After much anticipation, Maxis has released its service plans for the HTC Flyer. Earlier Maxis announced that the Flyer can be had with contract for just RM199. While many were hoping for a really good deal with a minimum upfront payment, this proved to not be the case.
It turns out that the RM199 value promoted by Maxis is taking into account the savings from rebates you get across the 24 months contract duration when you subscribe to the full Maxis Ultimate Solid plan at RM248/month (RM152 after rebate). The device however must be purchased at full price at a very steep RM2,499
And actually the plans Maxis just released with the HTC Flyer are not exclusive to the device. There are actually new plans called the Maxis Ultimate plans. There are three new plans in all with additional services that offers “unlimited” access to specific sites like YouTube and Facebook.
Head on over the jump as we break it all down for you.
While Maxis has revealed its new Ultimate Broadband plans, all focus seems to be on the HTC Flyer. In the FAQ, there’s just one tiny line which tells us something about Maxis upcoming plans for the iPad 2.
According to the line above, there will be an iPad 2 bundling with the Ultimate Solid plan which gives a rebate of RM79 over 24 months contract. That’s a total of RM1896 subsidy for the iPad 2.
If this is confirmed, we could be looking at a free iPad 2 16GB 3G which is priced at RM1899 standalone. Even the highest end iPad 2 64GB 3G would cost effectively RM603 after subsidy rebates.
These are still unconfirmed as this could be either an error in the PDF or a case of Maxis revealing too much at the wrong time.
Thanks to eagle eyed @tigervyh for spotting this!
The LG Optimus Black is finally here in Malaysia at an attractive price tag of RM1399 from IMCC Network. The Optimus Black which looks similar to the LG Optimus 2X but it is LG’s slimmest smart phone at 9.2mm.
As mentioned in our earlier post, the key highlight of the Optimus Black is its NOVA display which offers half the power consumption of standard LCDs but offers the highest brightness performance at 700 nits. As comparison, the iPhone 4 does 571 nits while the Samsung Galaxy S pushes 347 nits. Its dual core sibling the Optimus 2X does 399 nits. On paper, this should give superior viewing outdoors.
Internally, it has a 1GHz TI OMAP 3630 processor, 512MB of RAM and a decent 2GB of internal storage which is expandable via microSD. Another neat feature on the Optimus Black is a gesture UI which lets you perform regular task by simple hand gestures such as making calls or enabling the music player. All these for RM1399 is quite a steal considering its unique screen, decent specs and slim form factor.
More details of the specs at LG’s site here.
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Google has announced Google Wallet, a mobile payment service which is currently being tested by Google, Sprint, Citibank, Mastercard, First Data and Sprint. It uses NFC technology which lets you make payments by simply tapping your device at the counter terminal.
Google Wallet is not just about payments as it also integrates merchant loyalty, rewards and even coupon programs that helps improve your shopping experience. What this means, you can get instant offers and redeem points instantly in a single tap. For those who are skeptical about credit card security, Google Wallet offers several layers of security which includes a PIN request before a transaction is made.
For those without credit card, Google is releasing Google Prepaid Cards which is a virtual credit that’s being offered by Mastercard and Money Network. In addition, it also can store shopping gift cards for selected retail outlets, making shopping more paperless. Overall, this eliminates coins, dollar notes and even the bunch of cards that we normally carry. The bad news however is that it will be available only in the US and only applicable for the Nexus S 4G for.
Maxis had a demo of the Nexus S’s NFC capabilities during the launch but so far we have yet to see any real application of it in Malaysia. However looking way back, NFC isn’t really new as Maxis does have a NFC solution called FastTap. Only available with a Nokia 6212, Maxis FastTap service offers both Visa Wave & Touch n Go mobile payments and it works in most places with Visa Wave and TnG terminals. We are wondering when Maxis is planning to extend this to the rest of the new devices with NFC. We simply love this concept and won’t mind using this for our day to day shopping.
For more information on Google Wallet, head over here.
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