Alas, how wrong I was.
Here's a table comparing the plans.
|Carrier||Incl. SMS||300 mins||400 mins||450 mins||680 mins||700 mins||900 mins||1,350 mins||1,500 mins||2,000 mins|
* Based on non-promotional usual price
** Based on first year's subscription rate
At first glance, it seems like there are some local plans that look more affordable than AT&T's. Of course, I'm not comparing apples with apples (pardon the pun), because of variable charges like extra minute charges, registration, etc.
But wait, there's more! AT&T offers unlimited data usage. In contrast, the local telcos offer add-on data plans:
- M1 - $313.95 maximum (for two of its data plans)
- StarHub - $105 unlimited
So it would seem that the iPhone plans are actually cheaper than what you can get in Singapore! And here, I always thought that mobile plans in the U.S. were a rip-off.