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Apple iPhone XS and XS Max telco price plan comparison

By James Lu - 1 Oct 2018

Apple iPhone XS Max price plan comparison

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

There are three configurations available for the XS Max: The 64GB model costs S$1,799 directly from Apple, the 256GB model costs S$2,039, and the 512GB model costs S$2,349.

 

Value plans comparison 

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

64GB - S$1,380

256GB - S$1,605

512GB - S$1,890

64GB - S$1,388

256GB - S$1,608

512GB - S$1,888

64GB - S$1,364

256GB - S$1,589

512GB - S$1,872

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$2,052

256GB - S$2,277

512GB - S$2,562

64GB - S$2,057.60

256GB - S$2,277.60

512GB - S$2,557.60

64GB - S$2,084

256GB - S$2,309

512GB - S$2,592


 

Basic plans comparison 

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

64GB - S$1,250

256GB - S$1,475

512GB - S$1,760

64GB - S$1,248

256GB - S$1,478

512GB - S$1,758

64GB - S$1,200

256GB - S$1,425

512GB - S$1,708

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$2,258

256GB - S$2,483

512GB - S$2,768

64GB - S$2,277.60

256GB - S$2,507.60

512GB - S$2,787.60

64GB - S$2,352

256GB - S$2,577

512GB - S$2,860

 

Mid-tier plans comparison 

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

64GB - S$1,055

256GB - S$1,280

512GB - S$1,565

64GB - S$1,108

256GB - S$1,238

512GB - S$1,528

64GB - S$1,017

256GB - S$1,242

512GB - S$1,526

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$2,543

256GB - S$2,768

512GB - S$3,053

64GB - S$2,761.60

256GB - S$2891.60

512GB - S$3,181.60

64GB - S$2,649

256GB - S$2,874

512GB - S$3,158

 

Mid-high-tier plans comparison

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

64GB - S$865

256GB - S$1,090

512GB - S$1,375

64GB - S$938

256GB - S$1,138

512GB - S$1,448

64GB - S$856

256GB - S$1,081

512GB - S$1,364

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$2,833

256GB - S$3,058

512GB - S$3,343

64GB - S$2,810

256GB - S$3,010

512GB - S$3,320

64GB - S$2,968

256GB - S$3,193

512GB - S$3,476

 

High-tier plans comparison 

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

64GB - S$730

256GB - S$955

512GB - S$1,235

64GB - S$778

256GB - S$998

512GB - S$1,288

64GB - S$679

256GB - S$903

512GB - S$1,187

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$3,178

256GB - S$3,403

512GB - S$3,683

64GB - S$3,079.60

256GB - S$3,299.60

512GB - S$3,589.60

64GB - S$3,271

256GB - S$3,495

512GB - S$3,779

 

Premium plans comparison 

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

64GB - S$375

256GB - S$600

512GB - S$885

64GB - S$0

256GB - S$0

512GB - S$0

64GB - S$0

256GB - S$149

512GB - S$432

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$5,847

256GB - S$6,072

512GB - S$6,357

64GB - S$5,757.60

256GB - S$5,757.60 

512GB - S$5,757.60

64GB - S$5,712

256GB - S$5,861

512GB - S$6,144

 

Analysis

Once again, 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, StarHub offers the cheapest 64GB model, while Singtel offers the cheapest 256GB and 512GB model, thanks to them both being offered at an incredible S$0. If you're a Singtel customer going for the 512GB model (and why wouldn't you since it costs the same as the 256GB model) this is an amazing deal and is significantly cheaper than both M1 and StarHub's offerings.

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