If you’re looking for a new smartphone with telco subsidy, Celcom is without a doubt your best bet. The telco has just announced a Sony Xperia T2 Ultra bundle, offering the device from as low as RM638; that’s up to RM661 off the retail price of RM1,299. As usual, the telco is offering the phablet with its Celcom First postpaid plans with a 12- or 18-months contract.
Bummed out about the iPhone 5S promotion from Celcom that was announced yesterday because you do not qualify for the offer? No worries because Celcom has unveiled new bundles for its iPhone 5S, going from as low as RM48/month. Previously only available with its Celcom First voice plans, these new bundles are more data-centric and the more expensive one even comes complete with free calls and SMS.
Need a new second mobile phone for emergencies, or looking for a new phone for your parents? Ninetology is now giving out its basic mobile phone – the Ninetology Vox Class, for free when you purchase a Tune Talk SIM Pack and top up for RM118. The SIM Pack bundle comes with RM100 worth of airtime which will be credited back to your account over the span of four months.
[Update 2 @ July 7, 3:36pm] Maxis has now announced that the MaxisONE plans are now truly limitless – more below.
[Update] Maxis has just confirmed that it has renamed the plan into MaxisONE plan and MaxisONE plan lite. The changes have been reflected in the post.
Unlimited. That’s a word that Maxis feels has been used and abused too often in the telco industry. As such, the company’s new postpaid plan, called MaxisOne plan, opts for “limitless” instead. Offering limitless calls and SMS for a flat rate, the new MaxisONE plan aims to be the most compelling postpaid plan for the majority Malaysians.
Need a new iPhone 5S? Well, how about two because Celcom is rewarding its loyal customers, giving subscribers a chance to get a brand new iPhone 5S from as low as RM388 and get a second unit from RM1,188; that’s more than half off the retail price of the device. The promotion is valid immediately and will end on 31 August 2014 or while stocks lasts.
Without a doubt, the Xiaomi Mi 3 is one of the most exciting devices to be released in the country. Featuring flagship-level specs at almost a third of what you’d expect to pay for a flagship smartphone, the device is also one of the most elusive, available (officially) only via Xiaomi’s flash sales at an eye-wateringly affordable price of RM769.
But what if you are one of the many, many frustrated people who can’t get their hands on the Mi 3 via the flash sales? Your only hope lies with the local telcos, specifically the big three: DiGi, Maxis and Celcom. Of the three, DiGi is the only one offering the Mi 3 both with an off-contract prepaid plan as well as a postpaid plan – though that offer has since ended. On the other hand, the postpaid bundles offered by all three telcos give steep discounts on the device price, so if you’re interested, read on.
It’s been under the radar for so long, but Maxis has now announced that its cloud storage service, Loker, will be discontinued at the end of this month. Introduced to much hype in 2012, it appears that the local telco has now found it no longer feasible to sustain the product, and has sent an SMS to all Loker users that the service will be discontinued come July 31, 2014.
It is no secret that TM has LTE capability under its wings and that very capability has existed even before the company announced its purchase of P1 4G. Now, it seems like TM is finally ready to offer its LTE network to consumers via a new service called TMgo.
According to TMgo’s official website which was briefly accessible earlier today before it was sealed off, the company is planning to offer the service in Pendang, Kedah and Melaka Tengah, Melaka. This revelation coincides with the report that TM has been testing LTE in Kedah last year.
DiGi has announced new iDiGi postpaid plans for the iPhone contract bundles, streamlining them to be similar to its SmartPlan postpaid offering. Now, the new iDiGi postpaid plans will have a similar monthly commitment charges of RM50, RM108 and RM148, while the iDiGi 238 plan will be retained.
As the only local telecommunications provider who has not collaborated with other companies to share precious 2600MHz spectra for its LTE rollout, DiGi is looking at possible alternatives for its LTE rollout which it commenced several months ago. One such move is to refarm its 1800MHz band to support its 2 x 10MHz spectrum in the 2600MHz band as awarded by the Malaysian government.
U Mobile has become the first local telco to open pre-orders for the new Huawei Ascend P7.
Oddly enough, there are no pricing details yet available on the site, and there isn’t much information beyond the fact that there is an early bird promotion that offers a Huawei Ultra Thin Power Bank for the first 100 hundred pre-orders – though that information appears to be wrong.
[Update @ June 27, 12:45pm] U Mobile has announced that the Ascend P7 will be available with no upfront payment, with a subsidized device price from as low as RM188. More below.