Finally U Mobile has released the full details for its Samsung Galaxy S II offer. As reported earlier, the Galaxy S II is offered as low as RM849 with 24 months contract of U Premium’s RM168/month plan.
While that option is quite heavy for some, there are other lower options which are surprisingly affordable ranging between RM999 to RM1499. The best part is the contract duration of only 18 months instead of 24.
For example, those that want the least commitment and cost of ownership, the Galaxy S II is offered at RM1499 on U Lite plan. The U Lite plan offers combined 300 minutes of calls, 200 SMS (within U Mobile and for other networks) and a rather generous 3GB worth of data for just RM68/month. That totals up to RM1,224 for subscription over 18 months and you get to enjoy RM875 subsidy for the phone. On other telcos, RM68/month only give you mobile internet without any calls/sms included.
Overall, these plans aren’t too bad at all and probably is the lowest ownership plan for the Galaxy S II. The only downside of course is the upfront payment which you would need to pay as much as 7 months in advance. That doesn’t necessary mean its a bad thing since you would be paying for subscription anyway.
For more info, head to U Mobile’s Samsung bundle page.
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China is a funny place. When the WiFi version of the iPad 2 was launched, teenagers sold off their vital organs just to raise enough money to get one. At launch day, crazed Apple fans (as well as scalpers) took frenzied buying to a whole new level over there when they beat each other up just to get the iPad 2.
Just recently, the 3G version of the iPad 2 was launched in China and judging from what happened during the WiFi version launch its pretty safe to assume that the masses will come back for another session of frenzied buying. Well as it turns out, this time around, on one in China gave a damn about the 3G version of the iPad 2.
Apple flagship stores in Shanghai and Beijing geared up with long line barricades and ramped-up in-store security expecting even more people to stand in line for the iPad 2 3G. This was not the case. In fact, no one came to buy a 3G iPad 2.
It was quite frankly one of the worst product launches we’ve ever seen. The main reason for this catastrophic failure is because the 3G iPad 2 is already on sale in neighboring Hong Kong and other Asian countries. And because of the rampant smuggling of Apple products into China, those who wanted the device would have already gotten it from unofficial sources. On top of that the 3G version is ridiculously expensive at US$721 for a 16GB version and it is apparently un-Jailbreakable at the moment.
China is a funny place, ain’t it?
Hit up the source link for a full recap on what went down in China during the iPad 2 3G launch. More surreal pictures of empty Apple Store fronts after the jump.
Note: KBps indicated in chart is actually kbps which is kilobits per second (kbps), not KiloBytes per second (KBps). 1 Byte = 8 bits.
Content delivery service provider Pando Networks sampled over 35 petabytes of data from 27 million downloads in 224 countries to bring us this interesting information.
And it looks like when it comes to download speeds, not much has changed. South Korea still boasts the fastest download speeds in the world with an average of a whopping 17.62Mbps. That’s average ok. Some will get faster and while some surfers will get slower download speeds in Korea but the average gives a good indication that overall, the country enjoys enviously speedy internet connectivity fixed or mobile.
Other notable Asian countries on the list are Japan at number six with an average download speed of close to 11Mbps and Hong Kong at the tail end of the global top ten with an average download speed of close to 8Mbps.
Eastern European countries are well represented as well with Romania in second place with an average download speed of 15.27Mbps. In fact Eastern European countries take up four out of the top five countries with Bulgaria, Lithuania and Latvia all enjoying immensely fast downloads.
The The United States takes up 26th place in the study with an average speed of just under 5Mbps while China, home to the world’s largest Internet population, manages a rather unimpressive (relative to the other developed countries) 1.96Mbps.
The slowest Internet download, according to the study, is in the Congo, with an average of just 13 Kbps which is even slower than dial-up. Most of the world’s slowest countries on Pando’s list are located in Africa, where broadband access is sparse and mobile is often the most prevalent point of access for users.
Closer to home, Malaysia musters a not bad 1.4MBps download average on the list which is faster than Indonesia at 1Mbps download average but embarrassingly slower than Vietnam (close to 3Mbps), Thailand (2.1Mbps) and the Philippines (1.7Mbps).
Check out all of Pando’s study data presented in an interactive map right after the jump.
Here’s the latest piece of new from the official Windows Phone blog. Eric Hautala the General Manager of Customer Experience Engineering says in a blog post that the much awaited Mango release of Windows Phone 7 is expected to roll out “in the next week or two”.
Mango will bring to the Windows Phone 7 platform a whole host of features (like multitasking and much, much more) to put it on par with the likes of iOS and Android. Closer to home, the lack of local support for the Windows Phone Marketplace is a major issue for users, so we hope that gets fixed in the upcoming release as well. *Fingers crossed*
Full excerpt below:
Hi everybody. Given all the recent speculation around the timing of our Mango update, I wanted to bring you up to speed on what to expect next.
For months, we and dozens of our partner companies have been laying the groundwork for the Windows Phone 7.5 update—and making solid progress. As a result, we now expect to start rolling it out in the next week or two. At that time, we’ll also refresh the Where’s My Phone Update? table to reflect the worldwide rollout status.
This also seems like a good time to caution against installing unofficial or leaked copies of Windows Phone software.
During the official Windows Phone 7.5 update process, every Windows Phone will also receive software from the handset manufacturer. This matched and paired firmware has been painstakingly tuned so your phone—and apps—work with all the new features of Windows Phone 7.5. Since your phone requires the proper firmware to function as designed, my advice is simple: steer clear of bootleg updates and homebrew tools.
By the way, in case you missed it, we recently released new versions of both the Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac and the Zune software for PCs, which you’ll need to update your phone. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to install it. I think you’ll like the update-related improvements, which speed up the overall update process and give you more control over backups. A small favor: When you update to Zune 4.8, you’ll be asked to participate in improving the update process. Please consider doing so.
I know you’re eager to get your hands on the next release of Windows Phone—and everyone involved with Windows Phone is equally excited and eager to deliver it to you. Please hang on—we’re almost there.
General Manager, Customer Experience Engineering
Asus has started selling the Eee Pad Slider in the US with a 16GB and 32GB versions to choose from. Priced at US$479 (about RM1,500) for the 16GB version and US$579 (RM1,817) for the 32GB version, the Eee Pad Slider features an updated NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor (Tegra 250 3D) with an uprated CPU and GPU (1.2GHz and 400MHz respectively versus 1Ghz and 300Mhz on the Eee Pad Transformer).
Other than that the Slider features the same sized 10.1-inch IPS LCD screen, microSD slot and miniHDMI port as the Eee Pad Transformer (sans keyboard dock) but adds a built-in full size USB port.
The US pricing of the Eee Pad Transformer is very close to its Malaysian retail price so expect to see the Eee Pad Slider follow the same convention. In this case we’re expecting the Slider to sell for around RM1,800 for the 16GB version when it gets here. Only thing is, we’re not sure when it will get here, if at all.
In any case, who’s interested in the Slider? Sound off in the comments section.
NFC in phones is a cool feature but the fact remains, in Malaysia and mostly everywhere else, there’s really nothing much you can do with it at the moment. That could all change if these new consumer-grade NFC-enabled door locks from Yale comes to Malaysia.
The Yale NFC door lock works just like any NFC terminal, just hold an NFC-enabled smartphone near the lock and the latch unlocks. All you need to do is configure the lock to recognise the device as a key. The best part is the NFC lock is self-contained which means you don’t need to invest in a home server or a home-automation system for the lock to work. Everything that’s required for you to use your NFC-enabled phone as a key is in the lock itself.
NFC door locks is not a new idea but this application is novel and has the potential to propagate the technology and drive adoption. What will be a hindrance is the cost of bringing this cool piece of futuristic tech to your home. Not many are willing to drip RM1,000 and up for a door lock no mater how cool you look using it.