U Mobile is on a roll today after announcing its long awaited HSPA+ service. Now they have also announced a range of phone bundlings that’s tied with different plans and contracts.
Some of the bundle offers are the same such as the BlackBerry Curve 9300 and Bold 9780 going for RM90/month and RM142/month respectively with 12 months contract of U Mobile BIS Plan. The U Mobile Huawei MiFi too is the same at RM210 with U Broadband plan.
What’s new is that U Mobile is offering an Android device, the HTC Wildfire for only RM199 with 24 months contract of U Premium Plan. We have no idea about this new U Premium Plan and it is not even on U Mobile’s website. In the previous bundling plan for Nokias, there was a PAYU Voice plan which is added on top of an existing UB68 data plan that looks similar with DG Smart Plan.
For those who want a cheap phone without contract, there’s the U Mobile SOU which supports 2 SIM and priced at only RM230 outright. For that price, it includes a U Mobile Prepaid starter pack, a RM50 top up voucher plus an extra battery.
Head after the break for more bundles of Nokia devices which includes the Nokia 7230, Nokia E5, Nokia X3 Touch & Type and Nokia C7.
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U Mobile has finally revealed its HSPA+ Broadband plans today with a special rebate offer for 5 months. Earlier today, we mentioned that they have revised the U Broadband Plans which they have removed the speed caps allowing full speed downloads up to 42Mbps. To keep things simple, the HSPA+ plans are similar with their typical 3G broadband plans. The 2 key plans eligible for this promo are UB40 which gives you 2GB quota and UB68 unlimited plan with 5GB FUP.
For this promo, they are giving the 7.2Mbps modem for Free, while the activation fee of RM100 applies. Meanwhile the anticipated HSPA+ 42Mbps modem is offered at a pricey RM450 but its activation fee is fully waived. The rebate promotion that they are having is simply 5 months rebate of RM20 each which is a savings of RM100. For the HSPA+ package, that makes the modem cost RM350 effectively.
The promo header states that it is available in Johor Bahru and Penang too. Looks like U Mobile is delivering its HSPA+ to more places than it claimed earlier on. You can check out the coverage details here.
For more information, head to U Mobile’s 42Mbps Promo page here.
Most telcos in Malaysia have been engaging its customers actively via social media be it Facebook or Twitter. While it serves as an alternative channel for customers to seek info or to troubleshoot problems, handling such complaints online can be a nightmare. As it is so easy to tweet to your telco, the responses are overwhelming to an extent that some tweets are tend to be slower to reply or in some cases ignored.
Maxis seems to be trying to address that with Maxis Connects. While the page is simply a twitter feed without much details on it, the idea if we get it correctly is Maxis tries to get in touch with its customers with an actual Customer Service representative. From the recent timeline, we can see @larni_maxis & @alexa_maxis responding to some inquiries. From the looks of it, their online CS team works on shift but at any time if you need to tweet, it should still be directed at @MaxisListens. So in a nutshell, your tweets to Maxis would be replied by someone with a face instead of a twitter account with a corporate logo.
Whether this works is another question altogether but good effort on Maxis for taking the initiative to try something new. If you’re interested, check out the Maxis Connects page.
U Mobile has revised its U Broadband Plans which now offers uncapped speeds up to 42Mbps for all options. Previously only the highest option of RM68/month offers uncapped speeds up to 3.6Mbps while the smaller options such as daily RM6 or monthly RM10 being capped at 384kbps download.
This is a welcome move which allows casual users to enjoy faster speeds even if they take up smaller byte sized packages for couple of days use. As announced during U Mobile’s BlackBerry launch, additional Pay As You Use (PAYU) data is charged at only 5 sen per MB.
The new speed revision also indicates that U Mobile is closer towards its HSPA+ launch that offers speeds up to 42Mbps, making it the probably the fastest wireless broadband in Malaysia. HSPA+ is the next evolution of 3G’s HSPA with providers in the US such as T-Mobile claiming 4G. In the end of the day, all that matters is the achievable speeds that consumers can get whether it is on HSPA+, LTE or WiMAX. Another burning question is how fast can U Mobile roll out its HSPA+ coverage to more places considering its FAQ only mentions Sunway and Subang Jaya for now.
Another worthy mention is that U Mobile’s affordable MiFi promotion has been extended until 30th April 2011. You can check it out at U Mobile MiFi promo page. For comparison of MiFi deals in Malaysia, do read our previous MiFi comparison post.
Head after the break for the previous U Broadband Plans with its old speed caps
The Apple iPads 2 announcement happened at 0200hrs our time early this morning. Odds are many of you would have missed the event live. If you’re interested, Apple has uploaded the full-length of Steve Job’s presentation about the iPad 2 on its Apple Events page.
The presentation is over 70 minutes long and you can watch is all here.
If you want to read our thoughts on the iPad 2, click here.
After the announcement of iPad 2, Apple Store in Malaysia has slashed its iPad pricing to as low as RM1199 for the basic 16GB WiFi only model. The iPad 3G 16GB is even more affordable at only RM1599. That’s substantial savings of RM350 for the WiFi models and RM400 for the WiFi + 3G version.
As mentioned in the iPad 2 launch post, the new iPad 2 is more powerful, thinner and comes with 2 cameras but it isn’t much difference as we would have expected. So if the new iPad 2 features is something you can live without, the original iPad with its new reduced pricing and immediate stock availability looks like a good buy right now.
For more details, head over to at Apple Store Malaysia.
Thanks to winyap for the heads up!
Apple has just announced the iPad 2 and to tell you the truth, we were expecting so much more. This latest announcement is probably the first time in a long time that we left a Steve Jobs keynote feeling severely underwhelmed.
On the upside, Steve Jobs made an appearance. We’re always happy to see him in action and although there has been no indication of how his health is. It’s just nice to see him on stage.
Ok moving on to the iPad 2. Right off the bat we’re amazed at how thin the new iPad is. At only 8.8mm thin, the iPad 2 is as thin as some of the thinnest smart phones out there but other than that, everything is, relatively speaking, unchanged including the weight which at 600 grams is not much different from the original WiFi iPad (680g). However, the 3G iPad 2 is significantly lighter that its predecessor at 613g vs the old 3G iPad weight of 730g.
Update: We downloaded the case study again to see if Green Packet rectified the error and they did. At the same time, we got a comment from a person claiming to be the Marketing Director of Green Packet, Carol Koh explaining how the major mix up happened. We can verify on the authenticity of the person behind the comment but check revealed that there is indeed a Carol Koh in Green Packet and she is the Marketing Director of the company. Below is the comment in verbatim:
Hi, I’m the Marketing Director of Greenpacket Solutions. We do take these things seriously, so thank you for pointing out this human error on the design & layout stage, which would otherwise undermine the case study. The pain and anxiety the team is feeling right now is punishment enough. The team had been forgiven after they promised to never make the same mistake again.
Miss Koh claims that the version of the case study in which we spotted the grave error was a “design & layout stage” version. If that was indeed the case, it shouldn’t be made available for download in the first place. In fact the, “design & layout stage” version has been on Green Packet’s website for public download since January 31, 2011.
A case study is a tremendously important piece of work. It is a highly detailed document providing in-depth investigation findings on a subject. Organisations use it to establish credibility, to showcase how effective a product has been in a certain application. Generally, it is a document that tells its readers “hey so and so is good and we’ve got the findings to back it up”.
In P1’s and Green Packet’s case, a case study is a demonstration of how they can’t even be bothered to read their own material.
P1 and it’s parent company recently released a case study entitled “P1 4G staying one step ahead” and it talks about how P1 is a “successful” 4G operator and how Green Packet has been instrumental in making P1 a success.
Although we don’t agree with the contents of the case study, both P1 and Green Packet have their justifications, but that’s not the interesting part. If you go through the document available for download here, you will notice that there is a glaring and terribly embarrassing mistake.
There are two quote boxes in the article highlighting two different high level persons in the P1 organization, one the CEO, Micheal Lai and the other Ti Lian Seng, the VP of Technology. The funny thing is both are saying exactly the same thing.
How did this happen? We don’t know but by our reckoning it is conceivable that neither Mr. Lai and Mr. Ti had even read their respective quotes before the call was made to publish the case study, and to us that tells you so much more about both company than any case study ever can.