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Having a postpaid plan gives you the ultimate freedom to use. There’s no credits to top up and you would only need to pay at the end of your monthly bill cycle. However that also opens up a possibility of bill shocks for something which you thought you never use. By now you’ve probably heard stories of people raking up bills of thousands of ringgit due to accidental data usage or simply for roaming on the wrong network.
Operator Maxis wants to change the way people look at Postpaid especially where there’s a stigma that the operators are all out to get you. Recently they made some drastic changes from the way they charge for calls and data as well as making internet usage overseas cheaper and worry free.
Is it just lip service or have they actually made a difference? Read on to find out.
Xpax has recently refreshed its Internet Plans by offering non-stop usage on its 4G LTE network without extra charge once you’ve hit your plan quota. Now they are trying to make it more enticing by allow you to carry forward your unused quota. So this means less wastage of your precious data and more allowance to surf in the following period.
There are 6 internet plan options from Xpax which ranges from daily, weekly, bi-weekly and monthly packs. Upon finishing your allocation, you are free to use without the usual expensive Pay as you go rates but speeds will be throttled to 64kbps. To subscribe, you can do so by dialing *118#.
Xpax Internet Plans
RM58/month – 4GB
RM38/month – 2GB
RM28/month – 1GB
RM20/2 weeks – 800MB
RM10/weekly – 300MB
RM5/day – 300MB
Following its appointment as the official reseller of ChatSIM in Malaysia, DirectD is now accepting pre-orders for is unlimited global instant messaging SIM that can help save you on data roaming charges. The ChatSIM is priced at RM64.90 (inclusive of GST) and it comes with a year of validity.
You can place your orders now but stocks are expected to arrive in 5 weeks time. There are 2 versions available – ChatSIM and ChatSIM Plus, which are essentially the same except for its list of supported networks and countries. By default, the subscription grants you unlimited usage of internet messaging such as WhatsApp, Line, WeChat, Skype and ChatOn. However if you need to send more data intensive files like photos and video, you’ll need to top up credits which are charged according to the country you’re in.
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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.
Which telco offers the best deal for the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge in Malaysia? With Celcom, Digi and Maxis starting pre-orders today, we’ve compared the plan offerings so that it is easier for you to decide.
The Galaxy S6 retails at RM2,599 (RM2,452 without GST) and its premium S6 edge goes for RM3,099 (RM2,924 without GST). Obviously that’s a lot to pay for a smart phone so getting it from a telco could be a more worthwhile option with the extra subsidies.
No doubt you probably might to fork out almost the similar amount inclusive of the advance payments during sign up, but you’ll get more savings in the long run, provided that the plan actually fulfill your needs. All 3 telcos are offering the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge only in 24 months contract duration.
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UPDATE: Maxis offers the Galaxy S6 edge from RM1,999 (before GST).
It is Maxis turn to reveal its Galaxy S6 offering in Malaysia. The Galaxy S6 contract plan has been revealed with a single MaxisOne Plan (RM128/month) option where you can pick up the device for RM1,659 (without GST). Meanwhile the double curve display Galaxy S6 edge is offered at RM1,999 (without GST), it is tied with MaxisOne Plan + 1GB of extra data at RM158/month. Both devices are tied with a 24 months contract tenure.
As a special pre-order promo, Maxis is giving out a wireless charger and a screen protector worth RM282 for the first 1,000 customers. During sign up, you would need to pay RM512 as advance payment, which will be rebated back to your monthly bill usage.
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As the clock strikes 12, the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are now open for pre-orders in Malaysia. Digi has finally revealed its contract details and you can pre-order a unit with its newly revamped Digi Smart Plans.
On Digi, the Galaxy S6 can be yours from RM1,329 while its double curve Galaxy S6 edge is offered from RM1,739, before GST. If you place your orders from now until 12th April, Digi will be giving out a free wireless charger while stocks last.
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Following the Malaysian Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge launch this morning, Celcom has finally revealed its contract options for the latest flagship smart phone. You can pre-order your unit at their selected outlets by placing a RM200 deposit and you can get your metal and glass Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge a day earlier on 16th April.
The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge is priced outright in Malaysia at RM2,599 and RM3,099 respectively including GST. With First by Celcom’s postpaid plan, the standard Galaxy S6 can be yours from as low as RM1,088 and the Galaxy S6 edge from RM1,488 (pricing before GST).
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With the dreaded GST landing today, lots of items will have the additional Goods and Service Tax applied on them, and the same goes for your postpaid and data subscriptions. As we already know the 6% GST will also be applied to mobile devices like tablets, smartphones, certain apps as well as other telecommunication products and services.
But what people don’t know is that mobile communications services have already had a 6% service tax on postpaid services to begin with of which will be replaced by the 6% GST. How much of a change this will incur is still up to debate but it shouldn’t change too much for the postpaid, broadband and data users.
The price of prepaid services and corresponding airtime for SIM Packs, Starter Packs and Reload Coupons will be maintained but as part of GST accordance telcos are required to charge 6% GST on top of these prices but all international roaming charges are not subject to GST as they are classified as a zero-rated supply.
Maxis today unveiled their new MaxisONE Club (MOC) privilege program for it’s MOC Elite members in recognition for longtime customer loyalty and patronage. Maxis postpaid customers are invited to join the MOC or MOC Elite based on their monthly spends to enjoy rewards based on the two tiers.