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.
Always wanted to try out DiGi’s network on your mobile phone but are afraid that the coverage might not be up to your expectation? DiGi recently opened up a trial program that allows you to sign up for its DG SmartPlan 50 or DG SmartPlan 78 and if you’re not happy with what they’re offering you, you can get a full refund. The catch?
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.
Look at what DiGi has just unveiled, as teased a couple of weeks back, DiGi has finally decided to unveil its Xiaomi Redmi 1S packages. DiGi is now offering the mid-range Android smartphone from the Chinese company for free when you commit to a contract with the telco’s postpaid plan.
Apple is rumored to announce its next generation iPhones in about a month but if you do not wish to wait, you can get an iPhone 5s from DiGi from as low as RM159, no advance payment required. This means that you only pay for the subsidized price when you sign up for the offer.
Want to purchase a brand new smartphone at a reduced price but do not wish to sign up for a postpaid line to get tied for a year or two? DiGi is now offering the Lenovo A369i for only RM150, down from RM485.80, and it comes bundled with a DiGi Easy Prepaid, one year of free internet and 24 hours of free calls and SMS.
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.
[UPDATE: 200PM, 23 July] DiGi has posted teaser for Xiaomi Redmi 1S on its Facebook page which is the first confirmation of the tips we received yesterday. Read more to see it.
While the newly announced Xiaomi Mi 4 is busy getting everyone’s attention for today, let’s not forget that the fledgling Chinese manufacturer still have plenty of devices under its wing. One of them is the Redmi 1S which is the most affordable Xiaomi’s smartphone in Malaysia at the moment.
If you somehow missed your chance to get one on your hands from Xiaomi Malaysia’s website, then you might want to look out for an announcement from DiGi tomorrow.