The square screened BlackBerry Passport will be available in Malaysia starting from next month as a Celcom exclusive until the end of October. After this time, the unusually shaped smartphone will arrive on other telcos and appearing off contract in stores. Celcom will begin selling the phone on 10 October, for RM639 on contract.
Now that Maxis is offering the Xiaomi Redmi Note, along with Celcom and DiGi, let’s take a look at who’s got the better deal. All three telcos are offering the phablet from Xiaomi for a very low price – from RM0 for Maxis and DiGi and from RM38 for Celcom, but they all come with a 24 months contract so if you wish to sign up, you’d better pick the right package because you’ll need to use it for two whole years.
If you’ve always wanted to get your hands on Xiaomi Redmi Note, then look no further because Celcom and DiGi are now offering the phablet when you sign up for a contract with the telcos. Retailing at RM509, Celcom is offering the device from as low as RM38 while DiGi is offering it from as low as RM0.
[Update 21/8/2014]: Since that quite a lot has changed over the past few months since posting this article, here’s an update to reflect all those changes. Maxis has removed most of its older postpaid plans and replaced them with an all new MaxisONE Plans that gives “limitless” calls and SMS from as low as RM78 a month. Celcom also renamed its data plans to the Celcom First One for those who complained about how the MaxisONE plans have too little data. Finally, DiGi added new iDiGi plans that are streamlined with its existing Smart Plan postpaid plans.
Just a little reminder, none of these plans is tied to any contract. Contract only applies for phone bundles, or when the telco gives you an extra discount for signing up for a contract. Otherwise, you will be free to change your plans anytime you want.
Hit the break to check out the changes.
It looks like DiGi isn’t the only telco to start offering the Xiaomi Redmi 1S, Celcom is now offering the budget Android phone from the Chinese company for free when you sign up for a contract under one of its postpaid plans. If it’s not your cup of tea, the telco also added the Acer Liquid Z4 to its phone bundles for free.
If you wish to get a brand new smartphone or tablet, but do not have enough cash, Celcom is now allowing you to use Easy Payment Plan with all of its device bundles, 0% interest and no processing fee required. You can opt for a repayment period of up to 24 months and walk away with a brand new device without any upfront cash payment at all.
Along with the BlackBerry Z3, Celcom also added in two new Huawei smartphones to its phone bundles – the Huawei Honor 3X, as well as Huawei Ascend P7. The telco is offering these devices with its Celcom First One Plan and subscribers are eligible to participate in an on-going contest to win one of 100 TAG Heuer watches.
So, you’re not a fan of the latest and greatest smartphones in the market. For you, a simple smartphone to keep you connected with your family and friends is more than enough, and would rather not cut a huge hole in your pocket just to own one. Here is a list of all the phones you can get for “free” from local telcos – Maxis, Celcom, U Mobile and DiGi.
This may be a bit late but if you’ve always wanted to get the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite but haven’t already done so, Celcom is now offering the tablet with its device bundles, offering the RM699 tablet from as low as RM138. The telco is offering the Tab 3 Lite with its data plans from as low as RM48 a month.
Good news for those who wish to get the Samsung Galaxy S5, Celcom is currently having a road show in Mid Valley Megamall, allowing you to get a Samsung Galaxy S5 for “free”. Nothing is completely free of course, the catch is that you’ll have to sign up for a contract with the telco, and pay a rather expensive monthly plan.