So you’ll be going away to another country for just a couple of days. It’s way too short and too troublesome to buy a local SIM pack at the country just to go online. For convenience’s sake, you wish to stick to your Malaysian line. So which telco offers the best international roaming rates in its postpaid plans? We gather all the unlimited data roaming rates here so you know which local telco to select in the place(s) you travel to, and which Malaysian telco should you roam with in order to enjoy the best data roaming rates.
[Update: Added in Celcom's Galaxy S5 phone bundle that was announced last night, table available after the break]
The Samsung Galaxy S5 will finally hit the shelves this Friday, 11 April 2014 for a retail price of RM2,399, but you don’t have to pay full price to own one. With the existence of telcos and postpaid plans with a contract, you can get your hands on the latest flagship smartphone from Samsung at a subsidized price of as low as RM1,199. Maxis and DiGi have already opened up their preorder (Maxis’ preorders are full now, unfortunately), and while we’re waiting for Celcom and possibly U Mobile to unveil their plans, here’s a comparison of the two that are currently available.
Now that the Malaysian launch of the Samsung Galaxy S5 is over, prepare for the preorders that will be starting today. Maxis has opened up its preorder for the latest flagship smartphone from Samsung, offering the Galaxy S5 from as low as RM1,399 when you sign up for a contract with the telco. As always, Maxis is offering the phone with a 12- or 24- months contract under its TalkMore or SurfMore postpaid plans.
For those of you who wish to sign up for a Maxis SurfMore postpaid plan and do not mind signing up for a contract and getting tied for up to two years, Maxis is now giving away up to 3 months of free internet access for its SurfMore plans. All you need to do is sign up for a 12- or 24-month contract with either a SurfMore50 or SurfMore75 postpaid plan, and Maxis will be giving you up to 5GB of free internet for up to 3 months depending on the package you pick.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is set to be launched in Malaysia on the of 27th March, weeks ahead of the international release date. Maxis began teasing the release yesterday, and DiGi has already started its registration of interest three days ago. Although it will probably take a few weeks for the actual device to arrive in stores.
There are four major telcos here in Malaysia that offers postpaid voice and messaging services along with data – Maxis, Celcom, DiGi and U Mobile. Each of these telcos have their own rates for different video and voice calls/SMS/MMS and data that are catered for different people in the market, so which one is best suited for your usage? We’ve compiled a list of all the plans offered by each of these telcos so if you want to subscribe to a postpaid line or simply wish to port to a different telco, look no further. These rates are the latest ones offered by these four telcos, which includes the latest plans from DiGi (the new SmartPlan plans with 4G LTE), as well as U Mobile’s latest Unlimited plans.
To all of you who are waiting for the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S5 to Malaysia, your wait is over…according to a Maxis teaser on its main page. Maxis has just posted a teaser that reads “the wait is over, anticipate the arrival”. Unfortunately, it’s not a call for a registration of interest, it doesn’t provide any details at all about the device, date of arrival or retail price, but with 3 telcos teasing the device, the launch date might be really soon.
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.