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SIM Cards in Singapore: The Best Prepaid Plans | 2024 Guide

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 (5.90 USD) to 38 SGD (28.05 USD) from Singtel, 8 SGD to 50 SGD (5.90 – 36.90 USD) from StarHub, 10 SGD (7.40 USD) from SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile) & 14 SGD (10.35 USD) to 27 SGD (19.90 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).

If you are flying into Singapore Changi Airport, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at the to save some reading time.

Buying a SIM Card at Singapore Changi Airport Guide (logos of Singtel, StarHub & M1)

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 January 2024.


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

  • Singtel
  • StarHub
  • M1 Singapore
  • SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile Singapore)
Cellular Connectivity Illustration by Phone Travel Wiz

Anyone 15 or or older living in or visiting Singapore can buy a Singaporean SIM card with some restrictions, and you do have to comply with Singapore's SIM card registration regulations.

And if you are younger than 15, you can still get a SIM card if your parents buy one for you (in their name).

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

Besides those restrictions, you are free to use Singaporean SIM cards.

Regarding the registration requirements, you must show your passport at the point of sale.

  • Find out which countries have SIM card registration regulations and what is required from you (lookup tool)
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Where Can You Buy a Singaporean SIM Card (+Prices)?

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

Be aware that SIM cards sold at airports can be more expensive than the prices mentioned earlier.

Use the Wise Currency Converter tool (free) for up-to-date SGD (Singapore Dollar) to your currency (let's say MYR – Malaysian Ringgit) exchange rates.

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

  • 1 SGD = 0.75 USD
  • 10 SGD = 7.40 USD
  • 100 SGD = 73.80 USD

For any other currency, use the Wise Currency Converter tool.

(Travel) eSIMs for Singapore

The use of (travel) eSIMs has exploded in recent years.

Not only do more phones have eSIM capability (some US-sold iPhones are eSIM-only), but the number of providers adopting technology has proliferated as well.

This includes local mobile operators offering eSIM and platforms selling eSIMs (travel eSIMs).

If you want a local Singaporean eSIM, you can get one from M1 Singapore. However, only if you get its 12 SGD tourist SIM card (or eSIM for that matter). Regular prepaid customers cannot get eSIM (yet).

But remember that you have to comply with Singapore's SIM card registration regulations, even when you get a Singaporean eSIM.

If you do not wish to deal with registration for whatever reason, like privacy, consider getting a travel eSIM for Singapore.

Many eSIM providers have eSIMs for Singapore only, eSIMs for multiple Asian destinations & even global eSIMs, which I discuss in my Singapore eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Singapore Guide (logos of SimOptions, Nomad, Asialink, Discover+, Connect Lah!, Holafly, Alosim & Airalo)

Here is a quick introduction to your Singapore travel eSIM options:

  • Airalo: Connect Lah! (Singapore only), Asialink (14 countries in Asia) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS)
  • Alosim: Singapore
  • Holafly: Singapore & Asia – all variants include unlimited data
  • Nomad: Singapore, APAC (15 or 20 countries, depending on the variant), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant)
  • SimOptions: Asia (32 countries)

And I know you love discounts, so use one of these codes when getting a travel eSIM:

  • Airalo: FEB15 for 15% off (if you have never bought an Airalo eSIM before). Otherwise, FEB10 for 10% off (for existing users) – only the first 3000 users can redeem either discount code)
  • Alosim: PTW for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Holafly: PHONETRAVELWIZ for 5% off (as many times as you wish for as many eSIMs as you want)
  • Nomad: ADU123 for 3 USD off (on your first-ever Nomad order only)

If you want to know about all the prices, data options & covered countries (for the regional and global eSIMs), check out my Singapore eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Singapore Guide (logos of SimOptions, Nomad, Asialink, Discover+, Connect Lah!, Holafly, Alosim & Airalo)

Singaporean Prepaid SIM Cards Explored

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)

Let's see what Singapore can offer us in terms of SIM cards.


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), India (as a shareholder of Bharti Airtel), Indonesia (as a shareholder of Telkomsel) & the Philippines (as a shareholder of).

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).

If you are flying into Singapore Changi Airport, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at the to save some reading time.

Buying a SIM Card at Singapore Changi Airport Guide (logos of Singtel, StarHub & M1)
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 Singtel Tourist SIM cards are available:

PriceDataRoaming Data 1Social Media Data 2Local MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidity
12 SGD100 GB3 GB“Unlimited”, 1 GB/day (7 GB)500 minutes30 minutes100 SMS7 days
15 SGD100 GB 33 GB“Unlimited”, 1 GB/day (7 GB)500 minutes30 minutes100 SMS28 days
18 SGD100 GB3 GB“Unlimited”, 1 GB/day (7 GB)
500 minutes


30 minutes

100 SMS
28 days
30 SGD100 GB5 GB“Unlimited”, 1 GB/day (12 GB)“Unlimited”, 3000 minutes90 minutes“Unlimited”, 5000 SMS12 days
50 SGD120 GB 410 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)
4 5G access

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).

  • 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)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

Singtel has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

You may want to get a travel eSIM for Singapore, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from Singtel (in some cases).

Especially when getting an eSIM covering popular Asian destinations if you do not stay in just Singapore or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My Singapore eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Connect Lah! (Singapore only), Asialink (14 countries in Asia) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Singapore – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Singapore & Asia (11 countries) – these eSIMs have unlimited data – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Singapore, APAC (up to 20 countries), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my Singapore eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Singapore Guide (logos of SimOptions, Nomad, Asialink, Discover+, Connect Lah!, Holafly, Alosim & Airalo)

But let's continue with Singtel for now.

Note that Singtel offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and 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).

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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 three data-featured prepaid 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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© Wise

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

Monthly Plans – Singte

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

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

PriceDataData Roaming 1Local MinutesInternational Minutes 2Local SMSValidity
15 SGD20 GB1 GB500 minutes300 minutes100 SMS30 days
19.90 SGD50 GBN/A1000 minutes1000 minutes300 SMS30 days
35 SGD120 GB40 GB5000 minutes2000 minutes500 SMS30 days
40 SGD180 GB40 GB5000 minutes2000 minutes500 SMS30 days

1 data roaming can be used in Malaysia & Singapore
2 to Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma & Philippines

Singtel Singapore Monthly Plan
© Singtel
Data Plans – Singtel

The Data Plans are, as the name implies, data bundles (with 5G NR access).

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

PriceDataData Roaming 1Validity
10 SGD1 GBN/A28 days
13 SGD2.5 GBN/A28 days
20 SGD3 GBN/A28 days
25 SGD60 GB20 GB28 days
30 SGD80 GB40 GB28 days
Singtel Singapore Data Plan
© Singtel
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
Singtel Singapore SG•M'sia Data Pass
© Singtel

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.

APN/Internet Settings – Singtel

  • Name: Singtel
  • APN: hicard

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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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)
  • VoLTE: Yes
  • VoWiFi: Yes

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). StarHub SIM cards are also sold at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN).

If you are flying into Singapore Changi Airport, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at the to save some reading time.

Buying a SIM Card at Singapore Changi Airport Guide (logos of Singtel, StarHub & M1)
StarHub Singapore SIM Card
© StarHub

The following three StarHub SIM cards are available:

PriceCreditDataSocial Data 1Roaming Data 2Local MinutesInternational MinutesLocal SMSValidity
8 SGD10 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 SGD120 GB (30 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 GB1000 minutes30 minutes100 SMS10 days
32 SGD100 GB3 GB (30 days)3000 minutes90 minutes5000 SMS30 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).

Dial *123# to access the StarHub menu.

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

  • 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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StarHub has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

You should consider getting a travel eSIM for Singapore because they can sometimes be cheaper than getting a SIM card from StarHub.

Especially if you get an Asia-wide eSIM or a global eSIM.

I discuss various eSIM options of eSIM providers for Singapore in my Singapore eSIM buying guide, which are:

  • Airalo: Connect Lah! (Singapore only), Asialink (14 countries in Asia) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + minutes and SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Singapore – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Singapore & Asia (11 countries) – unlimited data eSIMs – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Singapore, APAC (up to 20 countries), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

As I said, check out my Singapore eSIM buying guide for more information, as I have to continue with StarHub for now.

Buying an eSIM for Singapore Guide (logos of SimOptions, Nomad, Asialink, Discover+, Connect Lah!, Holafly, Alosim & Airalo)

Note that StarHub offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and 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).

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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 prepaid 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.

Wise Currency Exchange Banner
© Wise

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 minutes600 SMS30 days

1 also 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, as the name implies, 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 also 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
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

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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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). M1 SIM cards are also sold at Singapore Changi Airport (SIN).

If you are flying into Singapore Changi Airport, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at the to save some reading time.

Buying a SIM Card at Singapore Changi Airport Guide (logos of Singtel, StarHub & M1)

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 SMS15 days
14 SGD 3100 GB (30 days)Shared with data allowance1000 minutes20 minutes500 SMS (30 days)120 days
30 SGD150 GB3 GB3000 minutes50 minutes1000 SMS30 days
60 SGD252 GBShared with data allowance 45000 minutes 5N/A400 SMS 512 weeks

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
4 3GB/day
5 every 4 weeks

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).

  • 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)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

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).

You can consider getting a travel eSIM for Singapore, which can, in specific scenarios, be cheaper than getting a SIM card from M1.

Especially if you get an Asia eSIM (for when you visit at least two or more supported Asian countries) or a global eSIM (for frequent travelers visiting multiple continents).

In my Singapore eSIM buying guide, I analyze various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

But I will introduce them here quickly:

  • Airalo: Connect Lah! (Singapore only), Asialink (14 countries in Asia) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + up to 200 worldwide minutes & 200 worldwide SMS) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Singapore – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Singapore & Asia (11 countries) – include unlimited data – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Singapore, APAC (15 or 20 countries, depending on the variant), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (109 or 139 countries, depending on the variant) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

Once again, check out my Singapore eSIM buying guide to learn more about these eSIM options.

Buying an eSIM for Singapore Guide (logos of SimOptions, Nomad, Asialink, Discover+, Connect Lah!, Holafly, Alosim & Airalo)

For now, I will continue with M1.

Note that M1 offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and 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 SGD4 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 prepaid 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, as the name implies, data bundles (without 5G NR access).

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

PriceData 1Validity
2 SGD100 MB3 days
2 SGD500 MB7 days
5 SGD300 MB30 days
5 SGD1 GB3 days
7 SGD1 GB7 days
10 SGD1 GB30 days
10 SGD11 GB7 days
14 SGD4.5 GB30 days
21 SGD15 GB30 days
28 SGS GB30 days
33 SGD150 GB30 days

1 also in Hong Kong (on SmarTone HK), Indonesia (on Indosat and XL Axiata), Macau (on SmarTone Macau), Malaysia (on Celcom Malaysia) & Taiwan (on 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

Note: leave anything not mentioned above untouched.

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SIMBA (formerly TPG Mobile Singapore)

SIMBA Singapore Logo
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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).

If you are flying into Singapore Changi Airport, click on the link above to read about the SIM card options at the to save some reading time.

Buying a SIM Card at Singapore Changi Airport Guide (logos of Singtel, StarHub & M1)
  • 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)
SIM Card Prices Worldwide Tool by Phone Travel Wiz

SIMBA has no eSIMs – not even for postpaid customers.

You may want to get a travel eSIM for Singapore, which can be cheaper than getting a SIM card from SIMBA (in some cases).

Especially when getting an eSIM covering popular Asian destinations if you do not stay in just Singapore or a global eSIM valid for up to a year if you want one eSIM to work practically worldwide.

My Singapore eSIM buying guide analyzes various eSIM options of eSIM providers I have tested extensively worldwide.

Here is a quick introduction to them:

  • Airalo: Connect Lah! (Singapore only), Asialink (14 countries in Asia) & Discover+ (130 countries worldwide + call and text feature) – use code FEB15 (15% off – first-time users only) or FEB10 (10% off)
  • Alosim: Singapore – use code PTW (5% off – no limits)
  • Holafly: Singapore & Asia (11 countries) – these eSIMs have unlimited data – use code PHONETRAVELWIZ (5% off – no limits)
  • Nomad: Singapore, APAC (up to 20 countries), SEA-Oceania (eight countries) & Global (up to 139 countries) – use code ADU123 (3 USD off – first-time users only)

For more information, such as the prices and data allowances, check out my Singapore eSIM buying guide.

Buying an eSIM for Singapore Guide (logos of SimOptions, Nomad, Asialink, Discover+, Connect Lah!, Holafly, Alosim & Airalo)

But let's continue with SIMBA for now.

Note that SIMBA offers VoLTE (Voice over LTE (4G)) if your phone supports it and 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 (100 GB during promotions – without 5G NR access at all times), 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
© SIMBA Singapore

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

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  • Name: SIMBA
  • APN: TPG

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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.

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