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Apple iPhone XR telco price plan comparison

By James Lu - 27 Oct 2018,9:30am

Apple iPhone XR telco price plan comparison

Who's got the best plan on the iPhone XR?

With Apple's more wallet-friendly iPhone XR releasing tomorrow we find our which telco has the best deal.

If you want to more about the iPhone XR, check out our coverage from the launch event. And if you're not sure which color to get, here's a closer look at all six colors.

There are three storage configurations available for the iPhone XR. If you buy directly from Apple, here's what you'll be paying:

  • 64GB: S$1,229
  • 128GB: S$1,299
  • 256GB: S$1,469

 

Value plans comparison 

Data Plan M1 Singtel StarHub
Name Lite Combo 1 Lite
Apple iPhone XR Price

64GB - S$860

128GB - S$925

256GB - S$1,085

64GB - S$868

128GB - S$928

256GB - S$1,088

64GB - S$845

128GB - S$909

256GB - S$1,070

Monthly Subscription S$28 S$27.90 S$30
Local Outgoing Mins 100 100 100
Local SMS 500 500 100
Local Data Bundle 300MB 100MB 1GB
Total Cost Over Two Years

64GB - S$1,532

128GB - S$1,597

256GB - S$1,757

64GB - S$1,537.60

128GB - S$1,597.60

256GB - S$1,757.60

64GB - S$1,565

128GB - S$1,629

256GB - S$1,790


 

Basic plans comparison 

Data Plan M1 Singtel StarHub
Name Lite+ Combo 2 XS
Apple iPhone XR Price

64GB - S$735

128GB - S$795

256GB - S$955

64GB - S$728

128GB - S$798

256GB - S$958

64GB - S$681

128GB - S$745

256GB - S$906

Monthly Subscription S$42 S$42.90 S$48
Local Outgoing Mins 200 200 200
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$1,743

128GB - S$1,803

256GB - S$1,963

64GB - S$1,757.60

128GB - S$1,827.60

256GB - S$1,987.60

64GB - S$1,833

128GB - S$1,897

512GB - S$2,058

 

Mid-tier plans comparison 

Data Plan M1 Singtel StarHub
Name Reg Combo 3 S
Apple iPhone XR Price

64GB - S$535

128GB - S$600

256GB - S$760

64GB - S$498

128GB - S$558

256GB - S$728

64GB - S$498

128GB - S$563

256GB - S$723

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$2,023

128GB - S$2,088

256GB - S$2,248

64GB - S$2,151.60

128GB - S$2,211.60

256GB - S$2,381.60

64GB - S$2,130

256GB - S$2,195

512GB - S$2,355

 

Mid-high-tier plans comparison

Data Plan M1 Singtel StarHub
Name Reg+ Combo XO M
Apple iPhone XR Price

64GB - S$350

128GB - S$410

256GB - S$575

64GB - S$418

128GB - S$478

256GB - S$638

64GB - S$337

128GB - S$401

256GB - S$562

Monthly Subscription S$82 S$78 S$88
Local Outgoing Mins 400 300 Unlimited
Local SMS 1,500 300 Pay per use at 5.35 cents/SMS
Local Data Bundle 5GB 18GB 5GB + unlimited weekend data
Total Cost Over Two Years

64GB - S$2,318

128GB - S$2,378

256GB - S$2,543

64GB - S$2,290

128GB - S$2,350

256GB - S$2,510

64GB - S$2,449

128GB - S$2,513

256GB - S$2,674

 

High-tier plans comparison 

Data Plan M1 Singtel StarHub
Name Max Combo 6 L
Apple iPhone XR Price

64GB - S$210

128GB - S$275

256GB - S$435

64GB - S$258

128GB - S$318

256GB - S$478

64GB - S$160

128GB - S$224

256GB - S$384

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 8GB + unlimited weekend data
Total Cost Over Two Years

64GB - S$2,658

128GB - S$2,723

256GB - S$2,883

64GB - S$2,559.60

128GB - S$2,619.60

256GB - S$2,779.60

64GB - S$2,752

128GB - S$2,816

256GB - S$2,976

 

Premium plans comparison 

Data Plan  M1 Singtel StarHub
Name Max+ Combo 12 XL
Apple iPhone XR Price

64GB - S$0

128GB - S$0

256GB - S$80

64GB - S$0

128GB - S$0

256GB - S$0

64GB - S$0

128GB - S$0

256GB - S$0

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

128GB - S$5,472

256GB - S$5,552

64GB - S$5,757.60

128GB - S$5,757.60 

256GB - S$5,757.60

64GB - S$5,712

128GB - S$5,712

256GB - S$5,712

 

Analysis

Overall, M1 offers the best deal, with the cheapest monthly subscription prices, and the cheapest handset prices. Additionally, no matter which telco you're buying from, it's generally best to buy the 128GB version, as it's only S$60-70 more expensive than the 64GB variant for double the storage capacity. The 256GB doubles that storage capacity again, but is a lot more expensive at $160-170 more.

In the value plan category, while M1 has the cheapest overall price, it only offers 300MB data. As such, we would actually recommend StarHub for its 1GB data bundle. 

In the mid tier, M1 and StarHub are fairly close in price, and while StarHub is more expensive overall, its unlimited free weekend data may offset the price.

In the mid-high-tier, Singtel offers excellent value with its new Combo XO plan, which has the cheapest monthly subscription, reasonable phone prices and includes a whopping 18GB local data.

At the high tier, Singtel has the overall lowest price, however it also has the smallest data bundle. If you're a heavy data user, you may want to consider StarHub thanks to its 8GB data bundle and unlimited weekend data.

Lastly, in the premium plan tier, M1 is easily the winner thanks to its much lower monthly subscription price. Even if you opt to top up $80 for the 256GB version, you're still saving a lot of money compared to Singtel and StarHub.

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