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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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 theÂ initialÂ launch, Celcom 4G LTE service will be data only and ride on the 2600MHz spectrum.Â In the future, Celcom will support 4G smartphones, including iPhone 5.
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.
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.
Celcom 4G LTE network coverage
Despite the first service launch, Celcom 4G LTE network already cover the Central,Â NorthernÂ and Southern of Peninsular Malaysia: Klang Valley, Selangor, Perak, Pulau Pinang, Melaka, and Johor.
Friends in Sabah and Sarawak still have to wait…Â Click here to check the latest Celcom 4G LTE coverage areas.
In this article, you will learn everything about Maxis 4G LTE network, include the coverage area, speedtest, supported 4G phones, iPhone setup, and more.Â 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) is a new generation of mobile network, successor of the third generation (3G) standards, offer up to 10 times after speed than 3G connection.
How to activate Maxis 4G LTE?
Maxis 4G LTE network works seamlessly with its existing 3G networks. To enjoy the blasting 4G speed, you need to fulfill the following requirements:
A 4G device (phone, tablet, modem) support Maxis 4G LTE band (1800Mhz and 2600Mhz) and use Micro/Nano SIM card. (may need to update carrier settings)
You are a Maxis postpaid customer with 1GB data plan or above.
You are in the Maxis 4G LTE network coverage.
Apple devices (iPhone, iPad, iPad mini) can update Maxis carrier settings by goto Settings > General > About, you will get a prompt for Carrier Settings Update.
No extra charge for Maxis 4G LTE
No extra charges for Maxis 4G LTE. AS long as you fulfill the above requirements, you can ride on the super fast wireless broadband without additional fee. Just like you donâ€™t pay more to use 3G network.
Maxis 4G LTE phones and modem
Today, the official Maxis 4G devices (with plans) are:
Nokia Lumia 920
HTC One XL
iPad mini (WiFi + Cellular)
iPad 4 (WiFi + Cellular)
4G LTE USB modem
Actually, any 4G devices support 1800MHz or 2600MHz bands would also works on Maxis 4G LTE.
Maxis 4G LTE network coverage area
Maxis has expanded 4G LTE network coverage since the launch on 1 January 2013.Â The following is the current Maxis 4G LTE coverage areas:
Bangsar, Mont Kiara, Desa Park, Damansara Heights
Puchong (Wawasan Puchong, Bandar Kinrara 1, Bandar Kinrara 3, Bandar Kinrara 4, Bandar Puteri)
Seapark, Dataran Prima, Tropicana
Petaling Jaya Section 13, 14, 17, 19, SS2
Sunway, Kampung Tunku, SS2, SS3
Taman Desa, Pantai Dalam, Old Klang Road
Taman Gembira, Desa Petaling
Taman Kinrara 2, Taman Kinrara 3, Taman Kinrara 4
Taman Megah (SS23, SS24, SS26), Kelana Jaya
Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), Bandar Utama, Mutiara Damansara
Recently updated Appleâ€™s supported LTE networks page listed Maxis as the only Malaysia operator. Maxis released newÂ carrier settings and nowÂ you can use Maxis iPhone 5’s 4G LTE in Malaysia!
Maxis said 4G LTE 1800MHz is â€œComing Soonâ€
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:
â€œâ€¦going by the technology-neutral licences awarded by the MCMC, Maxis does not need permission from the regulatorâ€
That would explains the reason Maxis can have LTE services on 1800 spectrum, while other telcos cannot.
Over 2 months passed, we donâ€™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).
It is a great news for Malaysian iPhone 5 owners.
When first launched in December 2012 in Malaysia, iPhone 5â€™s new highlighted feature â€” 4G LTE support â€” 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.Â TapÂ 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 â€œwill be the first fully LTE-equipped network in Malaysia by 2013â€ but we havenâ€™t heard the availability of DiGi 4G LTE service yet in 2013.