Visiting Singapore? These new Singtel 5G eSIM plans for tourists might be what you need
Note: This article was first published on 11 September 2023.
Are you hitting up Singapore as a holiday destination or popping over here for your next work trip? You might want to consider these new eSIM plans from Singtel, one of Singapore’s major telecommunications operators.
Singtel 5G eSIMmobile data plans for tourists and visitors in Singapore
Launched on 11 September 2023, Singtel now has fully digital tourist eSIM mobile data plans with 5G, priced at S$12 (approx. US$8), S$30 (approx. US$22) and S$50 (approx. US$37).
Some key perks about these tourist plans include local call minutes, local SMSes, and international calls, on top of extra data roaming to neighbouring countries. You can still get essential alerts or text messages on your mobile phone, or rely on local services that require calls and SMSes for booking and reservations. Similarly, you can do a quick jaunt to nearby Southeast Asian countries and not need another tourist plan.
More details about Singtel’s 5G Tourist eSIM plans are below. Note that the S$12 plan only comes with 4G network coverage, which can be cost-effective if you still do not have a 5G-enabled smartphone.
|Free access to Facebook, WhatsApp, WeChat, LINE
|International data roaming
|3GB (Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand)
|5GB (Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand)
|10GB (Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand)
To grab the Singtel Tourist eSIM, you can find them on Singtel’s official website here. The entire process can be done online, from ordering the eSIM to installing it on your mobile phone before arrival.
As an introductory offer, customers of the new plan offering by Singtel get a complimentary S$5 KKday voucher with every purchase of these new eSIMs.
"We continue to see healthy demand for our Tourists SIMs. With the Grand Prix roaring into the Lion City this week, we’ve further enhanced our offerings to give inbound travellers even more convenience and value during their stay in Singapore and our neighbouring countries, with our hassle-free, fully digital 5G Tourist eSIM offerings. Beyond connectivity, we’re also enhancing the travel experience for tourists so that they can enjoy other digital experiences from making video calls, augmented or virtual reality experiences and more with 5G – bringing greater fun to the holidays," said Diana Chen, Managing Director, Customer Value, Singtel.
Is Singtel’s 5G network good for tourists?
Regardless of your telco choice, you are adequately covered with mobile connectivity if you are visiting highly urbanised parts of Singapore. Some areas may experience faster or slower speeds, partly due to their concentration of people and the time of day.
Certain tourist hot spots may have shops or eateries with poor network coverage, owing to their network obstructions (like walls) or if they are sited below ground level. Conversely, underground public transport is well connected (both in getting around and getting mobile data). This cuts across all telco operators in Singapore.
Opensignal, an independent mobile network analytics firm, ranked Singapore among the top places in the world for 5G Network Coverage Experience (along with places like South Korea and the USA). Singtel, in particular, achieved 95% 5G network coverage across the city-state three years ahead of its initial 2025 regulatory target.
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