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4 Best Prepaid SIM Cards in Singapore: Buying Guide

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.

You can do so by using a local SIM card – a Singaporean one, so that you can enjoy local rates instead of roaming internationally.

International roaming can be expensive, even with mobile operators from other Southeast Asian countries.

But most of them do have attractive Southeast Asia roaming rates.

So, how much do SIM cards cost in Singapore, and are they worth it?

Singaporean SIM Cards are available from 8 SGD (6 USD) from the Big Three (Singtel, M1 & StarHub) and 10 SGD (7.50 USD) from TPG Mobile. The Big Three have tourist SIM cards with 100 GB for as little as 12 SGD (9 USD). SIM cards are available at their stores, Changi Airport & convenience stores.

100 GB for just 12 SGD/9 USD!? What a deal!

While I rarely recommend tourist SIM cards in any of my guides, Singapore is one of the countries where I do recommend one get a tourist SIM card.

Not only is the data allowance insane, and it is 100 GB for the Big Three, regardless of the SIM card price, you also get roaming data, local/international minutes & local SMS – amazing deal.

But, there are many more options in Singapore, and there is also a lot more to learn.

In this guide, I will go over everything you need to know about buying a SIM card in Singapore. Let’s do this.

Buying a SIM Card in Singapore Guide (logos of Singtel, M1, TPG Mobile & StarHub)

Original publication: 16th of December 2019. Last updated: 13th of October 2021.

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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Singapore?

Anyone 15 or 16 years old (depending on the mobile operator) or older living in or visiting Singapore can buy a Singaporean SIM card from the mobile network operators (Singtel, StarHub, M1 & TPG Mobile Singapore) with some restrictions.

The main restriction is that you can only have three active SIM cards in your name in Singapore.

Besides that restriction, you are free to use Singaporean SIM cards.

You do have to comply with the SIM card registration regulations.

Moreover, you need a phone that supports the frequencies used in the country (preferably all of them to have the most optimal experience while in Singapore).

Furthermore, you need to have a SIM-lock-free device.

Where Can You Buy a SIM Card in Singapore?

You can get a Singaporean SIM card in Singtel, M1, StarHub & TPG Mobile stores or from 7-Eleven or Cheers conveniece stores. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Singapore Changi International Airport (except for TPG Mobile SIM cards).

You can expect to pay the following for Singaporean SIM cards:

  • Singtel: 8 SGD, 15 SGD & 38 SGD
  • M1 Singapore: 8 SGD, 14 SGD, 25 SGD & 60 SGD
  • StarHub: 8 SGD, 15 SGD & 38 SGD
  • TPG Mobile Singapore: 10 SGD

The following mobile operators also have SIM cards targeting tourists:

  • Singtel: 12 SGD, 30 SGD & 50 SGD
  • M1 Singapore: 12 SGD, 30 SGD & 50 SGD
  • StarHub: 12 SGD & 32 SGD
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Can You Use Your Phone in Singapore?

Singapore uses GSM technology for mobile communications. CDMA phones will not work in Singapore. If your phone has a SIM card slot, then it supports GSMA (99% of the phones do support GSM nowadays).

Traditional European frequencies are used in Singapore, which are mostly used in ITU Regions 1 and 3 (Africa, Asia (including the Middle East), Europe & Oceania).

The Americas (North-, Central– & South America + the Caribbean – ITU Region 2) use American Frequencies, which differ from the European ones.

ITU Regions Map
By Maximilian Dörrbecker (Chumwa) – Own work, using this file by Denelson83, CC BY-SA 2.5

If you bought your phone in Africa, Asia, Europe, or Oceania (ITU regions 1 and 3), you should not experience any issues with using your phone in Singapore.

If you purchased your phone in the Americas (ITU Region 2) and have a low/medium-end device (without Tri-Band or Quad-Band) support, then there is a possibility you cannot use your phone when in Singapore or can only use slower networks (3G or 2G).

If you have a medium/high-end device with Tri-Band or Quad-Band support, you can use your phone in Singapore (to some extent) – also on 4G/LTE.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Singapore

Singapore has four mobile network operators offering prepaid services:

  • Singtel
  • M1 Singapore
  • StarHub
  • TPG Mobile Singapore

The following frequencies are used in Singapore:

  • 2G: shut down on the 1st of April 2017
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7 & Band 38)
  • 5G NR: 2100 MHz (n1) & 3500 MHz (n78) – not for prepaid

You can learn more about frequencies in the video below.

To check whether your phone will work in Singapore, check out this page by Will My Phone Work (may be outdated or inaccurate at times).

Again, make sure your phone is unlocked. Otherwise, you will not be able to use any SIM card except the one from your home operator (meaning you have to roam internationally or buy another unlocked phone that does support the frequencies listed above).

If you want to learn how international roaming works, this guide explains it in-depth. If you wonder why it is often so expensive to roam, this article explains the hidden reason they do not want you to know.

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5G NR in Singapore

Commercial 5G NR has been available in Singapore since September 2020, while trials have been held earlier. It is available on the Singtel, M1 Singapore & StarHub networks. TGP Mobile Singapore is still conducting tests (but it already has a license). 5G NR is not available to prepaid customers (yet).

Best SIM Card 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.

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SIM Card Registration in Singapore

SIM card registration, with the use of your passport information, is mandatory in Singapore. This will be done at the point of purchase.

Moreover, you can have up to three active prepaid SIM cards ACROSS all mobile operators in Singapore.

This restriction applies to both Singaporean citizens and non-citizens (including migrant workers and tourists).

What happens when you try going over this limit? I do not know – be my guest and try it ;)

Singapore Mobile Speeds, Mobile Internet Prices & Insights

Flag of Singapore

Singapore is known for its technological developments, together with Hong Kong.

That is more than double the global average (110 Mbps).

So, what about Singapore's mobile broadband network?

We will get to that later – first, let's talk about the mobile data rates in Singapore.

Is it expensive? Not at all.

The average price for 1 GB of data in Singapore is 1.09 USD, around the Asian average of 1.79 USD. The world average is 4.07 USD.

Singapore Mobile Data Rates 2021

Yes, mobile data rates in Asia are crazy low – just like the cost of living in the region… except for Singapore of course, ha.

Asian Mobile Internet Rates Totals 2021

Now, let's talk about internet speeds. Is it fast in Singapore?

Yes – I would say blazing-fast.

Singapore's average mobile download speed is around 92 Mbps, placing the nation in the top 20 fastest countries.

Compared to a year earlier, the average mobile download speed has increased by 58.6%.

While many other countries who have seen even more drastic increases than Singapore, even though 58.6% is impressive, things are bound to get faster.

5G NR on 3500 MHz (n78) is being rolled out nationwide, resulting in download speeds reaching up to 1 Gbps (aka 1000 Mbps+).

Okay, now it is time to know which mobile operator is the fastest in Singapore.

That would be Singtel, with a speed score of 83.83. Followed by StarHub (72.30), M1 Singapore (44.68) & TPG Mobile Singapore (23.49).

Right now, Singtel is also winning the 5G NR race, with a median download speed of 189.55 Mbps. Followed by M1 Singapore (110.43 Mbps) and StarHub (103.40 Mbps).

Sadly, 5G NR is not available to prepaid customers, so we cannot enjoy those speeds… yet.

What about overall network performance by the Singaporean mobile operators?

Basically, besides speeds, the Big Three (Singtel, M1 Singapore & StarHub) are alike.

Yes, one may be better with calls, and the other may be better for online gaming, but the differences are rather minimal.

But then again, Singapore is not big… so we should have high expectations of the mobile operators here ;)

With reasonably priced SIM cards, basically perfect nationwide coverage, blazing-fast mobile speeds, and insanely low mobile data rates, you should have a smooth network experience in Singapore.

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Currency in Singapore

100 Singapore Dollar Bank Note
© Monetary Authority of Singapore

Singapore uses the Singapore Dollar (colloqially known as Sing or Sing-dollar) with the symbol SGD (which will be used throughout this article).

Prices in Singapore are listed in just $ or S$. For example, 25 SGD = $/S$ 25.

For reference, below are some exchange rates between SGD and USD (US Dollars – Rounded):

  • 1 SGD = 0.60 USD
  • 10 SGD = 6.40 USD
  • 100 SGD = 63.90 USD

For up-to-date SGD:USD exchange rates, search SGD to USD on Google, or replace USD with the currency you use.

If your credit/debit card charges you foreign exchange fees, get yourself a Wise Borderless Account and Debit Card.

Their fees are MUCH lower than banks, and credit card companies charge you (and Wise is transparent about their fees, unlike banks).

I have saved literal THOUSANDS of Euros, my main currency, when using Wise abroad when traveling compared to my debit and credit cards. Open a Wise account FREE!

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Singaporean Prepaid SIM Cards

Below, I will guide you through Singtel, M1 Singapore, StarHub & TPG Mobile Singapore, and go through:

  • Background information
  • Mobile coverage
  • SIM card types, prices, and availability
  • Recharge/top-up information
  • Combo plans, data plans, and special packs (such as social media packs)

With that being said, let’s see what Singapore to offer to us.


Singtel

Singtel Singapore Logo
© Singtel

Singtel is the largest mobile operator in Singapore.

It has a market share of around 50%.

The company is also active in other countries, including Australia (as Optus – 100%), India (Bharti Airtel – 40%), Indonesia (Telkomsel – 35%) & the Philippines (Globe Telecom – 47%).

Singtel uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: shut down in 2017
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7 & Band 38)
  • 5G NR: 2100 MHz (n1) & 3500 MHz (n78)- not for prepaid

This is what you will learn about Singtel:

* Coverage
* How to Get a Singtel SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* Review
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Singtel

Singtel has basically excellent coverage throughout Singapore.

However, this is a standard in the country. 4G/LTE reception can be found anywhere.

Below is Singtel's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – Singtel

You can buy a Singtel SIM card, called hi!Card, for 8 SGD, 15 SGD & 38 SGD in Singtel stores (1/2/3) or convenience stores (7-Elevens or Cheers). (Tourist) SIM cards are also sold at Singapore Changi Airport.

Singtel Singapore hi!Prepaid SIM Card $8
© Singtel

The following SIM cards are available:

PriceSIM CardCreditDataValidity
8 SGDhi! Prepaid SIM $810 SGD (30 days)1.5 GB (30 days)90 days
15 SGDhi! Prepaid $1515 SGD3 GB GB (120 days) + 5 GB (30 days)120 days
38 SGDSG-M'Sia hi! Prepaid SIM38 SGD11 GB (30 days) 1180 days

1 3 GB of the 11 GB data allowance can also be used in Malaysia

You can extend the validity of your hi!Card by 180 days by topping up at least once.

Singtel Singapore SG-M'Sia hi! Prepaid SIM
© Singtel

TIP: use the Singtel Prepaid hi!App to top-up to get 2 GB for free with each top-up.

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the Singtel Tourist SIM cards.

They include 100 GB (!) of data, roaming data, minutes & SMS.

Singtel Singapore Tourist SIM Cards
© Singtel

The Singtel Tourist SIM cards come in the following variants:

PriceDataRoaming Data 2Social Media Data Local MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidity
12 SGD100 GB1 GB“Unlimited”, 1 GB/day (7 GB)500 minutes30 minutes100 SMS7 days
30 SGD100 GB3 GB“Unlimited”, 1 GB/day (12 GB)“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes90 minutes“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS12 days
50 SGD100 GB5 GB“Unlimited”, 1 GB/day (15 GB)“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes90 minutes“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS15 days 

1 Facebook, Line, WeChat & WhatsApp
2 in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand for 30 days

Singtel Tourist SIM cards are sold at Singapore Changi Airport, Singtel stores (1/2/3), 7-Eleven & Cheers convenience stores.

Singtel Singapore Tourist SIM Cards Perks

Be aware that the 12 SGD SIM card is often out of stock at the airport (because the sellers want to upsell you to the 30 SGD or 50 SGD SIM cards).

You either have to keep insisting you want that particular SIM card, or you can get it outside the airport, such as Singtel stores.

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Singtel

Singtel top-up vouchers are sold in Singtel stores (1/2/3) and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

Singtel Singapore 50 SGD Top Up Card
© Singtel

To top up your Singtel SIM card, call 9676 7777 and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *100# or *100*1# to check your Singtel balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the Singtel Prepaid hi!App (Android/iOS).

Singtel Singapore Singtel Prepaid hi!App
© Singtel

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – Singtel

Singtel has 10 data-featured plans:

All Singtel plans can be activated on the Singtel Prepaid hi!App.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Singtel Singapore Data Plans
Ultimate Plans (Combo) – Singtel

The Ultimate Plans (Combo) are combo bundles with data, minutes & SMS, unlike the data-only version.

Ultimate Plans (Combo) can be activated on the Singtel Prepaid hi!App:

PriceDataLocal MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidity
15 SGD5 GB500 minutesN/A100 SMS28 days
35 SGD60 GB 15000 minutesUp to 2000 minutes500 SMS28 days

1 120 GB when activated on the Singtel Prepaid hi!App
2 to Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma & Philippines. Minute allowance differs per destination, but it is undisclosed

5-Day/7-Day Plans – Singtel

The 5-Day/7-Day Plans are data-only bundles for, as the name suggests, five or seven days.

5-Day/7-Day Plans can be activated on the Singtel Prepaid hi!App:

PriceLocal/Malaysia DataValidity
2 SGD100 MB5 days
8 SGD1 GB7 days
10 SGD10 GB7 days
Ultimate Plans (Data) – Singtel

The Ultimate Plans (Data) are data-only bundles.

Ultimate Plans (Data) can be activated on the Singtel Prepaid hi!App:

PriceDataValidity
7 SGD2 GB1 day
16 SGD6 GB3 days
30 SGD15 GB7 days
SG•M'sia Data Pass – Singtel

The SG•M'sia Data Pass is, as the name suggest, a data-only plan with use for in both Singapore and Malaysia.

It costs 10 SGD and features 1 GB of data for 28 days. The plan can be activated on the Singtel Prepaid hi!App.

PriceLocal/Malaysia DataValidity
10 SGD1 GB28 days
4-Week Plans – Singtel

The 4-Week Plans are data-only bundles valid for, as the name implies, four weeks.

4-Week Plans can be activated on the Singtel Prepaid hi!App:

PriceDataValidity
10 SGD1 GB28 days
20 SGD3 GB28 days
25 SGD20 GB28 days
30 SGD40 GB 1, 228 days

1 also in Malaysia
2 +free Banglaflix & Viu

Value+ Data Plan – Singtel

The Value+ Data Plan is a data-only bundle with 2.5 GB of data and unlimited data for KKBOX, Line, MeRadio, Saavn, Smule, Spotify & WhatsApp.

The Value+ Data Plan can be activated on the Singtel Prepaid hi!App:

PriceDataApp DataValidity
13 SGD2.5 GBUnlimited28 days
Social Data Plans – Singtel

The Social Data Plans are data-only bundles for Facebook, Line, WeChat & WhatsApp individually.

Social Data Plans can be activated on the Singtel Prepaid hi!App:

PriceDataAppValidity
0.50 SGD1 GB/dayWeChat1 day
0.50 SGD1 GB/dayWhatsApp1 day
1 SGD1 GB/dayFacebook1 day
1 SGD1 GB/dayLine1 day
3 SGD1 GB/day (7 GB)WeChat7 days
3 SGD1 GB/day (7 GB)WhatsApp7 days
5 SGD1 GB/day (7 GB)Facebook7 days
6 SGD1 GB/day (7 GB)WeChat7 days
6 SGD1 GB/day (30 GB)WeChat30 days
6 SGD1 GB/day (30 GB)WhatsApp30 days
9 SGD1 GB/day (30 GB)Facebook30 days
12 SGD1 GB/day (30 GB)WeChat30 days
Singtel Singapore Social Data Plans for Facebook, Line, WeChat & WhatsApp
hi!Music Plans – Singtel

The hi!Music Plans are unlimited data-only bundles for KKBOX, MeRadio, Saavn, Smule & Spotify streaming.

hi!Music Plans can be activated on the Singtel Prepaid hi!App:

PriceKKBOX, MeRadio, Saavn, Smule & Spotify DataValidity
0.99 SGDUnlimited1 day
1.99 SGDUnlimited7 days
2.99 SGDUnlimited30 days
Standalone Plans – Singtel

The Standalone Plans are data-only bundles for Facebook Messaging, Hotstar, IMO, Instagram, Netflix, Skype, TraceTogether, Viber, WeChat, WhatsApp, or YouTube individually.

Standalone Plans can be activated on the Singtel Prepaid hi!App:

PriceDataAppValidity
1 SGD1 GBInstagram1 day
1 SGD1 GBIMO1 day
1 SGD1 GBYouTube1 day
1.50 SGD1 GBSkype1 day
2 SGDUnlimitedTraceTogether30 days
3 SGD3 GBSkype3 days
4 SGD7 GBYouTube1 day
5 SGD3 GBNetflix7 days
6 SGD5 GBIMO7 days
6 SGD7 GBWhatsApp7 days
7 SGD7 GBInstagram7 days
7 SGD7 GBFacebook Messenger7 days
7 SGD7 GBWeChat7 days
7 SGD7 GBViber7 days
8 SGD5 GBHotstar7 days
10 SGD7 GBIMO30 days
13 SGD10 GBWhatsApp30 days
15 SGD10 GBInstagram30 days
15 SGD18 GBIMO30 days
15 SGD10 GBFacebook Messenger30 days
20 SGD10 GBViber30 days
20 SGD10 GBWeChat30 days
Singtel Singapore Standalone Plans
Bundle Plans – Singtel

The Bundle Plans are data-only plans for bundles of apps, including e-commerce, video streaming, and messaging apps.

Bundle Plans can be activated on the Singtel Prepaid hi!App:

PriceDataPlanAppsValidity
8 SGD10 GBE-CommerceAliExpress, Amazon, Carousell, Lazada, Shopee & Taobao30 days
8 SGD10 GBBankingDBS, OCBC, POSB & UOB30 days
8 SGD10 GBMessagingLine, Telegram, Viber & WhatsApp 30 days
8 SGD10 GBPaymentAlipay, DBS Paylah, Google Pay, PayPal & Singtel Dash30 days
10 SGD8 GBVideoLikee, TikTok & YouTube30 days
10 SGD10 GBChinaBaidu, QQ, WeChat & Weibo30 days
10 SGD10 GBGamingArena of Valor, Candy Crush Saga, PUBGMobile & Mobile Legends30 days
10 SGD10 GBSocialFacebook, Instagram, LinkedIn & Twitter30 days
Singtel Singapore Bundle Plans

Review – Singtel

I had the chance to try out Singtel when I was in Singapore.

Be sure to read my Singtel review if you are considering getting a Singtel SIM card.

APN/Internet Settings – Singtel

  • Name: Singtel
  • APN: hicard

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M1 Singapore

M1 Singapore Logo
© M1 Singapore

M1 Singapore, just M1 and not to be confused with the M1 finance app, is the second-largest mobile operator in Singapore.

It used to be known as MobileOne in the past.

M1 shares its 5G NR network with StarHub.

Unfortunately, 5G NR is not available to prepaid customers (yet).

M1 uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: shut down in 2017
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 900 MHz (Band 8), 1800 MHz (Band 3) & 2600 MHz (Band 7)
  • 5G NR: 2100 MHz (n1) & 3500 MHz (n78)- not for prepaid

This is what you will learn about M1:

* Coverage
* How to Get an M1 SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* Review
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – M1 Singapore

M1 has basically excellent coverage throughout Singapore.

However, this is a standard in the country. 4G/LTE reception can be found anywhere.

Below is M1's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – M1 Singapore

You can buy an M1 SIM card, called M Card, for 8 SGD, 12 SGD, 25 SGD & 60 SGD in M1 stores or convenience stores (7-Eleven or Cheers). (Tourist) SIM cards are also sold at Singapore Changi Airport.

M1 Singapore SIM Card
© M1 Singapore

The following SIM cards are available:

PriceCreditDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
8 SGD10 SGD1.5 GB (30 days)N/AN/A90 days
14 SGD14 SGD4 GB (120 days) + 4 GB (30 days)N/AN/A180 days
25 SGDN/A2 GB/day (56 GB)5000 minutes1000 SMS28 days
60 SGDN/A2 GB/day (168 GB)5000 minutes/28 days (15 000 minutes) 1000 SMS/28 days (3000 SMS)84 days
M1 Singapore SIM Cards

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM cards.

They include 100 GB (!) of data, roaming data, minutes & SMS.

The M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM cards come in the following variants:

PriceDataRoaming Data 1Local MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidity
12 SGD 2100 GBN/A500 minutes20 minutes100 SMS7 days
30 SGD100 GB3 GB3000 minutes50 minutes5000 SMS12 days
50 SGD100 GB5 GB3000 minutes50 minutes5000 SMS14 days

1 Hong Kong (SmarTone HK), Indonesia (Indosat & XL Axiata), Macau (SmarTone Macau), Malaysia (Celcom) & Taiwan (Chunghwa Telecom)
2 also as eSIM for these compatible devices: iPhone SE 2020, iPhone XS/XS/XS Max, Samsung Galaxy Note 20/20 Ultra 5G, Samsung Galaxy S20/S20+/S20 Ultra 5G, Samsung Galaxy Fold & Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

The M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM cards are sold at Singapore Changi Airport, M1 stores, 7-Eleven & Cheers convenience stores.

M1 Singapore Tourist SIM Cards

Be aware that the 12 SGD SIM card is often out of stock at the airport (because the sellers want to upsell you to the 30 SGD or 50 SGD SIM card).

You either have to keep insisting you want that particular SIM card, or you can get it outside the airport, such as M1 stores.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – M1 Singapore

M1 top-up vouchers are sold in M1 stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

M1 has several types of top-ups that act like plans, which are the Stay Connected The Way You Want, All-in-One Top-Ups & Power Up On Data and Voice.

You have the following Stay Connected The Way You Want top-ups:

PriceCreditDataLocal SMSValidity
10 SGD10 SGDN/A30 SMS120 days
18 SGD18 SGD + 3 SGD (30 days)1 GBN/A180 days
20 SGD20 SGD + 3 SGD (30 days)2 GB (7 days)60 SMS180 days

You have the following All-in-One Top-Ups:

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
11 SGD1 GB/day (7 days)100 minutes100 SMS7 days
16 SGD1 GB/day (14 GB)500 minutes500 SMS14 days
24 SGD2 GB/day (56 GB)5000 minutes1000 SMS28 days
26 SGD3 GB/day (84 GB)5000 minutes 1600 SMS28 days
58 SGD2 GB/day (168 GB)5000 minutes/28 days (15 000 minutes) 1000 SMS (3000 SMS)84 days

1 +400 minutes to Bangladesh, 1000 minutes to China, 1000 minutes to India, 200 minutes to Indonesia, 500 minutes to Malaysia & 80 minutes to the Philippines

You have the following Power Up On Data and Voice:

PriceInternational CreditDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
19 SGD5 SGD2.5 GB1000 minutes500 SMS30 days
30 SGD10 SGD5 GB1000 minutes1000 SMS30 days

To top up your M1 SIM card, dial #100*1*VoucherCode# or call 9760 0000 and follow the instructions.

For example, if your voucher code is 123456, you would dial #100*1*123456#.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *100*1*1# or *100*2*1# to check your M1 balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the M1 Prepaid app (Android/iOS).

M1 Singapore M1 Prepaid App
© M1 Singapore

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – M1 Singapore

M1 has three data-featured plans:

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Data Packs – M1 Singapore

The Data Packs (3-day, 7-day & 30-day) are, as the name suggests, data-only plans.

Data Packs can be activated by dialing *100*3#:

PriceData 1SIM Validity ExtensionValidity
1 SGD10 MBN/A7 days
2 SGD100 MBN/A3 days
5 SGD300 MBN/A30 days
5 SGD1 GBN/A3 days
7 SGD1 GBN/A7 days
10 SGD1 GB120 days30 days
10 SGD2 GB120 days7 days
14 SGD4.5 GB120 days30 days
21 SGD15 GB180 days30 days
28 SGS60 GB180 days30 days
33 SGD100 GB180 days30 days

1 free data roaming in Hong Kong (SmarTone HK), Indonesia (Indosat & XL Axiata), Macau (SmarTone Macau), Malaysia (Celcom) & Taiwan (Chunghwa Telecom)

M1 Singapore Data Packs
M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM Card Top Up – M1 Singapore

The M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM Card Top Up is the only plan available to the M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM Card.

It costs 2 SGD and includes 300 MB, 60 local minutes, 5 international minutes & 100 SMS for 1 day.

The M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM Card Top Up can be activated on the M1 Prepaid app.

PriceDataLocal MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidity
2 SGD300 MB60 minutes5 minutes100 SMS1 day
M1 Singapore Tourist SIM Top Up
Social Packs – M1 Singapore

The Social Packs are data-only plans for Facebook, WeChat & WhatsApp.

Social Packs can be activated by dialing *100*3*3#:

PriceApp DataAppValidity
5 SGD30 GBWeChat30 days
5 SGD30 GBWhatsApp30 days
7 SGD32 GBFacebook30 days
M1 Singapore Social Packs

Review – M1 Singapore

I had the chance to try out M1 when I was in Singapore.

Be sure to read my M1 review if you are considering getting an M1 SIM card.

APN/Internet Settings – M1 Singapore

  • Name: M1
  • APN: sunsurf

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StarHub

StarHub Singapore Logo
© StarHub

StarHub is the third-largest mobile operator in Singapore.

StarHub shares its 5G NR network with M1 Singapore.

Unfortunately, 5G NR is not available to prepaid customers (yet).

  • 2G: shut down in 2017
  • 3G: 900 MHz & 2100 MHz
  • 4G/LTE: 1800 MHz (Band 3), 2100 MHz (Band 1) & 2600 MHz (Band 7 & Band 38)
  • 5G NR: 2100 MHz (n1) & 3500 MHz (N78) – not for prepaid

This is what you will learn about StarHub:

* Coverage
* How to Get a StarHub SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* Review
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – StarHub

StarHub has basically excellent coverage throughout Singapore.

However, this is a standard in the country. 4G/LTE reception can be found anywhere.

Below is StarHub's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – StarHub

You can buy a StarHub SIM card for 8 SGD, 15 SGD, or 50 SGD in StarHub stores or convenience stores (7-Eleven or Cheers). (Tourist) SIM cards are also sold at Singapore Changi Airport.

StarHub Singapore SIM Card
© StarHub

The following SIM cards are available:

PriceCreditDataSocial Media Data 1Roaming Data 2International MinutesValidity
8 SGD8 SGD1 GB (30 days)N/AN/A30 minutes90 days
15 SGD15 SGD7.2 GBUnlimitedN/AN/A180 days
50 SGD50 SGD100 GB (10 days)N/A5 GB (30 days)N/A180 days

1 Line, WeChat &WhatsApp
2 Happy Roam countries: Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom & United States

StarHub Singapore SIM Cards

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the StarHub Traveler SIM cards.

StarHub Singapore Tourist SIM Card
© StarHub

They include 100 GB (!) of data, roaming data, minutes & SMS.

The M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM cards come in the following variants:

PriceDataRoaming DataLocal MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidity
12 SGD100 GB1 GB500 minutes30 minutes100 SMS7 days
32 SGD100 GB3 GB (30 days)3000 minutes90 minutes5000 SMS12 days

1 Happy Roam countries: Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom & United States

The StarHub Traveler SIM cards are sold at Singapore Changi Airport, StarHub stores, 7-Eleven & Cheers convenience stores.

StarHub Singapore Tourist SIM Cards

Be aware that the 12 SGD SIM card is often out of stock at the airport (because the sellers want to upsell you to the 32 SGD SIM card).

You either have to keep insisting you want that particular SIM card, or you can get it outside the airport, such as StarHub stores.

Dial *123# to access the StarHub menu.

Dial *123*7*1# to change the system's language to English (if it is somehow in Chinese or Indonesian).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – StarHub

StarHub top-up vouchers are sold in StarHub stores and many other establishments, such as kiosks, gas stations & grocery stores.

The following top-up are available:

Top-UpBonus Credit (30 days)Validity
10 SGDN/A120 days
18 SGD2 SGD180 days
20 SGD3 SGD180 days
30 SGD4.50 SGD180 days
50 SGD7.50 SGD180 days
80 SGD12 SGD180 days

You also have the Voice and Data Top-Ups, which basically act as a combo plan:

PriceCreditDataLine & WeChat DataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
17 SGDN/A200 MBUnlimited120 minutes500 SMS30 days
25 SGD10 SGD400 MBUnlimited120 minutes500 SMS50 days
StarHub Singapore Voice and Data top-ups

To top up your StarHub SIM card, dial *123# and follow the instructions.

You can also recharge online with (international) debit and credit cards.

Dial *123# to check your StarHub balance.

You can also top up and check your balance on the StarHub Prepaid App app (Android/iOS).

StarHub Singapore Prepaid App
© StarHub
Validity Extension – StarHub

It is possible to extend the validity of your SIM card and credit without having to top-up extra with the Validity Extension feature.

You can extend your validity by dialing *123*200#, and select one of the following options:

PriceValidity
0.60 SGD30 days
0.99 SGD60 days
1.40 SGD90 days
StarHub Singapore Validity Extension

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – StarHub

StarHub has four data-featured plans:

All StarHub plans can be activated by dialing *123#.

Click on the links above to jump to the plan you are interested in.

Happy Data 30 – StarHub

The Happy Data 30 plan is a combo bundle with data, minutes & SMS.

It featured 3 GB of data that can also be used in Happy Roam countries (Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom & United States), 150 local minutes & 1000 local SMS – all for 30 days.

Happy Data 30 can be activated by dialing *123#.

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
30 SGD3 GB150 minutes1000 SMS30 days
StarHub Singapore Happy Data 30
WOW Data Plans – StarHub

The WOW Data Plans are data-only bundles. Your data allowance can also be used in Happy Roam countries (Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, New Zealand, Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, United Kingdom & United States).

You can activate a WOW Data Plan by dialing *123#:

PriceDataValidity
3 SGD1 GB1 day
5 SGD1 GB3 days
8 SGD1 GB7 days
10 SGD1 GB28 days
18 SGD2 GB + 10 GB/Sunday (40 GB)28 days
25 SGD4 GB + 10 GB/Sunday (40 GB)28 days
StarHub Singapore WOW Data Plans
Social Data Plans (Line & WeChat) – StarHub

The Social Data Plans are data-only plans for Line and WeChat.

The following Social Data Plans are available, which can be activated by dialing *123#:

PriceLine & WeChat DataValidity
0.40 SGDUnlimited1 day
6 SGDUnlimited30 days

Social Data Plans auto-renew. To disable auto-renewal, dial *123#.

Happy Data 30 Add-Ons – StarHub

The Happy Data 30 Add-Ons are combo add-ons exclusively to those with the Happy Data plan enabled.

Happy Data 30 Add-Ons can be enabled by dialing *123#:

PricePlanDataLocal MinutesValidity
15 SGDTalktime Plus 15N/A100 minutes15 days
15 SGDData Plus 152 GBN/A15 days
StarHub Singapore Happy Data 30 Add-ons

Review – StarHub

I had the chance to try out StarHub when I was in Singapore.

Be sure to read my StarHub review if you are considering getting a StarHub SIM card.

APN/Internet Settings – StarHub

  • Name: SH Data Prepaid
  • APN: shppd

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TPG Mobile Singapore

TGP Telecom Logo

TPG Mobile Singapore is the smallest mobile operator in Singapore.

It is also the newest entrant to the Singaporean telecom market in 2020, but it received its license back in 2016.

After that, it started to build its network in 2017.

TPG, as an internet service provider (ISP), is from Australia (being the second-largest ISP) and is also active in New Zealand.

Do note that TPG Mobile Singapore is mainly interested in SIM-only customers.

Unlike all MVNOs in the country, TPG Mobile Singapore does at least have one prepaid plan – yes, just one.

TPG Mobile Singapore uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A – never had it
  • 3G: N/A – never had it
  • 4G/LTE: 900 MHz (Band 8) & 2300 Mhz (Band 40)
  • 5G NR: N/A (upcoming, but it will not be available to prepaid customers anytime soon)

This is what you will learn about TPG Mobile:

* Coverage
* How to Get a TPG Mobile SIM Card & SIM Card Price
* Topping Up Options & Methods + Balance Check
* Plans & Packages
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – TPG Mobile Singapore

TPG Mobile Singapore has basically excellent coverage throughout Singapore.

However, this is a standard in the country. 4G/LTE reception can be foundanywhere.

Below is TPG Mobile Singapore's coverage map:

SIM Card Price – TPG Mobile Singapore

You can buy a TPG Mobile SIM card for 10 SGD in TPG Mobile stores. The SIM card features 50 GB of data, 1 GB roaming data (in India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan & Thailand), 300 local minutes & 30 local SMS – all for 30 days.

Unlike all the other mobile operators, TPG Mobile SIM cards are not sold at Singapore Changi Airport.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – TPG Mobile Singapore

You can top-up your TPG Mobile SIM card on the TPG SG app (Android/iOS) or online – the same counts for checking your balance. Top-up vouchers are not sold.

TPG Singapore TPG SG App
© TPG Mobile Singapore

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – TPG Mobile Singapore

TPG Mobile has only one (data-featured) prepaid plan, which is the TPG 50 GB Prepaid Plan.

It costs 10 SGD and includes 50 GB of data, 1 GB roaming data (in India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan & Thailand), 300 local minutes & 30 local SMS – all for 30 days.

The TPG 50 GB Prepaid Plan is automatically activated when you purchase a TPG prepaid SIM card, or it can be activated online.

PriceDataRoaming DataLocal MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
10 SGD50 GB1 GB 1300 minutes30 SMS30 days

1 in India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan & Thailand

TPG 50 GB Prepaid Plan auto-renews. Auto-renewal can be disabled online.

APN/Internet Settings – TPG Mobile Singapore

  • Name: TPG
  • APN: TPG

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Other Ways to Stay Connected When Traveling in Singapore

I would highly encourage anyone visiting Singapore to get themselves a Singaporean SIM card – you will be saving a lot of money when you do so.

However, for some, getting a Singaporean SIM card is not an option.

For example, your device may be SIM-locked, meaning that you cannot use any other SIM card other than the SIM card provided by your operator.

There are other ways to stay online while in Singapore, but they may not be cheap.

International Roaming

International roaming is the most convenient way to stay connected when traveling in other countries because you do not have to buy a new SIM card, have to deal with SIM card registration regulations, nor have multiple phone numbers to deal with.

However, international roaming has proven to be expensive in many cases, especially compared to buying local SIM cards.

That is why many travelers are not fond of international roaming.

International roaming has its pros and cons. However, it is important to know how it works. This in-depth guide explains it all.

Find out whether your mobile operator has attractive roaming rates for Singapore here.

Using an International SIM Card or Travel SIM Card

International SIM cards are SIM cards made for the traveler in mind. Using them is often cheaper than international roaming.

However, they are almost always more expensive than using a local SIM card.

There are many other advantages and disadvantages of getting international SIM cards, which you can learn about here.

Using a Mobile Hotspot (Pocket WIFI)

Mobile hotspots, or pocket WIFI, are small devices that connect to the local mobile operators of the country you are visiting.

Mobile hotspots are ideal for families or those traveling in a large group, as they allow you to connect multiple devices to one hotspot without the need of each traveler having to buy a SIM card.

You can either buy a mobile hotspot or rent one.

Using Free WIFI Networks

Using free WIFI connections is the cheapest way to stay connected because they are free.

The major downside of trying to use WIFI hotspots is that you will have to locate them, and they are not available on every corner in Singapore.

Make sure to protect your internet traffic with a VPN so that hackers cannot steal your personal data.


The Preferred Way to Stay Connected When Traveling in Singapore

Getting a SIM card from Singtel would do you well when considering a Singaporean SIM card.

Local Prepaid SIM Card in Other Asian Countries

Visiting other countries in Asia? Check out my SIM card buying guides for individual Asian countries:

Going to other places around the world? Then you should also check out my sim card buying guides for other destinations around the world.

Next Steps to Enhance Your Travel Experiences

Looking for the next steps to enhance your phone travel experiences? Here is what to do:

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Each of these options has its pros and cons. Learn more about them, and find the best option for you.

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