I have been a super happy customer of Circles.Life in Singapore for years and I have just found out that the firm expanded to Taiwan recently. I visited the website and it seems as user-friendly and straightforward as Singapore’s. Anyone had experiences with it? How’s the speed compared to the others? Any difficulties for foreigners subscribing? I was like OMG finally when I read 身份證或居留證
You said you visited the website but did not give a link. No idea but here is what appears to be a link.
It’s an MVNO telco. With data caps… The prices they’re offering, might as well just go with the established players and get the unlimited plans.
I was asking whether anyone had experience with it, which is why I did not think of providing a link. I have just added it. Thanks.
It’s all unlimited 吃到飽, actually. Circles is a MVNO in Singapore too, but speed there is as fast as M1 which is the provider. It’s very popular among foreigners because of the all-online subscription and account management with no bureaucracy, deposits or guarantor crap: just a monthly charge on your debit/credit card. Curious to see whether it kept the same ease of use in Taiwan as well. I will definitely try it myself next month and update here, but maybe someone already has some feedback to share.
I signed up to circles.life because the month-to-month contract seemed appealing.
All functionality has to be done from their mobile app, which is only in Chinese and region-locked to Taiwan. My app store region is not Taiwan, so I can’t download the app. I can’t even read the bills, because I would need the app to do so.
I’d say that it’s all quite inconvenient.
Sorry to hear that, man. They should definitely have at least created a bi(multi)lingual app, considering that the original one (Singapore) is already in English.
On a side note: was the activation process smooth? Did you encounter any hiccup apart from the language barrier? Did they accept your ARC as a valid ID without any noise?
Activation was a little clunky because I couldn’t download the app. I had to speak to customer support twice, but thankfully their customer support is pretty good.
They accepted my ARC without any fuss.
The region-locked app is just strange. What if you travel between Singapore and Taiwan often? I imagine that’s fairly common. It would make sense to use the same telco in both countries, but this wouldn’t be possible even with a dual-sim phone due to the region locks.
Reviving my own thread after becoming a Circles.Life (無框電信) customer recently. I’m overall satisfied
Registration and document upload all done online, so no more nonsensical discussions at the shop. The Gold Card was accepted without any fuss within a few hours. I have yet to open a Taiwanese bank account, so I linked my TransferWise card to the new Circles.Life account and it was accepted as well without any problems. The SIM card was delivered within three calendar (not “working”: I got it on a Saturday in fact) days at the 7-11 just downstairs, but there is the option to have it sent to a private address as well. I plugged the SIM card onto my phone, downloaded the app, received the verification SMS and that’s about it. I went on a trip to mountain areas over the weekend and didn’t encounter any signal issues. Circles.Life is renting from Chunghwa.
Total damage: 200 NTD for the activation, then 550 NTD a month (450 + 100 for unlimited data) directly charged to the foreign card that I used upon registration.
- Like @Cy said, you will need to change your Google Play / Apple Store region to Taiwan in order to be able to download the app. The SIM card cannot be activated without this passage.
- The website, registration form, e-mails and chat support (very efficient) are exclusively in Mandarin. The app is the typical Taiwanese mix of English in the first page (probably because it detected English as my phone language) and Mandarin everywhere else
- The registration process requires the usual two documents. In my case, I used my local driving licence as second proof of identification. If you don’t have Driving Licence or NHI card, it doesn’t seem possible.
- Weird thing is that they require you to provide a Taiwanese mobile phone to act as a contact number until you activate your SIM card, which is quite stupid for people like me who have just arrived in Taiwan and ended up troubling a friend for this.
i use circles.life, good budget option and i’ve had no troubles in terms of interruptions or speed. quite pleased with it actually.
i signed up using my partner’s taiwanese card, and used a referral code (pick any at random there are heaps of them on PTT, or if you’d like you can use my referral code and I get money ), so it saves 100NTD a month for 6 months i believe.
so yeah like @boaz25 said, it was 200NTD to activate, but i only pay 450NTD a month for unlimited cause the referral system.