Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (4G) is now available in Malaysia from Maxis Berhad first. The retail price is RM2499, you can get it as low as RM1399 with Maxis data plan.
Surprisingly, the release date is only 3 weeks after the first Samsung Galaxy S4 Nonâ€“4G LTE version introduced by Malaysia telcos. I am sure that some early Galaxy S4 owners are unhappy now.
Maxis Galaxy S4 LTE plans
Like Samsung Galaxy S4 non-LTE, you can buy S4 with LTE from Maxis by subscribing the same plans: TalkMore 48, TalkMore 78, and SurfMore 75. The only different is the device storage capacity and device price. The Galaxy S4 LTE is 32GB model with retail price RM2499; The Galaxy S4 3G 16GB model is RM2199. We can see that the price different in storage capacity, not 4G LTE feature.
The following table shows the different unit price of different Maxis plans for Galaxy S4 (16GB) and S4 LTE (32GB):
Maxis One Club memeber can get Galaxy S4 LTE at RM999 for limited time offer by signing up a 24-month contract with TalkMore 78 plan.
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).
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.
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