Ever since Circles.Life debuted back in 2016, SIM-only plans have been a more than viable option – An option that is finally worth our money. That’s why consumers appreciate competition as we are the ones who usually benefit from it.
Disclaimer: Thanks to the fierce competition kickstarted by Circles.Life, the information here is ever -changing. See any information that has become outdated? Be our extra pair of eyes and let us know about it here.
What is a SIM-Only plan?
A SIM-only plan is a monthly subscription service, which offers you mobile data, call time and SMS. Other add-ons such as data roaming, additional data, cybersecurity features are also available. It is cheaper than the mobile plans that provide you with a phone at a “lower” price, as the rest of the cost of the phone is not absorbed into the monthly charges. If your contract is up and your current phone is still alive and well, SIM-Only plans might be the answer to your prayers.
Comparison of the different carriers
We will be comparing Singtel new SIM-Only sub-brand called GOMO, Starhub’s own version called giga and M1’s SIM-Only plan. Additionally, we will take a look at our new Telco, TPG, and Circles.Life who started this war. For those lazy to read, we have prepared a summary table of the SIM-only plans below.
|Price (per month)||20||25||20||18||$10|
|Data||20GB||45GB||30GB (+10GB for new sign ups for 1st 12 months)||20GB||50GB|
|Call time||200 min||1000 min||1000 min||100 min||300 min|
|Caller ID||Free||Free||Free for 3/6 months|
|Additional Charges||N.A.||$2 Delivery Fee||$37.45 – SIM Card||N.A.||N.A.|
GOMO by Singtel
GOMO is a new digital SIM-Only plan launched by Singtel. Excluding TPG, it currently offers 20GB of data, 200 minutes of talk time and 200 SMS. These will be enough for most of our monthly usage. Caller ID and incoming calls are also free, so you will most likely be paying $20 every month. GOMO also It runs on Singtel’s network since Singtel launched it. Depending on whether you are a fan of Singtel, this may be part of your consideration.
Promo until 23 November 2020: 40GB, 400 mins, 400SMS for first 12 months (Code: HEART40)
giga by StarHub
Image Source: giga
Next up, we have giga by StarHub, which runs on their network. giga is StarHub’s answer to Singtel’s GOMO. Both of them are fully digital carriers and have cute designs. At $25 per month, it is packed with 1000 SMS and 1000 minutes of talk time on top of the 45GB data it offers. Like GOMO, giga provides 24/7 support and your incoming calls, and Caller ID are free. One distinguishing feature from the rest is that you can roll over unused data over the next month. Do note that there is a $2 delivery charge for your SIM card.
M1 also joined the SIM-only war with the most loaded plan. At $20 per month (this is nett of $5 off for the first 12 months), you get 30GB (+10GB for first 12 months) of data, 1000 minutes of talk time and 1000 SMS. If you are a new sign up and also a SAFRA member, there are many exclusive deals you can check out! However, M1 charges $37.45 for the SIM card but it’s waived if you are a new M1 customer. Talking about SIM, M1 is the only carrier to offer eSIM without additional add-ons fee. If you are looking for an eSIM, you should definitely check this out. Lastly, caller IDs and free-flow weekend data are free for 3 months for new sign-ups or 6 months if you switch to M1.
Image Source: Circles.Life
By now, Circles.Life is no stranger to many of us now. Launched in 2016, Circles.Life runs on M1 network. For $18 a month, you get to enjoy 20GB of data, 100 minutes of talk time (both incoming and outgoing) with free caller ID but only 25 SMS. As Telegram and WhatsApp have replaced SMS for a lot us, 25 SMS could be enough to get us by. To get unlimited incoming calls, you would have to pay $2 per month, which brings your bill up to $20 same as GOMO.
Image Source: TPG
Headquartered in Australia, TPG is the fourth telco to be granted the license to operate in Singapore. Currently, TPG offers a $10 plan for users. At $10 per month, it is packed with 30 SMS and 300 minutes of talk time and 1 GB roaming data to selected countries on top of the 50GB data it offers. Do note that you can only do a self-collection of your SIM card at selected pick-up locations.
How to choose out of the many SIM-only plans?
It all depends on your needs. If you want the cheap and good one, we will recommend TPG. However, if you’re going to use without any worry, Starhub’s giga may be for you. If you hate Singtel and Starhub’s network, go for M1 or Circles.Life. Signing up for everyone of this is easy. All you have to do is head over to there website, complete the registration and wait for your SIM card to arrive.
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