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)
[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.
Finally, Maxis has announced their iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C plans, the telco is offering these new iPhones with its usual iValue plans including the iValue Simple that was introduced last year, from as low as RM100 per month.
The highly anticipated iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will make their way to the shelves very soon, in less than two days, our local telcos as well as Apple resellers will start offering the new iPhones and if you’ve been waiting for a midnight launch like past years then you’ll be in for a disappointment. We’ve heard from various sources that both Maxis and DiGi do not have plans for a midnight launch event for the phone but good news for Celcom users, Celcom has already sent out their invitation to launch the “highly anticipated smartphones on Halloween”, no prize if you guess correctly what these phones are.
Perhaps it’s because that Apple has a stock problem for the new iPhones (or at least the gold version), telcos can’t afford to have a big launch event. DiGi’s virtual queue is only for 250 people and it’s highly unlikely that DiGi will be having a midnight sales for the rest of the interested users. As for Celcom, the invite says that pre-registered users will be able to be one of the first in Malaysia to get the latest devices so you’d better register now if you wish to sign up for a Celcom First Voice and Data plan for the new iPhones. Things seem to be very quiet over at Maxis, which is strange considering how proactive they were for previous iPhone launch events.
That said, don’t be too disappointed though, while there may not be a midnight event, these telcos should have something up on 31 October 2013, even Apple Reseller, Switch, has announced that they will start their sales at 10am on 31 October 2013. Machines has also created a Facebook app that shows you the stock availability for the iPhone 5S in its various branches.
So, are you getting the new iPhones? If so, which one/color?
The Samsung Galaxy Ace sure has received a whole load of improvements since its early days, the latest iteration, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3, is a brand new mid-range Android device from Samsung that packs some decent specs into a 4” size with a retail price of RM799; it even has LTE connectivity. Maxis is now offering the Galaxy Ace 3 from as low a RM299 when you sign up for a contract with the telco with one of its more affordable postpaid plans:
For the heavy mobile users who requires a larger plan, Maxis is also offering the device with its TalkMore78 postpaid plan with 1GB or 3GB of data, as well as its old Value Plus and Value First Plans:
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 comes with a 3” WVGA display with a resolution of 480 x 800. Powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM on board, it has 8GB of internal storage on board with a 5MP rear camera and a VGA front shooter. Running on Android 4.2.2, it comes with almost all of the unique Samsung TouchWiz features such as S Translator, S Travel, Sound & Shot, Smart Stay, Motion UX, and 50GB of free storage on Dropbox valid for 2 years.
Visit Maxis for more information about the bundle.
How many of you are still shocked by the official retail price of the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S unveiled by apple earlier this morning? We don’t blame you, words can’t describe how shocked by how expensive the price is for both so what’s the next best thing iPhone potential buyers in Malaysia can do? Opt for telco subsidy. Malaysian Wireless got their hands on the plans for Maxis One Club members.
On another note, Maxis also has a different retail price for the iPhone 5S though, it’s not far off from what Apple announced:
- iPhone 5S 16GB – RM2,349
- iPhone 5S 32GB – RM2,699
- iPhone 5S 64GB – RM2,999
- iPhone 5C 16GB – RM1,999
Spotify is without a doubt one of the best and cheapest music streaming service that is currently available in Malaysia. The company has got about 20 million track database and was launched in Malaysia back in April for free with ads or for RM14.90/month for an ad-free experience as well as the ability to save tracks to your device so you can listen to music even when you do not have an internet connection.
Maxis is now offering Spotify Premium to its subscribers for only RM10/month, that’s RM4.90 off the normal price, and you can still enjoy the same ad-free experience on Spotify; the promotion even comes with 150MB of internet data for you to use with Spotify Premium:
A minimum of 3 months subscription is required if you wish to sign up for the offer- you will need to pay RM30 in advance for the first 3 months, and then pay RM10/month thereafter. The data allocation for this offer is only 150MB and once exhausted, your internet speed will be throttled to 32kbps, or you could always download the songs to your device to listen while you’re offline.
To get started, dial *200# on your mobile phone or visit Maxis now for more information.