In a surprising twist of events, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has released a press statement that contradicts what the Royal Malaysia Customs and the Domestic Trade, Consumerism and Cooperatives Ministry stated earlier today.
Telecommunication companies will revert prices of their prepaid reloads to its pre-GST price starting 1 May 2015. While there has been a lot of confusion between the recent GST implementation and its effect on prepaid reloads, all that will now be a thing of the past with this latest piece of news.
Remember the Hotlink Tablet Plan that offers 1GB of data that is valid for 365 days? Starting 1 May 2015, the plan will be 50% cheaper than before, retailing at only RM30 for the starter pack. On top of that, the telco also has cheaper data add-on options with long validity period of up to 365 days.
Maxis has just released the details to its OnePlus One device bundle. The OnePlus One will retail at RM1,199 when it lands on our shores starting tomorrow, 22 April 2015, but the telco is offering it at only RM859 when you sign up for a contract with their MaxisONE postpaid plan.
Maxis has just opened up its trade-in program to offer the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. If you have an old smartphone lying around the house that you don’t use anymore, the telco is offering from RM200 to RM950 in trade-in value, allowing you to get the Galaxy Note 4 from as low as RM749.
Recently, Maxis approached us with a very interesting proposition. Alongside a few other publications, the local telco wanted us to really test out its “no bill shocks” promise for its customers, which is a statement made as part of its 2015 “Unmatched Customer Experience” programme. We were told we could do virtually anything we wanted to see if we could break the company’s many fail-safe measures to ensure the consumer does not end up with, well, a bill shock at the end of the month.
How could we even say no to that?
Maxis has recently been promoting its “zero bill shock promise” which promises that customers will not be charged for data consumption that they did not use. This has now been followed up with a new video featuring a room full of children that are unable to understand simple instructions, and an unattended smartphone.
A few weeks ago, we reported that local telco companies have generally agreed to lower down the prices for their broadband packages. However, the exact amount of price reduction was still under wraps until just a few hours ago through the official announcement by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.
According to the subsequent press statement from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the reduction applies to both fixed line and mobile broadband packages. That being said though, the reduction seems to be limited to entry-level broadband packages at the moment.