Maxis’ SurfMore postpaid plans – SurfMore50 and SurfMore75, are one of the best postpaid plans in the market targeted at users like myself who uses data more than anything else, but these SurfMore plans have one problem, their call and SMS rates are pretty expensive at up to 20sen/min and 15sen/SMS, that’s one of the most expensive rates out there.
Chinese New Year is just a day away and if you have to leave the comfort of your precious speedy internet at home to travel back to your hometown, you can still enjoy fast internet on LTE network offered by various telcos in Malaysia. If you do not already have a LTE-enabled line and wish to get one, you don’t have to sign up for an expensive postpaid plan, several telcos are already offering LTE on their prepaid services and if you wish to get one for this Chinese New Year, here are the most popular ones you should consider.
To date, the major telcos in Malaysia who are offering LTE for prepaid mobile number are U Mobile, Maxis Hotlink and Celcom Xpax. You can easily get connected simply by buying a new prepaid pack from your local convenience store so hit the break to find out the details.
What better way to celebrate this Chinese New Year than with gadgets with auspicious colors? Last week, Celcom started offering the gold Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with its phone and now, it looks like the rest of the telcos have followed suit. You may now get the Rose Gold (black and white) Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from all the local major telcos – Celcom, Maxis, DiGi and U Mobile; the bundles are pretty much more or less the same, except for DiGi, who is offering the Galaxy Note 3 at a slightly cheaper price now.
- Celcom – from RM1,538
- Maxis – from RM1,199
- DiGi – from RM1,199
- U Mobile – from RM999
Check out our telco price comparison for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in our previous post.
If the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 isn’t your cup of tea, you may also get the gold HTC One from Maxis or DiGi. Maxis is currently having a promotion for you to get the HTC One for only RM799 when you sign up for one of the more affordable postpaid and data plan while DiGi on the other hand is offering the HTC one from as low as RM0 when you sign up for the most expensive contract – DG SmartPlan 148. Visit Maxis or DiGi now for more information about the bundle; as a Chinese New Year promotion, Maxis is also having a “Golden Offer” for you to get a “Golden Number”.
Although “gold” phones have been around for some time already, it is without a doubt that it is only becoming popular now. Will you jump on the bandwagon and get yourself a gold colored phone?
Now that Celcom has finally unveiled its iPad mini with Retina Display bundle and that DiGi has removed all traces of iPad mini with Retina Display from its website – it’s not available in the device section and the registration of interest page is gone, here is a price comparison of the only Malaysian telcos to offer the iPad mini at a subsidized price when you sign up for a contract with them – Maxis vs Celcom.
Maxis recently added SurfMore30 option for its iPad mini with Retina Display bundle although, with LTE on board, I don’t see a reason to settle for a 1GB monthly data plan.Both telcos have pretty similar and pretty competitive price but the main difference between these two telcos, besides the duration of contract, is that Celcom has got more data to offer of up to 10GB; Maxis only offers a maximum of 5GB. While the price plays an important role when making a decision, I guess the main thing you should be concerned about is definitely be the coverage in the areas you frequent.
Visit Maxis or Celcom for more information about their individual bundles and when you’ve made your decision to buy the iPad mini with Retina Display, find out what’s the best cases you should buy for your new gadget.
It looks like more prepaid users in Malaysia are finally able to enjoy 4G LTE connectivity, Maxis has recently announced that it is offering 4G LTE for its Hotlink prepaid subscribers and in conjunction with its new offering, the telco is offering up to 50% more data when you sign up for a monthly internet pass of 1GB or 3GB.
If you wish to get 4G on your Hotlink number, all you need to do is swap your current Hotlink SIM card to a 4G SIM card for free, and you’ll be able to browse the internet with speeds of up to 75Mbps, that’s about 10 times more than the maximum speed that 3G offers. You can swap your SIM card at selected Maxis Centers, Maxis Exclusive Partners and Hotlink Dealers. Visit Hotlink to check out where you can swap your SIM card for free. Maxis is currently offering 4G to a lot of places around Malaysia including most areas of Klang Valley, Alor Setar, Ipoh, Penang, Melaka, Seremban, Johor Bahru, Kuantan, Kota Bahru, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching. Check out Maxis for the full coverage area list.
Apart from Hotlink, U Mobile is also offering LTE to its prepaid subscribers but if you’re not up for the mainstream telcos, MVNO telco Altel also offers 4G LTE to its subscribers and should possibly have a better LTE coverage than U Mobile, which was recently launched and is limited to only 4 main areas in Malaysia.
Hit the break for the details or find out more from Hotlink.
There were a lot of things in 2013 that we liked. Malaysians finally got to enjoy super-fast 4G LTE, we saw amazing products such as the Google Glass, flagship smartphones were better than ever before…we even got the PlayStation 4 before its home country!
What about 2014? The year is but three days old, and with CES 2014 around the corner, already we have an inkling of things to come for the rest of the year. Naturally, we asked ourselves: what do we want to see in 2014? And more interestingly, what do we NOT want to see this year?
Check out our list after the jump!
You don’t need to pay thousands of Ringgit to own a smartphone that supports LTE connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 that made its way to Malaysia not too long ago is a pretty affordable mid-range Android device with LTE on board, so you can enjoy the fastest mobile internet on your phone wherever you go, if you’re within the coverage area that is.
The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 retails at RM799 but if you do not wish to pay the full price for the phone, you can get it at a subsidized price when you sign up for a contract with one of the major postpaid telcos in Malaysia – Maxis, Celcom and DiGi. Maxis is offering the Galaxy Ace 3 from as low as RM149, Celcom from RM388 and DiGi from RM0:
Maxis recently added two new devices to its Festive Sales promotion – the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (8.0) and Asus Fonepad HD 7, offering both tablets at RM699 and RM399 respectively. As with the promotions for smartphones announced a couple of days ago, the promotion offers devices at a cheaper price when paired with an affordable monthly commitment from as low as RM30 a month.
Just a couple of things to note, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 (8.0) LTE deal comes with a second SIM card (RM15 included into the RM90 monthly commitment calculation) so you won’t need to sign up for a new line just to get that tablet. It also comes with free Spotify Premium.
The Asus Fonepad HD 7 sounds like a pretty good deal too because SurfMore30 is a supplementary line at a pretty reasonable price – RM30 for 1GB of data and flat call and SMS rates to all networks.
Visit Maxis now for more information about their Festive Sales promotion.
This Friday 20th December from 11am – 12pm, Maxis CEO Morten Lundal will be manning the @MaxisComms twitter account for a “CEO twitter chat session” inviting everyone to have a chat, ask a few questions and have an open dialogue. Twitter users can send their questions in and get feedback regarding Maxis by using the hashtag #MortenMaxis and messaging @MaxisComms. Obviously if you are participating, try to keep the trolling at a minimum in the interest of getting the most out of this opportunity!
Christmas is coming up really soon and Maxis wants you to celebrate with a brand new affordable smartphone with affordable monthly commitment. The telco is having a Festive Sale that can get you a brand new phone from as low as RM0 when you sign up for a 24-months contract with them. The devices offered include Samsung Galaxy Y Neo, Huawei Ascend Y511, HTC One and Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 with more devices to come soon.
Visit Maxis now for more information about the promotion.
The iPad Mini with Retina Display has reached our Malaysian shores for a while now and has just arrived in local Apple reseller stores yesterday, but if you do not wish to pay the full price just to own an iPad mini then here’s a piece of good news to you, Maxis has just unveiled its iPad mini tablet bundle, offering the Wi-Fi and Cellular version of the latest iPad mini from as low as RM1,159.
Like the Maxis iPad Air bundle, the telco is offering it with its SurfMore data plans – SurfMore50 or SurfMore75, and ties you up to a 24 months contract:
Advance payment applies. Visit Maxis now for more information about their bundle or to purchase the iPad mini with Retina Display via their online store. Let’s hope Celcom and DiGi unveil their bundle soon.
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.
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.