The Lenovo Vibe Z, the first LTE smartphone from the Chinese company, will be arriving in Malaysia very soon and if you’re eagerly waiting for its arrival, Celcom has finally started teasing the device on its main page. Celcom will start offering the Lenovo Vibe Z on 16 March 2014 but as always, the telco will be having a special deal for the smartphone, allowing subscribers to get the Lenovo Vibe Z for only RM688 when you sign up with a mPro or mPro Plus plans; the deal even comes with a shopping voucher worth RM50.
If you’re thinking of signing up with a Celcom First plan or wish to port over, now seems like a perfect time to do so because Celcom is giving away 1GB of data free for 3 consecutive months. Available for all new and MNP Celcom First postpaid and prepaid customers, all you need to do is sign up for one of the Celcom First plans – Celcom First Prime, First Premier or First Elite, and you can enjoy RM38/month worth of data, free for 3 months. The promotion is effective immediately and will run until 21 April 2014.
Now that BlackBerry has officially revised the retail price of its BlackBerry Q5 price to RM818 (a drop from RM1,299), it looks like Celcom has done the same too, now, offering the BlackBerry Q5 at a subsidized price from as low as RM488. Available with a 12- or 18-month contract, all you need to do is subscribe to one of the telco’s postpaid plans – Celcom First Prime/Premier/Elite.
Chinese New Year is just a day away and if you have to leave the comfort of your precious speedy internet at home to travel back to your hometown, you can still enjoy fast internet on LTE network offered by various telcos in Malaysia. If you do not already have a LTE-enabled line and wish to get one, you don’t have to sign up for an expensive postpaid plan, several telcos are already offering LTE on their prepaid services and if you wish to get one for this Chinese New Year, here are the most popular ones you should consider.
To date, the major telcos in Malaysia who are offering LTE for prepaid mobile number are U Mobile, Maxis Hotlink and Celcom Xpax. You can easily get connected simply by buying a new prepaid pack from your local convenience store so hit the break to find out the details.
Yesterday, Celcom has announced a list of new benefits for its top of the tier First Elite voice plan which include direct service hotline, priority customer service reception at BlueCube outlets, priority for new devices, and high life-like activities. However, the most exclusive benefits are reserved only for Celcom First Elite 1000 – a reference to First Elite customers that are able to consistently spend RM 1000 on their monthly bill for six consecutive months.
These exclusive benefits include concierge services, delivery to customer’s doorstep, and new device on yearly basis as a gift from Celcom. But let’s look back at the requirement – wow, a RM 1000 phone bill. As someone who have a monthly smartphone bill of less than RM 100, I’m intrigued on how one is able to rack up RM 1000 worth of charges into their phone bills. Let alone for six consecutive months.
Don’t get me wrong though; I’m not trying ridicule anyone that have such a steep phone bill. Surely there are plenty of valid reasons out there for someone to have a thousand ringgit phone bill such as high amount of long distance calls, multiple supplementary lines, and many more. Nevertheless, I’m still pretty curious about it and has made a number of simple calculations using the call charges that are listed on Celcom’s website to see what I would able to do with RM 1000 on the telco’s network.
If you are curious about it as well, just hit the Read More link below (if available) to check them out.
If you have been following our telco coverage for quite some time, then you might be aware that Celcom First Elite is the most premium plan among the Celcom First family of voice plans. It also comes with what Celcom dubbed as First Advantage benefits in the form of dedicated customer service hotline and priority lane at Blue Cube outlets.
Earlier today, Celcom has announced a number of changes to the First Elite plan. However, I don’t mean changes to the charges though as the plan’s monthly commitment of RM 150 and RM 0.10 call charge per minute still remain the same. Instead, the changes come in the form of an expanded list of premium personal services.
In addition to the First Advantage benefits, Celcom First Elite customers are now also entitled to several new benefits including First Access, Preferred Number, and First Assist. Additionally, Celcom First Elite customers that consistently spend at least RM 1,000 (!!!) on their monthly bills for six consecutive months will be able enjoy even more benefits including First Concierge and complimentary new device on annual basis.
All in all, it seems like Celcom First Elite plan is no longer just a voice plan with additional customer service benefits. Instead, Celcom is trying by make it as an all-around offering by including lifestyle-oriented benefits alongside the call plan. Meanwhile, we have come out with additional detail regarding each of the benefits that we listed above – click on the Read More link below (if available) to read further.
What better way to celebrate this Chinese New Year than with gadgets with auspicious colors? Last week, Celcom started offering the gold Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with its phone and now, it looks like the rest of the telcos have followed suit. You may now get the Rose Gold (black and white) Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from all the local major telcos – Celcom, Maxis, DiGi and U Mobile; the bundles are pretty much more or less the same, except for DiGi, who is offering the Galaxy Note 3 at a slightly cheaper price now.
- Celcom – from RM1,538
- Maxis – from RM1,199
- DiGi – from RM1,199
- U Mobile – from RM999
Check out our telco price comparison for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in our previous post.
If the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 isn’t your cup of tea, you may also get the gold HTC One from Maxis or DiGi. Maxis is currently having a promotion for you to get the HTC One for only RM799 when you sign up for one of the more affordable postpaid and data plan while DiGi on the other hand is offering the HTC one from as low as RM0 when you sign up for the most expensive contract – DG SmartPlan 148. Visit Maxis or DiGi now for more information about the bundle; as a Chinese New Year promotion, Maxis is also having a “Golden Offer” for you to get a “Golden Number”.
Although “gold” phones have been around for some time already, it is without a doubt that it is only becoming popular now. Will you jump on the bandwagon and get yourself a gold colored phone?
Like it or not, it looks like gold will become a common color option for smartphones this year, Samsung recently announced the arrival of new color options of its Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Rose Gold White, Rose Gold Black, Merlot Red and Blush Pink) and it looks like you can now get the Rose Gold options from Celcom – it even comes with a free Moschino case worth RM189 and a cheaper Galaxy Gear bundle of only RM288.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phone bundle is still the same as before, you can sign up for a 12-, 18- or 24-month contract with one of the telco’s Celcom First postpaid plans, and get the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from as low as RM1,538.
For those who pick the Rose Gold edition, it will even come with a free Moschino case worth RM189 (redeemable from 28 January 2014). In addition to that, Celcom is offering the Samsung Galaxy Gear (orange) for only RM288 to anyone who sign up for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (any color) with any Celcom First and mPro plan at participating outlets; the retail of the smartwatch from Samsung is worth RM999.
This promotion is only valid from now till 28 February 2014 so visit Celcom now for more information. Meanwhile, do check out our telco price comparison for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from Celcom, Maxis, DiGi and U Mobile.
You might not realized it but infrastructure sharing is actually a norm among the players in our industry and judging from the statement from Celcom as well as DiGi for Bursa Malaysia earlier today, it has been working well for them.
In the statement, Celcom and DiGi have agreed to renew their existing infrastructure sharing deal which was originally signed in 2011. Just like the original agreement, this collaboration has now been extended for additional three years starting from 18 January 2014.
Frankly speaking, it is not exactly a surprise since Celcom and DiGi have just recently signed a long-term deal with TM in order to help both telco cater to the increasing demands form their customers. In fact, I believe many would be baffled if Celcom and DiGi didn’t renew their agreement instead since the deal clearly has been beneficial to both parties.
Now that Celcom has finally unveiled its iPad mini with Retina Display bundle and that DiGi has removed all traces of iPad mini with Retina Display from its website – it’s not available in the device section and the registration of interest page is gone, here is a price comparison of the only Malaysian telcos to offer the iPad mini at a subsidized price when you sign up for a contract with them – Maxis vs Celcom.
Maxis recently added SurfMore30 option for its iPad mini with Retina Display bundle although, with LTE on board, I don’t see a reason to settle for a 1GB monthly data plan.Both telcos have pretty similar and pretty competitive price but the main difference between these two telcos, besides the duration of contract, is that Celcom has got more data to offer of up to 10GB; Maxis only offers a maximum of 5GB. While the price plays an important role when making a decision, I guess the main thing you should be concerned about is definitely be the coverage in the areas you frequent.
Visit Maxis or Celcom for more information about their individual bundles and when you’ve made your decision to buy the iPad mini with Retina Display, find out what’s the best cases you should buy for your new gadget.
Finally after months of waiting, Celcom has decided to start offering the iPad mini with Retina Display with its bundles, offering the latest 7.9” tablet from Apple from as low as RM948. Celcom is offering the iPad mini with Retina Display with its Celcom First iPad data plan with a 12- or 24-months contract, from as low as RM50 a month.
Announced in late October last year, the iPad mini with Retina Display features some major improvement (in its guts at least) compared to the first generation iPad mini, with a Retina Display of 2048 x 1536 pixels and the latest A6 64-bit processor. Available in the usual black and white options, the Wi-Fi + Cellular iPad mini with Retina Display retails at RM1,699, RM2,029, RM2,329 and RM2,679 respectively for the 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB flavors though sadly, local telcos in Malaysia only offers up to 64GB.
While DiGi too teased the iPad mini with Retina Display since late November 2013, the telco has yet to unveil their bundle, making Maxis and Celcom the only two Malaysian carriers to offer the latest iPad mini from Apple, at a subsidized price. Visit Celcom now for more information about its bundle, or check out our previous post to see what Maxis has got to offer.
There were a lot of things in 2013 that we liked. Malaysians finally got to enjoy super-fast 4G LTE, we saw amazing products such as the Google Glass, flagship smartphones were better than ever before…we even got the PlayStation 4 before its home country!
What about 2014? The year is but three days old, and with CES 2014 around the corner, already we have an inkling of things to come for the rest of the year. Naturally, we asked ourselves: what do we want to see in 2014? And more interestingly, what do we NOT want to see this year?
Check out our list after the jump!
It’s a brand new year and it looks like Celcom is doing some spring cleaning in their office, the telco is now offering some new old phones now for “free” when you sign up for a contract with them. Sign up for a Celcom First voice and data plan and you could get yourself a HTC Wildfire S, Nokia Lumia 520 or Sony Xperia U for “free”. The deal ties you up to a 12- or 18-month contract with a rather affordable monthly commitment of either RM78 or RM98 depending on the device you pick:
The promotion is available immediately and will end on 31 January 2014 so visit Celcom for more information and to find out where you can get this offer. For those who are into something newer, Celcom is also kick starting the year with a special iPhone 5C offer – get the iPhone 5C from only RM1,888 with zero contract; that’s RM111 off the retail price from a company that hardly ever offer any discounts:
- 16GB iPhone 5C (RRP RM1,999) – RM1,888
- 32GB iPhone 5C (RRP RM2,359)– RM2,218
The iPhone 5C promotion is available exclusively online from 2 to 7 January 2014. Visit Celcom’s iPhone 5C page to find out more.
You don’t need to pay thousands of Ringgit to own a smartphone that supports LTE connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 that made its way to Malaysia not too long ago is a pretty affordable mid-range Android device with LTE on board, so you can enjoy the fastest mobile internet on your phone wherever you go, if you’re within the coverage area that is.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 retails at RM799 but if you do not wish to pay the full price for the phone, you can get it at a subsidized price when you sign up for a contract with one of the major postpaid telcos in Malaysia – Maxis, Celcom and DiGi. Maxis is offering the Galaxy Ace 3 from as low as RM149, Celcom from RM388 and DiGi from RM0:
Two of the country’s biggest telco, Celcom and DiGi today have signed a long-term deal with TM to utilize the company’s backhaul network which is called TM Next-Gen Backhaul Services. Through this deal, both telcos will be leasing bandwidth from TM who delivered it through their fibre infrastructure in order to help Celcom and DiGi cater to the ever increasing demand from consumers.
Specifically, TM Next-Gen Backhaul Services will be responsible in delivering bandwidth connectivity to aggregation and access sites that are jointly owned by Celcom and DiGi throughout Peninsular Malaysia which covers the distance of 3000 to 3500 km. Both telcos pointed out that this new deal is a continuation of the existing collaboration that they signed in 2011 to jointly roll out more than 10000km of fibre network nationwide.
Said to be in effect for more than 10 years, the first phase of this new collaboration between the three companies will apparently take place from 2014 to 2016. Second phase of the collaboration will follow suit right after that which will involves the deployment of additional sites across Peninsular Malaysia.
For Celcom and DiGi, this deal is not only about meeting the increasing demand from consumers in a cost-effective manner for both companies but also to help them increase the quality of their services across the border including data and voice. That sounds really promising indeed especially of recent complaints from consumers and MCMC but to be frank, I believe we will only able to see the effectiveness of this deal once the actual work is implemented.
At the same time, the Group CEO of TM, Tan Sri Zamzamzairani have stated that their existing consumer services such as Unifi and Streamyx will not be affected by this new deal between the three companies as TM’s infrastructure have the ample capacity for future expansion and increased demand from customers.