Oct 1, 2012

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iPhone 5 Singapore Telco Price Comparison: SingTel vs Starhub vs M1

For iPhone 5 Singapore fans, you are definitely looking for the best deal when it comes to purchasing your new iPhone. It might be the device that is going to stick with for the next 2-years at least. Or it might be the device that will earn you some money if you so decide to sell it.

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If you choose the latter, you can definitely make decent margin from extending your mobile contract. As of today [last check October 24, 2012], iPhone 5 runs out at all SingTel shops. In resale market, iPhone 5 with 16GB is going for a hefty $1,300 tag. That is quite a sizable margin considering that the Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of iPhone 5 Singapore with 16GB storage is only S$948. If you have a BNIB iPhone 5, put it up for sale and you can always buy it a later time. That could easily earn you a 20% profit margin.

SEE ALSO: iPhone 5 Singapore: Hands-On Reviews

If you are indeed planning to re-sign your contract with the local telco, here is how they square off against each other. For the lowest plan (~$39), M1 appears to have absorbed noticeably larger subsidy for the iPhone 5 compared to SingTel and Starhub. Over 2-years, they differ by as much as $70. The next plan (~59), M1 still offers the largest subsidy, but the difference come down to about $30 over two years. But for this tier, it is a bit tricky when picking the winner between M1 and Starhub. While M1 plan is $20 cheaper, Starhub includes larger data bundle with the plan. It depends on your Internet and bandwidth usage. If your main usage is Facebook, news reading and photo sharing, then 3GB is more than sufficient. Typically, my monthly usage hovers around 1GB and so far has never exceeded 1.5GB. If your main usage is downloading or watching video streaming, then you know your own limit.

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In conclusion, if you are free to choose between any of the telco, I would think the most economic sense is to go with M1. If you are worried about the network coverage and quality, rest assured that you will not be worse off than your peers on the other networks. Simply because all of their network suck.

I’ve compiled the complete iPhone 5 Singapore Telco Price plans. Hope it gives you a clearer idea when it comes to choosing the right mobile plan for your iPhone 5.

Table comparison for iPhone 5 Singapore Telco Prices (16GB):

SingTel
iFlexi Lite
Starhub
SmartSurf Lite
M1
Value Surf+
Outgoing 100 mins 100 mins 100 mins
SMS/MMS 800 800 600
Local Data 2GB 2GB 2GB
Monthly Plan $39.90 $38.00 $39.00
Handset Price $478 $473 $430
24-months Total $1435.60 $1385.00 $1366.00
SingTel
iFlexi Value
Starhub
SmartSurf Value
M1
Lite Surf+
Outgoing 200 mins 300 mins 300 mins
SMS/MMS 900 900 800
Local Data 3GB 4GB 3GB
Monthly Plan $59.90 $58.00 $59.00
Handset Price $198 $233 $190
24-months Total $1635.60 $1625.00 $1606.00

Table comparison for iPhone 5 Singapore Telco Prices (32GB):

SingTel
iFlexi Lite
Starhub
SmartSurf Lite
M1
Value Surf+
Outgoing 100 mins 100 mins 100 mins
SMS/MMS 800 800 600
Local Data 2GB 2GB 2GB
Monthly Plan $39.90 $38.00 $39.00
Handset Price $598 $613 $580
24-months Total $1555.60 $1525.00 $1516.00
SingTel
iFlexi Value
Starhub
SmartSurf Value
M1
Lite Surf+
Outgoing 200 mins 300 mins 300 mins
SMS/MMS 900 900 800
Local Data 3GB 4GB 3GB
Monthly Plan $59.90 $58.00 $59.00
Handset Price $308 $343 $290
24-months Total $1745.60 $1735.00 $1706.00

Table comparison for iPhone 5 Singapore Telco Prices (64GB):

SingTel
iFlexi Lite
Starhub
SmartSurf Lite
M1
Value Surf+
Outgoing 100 mins 100 mins 100 mins
SMS/MMS 800 800 600
Local Data 2GB 2GB 2GB
Monthly Plan $39.90 $38.00 $39.00
Handset Price $758 $768 $710
24-months Total $1715.60 $1680.00 $1646.00
SingTel
iFlexi Value
Starhub
SmartSurf Value
M1
Lite Surf+
Outgoing 200 mins 300 mins 300 mins
SMS/MMS 900 900 800
Local Data 3GB 4GB 3GB
Monthly Plan $59.90 $58.00 $59.00
Handset Price $468 $498 $450
24-months Total $1905.60 $1890.00 $1866.00

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