Malaysia will be celebrating its 57th Merdeka Day (Independence Day) on 31st of August. Being Malaysians, we not only love our food but we also have a closely knit community where we call each other like family.
DiGi and Maxis had just released their Merdeka videos and they are surprisingly similar. Not sure if they shared same script or simply great minds think alike. Watch them after the break.
Your personal gadgets are essential in your day to day life and if your business depends on it, Maxis is giving peace of mind with its Maxis Device Protection program. When your smart phone gets damaged or simply fails at critical moments, the extra protection helps you to get going with immediate replacement and it costs from as low as 50 sen a day. They will even provide a replacement SIM card if you lose your device completely and there’s no more waiting for warranty and repair claims.
The protection coverage is provided by Brightstar and there are 2 plan options available depending on the value of your device.
If you’ve been using a tablet to make phone calls on a daily basis, you can step up to the new Galaxy Tab S 8.4 which is offered from as low as RM1,199. For this device, Maxis is bundling it with SurfMore plans which offers lower monthly commitment with its data-centric plan.
The bundled pricing are as follows and they are tied with 24 months contract.
SurfMore 30 – 1GB (RM30/month) – RM1,399
SurfMore 50 – 2GB (RM50/month) – RM1,199
Maxis is requiring an upfront payment of RM500 (SurfMore 50) or RM150 (SurfMore 30) during sign up, which will be refunded back to your bill across 5 months.
Sony’s ultra-slim Xperia T3 is now offered on contract with Maxis. This mid-tier 4G LTE smart phone is priced at RM1,399 outright and with Maxis current Raya promotion, it can be yours for just RM599. To recap on the specs, the Xperia T3 features a 5.3″ HD 720p display with a Quad-Core 1.4GHz Snapdragon 400 processor that’s mated to 1GB of RAM and has 8GB of storage. Even with a decent 2,500mAh capacity battery, the Xperia T3 is only 7mm thick. You can read up more on the device in our announcement post.
In terms of bundling, the device is tied with 24 months contract on their new MaxisOne Plan which offers limitless talk and SMS.
MaxisOne Plan Lite – 1GB (RM78/month) – RM799
MaxisOne Plan – 2GB (RM128/month) – RM599
For travellers that wish to stay connected for basic internet connectivity, Maxis now offers a cheaper Data Roam Saver that costs RM10/day. Available in 16 countries, it offers 50MB of data per day which is sufficient for instant messaging and quick social updates. The best part is that if you do exceed 50MB, there’s no excess charge but speeds will be throttled to as low as 32Kbps.
The Data Roam Saver countries include Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Macau, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK and Vietnam. To activate, you can dial *100# or send an SMS (buy datasaver
When it comes to LTE, South Korea is seen as a pioneer especially with its LTE-Advanced network. This time around, our southern neighbour has beaten them with Singtel’s 4G LTE-A service with speeds up to 300Mbps. With their LTE-A Cat 6 offering, Singtel currently offers the world’s fastest internet for a smart phone. As comparison, South Korea’s SK Telecom’s LTE-A network was launched with up to 150Mbps speeds.
In terms of coverage, Singtel claims to have upgraded most of its network with 55% LTE-A coverage on the city state with areas including Orchard, the CBD, Shenton Way, City Hall, Ang Mo Kio, Tampines, Jurong, Telok Blangah and Woodlands. They are targeting to achieve nationwide outdoor coverage by Q1 2015.
With higher speeds, you would need a different variant of 4G LTE devices that can support 300Mbps downloads. When the LTE-A service goes live this Saturday on 23rd August, Singtel is offering the Samsung Galaxy S5 4G+ variant for S$688 and there are contract options where it is bundled for free. Next month, they will be adding the Samsung Galaxy Alpha 4G+ to its 4G LTE-A bundle line up.
Apart from the Redmi 1S, Celcom is offering the Acer Liquid Z4 for free. The Liquid Z4 is an entry level device with a 4″ (800×480) display and a dual-core 1.3GHz processor with 512MB of RAM. It supports dual-SIMs, has 4GB of storage and a 5MP camera with LED flash. Out of the box, it runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Priced outright at RM349, the device is free with 24 months contract of Celcom First Data Lite + Voice which consists of 1.5GB of data and voice calls/SMS are charged separately. During sign up, there’s also a RM450 upfront payment required which will be rebated back to your monthly bills.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s Liquid Z4 page.
The affordable Redmi 1S is also offered by Celcom and it can be yours Free on a Postpaid contract. Similar to DiGi’s offering, the Redmi 1S is bundled on a RM78/month commitment plan with 24 months duration.
The device is tied with Celcom First Prime (RM40) with bolt-on 1GB of data (RM38). While the Redmi 1S is free, you would need to fork out RM450 for advance payment which will be rebated back to your bills across 10 months.
To recap, the Redmi 1S is Xiaomi’s most affordable model that’s priced at RM419 outright. It gets a 4.7″ HD 720p display, a quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM, 8GB storage, 8MP + 1.6MP camera and a decent sized 2,000mAh capacity battery. To get to know the Redmi 1S better, you can check out our hands-on post.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s Redmi 1S page.
During sign up, you would need to pay a month subscription plus RM408 as advance payment which will be rebated back to your monthly bills. However if you are an active DiGi subscriber for the past 12 months, they will waive off the advance payment.
The Redmi 1S is Xiaomi’s most affordable offering in Malaysia at the moment that’s priced at RM419 outright. It gets a 4.7″ HD 720p display and runs on a decent 1.6GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM and there’s 8GB of storage which is expandable with microSD card. The spec list continues with a 8MP + 1.6MP cameras and 2,000mAh capacity battery. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can check out our unboxing and its hand-on comparison.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s Redmi 1S product page.
The ASUS ZenFone 5 is now available on DiGi and it can be yours for free with 24 months contract of DG SmartPlan 78. The Dual-SIM 5″ smart phone that they are offering comes with 16GB of storage instead of the original 8GB version which was introduced at RM599.
While the device cost nothing to buy, you would need to fork out RM558 during registration which consists of RM78 for advance 1 month subscription and RM480 for advance payment which will be rebated back to your monthly bills. Do note that the 3GB monthly data quota is split with 1GB for selected social and IM apps while the remaining 2GB is for other usage.
To recap on the specs, the ZenFone 5 gets a 5″ HD 720p IPS display and it runs on Intel’s Dual-Core 1.6GHz Atom Z2560 processor with 2GB RAM. The 16GB storage is expandable with microSD up to 64GB. Meanwhile the 8MP camera on the ZenFone 5 boast an impressive low-light performance with its PixelMaster technology while the front gets a 2MP camera. You can check out our hands-on with the ZenFone 5 over here.
For more information on the Free device bundling, head over to DiGi’s ZenFone 5 page.
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