So, we have finally come to this: the final week of voting (as well as nomination) for the 2013 DiGi WWWoW Internet For All Awards. As mentioned last month, there are more than RM 165,000 worth of prizes to be won across 15 categories including a special trip to the HQ of Telenor (DiGi’s parent company) in Oslo, Norway.
Of course, the most important category of them all *AHEM* is the Fave Tech Head by Lowyat.NET whereby the winner will receive a personal hunting shopping trip at Plaza Low Yat accompanied by our fearless editor, Lucas Lau together with a budget of RM 5,000. Not to forget, the shopping trip will also be documented and published on our site. In short, fame, glory and a brand new PC.
So once again, it is now the final week to submit and vote for the entries of this year’s DiGi WWWoW Awards before the judging phase takes place from 24 June onwards. Head on to the DiGi WWWoW Awards’ official website at www.wwwow.my to make your votes count.
Wish to get the latest smartphones in the market but do not wish to sign up for a contract with a telco and get tied up for 12 months up to 24 months? No worries, DiGi is offering 4 of the hottest devices in the markets without a contract – LG Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and Sony Xperia Z.
In case you were wondering, yes, they do provide a subsidy on the devices albeit minimum. As a value added service, subscribers will also enjoy an additional 2-months fee waiver with the DG SmartPlan 58 (worth RM116) for the first two months. Do note that an advance payment is applicable upon sugn-up (one-month monthly fee for DG SmartPlan subscription).
More information available at DiGi’s product page – LG Nexus 4, Sony Xperia Z, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4. Coincidentally, did you notice that the promotion is on all Google devices since the Xperia Z, HTC One and Galaxy S4 are all receiving stock Google Android experience options scheduled for the near future?
(Source: DiGi Facebook Page)
Getting a brand new prepaid starter kit or reloading your U Mobile prepaid number has never been easier, U Mobile recently announced its partnership with 99 Speedmart, one of the leading mini market chain in Malaysia. The partnership means that consumers can now easily get their hands on U Mobile prepaid SIM Packs and mobile reloads in over 430 99 Speedmart outlets within Klang Valley.
“By offering our products at 99 Speedmart, we now address a broader range of customers who normally shop in these outlets. They are part of our target markets for the prepaid segment and the availability of U Mobile prepaid products in these outlets will make it convenient for them to stay connected with friends and family. U Mobile is delighted to partner with 99 Speedmart, which has different set of shoppers and has strong fundamental key retail measurements that our company can leverage on. We are set to see tremendous growth in our prepaid segment this year.”
With this new collaboration, U Mobile now has a large collection of non-traditional distribution channels including Giant, Singer, 7-Eleven, Cosway, Senheng and senQ stores, making the telco’s total distribution channels to more than 22,000 outlets nationwide.
Over the weekend, reports have pouring in that iPhone 5 users on Celcom’s network are now able to utilize the telco’s LTE service. True enough, Celcom’s name now have finally appeared on the LTE section of iPhone 5’s official website even though the roll-out was originally supposed to take place last month.
Nevertheless, this came just days after the telco launched the new Sony Xperia Z Tablet as the first smart device that is officially supported on Celcom LTE network. Additionally, we have also received reports that iPad Mini users are also able to utilize Celcom LTE service even though the telco’s name have yet to appear on iPad’s official website.
Despite all these developments, there is still no official statement from Celcom about them at the time being nor any change to the telco’s existing LTE plan.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z is scheduled to hit the market on 19 June 2013 but it looks like you can now get it from Celcom and purchase the tablet at a subsidized price when you sign up for a contract under the telco. Celcom is now offering the latest tablet from Sony from as low as RM1,438.
Celcom is offering the Xperia Tablet Z with its Celcom First Data package along with pay-per-use voice/SMS/MMS, with either a 12- or 24-months contract. Call functions are not supported on the Tablet Z but in case you wish to use the SIM card on a smartphone, all outgoing calls and SMS will be charged at a pay-per-use rate. The options are as shown below:
Celcom will be hosting promotions at selected outlets tomorrow for you to own the tablet as early as tomorrow. Exclusively available in 5 selected outlets, lucky customers can stand a chance to enjoy exclusive benefits:
- Free NFC Bluetooth Speaker worth RM199
- RM500 Cash Voucher for the Sony Xperia Tablet Z
- RM200 Cash Voucher for the Sony Xperia Tablet Z
The participating outlets are Blue Cube @ Iconic, Sunway, BlueCube @ Pavilion, Blue Cube@ Gardens, CXP @ eCurve, and CXP @ Kuchai.
If you do not wish to sign up for a contract, you can also purchase the tablet from Sony Center or from authorized resellers like Senheng, who has recently opened up its preorder and is offering an online promotion that comes with extra freebies.
More information available over at Celcom.
Along with the partnership with U Mobile, Enabling Asia also announced its first prepaid service called Buzz me @ m8, with the prefix 011-34, available nationwide. Like the rest of the prepaid mobile services in Malaysia – Hotlink, DiGi Prepaid, Celcom Prepaid, U Mobile and Tune Talk, it provides for voice calls, SMS and internet data for you to stay connect with friends and family.
The plans are as shown below:
So, what makes Buzz me different from other prepaid mobile providers/ It comes with instant rewards for every calls, SMS and data used; subscribers are also entitled for exclusive deals. The reward points can be used to redeem air time and in the future, even use them to redeem exclusive offers at the company’s website www.m8.com.my.
Hit the break for more information.
U Mobile and Enabling Asia recently announced their partnership to enable Malaysian companies to revolutionize their business model by launching their own prepaid branded mobile services. Enabling Asia (EA) is Asia’s first Mobile Virtual Network Aggregator (MVNA), which purchases wholesale mobile airtime from its partner mobile operator, and then sells it to a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO).
This means that brands can now easily and quickly set up their own prepaid branded mobile services in less than 90 days. EA will offers brands integrated solutions from licensing, billing, and technical solutions to call centre support.
“We are delighted to be the first in Asia to offer companies the opportunity to revolutionize their business model. Brands with their own branded mobile services are able to generate sustainable and additional revenue by connecting directly with their consumers.
“Launching your own branded mobile services or MVNOs enables you to communicate with your customers directly. With a custom branded mobile offering, you can optimize your marketing and distribution channels, as well as reward your customers through exclusive offers.” – Mr. Loke Yee Siong, Chief Executive Officer at EA.
Examples of successful MVNOs include Tesco Mobile and Ikea Family in the UK, as well as 7-Connect by 7 Eleven in Singapore. EA is confident that it will launch mobile service for five brands within 12 months from its launch which was held in K.L. late last month.
Hit the break for more information.
I’m sure most of you should know by now that the BlackBerry Z10 ships in two different variants – LTE and non-LTE. All four major postpaid telcos in Malaysia are offering the non-LTE version at a subsidized price with a postpaid plan contract, guess who’s the first telco to offer the LTE BlackBerry Z10? No, it’s not Maxis or Celcom, instead, it is DiGi and it is available immediately from as low as RM1,039.
Retailing at RM2,288, just RM100 more than the non-LTE Z10, DiGi is offering a 24 months contract option under one of its postpaid plans – DG Smart Plan 58/88/148; the bundling is as follows:
DiGi has already been offering LTE devices of course, the Nokia Lumia 920, BlackBerry Q10, Sony Xperia Z, as well as the HTC One and HTC Butterfly but that is only because these devices only have LTE options, so does this mean that DiGi is readying its LTE to be launched some time soon?
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