Tune Talk caused quite a stir for BlackBerry service the moment they launched BIS services with incredibly low rates. As a result, most operators were pressured to offer more competitive rates which benefit consumers in the long run.
To stay on as the low rate champion, they have further slashed their monthly BIS service from RM28/month to RM18/month. This makes Tune Talk the most affordable BIS rates, which is RM1 less than U Mobile’s RM19/month BIS subscription.
For more information, head over to Tune Talk’s BlackBerry page.
Update: Tan Sri Tony Fernandes says Tune Talk’s new BlackBerry rates are the cheapest in the country. So far, he is correct. Now everyone can BBM?
Last month Tune Talk had introduced its BlackBerry service with daily and monthly subscription service, giving a cheaper alternative for BIS subscription.
Now they have revised their BIS rates lower at RM0.98 per day or RM28 for monthly subscription. This is a big slash from its previous RM1.50/day and RM40/month rate. If you’re looking for no frills BBM usage only, it costs an affordable RM0.38 a day or RM11 per month.
The service runs on daily activation and you just need to activate once to get out started. If you wish to stop, just deactivate by sms. All activation and deactivation costs 10sen. According to the T&Cs, the maximum download speed is 400kbps which is sufficient for normal usage but heavy users would be left wanting more.
Tune Talk’s Chief Talker, Jason Lo said in a statement that the operator is “currently working on delivering a more exciting” BlackBerry offering in the “coming weeks”.
In conjunction with the soft launch Tune Talk is running a top-up and win contest offering one BlackBerry Curve 9300 daily beginning May 9 till May 20.
Details on the contest here.
UPDATED: Added DiGi BlackBerry Prepaid activation shortcodes from DiGi’s promo page.
DiGi has introduced a new microsite dedicated for their current BlackBerry plans. The WhatBerry site has a little Facebook integrated app which tells you what type of BlackBerry user you are.
From the plans shown on the site, DiGi offers the usual DG Smart Plan for RM68/month which now charges additional RM10/month extra for BIS service. Now there’s a new Smart Plan LITE RM33/month plan which is cheaper but offers a rather little 300MB/month.
For prepaid, there’s the usual RM2/day Unlimited prepaid Blackberry plan but now there are other smaller packages to suit specific needs. For those who specifically use BlackBerry for IM and Social Networking, there’s the Prepaid Social Network + IM RM1/day package which gives you unlimited BBM as well as access to facebook/twitter. If social networking is not your thing, there’s also a Prepaid Email + IM RM1/day package too. If neither suits you and all you need is the barebones BBM service, there’s the 50sen/day Prepaid BBM only package just like what’s being offered by Xpax.
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Celcom Xpax is one of Malaysia’s most attractive prepaid Blackberry service at the moment. At only RM1/day, you get unlimited BBM under its Blackberry Social package. There’s a higher RM2.50/day This has been a long dominance for Xpax until recently DiGi and Maxis joined in and offered daily packages of RM2 and RM2.50 per day respectively.
Xpax obviously trying to hold their ground has
reduced introduced a new barebone Blackberry daily subscription at 50 sen/day. We got a twitpic taken by TianChad shown above on the announcement.
The other existing daily prepaid plans for BlackBerry are still maintained, giving a total of 3 daily package as below:
So basically the new BBM with Xpax is the stripped down version of the RM1/day BlackBerry social that is limited to purely Blackberry messenger service. This new plan is a better deal if all you do is BBM without the need of Facebook, Twitter and other popular IM. For social freaks, you probably stick to the same RM1/day BlackBerry Social plan.
More details on the Xpax Blackberry site.
Its going to be interesting to see what DiGi and Maxis will come up with to counter this.
Just one minor request to Celcom PR. Please remember to include SoyaCincau.com in your distribution list. Thank you.
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Hotlink has finally introduced a daily blackberry prepaid package for RM2.50/day. This comes shortly after DiGi’s introduction of its RM2/day daily blackberry service.
For the extra 50 sen, you’ll get a generous 200MB/day data usage as compared to DiGi’s 100MB. To activate, just dial *100#, select Internet and BlackBerry Internet Service. The daily package is renewed automatically.
Similar to DiGi and XpaX, this is only applicable within Blackberry Service inclusive of Email, IM, Social Networking and web browsing. If you use the typical UNET APN or for internet tethering, you will be charged separately.
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DiGi introduces a prepaid blackberry service at RM2/day which gives not only unlimited BIS for IM but also to surf the web. As comparison, XpaX offers RM1/day for unlimited BIS (Instant Messaging) and RM2.50/day if you wish to include web browsing service. Maxis through its Hotlink brand only offers a weekly package of RM28/week.
The RM2/day package however is capped at 100MB per day which will be throttle down to 128kbps if you exceed the limit. If you plan to tether, DiGi was mentioned in their FAQ that it will be charged separately for max RM5 per day as it uses a different APN (diginet). The same goes for streaming content as well due to diginet being used instead of Blackberry.net.
To activate this, just SMS ON BB FD to 2000. This will activate automatic daily subscription and if you plan to stop, you’ll need to SMS STOP BB to 2000.
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