A data SIM card is essential for anyone who wants to stay connected while travelling.
When I arrive in a new nation, the second thing I look for is a SIM card. When travelling to a foreign country where I don’t know the language, having a local SIM card and data on it offers me peace of mind that I will be able to make it through.
When my relatives and friends come to visit me in Singapore, they constantly ask whether I can assist them in purchasing mobile phone service plans. It’s easy and difficult to find the best Singapore SIM card.
Singtel, M1 and StarHub are Singapore’s three major mobile service providers. It’s difficult since there are so many various types of SIM cards, each with a particular set of functions and a varied expiration date.
The process of selecting a SIM card has been a frustrating one for me. In this essay, I’ll dissect each operator’s SIM card in depth. Then, I’ll do a comparison of SIM cards based on duration of stay and share my findings and recommendations.
Prepaid SIM Cards in Singapore: An Overview
There are two types of Singtel’s pre-paid prepaid SIM cards: the hi!SIM and the hi!Tourist. A SIM card for tourists.
The hi!Tourist values (100GB data, 3000 minutes local call, 5000 SMS, overseas data roam) will not be extended if you top up to the Main Account for the $30 and $50 Tourist SIMs. In other words, when the hi!Tourist SIM card expires and is topped up, it becomes a regular prepaid hi! SIM card. It’s my hope that it makes sense.
Pleased to meet you, one and all! If you read the tiny print, you’ll find that tourist SIM cards enable unlimited use of Facebook, Whatsapp, LINE, and WeChat, but this is limited to 1GB a day. You don’t need this gimmick because you already have access to more than 100 GB of free local data.
While StarHub Prepaid is the name of the company’s standard prepaid SIM card, StarHub Travel Prepaid is the name of the company’s tourist SIM card. StarHub’s prepaid SIM cards are compared below.
The first month’s 1.2GB of free data is followed by 5 months of 200MB/month for $15 Prepaid. WeChat, Whatsapp, and LINE are all available for free for 180 days after activation. The free 5GB of roaming data can be utilised both domestically and internationally on the $50 StarHub Prepaid SIM card.
It’s my opinion that StarHub is the most competitive service provider; their discounts frequently offer better value than those offered by rival providers. In my opinion, though, they have an excessive number of offers, perks, and different top-up pricing. Some promotions last for a long time, while others fade away after a short period of time.
Because so many variables are constantly changing, it’s difficult to know which StarHub card or plan is optimal at any particular time. For the sake of simplicity, you should disregard all bonuses while attempting to determine which card or plan is the most advantageous.
As a reminder, M1’s typical pre-paid SIM card is named M Card, whereas its tourist SIM is simply referred to as M1. M1’s prepaid cards are compared below.
What’s the finest short-term traveler’s SIM card out there?
It is now time to compare prepaid SIM cards from different operators across a variety of scenarios.
The length of stay, the amount of data used, and other preferences of each individual vary. If you’re a short-term traveller, I’m going to assume that you’re using a decent amount of internet per day (between 1GB and 3GB) for navigation, research, and social media. Tourist SIM cards are the greatest choice for these travellers because they are inexpensive and provide 100GB of data, more than enough for a two-week stay in Singapore.
In the event that you don’t think you fall into this group, you can move to the following part, where I cover the usual prepaid SIM card, which you can use in Singapore (not Tourist SIM).