Here’s DiGi 4G LTE Plans and Coverage

DiGi 4G LTE banner

DiGi 4G LTE banner

At last, DiGi 4G LTE network is now available in limited areas in Klang Valley for all customers who subscribe to specific “DiGi Broadband and Tablet Plans with 4G LTE”. Read on to learn about the DiGi 4G LTE plans and coverage areas.

Tell me about DiGi 4G LTE plans

DiGi 4G LTE is not an automatic upgrade for customers. DiGi customers need to change their SIM cards to DiGinet+SIMs at selected DiGi Stores to activate 4G LTE service.

Only customers who subscribe to DiGi Broadband and Tablet postpaid plans with 6GB Internet quota and above (paying RM89/month and above) receives free 4G LTE service.

Customers with DiGi Broadband and Tablet plans with less than 6GB data quota do not receive free DiGi 4G LTE service. They will need to subscribe addtional DiGi 4G LTE On Demand 1GB Internet quota for RM8 per day or RM30 per month (Yes, RM30/month for 1GB data) to enjoy super fast wireless broadband in DiGi 4G LTE coverage area.

DiGi 4G for iPhone and other smartphones?

Sadly, just like Celcom 4G, DiGi 4G is data only at launch. It does not support smartphone nor iPhone 5.

DiGi 4G LTE coverage area

The first DiGi 4G LTE coverage areas, or “DiGi 4G LTE Zones” as they named it, is limited to a few areas in Klang Valley. Check out below DiGi 4G LTE coverage maps (click to enlarge) to see if you are lucky enough:

Thoughts

Disappointed that no free & auto network switching to DiGi 4G LTE network for all existing broadband customers. DiGi not only ask customer to pay for data quota, but now also ask customer pay for 4G speed. Not good.

Plus, DiGi 4G LTE coverage areas are very limited. In fact, it is only a few roads in Klang Valley. If you purchased DiGi 4G On Demand, make sure you stand where you are and do not walk outside the limited coverage area.

What do you think about DiGi 4G LTE? Do you think paying for higher speed is fair?

First Samsung Galaxy S4 in Malaysia is Non-4G LTE Version. Have Telcos Tell The Truth?

Samsung Galaxy S4 in Malaysia: Maxis, Celcom, DiGi, Umobile
Samsung Galaxy S4 in Malaysia: Maxis, Celcom, DiGi, Umobile
Samsung Galaxy S4 in Malaysia: Maxis, Celcom, DiGi, Umobile

Malaysia’s first Galaxy S4 is 3G only and not support 4G LTE networks. Are local telcos (Maxis, Celcom, DiGi, Umobile) hiding the truth?

Samsung Galaxy S4 variants

Do you know that the Samsung Galaxy S4 in your hand might not have the same inner parts as the S4 in the other hands? There are many Galaxy S4 variants for different market places.

Firstly, depends on your location (USA or International), Galaxy S4 processor is either Samsung Exynos 5 Octa (8 cores) or Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (4 cores).

Then, you have Galaxy S4 supporting different 2G/3G network bandwidth, as well as support 4G LTE (different band sets) or not. Guess what, I saw genuine Galaxy S4 that support dual-SIM in China, too!

Not to mention, there are rumors about Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S4 Activ and Galaxy S4 Zoom… Oh My Mama!

Confused? Let’s just remember only two International variants:

  1. GT-I9500 with Samsung Exynos 5 Octa processor and not support 4G LTE.
  2. GT-I9505 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and support 4G LTE.

[box type=”info”]SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S4 is Slimmer, Faster, with Countless Software Features[/box]

Malaysia Galaxy S4 not support 4G LTE

So, which one is the Samsung Galaxy S4 model selling in Malaysia? As far as I know, the first Galaxy S4 in Malaysia is GT-I9500 model.

Yes, yes… I know Malaysia telcos – Maxis and Celcom – already roll out their 4G LTE networks, thus we should get Galaxy S4 LTE. Right?

The 4G LTE networks in Malaysia is still in the early stage and still very limited coverage. MCMC approved 2600MHz spectrum for LTE networks, but Galaxy S4 does not seems the spectrum.

Yes, yes… I know Maxis already supports 1800 MHz LTE and we heard that Celcom support the same spectrum soon, too. However, other telcos haven’t launch their 4G LTE services for consumers.

I don’t think Malaysia market is big enough for Samsung to have different variants for each telco. Majority rule, right? I guess that’s the reason Malaysia’s first Samsung Galaxy S4 does not support 4G LTE.

Are telcos hiding the truth?

A LiewCF reader, Rizal, pointed out that Maxis is the only Malaysia telco clearly stated (with a badge on S4’s photo) on website that the Malaysia Samsung Galaxy S4 is “non-4G LTE version”. DiGi hides S4 supported networks info under “full specifications” (requires extra click).

On the other hand, both Celcom and Umobile only link to Samsung Galaxy S4 minisite with a general specifications.

In Rizal’s optinion, Malaysia telcos are “not telling the truth” that they are selling Non-4G LTE Galaxy S4 (except Maxis).

Thoughts

As Rizal pointed out, since there are different Samsung Galaxy S4 models, Malaysia telcos should state clearly the model they carry in their networks to avoid confusion.

For example, a customer who read online Galaxy S4 LTE review (mostly based in USA), may misunderstand that the Galaxy S4 he/she buy in Malaysia supports LTE too.

With the growing 4G LTE networks in Malaysia, I believe that Samsung Galaxy S4 (or S5) with 4G LTE will be available end of the year or 2014.

Keep in mind that, though the world is flat, manufacturers may have different product variants to suit different market places.

Do your research and get your questions answered before you swipe credit card and get tied with telco’s contract.

[box type=”info”]Update: Samsung Galaxy S4 with 4G LTE now available first from Maxis Berhad.[/box]

Celcom 4G LTE Data Plan Launched with Usain Bolt as Icon

Celcom 4G LTE icon is Usain Bolt
Celcom 4G LTE icon is Usain Bolt
Celcom 4G LTE icon is Usain Bolt

When Celcom announced the Celcom Experience Hubs for Celcom 4G LTE, we were expecting the super fast wireless broadband service launch in February 2013.

Finally, Celcom 4G LTE service launch on 23 April 2013 with data only plan but it has wider network coverage area than its competitor – Maxis 4G LTE.

Usain Bolt

Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, is Celcom’s latest icon to represent the “Celcom’s Fastest Territory” campaign and Celcom 4G LTE.

Malaysians will be able to see the man though Celcom advertisements on major TV channels and news dailies. So far, no sign of Usain Bolt’s plan to visit Malaysia.

Here is the Celcom TV commercial with Usain Bolt:

Usain Bolt, nickname “Lighting Bolt”, is currently holding both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records, as well as world record in 4×100 metres relay with his teammates. Visit his wikipedia page to know more.

Enough of Usain Bolt, now back to real business. Let’s talk about Celcom 4G LTE service, shall me? :)

Celcom 4G LTE data plan

For the initial launch, Celcom 4G LTE service will be data only and ride on the 2600MHz spectrum. In the future, Celcom will support 4G smartphones, including iPhone 5.

Celcom 4G LTE data plan
Celcom 4G LTE data plan

Currently, Celcom First Data Pro (RM138/month) is the first and the only Celcom 4G LTE plan. Speed up to 50Mbps and monthly data volume is 10GB.

4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) average speed is 10 times faster than 3G connection, the average speed is up to 50 Mbps.

Celcom 4G LTE promotion
Celcom 4G LTE promotion

The first 1000 customers can get Celcom 4G LTE modem and receive 3 months free subscription for only RM199. Interested customers can sign up at Blue Cube Sunway, BlueCube Pavilion and Blue Cube Menara Celcom.

Huawei 4G LTE dongle
Huawei 4G LTE dongle

Celcom 4G LTE network coverage

Despite the first service launch, Celcom 4G LTE network already cover the Central, Northern  and Southern of Peninsular Malaysia: Klang Valley, Selangor, Perak, Pulau Pinang, Melaka, and Johor.

Friends in Sabah and Sarawak still have to wait… Click here to check the latest Celcom 4G LTE coverage areas.

Source: Celcom

Now Apple iPhone 5 is Supported by Maxis 4G LTE Network in Malaysia

Maxis iPhone 5 supports 4G LTE
Maxis iPhone 5 supports 4G LTE
Maxis iPhone 5 supports 4G LTE

Recently updated Apple’s supported LTE networks page listed Maxis as the only Malaysia operator. Maxis released new carrier settings and now you can use Maxis iPhone 5’s 4G LTE in Malaysia!

Maxis said 4G LTE 1800MHz is “Coming Soon”

Maxis was the first to announce 4G LTE service in Malaysia on January 1st, 2013.

Initially, due to MCMC license, Malaysian telcos are only given 2600 MHz spectrum for 4G LTE services. It has disappointed many Apple iPhone 5 owners because, while support multiple LTE bands, iPhone 5 does not support 2600MHz 4G LTE.

However, in a Maxis Get-Together Session in the end of January 2013, Maxis confirmed that it will support 4G LTE 1800MHz. How could Maxis has the privilege? I found a piece of information on Digital News Asia:

“…going by the technology-neutral licences awarded by the MCMC, Maxis does not need permission from the regulator”

That would explains the reason Maxis can have LTE services on 1800 spectrum, while other telcos cannot.

SEE ALSO: Confirmed: Maxis will Support iPhone 5 4G LTE 1800MHz in 2013

Over 2 months passed, we don’t get any update about 4G LTE 1800 MHz from Maxis since then.

Maxis iPhone 5 LTE Confirmed by Apple

Today, LiewCF discovers that the Apple supported LTE networks page has been quietly updated to add six more telcos (4 new countries and 1 U.S. telco). Maxis is the only telco listed in Malaysia to support iPhone 5 LTE (1800 MHz).

Malaysia Maxis listed in Apple supported LTE networks
Malaysia Maxis listed in Apple supported LTE networks

It is a great news for Malaysian iPhone 5 owners.

When first launched in December 2012 in Malaysia, iPhone 5’s new highlighted feature — 4G LTE support — is useless because no local telco support it. Then, in January 2013, Maxis and Celcom announced their 4G LTE services but only on 2.6GHz band. Disappointed.

Now, Malaysian Maxis iPhone 5 owners could expect to surf at super fast speed on their smartphone by riding on Maxis 4G LTE network.

Update: Maxis already roll out new carrier settings to support 4G LTE switch in iPhone 5. Tap Settings > General > About to install new carrier settings.

With the 4G LTE 1800 MHz support, Maxis is the only Malaysian operator supporting both 2600MHz and 1800MHz bands. Meaning, Maxis will support more LTE smartphones than other local operators. (Click to Tweet)

Currently, Maxis 4G LTE service is available in Klang Valley in the areas of Cyberjaya, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Damansara Utama, Desa Sri Hartamas, Bandar Puchong Jaya and Bandar Sunway. Other areas that have partial coverage are SS2, Taman Paramount, Section 17 and 19 in Petaling Jaya, Plaza Damansara, Bandar Kinrara and Taman Wawasan in Puchong.

Other 4G LTE operators in Malaysia

There are 8 operators awarded 4G LTE license in Malaysia: Maxis, Axiata (Celcom), DiGi, P1, REDtone, U Mobile, YTL, Puncak Semangat.

So far, only Maxis (first to announce 4G LTE service) and Celcom (launch 4G LTE experience hubs) have related announcements in 2013. In 2012, DiGi was shouting that it “will be the first fully LTE-equipped network in Malaysia by 2013” but we haven’t heard the availability of DiGi 4G LTE service yet in 2013.