Malaysia’s Best Wireless Broadband: Things You Need To Know

Malaysias Best Wireless Broadband: Things You Need to Know
Malaysias Best Wireless Broadband: Things You Need to Know
Malaysias Best Wireless Broadband: Things You Need to Know

With all the constant competition going on between Malaysia’s broadband providers, it’s hard to tell which one best suits your Internet needs.

Of course, with the multitude of options available for you from various broadband providers, it should be easy for you to get the best plan for yourself.

The question is, how do you identify the perfect wireless broadband plan to match your cyberspace lifestyle? Ask yourself these questions before you commit to a wireless broadband plan:

Does the bandwidth match your Internet usage?

Bandwidth is the maximum capacity of the Internet connection supported by your broadband provider. This is the factor that determines the total capacity of your file upload/download usage, therefore be wise when making your decision when it comes to bandwidth.

While it’s true that greater bandwidth gives you faster more file upload or downloads speed, you need to identify usage speed needs. Committing to a broadband plan with high bandwidth when you don’t really utilise its maximum capacity is wasteful, as you’re basically paying more for what you don’t need.

How large is the coverage area?

Bear in mind that not all areas in Malaysia have broadband coverage and you’ll want to have a wireless broadband plan that: a) has strong coverage at the areas that you frequent and b) has a large coverage area in Malaysia.

You’ll never know when you might need to travel around Malaysia and when you do, you don’t want to miss out on your Internet connection.

Is the price within your budget?

Paying more for a broadband plan that you do not need is not the smartest financial decision, and in light of the current economy, you’ll want to trim off all the excess expenditure wherever possible.

Opt for the plan that is affordable and suitable for your Internet usage. Here are some of the best wireless broadband plans available in the market, according to the most common Internet needs:

For The Light Users – U Mobile MB68 Prepaid

On a budget and don’t really need large Internet quota? Then you’ve found your perfect match. U Mobile MB68 Prepaid comes with 8GB data quota and is affordable, contract-free and device sharing-friendly. You can opt for 21Mbps MiFi modem for RM249 (RM263.94 with GST) that allows multiple devices to share the connection at once, or just choose the USB modem for a single device use for RM135 (RM143.10 with GST).

You can also choose the SIM card only plan if you already have your own modem, or prefer to use your phone or tablet. Don’t worry if you’ve finished your data quota before the end of the month, this plan allows you to top up the quota with its 1GB Booster Plan (valid for 3 days) at only RM10.

Price: RM68 (RM72.08 with GST)

Quota: 8GB (5GB all day, 3GB from 2am – 8am)

Contract: None

Maximum speed: 21Mbps

Fees and charges: One-time payment of RM249 (RM263.94 with GST) for 21Mbps MiFi modem or RM135 (RM143.10 with GST) for USB modem

U Mobile

For The Travelers – Celcom FIRST Basic 85 Internet

It only makes sense for you to get the wireless broadband plan with largest coverage area when you travel a lot within the country, and Celcom doesn’t disappoint on that account. Celcom FIRST Basic 85 Internet offers high-speed 4G LTE network and a large quota of 21GB.

This plan comes with free WiFi at all Celcom WiFi hotspots in Malaysia and a choice between the 4G LTE PortaWiFi 2.0 Modem or 3G PortaWiFi 2.0 Modem. Whichever modem you choose, the plan is priced at RM85 (RM90.10 with GST) and comes with a 12 months contract.

Both modems are capable of supporting 10 devices at once, and the highlight of this plan is that if you don’t utilise all of your data this month, it automatically carry forward up to 7GB of the unused data to the following month.

Price: RM85 (RM90.10 with GST)

Quota: 21GB (7GB all day, 14GB from 2am – 8am)

Contract: 12 months

Maximum speed: 75Mbps (with 4G LTE PortaWiFi 2.0 modem)

Fees and charges: One-time payment of RM233.20 (GST included) for 4G LTE PortaWiFi 2.0 and RM53 (GST included) for 3G PortaWiFi 2.0. There is an activation fee of RM53 for both options, and early contract termination fee of RM350 for 4G LTE PortaWiFi 2.0 and RM150 for 3G PortaWiFi 2.0.

Rebates & offers: RM22 rebate off monthly bill for 10 months with 4G LTE PortaWiFi 2.0 plan and RM5 rebate off monthly bill for 10 months with 3G PortaWiFi 2.0 plan.

Celcom

For The Avid Streamers – Maxis Wireless Broadband 48GB

This beast of a wireless broadband plan comes with a staggering 48GB data quota and high-speed 4G LTE network. Maxis Wireless Broadband 48GB plan offers a free modem, with the option of a LTE Mobile WiFi modem or a 21Mbps MiFi modem. You can opt for the SIM only plan if you have a modem of your own or prefer to connect it straight to your own smartphone of tablet.

Whatever your choice is, the plan is set at a flat rate of RM158 per month (RM167.48 with GST), which is a reasonable price considering all the benefits that you get out of it.

Price: RM158 (RM167.48 with GST)

Quota: 48GB (12GB from 8am – 2am, 36GB from 2am – 8am)

Contract: 12 months

Maximum speed: 150Mbps (with 4G LTE PortaWiFi 2.0 modem)

Fees and charges: There is an advance payment of RM254.40 if you opt for LTE Mobile WiFi modem. The early termination fee for all options is RM200.The activation fees are as follows:

  • RM106 for LTE Mobile WiFi modem
  • RM159 for 21Mbps MiFi modem
  • RM106 for SIM card only plan

Rebates & offers: The rebates are as follows:

  • RM20 rebate off monthly bill for 12 months with LTE Mobile WiFi modem plan
  • RM10 rebate off monthly bill for 5 months with 21Mbps MiFi modem plan
  • RM10 rebate off monthly bill for 12 months with SIM card only plan

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Optimise your wireless broadband plan and get the one that suits your usage and budget best! If you’re looking for the best wireless broadband deals, visit CompareHero.my and use the free comparison tool to find best broadband plans today.

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Everything You Must to Know About U Mobile POWER Prepaid Plan with Free 1GB Internet for Life

U Mobile Power Prepaid Starter Pack
U Mobile Power Prepaid Starter Pack
U Mobile Power Prepaid Starter Pack

U Mobile POWER Prepaid Pack is the first prepaid plan in Malaysia offer FREE 1GB mobile Internet quota every month for life. Good deal, isn’t it?

Here is everything you must know about the new prepaid plan. Do not switch before you read this article!

POWER Prepaid Starter Pack

U Mobile POWER Prepaid Pack features including free basic Internet, free calls, mobile credit and low call rate to all network.

For RM8.50 (inclusive of 6% GST) POWER prepaid starter pack, you will enjoy:

  • 200MB mobile Internet (10 days upon activation)
  • 150 minutes of free calls
  • RM5 mobile credit
  • 10 days validity period
  • 5 sen/30 sec call rate to all networks
  • 8 sen per SMS to all networks
  • Free basic Internet (64kbps speed, 2GB per month)

U Mobile Power Prepaid Pack

Free 1GB mobile Internet

U Mobile POWER Prepaid customers can enjoy free 1GB mobile Internet every 30 days, as long as their prepaid SIM card stay active.

You only need to make one-time top-up of minimum RM10 to activate the lifetime goodies before 1st January 2016. After the activation, you only need to top-up minimum amount (RM1) to enjoy the free 1GB mobile Internet every month.

Example: You top-up RM5 for 5-day active period. You will automatically receive free 1GB mobile Internet for 30 days. You can use the 1GB data in the 5 days of active period. After 5 days, you can top-up again to use remaining Internet quota (if any) in 30 days.

The 1GB Internet quota will automatically be refreshed every 30 days. You cannot carry forward unused quota.

You may purchase any U Mobile’s Unlimited Mobile Internet (UMI) or Mobile Booster (MB) plans to enjoy more Internet data.

Free Basic Internet

U Mobile POWER Prepaid includes free basic Internet with speed up to 64kbps. The slow Internet allows you to stay online to receive/send instant text messages.

Free basic Internet is limited to 2GB per month. After exceeded the quota, you will have no Internet connection. It will be reset at every 1st day of the month.

Free call minutes

Upon Power Prepaid Pack activation, you will automatically enjoy 15mins of FREE U Mobile to U Mobile calls every day for 10 days. You can enjoy up to 450 minutes free calls every month. You get 15 minutes free calls for every RM1 top-up, following maximum validity of your account.

Maximum free call minute per day is 15 minutes. You cannot make 16 minutes free call in a day, even you just top-up RM30 for 450 minutes free calls…

The maximum number of days of FREE calls is capped at 150 days.

Active period

The active period is according to your top up amount, RM1 for 1 day. The validity (passive period) is 60 days.

Switch U Mobile prepaid plan

Existing U Mobile prepaid customers can switch to POWER prepaid plan with one-time RM3 switching fee starting on August 5th, 2015. Simply dial *118*6*2*3# or SMS MIG POWER to 28118

Power Prepaid (1GB) vs. U28 Postpaid (3GB)

No doubt that U Mobile Power Prepaid free 1GB mobile Internet is more generous than other telcos’ prepaid plans. It is a good deal if you live in the telco’s coverage area. We can’t help but want to compare it with U Mobile’s own recently launched U28 Postpaid Plan.

U28 Postpaid

You pay an RM28 monthly fee for U28 with 3GB data quota, 50 minutes free voice call and free 100 SMS(U Mobile) and free 200 SMS(other networks). You would also like free 50MB daily roaming data when you are not in Malaysia.

The call rate is more expensive than POWER Prepaid Plan — 9 Sen (U Mobile) and 10 sen (other networks) for 30 seconds.

POWER Prepaid

If you top-up RM30 for POWER prepaid plan, you will get free 1GB data quota and 450 minutes U Mobile call minutes for a month.

Don’t forget, you still have RM30 credit to buy UMI or MB plan for more Internet data or call minutes.

Conclusion

At a glance, POWER prepaid is more flexible with free data quota, more free call minutes, lower call/SMS rates, and credit to buy add-ons. But, the free call minutes is limited to 15 minutes per day. Buy RM30 UMI30 and you only get a total of 2.5GB data quota (Free 1GB + UMI30 1.5GB).

Do you want more Internet data or make more U mobile voice calls? As my friend said, few people make calls and SMS these days.

U Mobile POWER prepaid would be my second mobile line because it does not require monthly commitment. I simply top-up few bucks whenever I want to use its free data/calls.

If you are an active mobile Internet user, forget about U Mobile Power Prepaid. You should switch to U Mobile U28 postpaid plan instead.

What do you think about the U Mobile Power Prepaid Plan?

Learn more about U Mobile Power Prepaid Pack at www.u.com.my

Update: Maxis ONE Plan with Unlimited Calls and SMS, for Real

MaxisONE banner

MaxisONE banner

Last month, the article I wrote “Here’s What Maxis Do Not Tell You About Maxis One Plan“, which revealed the information about the 1st in Malaysia postpaid plan with limitless call minutes & SMS.

The article received unexpected huge responses. Many friends and readers shared the article, even Maxis PR called to express their “concern”.

A friend asked me, “Was your writeup about Maxis initiated by some other telco?”

The answer is: No.

I wrote the article because, after reading all the details and checked the facts, I think that I should share the information I learned. Plus, Maxis customers might want to understand the postpaid plan before they subscribe.

For Maxis, I apologize if it was rather harsh.

Now, here is a follow-up update about Maxis ONE plan.

Maxis ONE Plan update

A reader “burn“ informed me that Maxis no longer apply 3000 minutes & SMS Fair-Usage-Policy (FUP). That’s a good news!

Here’s the related text in MaxisONE Terms & Conditions:

6. In respect of the voice & SMS allocated with the Plan, the Customer/Participant acknowledges and accepts that:

a. The Limitless minutes and SMS’ applies to:

i. Domestic mobile ON-net usage for MaxisONEâ„¢ plan lite (Excluding OFF-net calls, calls to fixed lines, video calls, calls to special numbers, calls to 1-300/1-800 numbers & calls to 121 number)

ii. Domestic mobile/fixed ON-net & OFF-net usage for MaxisONEâ„¢ plan (Excluding , video calls, calls to special numbers, calls to 1-300/1-800 numbers & calls to 121 number)

b. For any excessive usage or on suspicion of fraud or any illegal practice or unusual activity in respect of the Customer’s/Participant’s Account with MMSSB, MMSSB at its sole and absolute discretion reserves the right at any time, without being liable to the Customer/Participant’s or any third party to discontinue, disconnect, interrupt, bar or suspend the service for such period of time as we deem fit.”

In short, now MaxisONE plans are officially with unlimited call minutes and SMS’! No more 3000 call minutes and 3000 SMS’ FUP limits!

With a fixed monthly postpaid plan fee, now you can talk till jaw drop and send SMS till fingers broken. (Maxis ONE Lite plan is limitless for Maxis networks only)

But, don’t try to be evil with the unlimited calls & SMS benefits, else Maxis has the right to suspend your account.

Except the waive of 3000 FUP, nothing chance for Maxis ONE Plan, still  same price, same data quota, data quota upgrade fee, data boosters fee. Video calls (not video call mobile apps) and MMS charges are still apply to Maxis ONE plan.

Here is the updated Maxis ONE Plan details table. Feel free to share with your friends.

Updated: Maxis ONE Plan details
Updated: Maxis ONE Plan details

What do you think about the Maxis ONE plan update? Would you subscribe the postpaid plan now? Why?

Here’s What Maxis Do NOT Tell You about Maxis ONE Plan

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MaxisONE plan is the new Maxis postpaid plan launched on 30 May 2014. The Internet plans offer free calls, free SMS, and flat rate data roaming.

“It is the only internet plan that offers limitless talk and text, an ‘Always On’ internet experience and worry-free roaming.”, say Maxis.

The plan looks great but there are some hidden information you may want to know before subscribing. Read on to know what Maxis not telling you openly.

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What Maxis tell you

MaxisONE banner

Two MaxisONE plans are available: MaxisONE plan lite (RM78) and MaxisONE plan (RM128).

Maxis ONE plan lite

  • Limitless calls to all Maxis/Hotlink numbers
  • Limitless SMS to all Maxis/Hotlink numbers
  • 1GB monthly data quota
  • No extra charges after data quota
  • One flat rate data roaming in 106 countries (RM38/day)

MaxisONE plan

  • Limitless calls to all networks (including fixed line)
  • Limitless SMS to all networks
  • 2GB monthly data quota
  • Data quota is upgradable up to 6GB for RM30/GB/month
  • No extra charges after data quota
  • One flat rate data roaming in 106 countries (RM38/day)

You can temporary increase data quota with purchase of Data Boost. It is one-time fee and non auto-renewal.

Maxis offer three smartphones with both MaxisONE plans: Huawei Y530, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5.

What Maxis do not tell you…

1. Limited Limitless

“Limitless talk and text” means “unlimited call and SMS”, right? Wrong.

Though Maxis uses “limitless” in the postpaid plan, it actually has a FUP (Fair Use Policy) of 3,000 minutes call and 3,000 SMS per month.

Yes, 3000 minutes and 3000 SMS are a lot, still it is not all-you-can-talk/text plan. It is about one and half hour call and 100 SMS per day.

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After exceeded the monthly bundle (3000 minutes and 3000 SMS), you will have to pay per use:

  • MaxisONE plan lite: RM0.15 per minute and RM0.10 per SMS (all networks)
  • MaxisONE plan: RM0.10 Maxis/Hotlink call and SMS, RM0.15 other networks call and SMS.

2. ‘Always On’ Internet is not usable

Maxis does not charge you after used up all data quota, but your mobile connection speed will drop to a slow speed. The data speed is so slow that you will pull off all your hair and pay for data boosters.

3. More smartphones with Maxis ONE plan

Besides the already told MaxisONE plan with Huawei Y530 (free), HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5, Maxis also offer the following smartphones:

  • Sony Xperia Z2
  • Sony Xperia M2
  • Xiaomi Mi3
  • HTC Desire 816
  • HTC Desire 310 (free)
  • Huawei Y330 (free)

All smartphone with MaxisONE plan is tied to 24 month (2 years) contract.

4. Flat rate data roaming with quota

The RM38 per day flat rate data roaming in 106 countries is subject to Fair Usage Policy. Meaning, it has a data quota limit. Do not dream to download movies while you are using data roaming.

Maxis have not tell what is the data quota limit. I guess it depends on the local telco you are visiting.

Anyhow, if exceeding the unknown fair usage limit, your mobile Internet speed will be very very slow. You can purchase another data roaming pass (RM38) to recover the Internet speed.

You would not be charged for exceeding data roaming quota limit, however.

5. Other charges

Though not sure why you still use these on smartphone, anyway, there are charges for video calls and MMS. 1 minute video call will charge you 15 sen (on-net) or 40 sen (off-net). Each MMS is 25 sen (on-net) and 50 sen (off-net).

MaxisONE plan in details

Here I made a table better showing MaxisONE plan structure:

Maxis ONE plan details
Maxis ONE plan details

Thoughts

When you use the words “FREE” and “Limitless”, I am expecting “free and unlimited”. Yes, I know it would be too good to be true and not practicable in business.

Please do not shout “limitless” when it has limit (FUP).

MaxisONE plan is best for smartphone users who talk and text a lot. If you talk and text less, check out Maxis TalkMore plans. If you consume Internet data more than you call & SMS, use Maxis SurfMore plans.

Take note that MaxisONE plan lite’s free talk and text is only Maxis network. Unless all your family, friends, and customers are on Maxis network, MaxisONE plan lite might give you bill shock.

What do you think about MaxisONE plan? Please comment and Share this with your family and friends.

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U Mobile Become First Malaysia Telco to Offer FREE Internet Roaming Across ASIA

U Mobile free internet roaming across Asia

U Mobile free internet roaming across Asia

U Mobile becomes the 1st Malaysia telco to offer FREE Internet roaming service across Asia for its postpaid customers. What is the catch, if any? Learn more about U Mobile free Internet roaming offer below.

Internet roaming allows you to stay online while travelling while still using the same SIM card in your phone. Travellers know Internet roaming is very, very expensive!

U Mobile’s free Internet roaming offer is now active for all U Mobile postpaid subscribers who are travelling to 7 places in ASIA: Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Taiwan.

Subscribers will enjoy FREE 50MB of mobile internet data quota every day. 50MB data per day should enough for light online usage – chat with family & friends using social messengers (WhatsApp, WeChat, Line, KakaoTalk, etc), check-in and upload some photos to Facebook, and check emails from your boss.

If you are too excited to share moments online and used up 50MB free data quota, you will be charged pay-as-you-use rates but with a maximum of RM30 per day.

No manual subscription or signup is required. U Mobile postpaid subscribers will be prompted with an SMS upon arrival at the mentioned destinations and can instantly enjoy free Internet roaming.

Make sure you manually select the U mobile roaming operator for the country to enjoy the free offer. Else, you will be charged for expensive pay-as-you-go rate.

Note down the following U mobile roaming partner for the country you will be visiting:

U Mobile roaming operators
U Mobile roaming operators

Visit U Mobile website for more information.