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.

Belkin iPhone 5 Cases & Free Giveaway [Closed]

Belkin iPhone 5 cases giveaway
Belkin iPhone 5 cases giveaway
Belkin iPhone 5 cases giveaway

Thanks for the overwhelming responses received for the 2013 Women’s Month Giveaway. We have a surprise for you here — 2nd giveaway contest for the last week in Women’s Month!

I have seven Belkin iPhone 5 cases (worth ranging between RM69–149) to giveaway to my fellow readers (YOU!). Learn about Belkin iPhone 5 cases and enter the giveaway in this article.

[box type=”note”]UPDATE: Giveaway contest has ENDED. Check out the winners HERE.[/box]

Belkin iPhone 5 cases

iPhone 5 is the thinnest, lightest iPhone ever created (2012) and no doubt you want to add some form of protection to your precios smartphone. Belkin with tagline “People Inspired Products” has a extensive range of iPhone 5 cases range from fun and bright to sleek and sporty, providing a uniquely designed case for everyone:

Belkin Micra Series (RM69—89): ideal for those who like simplicity with a touch of style. This range of cases are made from ultra-thin polycarbonate.

Shield Series (RM99–119): featuring great protection in colourful, stylish form-fitting designs. Ideal for those who aren’t afraid to let their personality shine through.

Grip Collection (RM69–99): slim-fitting iPhone 5 case in wide-ranging designs. Made from flexible, easy-to-grip materials to provide durable protection from harsh wear and tear. Ideal for those always on-the-go.

Leather Series (RM139–149): durable and structured outer material that exude a classic and sophisticated look. Soft microfiber inner lining keep iPhone 5 surface free of scratches and scruffs.

Where to buy?

In Malaysia, you can buy Belkin iPhone 5 cases at Machines, MacStudio, Mac City, Harvey Norman, All IT Hypermarket, ThunderMatch, Challenger, Digi stores and selected Celcom outlets.

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Belkin iPhone 5 cases giveaway

Belkin iPhone 5 cases
LiewCF will giveaway these 7 beautiful Belkin iPhone 5 cases!

Belkin ASEAN generously sponsors seven (7) Belkin iPhone 5 cases (worth ranging between RM69–149) in different ranges for this giveaway.

The Belkin iPhone 5 case models for this giveaway are: Wallet Folio, Shield Color Shift, Micra Sheer Matte, Grip Candy, Grip Candy Sheer, Grip Sheer.

Simply follow the giveaway widget below to earn as many entries as you can. The more entries you have, the higher chance you will win.

[box type=”note”]UPDATE: Giveaway contest has ENDED. Check out the winners HERE.[/box]

 

IMPORTANT: You MUST complete the slogan in less than 20 words – “My iPhone 5 deserves a Belkin case because…” in the comment below.

Click to Tweet: LiewCF Tech Blog giveaway 7x Belkin iPhone 5 cases (worth ranging between RM69–149) to his readers!

Something that you need to know: This is a public giveaway contest. Everyone can enter and win. Winner cannot choose the Belkin iPhone 5 case. Seven (7) winners will be selected and then contacted by email for prize delivery. I only ship prizes to the addresses accepted by POS Malaysia. This giveaway contest will end on 12am April 2nd, 2013 (GMT+8).

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Disclosure: I was given an Belkin iPhone 5 case for running this giveaway. No, I don’t need to enter the giveaway contest to win. :)

Confirmed: Maxis will Support iPhone 5 4G LTE 1800Mhz in 2013

List of 4G smartphones supported by Maxis

[box type=”info”]Update (April 9, 2013): Apple lists Maxis as supported 4G LTE network![/box]

Malaysia Maxis telco confirmed that it will support 4G LTE 1800MHz spectrum in first 6 months in 2013, and revealed a list of supported 4G smartphones, including iPhone 5.

Maxis launched Malaysia’s first 4G LTE service on January 1st, 2013. However, due to the MCMC license, it is only available at 2600Mhz spectrum. It does not support LTE smartphones that support 1800Mhz spectrum, such as Apple iPhone 5. It disappointed new iPhone 5 owners because 4G LTE support is one of the iPhone 5 features.

In the recent Maxis Get-Together Session, Mark Dioguardi, Maxis Joint Chief Operating Officer, revealed that Maxis will support LTE 1800Mhz in the next 6 months. Meaning, your iPhone 5 can use Maxis 4G network in 2013.

Maxis will support LTE 1800Mhz in the first 6 months in 2013. 

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iPhone 5 Tip: How to Take a Photo While Recording Video

iPhone 5 tip: Take photo while recording video
iPhone 5 tip: Take photo while recording video
iPhone 5 tip: Take photo while recording video (Image credit: Alwaraki blog)

Here is a useful iOS 6 tip exclusive for iPhone 5 owner. Do you know that you can take photos while recoding a video on iPhone 5 without interrupting the video?

Snapping photos while recording video is a feature already existing on Android (even with 100 burst shots!). Apple adds the feature in iOS 6 but iPhone 5 is the only device that support it now. Well, better be late than never.

Use your iPhone 5’s Camera app to record a video. While recording, you will see a camera icon on the screen. Tapping on it will snap a photo without interrupting the video.

Nice, isin’t it? Take note that the photo taken in this mode has a smaller size of 1920×1080 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio). Photo taken in Camera mode has larger resolution (3264×2448 pixels) and better quality.

I think the photo taken while recording video can be used as a video thumbnail picture. In case you still can’t find the little camera button… check out the CNET video below:

[via CNET]

<small>(Image credit: <a href=”” title=””>NAME</a> – Flickr.com)</small>

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New Maxis iPhone 5 Got Scratches? No Warranty!

iPhone 5 scratch
iPhone 5 scratch
iPhone 5 scratch (Image credit: @SoyaCincau – Twitter)

After the Maxis iPhone 5 launch, SoyaCincau, Malaysian blogger, published a photo of new iPhone 5 photo with scratches/scuff out of box. That’s sad when you found out your precious is not in perfect condition, as soon as you unbox.

Out of curiosity and for the benefit of my readers & followers, I asked the Maxis customer support team on Twitter regarding the issue.

It took them a few days to return a confirmed answer and the answer is disappointed.

Read moreNew Maxis iPhone 5 Got Scratches? No Warranty!