Somehow, this one (and Celcom’s too) missed our radar. Like a ninja, DiGi have quietly put up the registration of interest (RoI) pages on their official website recently for two new iPads that were announced by Apple last month: iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display.
Through the RoI pages, customers are asked to note down their colour of choice for the iPad which comes in two options: Space Gray and Silver. Furthermore, DiGi also asked customers to choose their preferred amount of storage (up to 128GB) as well. As the RoI pages didn’t contain any deadlines, do note that these pages might be closed down without any warning.
Since Celcom have announced that they are going to release iPad Air on 9 December, I predict that the same date applies to DiGi too although the release date for iPad Mini with Retina Display is still anyone’s guess. Expect plenty of information regarding both devices to be revealed by both telcos in the new few weeks as we get closer to December.
Local telco Celcom have announced that they will be releasing the new Apple iPad Air in Malaysia starting from Monday, 9 December 2013. The version that they will carry is the 4G version, which will be able to take advantage of the telco’s LTE network.
User are able to register their interest for the tablet on Celcom’s website right away. There is no mention on the availability of iPad Mini with Retina Display though although customers are already able to register their interest for it also through Celcom’s website.
Celcom is the only one who already announced their commitment for iPad Air and iPad Mini with Retina Display though as DiGi have also set up the registration of interest page for both devices on their website. It is unknown for now whether DiGi will also be releasing the iPad Air on 9 December but knowing Apple, the chances are rather high.
It looks like U Mobile has finally decided to add unlimited data roaming into their list of services, U Mobile today announced that its postpaid users can now enjoy market’s lowest unlimited internet roaming rate for several selected countries, with a maximum rate of RM30 a day.
The unlimited internet roaming is only available for four countries now – China, Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan, but according to the FAQ, U Mobile will be adding more countries to the list:
“Mobile users today are glued to their smartphones, even while they are travelling. Either they are snapping pictures of interesting discoveries and sharing them on social networking platforms, or simply updating their loved ones on their whereabouts; internet is a necessity for their escapades. U Mobile’s new unlimited internet roaming serice allows customers to enjoy limitless possibilities of documenting their travel experience and still receive updates on what is happening back home while they are away.” – Jasmine Lee, U Mobile’s Director of Marketing.
To activate Unlimited Internet Roaming when you travel to these countries, make sure you manually select the correct operator under the settings menu of your device. Do note that the maximum of RM30/day is calculated on a daily basis from 12am to 11:59pm on the same day based on the country you are in.
Visit U Mobile now for more information.
[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.
Updated with Total Cost of Ownership, hit the break to see the updated table.
It looks like DiGi too has unveiled their iPhone 5S and 5C bundle details, allowing you to get the new iPhones from as low as RM317 or RM0 respectively AFTER rebates. DiGi is still taking its same old approach of focusing more on giving monthly rebates rather than lowering the price of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. The price listed on their website is calculated after the monthly rebates and if everything were to be the same as last year, the entire bundle should be as follows:
The above rates are calculated based on the iDiGi rates for the iPhone 5 as listed on DiGi’s website.
As a midnight launch special, DiGi will be offering the 16GB iPhone 5C at only RM99 for iDiGi 138 bundle, for the first 100 customers only. From the looks of it, the iPhone 5S has got very limited stocks everywhere, so do prepare yourself to turn up at the queue a little earlier. Hit the break for more or visit DiGi for more information.
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?
Don’t wish to queue up for the new iPhone 5S and 5C that will be reaching our shores this Thursday, 31 October 2013? No problem, DiGi has opened up a virtual queuing system called #DiGiFASTLINE, that allows you to secure a spot in the queue just by clicking online, you can jump ahead of the line too simply by sharing or Tweeting about the event, allowing you to be in the top 250 in the line.
Just join the queue via this link and you’ll be in line. Keep sharing on Facebook and Twitter about the event with the hashtag #DiGiFASTLINE before tomorrow, 29 October 2013, 11:59pm, and you’ll stand a chance to be the top 250 in line. The queue starts today and will be closed on 30 October 2013 (12am). The shortlist and announcing of the top 250 will be announced on 30 October 2013 between 12pm to 5pm and the launch and redemption/purchase will start on 30 October 2013 at 11:59pm; midnight launch event? We think so.
This virtual queue is not limited to residents of Klang Valley, the pickup venues include:
- DiGi Store Petaling Jaya, SS2
- DiGI Store Johor Bahru, Taman Molek
- DiGi Store Kota Kinabalu, Api-Api
- DiGi Store Kuching, Jalan Kulas Tengah
- DiGi Store Penang, Pulau Tikus
But wait, according to the FAQ page, the virtual queue will only be available for the top 250 participants, which will be determined by the most number of Shares, Comments, Tweets and Likes garnered from the DiGi Promotions shared from the Promo tab within the #DiGiFASTLINE facebook app.
Check your place in queue on the Facebook app itself presumably via the “Explore the line” link that doesn’t seem to be working on my side (at the time of writing).
The Sony Xperia Z1 has been around for quite some time now and it looks like U Mobile too is offering the latest flagship from Sony Mobile with its phone bundles. Retailing at RM2,399, you can get it from as low as RM1,188 when you sign up for a contract with the telco under one of its Ultimate Device postpaid plans:
Visit U Mobile for more information about the bundle, or visit our previous posts for more information about the Xperia Z1, a video unboxing of the retail unit of the device, or a camera comparison with the greatest camera phone in the market, the Nokia Lumia 1020.
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.
You know how there are fancy little credit/debit card readers that plugs into a mobile device, allowing businesses to have an affordable, convenient and mobile card reader that leverages on modern technology? Well, it looks like it has arrived in Malaysia thanks to collaboration between DiGi and CIMB Bank. Yesterday, both companies signed a partnership to offer Malaysia’s first ever mobile card payment system. The collaborative effort with CIMB Bank and its Plug and Pay solution paves the way for DiGi to enable credit and debit card payment facilities on the go for its SME and enterprise business customers from as low as RM20/month.
SME and enterprise owners can now sign up at DiGi’s website at www.digi.my/mpos. The telco is offering the deal with it’s the MPOS plan, which consists of a full-packaged Android device and EMV card reader for RM715, and a monthly commitment of RM20/month. The package comes with a HTC Desire C but customers are free to upgrade devices and internet plans in addition to the option to bundle voice services, depending on their needs.
“This new innovation offers fast, easy and secure payment platform leveraging on mobile connecitivity. We believe that mobile internet empowers societies and is a powerful catalyst for business. This is reflective of our continued effort to bring relevant services that help business customers harness the power of the internet for improved efficiencies and growth while benefiting their respective customers.” – Albern Murty, Chief Marketing Officer of DiGi.
As for consumers, you don’t have to be worried about receiving your receipts, according to DiGi, the MPOS system comes with instant transactions and real-time authorizations, and e-receipts will be sent via SMS or email.
Visit DiGi to find out more.
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.
The entry-level Samsung Galaxy Y Neo is now available in Malaysia for RM299 but it looks like you can get it for free when you sign up for a contract with Celcom. Celcom is now offering the 2.8” basic Android phone from Samsung with its most basic postpaid voice and data plan.
The Samsung Galaxy Y Neo is an entry-level Android device running on Android 4.1 Jellybean. Beneath the 2.8” QVGA display is a 832MHz processor with 3GB of expandable internal storage. Other specs include 1,200mAh battery, GPS, 240 x 320 resolution and a suite of basic Samsung apps including Game Hub Lite, ChatON, ActiveSync and more.
Visit Celcom for more information about the bundle and to shop at their online store.
The Huawei Ascend P6 has been around for a few months now and if you’ve been patiently waiting for a phone bundle for it, here it is, Maxis is offering the mid-range Android device from Huawei from as low as RM499. All you need to do is sign up for a 12 or a 24 months contract under one of the telco’s postpaid and mobile internet plan, and you can get the RM1,399 phone at a subsidized price.
Powered by the company’s very own K3V2 chipset that features a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU, the Ascend P6 features a nice 4.7” display on a very slim design measuring at only 6.18mm thin. The device first made its appearance in a launch event in London as the world’s slimmest smartphone. It may be small but it still packs some pretty impressive specs under its hood like a decent 2,000mAh battery, 8MP f/2.0 rear camera, 5MP front facing camera, and runs on Android 4.2.2 with the company’s very own Emotion UI on board.