In Malaysia, competitors don’t utter each other names, top execs in big board rooms shun the mention of a competitor’s name in their presence. It is forbidden, a cardinal sin punishable by death. Ok maybe that’s not entirely true but it is very rare, almost unheard of for a brand to mention its direct competitor so openly.
For a brand to mention its competitor is one thing but for a brand to promote and display said competitor’s logo is almost unbelievable!
Well the social media people at P1 thought that they’d be good sports and share a contest that their competitors are running.
Yes, via its Yes World portal, is running a ticket giveaway contest for the upcoming premier of “Cowboys vs Aliens” and while Yes is promoting the contest via its social media channels, P1 thought they’d give a helping hand and promote the contest on their social media channels as well. This is tremendous! In all our years in this industry, we’ve never seen anything like it.
The rational behind it? P1 says they promoted the contest because “everybody loves free tickets no matter who gives them out”. Sensible logic, we say.
Is the world about to end? Probably not. But its definitely a new beginning. Kudos to P1 for setting the positive trend. We’re hoping other brands will follow suit. What P1 did goes a long way in creating a good perception for the brand, or its social media channel at the very least. Now, all that remains if for them to up the ante and fix that darn network of theirs (sorry P1, we still think its problematic)
In the meantime, let’s see if the advocator of “positive change” will reciprocate the goodwill gesture.
According to TheStar, YTL Communications is in the process of securing licenses to roll out its Yes 4G services in the East Malaysian states of Sabah and Sarawak. Its CEO Wing K. Lee had mentioned that YTL has received acknowledgement from the Government and they are now requested to submit their business plan.
Currently REDtone is the only WiMAX operator in East Malaysia and they haven’t been expanding much since its launch 3 years ago. About 2 years back, P1 too had showed intention of expanding to East Malaysia but this hasn’t materialise until today. We’re not sure what was holding them up but we believe expanding to Sabah/Sarawak is much more complicated compared to other states in Peninsular Malaysia due to different local/state regulations.
If Yes is able to roll out, this will give Sabah/Sarawak consumers more broadband choice as 3G providers are still struggling to cover all major towns. It would be impressive if Yes can cover the trunk road from Kuching to Miri and from Lawas to Kudat – the tip of Borneo.
For YTL, moving into Sabah/Sarawak is crucial for them to claim nationwide 4G coverage as no WiMAX operator has coverage on both sides of the South China Sea. REDtone too has tried to enter Peninsular Malaysia but so far we haven’t heard anything from them.
In terms of coverage, it was also reported that YTL aims to double up its network sites from 1,200 base stations during launch, to 2,500 by year end. This includes expansion of sites at Johor, Kelantan, Pahang and Terengganu.
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UPDATE: Updated Broadband Comparison with breakdown of Fixed, Mobile Broadband & Mobile Internet plans.
Our Malaysia Broadband Cost Comparison post is in dire need of an update since most broadband providers had revised/introduced new broadband plans. As demanded by you, we’ve updated the broadband comparison table as below:
Further breakdown with speed & excess charge by categories after the jump.
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Earlier this week Yes announced that it had signed an agreement with Japanese WiMAX operator UQ Communications to “further enhance both entities’ leadership positions in the 4G space and to advance the development and adoption of next-generation WiMAX technologies.
The signing coincides with the completion of the world’s first WiMAX2 field test conducted by UQ on July 8 in Tokyo. The test demonstrated a mobile WiMAX2 network delivering a downlink speed of over 130mbps in a moving vehicle.
In a statement announcing the signing Yes CEO, Wing K. Lee said that “WiMAX is the most matured and widely adopted in the world.” In the same statement, Yes claims WiMAX2 “performs better than current LTE technologies while maintaining full compatibility with existing WiMAX devices.”
We’re not fans of press releases announcing “successful” tests proclaiming crazy speeds like 130mbps over a wireless network because there is a major difference between theoretical and practical network speeds. Most of the time, these tests are conducted in a closed network where there’s virtually no network load. Realistically, you’re not going get these kinds of speeds anytime soon. So you have to take these announcements of 100+mbps download speeds with a grain of salt.
The interesting thing to note here is Yes’ decision to stick with WiMAX while almost all of the other operators in the country (including the once WiMAX posterboy, P1) are looking at building next-generation networks based on LTE.
Update: Yes announced that its network is stabilised and “fully restored”. Based on our usage experience, it’s so far so good. Are you a Yes user? How’s your connectivity this morning?
If you’re a Yes customer and facing connectivity issues, you’re not alone. From our experience and complaints of others, Yes seems to be having some network problems since yesterday evening as far as we can tell. While we were able to connect to the Yes 4G network, we were not able to access any sites other than the yes.my portal.
Though the issue seems to be intermittent, we have to say that it is extremely frustrating to not be able to access sites when you want to get things done quickly.
On our last check, we’re still experiencing intermittent connectivity on Yes.
Yes has made an announcement that rectification works is on the way. According to them the issue was caused by one of their “key network service providers”. There’s no timeline given but we hope they can stabilise the network as soon as possible. The Yes network has been solid so far and while network issues are part and parcel of the internet game we hope that Yes makes sure that these disruptions are very few and far, far in between.
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In a bid to expand its top up channels, Yes has introduced physical reload cards and epay channels. Now you’re able to top up on ground from its appointed dealers and even via epay’s extensive network at kiosks and petrol station.
Now if only yes offers auto debit monthly or when credit gets low for uninterrupted use. It would be great if they implement this for valuepacks.
Yesterday, Yes had launched its Yes Life app for iOS devices. In just a day, it became the Top Free app in App Store Malaysia. Not surprising since it is open too all iPhone and iPad users regardless of which network you’re on. How’s the quality when running on your 3G and home network? Drop us your feedback below.
To download head here.
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Yes has released their yes life app for ios devices namely iPod touches, iPhones and iPads. This expands its telephony voice and SMS service beyond the desktop. Earlier on, @jonrulezz had spotted the app in the wild but it was taken down shortly after.
Immediately we can see some benefits to this. Now you can take your yes 018 number with you together with your existing iPhone. Its rate of 9 sen/minute nationwide is among the cheapest of all telcos in Malaysia and this can help reduce your monthly bills on calls. For those that travel overseas, this allows you to stay connected and make calls at local rates. All you need is Internet connection be it WiFi or 3G.
As an introductory offer, they are giving a Free 14 days trial of Yes Life with RM5 credit. If you have been purchasing Yes Valuepacks with heaps of bundled minutes and SMS remaining, this makes it easier for you to utilise them.
Our next question will be, when are they releasing it for other OS such as Android and Blackberry?
A hawk-eyed Twitter tipster alerted us on something very peculiar today.
He found Yes Life available for download from Apple’s App Store and shared with us the screen capture you see above. Immediately, we tried to look for the app ourselves but could not find it and assumed that the tipster could see it because his iPhone was jailbroken.
Apparently the app was already brought down by the time we tried looking for it but the tipster assured us that the Yes Life app was available in the official App Store. Right after that we were mentioned in this tweet from @YesCare — the official customer care Twitter account for Yes — stating that there will be a “formal announcement very soon”.
Yes have begun to send out invitations to the media and bloggers to an event happening on Thursday, May 12. The opening line of the invite stated that the operator will be “reinventing the mobile phone”.
For the uninitiated, Yes Life is a communications applications developed by Yes that allow subscribers to make phone calls and send text messages using their PC with a 018 mobile number. In addition to that, Yes Life also features a cloud-based address book allowing the user to easily switch PCs yet still have access to his complete contact list. Currently, Yes Life is only available for Windows.
Our daily routine at SoyaCincau.com is scanning local telco sites for the latest news and updates on what happening in the industry. A quick look at the Yes.my website today reveals two new products from the 4G operator. These new products are called Yes Starter Packs.
Each Starter Pack comes with a pre-registered Yes ID and 018 number which makes it signing up for a Yes account a pretty straight forward affair. All you need to do is purchase the Starter Pack, activate your account using the preset Yes ID and you’re good to go.
There are two types of starter packs. The Go Starter Pack cost RM100 and includes a Yes Go as well as RM50 worth of credit that you can use to surf the internet or make calls and send SMS with. Essentially what this is is a prepaid mobile broadband pack that you can also use to make voice calls and send SMS with. Considering that it’s not just a mobile broadband service, this Go Starter Pack is pretty good value for money for light and medium web users who want to give Yes a go (pun intended). Heavy downloaders can look elsewhere.
The other Starter Pack is the the Yes ID Starter Pack. For RM50 you get a preset Yes ID and 018 mobile number with RM9 worth of credit included. This is probably good for people who are want to use Yes more for making calls and sending SMS rather than surfing the web. The good thing about this Yes ID Starter Pack is that if you do choose to use Yes to surf the web, all you need to do is just get a Yes device and use back the same Yes ID. There’s no need to register for another account.
Hit up the source link for more info on the Yes Starter Packs.