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Singapore: 4 Best Prepaid SIM Cards Buying Guide (2022)

Singapore – known for being incredibly clean, modern & 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.

I know many Australians who do so, and it is accepted as normal.

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?

You can get a Singaporean SIM card for between 8 SGD (5.70 USD) to 38 SGD (27 USD) from Singtel, 8 SGD to 50 SGD (35.40 USD) from StarHub, 10 SGD (7 USD) from SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile) & 14 SGD (10 USD) to 27 SGD (19.10 USD) from M1. Tourist SIM cards with 100 GB of data are sold from 12 SGD to 50 SGD. SIM cards are also sold at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN).

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

While I do not often 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 over a regular one because of the value it offers.

Not only is the data allowance insane, and it is 100 GB for the four mobile operators, 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, SIMBA & StarHub)

Original publication: 16th of December 2019. Last updated: 14th of September 2022.


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Can You Buy a SIM Card in Singapore?

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

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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, StarHub, M1 & SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile) stores. Resellers, like 7-Eleven and Cheers conveniece stores, also sell SIM cards. It is also possible to get SIM cards at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN – except for SIMBA SIM cards).

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

  • Singtel: 8 SGD, 15 SGD & 38 SGD
  • StarHub: 8 SGD, 15 SGD & 38 SGD
  • M1 Singapore: 14 SGD, 25 SGD & 27 SGD (new)
  • SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile Singapore): 10 SGD

The following mobile operators also have SIM cards targeting tourists:

  • Singtel: 12 SGD, 15 SGD (new), 30 SGD & 50 SGD
  • StarHub: 12 SGD & 32 SGD
  • M1 Singapore: 12 SGD, 14 SGD (new), 30 SGD & 60 SGD
  • SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile Singapore): N/A – SIM cards are not sold at the airport

For up-to-date SGD: your currency (let's say MYR) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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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 and 5G NR.

Mobile Operators, Networks & Frequencies in Singapore

Singapore has four mobile network operators offering prepaid services easily accessible to travelers:

  • Singtel
  • StarHub
  • M1 Singapore
  • SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile Singapore)

The following frequencies are used in Singapore:

  • 2G: N/A – 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)

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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VoLTE & VoWiFi in Singapore

Both VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G) – also known as HD Voice) and VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi – also known as WiFi calling) are available in Singapore. However, not all mobile operators offer both services.

This means that your phone does not have to downgrade to 2G or 3G when making a call in Singapore (unlike mobile operators that do not support VoLTE).

The following mobile operators offer VoLTE and VoWiFi in Singapore:

  • Singtel
  • StarHub
  • M1 Singapore

The following mobile operators offer VoLTE only in Singapore:

  • SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile Singapore)

VoWiFi is, as the name implies, calling on a WiFi connection as opposed to on a cellular network.

Singapore even has Voice over New Radio (5G NR – Singtel, StarHub & M1), which only a handful of mobile operators offer worldwide.

However, it is not available to prepaid customers (and will not be for a long time, I assume).

5G NR in Singapore

Commercial 5G NR has been available in Singapore since September 2020. It is available on the Singtel, StarHub, M1 & SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile) networks. Only Singtel allows prepaid customers to use 5G NR (if you buy a specific 50 SGD plan) – the others do not.

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 and has extensive coverage (like its competitors). Consider its tourist SIM card for 100 GB of data for as little as 12 SGD (applies to M1 too).

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Best eSIM in Singapore

M1 allows prepaid customers to offers eSIMs to prepaid customers. However, only if you get its 12 SGD tourist SIM card (or eSIM for that matter). Regular prepaid customers cannot get eSIM (yet).

Note that the Singaporean mobile operators require your identification (passport) for eSIMs and physical SIM cards (will be discussed later).

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM for Singapore without personal detail capturing, you can get the Singapore (Connect Lah!) eSIM from Airalo.

Singapore Connect Lah! eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

You have these five options:

  1. Singapore/Connect Lah! 1 GB eSIM for 7 daysmost popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  2. Singapore/Connect Lah! 3 GB eSIM for 30 days
  3. Singapore/Connect Lah! 5 GB eSIM for 30 days
  4. Singapore/Connect Lah! 10 GB eSIM for 30 daysmost popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers
  5. Singapore/Connect Lah! 20 GB eSIM for 30 daysvery popular with Phone Travel Wiz readers

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

For an in-depth analysis of the Airalo Connect Lah! eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Singapore eSIMs Compared guide.

You can also get Singapore eSIMs from Nomad.

Singapore eSIMs Nomad
Singapore Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

As of August 2022, Nomad decreased the prices of all its Singapore plans (which may or may not have been done upon my request 😏).

On top of that, use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off (yes, even on the newly discounted prices)!

For an in-depth analysis of the Nomad Singapore eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Singapore eSIMs Compared guide.

Finally, you can get Singapore eSIMs from Holafly if you prefer unlimited data plans and do not mind paying a bit more for this advantage:

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Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

For an in-depth analysis of the Holafly Singapore eSIMs (covering pros and cons as well), check out my Singapore eSIMs Compared guide.

With these eSIMs, you can skip Singapore's SIM card registration scheme entirely and use it immediately upon arriving in Singapore!

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TIP: check out my Best Singapore eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Singapore.

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 with six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days.

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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 13 14 countries in East Asia and Southeast Asia:

With the Asialink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping the initial SIM card costs per country you visit.

TIP: Check out my eSIM lookup tool for an overview of local mobile operators offering eSIMs to prepaid customers and travel eSIMs I use and love (for eSIMs in Singapore and eSIMs worldwide) and my Best Singapore eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparion of several eSIMs for Singapore.

Best International/Travel SIM Card for Singapore

If you want to buy the best international/travel SIM card for Singapore, I recommend going with SimCorner's Singapore Travel SIM cards. Consider SimCorner's Asia SIM cards to be used in Singapore and 20+ countries, including neighboring Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand.

You have the following three Singapore Travel SIM cards:

Singapore Travel SIM Card (6 GB for 15 days) SimCorner
© SimCorner
Singapore Travel SIM Card (12 GB for 30 days) SimCorner
© SimCorner

You have these two Asia SIM cards:

Asia Travel SIM Card (6 GB for 8 days) SimCorner
© SimCorner
Asia Travel SIM Card (6 GB for 15 days) SimCorner
© SimCorner

The SimCorner Asia SIM cards can be used in Singapore and the following other countries:

You can also get the SimCorner International Travel SIM card with 6 GB of data valid for 15 days to be used in Singapore and 100+ countries, including most of the ones mentioned above (Asia) and in the Americas, Europe & Oceania:

Instead of spending between 0.34 USD to 384 USD for SIM cards in each country, get a SimCorner travel SIM card covering numerous countries for just one price!

Use discount code PHONETRAVELWIZ for extra savings!

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.

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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

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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 with the symbol SGD (which will be used throughout this guide).

However, prices are often listed as just $ or S$. For example, 25 SGD = $/S$ 25.

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

  • 1 SGD = 0.70 USD
  • 10 SGD = 7.10 USD
  • 100 SGD = 70.90 USD

For up-to-date SGD:your currency (let's say MYR – Malaysian Ringgit) exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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, StarHub, M1 Singapore & SIMBA (formerly 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%, so it is indeed not playing around.

Singtel, as a 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: N/A – 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)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

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
* My Review
* APN/Internet Settings

Coverage – Singtel

Singtel has excellent coverage throughout Singapore.

While this is true for all the other Singaporean mobile operators, it is still remarkable.

Below is Singtel's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – Singtel

You can get 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). SIM cards are also sold at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN).

Singtel Singapore hi!Prepaid SIM Card $8
© Singtel

The following three Singtel 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

Singtel Singapore SIM Cards

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

Sold for 12 SGD, 15 SGD (new), 30 SGD & 50 SGD, you will always get 100 GB of data – 100 GB is not a typo.

The following four Sintel Tourist SIM cards are available:

PriceDataRoaming Data 1Social Data 2Local MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidity
12 SGD100 GB1 GB“Unlimited”, 1 GB/day (7 GB)500 minutes30 minutes100 SMS7 days
15 SGD100 GB 31 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 in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand for 30 days (regardless of the validity of the SIM card)
2 for Facebook, Line, WeChat & WhatsApp
3 +3 SGD EZ link credit (for public transport)

Singtel Singapore Tourist SIM Cards

Singtel Tourist SIM cards are sold at the same locations where hi!Card SIM cards are available (although the 12 SGD and 15 SGD variants may be “out of stock” – especially at the airport for upsell reasons).

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Singtel has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM without personal detail capturing, you can go with the Singapore (Connect Lah!) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers & 20 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers).

Singapore Connect Lah! eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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

Or get the Singapore eSIMs from Nomad.

Singapore eSIMs Nomad
Singapore Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

As of August 2022, Nomad decreased the prices of all its Singapore plans (which may or may not have been done upon my request 😏).

On top of that, use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off (yes, even on the newly discounted prices)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Singapore eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Airalo recently heavily improved its Asia eSIM, following the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, with six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days to be used in Singapore and 13 other Asian countries:

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

With the Asialink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping initial SIM card and eSIM costs per country you visit.

TIP: check out my Best Singapore eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Singapore.

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
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Note that Singtel offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings.

Heck, you can even use VoNR (Voice over New Radio (5G), which is still rare (but only if your phone supports 5G NR, of course).

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – Singtel

Singtel top-up vouchers are sold in Singtel stores (1/2/3), grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Singapore.

Singtel Singapore Top Ups
© 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 ten data-featured plans:

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

I will list all the prices in SGD (Singapore Dollar).

To convert SGD to your currency (let's say MYR – Malaysian Ringgit) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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

Ultimate Plans (Combo) – Singtel

The Ultimate Plans (Combo) are combo bundles with data (with 5G NR access), minutes & SMS.

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

PriceDataLocal MinutesInternational Minutes 1Local SMSValidity
15 SGD5 GB500 minutesN/A100 SMS28 days
35 SGD60 GB 1, 25000 minutes2000 minutes500 SMS28 days
50 SGD150 GB 2, 35000 minutes2000 minutes500 SMS28 days


1 to Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma & the Philippines. The actual minute allowance differs per destination, but it is undisclosed
2 40 GB of the 60/120 GB data allowance can also be used in Malaysia
3 with 5G NR access

Singtel Singapore Ultimate Plans
5-Day/7-Day Plans – Singtel

The 5-Day/7-Day Plans data bundles (without 5G NR access).

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 bundles (without 5G NR access).

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
Singtel Singapore Ultimate Plans 1
SG•M'sia Data Pass – Singtel

The SG•M'sia Data Pass is a data bundle (without 5G NR access) that can also be used in Malaysia.

It costs 10 SGD with 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
Singapore Singtel SG•M'sia Data Pass
4-Week Plans – Singtel

The 4-Week Plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

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

Singtel Singapore 4-Week Plans
Value+ Data Plan – Singtel

The Value+ Data Plan is a 2.5 GB data bundle (without 5G NR access) and unlimited data for KKBOX, Line, MeRadio, Saavn, Smule, Spotify & WhatsApp.

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

PriceDataSocial Data 1Validity
13 SGD2.5 GBUnlimited28 days

1 KKBOX, Line, MeRadio, Saavn, Smule, Spotify & WhatsApp

Singtel Singapore Value+ Data Plan
Social Data Plans – Singtel

The Social Data Plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access) for Facebook, Line, WeChat, or 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
hi!Music Plans – Singtel

The hi!Music Plans are unlimited data bundles (without 5G NR access) 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 bundles (without 5G NR access) for Facebook Messenger, 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 packages (without 5G NR access )for bundles of apps, such as e-commerce, video streaming & 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

My 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.

It is a relatively old review, making it cringe, but I will revisit Singapore in 2023. An updated version will be linked once available.

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  • Name: Singtel
  • APN: hicard

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StarHub

StarHub Singapore Logo
© StarHub

StarHub is the second-largest mobile operator in Singapore.

Although it is often overtaken by M1 Singapore because the subscriber number between the two are similar.

StarHub is also the best overall mobile operator in the country together with Singtel.

Although StarHub is not the fastest as Opensignal claims – Singtel is (Speedtest/Ookla has way more data points than Opensignal, making it more accurate).

StarHub uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A 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 (yet)

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 excellent coverage throughout Singapore.

While this is true for all the other Singaporean mobile operators, it is still remarkable.

Below is StarHub's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – StarHub

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

StarHub Singapore SIM Card
© StarHub

The following three StarHub SIM cards are available:

PriceCreditDataSocial Data 1Roaming Data 2Local MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidity
8 SGD8 SGD1 GB (30 days)N/AN/AN/A30 minutesN/A90 days
15 SGD15 SGD8 GB + 120 GB (28 days)UnlimitedN/A5000 minutes (28 days)N/A200 SMS (28 days)180 days
50 SGD50 SGD100 GB (10 days)N/A5 GB (30 days)N/AN/AN/A180 days

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

StarHub Singapore SIM Cards

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the StarHub Traveler SIM cards – StarHub's tourist offering.

Sold for 12 SGD and 32 SGD, you will always get 100 GB of data – 100 GB is not a typo.

The following two StarHub Traveler SIM cards are available:

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

StarHub Singapore Tourist SIM Card
© StarHub

StarHub Traveler SIM cards are sold at the same locations where regular StarHub cards are available (although the 12 SGD variant may be “out of stock” – especially at the airport for upsell reasons).

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StarHub has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM, you can go with the Singapore (Connect Lah!) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers & 20 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers).

Singapore Connect Lah! eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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

Or get the Singapore eSIMs from Nomad.

Singapore eSIMs Nomad
Singapore Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

As of August 2022, Nomad decreased the prices of all its Singapore plans (which may or may not have been done upon my request 😏).

On top of that, use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off (yes, even on the newly discounted prices)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Singapore eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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Airalo recently heavily improved its Asia eSIM, following the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, with six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days. to be used in Singapore and 13 other Asian countries:

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

With the Asialink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping initial SIM card and eSIM costs per country you visit.

TIP: check out my Best Singapore eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Singapore.

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Note that StarHub offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings.

Heck, you can even use VoNR (Voice over New Radio (5G), which is still rare (but only if your phone supports 5G NR, of course) – but not for prepaid customers because StarHub does not allow prepaid customers to use 5G NR (yet).

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

Dial *123# to access the StarHub menu.

Dial *123*7*1# to change the system's language to English.

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – StarHub

StarHub top-up vouchers are sold in StarHub stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Singapore.

The following (online) StarHub top-ups 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
StarHub Singapore Top-Ups

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

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

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – StarHub

StarHub has four data-featured plans:

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

I will list all the prices in SGD (Singapore Dollar).

To convert SGD to your currency (let's say MYR – Malaysian Ringgit) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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

Happy Data 30 Plan – StarHub

The Happy Data 30 plan is a combo bundle with 3 GB of data (without 5G NR access) that can also be used in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom & the United States, 150 local minutes & 1000 local SMS for 30 days.

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

PriceDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
30 SGD3 GB 1150 minutes1000 SMS30 days

1 can also be used in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom & the United States

StarHub Singapore Happy Data 30
WOW Data Plans – StarHub

The WOW Data Plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

You can activate WOW Data Plans by dialing *123#:

PriceData 1Validity
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

1 can also be used in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, New Zealand, the Philippines, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom & the United States

StarHub Singapore WOW Data Plans
Social Data Plans (Line & WeChat) – StarHub

The Social Data Plans are data bundles (without 5G NR access) 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 for the Happy Data 30 Plans. They cannot be purchased as standalone plans.

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.

It is a relatively old review, making it cringe, but I will revisit Singapore in 2023. An updated version will be linked once available.

APN/Internet Settings – StarHub

  • Name: SH Data Prepaid
  • APN: shppd

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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 third-largest mobile operator in Singapore.

Although it often has been the second-largest whenever it overtakes StarHub.

M1 uses the following frequencies:

  • 2G: N/A 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 (yet)

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 excellent coverage throughout Singapore.

While this is true for all the other Singaporean mobile operators, it is still remarkable.

Below is M1's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – M1 Singapore

You can get an M1 SIM card, called M Card, for 14 SGD, 25 SGD & 27 SGD in M1 stores or convenience stores (7-Eleven or Cheers) or convenience stores (7-Elevens or Cheers). SIM cards are also sold at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN).

The following three M1 SIM cards are available:

PriceCreditDataLocal MinutesLocal SMSValidity
14 SGD14 SGD4 GB (120 days)N/AN/A180 days
25 SGDN/A2 GB/day (56 GB)5000 minutes1000 SMS28 days
27 SGDN/A3 GB/day (84 GB) + 16 GB5000 minutes6000 SMS28 days
M1 Singapore SIM Cards

Short-term visitors and tourists can also get the M1Tourist SIM cards.

Sold for 12 SGD, 14 SGD (new), 30 SGD & 60 SGD, you will always get 100 GB of data – 100 GB is not a typo.

The following four M1 Tourist SIM cards are available:

PriceDataRoaming Data 1Local MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidity
12 SGD 2100 GBN/A500 minutes20 minutes100 SMS7 days
14 SGD 3100 GB (30 days)Shared with data allowanceN/AN/AN/A180 days
30 SGD100 GB3 GB3000 minutes50 minutes5000 SMS12 days
60 SGD100 GB5 GB3000 minutes50 minutes5000 SMS14 days

1 for Hong Kong (SmarTone HK), Indonesia (Indosat & XL Axiata), Macau (SmarTone Macau), Malaysia (Celcom) & Taiwan (Chunghwa Telecom)
2 available as an eSIM too
3 +14 SGD credit

M1 Singapore Tourist SIM Cards

M1 Tourist SIM cards are sold at the same locations where M Card SIM cards are available (although the 12 SGD and 14 SGD variants may be “out of stock” – especially at the airport for upsell reasons).

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M1 has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers… unless you get its 12 SGD tourist eSIM (so if you want any other (tourist) SIM card/eSIM, you are out of luck).

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM, you can go with the Singapore (Connect Lah!) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers & 20 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers).

Singapore Connect Lah! eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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

Or get the Singapore eSIMs from Nomad.

Singapore eSIMs Nomad
Singapore Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

As of August 2022, Nomad decreased the prices of all its Singapore plans (which may or may not have been done upon my request 😏).

On top of that, use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off (yes, even on the newly discounted prices)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Singapore eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Airalo recently heavily improved its Asia eSIM, following the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, with six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days. to be used in Singapore and 13 other Asian countries:

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

With the Asialink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping initial SIM card and eSIM costs per country you visit.

TIP: check out my Best Singapore eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Singapore.

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Note that M1 offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings.

Heck, you can even use VoNR (Voice over New Radio (5G), which is still rare (but only if your phone supports 5G NR, of course) – but not for prepaid customers because M1 does not allow prepaid customers to use 5G NR (yet).

Oh, you can also use VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – M1 Singapore

M1 top-up vouchers are sold in M1 stores, grocery stores, corner shops & electronics shops throughout Singapore.

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#.

M1 has several types of top-ups that act like plans.

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
M1 Singapore Stay Connected the Way You Want Top Ups

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

M1 Singapore All In One Top Ups

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
M1 Singapore Power Up on Data and Voice Top Ups

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:

I will list all the prices in SGD (Singapore Dollar).

To convert SGD to your currency (let's say MYR – Malaysian Ringgit) with up-to-date exchange rates, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

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

Data Packs – M1 Singapore

The Data Packs are data bundles (without 5G NR access).

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 data can also be used 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 a combo bundle with 300 MB (without 5G NR access), 60 local minutes, 5 international minutes & 100 local SMS for 1 day exclusively for the M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM Card. It cannot be purchased as a standalone plan.

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 bundles (without 5G NR access) for Facebook, WeChat, or WhatsApp individually.

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.

It is a relatively old review, making it cringe, but I will revisit Singapore in 2023. An updated version will be linked once available.

APN/Internet Settings – M1 Singapore

  • Name: M1
  • APN: sunsurf

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SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile Singapore)

SIMBA Singapore Logo
© SIMBA Singapore

SIMBA Singapore, just SIMBA and formerly TPG Mobile Singapore, is the smallest mobile operator in Singapore.

It was also the newest entrant to the Singaporean telecom market in 2020.

However, SIMBA received its telecom license back in 2016.

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

SIMBA is not really interested in prepaid customers because it has literally only one prepaid plan.

But the plan is affordable, and SIMBA has an extensive network, which is why I still include it in this guide.

SIMBA 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: 2300 MHz (n40), 26 GHz (n258) & 28 GHz (n257) – not for prepaid customers (yet)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: No

This is what you will learn about SIMBA:

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

Coverage – SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile Singapore)

SIMBA has excellent coverage throughout Singapore.

While this is true for all the other Singaporean mobile operators, it is still remarkable.

Below is SIMBA's coverage map produced by Speedtest:

SIM Card Price – SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile Singapore)

You can buy a SIMBA SIM card for 10 SGD with 50 GB of data (100 GB during promotions), 1 GB roaming data (in India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan & Thailand), unlimited on-net minutes & 30 local SMS for 30 days in SIMBA stores. SIMBA SIM cards are not sold at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN).

  • Find out how much SIM cards cost in every country, including data-only SIM cards and tourist SIM cards, offered by each mobile operator + information about starter benefits (lookup tool)
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SIMBA has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

Therefore, if you wish to get an eSIM, you can go with the Singapore (Connect Lah!) eSIMs from Airalo (1 GB/7 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 3 GB/30 days, 5 GB/30 days, 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers & 20 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers).

Singapore Connect Lah! eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

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

Or get the Singapore eSIMs from Nomad.

Singapore eSIMs Nomad
Singapore Value Pack eSIMs Nomad

As of August 2022, Nomad decreased the prices of all its Singapore plans (which may or may not have been done upon my request 😏).

On top of that, use code ADU123 for the best deals available when getting Nomad eSIMs (on the site or their apps), such as getting 3 USD off (yes, even on the newly discounted prices)!

If you prefer unlimited data plans instead, get one of the Singapore eSIMs from Holafly (unlimited/5 days, unlimited/10 days, unlimited/15 days, unlimited/20 days, unlimited/30 days, unlimited/60 days & unlimited/90 days).

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Use code PHONETRAVELWIZ for exclusive deals when getting Holafly eSIMs, AND get an additional 5% off!

Airalo recently heavily improved its Asia eSIM, following the popular Eurolink eSIM for 39 European countries, with six variants: 1 GB/7 days, 3 GB/30 daysvery popular with PTW readers, 5 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 10 GB/30 daysmost popular with PTW readers, 50 GB/90 days & 100 GB/180 days to be used in Singapore and 13 other Asian countries:

Asialink Asia eSIM Airalo
© Airalo

With the Asialink eSIM, you can save a lot of money by skipping initial SIM card and eSIM costs per country you visit.

TIP: check out my Best Singapore eSIMs Compared guide for an in-depth comparison of several eSIMs for Singapore.

  • Find out about the best local eSIMs, travel eSIMs & travel SIM cards for every country (lookup tool)
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Note that SIMBA offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and if you have enabled it in the settings but no VoWiFi (Voice over WiFi).

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Top-Up, Recharge & Balance Check – SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile Singapore)

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

SIMBA Singapore My SIMBA App
© SIMBA Singapore

Packages, Plans, Bundles & Offers – SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile Singapore)

SIMBA has only one data-featured: Prepaid Plan.

It is a combo bundle with 50 GB of data (without 5G NR access – 100 GB during promotions), 1 GB roaming data for India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan & Thailand, unlimited on-net minutes & 30 local SMS for 30 days.

The Prepaid Plan is automatically activated when you buy a SIMBA SIM card, but it can also be activated online or on the My SIMBA app.

PriceDataRoaming DataOn-MinutesOn-Net SMSValidity
10 SGD50 GB1 GB 1Unlimited30 SMS30 days

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

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

SIMBA Singapore Prepaid Plan

APN/Internet Settings – SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile Singapore)

  • Name: SIMBA
  • APN: TPG

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