From our findings, both tests produced consistent results. The Yes network is indeed capable of delivering mobile data services but there are several gaps in its coverage that we hope Yes can cover quickly to deliver true seamless mobility broadband. Having said that and considering the fact that Yes is a new network, we were mightily impressed by the extent of the network coverage so far as well as the speeds that we were able to achieve during the previous two road tests.
So things are looking peachy for this new network but we’ll have to keep reminding you this is still a new network with a relatively smaller load on it compared to the more established players. We’ve heard so many times before that Malaysians don’t mind paying for their Internet so long as it is consistent and reliable. This looks to be an opportunity in which YTL can capitalise on. There is no secret formula to being a successful Internet service provider, all they need to deliver is consistency.
As we’ve been enjoying very good speeds on the Yes network, we hope Yes is able to keep this speed consistent even as the network gets loaded up with subscribers. If they can, then there’s really nothing to hold Yes back in winning the hearts and wallets of Malaysians.
So back to our topic of discussion. We’ve shared with you our findings on the performance — both in terms of mobility and speed — of the Yes network in certain areas in the Klang Valley, the question now is how does Yes perform outside Klang Valley?
It’s common sense for telcos to focus the bulk of their network resource towards market centres and high densitiy areas. This means more that often than not, outlying rural areas are not as well covered as it should be. At launch Yes boasts a population coverage of 65% deploying over 1,000 base stations throughout the country. This is more than its current 4G competitor P1 which currently claim around 40% population coverage with under 900 base stations currently being deployed.
All this is fine and dandy but right now what we want to know is where exactly in the populated areas is the 65% coverage focused on. Can Yes deliver consistent connectivity outside city centres? How is the network performance in areas outside of KL?
To find out, we took our trusty Yes Go along with USB modems and SIMs from DiGi, Maxis and U Mobile and hit the road up north to Penang for a mega road test shootout. On the way, we also wanted to find out if the Yes network has indeed got most of the North-South expressway covered.
Initially their map showed coverage blanketing most parts of the highway however a day before our trip, we found out that the map has been “updated” revealing a completely different coverage map with much less areas covered. This got us contemplating if we should carry on with the test as it looks like there is no coverage on our route, but with the understanding that sometimes coverage maps can be inaccurate, we continued with the test anyway.
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UPDATE: Celcom revises Samsung Galaxy Tab bundled pricing from RM1118.
Celcom is doing a special sale from now till 31st March 2011 with 3 notable devices – Samsung Galaxy Tab, LG Optimus One and a Huawei MiFi device. This makes Celcom the 2nd telco to offer the Galaxy tablet while the Optimus One finally made its appearance as speculated earlier thanks to our tipster Panda. The Huawei MiFi device shown looks similar to U Mobile’s offering which now makes all 4 Malaysian 3G players offering MiFi products.
21 December 2010 UPDATE
30 January 2011 UPDATE
UPDATE: Tab pricing slashed additional RM80 with RM1748 with 12 months contract of Celcom Exec 50+Celcom Broadband mLite or as low as RM1288 with 24 months contract of Celcom Exec 250+Celcom Broadband mPro. Thanks to Applied Gizmo for the heads up at the comments.
UPDATE 2: Galaxy Tab pricing slashed again. From RM1118 with 18 months contract of Celcom Exec 250 + Broadband mPro or RM1568 with 12 months contract of Celcom Exec 50 + Broadband mBasic. Thanks to RB for the heads up via email.
Original Post: For the Samsung Galaxy Tab, it is offered on contract at RM1828 for 12 months and RM1768 for 18 months with Celcom Exec 50+Celcom Broadband mLite package of RM78/month commitment. If you’re a high spender, the Galaxy Tab can be yours at RM1368 over 18 months contract with Celcom Exec 250. As comparison, Maxis now offers the Galaxy Tab at RM1699 over 24 months contract for its Christmas promo.
The Android 2.2 Froyo running LG Optimus One finally showed up on Celcom with the RRP of RM899. On the RM78/month contract of Celcom Exec 50 + Celcom Broadband mLite, it goes for RM508 for 12 months and RM448 for 18 months which is rather affordable. The LG Optimus One is even offered as low as RM48 if you go on Celcom Exec 250 over 18 months contract.
On the broadband segment, they are giving special deals on HP netbook, laptop and a Huawei MiFi device with a 12 month contract. What’s worth mentioning is that the MiFi device is offered at RM250 which is slightly more than U Mobile’s offering.
Lets face it smart phones are power guzzlers. You have to charge them daily to get any use out of them and when you use them to the max you’ll be lucky to get a half day’s worth on a full charge. That’s completely not on and no wonder there is a lucrative market for aftermarket suppliers to sell all sorts of battery packs for the iPhone and the various other smart phones in the market today.
But what happens when your battery pack runs out juice? There are battery packs with solar panels and there is this — the iFan.
Designed by Tjeerd Veenhoven, a 3D and interior and exterior designer from the Netherlands, the iFan is a prototype iPhone charger that uses the power of the wind to charge up the device.
his one is Tjeerd’s first working prototype using a modified computer fan encased in a soft rubber mould. The designer claims his device takes six hours to get a full charge from the wind — too long by any count.
But not to worry, Tjeerd says that he could probably shorten the time for the iFan to fully charge a an iPhone considerably by tweaking the fan blade design to make it more efficient.
If he can bring the charging time down to 2 hours and somehow include a battery pack into the design, we’re game, but for now the iFan is just a one off concept for all of us to ponder the possibilities of renewable energy sources powering our many gadgets and gizmos.
Well it turns out you might not have to so says the Android engineers via Twitter.
Though, we’ll be quick to point out that there is no indication of what kind of functionality, or responsiveness for that matter, that you’ll get if you want to run Gingerbread on an older device. And then there’s the issue of fragmentation — as is when will the Gingerbread update be made available for your Android device.
We know that a Gingerbread update for the Samsung Galaxy S is coming but there’s no indication on when it will arrive. So you see, even if you can run Gingerbread on the older devices, you’d still have that long wait till it is available.