M1 has consolidated their phone plans into two main ones to compete in a market swarming with mobile virtual network operators (MNVOs) that are offering lower-than-ever plan prices.
The new M1 plans are attractively priced with a generous data allowance and even come with unlimited music streaming on Spotify. Let’s find out more about their latest offerings.
M1 SIM Only Plan ($25 per month)
The M1 SIM Only plan gives you 30 GB of data, 1,000 minutes of talktime, free incoming calls and 1,000 SMSes for $25 a month. That’s a whole ton of everything. As the name suggests, there is no contract that will tie you down.
Additionally, you get free unlimited calls to 3 M1 numbers and unlimited streaming of music on Spotify. You can customise the plan with more data or talktime as you wish.
Plan with Device ($30 per month)
The M1 Plan with Device gives you 12 GB of data, 100 minutes of talktime, free incoming calls and 100 SMSes for $30 a month. Similarly, you get free unlimited calls to 3 M1 numbers and unlimited streaming of music on Spotify.
For this plan, you will be bonded to a 2-year contract with M1, which in turn allows you to buy a handset at a subsidised rate.
For example, the latest iPhone 11 Pro Max 64 GB would cost $1,365 instead of $1,800 with M1’s Plan with Device.
There are certain add-on options that can bring the cost of the handset further down. The cheapest add-on costs $20 per month and comes with an extra 5GB, 100 minutes of talktime and 100 SMSes. With this, you pay $50 per month for the plan and $1170 for the iPhone 11 Pro Max.
The most expensive add-on costs a whopping $205 per month and comes with an extra 100 GB per month, unlimited talktime and 900 Smses. With this, you pay $235 per month for the plan and the costs of the iPhone 11 Pro Max drops to $340.
M1 Data Passport (from $10 per month)
M1’s Data Passport allows you to take the existing local data you have in your M1 plan and use it overseas. It starts from $10 or $25 per month for a single destination.
For the $10 single destination passport, you can choose from countries like Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Bangladesh. For the $25 single destination passport, you can choose from countries like Australia, Russia, Netherlands and Brazil. You can easily activate data roaming before or during the trip.
If you exceed the your data limit, the excess will be charged at $10 per GB. But fret not about coming home to a shocking bill, M1’s data passport automatically locks up the overseas network if you have exceeded the data. You can track your overseas data usage via the My M1 app.
There are also plans with a bundle of countries where you can use your data. There’s the $25 ASEAN Data Passport that gives you access to 9 destinations, the $50 Asia Data Passport that gives you access to 25 destinations and the $50 Europe Data Passport that gives you access to 43 destinations.
All in all, M1’s Data Passport is available in 77 destinations, that’s slightly less than Singtel’s 81 destinations and Starhub’s 94 destinations.
Note that there is a $5 fee each time a Data Passport is activated and a flat $5 monthly charge for Multi-SIM users.
Pros of M1 phone plans
Needless to say, having free incoming calls and unlimited calls to 3 M1 numbers is one of the best things about M1 phone plans. This is ideal for families. Another great thing is the unlimited streaming of music on Spotify, which is a saving of $9.90 per month.
As part of the current promotions, if you sign up for a new M1 plan online, you also get free registration and free delivery of your SIM card.
On top of that, you get unlimited weekend data as well as free caller ID service for the first 3 months for new sign-ups, or for the first 6 months if you switch from another telco provider to M1. Thereafter, it costs $6 per month for the unlimited weekend data and $5.35 per month for caller ID service.
Cons of M1 phone plans
The cost of the SIM only M1 data plan is more expensive as compared to other telcos like TPG Singapore, Circles Life, redONE and Singtel’s GOMO, all of which offers SIM only plans.
TPG Singapore offers unlimited data at $0 per month although voice calls don’t work on every phone. Circles Life has a $5 plan that gives you 2 GB of data, 50 minutes of talktime and 25 SMSes while Singtel’s $20 GOMO plan gives you 20 GB of data, 200 minutes of talktime and 200 SMSes.
M1’s SIM only plan may cost more but it comes with more data, talktime and SMS. When compared to a similar plan like Circle Life’s base plan which offers 20 GB of data, 100 minutes of talktime, 25 SMSes and free caller ID at $28 per month (without promotion), M1’s SIM only plan is a clear winner that offers more of everything but costs less.
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