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.

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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

Maxis

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Malaysia iPad Air and iPad mini 2 Coming from Celcom, DiGi, Maxis

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iPad Air and iPad mini 2

Malaysia main telcos – Celcom, DiGi, Maxis – updated their websites to add iPad Air and iPad mini with retina display (iPad mini 2) to their list of mobile devices. Pre-registration open now, except Maxis.

Celcom (iPad air, iPad mini 2) and DiGi are now accepting register of interest for both two latest tablets from Apple. Maxis does not have pre-registeration, only says on the website “Plans & pricing coming soon”.

While none of the telcos unveil the iPad Air and iPad mini 2 price and release date, sources say that Celcom will unveil iPad Air plans on December 9th, 2013. It is safe to assume other telcos will follow the same iPad release date.

The rule of thumb is that “you can always buy new iPad before Christmas of the year.” Hohoho! :)

About iPad Air and iPad mini 2

iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display (iPad mini 2) are two new iPad models in 2013 that had been released on November 1st and November 12th in the 1st batch countries.

iPad Air is lighter, slimmer and more powerful (A7 chip) than iPad 4th generation. Price in US starts from $499.

iPad mini 2 is the 2nd generation of the smaller iPad, now with 7.9-inch retina display and powered by the same A7 chip with M7 motion coprocessor found in iPad Air. Price starts from $399 in US.

Do you buy iPad Air or iPad mini 2? Why? Please tell us in the comment.

Malaysia iPhone 5S & 5C Launch on October 31st. Register Your Interest Now with Celcom, DiGi, Maxis!

iPhone 5S register of interest
iPhone 5S register of interest
iPhone 5S register of interest

Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be released in Malaysia on Oct 31st, 2013. Malaysia telcos – Celcom, DiGi, Maxis – have open registration of interest now.

Earlier than previous years

Unlike previous Malaysia’s iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 launch dates in December, Apple launches iPhone 5S & 5C in Malaysia at the end of October. Apple make the new iPhone models available globally faster than previous years.

In fact, Malaysia is only the 3rd batch of countries receiving iPhone 5S & 5C. The 1st batch is on September 20, 2013; 2nd batch is on October 25, 2013.

Register your interest

Now you can register your iPhone 5S and 5C interest to Celcom, DiGi, and Maxis, so that you will receive the latest updates and iPhone plan price.

Please note that register of interest is not a pre-booking. It does not guarantee you will be the first to own iPhone 5S and 5C.

Register of interest: Maxis iPhone 5S & 5C

Maxis iPhone 5S 5C register of interest
Maxis iPhone 5S 5C register of interest

Maxis uses one online form for both iPhone models. The information you need to submit are: Name, NRIC/Passport number, mobile number, email address, iPhone type, iPhone color and iPhone storage size.

Register of interest: Celcom iPhone 5S & 5C

Celcom iPhone 5S register of interest
Celcom iPhone 5S register of interest

Celcom has prepared pre-register forms for iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Just like Maxis, Celcom asks for your name, NRIC, contact number, email, iPhone model, colour, storage.

Celcom also asks if you are new or existing customer in the online form. Does it make a different when you are ordering? Celcom also uses a captcha to prevent spammers.

Register of interest: DiGi iPhone 5S & 5C

DiGi iPhone 5S 5C register of interest
DiGi iPhone 5S 5C register of interest

DiGi has the best register of interest page, in my opinion. First you select the iPhone model (5S or 5C) tab then you choose the color and capacity. DiGi only asks your name, mobile number and email address.

How much is Malaysia iPhone 5S and 5C? Check out my estimation of iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C price in Malaysia.

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.

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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]