At the local launch event of Samsung’s Galaxy J series (2016) recently, Yes 4G was also there to surprise members of the media. Aside from the 30GB of free data with every purchase of a Galaxy J smartphone, Yes 4G also mentioned that it will reveal more details on its own mobile plans on 30 June.
Yes 4G has been planning to launch its own LTE network for a very long time now; we first heard of this plan back in late 2013. Today, the company’s first prepaid SIM card is bundled with any of the 2016 Galaxy J device, marking its entry into the highly competitive telco market.
During Yes 4G’s presentation, the company mentioned that it has an impressive 85% coverage in Malaysia: these include both Peninsular and East Malaysia. Of course, this number is a combination of both the company’s LTE and WiMAX networks.
Other than that, Yes 4G also claims that it is the first company to officially offer Voice over LTE (VoLTE), which is quite an achievement. This should result in higher quality voice calls, although users will have to be using a device that supports the feature as well.
Speaking of compatibility, it’s worth noting that Yes 4G’s LTE network operates on TDD-LTE; other telcos in Malaysia take advantage of FDD-LTE instead. Due to this difference, consumers will have to ensure that their device supports TDD-LTE – or better yet, both networks – to take advantage of Yes 4G’s LTE network.
Last but not least is another interesting announcement from Yes 4G: existing postpaid customers will receive up to 12GB of additional data. Of course, depending on which plan users are subscribed to, the amount of upgrade will differ. We have also confirmed with Yes 4G that this upgrade is a permanent one.
Now that it’s certain Yes 4G has rolled out its own LTE network, there are still many questions left unanswered regarding the company’s own mobile plans. Regardless, we will definitely learn more once 30 June is here: it will be very interesting to see just how much these plans will cost, and the amount of data that will be offered.