Good news for music lovers in Malaysia! Maxis and Spotify are offering special Maxis + Spotify Premium plan at only RM10.
Maxis 150MB Spotify Premium Pass
As the first Spotify telco partner in Malaysia, Maxis offer Spotify Premium pass at RM10/month (save RM4.90/month) to all Hotlink prepaid and postpaid customers, plus 150MB Internet data.
The 150MB Internet data is applicable for all Internet usage. It will add on top of your existing Maxis data plan, if any.
To subscribe the 150MB Spotify pass promo, you load http://m.maxis.com/spotify on your mobile browser with WiFi off then follow the instructions to register and activate your Spotify plan. You can also dial *200# to receive registration link via SMS.
You will be charged RM30 for the first 3 months upfront, then RM10/month for subsequent months. If you are Maxis postpaid customer, the fee will be charged in your bill.
The promotion lasts until 28th February 2014. It is not open to Maxis Wireless Broadband, Hotlink Broadband and Maxis Fibre Internet customers.
Benefits of Spotify Premium
Spotify database has over 20 million tracks. While Spotify Free account can listen unlimited music with ads in Malaysia, here are some benefits of Spotify Premium:
Higher streaming quality (~320kbps) than free account (~160kbps).
Stream music on all your devices: computer, smartphone, tablet, TV, etc.
Whatâ€™s interesting is that the email includes a unique-to-each-customer-link to Maxis iPhone 5S/5C plan â€“ before the official release date on 31st October 2013.
Referring to the table at the top of this post, at the first glance, the iValue plans remain the same offer as in 2012, except now you get 1000 bundled Maxis-to-Maxis SMS and Maxis Loker cloud storage that you never use.
You also notice that iValue Simple (RM50/month) is not eligible for Maxis iPhone 24-month contract.
Interestingly, Maxis does not offer iPhone 5C 32GB, which has same recommended retail price (RRP) as iPhone 5S 16GB â€“ RM 2,399.
Though iPhone 5S models have the same price as iPhone 5 at launch in U.S., but iPhone 5S price in Malaysia is more expensive.
Maxis subsidize more on iPhone 5S this year than last year for iPhone 5. Refer the table below for Maxis iPhone 5S/5C/5 subsidizations:
What do you think about the Maxis iPhone 5S/5C plan? Tell us in the comment below.
Apple iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C will be released in Malaysia on Oct 31st, 2013. Malaysia telcos â€“ Celcom, DiGi, Maxis â€“ have open registration of interest now.
Earlier than previous years
Unlike previous Malaysiaâ€™s iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 launch dates in December, Apple launches iPhone 5S & 5C in Malaysia at the end of October. Apple make the new iPhone models available globally faster than previous years.
In fact, Malaysia is only the 3rd batch of countries receiving iPhone 5S & 5C. The 1st batch is on September 20, 2013; 2nd batch is on October 25, 2013.
Register your interest
Now you can register your iPhone 5S and 5C interest to Celcom, DiGi, and Maxis, so that you will receive the latest updates and iPhone plan price.
Please note that register of interest is not a pre-booking. It does not guarantee you will be the first to own iPhone 5S and 5C.
Register of interest: Maxis iPhone 5S & 5C
Maxis uses one online form for both iPhone models. The information you need to submit are: Name, NRIC/Passport number, mobile number, email address, iPhone type, iPhone color and iPhone storage size.
Register of interest: Celcom iPhone 5S & 5C
Celcom has prepared pre-register forms for iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Just like Maxis, Celcom asks for your name, NRIC, contact number, email, iPhone model, colour, storage.
Celcom also asks if you are new or existing customer in the online form. Does it make a different when you are ordering? Celcom also uses a captcha to prevent spammers.
Register of interest: DiGi iPhone 5S & 5C
DiGi has the best register of interest page, in my opinion. First you select the iPhone model (5S or 5C) tab then you choose the color and capacity. DiGi only asks your name, mobile number and email address.
64Kbps (64 kilobit per second) equals to 8 KiloByte(KB) per second.
It is slightly faster than ancient 56K dial-up modem we were using 15 years ago.
1 MegaByte(MB) is 1024KB. You will need to wait over 2 minutes to download 1MB using 64Kbps download speed. Your â€œslowâ€ 1M broadband connection at home is up to 16x faster than 64Kbps.
I would say #Hotlink basic Internet is GPRS connection, which is slower than EDGE (download speed around 400Kbps). 3G speed is up to 2â€“3Mbits.
Is 64Kbps usable today?
Old Internet users like us went through the days when 33.6K dial-up connection was considered fast, and 56K was lightning fast. Web page size last time were small, mainly plain HTML files with low resolution images.
Both Twitter and Facebook have mobile version of their website, which are smaller download size designed for mobile web browser.
In my test, Twitter mobile site (m.twitter.com) is over 100KB and it will take you over 15 seconds to load. Not too bad. On the other hand, Facebook mobile site (m.facebook.com) is over 600KB on first load. Using 64Kbps download speed, you will need to wait over 1 minute for it to complete loaded.
#Hotlink free internet prepaid plan is good to keep you connected to social networks and instant messenger. Allows your family and friends to contact you via online services while you have no access to WiFi. It is not suitable to download files and load image heavy website.
Thatâ€™s not a problem for some people. A few of my relatives use smartphone but do not subscribe to mobile data plan at all! They access Internet via the WiFi at home and office, or free WiFi at restaurants.
Maxis has partnered with Symantec to offer Norton Mobile Security to protect customerâ€™s Android devices from mobile threats and ability to remotely locate, lock and wipe data from a lost or stolen device.
What is Norton Mobile Security?
Norton Mobile Security is a security application for mobile devices with the following highlighted features:
Anti-virus, Anti-malware, Anti-phishing â€“ protect your Android device against viruses, malware, malicious sites and other mobile threats. Automatically scan downloaded apps and memory cards for threats.
Call & SMS blocker â€“ block unwanted calls and SMS from specific phone numbers.
Lost notice â€“ allows you to send a custom message to your missing device, so you can make arrangements to get it back.
Remote Locate â€“ show the location of lost device on a map to help you find it fast. The app can even take a photo of anyone using your device when it is in â€œlost modeâ€.
Remote Lock â€“ allows you to lock your device remotely via online or SMS to prevent others from accessing your device data.
Remote Wipe â€“ allows you to remotely erase data and information in the device, both Internet memory and memory card, via SMS or online.
How much? How to apply?
Norton Mobile Securityâ€™s normal price is RM50 per year or RM85 for 2 years.
With the Maxis & Symantec partnership, Maxis Android customers can subscribe to Norton Mobile Security for RM1 a week or RM3 a month. Plus, you will receive 1-month free trial from the time of subscription.
To subscribe, you dial *200# from your mobile phone and choose Maxis Secure. Or, you can subscribe by sending SMS message ON NMS7 (for 1-week) or ON NMS30 (for 1-month) to 20088.