UPDATE: DiGi confirms that Astro Mobile TV is meant to be used with digiwap APN.
DiGi now offers Astro Mobile TV on your 3G Mobile which they are also giving a 7 day free trial to try it out. iPhone users are able to watch it via Astro B.Player which was previously used by Maxis for live World Cup broadcast.
In terms of Live TV, there are 4 Channels – Bloomberg, History, Astro Hitz TV and Awani with 2 more channels (Crime and Investigation & Bio) coming soon. The other contents are looped channels and Video On Demand which are basically replays of selected segments such as Akademi Fantasia, Raja Lawak, Miss Astro 2010 and Vaanavil Super Star 2010.
The playback on 3G was rather smooth but the quality is nothing to shout about as the original video resolution is about 160×120. So don’t expect to read the tiny scrolling text on Bloomberg. Despite that it’s still worth to watch while being stuck in traffic or on the train. Of course, this isn’t as good as DVB-H based Mobile Live TV.
So how much is it to watch? After the 7 days trial period, you have a choice of RM1.50 per channel per week or RM5.00 per channel per month. There are no additional data charge to view the channels so that’s a flat rate without worrying about excess data usage. However DiGi didn’t mention if there’s any specific APN to access. In the previous experience of Facebook Zero, the FREE usage is only applicable if you’re using digiwap APN so this might be the case for Mobile TV too.
If you’re reading this from your mobile device on DiGi, click here to get started.
BlackBerry Malaysia has announced that the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and BlackBerry Curve 9300 now comes in 2 new colour options respectively. The BlackBerry Torch now comes in Red and White while the Curve 3G comes in Bright Chrome and Pink option.
It is mentioned that the new BlackBerry colours are available from carriers and authorised distributors in Malaysia. This means that the Red BlackBerry Torch is no longer exclusive to Celcom and should be available from DiGi, Maxis and phone dealers as well. Last week, Maxis was the first to announce the availability of the White BlackBerry Torch.
Head after the break to see all colour options.
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Slashgear has reported that HTC’s current and older line up of Desires will be receiving Android 2.3 Gingerbread update which includes the original HTC Desire, HTC Desire HD and HTC Desire Z. The news was confirmed by a HTC spokesperson and it will be rolled out in Q2 this year. Another model, Incredible S which was launched recently with Froyo is also receiving the Gingerbread update about the same time.
Earlier on, there was teaser from Three UK that HTC Desire but this latest updates confirms it further. So far HTC seems to be the most progressive Android manufacturer in terms of software updates as they were among the first to announce Froyo updates for its older models and now the Gingerbread. Hopefully the rest of the Android players will follow suit.
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While checking our Yes February statement, we noticed something extra in their SelfCare. At the bottom of the Usage Summary, there’s a new section called valuepack and campuspack that shows the balance and expiry of voice, data and SMS. So far there isn’t any details on such valuepacks on the website but this looks like Yes is about to introduced bundled packages which could be good news for heavy users.
We reckon, it could be something similar to Hotlink’s Hot Tickets where they give out bundled SMS, voice with a certain validity in a single voucher. As mentioned before, Yes pricing of 3 sen per MB is affordable for casual users however it costs much more for heavy users especially for those using more than 6GB per month. The campuspack could be a cheaper student price equivalent catered for their Education Partner Programme.
This could be their preparation towards the availability of Yes Zoom home gateway, which normally incur more usage than mobile users. It would be interesting to see how low can they go cost per GB wise with these valuepacks.
Among the many birds available for your catapulting pleasure in the cult game Angry Birds which one is your favourite?
This comical infographic from none other than The Oatmeal is probably the most accurate — and funny — likability scale of the volatile birds in Angry Birds we’ve ever seen.
If you’re about to go out to plonk a hefty amount of your hard-earned cash on a brand-spanking new iPad, well you best be keeping that cash back in your pocket because the iPad 2 is coming and it is coming sooner than any of us could ever expected.
Amongst the sea of rumours and speculations surrounding the iPad 2, one is fact.
Apple will make an announcement pertaining the iPad 2 next week — March 2 to be exact and this is confirmed with a media invite sent out Tuesday last week.
Granted, the invite doesn’t specifically mention a launch of the iPad 2 but the design of the invite itself implies that Apple will make some sort of an announcement about the much speculated device. If Apple is going to talk about the iPad 2, they might just as well announce its launch.
In the meantime, click here for a not-quite review of the iPad 2
Most if not all broadband plans especially wireless comes with a fixed amount of monthly usage quota. Upon reaching the limit, your speeds are throttled down to snail pace and there’s nothing much you can do until the next month’s cycle.
Now P1 has introduced an option for you to purchase additional usage quota upon reaching your limit at RM10 for 2GB. That’s RM5/GB for additional use. The good thing is that you don’t need to pay upfront and additional quota can be activated immediately on SelfCare and the extra add-on is then billed to your following month’s statement. It also comes with 30 days validity so no worries if you can’t finish it before your next billing cycle. To purchase, just log in to self care and you may buy immediately.
P1 isn’t the first to offer such add-on quota option. Celcom 3G Broadband too has something similar called Volume Purchase for power users that need more data than what they originally subscribed. As comparison, Celcom charges RM12.88 for 1GB and RM38.88 for 5GB.
For more information on P1 add-on usage quota, head to P1’s postpaid broadband page and click on the Increase your Quota section.
Check it out. Borneo Post, a legit local daily serving the East Malaysian market that collects money from every issue that it sells stole a picture from a blog and went to print with it to accompany a news piece.
The blog in question? SoyaCincau.com!
Borneo Post published an article on February 21, 2011 about Yes where it quoted an analyst saying that the 4G operator could be offering postpaid packages soon. In the article Borneo Post used a picture that we had snapped of the giant Yes cube located at in front of Lot 10 in KL.
For the use of the picture, the editors of Borneo Post had never requested permission from us, the owners of the picture.
This is not the first time (if you click through the link, go all the way to the bottom of the article) a legit publication rips off content from our site without properly attributing it back to us.
There have been a lot of question on the ethics of bloggers, perhaps they should also question the ethics of some of these publications. Stealing is a crime.
How hard is it to send an email to ask for permission to use a picture? We would be more than happy to give permission for free. Apparently for this newspaper, its too much of hassle that the editors deemed it ok to steal from our site instead.
Naturally, would like it for Borneo Post to issue and apology and attribute the picture to our site but seeing that they editors find it acceptable to steal, we’re not expecting much from them.
Head on over to after the jump for a picture of the offending article.
DiGi is doing a special promo on its DG Smart Plan with selected smart phones which they claim to be the world’s best. For this promo, your first 6 months subscription can be as low as RM23/month which is inclusive of the RM5 rebate if you sign up for the auto-billing.
Basically what you’ll get is RM40 rebate for the first 6 months of your subscription if you sign up for DG Smart Plan tied with a 24 months contract. This offer however is only applicable to HTC 7 Mozart, BlackBerry Bold 9780, BlackBerry Torch 9800 and HTC Desire HD.
After the 6 months, you will be charged RM63/month. The additional discounted rebates according to the T&C still apply. THis means if you plan to get 100% discount, you only need to spend RM22 on your voice calls, instead of the usual RM62.
For more info, head to DiGi’s promo page here.
The Motorola Atrix 4G has gone under the knife by iFixit, the guys that give us excellent view of gadgetary innards.
In terms of repairability, the Motorola Atrix seems pretty easy to dismantle with the rating of 9 out of 10. Most of the phone components are held together with screws and plastics and adhesives are hardly used. Even the high resolution 960×480 LCD screen is not fused with the front panel, making screen replacements a breeze.
Check out the full step by step dissecting of the Atrix here.