You know how annoying it is when you have multiple devices, but do not wish to commit to multiple phone numbers, but yet require a data plan so you can fully utilize your gadget? You could tether it off your smartphone of course, but tethering will only drain out your battery, or you could get a MiFi but it only limits you to data without the ability to make calls, so how do we get the best of best worlds? U Mobile introduced an Internet Share Plan two months ago, allowing you to share ONE number (calls and data) with up to 3 SIM cards and now, Maxis is offering something similar as well with its Share ‘n’ Surf plan.
Unlike U Mobile that requires you to sign up for a new plan, Maxis’ Surf ‘n’ Share can be subscribed by any users with a mobile internet plan with a quota of 2GB and above – SurfMore50 and SurfMore 75. You can share with up to 5 different devices, making that a total of 6 if you include the principal number and as with U Mobile’s Internet Share Plan, you can make calls and send SMS from each individual devices, finally putting the call functionality on your Samsung Galaxy Tabs to good use.
Maxis charges RM15/month for each additional SIM card and since Maxis removed the extra data charges for subscribers using 1GB data plans and above, once you exceed the limit, you can continue to browse the internet for free but the speed will be throttled. Alternatively, you can also opt for a Quota Upgrade Pass with options ranging from 50MB to 1GB.
Share’n’Surf service enables customers to have just one mobile line and multiple SIM cards. Customers will enjoy the convenience of using one mobile number across different handsets or devices to browse the internet or make simultaneous outgoing calls and SMS. This innovative service is specially launched for the tech savvy who wants to use several telecommunication devices without the hassle of changing the SIM card from one device to another.
So which is a better option to pick from? It all depends on our personal usage of course, if you have 6 smartphones and tablets with cellular connectivity, Maxis will be a better choice but if you’re just a normal user, 3 devices sound like a pretty good deal, U Mobile even offers the second SIM card for free and a cheaper monthly fee for the third.
Hit the break to check out our comparison between both plans. With the ability to share one line with multiple devices, you start buying 3G / LTE-enabled tablets instead of Wi-Fi only devices?