In the midst of all the WiMAX excitement, this is just a friendly reminder to all the iPhone 3G fans out there.
Mark 22 August on your calendar.
In less than two days the second wave of iPhone 3G launches will hit 20 new countries. One of them is our neighbor across the causeway, Singapore and none of them is us – Malaysia.
In the build up to the Singapore release, exclusive (for a limited time till StarHub and M1 comes in) device partner SingTel has released its price plan to complement the sought after device.
Check out our sister blog iPhone3GforMalaysia on some of the details.
Maxis, Celcom, DiGi, U Mobile – so how? Malaysia Boleh right?
We didn’t get an invitation but we managed to get in! P1 W1MAX has officially launched in Malaysia just hours ago at Mandarin Oriental. The launch was spectacular with impressive presentations, testimonial as well as light dance shows. They even got Hannah Tan to be the MC for the event.
Its CEO Michael Lai has spoken many aspiring stuff about broadband and how Packet 1 is eager to broadband whole Malaysia.
If you read our previous post, we revealed that there are 2 speed packages for business & personal. Apparently the said page was removed from the website after our posting. This time, the page is up again and we discovered that they are actually offering 4 speed packages of 400Kbps, 700Kbps, 1.2Mbps and 2.4Mbps. Read on to check out the updated packages.
Update 19082008 – Check out the official and updated packages in our latest posting.
Tomorrow Packet 1 will make history with Malaysia’s first ever WiMAX launch which has been widely anticipated. It is said that Energy, Water and Telecommunications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor would officiate the P1 W1MAX event tomorrow afternoon.
So how much is the subscription? Are subscribers tied to a contract? Read on as we managed to get an early peek on its offerings.
We managed to find DiGi’s 3G Network at several spots in the Klang Valley. Just only after several months of transfering Time Dot Com’s 3G Spectrum license, DiGi has already started its 3G testing. The screenshot above is an evidence that DiGi is eager and aggressive in pushing its 3G services beyond everyone’s expectation. Although DiGi’s 3G network is searchable but DiGi subscribers can’t use it just yet. They are still testing at the moment.
With MNP coming, having able to offer 3G services soon would be an advantage to DiGi in order to match the offerings from the existing 3G operators. Let’s hope DiGi could surprise us earlier than expected.
New on the airwaves is DiGi’s 2nd & 3rd batch of TV Commercials themed “I Love Simple” & “I Love Easy”. This is a new addition after “I Love Savings” series of ads.
U Mobile just launched a viral movie contest for a soon to be released movie, Babylon A.D. starring our very own Michelle Yeoh and Vin Diesel.
By the looks of it there are exclusive movie premier ticket to be won. It’ll be interesting to see how the contest mechanics will be.
Check it out here.
WiMAX is officially available in Malaysia next week! We will be witnessing not just one, but TWO WiMAX operators rolling out their services in the country.
Both operators will be launching at different ends in the country and its obvious that the two won’t be competiting heads-on in the same market segments for now. We are unsure on the reason behind such roll out strategy but both would have different challenges to face.
What to expect?
P1 W1MAX by Packet 1 has been showcased to the public several times namely at WCIT and the recent PC Fair. We are aware that they have a working LAN based WiMAX modem and initial feedbacks we seen have been encouraging.
Before this, Packet 1 has been actively promoting its trial programme and recently it has also mentioned that Packet 1 managed to sign up its first subscribers. This not only incidates that Packet 1’s W1MAX is ready for service but it also marks as Malaysia’s 1st ever WiMAX subscription in the country. At present time, we are still unsure of their current coverage areas and we hope to find out soon during the launch.
It is rumoured that P1 W1MAX would be available at 4 packages with competiting speed offerings with different price ranges. Their biggest competitor would be Streamyx at the moment and judging on evaluations we’ve seen, the performance of P1 W1MAX is something existing Streamyx users would look forward to.
As for REDtone, they have not given any clues on their WiMAX devices or offerings. There was nothing tangible to date and we are interested to see what sort of devices and packages available for subscription during launch in Sabah.
After much hype in the press, 2 operators have finally came out to launch officially in the market. The other 2 WiMAX operators, YTL and AsiaSpace have yet to make announcement on their commercial services to date.
Watch this space for more updates!
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Hotlink is hyping its rewards program with this rather creative approach.
Claycam is a website that features a clay modeller sculpting clay all day long. The hype is is that the clay modeller sculpts models based on your requests.
So you can log on to the site and submit a request and if its approved, it will appear on a que. All you have to do then is wait for the your request to move up the order and eventually be sculptured in clay.
And apparently this is all streamed live.
The site will be up for five days this month starting from 4 Aug to 8 Aug. You can watch the clay modeller sculpt all sorts of stuff in clay daily from 10am to 8pm.
Did you notice Hotlink changed its tagline from “
Activate your life Life Unlimited” to “So much is possible”.
MNP in Malaysia has been hot on the lips of telcos recently as it is seen as a big shake up in the communication business. After a long wait, MCMC has finally confirmed that MNP or better known as Mobile Number Portability will kick off in the Klang Valley by September before it is implemented Nationwide by October.
What is MNP?
If you haven’t heard of it, MNP allows mobile subscribers to keep their mobile numbers including its prefix with them if they wish to switch to a different operator. Currently, there are 4 main operators in the country and the prefixes (010, 011, 012, 013, 014, 015, 016, 017, 018, 019) are fixed with the registered operators.
If a user is a Maxis subscriber bearing 012-1234567, he/she won’t be able to bring this number with them when switching to a different operator. This has become a big barrier for consumers who wish to switch as mobile numbers tend to be a personal identity which many won’t want to lose. Read the rest of this entry »