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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Head on over to a Celcom Blue Cube to get a new smartphone, you can now enjoy absolutely no upfront payment with Celcom’s unique Easy Payment Plan.
With Celcom’s Easy Payment Plan, you can take home any one of these devices now and choose to pay in either 12 or 24 months installments:
1. Huawei Ascend P7
2. Samsung Galaxy S5
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 3
4. Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite
5. BlackBerry Z3
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If you’re looking to buy a Quad HD tablet that’s ultra-thin, the Galaxy Tab S 8.4″ can be yours from as low as RM1,269 via U Mobile. As part of their Limited Time Merdeka Promo, they are also giving away a free exclusive tablet cover when you sign up on contract with their Unlimited 50 and Unlimited 80 Postpaid plan.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 is priced at RM1,699 outright and it offers a stunning 8.4″ Super AMOLED display that does 2560×1600 pixels resolution. Powering the device is an Exynos 5 Octa-Core processor with 3GB of RAM and it boast a thickness of just 6.6mm.
Telekom Malaysia has officially launched TMgo, marking its foray into the 4G broadband space. This is a technology refresh of its earlier CDMA offering which aims to provide faster broadband across different segments. The TMgo 4G service is based on LTE running at 850MHz, which is able to deliver download speeds up to 20Mbps.
Catering for both single and multiple user scenarios, you have a choice between a personal USB 4G Mobile Adapter and a 4G Mobile router. Since this is a prepaid service, you would need to purchase a device starter pack and subsequent you would need to top up from their variety of options to suit your usage.
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UPDATE: TM has officially launched TMgo, a new 4G service which now covers Kedah and Melaka.
TMgo, Telekom Malaysia’s own LTE-based 4G service will be launched tomorrow, 8th August. The event is set to take place at Alor Setar, Kedah which is likely to be one of their initial coverage areas. The launch is the first phase of TM’s wireless offering and is part of the company’s CDMA technology refresh
Earlier on, its TMgo product page had appeared abruptly which revealed its price plans and offering. Based on what we’ve seen earlier, TMgo would be available in both USB Dongle and wireless MiFi hotspot offering.
While the TM-P1 partnership is still pending approval, TMgo will be operating at a lower 850MHz frequency instead of the usual 1800MHz/2600MHz bands used by the mainstream 4G operators.
In terms of speed, its initial FAQ has mentioned download speeds up to 20Mbps and had listed 2 locations – Pendang, Kedah and Melaka Tengah, Melaka as its initial service areas.
The full TMgo plans and offering will be revealed tomorrow. We’ll see how it will fare against other wireless offerings in the market.
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Telekom Malaysia Bhd. (TM), Packet One Networks Sdn. Bhd. (P1), Green Packet Bhd. and South Korean mobile operator SK Telecom have agreed to extend the longstop date for TM’s investment in P1 by two months until September 30th, 2014, according to Digital News Asia (DNA). The extension is to give TM more time to obtain necessary approvals from local telecommunications industry regulator the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).
On March 27th, 2014, TM, Malaysia’s largest fixed-line telco, announced that it had agreed to buy a majority stake in P1 for RM350 million and would invest a further RM210 million into P1’s parent company, Green Packet, through the purchase of 8-year redeemable exchangeable secured bonds that could be swapped for P1 shares held by Green Packet at a later date.
IDC’s recent report, Mobile Service Tracker 2H 2013, forecasts that revenues for mobile data services in Malaysia will exceed mobile voice revenue in 2017 as we move towards becoming a fully connected nation. This is an emerging global trend that began in 2012 when Japan was the first country to see mobile data generate more revenue than mobile voice. At the end of 2013, the United States became the seventh country to cross this milestone.
In Malaysia, IDC expects total revenue from mobile services to reach RM27.6 billion by 2018; and while total revenues will grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 2.6%, mobile data revenue will grow at more than three times that rate, at a CAGR of 8.5%. Right now, 57% of Malaysian mobile subscribers are also mobile data users but as smart devices become more affordable and mobile operators roll out more competitive data plans, IDC expects that by 2018, 89% of Malaysian mobile subscribers will also use mobile data.
The affordable BlackBerry Z3 smart phone has finally arrived on Celcom and it can be yours for only RM288. Retailling at RM699 outright, the BlackBerry Z3 is tied with 24 months contract with their new First One Plan 3GB option at RM68/month.
What you’ll get is 3GB of mobile internet along with 60 minutes of voice and 60 SMS per month. If you need more internet, you can top up additional quota at RM15 per GB or RM50 for 5GB. During sign up, there’s an advance payment of RM500 required upfront which they will rebate back to your bill across the first 10 months. As part of its Raya promotion, you can opt to pay your advance payment + device price (RM788) via credit card with 0% interest instalments for 24 months.
To recap on the specs, the BlackBerry Z3 is an entry level 5″ BlackBerry 10 OS device and it runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core processor mated to 1.5GB of RAM and has 8GB of expandable storage via microSD. There’s also a 5MP camera, front facing 1.1MP unit and a decent 2,500mAh capacity battery. You can find out more about the device in our hands-on with the BlackBerry Z3.
For more information, visit Celcom’s BlackBerry Z3 page.
For those using U Mobile’s Prepaid plans, you can now make more voice calls at a cheaper rate thanks to its new Voice Plan add-on. Available with a choice of RM20 (V20) and RM30 (V30), the new voice plans are essentially bulk voice add-ons that are activated for 30 days validity. For its V20 add-on, you’ll get 100 minutes of onnet (U Mobile to U Mobile) and 100 minutes offnet (calls to other networks) for RM20. Meanwhile, its V30 option gives you more at 180 minutes onnet and 180 minutes offnet, which is a equivalent to 8.3 sen/minute assuming if you fully utilised both onnet and offnet quotas.
If you can’t finish your voice minutes within the validity period, U Mobile allows you to carry forward unused minutes but only if you renew your voice plans of the same value. The only catch is there’s a limit of 200 minutes for V20 and 300 minutes for V30 at any one time. Overall, this is an affordable add-on for those who wish to make a lot of phone calls on U Mobile. Its prepaid voice calls are normally charged at 20 sen/minute (10sen/30sec block).
To subscribe, you can dial *118*3*6*1# and select the appropriate package. Alternatively you can SMS “ON V20″ or “ON V30″ to 28118.
For more information, head over to U Mobile’s Prepaid Voice Plans.