Look at what we just received in our inbox, U Mobile will be launching its 4G LTE service to subscribers, and not just postpaid subscribers, it’ll be available for prepaid as well. The event is scheduled for next Tuesday, 17 December 2013, so stay tuned as we keep you updated with the latest information.
Attesting to the telco’s commitment to provide an elevated, seamless mobile experience to consumers; U Mobile is officially announcing the availability of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) service to its subscribers, promising high-speed mobile internet experience that is ideal for internet browsing, video streaming, uploading and downloading content; and ultimately, staying connected with friends and family. U Mobile will also be among the firsts in Malaysia to offer LTE service to prepaid subscribers, giving more possibilities and high-speed mobile internet connectivity to its customers.
So, U Mobile users, are you excited? I know I am, especially with how affordable the current U Mobile rates are – from as low as RM28/month for 1GB of data that comes with free SMS too.
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)
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.
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.
Have you ever tried searching for a good prepaid starter pack to purchase in Malaysia, but in the end pull out most of your hair because there are just too many of them to choose from? I don’t blame you, Malaysia has got too many prepaid players and thanks to MVNO, there are actually a lot more heading our way; heck, even Enabling Asia aims to have five new prepaid telcos in its first 12 months of operation starting in May this year.
Initially, I wanted to compile a list of prepaid telcos in Malaysia and the rates they offer for calls, SMS, data and IDD but after discovering two new ones this morning, I gave up. That will come up, in the near future, but for now, why must telco prepaid plans be so complicated? Let’s take a look at some of them that drove me crazy.
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Say hello to yet another prepaid telco here in Malaysia, thanks to the availability of Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO), it has become increasingly easy for companies to set up prepaid services here in Malaysia. Back in May, Enabling Asia launched its first and very own prepaid company called Buzz me @ m8 and now, the company has expanded its services to its second MVNO, Prabhu Money Transfer, to launch Prabhu Mobile prepaid services in Malaysia.
So how is Prabhu Mobile different from all the other prepaid services in Malaysia including new ones like BuzzMe, Altel and the latest FRiENDi Mobile? As you might have guessed, it’s primarily targeted at migrant worker market from its home in Nepal, as well as users from Bangladesh, Pakistan, Indonesia and India. In celebration of their launch here in Malaysia, Prabhu Mobile is offered free to all Prabhu’s money remittance customers for the month of October. After that, it will be priced at RM5 with RM2 worth of airtime. Prabhu Mobile comes with competitive IDD rates, data plans and rewards.
Visit Prabhu Mobile for more information.
(Source: Digital News Asia)
Update: We’ve added in the full Maxis Samsung Galaxy Note 3 bundle into our comparison.
It’s finally here, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has finally arrived in the shelves of Malaysian stores, you may purchase it at retail price of RM2,399 at various stores including our very own Storekini.com, at Samsung’s very own stores, eBay DEALS, or other official Samsung retailers. If you’re hoping to purchase the device at a subsidized price from our local telcos, check out our price comparison.
Most affordable monthly commitment (RM100 and below)
Hit the break for the rest of the comparison and for more information.