Recently I switched to using Circles.Life, a digital telco in Singapore and thought I’d share my experience with them as well as the steps needed in order to do the switch.
Previously I was using a Starhub prepaid card and didn’t see a need to get a contract plan as I was paying only ~$20 every 30 days for 3.2GB of data and additional talk time/card credit for calls and sms whenever I needed it. Then I switched to Starhub’s SIM only no-contract plan, basically just converting the prepaid card to a postpaid monthly plan that had no contract.
With Starhub, I was paying ~$27 per month for 3GB of data (of which $5 was on caller ID!) but it just wasn’t enough data. I would find myself with only 400MB left and 8 days or more to go before the next cycle reset.
So I decided after two months of being a data miser that enough was enough – I enjoy scrolling instagram and facebook and don’t want to be constrained to not being able to do anything on my hour-long commutes to school. My bf uses Circles.Life and jumped on when they announced their $20 for 20GB add-on so he’s been telling me about how it’s like. I don’t use that much data so I decided to get just the basic plan.
These are the simple steps it took to make the switch:
Sign up for a Circles.Life account on their website
Choose a plan that suits you
Port your number (You can keep your old number!)
Pay the sign-on fee ($38)
Wait for the delivery pack with your new SIM card to arrive
Switch SIM cards once the porting process is done
Really, really simple. If you’re currently on contract, you will need to wait though, so it’s best if you are on a non-contract plan or your contract is ending. They also can’t port prepaid numbers so you’ll need to be on a postpaid plan (which is simply done by going down to your provider and doing the switch + paying a one time SIM card activation fee), or buy a new number.
When I signed up there was a DBS customers promo so I got $20 off the sign-on fee and an extra 1GB on my plan for 12 months when I paid the sign-on fee via a DBS card! If you have a friend on Circles, you can use their referral code to get $20 off the sign on fee and help them get some extra data (mine is 4BEAN, btw!).
The whole process was reaaaally fast. I applied on 4 Feb (Sun) and received my Welcome Pack on 6 Feb (Tues). My number was ported on 8 Feb at midnight and I switched the SIM cards and have been on Circles ever since! It took under a week for the process to complete!
Note: For the Welcome Pack, you need to be at home to collect it as they need to verify your ID. If you can’t be at home at the timing of choice, you can choose to deliver to your office or authorise someone to collect and verify on your behalf.
They also send a lot of timely reminders which was really good.
Other than emails, I got SMS reminders as well that my delivery was otw or on the status of the number porting. Loved it! So efficient and communicative.
Well, sometimes the mobile data speeds aren’t the fastest but this is generally very minimal and it wasn’t like my Starhub plan didn’t have areas where the reception was pretty patchy and slow. So it’s not very much different imo.
The Circles.Care app is great – download it and you can manage everything. From your bill to add ons, to how much data you have left. I love love love the interface and how easy it is to use, especially when compared with the clunky Starhub mobile app. Also, on Circles, I can add more data should I need it each month, while on Starhub I couldn’t do that.
I’m currently paying $30 per month, and this is what I’m getting:
7GB of mobile data
– 4GB base data
– 2GB port-in bonus
– 1GB DBS promo bonus (for 12 months)
100minutes free talk time
Free incoming calls (for $2/month)
Caller Number Display
Unlimited Whatsapp (exclude video calls)
I think it’s a pretty good deal! I barely SMS anyone and if I need to, it’s $0.05 per SMS and all incoming SMSes are free. I added free incoming calls since that’s the bulk of my talk time anyway, and it’s only $2 extra per month.
Compared to the $27 I was paying Starhub each month, for $3 more I get twice the amount of data so I’m really quite happy. I don’t have to worry about using Instagram or Facebook so much now haha.
I’ll probably update this post in a couple months after I’ve used Circles to update on my experiences with data speed etc.
Also I must disclaimer and state I’m really not sponsored to write anything about Circles ok, nowadays bloggers really must clarify and be clear on all of this haha.
If you’re thinking of switching to Circles.Life, use my referral code 4BEAN to get $20 off the sign-on fee, and I’ll get an extra 200MB of data!
That would mean I can view more Facebook videos of cute animals HAHAHAHA, plus my code is so cute pls. 4BEAN ok, remember it’s 4BEAN (aka for me since I’m a bean hahaha).
Till the next post,