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Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra telco price plans compared

By Vijay Anand - 5 Mar 2020

Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra telco price plans compared

Note: This article was first published on 15 Feb 2020 and is republished today because the phone goes on sale tomorrow (6 March 2020).

Who's got the best plan for the Samsung Galaxy S20 phones?

With telcos gearing up for the upcoming local availability of the Samsung Galaxy S20 phones, we find out who's got the best telco price plan deal with a contract and the phone offered at a discounted rate.

At a glance, these are the recommended retail prices for the new phones without a telco contract:-

List prices for Samsung Galaxy S20 phones
  Key Specs 128GB 256GB 512GB
Galaxy S20 6.2-inch, 8GB RAM, 4,000mAh battery S$1,298 x x
Galaxy S20+ 6.7-inch, 8GB RAM, 4,500mAh battery S$1,498 -- --
Galaxy S20 Ultra 6.9-inch, 12GB RAM, 5,000mAh battery S$1,898 -- --

That's right; all the models available in Singapore will only have an internal base storage of 128GB. While the Galaxy S20 does not have any other capacity points, the S20+ and S20 Ultra have other storage options in other launch countries. Fortunately, a microSD card slot is present and can accept cards of up to 1TB in size.

 

So what's new with the phones?

The new Galaxy S20 series can simply be summed up as refined S10 devices with improved hardware underneath and a massive upgrade to imaging capabilities. All models boast a totally redesigned camera system, with much larger camera sensors, Single Take captures to never miss the moment over stumbling on modes/settings/filters to use, 8K video recording, Space Zoom feature that goes up to 30x zoom on the Galaxy S20 and S20+, while the S20 Ultra does a whopping 100x zoom! The Galaxy S20 Ultra manages to achieve this incredible feat using a large 1/1.33-inch 108MP sensor, also known as the Samsung ISOCELL Bright HMX. Meanwhile, the S20 and S20+ are endowed with telephoto cameras powered by 64MP sensors.

That's not all. The phones come in new colour schemes and a more refined design such as an even smaller front-facing hole-punch camera and the new rear camera module arrangement. The QHD+ screens also boast 120Hz screen refresh rate (usable when nothing the resolution down to FHD+) and up to two times better touch response rate. For those playing fast action-paced games, you should experience less screen judder and a smoother experience. Discerning users might even feel these slight but useful improvements through just scrolling webpages. Don't miss reading our detailed hands-on experience of the Galaxy S20 series for even more photos and finer details.

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is also futureproofed with a 5G modem built-in. When our local telcos enable 5G networks, the S20 Ultra will receive a firmware update to support them too.

Last, but not least, the Galaxy S20 series now support eSIM in addition to a dual-SIM slot card configuration. So if you have to occupy one SIM slot with a microSD card, you still have another SIM slot and eSIM to rely upon for multi-line usage.

 

I'm keen! What are the retail launch offers like?

For all the local availability and launch offers, head over here! Notably, you can now get the Galaxy S20+ for the price of the Galaxy S20 when signing up with a two-year contract. You also get a 256GB microSD card. If perhaps you really want the smaller Galaxy S20, you get a 256GB microSD card and a wireless charging stand. Either way, the promo offer is valued over S$220.

Now on to the telco price plan comparison!

I'm keen! What are the pre-order offers?

For all the local availability and pre-order offers, head over here! The phone will hit retail on 6th March 2020, but you can take advantage of special deals related to its upcoming launch right now.
 

Samsung Galaxy S20 series Price Plans Compared
 

Value plans compared (~S$40/month)

Data Plan M1 Singtel
Name Base Plan with Device Combo 2
Monthly Subscription S$40 S$42.90
Local Outgoing Mins 100 200
Local SMS 100 1,000
Local Data Bundle 12GB 2GB
Other Notes
  • Free registration and delivery
  • 3 months free Caller ID and Weekend Data (or 6 months if switching telco)
Device Price S20: S$919
S20+: S$1,099
S20 Ultra: S$1,439
S20: S$788
S20+: S$908
S20 Ultra: S$1,188
Total Cost Over Two Years

S20:  S$1,879
S20+: S$2,059
S20 Ultra: S$2,399

S20: S$1817.60
S20+: S$1,937.60
S20 Ultra: S$2,217.60

(+ S$48.15 for admin fees)


 

Basic plans compared (~S$50/month)

Data Plan M1 Singtel StarHub
Name Base Plan with Device + $10 Add-on XO 48 S$55 2-year plan
Monthly Subscription S$50 S$48 S$55
Local Outgoing Mins 200 100 100 + 300 (offer valid till 27 March)
Local SMS 200 100 Pay per use at 5.35 cents/SMS OR purchase 500 SMS for S$3
Local Data Bundle 17GB 5GB
+ 5GB + Free weekend data

5GB + 10GB + Free weekend data

Other Notes
  • Free registration and delivery
  • 3 months free Caller ID and Weekend Data (or 6 months if switching telco)
  • No activation, and SIM card fees.
  • Free Caller ID and International Roaming
  • Free data for video apps (offer valid till 27 March)
  • 3 months free Amazon Prime
Device Price S20: S$599
S20+: S$799
S20 Ultra: S$1,099

S20: S$698
S20+: S$818
S20 Ultra: S$1,098

S20: S$699
S20+: S$699
S20 Ultra: S$1,099
Total Cost Over Two Years S20: S$1,799
S20+: S$1,999
S20 Ultra: S$2,299
S20: S$1,850
S20+: S$1,970
S20 Ultra: S$2,250

(+ S$48.15 for admin fees)
S20: S$2,099
S20+: S$2,099
S20 Ultra: S$2,419


 

Mid-tier plans compared (~S$75/month)

Data Plan M1 Singtel Singtel StarHub
Name Base Plan with Device + $38 Add-on Combo 3 XO 78 S$80 2-year plan
Monthly Subscription S$78 S$72.90 S$78 S$80
Local Outgoing Mins 300 Unlimited* (10,000) 300 300 + 300 (offer valid till 27 March)
Local SMS 300 Unlimited* (10,000) 300 Pay per use at 5.35 cents/SMS OR purchase 500 SMS for S$3
Local Data Bundle 42GB 3GB + 1GB 30GB + 10GB + Free weekend data 30GB + 10GB + Free weekend data
Other Notes
  • Free registration and delivery
  • 3 months free Caller ID and Weekend Data (or 6 months if switching telco)
  • No activation, and SIM card fees.
  • Free Caller ID and International Roaming
  • Free data for video apps (offer valid till 27 March)
  • 3 months free Amazon Prime
Device Price

S20: S$399
S20+: S$499
S20 Ultra: S$799

S20: S$498
S20+: S$598
S20 Ultra: S$898
S20: S$418
S20+: S$538
S20 Ultra: S$828
S20: S$399
S20+: S$499
S20 Ultra: S$799
Total Cost Over Two Years S20: S$2,271
S20+: S$2,371
S20 Ultra: S$2,671

S20: S$2,247.60
S20+: S$,2347.60
S20 Ultra: S$2,647.60

(+ S$48.15 for admin fees)

S20: S$2,290
S20+: S$2,410
S20 Ultra: S$2,700


(+ S$48.15 for admin fees)
S20: S$2,319
S20+: S$2,419
S20 Ultra: S$2,719

 


 

High-tier plans compared (~S$100/month)

Data Plan M1 Singtel Singtel StarHub
Name Base Plan with Device + $70 Add-on Combo 6 XO 108 S$110 2-year plan
Monthly Subscription S$110 S$99.90 S$108 $110
Local Outgoing Mins 500 Unlimited* (10,000) 500 500 + 300 (offer valid till 27 March)
Local SMS 500 Unlimited* (10,000) 500 Pay per use at 5.35 cents/SMS
Local Data Bundle 77GB 6GB
+ 1GB
50GB
+ 20GB+ Free weekend data
60GB + 10GB + Free weekend data
Other Notes
  • Free registration and delivery
  • 3 months free Caller ID and Weekend Data (or 6 months if switching telco)
  • No activation, and SIM card fees.
  • Free Caller ID and International Roaming
  • Free data for video apps (offer valid till 27 March)
  • 3 months free Amazon Prime
Device Price S20: S$129
S20+: S$299
S20 Ultra: S$599
S20: S$368
S20+: S$488
S20 Ultra: S$788
S20: S$178
S20+: S$298
S20 Ultra: S$588
S20: S$179
S20+: S$399
S20 Ultra: S$649
Total Cost Over Two Years S20: S$2,769
S20+: S$2,939
S20 Ultra: S$3,239
S20: S$2,796.60
S20+: S$2,916.60
S20 Ultra: S$3,185.60
(+ S$48.15 for admin fees)
S20: S$2,770
S20+: S$2,890
S20 Ultra: S$3,180

(+ S$48.15 for admin fees)
S20: S$2,819
S20+: S$3,039
S20 Ultra: S$3,289


 

Premium plans compared

Data Plan  M1 Singtel StarHub
Name Base Plan with Device + $195 Add-on Combo 12 S$243 2-year plan
Monthly Subscription S$235 S$239.90 S$243
Local Outgoing Mins Unlimited Unlimited* (10,000) 10,000 + 300 (offer valid till 27 March)
Local SMS 1,000 Unlimited* (10,000) 10,000
Local Data Bundle 112GB 12GB 100GB + 10GB + Free weekend data
Other Notes
  • Free registration and delivery
  • 3 months free Caller ID and Weekend Data (or 6 months if switching telco) 
  • Registration fee: S$10.70
  • SIM card fee: S$37.45
  • Free home delivery / POPStation collection
  • Free Caller ID + AutoRoam
  • 3 months free Spotify Premium
  • Free 24 months of Entertainment Plus + HBO Go + HOOQ
  • $500 yearly phone voucher
  • No activation, and SIM card fees.
  • Free Caller ID and International Roaming
  • Free data for video apps (offer valid till 27 March)
  • 3 months free Amazon Prime
  • $500 yearly phone voucher
Device Price S20: S$0
S20+: S$99
S20 Ultra: S$399
S20: S$0
S20+: S$88
S20 Ultra: S$378
S20: S$0
S20+: S$99
S20 Ultra: S$499
Total Cost Over Two Years

S20: S$5,640
S20+: S$5,739
S20 Ultra: S$6,039

S20: S$5757.60
S20+: S$5,845.60
S20 Ultra: S$6,135.60

(+ S$48.15 for admin fees)

S20: S$5,832
S20+: S$5,931
S20 Ultra: S$6,331

 

Quick Analysis

 

Value Plans tier

At first glances, M1's  S$40 per month Base Plan appears to be the best budget plan - until you compare the prices against M1's $50 plan that's in the next tier of comparison. This is perhaps the first case where the same telco's higher-tiered plan is actually cheaper than it's base offering in the long run.

Conclusion: Don't get any of the value-class plans for the Galaxy S20 series and check the next tier of plans.
 

Basic Plans tier

Singtel's XO 48 might seem like the lowest priced option here, but don't forget that it comes with the least data allotment, though it offers free weekend data on top of 10GB of data per month (which is more than enough for most users), and free video entertainment subscription.

Meanwhile M1 offers 17GB of data per month for their plan (S$40 Base Plan + S$10 Add-on), which is one of the most generous. However, it still doesn't offer the niceties it used to have such as free Caller ID and weekend data. You could argue that it still offers good value, but only at face value. If you factor in the cost of Caller ID service, which most people find it useful, the overall ownership cost inches really close to StarHub's S$55 plan. StarHub's plan currently offers free Caller ID, free international roaming subscription, much more talk time and more data overall.

Conclusion: StarHub's S$55 plan gets our vote here for the most fuss-free offer that factors all you might need. There's also free data for video consumed through the following video apps - CatchPlay, HBO Go, Netflix and meWATCH . That means, you'll have even more data at your disposal.


Mid-tier Plans

It gets very tricky here as cost of ownership over two years is the same - on face value. M1 offers a nice big 42GB data plan for the month, whereas the competitors offer 40GB + free weekend data. So the net amount of data you can consume per month on Singtel and StarHub is higher. Singtel's XO 78 plan throws in CAST Entertainment Plus and even HBO Go subscriptions. Meanwhile, StarHub's S$80 plan counters that with free Caller ID and international roaming fee.

Conclusion: In essence, it's a tie between Singtel and StarHub and you can't go wrong with either.
 

High-tier Plans: 

For the same reasons as above, Singtel and StarHub come up equally recommended. If a modest amount of data is sufficient, but you prefer unlimited talk time, Singtel Combo 6 is a viable option. However we feel the XO 108 plan is a much better fit for most.
 

Premium Plan tier

For those who need the maximum number of benefits, and more than 100GB of data, StarHub's S$243 plan has the best set of perks, in addition to a yearly S$500 handset voucher. Singtel's Combo 12 isn't competitive and pales in comparison. M1 comes close to recommendation from a pure cost perspective, but StarHub's overall perks are better even if it's a bit more expensive.

Once you've found your ideal telco choice, head over here for all the retail launch offers! The phone is available island-wide from 6th March 2020.

 

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