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It’s time for you to update your gadget bag with a bunch of the latest Apple products thanks to Hotlink. Malaysia’s hottest mobile prepaid service is giving away a total of 150 mobile devices all this January with iPhones 5, iPads 4 and iPad minis to be won daily!
To win, all you need to do is be the 10th subscriber to top-up with Hotlink (a minimum of RM10) and be the fastest to answer five easy questions via SMS correctly.
Full details on the Hotlink giveaway here. The contest runs from now to January 31, 2013.
Thinking of getting an iPhone 5 but don’t want to be tied down with fixed bundled minutes, data and SMS? Now Maxis offer more bundling options for the iPhone 5 with SurfMore75 and TalkMore78+1GB data bundling.
For those that uses internet a lot with little need for calls and SMS, SurfMore 75 offers 5GB of data at RM75/month. With 24 months contract, the iPhone 5 16GB can be yours at RM1,188 with this bundling.
For those that talk a lot, TalkMore 78 offers 600 minutes of calls and 500 SMS to all networks. With 1GB of bolt-on mobile internet, this comes up to RM126/month. With a 24 months contract, the iPhone 5 16GB is bundled at RM1,088.
Both plans require an upfront payment of RM1,000 during sign up which will be rebated back across 5 months. Alternatively for those that prefer the former iPhone 4S 16GB, it is also available at RM200 less on the same plan.
To compare other plan offerings, do check out our plans comparison post here.
For more information, head over to Maxis.
In the second half of 2013, Apple Inc. may release a cheaper iPhone, with a larger screen, for emerging markets such as China, India, Indonesia and maybe even Malaysia. If this turns out to be true, Apple could very well bring the fight back to Google in a market territory the iPhone is unfamiliar with — entry level smartphones.
Analysis: but WHYY??
Why would Apple want to disrupt the iPhone’s premium branding, in a shift to address less wealthy consumers? The summary answer: iPhone sales have saturated the top-end of the market, and the only way for Apple to continue to grow profits is by making iPhones affordable to less-wealthy consumers.
This is nothing new for the Cupertino company. Apple has no qualms about cannibalising its own products and it has been doing it aggressively. Just look at the range of iPods – which expanded from a single iPod, to iPods both with touchscreens and without screens, in smaller sizes and, with lower price-points. We’ve also seen this pattern with the iPad — hello iPad Mini. It seems that now the time is “ripe” for Apple to pursue this marketing strategy with the iPhone.
How would that work?
With competitors dishing out phones with up to 6.1-inch touchscreens, Apple seems motivated to offer something slightly bigger than its current largest screen of 4-inch on the iPhone 5. If a larger screen is to come at a lower price, it’s likely that the pixel resolution on a new, larger, cheaper iPhone would be nothing to shout about. Or Apple might choose to ignore screen size altogether and offer a slightly smaller bargain iPhone while maintaining the 4-inch iPhone 5 as a premium product. It’s too early to tell and Apple could go either way.
Further cost-cutting might come from the use of cheaper manufacturing materials, like polycarbonate, instead of the posh, but delicate, glass and aluminium casings currently featured on the iPhones 4, 4S, and 5. Apple could also use previous generation internals — like an A4 or A5 processor instead of the current A6.
To increase the number of consumer options without hiking up costs, typical moves among mobile phone manufacturers have been to offer each model of phone in a variety of colours, Apple may go down this route as well.
Fans of the Force, you can now pimp your iPhones in the most awesome Star Wars swag this side of the galaxy far, far away. These cases are as authentic as phone cases can be — the C3PO case is every bit just as shiny as the droid it mimics and the Chewbacca case has fur!
If you’re interested in getting one — or all — the cases are available on Amazon and is available for the iPhones 4, 4S, and 5, in used and new condition, from over 30 vendors. We tried ordering a Chewbacca case from the seller “Amazon.com”, and found that on top of the USD 27 for the case, the 2-to-4-day shipping charge to Malaysia was USD 31, bringing the total to about RM175. Not bad and probably worth it considering how easily scratched the iPhone 5 can be.
Just in “case” you’re thinking of buying one of these, remember to check that you order the right size!
Update: A senior forum member in LowYat.net shares tips on how to claim a replacement if your iPhone 5 is damaged here. Read: Best to check your device right at point of purchase. Also, you can call Apple Care at 1-800 803-638
Update 2: In an email response to a customer asking if Apple had any plans to fix the seemingly easy to scuff aluminium finishing on the iPhone 5, Senior VP or Marketing Phil Schiller said:
Any aluminum product may scratch or chip with use, exposing its natural silver color. That is normal.
(Thanks Normal for highlighting this in the comments)
When the iPhone 5 first made it to the hands of owners, several were shocked to discover that their pride and joy came out of the box with a variety of scuffs, scrapes and dings.
We resigned the issue to poor QC, a compromise to get the first few batches of the iPhone 5 out to eager buyers. Never did we expect “scuffgate” would affect iPhone 5s in Malaysia. Months after the iPhone 5 was released, we’d figure that Apple would have gotten the QC sorted and Malaysians can be assured that their iPhone 5s would come out pristine right out of the box.
As it turns out, this is not the case. No sooner that the iPhone 5 was launched here, several owners reported the same defects with their iPhone right out of the box. Even our very own iPhone 5 wasn’t spared (pictured above).
The sensible thing to do if you received a defective product is to get it replaced right away. In the US, if you got a defective iPhone it will be replaced so long as you returned in within 30 days of purchase Well as it turns out this is not the case with Apple.
Blogger LiewCF checked with Maxis for clarification if Apple would replace scratched iPhone 5. Maxis’ response was a perplexing one. The operator claimed that it checked with Apple and iPhones that come scratched out of the box are “not categorized as a defect” and will not be replaced.
We called up Apple care to get more information and their response was just as disappointing. In Malaysia, if you purchased an iPhone and its defective, you will have to take your claims for a replacement with the retailer that you bought the device with and not with Apple. It is up to the retailer to replace your defective unit.
If you bought your iPhone from Apple’s online store you might have a better chance of getting a replacement for your defective iPhone 5 but for everyone else, it all comes down to luck.
Interesting how Apple prides itself in providing the best customer experience.
For a lot of people, camera performance is a key differentiator when it comes to choosing a smartphone. And today’s top of the line devices are among the most accomplished digital shooters ever incorporated into a phone. Yes, cameras in smartphones are getting better and better but which one is the best out there?
This post is not going to answer that question but if wondering between the Nokia Lumia 920 and the iPhone 5 which one records the best video and audio at a concert, then this might help you make a choice.
The video recording compares the Nokia Lumia 920 and the iPhone 5 side by side. It’s an interesting comparison and its surprising to see how much better one is over the other at a concert.
The offer is actually similar to the earlier discounted iPhone 5 promo for loyal customers. However this time around, Maxis is waiving the advance payment which lets you fork out less cash during registration.
For more details, head over to Maxis One Club iPhone 5 promo page.
In other news, Maxis has announced that they have ran out of stocks for its iPhone 5 32GB and 64GB models. So far they haven’t announce any tentative dates when they would replenish their 32GB and 64GB units. Those who have pre-booked will be notified once stocks have arrive. If you are still thinking of which plan to get, do check out our iPhone 5 plan comparison.
Thanks @khhork87 for the tip!
A few days back, Australian police issued a warning to citizens, to be wary of using the Apple Maps on their iDevices. This came about after drivers in the Australian Outback were misled by faulty data from the application that led them to the middle of a national park, some 70 Kilometres away from the their intended destination. The map misstep left the weary travelers exposed to the elements and without access to basic necessities, or more critically, access to a mobile networks to call for help for more than 24 hours.
Seeing this as an opportunity, Samsung’s communications team in Australia lost no time, in once again poking fun at the deficiencies of Apple’s home brewed navigation software.
Samsung installed “vehicles lost in the Outback” in highly visible public locations, next to signs that read:
“Oops, should have got a Samsung Galaxy S III.
Get Navigation you can trust.”
The Malaysian Apple Online Store now offers the unlocked iPhone 5 without contract. If you don’t plan to get one with telco contract, you won’t need to wait much longer as the iPhone 5 are listed as “in-stock” at time of writing. The free shipping takes 1-3 business days after shipping which means you should be able to receive it by next week. As comparison, the iPad mini is still listed with 2 weeks shipping time.
In terms of pricing, there’s no surprises with the 16GB going for RM2,199 followed by the 32GB at RM2,499 and 64GB at RM2,799. To order yours, head over to the Apple Store iPhone 5 page.
Alternatively, Senheng & SenQ are selling them at their nationwide outlets starting today.
UPDATE: SenQ has updated that stocks are very limited. Those who are interested can place a reservation with stock expected to arrive in 1-2 days time.
If you don’t fancy getting an iPhone 5 on contract, you can purchase one outright without contract from Senheng and SenQ outlets nationwide. It goes on sale today, where iPhone 5 is officially available for Malaysia.
In terms of pricing, it is the same recommended retail pricing as follows:
iPhone 5 16GB – RM2,199
iPhone 5 32GB – RM2,499
iPhone 5 64GB – RM2,799