Here’s a hassle free guide to getting a prepaid SIM card in Singapore

Need to update your Facebook status? How about sending that quick Instagram shot showing your followers that you’ve touched down in Singapore? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Despite Singapore being one of the world’s most digitally connected cities, let’s face it: the country’s public Wi-Fi service Wireless@SG doesn’t do us any favours when it comes to providing effective and convenient internet connection.

It’s still best to satisfy all your mobile connection needs via the traditional way: getting a Prepaid SIM card. How do we get about doing this? Sit back as we show you the easiest, and fastest three-step process to achieving this.

Prepaid SIM Card in Singapore

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1. Select your Telecom provider

In Singapore, the telecommunications industry consists of three major players: M1, StarHub, and SingTel. Thus, this means that you have to choose from one of these telcos. We’ve drafted up a quick comparison of the benefits that each telco offers.

For a five-day trip:

M1 StarHub Singtel
Name M Card Happy Travel Prepaid SIM hi! Tourist 3-in-1 SIM
Price $15 $15 $15
Local Data 100GB 15GB 4GB
Local Calls 500 mins First minute 22¢, 8¢/min thereafter 500 mins
Local SMS 100 5¢ local SMS, 15¢ global SMS 100
International Calls 20 mins Rates vary per country 30 mins

 

For a ten-day trip:

M1 StarHub Singtel
Name M Card Happy Travel Prepaid SIM hi! Tourist 3-in-1 SIM
Price $30 $32 $30
Local Data 100GB 15GB 14GB
Local Calls 3000 mins First minute 22¢, 8¢/min thereafter 3000 mins
Local SMS 5000 mins 5¢ local SMS, 15¢ global SMS 5000 mins
International Calls 50 mins Rates vary per country 90 mins
Additional Benefits Free data access to Facebook, Whatsapp, Line, WeChat

Thus, to make things easier, we’ve selected M1, which offers the best deal for its local data service.

2. Buying your (M1) SIM Card

At Changi Airport:

Just landed in the best airport in the world? Welcome. Head to Changi Airport’s Terminal 2 M1 outlet, which is open 24/7, at T2’s arrival hall.

Alternatively, you could head to M1’s counters at Terminal 1 and 3. However, the latter two counters are only open from 7am to 12 midnight. Remember to present your passport when purchasing your SIM card!

Other parts of Singapore:

Although M1’s prepaid cards are not usually sold at convenience stores, you can head to any of their 14 outlets, which are located all over Singapore. You can view the full list of M1 stores here.

There are three outlets – Paragon, Bugis Junction, and Raffles Place – that are located in the downtown district. Remember to present your passport when purchasing your SIM card!

3. Activating your (M1) SIM Card

Bought your SIM card already? Great. Now here’s the time to activate it. You can either pass it to the store assistant to help you activate it, or you can do it yourself.

Here’s how you can activate your prepaid SIM card yourself.

Step 1: Remove your current SIM card and keep it somewhere safe.

Step 2: Place your M1 prepaid SIM card in your phone.

Step 3: Make an outgoing call by dialing #100#. Restart your phone to activate your prepaid SIM card.

Voilà, here’s your activated prepaid SIM card! Enjoy your stay in Singapore. Refer to our other recommended things to do in Singapore or… 

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