Guess what – here comes yet another new telco in Malaysia and we must say that its background is rather interesting. Called FRiENDi mobile Malaysia , it is actually operated by Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Mobile Middle East & Africa (VMMEA).
Malaysia is apparently VMMEA’s fifth market after Oman, Jordan, South Africa and Saudi Arabia. However, VMMEA is operating the new mobile virtual network operator along though as the telco is also owned by the company’s Malaysian partner, Kumpulan Perangsang Selangor Sdn Bhd which belongs to the Selangor’s state government. The company have also stated in its announcement today that FRiENDi mobile Malaysia already have 1,500 dealers throughout the country with more are expected to be on board over time.
As the time being, the company have yet to revealed any call or data plans for the market although the starter pack for FRiENDi mobile Malaysia is said to cost RM 5 and includes the same amount of credit with it according to a report by The Malaysian Insider. Additionally, they also claimed their yet-to-be-announced rates will help subscribers save up to 40-percent on mobile phone costs and will also allow 30-day validity extension for calls, messaging, data usage or reload.
For those who are curious to know what FRiENDi mobile Malaysia, you can register your interest at the telco’s official website in which you will also be given the priority to choose your preferred phone number once the telco is officially launched in the near future.