Singapore – Staying Connected
Singapore is probably one of the most well-connected places in all of Asia when it comes to internet and mobile phone usage. You will find Wi-Fi almost everywhere and many people are on their phones 24/7, so coverage is quick and comprehensive across the city.
Arriving in Singapore:
Changi Airport is one of the best airports in the world and offers free Wi-Fi so you can immediately get online as soon as you arrive. You can buy SIM cards at the operator counters at the airport and this is often the best place to do so if you want to get online immediately and also ask about the various packages.
Wi-Fi is widely available across the country. You will find that it is complimentary in many hotels and it is usually standard for coffee shops and many restaurants. As such if you want to use the internet in Singapore then using Wi-Fi is one of the easiest and simplest ways to get online.
If you have an international phone then you can buy a SIM card that will allow local and international calls and you can also get data packages. Note however that you will need to use your passport to register for a SIM card and this is strictly enforced. The sign-up procedure, however, is fairly simple. You can buy SIM cards at the airport and in selected convenience stores like 7-11.
Mobile Phone Operators in Malaysia:
There are three main operators in Singapore that offer packages including Singtel, Starhub, and M1. In reality, there is not much to separate these in terms of price and coverage although it depends what kind of package you need. All of them offer social media plans, normal data plans, and data + talk time plans. Starhub and M1 however also both offer dedicated plans for tourists. The recommended packages are as follows:
Starhub Happy Tourist Pack:
SIM card + 120 minutes of local outgoing calls + 1 GB of data for the first week + $18 of credit + 200MB for the rest of the month. You also get unlimited use of Line and WeChat = $32.
M1 Prepaid Travel SIM Card:
SIM card + $15 of credit for local calls/SMS + $15 of credit for international calls/SMS + 1GB of data valid for 7 days = $30.
Please note however that data packages often change without much notice so the best thing to do is check with the operator website to see what the latest package and deals may be.
If you want to recharge then you can do so at a convenience store or an operator kiosk. The amounts depend on what kind of SIM card and plan you have chosen.