Airalo has eSIMs for around 190 countries, offers eSIMs at the lowest prices (on average compared to the competition) & has good service.

Airalo usually partners with the local mobile operator with the best coverage, the fastest speeds, or both.

And if it needs to partner up with multiple mobile operators, it does so, allowing you to have the best reception at all times.

Anyway, you can get a Connect Lah! eSIM for as low as 7.50 USD, with 1 GB of data, up to 45 USD, with 20 GB of data.

Those prices and data allowances are not too bad, right?

Especially knowing that the Connect Lah! eSIM uses the Singtel network – the best network in Singapore with the best coverage and the fastest speeds.

So you do not have to worry about reception and speeds with the Connect Lah! eSIM, even in remote areas.

Singtel Singapore Logo
© Singtel

The following five Singaporean Connect Lah! eSIM options are available:

  1. Singapore/Connect Lah! 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 7.50 USD
  2. Singapore/Connect Lah! 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 15 USD (most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers)
  3. Singapore/Connect Lah! 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 22.50 USD
  4. Singapore/Connect Lah! 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 33.50 USD
  5. Singapore/Connect Lah! 20 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 45 USD (most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers)
Singapore Connect Lah! eSIM Airalo (with Prices)

What do I mean by very popular and most popular?

73.5% of Phone Travel Readers get the 20 GB Connect Lah eSIM. Another 12.5% get the 3 GB version.

The rest (14%) get the 5 GB Connect Lah! eSIM.

The other options do not get any love 🥲.

For Airalo eSIMs, the links above will automatically get you the Phone Travel Wiz exclusive offers available – a code is not necessary.

Overall, the Connect Lah! eSIM gives you fantastic value for your money.


Airalo Connect Lah! eSIM Pros

Are there any other reasons why you should get the Connect Lah! eSIM for your trip? For sure:

  • You can activate your Connect Lah! eSIM as soon as you land in Singapore
  • You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access to Singapore's best mobile operator – Singtel
  • Connect Lah! eSIMs are affordable (especially compared to roaming) and have generous data allowances
  • You do not have to worry about SIM card registration with the Connect Lah! eSIM, saving you time
  • Out of data? You can simply top up online on the Airalo website and not worry about language barriers when dealing with local agents

There are many other small pros, but these are the major ones.

It would be disingenuous not to mention some cons, so here we go.

Airalo Connect Lah! eSIM Cons

So, why should you not get the Connect Lah! eSIM?

  • The Singaporean mobile operators, including Singtel itself, have much more generous data allowances
  • While you get access to Singtel's network, the best in Singapore, your speeds will not be as fast as going with Singtel itself because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
  • There is no 5G NR access with the Connect Lah! eSIM (yet)
  • You cannot call or text with the Connect Lah! eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)

Airalo Connect Lah! eSIM Overall Thoughts

Honestly, the Connect Lah! eSIM is fantastic.

The plans offered with Connect Lah! eSIMs are generous and affordable.

You get fast speeds and access to Singapore's best network, Singtel, without standing in queues or dealing with SIM card registration bureaucracy.

And everything, purchasing and topping up, can be done online on the Airalo website or Airalo app (downloading the app is recommended).

Unfortunately, you cannot call or text with the Connect Lah! eSIM, as it is a data-only eSIM.

But if you do wish to make actual calls, so not through apps like Whatsapp, consider an M1 Singapore eSIM or a Singaporean SIM card (but you will have to deal with the SIM card registration laws).


Nomad eSIMs for Singapore

Nomad eSIMs Logo
© Nomad

Another travel eSIM provider I recommend is Nomad.

In fact, I have been in close contact with Nomad as soon as I partnered up with them.

For example, upon my recommendation, it started offering the Nordics regional eSIM – an eSIM that can be used in Denmark, Finland, Sweden & Norway.

Yes, I really try to get the best offers and deals for you 🥰.

Another thing I have been pushing Nomad for, and Airalo and Holafly (to be discussed next) for that matter, is lowering its prices or increasing its data allowances.

In June, Nomad started offering a 2 GB eSIM variant upon my request for Singapore and various other Asian countries (because Phone Travel Wiz readers asked for such an eSIM) at competitive prices.

In August, Nomad dropped its prices again for its China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand & Vietnam eSIMs (which are even cheaper than Airalo – that is remarkable on its own!).

So yes, Nomad is looking out for you 👁👁.

Anyway, in Singapore, it uses the Truphone network, which uses a combination of local networks (M1 Singapore, Singtel & StarHub), allowing your eSIM to switch to the network with the best reception automatically.

This way, you will always be connected!

You have the following six options with Nomad for Singapore:

  1. Singapore 1 GB eSIM for 7 days, costing 5 USD/5 EUR/4.50 GBP/6.50 CAD
  2. Singapore 2 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 10 USD/10 EUR/8.50 GBP/13 CAD
  3. Singapore 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 13 USD/13 EUR/11 GBP/17 CAD
  4. Singapore 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 15 USD/15 EUR/12.50 GBP/19.50 CAD
  5. Singapore 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 21 USD/21 EUR/17.50 GBP/27.50 CAD
  6. Singapore 20 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 30 USD/29.50 EUR/25 GBP/39 CAD
Singapore eSIMs Nomad
Singapore Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

Even though Nomad dropped its prices for Singapore eSIMs, you can still get 3 USD off your first Nomad purchase by using code ADU123!

Of course, going with Nomad has some pros and cons, so let's go over them.

Nomad Singapore eSIM Pros

So, why should you get a Nomad eSIM? Because:

  • You can activate your Nomad Singapore eSIM as soon as you land in Singapore
  • You do not have to worry about SIM card registration, saving you time
  • You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access on all Singaporean networks, allowing you to have the best reception at all times
  • Nomad Singapore eSIMs are the cheapest eSIMs offered in this guide
  • You can avoid expensive international roaming fees
  • Out of data? You can simply top up online on the Nomad website and not worry about language barriers when dealing with local agents

But it is not all good news with Nomad though – there are some disadvantages.

Nomad Singapore eSIM Cons

So, why should you not get the Nomad Singapore eSIM?

  • The Singaporean mobile operators have much more generous data allowances and cheaper plans
  • While you get access to five networks, your speeds will not be as fast as going with the Singaporean mobile operators themselves because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
  • There is no 5G NR access with the Nomad Singapore eSIM
  • You cannot call or text with the Nomad Singapore eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)

Nomad Singapore eSIM Overall Thoughts

Overall, the Nomad Singapore eSIM is a great premium eSIM offering with the lowest prices in this guide.

You will always have the best reception because the Nomad Singapore eSIM automatically switches to the best network at your location.

However, just like the other travel eSIMs mentioned in this guide, you do not get a (local) phone number with the Nomad Singapore eSIM.

Moreover, you can only get up to 20 GB of data.

Luckily, you can top up your Nomad Singapore eSIM with more data if you want.


Holafly eSIMs for Singapore

Holafly Logo
© Holafly

The last travel eSIM provider I recommend is Holafly.

In June 2022, Holafly introduced something that no other travel eSIM provider had done by that time.

You can now get unlimited data plans for Singapore, several other Asian countries, almost all European Union member states (except for Liechtenstein) & a few other countries, like Canada and the United States.

And that is super exciting!

Now, I have to say that the unlimited data plans offered by Holafly are more expensive than the Airalo Singapore eSIM or the eSIMs sold by Nomad.

But if you do not want to worry about data allowances, Holafly is the one to go for.

The Holafly eSIMs use the StarHub network, the best overall network in Singapore

StarHub Singapore Logo
© StarHub

You have the following seven Singapore eSIM options with Holafly:

Singapore eSIMs Holafly

Based on the emails I have received, the 20-, 30- & 60-day plans are popular because those who buy Holafly eSIMs tend to stay in Singapore for a prolonged period to explore the country.

As I recently started my collaboration with Holafly, you can get 5% off each purchase whenever you use code PHONETRAVELWIZ – awesome, right?

Of course, there are some pros and cons with going with Holafly, so let's go over them.

Holafly Singapore eSIM Pros

So, why should you get the Holafly eSIMs? Well, because of the following:

  • You can purchase and set up your Holafly Singapore eSIM before arriving in Singapore (and activate it upon landing)
  • You do not have to worry about SIM card registration, saving you time
  • You get full (up to 4G/LTE) access on the StarHub network – the best overall network in Singapore
  • You do not have to deal with data caps because you get unlimited data (77 GB – here I come!)
  • You can avoid expensive international roaming fees

But it is not all good news with Holafly though – there are some disadvantages.

Holafly Singapore eSIM eSIM Cons

So, why should you not get a Holafly Singapore eSIM?

  • While the Singaporean mobile operators do not offer unlimited data plans (yet), their plans are much cheaper than Holafly
  • While you get access to the StarHub network, your speeds will not be as fast as going with StarHub itself because you will be roaming on their networks (and not be a native customer)
  • There is no 5G NR access with the Holafly eSIM
  • You cannot call or text with the Holafly eSIM (nor can you receive them – you get no (local) phone number)
  • Holafly is the most expensive travel eSIM provider in this guide

Holafly Singapore eSIM Overall Thoughts

Overall, the Holafly Singapore eSIM is an excellent eSIM for those who do not want to deal with data caps because you get unlimited data.

Even then, you will still get fast speeds and 4G/LTE reception.

However, Holafly is the most expensive option in this guide and may not be the best for budget travelers.


Best eSIMs for in Asia (not just Singapore)

So what if you plan to visit neighboring Indonesia? Malaysia? Or other countries in East Asia or Southeast Asia?

Unfortunately, you cannot use your Airalo Connect Lah!, Holafly Singapore, or Nomad Singapore eSIMs in any country than Singapore.

However, the three eSIM providers have eSIMs covering several East Asian and Southeast Asian countries.

I highly recommend these Asia/APAC eSIMs if you plan to visit multiple East- and Southeast Asian countries to save money!

Airalo Asialink Asia eSIM

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

Airalo recently heavily improved its Asia eSIM, which used to offer a meager 4 GB of high-speed data before allowing for unlimited data at snail speeds, following the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries.

The Eurolink eSIM is the most popular eSIM for Phone Travel readers, and I have no doubt that the Asialink eSIM will be popular too.

Just like in Europe, many readers tend to visit multiple Asian countries, so they would rather have a travel eSIM covering multiple countries than just one (like Singapore).

The Asialink eSIM can be used in the following 14 countries:

Below is an overview of how much each Asialink eSIM costs:

  1. Asia/Asialink 1 GB eSIM for 1 day, costing 5 USD
  2. Asia/Asialink 3 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 13 USD – very popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  3. Asia/Asialink 5 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 20 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  4. Asia/Asialink 10 GB eSIM for 30 days, costing 37 USD – most popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  5. Asia/Asialink 50 GB eSIM for 90 days, costing 100 USD
  6. Asia/Asialink 100 GB eSIM for 180 days, costing 185 USD
Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo (with Prices)

Holafly & Nomad eSIMs for Europe

Because of Airalo's previous Asia eSIM, I used to recommend Nomad's APAC eSIMs instead (to be used in 8 countries).

This eSIM can be used in Australia, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore & Thailand (1 GB/7 days/15 USD – 20 GB/30 days/69 USD).

APAC eSIMs Nomad
APAC Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

The Holafly Asia eSIM has only one variant: 8 GB for 30 days, costing 47 USD/49 EUR/34 GBP.

This eSIM can be used in Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand & Vietnam.

Asia eSIMs Holafly

Basically, the same countries as the Airalo Asialink eSIM with just fewer options (1 variant (8 GB) vs. 6 variants (1 GB/3 GB/5 GB/10 GB/50 GB/100 GB)) and much more expensive.

So yeah, the Asialink eSIM is superior, I would say.

Remember, the Airalo links above will automatically offer you the best deals.


Overview of the Best eSIMs for Singapore (Airalo vs. Holafly vs. Nomad)

In this guide, I went over various eSIMs for Singapore: Airalo (Connect Lah!), Holafly & Nomad.

Below is an overview of my recommendation order:

  • Airalo's Singapore Connect Lah! eSIM (best value for money)
  • Airalo's Asia Asialink eSIM (best value for money when also visiting other East- and Southeast Asian countries)
  • Nomad Singapore eSIM (cheapest and excellent performance)
  • Holafly Singapore eSIM (truly unlimited data plans at premium prices)
  • Holafly Asia eSIM (to be used in 13 countries)

Remember to use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for Holafly eSIMs and code ADU123 for Nomad eSIMs – a code is not necessary for Airalo eSIM purchases.


Buying a SIM Card in Singapore

Want to just use a SIM card but not your current one because roaming will be criminally expensive?

Consider getting a Singaporean SIM card instead – local SIM cards are the cheapest way to stay connected abroad.

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