For data-focussed, SIM-only plans that won’t break the bank

Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO) or virtual telcos, are all the rage these days. That’s because they often afford customers cost-effective mobile services that are data-focused, and contract-free. If you prefer taking charge of your own mobile plans in this increasingly digital world, then the following five virtual telcos will be right up your alley.


Proudly Asia’s first fully digital telco, Circles.Life which was launched in 2016 is all about leaving the power in the consumers’ hands. That means no-contract but data-focused mobile plans, digital products and digital services for all-around easy access.

Most locals will probably remember how the company made waves in Singapore when it began offering the 20GB for $20 add-on option for customers back in March 2017. As of today, their best-selling plan stands at 50GB for $20 a month with free SIM card delivery. Check out your options here.


This fully digital mobile service provider by Starhub is now a force to be reckoned with. ‘Cause while the company first got off to a rocky start with billing errors and service disruptions, those days are long over and Giga! currently offers some of the best savings plans around.

New users should consider their 45GB base plan that comes with 1000 mins and 1000 SMS; the virtual telco is also giving away an extra 10GB to users during their first month.

GOMO by Singtel

Designed specifically with local millennials in mind, GOMO is Singtel’s simple, no-contract SIM-only plan provider. And thanks to its backing by Singapore’s number one network, the no-frills telco is able to offer value-for-money options as well as exceptional network service.

Begin by signing up for GOMO, before choosing the best no-contract mobile plan based on your requirements. At the moment, there’s the 20GB, 200 mins and 200 SMS for $20, as well as the 50GB, 500 mins and 500 SMS for $30.

Grid Mobile

The brainchild of GRID Communications, Grid Mobile believes in going beyond the bare minimum of offering no-contract and data-focused plans. In fact, it’s rewarding loyalty, empowering customers with an integrated rewards lifestyle.

Besides dishing out gridPoints which users can accumulate to offset phone bills or redemptions with merchants, friends who sign up together are eligible for some serious rebates. Check out their rewards programme here.


If unlimited data is a priority for you, try virtual telco MyRepublic. It’s popular Unlimited Data Plan goes for just $39 a month, with unlimited data of 4GB/day at 4G speed and managed speeds thereafter. Besides being contract-free, the plan also allows you to enjoy free Caller ID, 1000 free SMS and 1000 mins of incoming calls. Does it really get better than this?