Starhub offers many options when it comes to phone plans and add-ons. They just launched a very attractive plan for low-usage users that only cost $10 and offers 5GB of data.
Apart from the fashionable SIM Only plans, they still have 2-year postpaid plans.
To know which Starhub phone plan to go for, you really have to know your usage pattern to choose the most suitable plan for yourself. Let’s compare.
Starhub giga! SIM Only Plans
|$10 for 5GB||5GB||100 mins||100 SMS|
|$25 for 25GB||25GB||1,000 mins||1,000 SMS|
$40 for 50GB
Promo code: GIGA50
|50GB||10,000 mins||10,000 SMS|
Free rollover data, caller number display, incoming calls and SMS.
giga! refers to the brand of Starhub SIM only plans that were launched earlier this year. All giga! SIM Only plans offer free incoming calls, rock ‘n’ rollover data, and caller ID service. The SIM card comes free but there’s a $2 delivery charge.
There are 3 main plans, the newest one being the 5GB plan for $10. For $10, you get 5GB of data, 100 minutes of talktime and 100 SMSes.
If you have Wi-Fi at home and in the office, you might find that this plan is sufficient, cutting your telco expense to only $10 per month.
The staple SIM Only plan which costs $25 for 25GB of data gives you 1,000 minutes of talktime and 1,000 SMSes.
There’s also a 50GB plan that costs $40 per month (6 months offer). It’s a promotional price you can secure with promo code GIGA50. The usual price is $45.
Rock ‘n’ rollover data means that unused data can be rolled over for up to 2 months, which is a unique and attractive feature. If you need more data, there are several add-on packs you can choose from.
You can get an additional 1 GB of data at $2 per month, the WhatsApp pack that gives you 1 GB on WhatsApp usage for $1 per month, or the Insta ‘n’ Facebook pack that gives you 1 GB on Instagram and Facebook usage for $1 per month.
Starhub giga! data roaming plans
There are 2 roaming plans available too. The gigaRoam APAC (Asia Pacific) pass at $5 for 1 GB of data, or the gigaRoam ROTW (rest of the world) pass at $15 for 1 GB of data. The coverage includes 48 overseas destinations.
Compared to Singtel’s GOMO plan (20 GB for $20), giga! has 5 GB more data and 5 times more talktime and SMSes at just $5 more.
The giga! plan costs the same as Starhub’s cheapest SIM only plan. However, that other plan offers significantly less data, talktime and no SMSes. We’ll learn more about this in the next section.
Starhub SIM Only Without Device plans
|Starhub SIM Only Plans||Data||Talktime||Promotional addition|
|$25 SIM Only||5GB||100 mins||Free 20GB and weekend data for 12 months|
|$50 SIM Only||30GB||300 mins||Free 20GB and weekend data for 12 months|
|$80 SIM Only||60GB||500 mins||Free 20GB and weekend data for 12 months|
Not to be confused with giga!, Starhub also offers 3 kinds of “SIM Only Without Device” plans at $25, $50 and $80 per month.
The cheapest one at $25 gives you 5 GB of data, 100 minutes of talktime, free incoming calls, free caller ID service and free international roaming.
The next plan, which costs $30, but gives you a whole lot more data and talktime. You get 30 GB of data, 300 minutes of talktime, free incoming calls, free caller ID service and free international roaming.
The most expensive plan at $80 gives 60 GB of data, 500 minutes of talktime, free incoming calls, free caller ID service and free international roaming.
For the next 12 months, Starhub is offering free 20GB and weekend data, which makes it quite value-for-money if you need that much data.
The SIM Only plans also have add-ons:
- 50GB extra data: Top-up $20 per month
- 10GB extra data: Top-up $10 per month
- 1GB extra data: Top-up $3 per month
- Unlimited data: Top-up $6 per month
- Talktime: Top-up $6 per month for extra 300 minutes
- SMSes: Top-up $3 per month for extra 500 SMSes
- Unlimited data for social apps (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter): $10 per month.
- Unlimited chat pass (LINE, WeChat or WhatsApp): $6 per month.
- Unlimited video (CatchPlay, HBO GO, Netflix and Toggle): $10 per month.
Starhub 2-year postpaid plans
|Starhub 2-Year Postpaid Plans||Data||Talktime||Promotional addition|
|$50 2-Year Plan||5GB + 10GB free||100 mins||Free weekend data (online only)|
|$75 2-Year Plan||30GB + 10GB free||300 mins||Free weekend data (online only)|
|$105 2-Year Plan||60GB + 10GB free||500 mins||Free weekend data (online only)|
|$238 2-Year Plan||110GB + 10GB free||10,000 mins||
Free weekend data (online only)
$500 Yearly Handset Voucher
Starhub offers 4 kinds of 2-year plans at $50, $75 and $105 and $238 per month. There are pretty similar to the SIM only plans, except they cost more and come with a good discount on handsets. The $50 plan comes with 5GB of data, 100 minutes of talktime, free incoming calls, caller ID service and international roaming.
The $75 plan comes with 30GB of data, 300 minutes of talktime, free incoming calls, free caller ID service and free international roaming.
The $105 plan comes with 60GB of data, 100 minutes of talktime, free incoming calls, free caller ID service and free international roaming.
The $238 plan comes with 100GB of data, 10,000 minutes of talktime, 10,000 SMSes, free incoming calls, free caller ID service, free international roaming and a $500 yearly handset voucher. Honestly, I wonder what kind of person needs a plan like this.
The same add-ons as explained in the earlier section apply too.
Starhub SIM Only (CIS)
Starhub’s Corporate Individual Scheme (CIS) plans are only for employees of participating companies. Employees, as well as their families (up to 4 phone lines), get to enjoy corporate rates for Starhub’s 2-year plans and exclusive discounts off handsets.
Pros of Starhub phone plans
Starhub had a great promotion going that gave customers 10 GB of free data and free weekend data for a year but that just ended at the end of this month, November. However, there’s hope that they will have another promotion again.
One good thing about Starhub is that there are few hidden costs, so you don’t get a shock when you receive your bill. Caller ID service, SIM card fee, registration fee and re-contract administration fee are all free. The only extra thing to pay for is the $2 SIM delivery fee. You can also top up with add-ons anytime at no contract and no activation fees.
Starhub also has plans that really give a lot of data; we’re talking about 60 GB and 100 GB. Even if you don’t get those plans, you can top up $20 for an extra 50 GB per month.
Cons of Starhub phone plans
Have you noticed that there are no SMSes offered with most of Starhub’s plans? Instead, receiving SMSes are still free of charge, but costs $0.0535/SMS for sending out.
Starhub explained that they have shifted their plans towards data instead, based on customers’ usage patterns. This is probably not a deal breaker as most people rely on texting apps like WhatsApp or Messenger these days. However, based on forums, many were still quite unhappy with this decision as SMSes are still used in certain occasions, no matter how seldom.
Are you a Starhub user? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below!