Looking for the Best Postpaid Plan to Suit Your Needs

Malaysia postpaid telco logo

Malaysia postpaid telco logo

The use of mobile phones is an essential part of most people’s lives; communicating with each other has greatly improved and many of us wonder how we ever managed to survive without one. This is also the reason there are variety of postpaid plans offered by different telco companies, to suit your different needs and budget.

While prepaid plans are aplenty and offer you the convenience of a no-contract service, the main downside is always having to be mindful of your remaining credits available on your phone. The worst thing that can happen, is the need to make an urgent call and realise you have zero credits left. A postpaid plan, however, removes that risk from ever happening, though you will most likely be locked to a particular provider for a few years.

For starters, determine the kind of mobile user you are

It is important to assess your mobile needs and then determine the services you need for your mobile phone, especially since smartphones are often bundled with postpaid plan offers. If you are a heavy data user and often browse the internet, stream videos and listen to music via your smartphone, you need to determine the best mobile internet plan Malaysia telcos offer. This will provide you with a certain amount of data allowance that you can use for your daily, weekly, or monthly mobile internet use.

If you use your phone for text messages and phone calls, that might mean you could look at a more basic plan with less mobile data allowances, but more free calls and free SMS’s per month.

Compare postpaid plans from different providers

Four of the biggest and most popular postpaid plans in Malaysia will provide you with the right services that suit your lifestyle. In this article, we have compared plans from Digi, U Mobile, Maxis and Celcom to help you determine the right plan for you.

Postpaid Plans at RM100 and below

Each of these telco companies offer affordable plans that are priced starting at RM100 and below.

Malaysia postpaid plans under RM100

Weekday + Weekend Data VS. Fixed Data

If you are fond of surfing the internet while on the go, having a sufficient data plan is a must. Will you simply go for a weekday + weekend data allowance or an all-day data plan?

With a weekday + weekend data allowance, you are given a fixed data allowance for the weekdays, which is separate from your data usage during the weekend. For instance, Celcom’s First Gold Plus plan offers a total of 40GB data allowance—20GB weekend internet data, with 20GB weekend data usage. This seems like plenty and many struggle to use 10GB of their data, especially if you feed off free wifi zones.

On the other hand, a fixed data plan allows the user to use their mobile internet with a fixed data allowance from the postpaid plan. The U Mobile Hero Postpaid gives their subscribers a 30GB of High Speed Internet that they can use all throughout the month, with no cap on your usage during the weekday or weekend.

Comparing additional features included

Another thing that you need to look at are the features included in the plan package. Digi, U Mobile, Maxis, and Celcom each have their own added features that come with their postpaid plans. You must be smart enough to pick the best ones that you can actually use on a regular basis.

For instance, Digi offers a 60-day free iFlix subscription, while Maxis provides a 3-month unlimited iFlix access. This is perfect for those who are fond of watching movies and series while on the go.

U Mobile’s added feature of unlimited Video-Onz and Music-Onz streaming is ideal for people who are fond of streaming music and videos from different platforms such as Spotify and YouTube. They also have an unlimited App-Onz that gives their user unlimited use of social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Celcom’s First Gold Plus have additional features that allows you an unlimited use of social apps like WhatsApp and WeChat. It also provides unlimited streaming of their Yonder music app included in their package that gives you an unlimited access to different songs without the disturbance of ads.

Celcom’s First Gold Plus seems to be the clear winner based on the internet allowance and free usage of social media apps. So if you are a heavy social media user this postpaid plan would be ideal.

Before getting a postpaid plan, you must carefully consider your priorities and needs. It will be easier to get a service that suits your needs if you already have an idea on what your priorities are when it comes to mobile phone usage.

For more ways to save money and a complete overview of comparisons from broadband to financial products, visit CompareHero.my today!

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4 Reasons Why Webe Broadband Is Disappointing

Why webe broadband is disappointing

Webe broadband quietly launched few days before Christmas 2016. It was the unexpected but welcomed announcement.

Since the launch of Webe Mobile plan on 30 September 2016, the major complaint about the unlimited data postpaid plan is that you have to pay to share (tethering) your line with other devices (RM6 for 2 hours).

It is a deal breaker but a fair business decision, in my opinion.

webe broadband features

“Our new broadband plan differs from our mobile service plan because it is designed for multi-device usage such as through fixed wireless terminal, portable WiFi and tablets”, explained Lau Shu Wei, Chief Marketing Official, webe.

Unlike webe mobile, webe broadband is designed to allow you sharing the broadband service with family and friends (up to 10 devices).

Sounds good, right? Read on to understand the webe broadband plan and why you will disappointing.

Why webe broadband is disappointing

1. Low Data Quota

Webe broadband plan is contract-free. The price is RM59 per month for 10GB data quota. No, that’s not a typo.

You only get 10GB data quota per month, which is 9,999,989GB less than webe mobile postpaid plan (RM79)!

Disappointing? Wait, webe broadband gives additional 20GB free data quota. But, it is only valid until February 2017.

2. Cannot top-up quota

Once you used up the quota, your internet speed will be throttled at 128kbps. No option to buy more quota even if you are willing to pay.

This is scary if you used up quota while you are doing some serious online work. (No, 128kbps is not a workable connection speed.)

3. Limited Webe Broadband Coverage Area

webe broadband coverage area
webe broadband coverage area

Unlike webe mobile with Celcom as its backup network when you are out of webe network coverage area, webe broadband is limited to their own 4G LTE network, which still has limited coverage area.

According to my webe experience in Kluang, Johor, webe 4G LTE network speed test is up to 20Mbps download speed.

4. Worst wireless broadband plan?

Let’s compare similar wireless broadband plans from other Malaysia telcos.

Each telco has different offers at different prices. I pick the plans with a similar price range and quota offer.

Malaysia wireless broadband plans compared
Malaysia wireless broadband plans compared

All wireless broadband plans offer some goodies as long as you stay as a subscriber, except webe broadband. Most of them offer additional data quota for video/music streaming.

At RM60 per month, Yes Broadband 68 offer 16GB internet quota and free on-net calls & SMS.

Digi Broadband 60 (RM60/mth) is the most generous wireless broadband that offers a total of 20GB data plus free streaming for 19 online channels.

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Conclusion

Webe Broadband only offer 10GB data quota per month and only usable in the limited coverage area. Thus, I do not recommend webe broadband.

If only webe broadband keeps the current promotion (total 30GB internet quota per month) after February, then it is worth to consider – provided you live in webe LTE coverage area.

Share your webe experience in the comment below.

Disclosure: I received free Webe mobile subscription for a couple months.

*This is NOT a sponsored post.

U Mobile Game-Onz Plans with Unlimited Data for PC Gaming

Jasmine Lee, Chief Marketing Officer of U Mobile & Ramona Azween, Professional Gamer_Final
Jasmine Lee, Chief Marketing Officer of U Mobile & Ramona Azween, Professional Gamer_Final
Jasmine Lee, Chief Marketing Officer of U Mobile & Ramona Azween, Professional Gamer

U Mobile Game-Onz plan is the first in Malaysia to offer unlimited data for PC gaming for prepaid customers.

U Mobile Game-Onz subscribers can create a personal WiFi hotspot on their smartphones to provide internet connection for their PC for unlimited online gaming data.

U Mobile Game-Onz Plan

U Mobile Game-Onz plans
U Mobile Game-Onz plans

The plan starts from RM18/7 days. For RM70/month, you enjoy unlimited gaming data and 4GB internet data.

Call minutes and SMS are not included in the Game-Onz plan.

For a limited period, U Mobile Game-Onz subscriber can enjoy unlimited music streaming from U Mobile Music-Onz.

Please note that game updates (usually huge download sizes) are not included in Game-Onz unlimited gaming data.

I would advise you to exit any software (especially background apps) that connect to the internet while you are tethering U Mobile Game-Onz.

You can buy U Mobile Game-Onz or check balance, you can do it MYUMOBILE app or dial *118*3*5#

List of PC Games

U Mobile partnered with PC game publishers: STEAM, Garena, Playone Asia
U Mobile partnered with PC game publishers: STEAM, Garena, Playone Asia

The following is the list of currently supported games from STEAM, Garena and Playone Asia:

  • Dota 2 (STEAM)
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (STEAM)
  • Team Fortress 2 (STEAM)
  • League of Legengs (Garena)
  • FIFA Online 3 (Garena)
  • BlackShot (Playone Asia)
  • Echo of Soul (Playone Asia)

Buy game credits via U Mobile

Also, U Mobile postpaid and prepaid customers can purchase game credits with their prepaid credits or charge on their monthly postpaid bills.

Currently, U Mobile customers can buy STEAM Wallet Codes. Garena Shells and Playone Playcash are coming soon.

For more information, please visit u.com.my

Webe 4G+ Network with 300Mbps Download Speed

webe network download speed at 300Mbps

Webe network speed could be up to 300Mbps at the end of 2017.

2 months after webe network available nationwide on 30 September 2016, webe invited media friends to their newly refurbished headquarter (previously P1 HQ) for a webe technology roadmap briefing.

Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Shurish Subbramaniam talks about webe's technology road map for 2017
Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Shurish Subbramaniam talks about webe’s technology road map for 2017

“Mobility networks aren’t just about coverage and speed. It is about how we can optimise the experience for everyone by using data we already know and making smart choices about the type of technology we deploy and where we deploy it,” shared our Chief Technical Officer, Shurish Subbramaniam.

Band 5 and Band 40

Webe is the only mobile network in Malaysia able to deploy on both band 5(FDD 850Mhz) and band 40(TDD 2300MHz).

Other Asia countries with band 5 network are Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, and South Korea. Band 40 network is also available in China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka Uzbekistan. (source)

webe technology roadmap
webe technology roadmap

Band 5 with lower frequency improves indoor network penetration. It provides a better signal in buildings. Band 40 has a higher frequency and gives higher data speed.

“We combined these technologies so that users get the best of both user experience and coverage,” said Shurish.

Webe 4G+ 300Mbps network

By 2017, Webe customers will be able to enjoy 4G+ network (165 Mbps), which make possible by 2 Carrier Aggregation (2 CC CA) technology (TDD2300, 20MHz + TDD2300, 10MHz).

webe network download speed at 300Mbps
webe network download speed at 300Mbps

At the event, Webe demonstrated its mobile network speed at 300 Mbps using 3 Carrier Aggregation (3 CC CA)(TD2300, 20MHz + TD2300, 10Mhz + FDD850, 10MHz).

It will be available to the public by the end of 2017. The first five areas to enjoy the super fast mobile network speed are Klang Valley, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching.

Webe will use “smart roll out plan” to identified demanding areas. Meaning, the roll out plan is according to customer’s demand. The more webe data heavy users in an area, the faster the area get a network upgrade.

Phones support Band 5 and Band 40

the ecosystem supports for TDD2300 and 2CC
the ecosystem supports for TDD2300 and 2CC

Driven by the ecosystem in China and India, the 2 most populous countries in the world, webe is confident that more phones will support both Band 5 and Band 40.

Currently, 58% of webe members are using a phone that supports both Band 5 and Band 40.

Sign up webe for RM79/month for unlimited data.

PokeMobile Helps You Level-up Pokemon GO Game

Grab-Hotlink Pokemobile

While we do not know the Pokemon GO release date in Malaysia yet, Grab Malaysia and Hotlink jointly launch 4 limited edition PokeMobile in to help Pokemon Master catch Pokemon faster and level up faster.

(L-R)  Navin Manian, Maxis’ Head of Prepaid, Jaygan Fu, Grab Malaysia’s Country Manager and Maybel Chan, Maxis’ Head of Content & Engagement, officially unveiling the PokeMobile earlier today.
(L-R)  Navin Manian, Maxis’ Head of Prepaid, Jaygan Fu, Grab Malaysia’s Country Manager and Maybel Chan, Maxis’ Head of Content & Engagement, officially unveiling the PokeMobile earlier today.

For the first two days following the launch of Pokemon Go in Malaysia, all Pokemon Go players in Klang Valley can get a free ride of Pokemobile to the nearest PokeStop by selecting the PokeMobile button on their GrabApp.

PokeMobile button in Grab app
PokeMobile button in Grab app

PokeMobile

Grab-Hotlink Pokemobile
Grab-Hotlink Pokemobile

PokeMobile has been decorated like a fire dragon with wings and tail. Hop into the PokeMobile, you will be welcomed by refreshments, Grab Goodie Bag, Hotlink PokeChargers (Poke Ball power bank) for your phones, and a PokeMonitor tablet powered by Hotlink Fast 4G showing Pokemon GO map. You can also catch more Pokemon at Hotlink PokeStops that equipped with “Lures”.

Every PokeMobile rider who are also Hotlink customer will get an extra FREE USD100 worth of PokeCoins (14,500 pcs) via Hotlink Cash Online — your Hotlink credit that can be used to purchase apps or in-app items in Google Play Store.

Here’s what you can buy with USD100 worth of PokeCoins to help you level up faster:

  • 145 Pokemon lures to attract more Pokemon
  • 145 Pokeballs
  • 96 egg incubators

Plus, Hotlink customers will get 10% off PokeCoins every time via Hotlink Cash Online.

Hotlink Cash Online discount
Hotlink Cash Online discount

The 10% off for in-app purchases on Google Play Store also applicable to:

  • Clash of Clans
  • Clash Royale
  • Smule
  • Loong Craft
  • Crisis Action
  • Mobile Strike
  • Castle Clash
  • Lords Mobile
  • Candy Crush Saga
  • Candy Crush Soda
  • Last Empire World War Z

Instead of catching Pokemon, you should catch Pokemobile in the 1st two days! :) For more information, please visit Maxis Google Pay

Poké Ball! #GrabxHotlink

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