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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ telco price plan comparison
By James Lu & Liu Hongzuo - 24 Apr 2017,8:25pm

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ telco price plan comparison

Who's got the best plan?

With all three telcos announcing their price plans for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, now's the time to find out who offers the best deal.

For a detailed look at what to expect out of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, check out our full review of both models!

Without a contract, both phones will be available from 29th April in retail, with the Galaxy S8 retailing for S$1,148, and the Galaxy S8+ going for S$1,298. Let's find out what the phone prices are with a contract and what's your total outlay for the contract period.

Update on 20th April: We've now included Circles.Life's offer as well. Since Circles.Life is more flexible in nature with their add-ons, we will only be comparing them in two specific situations where the total two-year ownership costs are similar with other teclos - Mid-tier and High-tier using Circles.Life's Base (without number porting data bonus) and Base + 20 for 20 plans respectively. Note that unlike other telcos, Circles.Life does not tie you down with a fixed contractual period. Nevertheless, to make a fairer comparison, we'll  consider the cost of using their plan for two years as well.


Galaxy S8 and S8+ with 2-year contract prices compared

 

Value plans comparison 

Data Plan M1 Singtel StarHub
Name Lite Combo 1 4G 300M
Phone Price

Galaxy S8: S$858

Galaxy S8+: S$988

Galaxy S8: S$868

Galaxy S8+: S$1,018

Galaxy S8: S$859

Galaxy S8+: S$989

Monthly Subscription S$28 S$27.90 S$27.90
Local Outgoing Mins 100 100 100
Local SMS 500 500 500
Local Data Bundle 300MB 100MB 300MB
Total Cost Over Two Years

Galaxy S8: S$1,530

Galaxy S8+: S$1,660

Galaxy S8: S$1,537.60

Galaxy S8+: S$1,687.60

Galaxy S8: S$1,528.60

Galaxy S8+: S$1,658.60

 

Basic plans comparison 

Data Plan M1 Singtel StarHub
Name Lite+ Combo 2 4G 3
Phone Price

Galaxy S8: S$758

Galaxy S8+: S$888

Galaxy S8: S$748

Galaxy S8+: S$898

Galaxy S8: S$759

Galaxy S8+: S$889

Monthly Subscription S$42 S$42.90 S$42.90
Local Outgoing Mins 200 200 150
Local SMS 1,000 1,000 1,000
Local Data Bundle 3GB 2GB +
Singtel Wi-Fi (2GB)
3GB
Total Cost Over Two Years

Galaxy S8: S$1,766

Galaxy S8+: S$1,896

Galaxy S8: S$1,777.60

Galaxy S8+: S$1,927.60

Galaxy S8: S$1,788.60

Galaxy S8+: S$1,918.60

 

Mid-tier plans comparison 

Data Plan M1 Singtel StarHub Circles.Life
Name Reg Combo 3 4G 4 Base Plan + Plus
Phone Price

Galaxy S8: S$398

Galaxy S8+: S$548

Galaxy S8: S$398

Galaxy S8+: S$548

Galaxy S8: S$399

Galaxy S8+: S$549

Galaxy S8: S$1,148

Galaxy S8+: S$1,298

Monthly Subscription S$62 S$62.90 S$62.90 S$28
Local Outgoing Mins 300 300 350 100
(total for outgoing + incoming)
Local SMS 1,200 1,200 1,200 Free incoming SMS
($0.05 per SMS sent)
Local Data Bundle 4GB 3GB +
Singtel Wi-Fi (2GB)
4GB 4GB
(without bonus)
Total Cost Over Two Years

Galaxy S8: S$1,886

Galaxy S8+: S$2,036

Galaxy S8: S$1,907.60

Galaxy S8+: S$2,057.60

Galaxy S8: S$1,908.60

Galaxy S8+: S$2,058.60

Galaxy S8: S$1,820

Galaxy S8+: S$1,970

 

Mid-high tier plans comparison

Data Plan M1 Singtel StarHub
Name Reg+ Combo 4 4G 5
Phone Price

Galaxy S8: S$198

Galaxy S8+: S$348

Galaxy S8: S$248

Galaxy S8+: S$398

Galaxy S8: S$249

Galaxy S8+: S$399

Monthly Subscription S$82 S$82.90 S$82.90
Local Outgoing Mins 400 400 450
Local SMS 1,500 1,300 1,300
Local Data Bundle 5GB 4GB +
Singtel Wi-Fi (2GB)
5GB
Total Cost Over Two Years

Galaxy S8: S$2,166

Galaxy S8+: S$2,316

Galaxy S8: S$2,237.60

Galaxy S8+: S$2,387.60

Galaxy S8: S$2,238.60

Galaxy S8+: S$2,388.60

 

High-tier plans comparison 

Data Plan M1 Singtel StarHub Circles.Life
Name Max Combo 6 4G 6 Base Plan + Plus + 20 for 20
Phone Price

Galaxy S8: S$98

Galaxy S8+: S$248

Galaxy S8: S$128

Galaxy S8+: S$278

Galaxy S8: S$129

Galaxy S8+: S$279

Galaxy S8: S$1,148

Galaxy S8+: S$1,298

Monthly Subscription $102 $102.90 $102.90 S$48
Local Outgoing Mins 800 700 700 100
(total for outgoing + incoming)
Local SMS 2,000 1,500 1,500 Free incoming SMS
($0.05 per SMS sent)
Local Data Bundle 7GB 6GB +
Singtel Wi-Fi (2GB)
6GB 24GB
(without bonus)
Total Cost Over Two Years

Galaxy S8: S$2,546

Galaxy S8+: S$2,696

Galaxy S8: S$2,597.60

Galaxy S8+: S$2,747.60

Galaxy S8: S$2,598.60

Galaxy S8+: S$2,748.60

Galaxy S8: S$2,300

Galaxy S8+: S$2,450

 

Premium plans comparison 

Data Plan  M1 Singtel StarHub
Name Max+ Combo 12 4G 12
Phone Price

Galaxy S8: S$0

Galaxy S8+: S$148

Galaxy S8: S$0

Galaxy S8+: S$98

Galaxy S8: S$0

Galaxy S8+: S$99

Monthly Subscription S$228 S$239.90 S$220
Local Outgoing Mins Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Local SMS 5,000 Unlimited Unlimited
Local Data Bundle 13GB 12GB +
Singtel Wi-Fi (2GB)
12GB
Total Cost Over Two Years

Galaxy S8: S$5,472

Galaxy S8+: S$5,620

Galaxy S8: S$5,757.60

Galaxy S8+: S$5,855.60

Galaxy S8: S$5,280

Galaxy S8+: S$5,379

 

Quick analysis

Generally across the board, M1 has both the best monthly plans and the best phone prices. The exception is a the top-end premium plan where StarHub has both the cheapest monthly plan and the cheapest phone prices, albeit with 1GB less data than M1.

Note that folks who opt for the premium plan are pretty much in it for the unlimited calls, which is the main selling point for extra high volume users. This is why we've not compared Circles.Life in this tier, whose primary selling point is the amount of mobile data you can get.

Having said that, Cirlces.Life seems to have a compelling option at the Mid-tier price plan comparison, if you can keep your voice call volumes low. Otherwise, M1 has a better all-round offer, and not to mention, better data roaming offers.

Things get more interesting at the High-tier price plan where M1 offers a good mix of data, call time, SMS and other selling points of their network. However, if your main concern is more mobile data, Circles.Life offers the best plan, even if you were to factor in other costs associated to get a little more talk time and SMS (but not to the extent of matching competitor plans). And you get 24GB of mobile data, which can go up to 26GB if you were to port your existing mobile number.

Here are more articles you might be interested to check out to know even more about the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+:

Source: M1, Singtel, StarHub

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