Maxis, one of the primary telco in Malaysia, launchedat last Friday (March 20, 2009). Should you get an iPhone now? Let’s see.
Currently, Maxis is the only telco in Malaysia that offers iPhone but it might get other competitors after June 2009 (via twitter).
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Maxis created 8 iPhone 3G plans calledwhich have a contract from 12 month to 24 month. The iPhone 3G phone (8GB) price is from FREE to RM1900.
All iValue Plans included data usage of 500MB to 3GB per month. iValue Plans have more expensive voice rate and SMS charge than. Value Plus Plan is 5 cents for a SMS while iValue Plans is 10 cents for each.
Is iPhone 3G for you?
Besides all the attracting features of Apple iPhone 3G, it also has some disadvantages and lacks of some features:
- Cannot blind typing on iPhone because of its smooth touch screen surface.
- Cannot type on iPhone with one hand because your thumb is not long enough.
- Cannot forward funny/interesting SMS by friend to other friends, because iPhone does not support SMS forward.
- Cannot transfer files via iPhone bluetooth because its bluetooth does not support it.
- Cannot Copy & Paste text.
- Does not support MMS.
- Does not support Video Recording.
- No flash on camera
- Speaker is not loud enough.
- Cannot replace build-in battery.
- Does not support Flash animation on website.
iPhone OS 3.0
Don’t mind all these disadvantages and lacked functions? All right. But, you should wait a little while more before rushing to get your iPhone 3G now.
Just before Maxis launch iPhone 3G in Malaysia. The Apple announced the new software update for iPhone and iPod Touch called iPhone OS 3.0, which will introduce over 100 new features: iphone search, cut, copy, & paste, MMS, landscapee mode, etc.
The iPhone 3G you get from Maxis now is version 2.2. Anyway, iPhone OS 3.0 is a free update for iPhone users.
New iPhone 3G is coming soon?
According to MacRumors’s Mac Buyer’s Guide, their recommendation of Apple iPhone is “Don’t Buy – Updates soon”. The last release of iPhone is July 10, 2008 and it has been 254 days since then. So, we can expect a new version of iPhone soon.
If you buy iPhone now, you are buying an old version. Hold your horses!
Why LiewCF does not buy an iPhone 3G, yet?
I am glad that Apple iPhone is finally official in Malaysia, although most of my geek friends have already got one long time ago.
For me, iPhone 3G is a Internet tablet + Gaming device with phone feature. I love the big screen of iPhone and the ability to connect me online on my palm. And, all the amazing apps and games on Apple App Store. Plus, the ability to sync with my Mac computers.
With iPhone OS 3.0 software update, it fixed some of the issue I concerned. However, the Maxis iPhone plan is not cheap. I don’t want to tide myself with Maxis for over 12 months and I SMS alot.
Are you getting your Apple iPhone 3G? Or, already iPhone owner?