Malaysia iPhone 4: What are Missing?

Malaysia iPhone 4 has been launched by Maxis and DiGi on 24th September 2010. While we are jumping up and down to celebrate the arrival of iPhone 4, there are few things about iPhone 4 we don’t get in Malaysia.

NO free iPhone 4 casing

free iPhone 4 case program

Apple promised to give free iPhone 4 casing to everyone who purchased iPhone 4 before 30th September 2010. However, neither Maxis nor DiGi ever mentioned about the iPhone 4 Case Program.

According to a blogger who attended the Maxis iPhone 4 launch has confirmed that no free iPhone casing/bumper from Maxis.

I had then asked about the “free iPhone case” program. Mr. Van Obeke confirmed that the free case will not be offered to customers of Maxis.

Malaysia’s neighbor, Singapore got their iPhone 4 few months earlier and now they are still entitled to get free bumper or casing via the Singapore iPhone 4 Case Program

Unfair? Yes.

NO contract-free iPhone 4

contract-free iPhone 4 in Singapore

Malaysians do not get contract-free iPhone 4. DiGi or Maxis, both require iPhone 4 buyers to sign up for their contracts, minimum of 12 months (Maxis). If you are non-DiGi-non-Maxis user, then you are forced to switch to buy iPhone 4.

Compared to Singapore, they could have contract-free iPhone 4. They can even online order iPhone 4 on Singapore Apple store!

Envy? Yes.

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3 Reasons Why Malaysians Want to Buy Singapore iPhone 4

cheap iPhone 4 prices in Singapore

Malaysia: Malaysians have been waiting for iPhone 4 from local telcos, Maxis and DiGi, for months but still no sign of release date. Here are the reasons why Malaysians want to buy iPhone 4 from the neighbor country, Singapore.

1. iPhone 4 is not available yet in Malaysia

It is now 24th August, a month since both Maxis and DiGi announced their iPhone 4 register of interest pages, Malaysians are still waiting for their iPhone 4.

Maxis teased us that “iPhone 4 is coming very soon” in early August. But still no words about release date.

Read more3 Reasons Why Malaysians Want to Buy Singapore iPhone 4

Maxis and DiGi to Offer Apple iPhone 4 in Malaysia

Malaysia: Apple iPhone 4 is coming soon in Malaysia and offered by Maxis and DiGi. Both telcos put up their iPhone 4 register of interest page at July 20, 2010. iPhone 4 price in Malaysia to be available.

DiGi iPhone 4 register of interest page
DiGi iPhone 4 register of interest page

Maxis iPhone 4 register of interest page
Maxis iPhone 4 register of interest page

DiGi made a step ahead Maxis to first announce the iPhone 4 register of interest page. Maxis iPhone 4 register of interest page is online after a couple hours, in the same afternoon.

Maxis page asks for a lot more information, such as the iPhone 4 model you are interested in, contact information, as well as IC/Passport number. All fields are mandatory. On DiGi page, all it takes is only your email address.

Both telcos have not revealed iPhone 4 price and release date.

Interestingly, DiGi does NOT promote iPhone 4 on DiGi homepage, while Maxis highlight the iPhone 4 register of interest banner at the center of Maxis homepage.

Besides iPhone 4 release date and pricing, a new question is “Will Malaysians get free iPhone 4 case, as promised by Steve Jobs?” :)

Please note that “register of interest” only notify you when iPhone 4 is available. It is not “pre-order” that allow you to reserve iPhone 4.