Look at what we just received in our inbox, U Mobile will be launching its 4G LTE service to subscribers, and not just postpaid subscribers, it’ll be available for prepaid as well. The event is scheduled for next Tuesday, 17 December 2013, so stay tuned as we keep you updated with the latest information.
Attesting to the telco’s commitment to provide an elevated, seamless mobile experience to consumers; U Mobile is officially announcing the availability of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service to its subscribers, promising high-speed mobile internet experience that is ideal for internet browsing, video streaming, uploading and downloading content; and ultimately, staying connected with friends and family. U Mobile will also be among the firsts in Malaysia to offer LTE service to prepaid subscribers, giving more possibilities and high-speed mobile internet connectivity to its customers.
So, U Mobile users, are you excited? I know I am, especially with how affordable the current U Mobile rates are – from as low as RM28/month for 1GB of data that comes with free SMS too.
The iPad Air may have already been in our Malaysian market for a couple of days now but Celcom and DiGi both just unveiled their iPad Air bundle earlier this morning. If you wish to get the latest full-sized iPad from Apple but do not wish to pay the full price, check out what these 3 telcos have got to offer when you sign up for a contract with them:
*DiGi’s iPad Air bundle comes with zero contract but if you port out or change plan before 24 months, the upfront and advance payment you made during purchase will be forfeited.
Today is the 9th of December and if you’ve been patiently waiting to see what Celcom has got to offer for it’s iPad Air bundle, here it is. Celcom is offering the new iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, from as low as RM1,248 when you sign up for a Celcom First iPad data plan. The telco is offering the device with a 12- or 24-months contract with a monthly commitment from as low as RM50.
Celcom isn’t the only one who unveiled their iPad Air bundle, it looks like DiGi too has taken the curtain off their iPad Air deals and as with previous iPad “bundles”, DiGi is offering the iPad Air with zero contract but tries to tie you down with attractive rebates.
Unfortunately though, the telco has some pretty limited deals – only 1 variant and 1 tablet plan option – 16GB iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular (Silver) for the price of RM1,453 with an upfront payment of RM576 and advance payment of RM50. The early payment will be rebated back to you on a monthly basis and will be forfeited if you end the contract before 24 months.
Made available in Malaysia just 4 days ago, the iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular is also available with Maxis. For those who prefer to purchase the Wi-Fi only option or do not wish to sign up for a contract, the iPad Air is also available on the Malaysian Apple Online Store, as well as via various Apple resellers like senQ, Switch and more. Check out our recap post for the iPad air and find out where you can land your hands on one today, just in time for Christmas.
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.
Visit Celcom now for more information about the bundles.
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:
Visit DiGi now for more information.
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!