What happens when one of the country’s biggest telecommunications companies decides to prank its own staff at its HQ? Maxis recently pulled three pranks on its staff – some of whom are part of the top management team – as an exercise to demonstrate the company’s new “It’s Not OK to Be OK” philosophy at its Menara Maxis office.
Still remember the RM 555 deal (RM 999 for non Standard Chartered JustOne Platinum Credit Card customers) that U Mobile has for Samsung Galaxy S5? It turns out that the telco is planning to reduce the price even further, according to this yet-to-be-released artwork for U Mobile’s official website.
I complain about the state of Malaysia’s internet like the rest of you. I have experienced the golden pastures of Korea and Japan, clocking ridiculous speeds in coffee shops and seeing that Speedtest needle redline like a a drift car attacking a course. I have experienced the time where not even an instagram picture would load while my phone proudly reported H+ with a smug satisfaction, like it wasn’t just H, it was better than that.
But when people were sharing this article from a daily that based on a study conducted by Ookla (of speedtest.net fame) proclaimed Malaysia to have, on average, slower (therefore worse) internet than neighbours Vietnam & Cambodia, even my jaded eyebrow was raised.
Today I rise to the defence of our internet. The numbers don’t tell the full story and lead us on a roundabout journey of self loathing and MCMC complaints when in fact, we are not doing so badly at all. The number at the end of a speedtest is not the be all and end all, being able to take the test in more places anywhere in the country, is.
Even though we have learned that the three major telcos in Malaysia will be offering Xiaomi Mi 3 to their customers very soon, only DiGi seems to be putting some effort into introducing the hotly talked about Android smartphone to their customers. Well, looks like the Yellow Coverage Fellow is not alone now.
Quietly, Maxis has revealed on its official website that it will be taking pre-orders for Xiaomi Mi 3 on 30 May 2014.
If you’ve been meaning to get a Sony Xperia Z2, nows a good chance to do so with Celcom. Sign up for the Sony Xperia Z2 with any Celcom First + mPro plan and you could stand a chance to win an all expenses paid trip to Brazil to catch the World Cup quarter-finals. You’ll be getting:
- A pair of flight tickets to Sao Paolo
- 4D3N Stay at the Hilton Morumbi
- A pair of tickets to one of the quarter-final matches
- Domestic transport to and from Rio for the matches
- Exclusive Stadium Hospitality from the Sony Xperia Suite with complementary food and drinks
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[Update] DiGi have now opened a registration of interest (ROI) for the Xiaomi Mi 3. More below.
As speculated late last week, DiGi have now confirmed that they will be among the first local service providers in Malaysia to take pre orders for the Xiaomi Mi3 on the 27th May 2014, just a week after the limited launch on Xiaomi’s website. The Xiaomi Mi3 will be available with the DiGi SmartPlan on a 24-month contract.
With their latest promotion until 30th June, Maxis is giving people who sign up for their SurfMore 50 or 75 plans up to 3 months of waived monthly commitment fees, giving you up to RM225 back. When you sign up for a new Surfmore 50 or Surfmore 75 plan, you will get 3 months or 1 month worth of fees waived depending on if you are taking a 24month or 12month contract respectively.
24-months contract: 3 months of Free Internet Access; we will waive your monthly commitment fee of RM50 x 3 months (SurfMore 50) or RM75 x 3 months (SurfMore 75)
12-months contract: 1 month of Free Internet Access; we will waive your monthly commitment fee of RM50 x 1 month (SurfMore 50) or RM75 x 1 month (SurfMore 75)
Thanks to a teaser by DiGi last week, we recently learned that the telco will be offering Xiaomi Mi 3 to customers very soon. Today, it turns out that the Yellow Man…I mean Yellow Coverage Fellow will not be the only one though.
At the on-going Xiaomi Malaysia’s media event today, the company today has revealed that Xiaomi will be made available through Celcom and Maxis as well.
DiGi has just released a teaser on its Facebook page. It’s fairly easy to decrypt this, especially since the Chinese character “Mi” for rice appears on top of 3 bowls of rice. Yup, it looks like DiGi will be bringing in the Xiaomi Mi 3 with its postpaid bundles pretty soon. But wait! There’s more.
Celcom is pushing hard to promote its other products in its portfolio. Just last week it promoted its business-oriented postpaid plans in the consumer tab of Celcom’s website, and now it’s promoting its new Traveller SIM packs with yet another superstar in its roster: Olympic champion sprinter Usain Bolt.
Celcom has become the first local telco to offer the Nokia X Android smartphone as part of its postpaid bundle, offering the device for free with a 24-month contract. Interestingly, the bundled plan is with Celcom First Data that’s tailored for tablets instead of the standard Celcom First Prime plans.
Today, DiGi announced the appointment of Lars-Ake Norling as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer, effective 1st August 2014. Norling will replace outgoing CEO Henrik Clausen who will be headed to Sweden to join Telenor Group in a senior position. Norling joins DiGi from the role of CEO of Telnor in Sweden.
“Lars-Ake [Norling] has successfully led Telenor Sweden in one of the world’s most highly advanced telecom markets,” said Sigve Brekke, chairman of DiGi and head of Telenor Asia.
“I am confident that he has the market know-how to further drive DiGi’s growth and Internet For All ambitions, and the right leadership skills to develop our strong company culture and way of work.”
(Source: Digital News Asia)