Cheapest Prepaid SIM Card Plans in Singapore (2022)

Guest Contributor
Last updated Feb 28, 2022

Whether you’re looking for unlimited data or just need a basic phone plan, we cover all the different types of prepaid SIM card plans available and what to consider when choosing one.

A prepaid SIM card plan is budget-friendly yet comes with essential features, a great option regardless of whether you’re visiting or residing in Singapore.

There are four major providers: Singtel, Starhub, M1 and TPG.

This guide will help you choose the best prepaid SIM card plan for your needs:

Prepaid SIM cards vs postpaid SIM cards

With a prepaid SIM card plan, you’re not locked in with a provider for an extended period. You can switch providers without incurring hefty termination fees, which is something most postpaid mobile users don’t have access to.

Your rates will also be much cheaper when compared to postpaid options. And if you run out of data, it’s straightforward to purchase another package to access more. 

What frequencies are used in Singapore?

It is important to remember that Singapore uses the 3500 band for 5G; 900, 1800, 2600, TDD 2300, TDD 2600 for 4G, and 900 and 2100 bands for 3G, which are more common in Asian/European countries.

If you’re coming from other countries, it’s best to check if your phone is compatible with these bands, or if you’ll need to purchase a phone in Singapore.

SIM card prices in Singapore, and where to buy them 

You can get a local SIM card for S$5 up to S$60. There are different types of prepaid SIM cards available with prices that range widely, but all are pretty affordable.

You can find prepaid SIM cards for tourists at the Changi Recommends booths at Changi Airport, or at convenience stores such as Cheers and 7-Eleven. 

Cheapest prepaid SIM cards in Singapore

Let’s take a look at some of the prepaid SIM card plans available.

Singtel

Let’s talk about the first telecommunication company in Singapore, Singtel, since it is one of the most important providers here and offers many options to choose from!

Let’s take a look at the cheapest Singtel prepaid SIM cards offered by this telco operator:

1. Singtel S$8 hi! Prepaid SIM Card

Source: Singtel

Validity: 90 Days (top-up to extend to 180 days)
Price: S$8
Local Data: 1.5 GB for 30 days
Calls outgoing (local): S$0.22/minute
SMS (local): S$0.05/message
Free 30-day Viu Premium & Banglaflix
Activate on hi!App and get free 2GB

2. Singtel S$15 hi! Prepaid SIM Card

Source: Singtel

Validity: 120 Days (top-up to extend to 180 days)
Price: S$15
Local Data: 3 GB for 120 days + 5 GB for 30 days
Calls outgoing (local): S$0.22/minute
SMS (local): S$0.05/message
Unlimited for messaging apps and Spotify
Free 30-day Viu Premium & Banglaflix
Activate on hi!App and get free 2GB

3. Singtel $38 hi! Prepaid SIM Card

Source: Singtel

Validity: 30 Days (top-up to extend to 180 days)
Price: S$38
Local Data: 8 GB for 30 days + 3 GB for use in both Malaysia and Singapore
Calls outgoing (local): S$0.22/minute
SMS (local): S$0.05/message

Free 30-day Viu Premium & Banglaflix

StarHub

StarHub is one of the most popular telecommunication companies in Singapore. It offers mobile services, digital TV, and cable television as well! StarHub also provides prepaid SIM cards for customers who want to save on their bills with great features at a discounted price. 

1. StarHub S$8 Prepaid SIM Card

Source: StarHub

Validity: 90 Days
Price: S$8
Local Data: 1 GB for 30 days
Calls outgoing (local): S$0.22/minute
SMS (local): S$0.05/message
S$10 credit for 90 days
30 minutes of IDD 018 calls for 30 days

2. StarHub S$15 Prepaid SIM Card

Source: StarHub

Validity: 180 Days
Price: S$15
Local Data: 8 GB for 180 days
Calls outgoing (local): S$0.22/minute
SMS (local): S$0.05/message
Unlimited for messaging apps for 180 days

Promotion (Valid for 28 days)

  • Free 72GB local data
  • Free S$100 IDD 018 credit
  • Free 5000 minutes of local call time

3. StarHub S$50 Prepaid SIM Card

Source: StarHub

Validity: 180 Days
Price: S$50
Local Data: 100 GB (10 Days) + 5 GB roaming data (30 Days)
Calls outgoing (local): S$0.22/minute
SMS (local): S$0.05/message

M1

M1 operates one of the four major telcos in Singapore alongside MyRepublic, StarHub and Singtel. It offers some of the most competitive prices around, and its coverage is excellent for all its packages.

Source: M1

1. M1 S$8 Prepaid SIM Card

Validity: 90 Days
Price: S$8
Local Data: 1.5 GB for 30 days
Calls outgoing (local): S$0.20 for the first minute; S$0.18 per subsequent minute
SMS (local): S$0.05 (Free 10 local SMS with 5 local SMS sent)

2. M1 S$12 Prepaid SIM Card (U.P. S$25)

Validity: 4 weeks
Price: S$25 S$12
Local Data: 56 GB (2 GB/day for 4 weeks)
Calls outgoing (local): 5,000 mins outgoing/month, free unlimited incoming
SMS (local): 1,000 messages/month

Promotion: Top up S$24 to reactivate the same benefits after the original 4-week plan expires

3. M1 S$14 Prepaid SIM Card

Validity: 180 Days
Price: S$14
Local Data: 4 GB (120 Days) + 4 GB (30 days)
Calls outgoing (local): S$0.20 for the first minute; S$0.18 per subsequent minute
SMS (local): S$0.05 (Free 10 local SMS with 5 local SMS sent)

4. M1 S$60 Prepaid SIM Card

Validity: 12 Weeks
Price: S$60
Local Data: 168 GB (2 GB/day for 12 weeks)
Calls outgoing (local): 5,000 mins outgoing/month, free unlimited incoming
SMS (local): 1,000 messages/month

TPG

TPG is a relatively new network that began its operations in Singapore in 2020. So far, it only has one prepaid plan with a S$10/month price tag for 100 GB data and 300 local minutes – but it’s worth checking out since there are some amazing perks!

One such benefit is 1 GB roaming data per month in selected countries.

Source: TPG

Validity: 30 days
Price: S$10
Local Data: 100 GB (+1 GB Roaming Data in selected countries)
Calls outgoing (local): Unlimited (mobile calls), 300 minutes (fixed lines)
SMS (local): 30 messages (other MNOs), unlimited (TPG lines)

Prepaid data plans for travellers

International roaming charges are high, so it’s important to buy a prepaid SIM card while you’re in Singapore. If this is your first time buying one from abroad, just know that there can be different types of plans and prices depending on what they offer.

Best data plans for short-term tourists

Short-term tourist SIM cards work best for those who only visit Singapore for 7 days. The three largest telcos offer 100 GB of data, 500 minutes of local outgoing calls, and 100 SMSes per month with 1 GB of roaming (for Singtel and StarHub only; no roaming data is offered for M1’s 7 Day Prepaid Tourist SIM Card).

The benefit of this type of card is that it allows you more freedom when travelling without any additional commitments after your stay in Singapore ends.

1. Singtel hi!Tourist SIM Card

Source: Singtel

Validity: 7 Days
Price: S$12
Local Data: 100 GB
Roaming Data: 1 GB (Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia & Thailand)
Local Calls: 500 minutes
IDD Calls: 30 minutes
International Calls: 30 minutes
Local SMS: 100 messages
Social and messaging apps: Unlimited

2. StarHub Travel Prepaid SIM Card

Source: StarHub

Validity: 7 Days
Price: S$12
Local Data: 100 GB
Roaming Data: 1 GB
Local Calls: 500 minutes
International Calls: 30 minutes
Local SMS: 100 messages
Social and messaging apps: Unlimited

3. M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM Card

Source: M1

Validity: 7 Days
Price: S$12
Local Data: 100 GB
Roaming Data: Nil
Local Calls: 500 minutes
International Calls: 20 minutes
Local SMS: 100 messages
Social and Messaging Apps: Nil

Best data plans for long-term tourists

For people who plan to stay in Singapore longer than a week, getting an extra SIM card with more data and outgoing calls may be worth it. 

Singtel, TPG and M1 offer 100 GB of data for your personal use and 3,000 minutes per day on their respective networks along with 5,000 text messages.

1. Singtel hi! Tourist SIM Card (12-Day)

Source: Singtel

Validity: 12 Days
Price: S$30
Local Data: 100 GB
Roaming Data: 3 GB
Local Calls: 3,000 minutes
International Calls: 90 minutes
Local SMS: 5,000 messages
Social and messaging apps: Unlimited

2. Singtel hi! Tourist SIM Card (15-Day)

Source: Singtel

Validity: 15 Days
Price: S$50
Local Data: 100 GB
Roaming Data: 5 GB
Local Calls: 3,000 minutes
International Calls: 90 minutes
Local SMS: 5,000 messages
Social and messaging apps: Unlimited

This 15-day Tourist SIM Card provides users with 5GB of roaming data. However, it’s not as cost-effective as compared to the 12-day Tourist SIM card because you’ll be paying S$20 more for extra 2GB of roaming data only.

3. StarHubTravel Prepaid SIM Card

Source: StarHub

Validity: 12 Days
Price: S$32
Local Data: 100 GB
Roaming Data: 3 GB
Local Calls (Outgoing): 3,000 minutes
Local Calls (Incoming): Unlimited
International Calls: 90 minutes
Local SMS: 5,000 messages
Social and messaging apps: Unlimited

4. M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM Card (12-Day)

Source: M1

Validity: 12 Days
Price: S$30
Local Data: 100 GB
Roaming Data: 3 GB
Local Calls: 3,000 minutes
International Calls: 50 minutes
Local SMS: 5,000 messages
Social and messaging apps: Nil

5. M1 Prepaid Tourist SIM Card (14-Day)

Source: M1

Validity: 14 Days
Price: S$30
Local Data: 100 GB
Roaming Data: 5 GB
Local Calls: 3,000 minutes
International Calls: 50 minutes
Local SMS: 5,000 messages
Social and messaging apps: Nil


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