It is so rare for a top exec from one company to publicly praise the product of another (competitor) company. But then again, Hugo Barra is not a normal top executive. The VP of Xiaomi Global has gone on record to state that the new iPhone 6 is “the most beautiful smartphone ever built”.
Now that the contract bundles for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus from Maxis and DiGi have been revealed, which one is the more economical option? Which plan offers the best value for money to own over the entire contract period? We take all the plans offered by both telcos and put them together so you can make an informed decision. Both telcos are offering the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with plans ranging from a monthly commitment of only RM50 all the way to over RM200, so whether you are a light mobile user or one who practically stays connected 24/7, there is an iPhone postpaid plan catered for your needs.
Close to seventeen hours after the highly-anticipated pre-orders for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were opened by local telcos DiGi and Maxis, the experience remains exceptionally erratic. The Maxis Online Store remains inaccessible, while DiGi’s one is a hit-and-miss affair. Eager customers are obviously not happy, venting their frustration at every available comment box online. Behind the scenes, both companies have been working on counter-measures to work around the issues faced.
If you’re not already aware, two of the three major telcos in Malaysia started their pre-order campaigns for the brand new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus at 12.01 am today. If you were one of the many who stayed up late to get your pre-order in, you might have been a little disappointed to find the Maxis and DiGi online stores (and main sites) inaccessible as soon as the pre-order pages went live. Celcom’s website remained operational, but that’s simply because the telco opted not to open pre-orders, and instead had begun taking Registration of Interest (ROI) since last week.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus preorders for Malaysia will be starting later tonight (12am, 31 October 2014 to be precise), but it looks like the pricing has been unveiled by Maxis. The telco has just updated its website to show the full pricing and plans for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
[UPDATE @ 8:03pm] The Maxis Midnight Express is now live. More below.
[ORIGINAL ARTICLE @ 7:43pm]
With pre-orders for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus going live at midnight, Maxis will be unveiling its own special delivery service for those who make their pre-orders for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Say hello to the Maxis Midnight Express, which will be unveiled later tonight.
Xiaomi has been quiet beyond its weekly flash sales recently, but behind the scenes the company is working on expanding its after-sales services. Several people have spotted that a Xiaomi service centre is set to open in Plaza Low Yat within the heart of Kuala Lumpur to cater for the increasingly large Xiaomi user base in the country.
Astro has introduced Raku, a homegrown music streaming service that focuses on online radio services. It is similar to Last.fm, only instead of American radio shows listeners get to listen to Astro owned station. Also like Last.fm, it only caters to local viewers and cannot be used outside its home country.