U Mobile only offers 2 versions – 16GB and 64GB. Outright, the Playbook is offered at RM1,599 (16GB) and RM2,199 (64GB) for existing customers. With a RM68/month U Mobile BIS subscription, it can be yours for RM1,199 (16GB) and RM1,699 (64GB). Surprisingly it is written as no contract which is very unlikely for a subsidised offering. We are inclined to believe that it is offered with 24 months contract and we will try to confirm the details.
To sweeten the offer, they are also throwing in RM350 worth of accessories while stocks last.
For more info, head to U Mobile’s BlackBerry Plans page.
Thanks to @densyooi for the heads up!
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The Maxis Blackberry Playbook plans are finally revealed with the official launch happening on Saturday, 16th July 2011 at KL Convention Centre. For those who want to be the first to own it, Maxis is opening its pre-booking for the Playbook their site. There are a total of 3 Playbook models available with outright pricing as follows:
16GB PlayBook – RM1,599
32GB PlayBook – RM1,899
64GB PlayBook – RM2,199
So how are the plans like? They are 2 PlayBook Data plans with 1.5GB and 3.0GB data quotas at RM30/month and RM50/month respectively with a choice of 12 or 24 months contract. For current BIS subscribers, the PlayBook bundled pricing are as follows:
For non-Maxis BIS subscribers, they are offering pretty much the same thing since they require you to buy both PlayBook and BlackBerry smart phone as well.
As an additional promo offer, they are also giving a limited edition BlackBerry PlayBook convertible case and HDMI cable kit worth RM288 with Free Maxis WiFi access throughout your contract period for the first 600 customers that purchase at the event.
Just while we’re wondering when is BlackBerry’s PlayBook coming to Malaysia, Maxis has started to offer Registration of Interest for the device. Last week, it was announced that the PlayBook will be coming to 16 countries in the next 30 days but Malaysia wasn’t part of the list.
No mentions when Maxis will officially make this available but another BlackBerry centric telco, Celcom too is expected to offer the device as well. It is anyone’s guess who will actually be the first to bundle the 7″ PlayBook in Malaysia.
To register your interest, head here. As usual, those that register will be able to get early pricing ahead of launch.
Don’t forget to check out our first impression of the PlayBook few months back.
Bloomberg has reported that RIM will start selling the 7″ BlackBerry Playbook in North America in Q1 2011 under US$500. That’s under RM1550 in our local currency today. According to RIM, the Playbook pricing is competitively priced against Apple’s iPad which starts from US$499. We can only hope that BlackBerry Malaysia will make it more affordable than the Galaxy Tab which retails at RM2699 for outright purchase.
It is too early to tell how well iPad’s real competitors will fare at the moment. The Samsung Galaxy Tab has just launched and the Playbook has yet to make an appearance. The new tablet rivals would also need to prepare themselves for a new iPad which is expected to offer newer features and a possible price reduction. So far the major differenciator for the tablet now are screen size & flash support. Looks like 2011 would be an interesting year for tablet wars.