Do you know if you’re current mobile provider is screwing you over? Don’t Bodoh is a new website that aims to educate Malaysians of their current mobile plan and compares them with other options from other competitors.
We’re not sure who’s behind it but it claims to be presented by an independent entity. A quick check on its domain name whois info reveals Cenxus Multimedia (presumably the web developer) as the domain owner but that’s usually the way to conceal the actual person behind the scene.
To use the comparison is pretty simple, just enter your average monthly spends, select which provider you’re with in either postpaid or prepaid and then select the plan you’re on. It will then find other similar plans from other telcos along with a rating if it is a good plan or not.
After 3 months, U Mobile has achieved its Vision 2 million target before the year is out. This was an ambitious acquisition campaign after kicking off its network expansion drive that includes a roll out of additional 1,000 3G and 1,000 4G LTE sites by end of 2015.
As promised, they are giving free on-net (within U Mobile) calls and internet usage for one day, on 18th December 2014 (Thursday) between 12:00AM until 11:59PM. This is applicable to all active prepaid, postpaid and broadband U Mobile customers.
So if you’re not a subscriber, you can sign up right before 18th December to qualify for the one day free offer. Just take note that the free calls are within U Mobile network only however internet will be absolutely free without any throttling. For more info, head over to their FAQ.
The waterproof Sony Xperia Z3 is now available on contract with U Mobile’s postpaid plans. As usual it is tied with 24 months period and the bundled pricing are as follows:
U Plus – 5GB Internet (RM138/month) – RM999
U88 – 3GB Internet (RM88/month) – RM1,579
U58 – 2GB Internet (RM58/month) – RM1,779
During sign up, there’s an upfront payment of 6 months subscription required. However if you sign up for auto-debit billing on credit card, you can get a waiver but this is only applicable on U Plus and U88 Plan.
If you have an existing device, U Mobile is also accepting trade-in where your old phone can fetch up to RM750. This will be used to offset the bundled pricing of the new Xperia Z3. Not only this an easier way to swap your smart phone, it is also safe thanks to U Mobile’s partnership with Blanco, a company that specialises in erasing data from smart devices.
To recap on the specs, the Xperia Z3 has a 5.2″ Full HD display and it is powered by a 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 with 3GB of RAM. On-board it has 16GB of storage which is expandable up to 128GB microSD. The camera is a similar 20.7MP shooter as before but its get a wider 25mm angle lens. Powering the device is a 3,100mAh capacity battery which can last up to 2 days with a single charge with average use. You can check out more details of the Xperia Z3 in our hands-on video.
For more info, head over to U Mobile’s Xperia Z3 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.
OPPO is now available on U Mobile and they are offering a bundling package for the OPPO Neo 5 and entry level OPPO Joy. Instead of the usual postpaid bundling where you get a cheaper phone with long contract, U Mobile bundles these OPPO devices outright with additional value.
The OPPO Neo 5 that comes with 4G LTE connectivity is priced at RM598, but when you purchase it together with U58 postpaid plan, you’ll get free 6 months subscription that’s worth RM348. Meanwhile for the entry level OPPO Joy, you can get the bundle at RM348 which comes together with RM20 top up, a free sim pack worth RM8 and free 250MB internet for 4 months, if you maintain a minimum top up of RM30/month.
To recap on the specs, the OPPO Neo 5 is their most affordable 4G LTE offering with a 4.5″ screen (854×480 pixels) that’s running on a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM . Meanwhile the OPPO Joy is their entry level device with a 4″ (800×480) display and runs on a dual-core 1.3GHz processor with 512MB of RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has already arrived in Malaysia and it is available across its Samsung stores and dealers nationwide. Priced outright at RM2,499, is is quite a steep price to pay but you can consider subsidised contract offers from our local telcos such as Maxis, DiGi, Celcom and U Mobile. All 4 have various plans to suit different usage patterns at different price range.
If you’re already an existing subscriber of one of these plans, you might as well continue with them, provided that you’re satisfied with your current postpaid offering. Unlike last year’s Galaxy Note 3, the latest Galaxy Note 4 unfortunately is offered only with 24 months contract which might be too long for some.
So to answer the question which is the best plan to get the Galaxy Note 4, we’ve compared the contract plans from all 4 telcos along with its bundled data, voice and SMS and its total cost of ownership. Check them out after the break.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 officially goes on sale in Malaysia starting today. Among the four telcos, U Mobile wants to make it easier for you to switch to a brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Not only it offers 3 plans where you can get one from as low as RM1,099, they are also offering trade-ins making it possible to get one without forking extra money.
On top of that, they are also partnering with Citibank where you get to enjoy zero advance payment and an extra RM200 off from the Galaxy Note 4 bundled price.
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be offered on contract on U Mobile and now they have started its registration of interest process. If you register yourself before 16th October, they are offering additional RM100 rebate. So far there’s no mention if this rebate can be used to offset the device price or its monthly subscription fees.
Samsung Malaysia will be having the consumer launch this coming Friday, 17th October and all 4 telcos including Maxis, DiGi and Celcom will be offering the Galaxy Note 4 on contract. For U Mobile, we would expect the Galaxy Note 4 to be offered on its usual U58, U88 and U Plus postpaid plans with 24 months contract. If you dislike forking out a huge sum during sign up, U Mobile is likely to offer a zero upfront advance payment on its higher plans provided that you take up their auto-billing offer.
To register your interest, head over to their Galaxy Note 4 registration page.
Thanks Lucas for the tip!
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For those staying up late until the wee hours of the morning, U Mobile is now offering free non-stop video streaming to its Prepaid Unlimited Mobile Internet, Postpaid and Broadband Plan customers. This is applicable for YouTube (website/app) and Tonton video streaming (www.tonton.com.my) from 2AM until 10AM in the morning. Video streams outside of the free 8 hour period will utilise your existing internet quota.
According to its T&C, there’s a fair use policy of 500MB per day for video streaming which is refreshed on a daily basis. The free streaming promotion is valid from now until 31st December 2014, as part of its Vision 2 million customers. If it achieves its target, all subscribers will get to enjoy free calls and internet on New Year’s day. From 1st January 2015 onwards, the non-stop streaming service will be charged at RM3/month.
For more information, visit U Mobile’s Free Streaming promo page.
If you’re planning on getting the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 on contract, you can also count on U Mobile as they have just posted a teaser on their website. In terms of colours, the teaser reveals 3 options similar to DiGi which includes Frosted White, Charcoal Black and Bronze Gold.
To recap on the specs, the Galaxy Note 4 is Samsung’s latest flagship that offers a similar 5.7″ display as the Note 3 but it now pushes a higher Quad HD resolution. For Malaysia, we are expected to receive the Exynos 5433 variant which offers Octa-Core processing which potentially offers better performance and battery life. For the first time in the Note series, the Galaxy Note 4 feels more premium and durable with the use of metal frame, and it now comes with a 16MP camera with Optical Image Stabilisation.
Looks like we can expect the big 4 telcos in Malaysia to offer the latest phablet from Samsung. You can check out our hands-on and first impressions of the Galaxy Note 4 here.
Thanks to Lucas for the tip!
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