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Apple iPhone XS and XS Max telco price plan comparison

By James Lu - 1 Oct 2018,2:56pm

Apple iPhone XS price plan comparison

Note: This article was first published on 19th September 2018.

Who's got the best plan?

With all three telcos announcing their price plans for the Apple iPhone XS and XS Max, we find out who's got the best deal.

For a full in-depth look at both phones, make sure you check out our full review. 

On this page we'll be covering the XS. Price comparisons for the XS Max can be found on page two.

There are three configurations available for the XS: The 64GB version is available directly from Apple for S$1,649, the 256GB model costs S$1,889, and the 512GB model costs S$2,199.

 

Value plans comparison 

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

64GB - S$1,240

256GB - S$1,465

512GB - S$1,750

64GB - S$1,248

256GB - S$1,468

512GB - S$1,748

64GB - S$1,225

256GB - S$1,450

512GB - S$1,733

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$1,912

256GB - S$2,137

512GB - S$2,422

64GB - S$1,917.60

256GB - S$2,137.60

512GB - S$2,417.60

64GB - S$2,065

256GB - S$2,290

512GB - S$2,573


 

Basic plans comparison 

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

64GB - S$1,115

256GB - S$1,335

512GB - S$1,620

64GB - S$1,108

256GB - S$1,338

512GB - S$1,618

64GB - S$1,061

256GB - S$1,285

512GB - S$1,569

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$2,123

256GB - S$2,343

512GB - S$2,628

64GB - S$2,137.60

256GB - S$2,367.60

512GB - S$2,647.60

64GB - S$2,213

256GB - S$2,437

512GB - S$2,721

 

Mid-tier plans comparison 

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

64GB - S$915

256GB - S$1,140

512GB - S$1,425

64GB - S$878

256GB - S$1,108

512GB - S$1,388

64GB - S$878

256GB - S$1,103

512GB - S$1,387

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$2,403

256GB - S$2,628

512GB - S$2,913

64GB - S$2,531.60

256GB - S$2761.60

512GB - S$3,041.60

64GB - S$2,510

256GB - S$2,735

512GB - S$3,019

 

Mid-high-tier plans comparison

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

64GB - S$730

256GB - S$955

512GB - S$1,235

64GB - S$798

256GB - S$998

512GB - S$1,308

64GB - S$717

256GB - S$942

512GB - S$1,225

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$2,698

256GB - S$2,923

512GB - S$3,203

64GB - S$2,670

256GB - S$2,870

512GB - S$3,180

64GB - S$2,829

256GB - S$3,054

512GB - S$3,337

 

High-tier plans comparison 

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

64GB - S$590

256GB - S$815

512GB - S$1,100

64GB - S$638

256GB - S$858

512GB - S$1,148

64GB - S$539

256GB - S$764

512GB - S$1,048

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$3,308

256GB - S$3,263

512GB - S$3,548

64GB - S$2,939.60

256GB - S$3,159.60

512GB - S$3,449.60

64GB - S$3,131

256GB - S$3,356

512GB - S$3,640

 

Premium plans comparison 

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

64GB - S$235

256GB - S$460

512GB - S$745

64GB - S$0

256GB - S$0

512GB - S$0

64GB - S$0

256GB - S$0

512GB - S$293

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$5,707

256GB - S$5,932

512GB - S$6,217

64GB - S$5,757.60

256GB - S$5,757.60 

512GB - S$5,757.60

64GB - S$5,712

256GB - S$5,712

512GB - S$6,005

 

Analysis

Overall, M1 offers the best deal, with the cheapest monthly subscription prices, and the cheapest handset prices.

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, each telco offers the cheapest pricing on a different storage capacity, with M1 offering the cheapest 64GB model, StarHub offering the cheapest 256GB model, and Singtel offering the cheapest 512GB model. In general, we find the 256GB model to be the most desirable capacity, with a good amount of storage, at a reasonable price point, and StarHub also offers a generous 15GB data bundle and unlimited weekend data, making it our pick for this category.

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