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

iPadAir-iPadMini

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.

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]

BlackBerry Z10 Smartphone in Malaysia: Price, Features, Specs, Hands-on and More

BlackBerry Z10 (front)

Girl with BlackBerry Z10 (white)

BlackBerry Z10, the first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, launched in Malaysia on February 20th, 2013. Here is the information you need to know about Z10’s specs, features, price and availability in Malaysia.

BlackBerry Z10 Specs

BlackBerry Z10 black and white
BlackBerry Z10 black and white

The 4.2-inch touchscreen (1280×768) smartphone is powered by 1.5GHz dual-core processor with 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, with microSD slot support up to 64GB cards. Running BlackBerry 10 operating system. 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. There’s also a microHDMI out port for presentation, NFC for mobile payments and file exchange.

Z10 Features & Hands-on

BlackBerry Z10 (front)
BlackBerry Z10 (front)

Z10 build quality is good, though not full metal. Remove the plastic back cover to reveal the battery and microSD slot.

No menu button. Z10 is designed for touchscreen gestures. Apps opening, closing, switching can be done with one hand one thumb gestures. Apps are running in 100% fullscreen.

BlackBerry Z10 (back)
BlackBerry Z10 (back)

The performance is good. I didn’t notice any sluggish while app launching and switching. However, I have difficulty to active the close app gesture by swiping up bottom edge of display. I guess it needs some practices.

The BlackBerry Hub is a convenient feature to have a glance of all app notifications and messages.

BlackBerry Z10 (BlackBerry Hub)
BlackBerry Z10 (BlackBerry Hub)

The virtual keyboard learns the words you use and how you use them so you can type faster and more accurately, according to BlackBerry.

The famous BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) now not only allows you to send free text messages but also make voice and video calls, as well as “screen share” feature during video call.

The Z10 camera app, like what we have seen on other smartphones, has a “Time Shift” feature allows you to choose the best moment of a shot. You tap in the camera app to take a picture. To focus an area, you tap & hold, release then tap again to take a shot.

Price and availability

BlackBerry Z10 retail price is RM2,188 (~USD$706), available in Black and White colours. 3 Malaysia telcos will carry the smartphone with plans. Maxis is the first, available on 9th March, with pre-registration started. Z10 will be available from DiGi and Celcom on 8th April, 1 month after Maxis.

Trade up program

Good news for existing BlackBerry users. You can trade in old BlackBerry smartphone and receive a rebate up to RM480 per device when buying a new BlackBerry Z10.

Here is the trade in pricing available for the first 3000 units:

  • BlackBerry Curve 8520: RM255
  • BlackBerry Curve 9300: RM270
  • BlackBerry Bold 900: RM125
  • BlackBerry Bold 9700: RM285
  • BlackBerry Bold 9780: RM330
  • BlackBerry Bold 9900: RM485

You need to submit your details to obtain a voucher first. Visit BlackBerry Malaysia Facebook page for more information (yet available when editing).

UPDATE 19/3: List of BlackBerry Z10 Roadshows with BB Trade Up Program in Malaysia

BlackBerry Q10?

Z10 is a full touchscreen smartphone. Many BlackBerry loyal fans would still prefer a smartphone with physical keyboard — BlackBerry Q10.

We know that Q10 will be available after Z10. But BlackBerry Malaysia did not mention anything about Q10 at the event. I will update you once receive more information.

➤ BlackBerry Z10