[UPDATE, 355PM 22 Oct]: The new 6 Nov release date applies to other telcos as well. Read more for the info.
[UPDATE, 340PM 22 Oct]: Celcom has finally opens the Registration of Interest page for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus but here’s a shocker: the telco will release the device on 6 November. Read more for details.
[ORIGINAL NEWS, 1154pm 21 Oct]
Well, the answer is yes: Celcom will indeed offer iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to their customers very soon. That being said, don’t get too excited just yet.
Now that all big four telcos in Malaysia have unveiled their Samsung Galaxy Note 4 pricing, let’s take a look at what all of them have got to offer. Maxis is offering the device from as low as RM1,699, Celcom from RM988, DiGi from RM1,169 and U Mobile from RM1,099, but there are a lot more to the bundles than the final price of the device.
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.