It is the year end season and most people would be clearing their leaves ahead of 2015. If you’re travelling abroad, Maxis is now offering unlimited voice calls made overseas when you subscribe to its RM38/day DataRoam pass at 25 selected countries. This is only applicable for MaxisOne Plan, MaxisOne Plan Lite, Business One Plan & Business One Plan Lite subscribers that currently enjoy limitless voice calls.
The 25 countries are Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, China, Czech, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Macau, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK and USA. The unlimited voice call promo covers calls made back to Malaysia, current country and 3rd country. All you’ll need is to subscribe to its DataRoam package by dialling *100#. According to its FAQ, if a call is being made before 12AM and ends after the DataRoam expiry, the voice call might be charged with standard voice call roaming rates. Take note that answering incoming calls while roaming is still chargeable. This unlimited roaming call offer expires on 31st December 2014.
With Maxis’s worry free proposition, you’ll be automatically connected to their Roaming telco partner at supported countries. This means you won’t need to worry about connecting to the wrong foreign telco that might result bill shocks due to standard pay per use charges. In case you didn’t know, Maxis also offers 4G LTE while roaming in Hong Kong, France, Taiwan, Brunei, Philippines, Japan and Korea. While DataRoam is listed as unlimited, there’s a Fair Use Policy of either 250MB (selected 16 countries) or 50MB/day depending on country. There’s no excess charge but speeds might be throttled.
For more information, visit Maxis’s DataRoam promo page.
Another submarine cable is having some problems right now which will affect a large number of internet users in Malaysia. This time it is the South East Asia–Middle East-Western Europe (SMW4) link that connects South East Asia to Europe via the Middle East.
As a result, TM Unifi and Streamyx users would experience slower performance while browsing sites and connecting to servers hosted in Europe. To minimise the impact, TM says that they are rerouting traffic to other alternative submarine links for the time being.
So far they have not given any timeline on its restoration works. A few months back, the AAG link between Asia and US had a similar issue that had crippled the internet experience for most people. That took about 3 weeks to restore. Let’s hope this gets resolved quickly.
Hotlink, the prepaid brand under Maxis is offering high speed 4G LTE data for cheap and you get to enjoy a gig of data from as low as RM5/day. This is part of its November promotion where you get to subscribe 1GB of mobile internet at RM5 for 24 hours or RM11 for 72 hours validity.
This makes it perfect if you plan on using your smart phone as a WiFi hotspot or you have a sudden need to watch HD YouTube videos back to back on 4G. If you’re a #Hotlink subscriber, speeds will be throttled to 64kbps once you’ve finished your quota and there’s no excess charge. For other Hotlink prepaid plans, the expensive pay per use rates would kick in, so it is advisable that you have an active mobile internet plan at all times.
The 1GB internet promotion is valid from 17th November until 30th November. You can subscribe to as many passes as you wish if you need more data in a single day. To activate, just dial *100*2# and select FAAAST Internet Promo II. Of course, make sure you have a 4G LTE smart phone and a 4G activated SIM before subscribing.
For more information, head over to Hotlink’s Surprise November promo page.
U Mobile was the first telco to offer free internet roaming at selected countries for its postpaid subscribers. Now prepaid users are now able to enjoy Free Internet Roaming too and they have also extended several countries for its unlimited internet roaming service.
The Free Internet Roaming is limited to 50MB per day, which is sufficient enough for basic instant messaging such as WhatsApp, Line and WeChat. If you do exceed the 50MB/day limit, subsequent use would be charged at a maximum of RM30/day.
Maxis claims that their mobile network is all new with upgraded equipment and overhauled internet backbone. From their findings through Neilsen, their new improved network is able to provide buffer-free YouTube streaming 96% of the time. To put their claims to the test, Maxis has kicked off its Man Vs Network series where its CTO, Morten Bangsgaard bets his life on their improved internet promise.
Their all new mobile network targets to reach 75% of the population by 2014 and they aim to deliver this consistent internet promise to all customers by 2015. You can watch the first episode after the break along with teasers of their next episodes.
Looking for a mid-spec smart phone that you can take to the swimming pool? The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua is now being offered on contract via Maxis. Retailing at RM999, Maxis is offering the waterproof device from RM399 with 24 months contract of MaxisOne Plan which comes with unlimited talk and SMS along with 2GB of data at RM128/month. For those prefer to commit less, it is also available at RM599 with MaxisOne Plan Lite which comes with 1GB of data and unlimited calls/SMS within Maxis network for RM78/month.
To recap on the specs, the Xperia M2 Aqua is similar with its earlier Xperia M2. It gets a 4.8″ display that does qHD resolution of 960×540 and it is powered by a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM. It also has 8GB of on-board storage which is expandable via microSD. For high speed downloads, it also supports 4G LTE.
For imaging it gets an 8MP camera at the rear that can be triggered with a dedicated camera button, while the front sports a basic VGA camera. With a 2,330mAh capacity battery embedded, the Xperia M2 Aqua weighs 149 grams and has a thickness of 8.6mm. Like the latest Xperia Z3 series, the Xperia M2 Aqua boasts the highest waterproofing on a smart phone with its IP68 rating. This lets you submerge the phone under 1.5 metres of fresh water up to 30 minutes.
For more info, head over to Maxis’s Xperia M2 Aqua page.
Just recently Maxis has announced that they have improved their 4G network for greater consistency. With new equipment and overhauled internet backbone, Maxis claims that its customers should experience at least 1Mbps downloads 80% of the time, load popular websites within 8 seconds and no buffering on YouTube 96% of the time.
To put money where their mouth is, Maxis is releasing a new video series on YouTube that’s called Man Vs Network. In their first episode, a sneak preview shows their CTO Morten Bangsgaard betting his life on their 96% buffer-free YouTube experience claim. If you can pause at the right time, it looks like he will be sitting on a movable sofa with a circular saw blade following closely behind.
Watch the Man Vs Network teaser after the break.
Where other operators are getting customers to come to them for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Maxis did something completely different and sent out an army of its staff to personally deliver the newly launched iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to customers right at the stroke of midnight.
200 eager customers at various locations in Klang Valley, Genting Highlands, Kuantan and even Kuching were among the first owners of the official iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus when they had their order personally delivered to them by Maxis employees. Maxis is the first telco in the country where its employees are personally delivering brand new iPhones at midnight.
One special customer was Rastam Hadi Samsudin, who received his special Maxis Midnight Express delivery from Maxis CEO, Morten Lundal. Rastam was one of the earliest Maxis customers to pre-buy the new iPhone when it was made available in late October, a week before the official iPhone launch in Malaysia. His brand-new iPhone 6 Plus was delivered to him at TGV, Sunway Pyramid, just before he caught a midnight movie at the cinema.
In addition to the delivery, Morten also announced that everyone in the cinema hall with Rastam will receive free movie passes courtesy of TGV Cinemas because they were part of the Maxis Midnight Express deliver service experience.
Other customers who also pre-ordered their devices via the Maxis Online Store were able to self-collect at six Maxis Centres nationwide, namely KLCC, Johor Bahru, Penang, Kuantan, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, between midnight and 4.00 am today. The devices will be then available for walk-in customers at all Maxis Centres and Maxis Exclusive Partners (MEPs) across the country at normal operating hours.
The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will be available in Malaysia at midnight tonight (6th November). In case you’re wondering, DiGi’s iPhone 6 midnight launch event is happening at Paradigm Mall in Petaling Jaya, along with other locations nationwide. If you haven’t pre-ordered and plan to queue up to buy one, here’s the list of their midnight launch venues:
Petaing Jaya – Paradigm Mall
Boulevard, Level G, Paradigm Mall, No.1 Jalan SS7/26A, Kelana Jaya, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.
Johor Bahru – Taman Molek
No. 6 & 8, Jalan Moleh 1/12, Taman Molek, 81100 Johor Bahru, Johor.
Kota Kinabalu – Api-Api
Lot 5/G3, Ground & First Floor, Api-Api Centre, 88000 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Kuching – Jalan Kulas Tengah
Lot 506 – 507, Section 6 KTLD, Jalan Kulas Tengah, 93400 Kuching, Sarawak.
Penang – Pulau Tikus
368-01-05 & 06, Belissa Row, Jalan Burmah, 10350 Georgetown, Penang.
Kuantan – Jalan Tun Ismail
No. 91, Jalan Tun Ismail, 25000 Kuantan, Pahang.
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Internet is no longer a luxury but a necessity in our daily lives. Maxis which is the first telco to roll out 4G LTE in Malaysia strives to deliver the best internet experience for its consumers. It is nearly 2 years since Maxis launched its commercial 4G LTE service and obviously the mobile landscape has changed. These days you can easily get a cheap device with 4G LTE and consumers appetite for always-on connectivity and high-definition content is ever increasing.
To cope with the rising demand for reliable connectivity, Maxis has been making network upgrades progressively to deliver a consistent experience. Equipments have been replaced with newer ones and their 4G base station internet backbones have been gradually upgraded with faster optic fibre connectivity, especially in key markets such as the Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru. The new network upgrade exercise which will cost more than RM1 billion is set to reach out to 75% of the population by year end.
To gauge the performance of their new network, they have engaged research company Neilsen to conduct tests across 91 locations in the Klang Valley, Penang, Kuantan and Johor Bahru last month. Their findings conclude that Maxis is able to deliver at least 1Mbps downloads 80% of the time, popular websites being able to load within 8 seconds and no buffering on YouTube 96% of the time.