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iPhone 8 telco price plan comparison

 

Who’s got the best plan?

With all three telcos announcing their price plans for the upcoming Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, now’s the time to find out who offers the best deal.

Check out the following articles for a quick refresher on what the latest iPhones offer:

First impressions of the new iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
In pictures: hands-on with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
Hands-on with the brand new iPhone X (video)
Why the iPhone X is called the iPhone X
Why the iPhone X’s high prices might work out for you, even if you don’t buy one
Some notes on iPhone X and iPhone 8’s wireless and wired charging capabilities

Buying the phones directly from Apple without a service plan will cost you the following:

  • iPhone 8 (64GB) – S$1,148
  • iPhone 8 (256GB)- S$1,388
  • iPhone 8 Plus (64GB) – S$1,308
  • iPhone 8 Plus (256GB) – S$1,548
  • iPhone X (64GB) – S$1,648
  • iPhone X (256GB) – S$1,888

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are available in Silver, Gold, and Space Grey. iPhone X is available only in Silver, and Space Grey.

iPhone 8 with 2-year contract

 

Value plans comparison 

Data Plan
M1
Singtel

Name
i-Lite
Combo 1

iPhone 8 Price
(64GB) – S$790
(256GB) – S$1,015
(64GB) – S$788
(256GB) – S$1,018

Monthly Subscription
S$28
S$27.90

Local Outgoing Mins
100
100

Local SMS
500
500

Local Data Bundle
300MB
100MB

Total Cost Over Two Years

(64GB) – S$1,462
(256GB) – S$1,687

(64GB) – S$1,457.60
(256GB) – S$1,687.60

 

Basic plans comparison 

Data Plan
M1
Singtel
StarHub

Name
i-Lite+
Combo 2
XS

iPhone 8 Price
(64GB) – S$665
(256GB) – S$885
(64GB) – S$658
(256GB) – S$878
(64GB) – S$606
(256GB) – S$831

Monthly Subscription
S$42
S$42.90
S$48

Local Outgoing Mins
200
500
200

Local SMS
1,000
1,000
Pay per use at 5.35 cents/SMS

Local Data Bundle
3GB
2GB

3GB + unlimited weekend data

Total Cost Over Two Years
(64GB) – S$1,673
(256GB) – S$1,893
(64GB) – S$1,687.60
(256GB) – S$1,907.60
(64GB) – S$1,758
(256GB) – S$1,983

 

Mid-tier plans comparison 

Data Plan
M1
Singtel
StarHub

Name
i-Reg
Combo 3
S

iPhone 8 Price
(64GB) – S$465
(256GB) – S$690
(64GB) – S$428
(256GB) – S$648
(64GB) – S$424
(256GB) – S$648

Monthly Subscription
S$62
S$68.90
S$68

Local Outgoing Mins
300
Unlimited* (10,000)
400

Local SMS
1,200
Unlimited* (10,000)
Pay per use at 5.35 cents/SMS

Local Data Bundle
4GB
3GB
4GB + unlimited weekend data

Total Cost Over Two Years

(64GB) – S$1,953
(256GB) – S$2,178

(64GB) – S$2,081.60
(256GB) – S$2,301.60

(64GB) – S$2,056
(256GB) – S$2,280

 

Mid-high tier plans comparison

Data Plan
M1
StarHub

Name
i-Reg+
M

iPhone 8 Price
(64GB) – S$275
(256GB) – S$500
(64GB) – S$262
(256GB) – S$487

Monthly Subscription
S$82
S$88

Local Outgoing Mins
400
Unlimited

Local SMS
1,500
Pay per use at 5.35 cents/SMS

Local Data Bundle
5GB
5GB + unlimited weekend data

Total Cost Over Two Years

(64GB) – S$2,243
(256GB) – S$2,468

(64GB) – S$2,374
(256GB) – S$2,599

 

High-tier plans comparison 

Data Plan
M1
Singtel
StarHub

Name
i-Max
Combo 6
L

iPhone 8 Price

(64GB) – S$140
(256GB) – S$365

(64GB) – S$178
(256GB) – S$408
(64GB) – S$85
(256GB) – S$309

Monthly Subscription
$102
$95.90
$108

Local Outgoing Mins
800
Unlimited* (10,000)
Unlimited

Local SMS
2,000
Unlimited* (10,000)
Pay per use at 5.35 cents/SMS

Local Data Bundle
7GB
6GB +
S$20 roaming data /month
8GB + unlimited weekend data

Total Cost Over Two Years

(64GB) – S$2,588
(256GB) – S$2,813

(64GB) – S$2,479.60
(256GB) – S$2,709.60

(64GB) – S$2,677
(256GB) – S$2,901

 

Premium plans comparison 

Data Plan 
M1
Singtel
StarHub

Name
i-Max+
Combo 12
XL

iPhone 8 Price

(64GB) – S$0
(256GB) – S$0

(64GB) – S$0
(256GB) – S$0
(64GB) – S$0
(256GB) – S$126

Monthly Subscription
S$228
S$239.90
S$238

Local Outgoing Mins
Unlimited
Unlimited* (10,000)
Unlimited

Local SMS
5,000
Unlimited* (10,000)
Unlimited

Local Data Bundle
13GB
12GB
15GB + unlimited weekend data

Total Cost Over Two Years

(64GB) – S$5,472
(256GB) – S$5,472

(64GB) – S$5,757.60
(256GB) – S$5,757.60
(64GB) – S$5,712
(256GB) – S$5,838

Both M1 and Singtel have S$500 handset vouchers at this tier, among other benefits. 

 

Quick analysis (iPhone 8)

Almost across the board, M1 has both the lowest priced monthly plans and the cheapest phone price. The high-tier Singtel plan is where it gets interesting, since Singtel’s recent price plan reconfiguration saw Combo 4 removed entirely, while Combo 6 took a price cut. The lower price by Singtel also sees lower data allotment than its peers. 

Having said that, it’s worth considering StarHub’s new plans if you’re a heavy data user, as StarHub’s new plans provide unlimited weekend data, which could make up for its higher monthly subscription prices. While Singtel and M1 have “unlimited data” alternatives, the former is a S$39.90/month add-on, while the latter is a separate, SIM-only mobile plan altogether. 

 

Circles.Life plan with iPhone 8

There’s the Circles.Life route as well. The virtual network operator offers a 6-month, 12-month, and 24-month installments for certain phone models, but you are required to have at least one Circles.Life mobile plan in order to utilize their S$0 upfront installment plans. Circles.Life phone-less plans start from S$28 per month, which works out to S$672 for two years. The Circles.Life mobile plan isn’t bounded to a 24-month contract cycle.

  • Apple iPhone 8 (64GB) – Phone price S$1,148 from S$47.83 per month for 24-month installments with Circles.Life plan = S$1,820 in 24 months at S$75.83 per month.
  • Apple iPhone 8 (256GB) – Total price S$1,388 from S$57.83 per month for 24-month installments with Circles.Life plan  = S$2,060 in 24 months with Circles.Life plan at S$85.83 per month.

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