International SIM cards for Singapore

Travelling to Singapore? Check out our guide to finding the best prepaid SIM card

Reduce your roaming rates by using a local SIM.

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 (AUD$9.47). So, whether you’re a short- or long-term traveller, you can save money by comparing your SIM card options on finder.com.au.

Prices last updated 26 Sep 2017
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Telco providers in Singapore

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.

About Singapore’s operators

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.

Below, we have broken down each telco provider to highlight exactly what they can offer you during your stay in Singapore.

SingTel Mobile

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:

SGD8SGD10 credit90 days
SGD15SGD18 credit120 days
SGD205GB data
Data-only SIM card
7 days
SGD28SGD28 credit180 days
SGD38SGD38 credit
(+ 1GB data
for 7 days)
180 days
SGD50SGD50 credit
(+ 5GB data
for 7 days)
180 days

The following “hitop” top-up cards can be added:

  • SGD10: SGD11.50 credit valid for 90 days, free incoming calls for 10 days
  • SGD20: SGD23 credit valid for 180 days, free incoming calls for 20 days
  • SGD50: SGD57.50 credit valid for 120 days, free incoming calls for 20 days
  • SGD15: SGD30 credit for calls and texts only, no data, valid for 30 days
  • SGD22: SGD12 credit for international calls, 250MB data, 120 local minutes voice, free incoming calls and 500 local SMS, valid for 30 days
  • SGD28: SGD28 credit for international calls and texts, and SGD100 for local calls and texts, valid for 50 days
  • SGD30: SGD30 credit for international calls and texts, SGD100 for local calls and texts, and 300MB data, valid for 50 days

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:

DataValidityPrice
High usage plans
2GB24 hoursSGD7
6GB3 daysSGD16
15GB7 daysSGD30
High value plans
10MB7 daysSGD1
100MBSGD2
1GBSGD7
Long expiry plans
1GB30 daysSGD10
3GBSGD20
5GBSGD30

The following social media packs are also available:

AppValidity
1 day7 days30 days
WhatsAppSGD0.50SGD3SGD6
LineSGD1.00SGD6SGD12
WeChatSGD0.50SGD3SGD6
FacebookSGD0.50SGD3SGD6

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:

  • SGD5: 100MB for 7 days in Malaysia (Maxis) and Australia (Optus)
  • SGD10: 1GB for 30 days in Malaysia (Maxis), Australia (Optus), Indonesia (Telkomsel), Thailand (AIS) and the Philippines (Globe)
  • SGD20: 1GB for 30 days in China (China Mobile and China Unicom), Hong Kong (CSL), India (Airtel), Taiwan (Taiwan Mobile), Japan (Softbank) and South Korea (SK Telecom).

The “hi!Tourist” SIM card is also a good choice for travellers. The following options are available:

  • SGD15: 4GB data, 500 minutes local calls and 100 local SMS, 30 minutes international calls, valid for 5 days
  • SGD30: 10GB data; free use of Facebook, WhatsApp, Line and WeChat (all max. 1GB); unlimited local calls and SMS; 90 minutes international calls; valid for 10 days
  • SGD50: for 2 SIM cards, allowances will be shared between the main line and the second line. 20GB data; free use of Facebook, WhatsApp, Line and WeChat (all max. 1GB); unlimited local calls and SMS; 90 minutes international calls; 100MB data in Malaysia; valid for 10 days

SingTel’s APN: hicard, and website: http://info.singtel.com/personal/phones-plans/mobile/singtel-prepaid

StarHub

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:

SGD8SGD10 credit90 days
SGD15SGD18 credit
(+ 15GB data
for 5 days)
180 days
SGD32SGD32 credit
(+ 15GB data and 2GB roaming data
for 10 days)
180 days
SGD50SGD50 credit
(15GB for 10 days
5GB roaming data for 30 days)
180 days

The following top-up combinations can be purchased to upload credit onto your SIM card:

SGD8SGD8 credit60 days
SGD18SGD20 credit
(+ 30MB data and free
incoming calls for 20 days)
180 days
SGD38SGD38 credit
(+ 10MB data and free
incoming calls for 20 days)
180 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:

  • WeChat: SGD0.40 per day, SGD6 per month
  • Line: SGD0.40 per day, SGD6 per month

Dial *123*3#, select option 3 to list the social media channels, then select the relevant plan.

The following data packs are also available:

DataValidityPrice
30MB3 daysSGD2
200MBSGD4
1GBSGD5
10MB7 daysSGD1
1GBSGD7
1.2GB30 daysSGD10
2.4GBSGD15
3.6GBSGD20

Dial *123# and select the relevant plan to activate.

The following top-ups can be added to all prepaid SIM cards:

SGD62GB1 day
SGD166GB
max 2GB per day
3 days
SGD2514GB
max 2GB per day
7 days
SGD282GB30 days
SGD323.5GB60 days

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:

DestinationNetworkDestinationNetwork
AustraliaTelstra | VodafoneChinaChina Mobile
Hong KongThree (3)IndonesiaXL Axiata | Three (3) | Indosat
JapanNTT DoCoMo | KDDIMalaysiaAll operators
New Zealand2Degrees | TNZPhilippinesSmart
South KoreaSK Telecom | Olleh KTTaiwanFar EasTone | Chunghwa Telec.
ThailandTrueMove | DTACUKThree (3)
USAT-Mobile

StarHub’s APN: shinternet, and website: http://www.starhub.com/personal/mobile/prepaid-plans.html

M1

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:

SGD5SG6 credit100MB data3 days
SGD18SGD18 credit500MB data5 days

The following top ups can also be added:

  • SGD17: 200MB data, 500 local SMS, 120 minutes local calls, free incoming calls, valid for 30 days
  • SGD23: 350MB data, SGD12 credit, 500 local SMS, 120 minutes local calls, free incoming calls, valid for 50 days
  • SGD18: SGD21 credit, free incoming calls for 20 days, valid for 180 days
  • SGD30: 2GB data, SGD100 credit for calls and texts, valid for 30 days

In addition, the following top-up packages can be purchased in-store or online by using a credit card:

  • SGD15: SGD40 for local calls and SMS, SGD15 for international calls and SMS, free incoming calls within 10 days, valid for 50 days
  • SGD28: SGD100 for local calls and SMS, SGD30 for international calls and SMS, valid for 50 days
  • SGD48: SGD60 credit for 180 days
  • SGD88: SD100 credit for 180 days

The standard data rate is charged at SGD0.2 per KB. The following data packs can also be added:

DataValidityPrice
1GB3 daysSGD5
1GB7 daysSGD7
300MB30 daysSGD5
1GB30 daysSGD10
3GB50 daysSGD30

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:

DestinationNetworkDestinationNetwork
Hong KongSmarToneIndonesiaXL Axiata
MalaysiaCelcomMacauSmarTone
TaiwanChunghwa Telecom

The following prepaid traveller SIM plans are the best options for tourists:

  • SGD30: 100GB data for 5 days, as well as 1GB of data, free incoming calls, SGD15 for international calls and texts, SGD15 for local calls and texts, valid for 7 days
  • SGD50: 100GB data for 5 days, 5GB of data valid for 7 days, free incoming calls, SGD25 for international calls and texts, SGD25 for local calls and texts, valid for 30 days.

The following data-only SIM cards are also available:

  • 4G Prepaid Data Card: SGD18 including 1GB valid for 30 days. The following top-ups can be added, and each is valid for 30 days:
SGD5256MB
SGD17945MB
SGD181GB
SGD282GB
  • 3G Prepaid Broadband Card: SGD18
SGD51 day
SGD185 days
SGD288 days
SGD52.5 hours
SGD178.5 hours
SGD189 hours
SGD2815 hours

M1’s APN: sunsurf, and website: https://www.m1.com.sg/personal/mobile/prepaidmobile/mcard

Some top tips from finder.com.au staff:

  • The official languages in Singapore are Malay, Mandarin, Tamil and English. Even if you don’t know the Asian languages, you should still get by quite easily.
  • Locals call a SIM card a “SIMKaa” or “SIM”.
  • Ask the sellers to set up the SIM for you, because they will know how to do it. If not, follow the instructions we have highlighted above or go to the official operator website to get advice.
  • Get to the stores early to receive better assistance and to avoid the crowds.

TripAdvisor tips for the best SIM cards and where to buy them

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.

Here are some top tips from TripAdvisor users:

“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.

Pros and cons of Singapore’s top telco providers

All networks require you to have a SIM-unlocked, GSM-compatible phone. To double check you have this phone, contact your provider before you set off on your travels.

Pros:

  • Good value for money
  • Prepaid credit when required
  • No in-store contract needed
  • Could be compatible with your current phone

Cons:

  • There are no 2G networks in Singapore
  • No devices offered with the SIM card packages
  • Can only be used on SIM-unlocked GSM phones

More questions about finding the best SIM?

Q: What about other providers in Singapore?

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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