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.
It’s the end of the year again and in celebration of this holiday season, DiGi is having a year-end promotion that can get you several smartphones for free when you sign up for a 24 months contract with the telco. The devices offered includes the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, Grand Quattro, Sony Xperia Z and even some new ones including Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and Sony Xperia C.
The promotions are all tied to a 24 months contract under one of the telco’s postpaid plan – DG SmartPlan 88 or SmartPlan 148, depending on the device you pick:
Visit DiGi now for more information.
Returning in its 5th year, the DiGi Challenge For Change (DiGiCFC) Program is calling out to all Malaysians and local app developer to submit ideas and come together to build innovative community-centric mobile apps that bring Malaysians together for positive change. The DiGiCFC is lumped into 4 categories: Learning & Edutainment, Health & Wellness, Discovering Culture and a new category this year called Connected Citizens which include apps that facilitate the delivery of public services.
To help maximise the potential of each idea and app, DiGi has established 2 events as part of the program, namely #IDEAJAM which is an idea hackathon and #HACK!@DiGiCFC, a mobile hackathon. The events will serve as checkpoints for participants to refine their ideas and apps. The challenge will be strengthened by DIGi’s partnership with the 1Malaysia 4 Youth to reach and encourage greater participation with Malaysian Youths.
From the 27th November until the 18th January, the public is welcome to submit app ideas to www.digicfc.my for all 4 categories. The best 4 ideas will be taken and developed in the next phase. From the 26th January to 24th April Malaysian developers will be invited to build apps for the ideas in a 36 hour hackathon. The ideas will be made downloadable for the public to review and the most popular will be crowned the winner.
More than RM200,000 in prizes are up for grabs! Head on over to http://www.digicfc.my for more details!
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)
Somehow, this one (and Celcom’s too) missed our radar. Like a ninja, DiGi have quietly put up the registration of interest (RoI) pages on their official website recently for two new iPads that were announced by Apple last month: iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display.
Through the RoI pages, customers are asked to note down their colour of choice for the iPad which comes in two options: Space Gray and Silver. Furthermore, DiGi also asked customers to choose their preferred amount of storage (up to 128GB) as well. As the RoI pages didn’t contain any deadlines, do note that these pages might be closed down without any warning.
Since Celcom have announced that they are going to release iPad Air on 9 December, I predict that the same date applies to DiGi too although the release date for iPad Mini with Retina Display is still anyone’s guess. Expect plenty of information regarding both devices to be revealed by both telcos in the new few weeks as we get closer to December.
[Update] Thanks for pointing out the errors! The tables have been fixed with new values, particularly on DiGi’s i88 plans which have been calculated wrongly. I’ve also added in the individual plans for each of the telcos, hit the break to see them all.
Now that all three major telcos in Malaysia have unveiled their iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C bundle, have you decided which you should pick yet? Coverage is without a doubt the most important factor when picking the right telco to follow but if Maxis, Celcom and DiGi have got you covered in the places you frequent the most, and you can’t seem to figure out which one you should pick, let our price comparison help you out.
This is a compilation of all the plans offered by all three telcos, we’ve broken the comparison down into monthly commitment so whether you have less than RM100 to spare, or if you are a super heavy user and require a lot of voice calls and SMS a month, check out the comparisons after the break.
Updated with Total Cost of Ownership, hit the break to see the updated table.
It looks like DiGi too has unveiled their iPhone 5S and 5C bundle details, allowing you to get the new iPhones from as low as RM317 or RM0 respectively AFTER rebates. DiGi is still taking its same old approach of focusing more on giving monthly rebates rather than lowering the price of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. The price listed on their website is calculated after the monthly rebates and if everything were to be the same as last year, the entire bundle should be as follows:
The above rates are calculated based on the iDiGi rates for the iPhone 5 as listed on DiGi’s website.
As a midnight launch special, DiGi will be offering the 16GB iPhone 5C at only RM99 for iDiGi 138 bundle, for the first 100 customers only. From the looks of it, the iPhone 5S has got very limited stocks everywhere, so do prepare yourself to turn up at the queue a little earlier. Hit the break for more or visit DiGi for more information.