What is the best Telco to go for?

Awesome, you have relocated to Singapore where you will be spending the next chapter of your lives. You have got all the working documents and are drowned by paperwork. All is settled…right? What about all those Instagram stories, Youtube videos and Whatsapp calls you need to make! Now you just need a local phone plan with data.

There are tons of local telco, but which is suitable? Fret not,  COVE has done all the hard work and compiled a list of the top 3 best telco firms.

Before diving straight in for the Telco, you need to understand what a SIM- only plan entails.

What is a SIM only plan?

Unless you are staying in Singapore for more than 2 years, I suggest going for telecommunication companies that offer ‘SIM only’ plans. Most ‘SIM only’ plans do not come with a contract, while phone plans come with a 2-year contract. This means that you can use your existing phone with a local SIM card without being tied to any other terms.

Cheapest SIM only plans in Singapore under 50 bucks:

  1.   Circles. Life https://www.circles.life/sg/

Circles.Life is a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) based in Singapore. Since its creation in 2016, it is a flourishing telco in Singapore. It functions as a ‘digital telco’ which means that the only support channels available to its customers are live chats and emails.

It is also one of the most value for money SIM only plans available. With a whooping fee of only $18 per month, you are entitled to 100 min talk time, 25 free SMS and a grand total of 20 GB! You can go crazy on Netflix on your phone without having to worry about exceeding your data.


  1.   Singtel https://www.singtel.com/personal/products-services/mobile#marketing2

In March 2019, Singtel launched a new SIM-only campaign under GOMO, a sub-brand featuring loud colours and lovable mascot to target the younger, data-driven crowd.   

Like Circles.Life and MyRepublic, Singtel’s plan cost very low from $25/month for 20GB. The perks? It has 150 mins of talk time and 500 SMS compared to both Circles.Life and MyRepublic. There is however, a minimum 12-month term. So, for those who are in Singapore for less than a year, do consider Circles.Life or MyRepublic.


  1.   MyRepublic https://mobile.myrepublic.com.sg/plans#data-booster

MyRepublic is a multinational Internet company based in Singapore. Since it first launched in 2011, the company has expanded to Indonesia, New Zealand and even Australia.

You can check out their power plan. Spending $24/month, you get 20 GB data, 100 mins talk time and SMS. Then again, who needs SMS or phone call when you can FaceTime or WhatsApp call with your 20 GB?

Now with enough telco information at hand, you can search for expat communities in Singapore to feel at home, social network with the never-ending data and even check out what community events COVE has to offer! 😊

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