While the telcos are still sorting out its GST kinks with their reloads, consumers can expect more value thanks to heated competition that’s happening recently. After Celcom introduced its Xpax #MagicSIM, Digi has responded with its new Smart Prepaid with its starter pack priced at RM10.
Like most new prepaid offerings, Smart prepaid gives you free basic internet that allows you to use Facebook Lite, Twitter and web browsing at a throttled 64kbps. You also get unlimited social messaging on WeChat, WhatsApp, Line and Kakaotalk which includes sending photos and videos, but this excludes voice calls over the internet. The always-on internet trend was started by #Hotlink and while it’s slow, it acts as a safety net so that you won’t lose your credit to expensive pay per use charges.
Just recently Digi had quietly introduced a special promo for its lower commitment Smart Plans, where you can get 3GB of data, 100 minutes of calls and 100 SMS each month for only RM36. Initially offered for a limited time at on-ground stores, Digi has published the offer on their website and you can now subscribe to the plan hassle free from their online store.
Apart from Maxis and Celcom, the Xiaomi Mi 4i is also available on contract with Digi’s SmartPlans. Retailing at RM749 outright, the Mi 4i can be yours for free with its highest SmartPlan 148 of RM148/month.
The full Mi 4i bundled pricing are as follows:
SmartPlan 78 (12 months) – RM509
SmartPlan 78 (24 months) – RM329
SmartPlan 108 (24 months) – RM89
SmartPlan 148 (24 months) – RM0
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UPDATE: The RM36 Smart Plan promo with 3GB Data, 100min calls and 100 SMS is valid at Digi stores from now until 15th July. The promo subscription fee of RM36 is only valid for the first 12 months.
For those craving for more internet for the least amount of money, Celcom appears to have the best deal in town with its FIRST Basic 38 plan. You get 3GB of data, 50 minutes of calls and 50 SMS each month for just RM38. To top it off, you are even allowed to carry forward unused data to the following month.
Now Digi appears to have something up their sleeves which could offer more value at an even lower price. A reader had brought to our attention on a new unannounced RM36 Digi plan and the folks at MDroid.my have gotten more info on the new counter plan offering.
Cloud storage is the future as we are seeing less smart phones with microSD card slots and photos are more practically shared online. Connectivity is vital especially when you need to upload or view photos immediately while you’re on the move.
Now Digi wants to free up more space on your smart phone, and to encourage cloud photo storage, they have introduced its new Capture service. Not only it works as a photo backup, Digi is also offering Zero internet charges for its subscribers. So now you won’t have to worry about using up your precious internet quota as you snap away.
Digi has just announced that it will be extending its 4G LTE coverage for more areas in the Klang Valley to provide more people with faster internet speeds and it’s now available for prepaid too.
With Digi’s existing 3G coverage, the extended LTE services are part of the company’s plan to bring better broadband access to 80% of the populated areas in Greater KL with a target of 2Mbps minimum speed. Digi says that their customers cn expect better indoor and outdoor internet experience as well as reduction of drop call rates. On top of that, Digi will be deploying more sites that runs on both 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands in the next few quarters. So this means you could enjoy faster speeds on Digi if you’re using a smart phone that supports only 1800MHz LTE bands.
At the moment, Digi’s 4G LTE coverage covers 79% of Klang Valley’s population and 33% of the population nationwide. The areas that are currently covered by Digi’s 4G LTE services include the Klang Valley, Penang, Kuantan, Johor Bahru, Kota Kinabalu, Tawau, Labuan, Kuching, Miri, Bintulu, Kampar, Langkawi and Port Dickson.
As revealed during the launch, Digi is offering just 2 models – the ASUS Zenfone 2 ZE550ML with a 5.5″ HD 720p display and the higher spec Zenfone 2 ZE551ML with a 5.5″ Full HD display. Both of which are offered with Digi’s new revamped Smart Plans that offer either more voice calls or more internet.
UPDATE: Zenfone 2 is now available on Digi Online Store.
The ASUS Zenfone 2 is also available on contract via Digi and existing loyal subscribers can get it for free with zero upfront payment. Out of the 5 models launched for Malaysia, Digi is offering the mid-range ZE550ML and its higher-spec ZE551ML variant with 4GB RAM.
The ZenFone 2 (ZE550ML) comes with a 5.5″ HD 720p display and it runs on Intel’s 1.8GHz Atom Z3560 processor with 2GB RAM and has 16GB of storage. If you prefer something better, the ZE551ML from Digi gets a higher resolution 5.5″ Full HD display, 2.3GHz Intel Atom Z3580 processor with 4GB RAM, along with 32GB of storage. Outright, both are priced at RM749 and RM1,099 respectively (inclusive with GST).
Xiaomi’s entry-level Redmi 2 is now available on contract with Digi’s new Smart Plans that offers either more voice or more data. To recap on the Redmi 2, this RM449 entry level smart phone offers a 4.7″ HD 720p screen, Quad-Core Snapdragon 410 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage that’s expandable with microSD. It also gets a 8MP main + 2MP front camera, along with a 2,200mAh capacity battery.
The free Redmi 2 bundling is applicable for SmartPlan 108 and 148. Below is the full pricing with 24 months contract:
SmartPlan 78 EPP – RM59
SmartPlan 78 – RM239
SmartPlan 108 / 108 EPP – RM0
SmartPlan 148 / 148 EPP – RM0
As usual, you would need to fork out an advance payment along with a month subscription during sign up. This amounts from RM180 to its full retail price of RM449 during sign up. For EPP, the bundling price is cheaper since you are charged the full 24 month subscription onto your credit card.
For more info, head over to Digi’s Redmi 2 page.
Heeding the Government’s call for affordable broadband, Digi has introduced a new broadband plan for those that require just data. For just RM20, you get a prepaid starter pack that comes preloaded with 1GB data and it is valid for 30 days from activation. That’s quite cheap considering its entry-level postpaid broadband is costlier at RM25/month for the same amount of data.