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iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X telco price plan comparison

By Liu Hongzuo - 10 Dec 2017

iPhone 8 Plus telco price plan comparison

iPhone 8 Plus with 2-year contract

 

Value plans comparison 

Data Plan M1 Singtel
Name i-Lite Combo 1
iPhone 8 Plus Price (64GB) - S$935
(256GB) - S$1,160
(64GB) - S$938
(256GB) - S$1,158
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$1,607
(256GB) - S$1,1,832

(64GB) - S$1,607.60
(256GB) - S$1,827.60


 

Basic plans comparison 

Data Plan M1 Singtel StarHub
Name i-Lite+ Combo 2 XS
iPhone 8 Plus Price (64GB) - S$805
(256GB) - S$1,030
(64GB) - S$798
(256GB) - S$1,028
(64GB) - S$750
(256GB) - S$975
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$1,813
(256GB) - S$2,038
(64GB) - S$1,827.60
(256GB) - S$2,057.60
(64GB) - S$1,902
(256GB) - S$2,127

 

Mid-tier plans comparison 

Data Plan M1 Singtel StarHub
Name i-Reg Combo 3 S
iPhone 8 Plus Price (64GB) - S$610
(256GB) - S$835
(64GB) - S$568
(256GB) - S$788
(64GB) - S$568
(256GB) - S$793
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$2,098
(256GB) - S$2,323

(64GB) - S$2,221.60
(256GB) - S$2,441.60

(64GB) - S$2,200
(256GB) - S$2,425

 

Mid-high tier plans comparison

Data Plan M1 StarHub
Name i-Reg+ M
iPhone 8 Plus Price (64GB) - S$420
(256GB) - S$645
(64GB) - S$407
(256GB) - S$631
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$2,388
(256GB) - S$2,613

(64GB) - S$2,519
(256GB) - S$2,743

 

High-tier plans comparison 

Data Plan M1 Singtel StarHub
Name i-Max Combo 6 L
iPhone 8 Plus Price

(64GB) - S$285
(256GB) - S$510

(64GB) - S$328
(256GB) - S$548
(64GB) - S$229
(256GB) - S$454
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$2,733
(256GB) - S$2,958

(64GB) - S$2,629.60
(256GB) - S$2,849.60

(64GB) - S$2,821
(256GB) - S$3,046

 

Premium plans comparison 

Data Plan  M1 Singtel StarHub
Name i-Max+ Combo 12 XL
iPhone 8 Plus Price

(64GB) - S$0
(256GB) - S$160

(64GB) - S$0
(256GB) - S$0
(64GB) - S$46
(256GB) - S$270
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$5,632

(64GB) - S$5,757.60
(256GB) - S$5,757.60
(64GB) - S$5,758
(256GB) - S$5,982

 

Quick analysis (iPhone 8 Plus)

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, the refreshed Combo 6 plan took a price cut and added S$20 worth of roaming data free.

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. 

The above observations are purely based on total outlay and who's the cheapest offering. But what if you divide the total outlay against the amount of data you get? Now that sparks an interesting set of recommendations (in some cases):-

  • At the mid-high tier section, StarHub's overall asking price is only a tad more than M1, but it nets you unlimited weekend data and unlimited talk time that comes in handy if you make a lot of phone calls in your line of work. So both M1 and StarHub are tied in this tier.
     
  • The high-tier segment is the most interesting as the price point is strongly in favor of Singtel. However, if you tear down each telco's per GB data cost for two years,  StarHub comes out to offering the most value as it's massive 8GB data allotment really helps bring them per GB data cost. Not to mention you still have unlimited weekend data that's not accounted for.
     
  • Lastly in the premium plan tier, it's the same story again as M1 appears cheapest from a total outlay perspective. Once you factor the per GB data cost, StarHub comes out ahead easily.

 

Circles.Life plan with iPhone 8 Plus

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 Plus (64GB) - Total price S$1,308 from S$54.50 per month for 24-month installments with Circles.Life plan = S$1,980 in 24 months with Circles.Life plan at S$82.50 per month.

  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus (256GB) - Total price S$1,548 from S$64.50 per month for 24-month installments with Circles.Life plan = S$2,220 in 24 months with Circles.Life plan at S$92.50 per month.