Telco war heats up at IT Show 2017

As we all know, Singaporeans have been much maligned over the past few years, ever since the telecoms made the decision to slash data down from 12 GB. Not to mention that mobile bills in Singapore are notorious for being among the most expensive in the world. However, with news of a fourth telecom soon to enter the fray, the current incumbents are scrambling to tie consumers up for the next two years with some jaw-dropping deals  and that means, good news for us!

With Singtel and M1 both at the IT Show 2017, visitors will be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the best plan for themselves. Not to worry though, we have done the homework for you so best to check it out!

Post-paid Plans

For only $5.90 a month, users can enjoy double the data of their plan.

For only $5.90 a month, users can enjoy double the data of their plan.

Both Singtel and M1 offer similar plans, with only slight differences, in pricing and offerings. In the table above, we compare Singtel and M1's cheapest and most expensive offerings. Singtel's DataX2 and M1's Upsized Data both offer to effectively double their user's data for an additional $5.90 a month.

Singtel is slightly more expensive, and offers slightly less data (1GB), but are widely acknowledged to have better coverage across the island.

Existing users will feel aggrieved that these plans are only available for new users and recontracted plans, considering the deals that are on offer, but we think that these plans will be here to stay, so fret-not! Your time will come!

SIM-only plans

Earlier last month, we spoke about the SIM-only plans that the telecoms were offering. In what was a preview of the coming telco wars, the telecoms offered users varying plans consisting of a one-month contract, without phone subsidies. The kicker was that these plans were insanely cheap, meaning that you get your money's worth over time.

M1's MySIM plans offer great value but tie you down for a year.

M1's MySIM plans offer great value but tie you down for a year.

M1 kicked off the revolution, with a range of SIM-only plans in July 2015. Its one-year contract model is a little outdated when compared to the other telecoms, but offers the best value-for-money. At just $30 a month, you can get 300 minutes of talk time, 1000 SMS and 5 GB of data. Compare this to its closest regular plan with phone subsidy, and you get 300 minutes of talk time, 1200 SMS and 4GB of data for a whopping $62. On the other hand, M1 does offer one-month contracts for its SIM-only plans, but in return, users have their data halved.

Alternatively, M1 offers one-month plans but cuts user data by half.

Alternatively, M1 offers one-month plans but cuts user data by half.

Singtel followed suit a few months later and got a little creative, with its customisable, data-centric plan. With a base price of $20 per month, users get 3GB of mobile data. An additional $5.35 a month will get you 200 minutes of talktime or 1200 SMS. At double the price, you can add 800 minutes, or 2400 SMS. Feeling really adventurous? Well then, what about unlimited minutes or SMSes every month for an additional $16.05? What this means, is that at just $41.40 per month, you could have 3 GB of data, unlimited minutes and 1200 SMS (how often do you sms anyway). If you think that isn't enough data for you, you can always throw in an extra $5.35 for an extra GB of data.

Singtel allows you greater flexibility by choosing only what you need to.

Singtel allows you greater flexibility by choosing only what you need to.

So, which telecom/plan do I go with?!

At the risk of sounding cliche', it really depends on what your needs are as a user. Study, your monthly phone bills to understand your user habits. Do you talk more, or perhaps use more data than you usually have?

Thinking of switching over to a SIM-only plan?

Android-users have the luxury of opting for non-mainstream brands (read: any brand that is not Samsung). If one is worried about the quality of the phones, brands like Huawei and OPPO are building increasingly premium phones that are available at competitive prices.

As for iPhone users, word on the grapevine is that a certain bank is offering interest-free installments for any purchase of Apple products.

With so many deals for your mobile needs floating about the IT Show 2016 as well, is there any reason for you to not come pay us a visit? Come join us at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibtion Centre, Levels 3, 4 and 6! See you there!