DiGi has finally revealed the pricing for the BlackBerry Curve 9300 (Curve 3G) on DG Smart Plan. It goes for an attractive RM759 over 24 months contract or RM899 over 12 months contract. This comes after a while of waiting when Celcom and Maxis had announced their pricing earlier.
Strangely, there’s something different for DG SmartPlan. If you noticed on the device, there’s a little highlight that says “Add-on RM10/month to enjoy BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS)”. This also appears on the Curve 8520 page but not on the Bold 9700. Did DiGi just started charging additional RM10 for BlackBerry users? That makes it RM78/month.
Originally the RM68/month subscription came with Unlimited Internet with BIS included. This even allows you to tether via USB. Looks like new subscribers today would need to pay more. We will try to confirm this with DiGi.
More details on DiGi’s BlackBerry Curve 3G page here.
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Maxis BlackBerry Curve 9300 offer for Postpaid and Prepaid
Celcom BlackBerry Curve 9300 offers for Postpaid and Prepaid
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Maxis has finally released its pricing and offer for the BlackBerry Curve 9300 (aka Curve 3G). Celcom had released their BlackBerry Curve 3G offers 2 days back while DiGi is still pathetically doing Registration of Interest.
The BlackBerry Curve 9300 itself retails at RM1299 and instead of slashing the device price cheaper, Maxis used a different way of bundling from the rest. For postpaid, the BlackBerry Curve is offered at RM1659 and it comes bundled with 12 months BIS Advanced subscription of RM360. For Hotlink Prepaid, it goes for RM1479 bundled with 6 months of BIS plan.
At first glance, it seems that Maxis is having an expensive deal but what you’ll get is cheaper BIS subscription for paying upfront. For instance, the postpaid offer comes with BIS Advanced which normally costs RM120/month. For this offer, you’re only paying RM360 for 12 months which is a total savings of RM1080. So with that subscription savings factored in, the BlackBerry Curve would cost a mere RM579.
For prepaid, it comes with 6 months BIS subscription which costs RM98/month. In this offer, 6 months subscription is bundled in for a mere RM180. So you’ll get a total savings of RM408 from this bundle, making the device costing RM1071 after savings. It is weird that Maxis mentions that the saving is worth RM480, this could be a typo by their web designer. Don’t worry Maxis, DiGi made a bigger mistake on their website during its reveal.
What’s even more weird is that Hotlink mentions the 6 months of BIS is FREE when it is actually charged on top of the retail price of RM1299. Looks like Hotlink and Maxis team are not in sync in terms of communication.
While Celcom gives cheaper device outright, Maxis gives you more savings off the normal subscription on the long run. The only con is that you would need to fork out extra upfront which isn’t a bad thing considering the amount you will be saving.
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While DiGi is merely starting its ROI for the new BlackBerry Curve 9300, Celcom is going full swing with the device. Celcom Exec 50 and Exec 250 customers can get the Curve 9300 for RM688 with a RM250 monthly commitment. If that’s too high, the device goes for RM788 or RM888 for a lesser monthly commitment of RM148 and RM118 respectively. The commitment plans are on a 12 months contract.
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We’re not sure why DiGi would want to do an ROI for the Curve 3G as Celcom has already started selling the device, so it’s not really a big deal. And as expected, no prices, plans or launch data has been revealed but you can expect things to get really interesting in the following weeks and months.
The HTC Aria is priced at RM1,799 outright, factor in a 12-month contract the Aria would probably cost RM1,299 thereabouts. Interestingly the highlights of the Aria includes 3.2in TFT display, that means AMOLED similar to the Legend is out of the question. Can we expect the Aria to come with Super LCD instead? We’ll keep you posted on findings.
Already, the iPhone 4 is expected to come to Malaysia towards the end of September and then we have the Nokia N8 slated for early October release, let’s not forget that Maxis has opened ROI for the BlackBerry Torch 9800 and Curve 9300 along with the as well — it’s going to be a smartphone galore as we approach the final quarter of 2010.
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