Maxis finally offers the BlackBerry Bold 9780. Several weeks back, Celcom had started offering theirs from RM1188 and DiGi from RM1099. There was even a one day special deal from DiGi which offered the BlackBerry Bold 9780 for as low as RM799.
On Maxis, the Bold 9780 is offered with old bundle method with 1 year subscription of BIS services. For postpaid, it goes for RM2259 with 12 months of BIS Advance of RM360. For prepaid, it is offered at RM2079 which comes with 6 months of BIS plan of RM180. For more information, head to Maxis’s Blackberry page here.
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The roll out is going to be gradual and you can check if your X8′s serial number is on the list. Visit Sony Ericsson’s blog post for the full list.
We are heading up north to Penang to test the performance of the Yes 4G network outside of KL. We will be updating our twitter feed regularly along the way.
We’ve reached Ipoh and so far we found the coverage along the North-South highway from KL is patchy. We managed to get connectivity, albeit intermittent, up to the 404KM marker of the North-South highway. Where there’s coverage, the speed is generally better compared to 3G operators. Considering that Yes is a new network, we can see from our road test that Yes has better data coverage along the highway compared to the more established 3G networks like U Mobile and in some instances DiGi. Look out for our full report coming soon.
For regular updates on our trip to Penang, follow us on twitter at @Soya_Cincau to find out how Yes compares with other 3G operators on the road.
Last week, we’ve taken a look at Yes 4G Network coverage areas in the Peninsular which covers most of the west coast. During our initial visit to their coverage maps, the coverage info wasn’t clear as there was a mix of dark and light shades of grey. It was also discovered that major state capitals on the east coast were not covered despite having grey shades blanketing the city.
Just recently, @yes4g had mentioned on twitter that the maps have been revised with cyan colour indicating current coverage available with grey as upcoming coverage plots.
If you have problems mastering or translating the Chinese language, there’s finally an app for that! Pleco Chinese Dictionary is probably the best Chinese translation app we’ve seen for the iPhone. Not only it does the normal Chinese text to English conversion but it even has an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature.
This comes pretty handy especially when translating a Chinese word which you can’t really type. Just face your camera, select the area of the text and Pleco will translate the text based on image recognition. Unlike Google Goggle’s feature of snapping a picture, Pleco seems to be able to recognise and translate on the fly.
Pleco Chinese Dictionary can be downloaded via iTunes.
Check out the demo video after the break
Earlier this morning, DiGi had commenced its registration of interest for the Desire HD ahead the launch as we’ve predicted earlier on. It was mentioned that the Desire HD will be available on HTC and DiGi centres next month.
They can confirm that it runs on the upcoming Gingerbread OS and it looks like our usual Samsung Galaxy S except for the additional curves and different chrome frame around the camera. It is also mentioned that the device offers following specs:
-ArmV7 CPU Could be Dual Core
-Open GL ES Supported
-512 or 328MB Ram (Not 100% known)
-1GB or 2GB Internal Memory (Not 100% known)
-800×480 Screen Resolution
-4? Screen Size
-720P HD Video
Check out more pics over at XDA.
In case you missed the earlier video of Google’s CEO showing off the Nexus S, click here.
Down under, a new MVNO on Optus 3G network has launched under the name Amaysim – “Amazing”, geddit? It claims to offer the best value with the lowest rates possible especially with Australia’s first ever mobile network with no flagfall. Flagfall is something that most telcos in Australia charge per call you make, which is around 20-25 cents depending on operator.
On Amaysim they are giving a simple plan of 15c/min of calls, 12c/SMS and 5c/MB of data. Doesn’t that sound familiar with our very own TuneTalk?
It is good to see new players in the market which heat things up in the telco industry. At the end, the consumers will benefit with lower rates and greater savings. Check out the ad after the jump and again it does look familiar with another ad we’ve seen recently.
More info on amaysim at their website.
Finally DiGi is offering something serious for its Android lineup as predicted earlier. They have just announced that they will be offering the HTC Desire HD on DiGi but through another round of Registration of Interest.
Similar to other BlackBerry/Android bundles, this will be bundled with DG Smart Plan at RM68/month over 12 or 24 months contract. Today is the actual launch of the HTC Desire HD/Z and we hope it won’t take too long for them to offer it on DiGi.
Visit DiGi’s website to pre-register
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Disney’s TRON Legacy is coming to big screen and Coke Zero has released a location based mobile game for iPhone users.
LiveCycle revolves around the TRON lightcycles and uses your iPhone‘s GPS to plot a light paths across a virtual map. To play simply draw as many paths as possible and if another player collides with your path, you’ll score points for each collision. To join the game, LiveCycle uses your Facebook login. From the trailer video, this looks seriously cool and it is available on the AppStore in Malaysia. If you’re a big fan of TRON or location based games, download the app now by searching “LiveCycle”.
Android users don’t fret as an Android version is coming soon. More details at Coke Zero’s site.
Watch the promo video after the jump