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.
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.
Local telco Celcom have announced that they will be releasing the new Apple iPad Air in Malaysia starting from Monday, 9 December 2013. The version that they will carry is the 4G version, which will be able to take advantage of the telco’s LTE network.
User are able to register their interest for the tablet on Celcom’s website right away. There is no mention on the availability of iPad Mini with Retina Display though although customers are already able to register their interest for it also through Celcom’s website.
Celcom is the only one who already announced their commitment for iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display though as DiGi have also set up the registration of interest page for both devices on their website. It is unknown for now whether DiGi will also be releasing the iPad Air on 9 December but knowing Apple, the chances are rather high.