Calling all those who are not into high-end expensive smartphones that costs a kidney or two, if you’re looking for a mid-range device with an affordable price, Celcom has recently added 3 new quad-core smartphones to its phone bundles namely the Alcatel Idol X, Sony Xperia C and HTC Desire 500 going off from as low as RM488 when you sign up for a contract with the telco. Celcom is offering these devices with its usual Celcom First voice plan along with one of its data plan with either 1GB or 3GB of data.
These three “best quad-core smartphones” are in addition to the i-mobile IQ X that has already been offered by Celcom since late September. Check out our previous posts for more information about each individual device – i-mobile IQ X, Alcatel Idol X, Sony Xperia C and HTC Desire 500.
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While there are plenty of telcos in Malaysia that have received their share of LTE spectrum from the government, there are only two major players that have widely roll out the LTE service for consumers in general. Obviously, those two telcos are Maxis and Celcom.
In fact, Celcom have revealed that they are working to have even more active LTE sites – 1200 in total – by mid-2014 according to their financial report for the third quarter of 2013 which was announced earlier today. As a comparison, the telco’s previous aim was around 300 sites within the second quarter of 2013.
However, Celcom didn’t specify the area that these new LTE areas will be. For now, the telco claimed that their LTE network have covered major population areas in Klang Valley, Ipoh, Penang and Johor Bharu as of September 2013. There is also a mention in the report on their partnership with Altel which was first made public in July this year. Through the spectrum sharing agreement, it will apparently allow Celcom to deliver data speed of up to 150Mbps at each of their LTE locations.
Additionally, they have embarked on a RM 100 million effort to improve coverage, speed, customer experience, and fibre infrastructure in Klang Valley, Eastern regions of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah, Sarawak, major highways, and tourist areas which are expected to be completed by April 2014. Not to forget, Celcom apparently have also spent around RM 200 million to improve their overall network quality to cover plenty of issue including the much dreaded dropped calls problem.
Judging from all these facts that Celcom have listed in their new financial report, the telco seems to put a lot of effort in order to make sure that their network stays competitive and compelling to users. Nevertheless, I do hope all those hundreds of millions ringgit that Celcom are spending will indeed make their network better since the current consensus by MCMC (and general consumers alike) is that telcos are not working hard enough to provide quality experience to their customers.
It’s the end of the year again and in celebration of this holiday season, DiGi is having a year-end promotion that can get you several smartphones for free when you sign up for a 24 months contract with the telco. The devices offered includes the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Grand Quattro, Sony Xperia Z and even some new ones including Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and Sony Xperia C.
The promotions are all tied to a 24 months contract under one of the telco’s postpaid plan – DG SmartPlan 88 or SmartPlan 148, depending on the device you pick:
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Returning in its 5th year, the DiGi Challenge For Change (DiGiCFC) Program is calling out to all Malaysians and local app developer to submit ideas and come together to build innovative community-centric mobile apps that bring Malaysians together for positive change. The DiGiCFC is lumped into 4 categories: Learning & Edutainment, Health & Wellness, Discovering Culture and a new category this year called Connected Citizens which include apps that facilitate the delivery of public services.
To help maximise the potential of each idea and app, DiGi has established 2 events as part of the program, namely #IDEAJAM which is an idea hackathon and #HACK!@DiGiCFC, a mobile hackathon. The events will serve as checkpoints for participants to refine their ideas and apps. The challenge will be strengthened by DIGi’s partnership with the 1Malaysia 4 Youth to reach and encourage greater participation with Malaysian Youths.
From the 27th November until the 18th January, the public is welcome to submit app ideas to www.digicfc.my for all 4 categories. The best 4 ideas will be taken and developed in the next phase. From the 26th January to 24th April Malaysian developers will be invited to build apps for the ideas in a 36 hour hackathon. The ideas will be made downloadable for the public to review and the most popular will be crowned the winner.
More than RM200,000 in prizes are up for grabs! Head on over to http://www.digicfc.my for more details!
An audit conducted by the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has found that local telecommunications companies have been providing sub-par 3G services to consumers. This was largely attributed to the cost-effective measures taken by the telcos by utilizing a lower frequency band instead of the primary band recommended by MCMC.
According to the commission, most local telcos resorted to employing 3G towers on the 900MHz and 1800MHz frequency bands instead of the primary 2100MHz band. These lower frequency bands have greater reach, allowing for less 3G towers to be built, but at the cost of lesser data capacity that can be carried on the network. As a result of this prioritisation of coverage over optimum data speeds, consumers are left with slower-than-usual 3G speeds.
As a telco expert revealed to The Star:
“Some players have economised on investing in 2,100MHz to push coverage instead of higher capacity and speed. They are trying to compromise on quality. They may be stretching their dollar by not putting in enough base stations despite having made a lot of money all these years.”
The MCMC has issued a warning to all local telcos, informing them to have a plan ready by the end of the year to fix the issue, failing which the commission will be issuing heavy fines.
(Source: The Star)
The “super-sized” HTC One Max has finally reached our Malaysian shore for a rather hefty price of RM2,499 (or RM2,388 in our very own Storekini), but if you do not wish to pay for the full price to own this high-end 5.9” Android device from HTC, Celcom is now offering it with its postpaid plans from as low as RM1,638.
Celcom is offering the HTC One Max with one of its Celcom First postpaid plans along with a mobile internet plan with the option of a contract duration from 12 to 24 months.
While it was only three years ago that the government’s High Speed Broadband (HSBB) project first see the light with the rollout of TM’s UniFi service, looks like they are aiming even higher in the next seven years. As revealed earlier today by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Dato’ Sri Ahmad Shabery Cheek, the government is currently looking into increasing the speed of the nation’s broadband connection.
According to the minister, the new speed range that the government are eyeing on is between 40 to 50 Mbps and they have already embarked on a study to measure Malaysia’s demand for data as well as the infrastructure requirements to meet the higher broadband speed. Additionally, they also are already in discussions with TM and other service providers to consider the level of sharing and investments needed for the project.
While the idea of having such fast connection is rather alluring, I do wonder how much it will actually cost for the rakyat to own a 40 to 50 Mbps connection at their home if the project goes through. If an existing 20 Mbps UniFi Home subscriber is already paying RM 249 monthly for the service, I believe that the cost to have such fast connection at one’s home will be too high.