Maxis Launch Two 4G LTE Smartphones – Nokia Lumia 920 & HTC One XL

Maxis launch two 4G LTE smartphones: Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One XL
Maxis launch two 4G LTE smartphones: Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One XL
Maxis launch two 4G LTE smartphones: Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One XL

After launching the first 4G LTE service in Malaysia on 1st January 2013, Maxis now offer two 4G LTE smartphones with contract, Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One XL, in Malaysia.

The two 4G LTE smartphones are available at Maxis Centres in KLCC and Taman Tun Dr Ismail. With Maxis SurfMore 75 24-month contract (RM75/month), you can buy Nokia Lumia 920 at RM1099 (RRP: RM1999) and HTC One XL at RM1199 (RRP: RM2099).

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Maxis 4G LTE is Ready, Not Support iPhone 5

iPhone 5 LTE

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

iPhone 5 LTE
iPhone 5 LTE(Image credit: Technobuffalo)

Maxis has announced that it is all set to launch Maxis 4G LTE service in Malaysia following the allocation of the 2600 MHz spectrum band for 4G LTE by MCMC (Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission).

Please note that 2600 MHz spectrum band is not supported by Apple iPhone 5, which will be launched in Malaysia on Dec 14, 2012.

There are so many different LTE bands used in different countries by different telcos. iPhone 5 has 3 variants models to support many LTE bands: 1(2100 MHz) , 3(1800 MHz), 4(AWS), 5(850 MHz), 13(700c MHz), 17(700b MHz), 25(1900 MHz), but Band 7(2600 MHz) is not in the list.

Apple made an iPhone supported LTE networks page to help you to see if iPhone 5 works with LTE networks in your country. Malaysia is not in the list, yet.

Your new Maxis iPhone 5 cannot use Maxis 4G LTE network. It’s ironic. To be fair, none of the Malaysian telcos’ LTE network supported by iPhone 5. They are all using 2600 MHz. Blame MCMC?

We were hoping that MCMC, like what Singapore did, release license for LTE Band 3(1800 MHz) in addition to Band 7(2600 MHz). We are still waiting…

Currently, only Nokia Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 in Malaysia supports LTE frequency 2600 MHz.

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