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If you’re planning a trip to Singapore, a top tip for keeping costs down is to switch to a local SIM card. Take advantage of better tariffs, plans and deals to dramatically reduce your roaming rates. You can get 1GB of data from Singapore’s top telco providers for about SGD10 (£5.58). So, whether you’re a short- or long-term traveller, you can save money by comparing your SIM card options on finder UK.
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There are three main telco providers in Singapore: SingTel Mobile, StarHub and M1. Both locals and travellers use SIM cards from all three networks, and they can be trusted no matter which plan you choose. According to OpenSignal’s coverage map, all providers offer good network coverage across the entire country.
Singapore’s operators provide 3G and 4G/LTE services on a GSM platform. Please note that 2G is no longer available. Locals call their SIM cards “SIMs” or “SIMKaa”. All three operators offer prepaid SIM cards, and you can buy them from stores, supermarkets, kiosks, drug stores and official outlets, as well as at Singapore Changi airport. You can buy a SIM card by showing your passport, and your telephone number is already active when you purchase it. To add credit, there are several prepaid card machines around various towns and cities, and vouchers are stocked in stores and supermarkets.
SingTel Mobile is the largest provider in Singapore with a 45% market share. It offers great 3G and 4G/LTE services on a GSM platform. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from official stores and approved resellers after showing your passport as a valid form of ID. Credit can be purchased from most retailers in the country and from supermarkets, corner stores and service stations.
The “hi!card” prepaid SIM card is the most popular in Singapore, especially with tourists. The following packages are also available:
|SGD8||SGD10 credit||90 days|
|SGD15||SGD18 credit||120 days|
Data-only SIM card
|SGD28||SGD28 credit||180 days|
(+ 1GB data
for 7 days)
(+ 5GB data
for 7 days)
The following “hitop” top-up cards can be added:
Dial *139# to check your balance.
The standard data rate is charged at SGD5.4 per 10 KB. The following data packs are also available:
|High usage plans|
|High value plans|
|Long expiry plans|
The following social media packs are also available:
|1 day||7 days||30 days|
The following data roaming packages are valid for 7 days and can be used across Asia and other countries. Dial *100# to check your balance:
The “hi!Tourist” SIM card is also a good choice for travellers. The following options are available:
StarHub is the second-largest operator in Singapore. It offers very good 3G and 4G/LTE services on a GSM platform. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from official stores and approved resellers after showing your passport to the cashier. Credit can be purchased from most retailers in the country, as well as supermarkets, corner stores and service stations.
The StarHub “Happy Prepaid SIM” is the best option for travellers and comes in the following packages:
|SGD8||SGD10 credit||90 days|
(+ 15GB data
for 5 days)
(+ 15GB data and 2GB roaming data
for 10 days)
(15GB for 10 days
5GB roaming data for 30 days)
The following top-up combinations can be purchased to upload credit onto your SIM card:
|SGD8||SGD8 credit||60 days|
(+ 30MB data and free
incoming calls for 20 days)
(+ 10MB data and free
incoming calls for 20 days)
All packs can be purchased online by using a credit card.
The standard data rate is charged at SGD0.07 per 10 KB. The following social media packs can also be added:
Dial *123*3#, select option 3 to list the social media channels, then select the relevant plan.
The following data packs are also available:
Dial *123# and select the relevant plan to activate.
The following top-ups can be added to all prepaid SIM cards:
max 2GB per day
max 2GB per day
There are also “Happy Roam” packages available, which can be used across Asia and 13 other countries. Check deals at the time of purchase because offers and prices change from time to time. The following countries are covered by the plan:
|Australia||Telstra | Vodafone||China||China Mobile|
|Hong Kong||Three (3)||Indonesia||XL Axiata | Three (3) | Indosat|
|Japan||NTT DoCoMo | KDDI||Malaysia||All operators|
|New Zealand||2Degrees | TNZ||Philippines||Smart|
|South Korea||SK Telecom | Olleh KT||Taiwan||Far EasTone | Chunghwa Telec.|
|Thailand||TrueMove | DTAC||UK||Three (3)|
StarHub’s APN: shinternet, and website: http://www.starhub.com/personal/mobile/prepaid-plans.html
M1 is the smallest provider. It offers great 3G and 4G/LTE services on a GSM platform. Prepaid SIM cards can be purchased from official outlets and approved resellers after showing your passport as a valid form of ID. Credit can be purchased from most retailers in the country, as well as supermarkets, stores and service stations.
The “M Card” prepaid SIM card is extremely popular. The following options are available:
|SGD5||SG6 credit||100MB data||3 days|
|SGD18||SGD18 credit||500MB data||5 days|
The following top ups can also be added:
In addition, the following top-up packages can be purchased in-store or online by using a credit card:
The standard data rate is charged at SGD0.2 per KB. The following data packs can also be added:
Dial *100*3*1# and select the relevant pack to activate.
The following roaming destinations are available on all prepaid SIM cards. Check rates at the time of purchase as they can change from time to time:
|Hong Kong||SmarTone||Indonesia||XL Axiata|
The following prepaid traveller SIM plans are the best options for tourists:
The following data-only SIM cards are also available:
M1’s APN: sunsurf, and website: https://www.m1.com.sg/personal/mobile/prepaidmobile/mcard
While it’s well known for reviews, booking hotels, flights and holidays, TripAdvisor also has many user comments that can help guide you through what SIM cards have been tried and tested in Singapore.
“Passports aren’t a must to purchase a SIM card but some shops do ask to see it, so take it along just to be sure.”
“There is no free International SMS with any carrier. I suggest you install an app for messaging eg WhatsApp. Please note Singapore telco networks no longer support 2G phones.”
“A tourist SIM card on one of the 3 networks will give you a week’s use for $10-$15. Typically you get more than enough local, international and 4G data included for a week. You can buy SIM cards at the airport, at the money changers and other locations.”
A: TPG Telecom is a new provider and is set to launch in late 2017. Check prices and plans before purchasing your SIM card, but TPG Telecom can be trusted.
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