The giving of Red Packets or Ang Pows is a traditional custom in the Chinese New Year celebrations. Just recently, instant messaging service WeChat had experimented with the concept of Virtual Ang Pow where users can send credits between 0.10 to 100 Chinese Yuan (approximately RM0.05 – RM55). What’s more interesting is that a sender can specify a total amount to be given out with a list of contacts. Then the app will randomly create different “ang pows” values that are distributed randomly like a lucky fortune cookie.
The results were rather astonishing. Just between the eve until 4PM on the first day of Chinese New Year, a total of 75 million virtual ang pows have been transacted across more than 5 million users. It was estimated about 9,412 virtual ang pows per minute have been transacted during the peak holiday season. The biggest winner is WeChat as they have managed to get even more users to link their bank accounts to their WeChat profile. That gives them a bigger base to enable long term micro transactions over its network. The overnight success have sent some shock waves across the industry and even Jack Ma from Ali Baba had compared the virtual Ang Pow phenomenon like a Pearl Harbour attack which came without any warning.
Will mobile phones replace the Chinese New Year tradition of giving? Certainly not for now but who knows in future when there’s little need of carrying physical cash.
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The full bundled pricing for the HTC One on DiGi are as follows:
DG SmartPlan 58 (24 months) – RM1,489 (RM298 upfront)
DG SmartPlan 88 (24 months) – RM1,249 (RM568 upfront)
DG SmartPlan 148 (24 months) – RM0 (RM1,876 upfront)
For more information, head over to DiGi’s HTC One product page.
For those wanting to celebrate CNY with more bling, Maxis is offering the HTC One in auspicious Gold colour. The premium feeling HTC One with a touch of gold is offered from RM799 on 24 months contract of Maxis TalkMore 48 or TalkMore 78 plans with a choice of either 1GB and 3GB bolt-on data. During sign up, there’s an upfront payment of RM800 required.
In terms of specs, the HTC One Gold edition is similar to its standard HTC One with a 4.7″ Full HD Display, Quad-Core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, Boom Sound stereo speakers and 32GB of on-board storage. It also comes with a 4G LTE connectivity as well which is supported on Maxis network.
For an even auspicious offer, Maxis is also offering Golden numbers that ends with 012-XXXX 888 if you sign up with TalkMore 78 or SurfMore 75 plan.
For more information, head over to Maxis Golden Offer page.
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Chinese New Year is just right around the corner and Celcom prances into the new year by offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in new Rose Gold colours. The Rose Gold editions which is now available in Malaysia is offered in either Black or White variants.
In conjunction with the festive season, Celcom is also bundling the Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch (retailing at RM999) for only RM288 with contract purchase on Celcom First or mPro plans. The Galaxy Gear on offer however is only available in auspicious orange colour. To make the deal sweeter, they are also giving out Free Moschino casing worth RM189 which is open for redemption after 28th January.
The Galaxy Note 3 on Celcom is offered as low as RM1,538 on 24 months contract of Celcom First Plans with 5GB data. The full plan details are available here. Take note that the CNY promo is valid from now until 28th February so you have about a
week month time to take the offer up.
For more information, head over to Celcom’s Galaxy Note 3 CNY Promo page.
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If you have being waiting for the right time to buy Apple products, today is your lucky day. Similar to last year‘s CNY promotion, Apple is throwing yet another Red Friday promotion on their online store where they give additional discounts on selected Apple products.
Check out some of the key promo items below:
iPad with Retina Display – from RM1,378 (Save RM121-RM181)
iPad 2 – RM1,078 (Save RM121)
iPod Touch 5th Gen – from RM938 (Save RM111-141)
iPod Touch 4th Gen – from RM628 (Save RM71)
iPod Nano – RM488 (Save RM41)
MacBook Air – from RM2,788 (Save RM311)
MacBook Pro – from RM3,388 (Save RM311)
MacBook Pro with Retina Display – from RM4,988 (Save RM311)
Apart from these devices, they also offer discounts on Apple accessories such as Wireless Keyboard, Trackpad, Mouse and covers. If you’re hoping for extra discounts on the iPhone 5 and iPad mini, unfortunately they are not on offer.
For more information, head over to Apple Store’s CNY Promo page.
Remember, this promo is only valid today, 25th January 2013.
Sony Ericsson is also doing a promo for this coming Chinese New Year. Not only the official outright price for selected devices are reduced but they are throwing extra goodies such LiveView, Bluetooth headset and some Android merchandises.
Here’s the list of devices on offer:
Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S – RM1499
Sony Ericsson Xperia ray – RM1099
Sony Ericsson Xperia play – RM1099
Sony Ericsson Xperia pro – RM1299
Sony Ericsson Xperia active – RM899
Sony Ericsson Xperia neo V – RM899
Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman – RM899
Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro – RM788
Sony Ericsson Xperia mini – RM699
The LiveView worth RM288, which is a 2nd remote screen for your phone is offered free with Xperia arc S, Xperia pro, Xperia ray, Xperia play & Xperia active.
In addition, they are also giving out their VH110 bluetooth headset worth RM108 with purchase of Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman, Xperia mini, Xperia mini pro, Xperia neo V and Xperia active.
This promo runs from 7th January till 21st January 2012. Head after the break for the promo leaflet.
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REDtone, the other WiMAX operator which operates in East Malaysia is also doing a Chinese New Year Promotion for its Home Broadband packages. From now until 28th February 2011, they are giving 1 month free subscription, free 12 months modem rental, free activation waiver (worth RM100) and a 7 days money back guarantee.
Plans and packages wise, they are pretty much the same as before with their entry Home-Lite going at RM98/month with 1Mbps download speeds and 384kbps upload. The monthly quota for their Home-Lite is 25GB/month. More details on the promotion at their website.
This Chinese New Year, P1 is offering 2 special promotion on P1 Voice. All P1 Voice subscribers can make IDD calls as low as 5 sen per minute to both fixed and mobile numbers for China, Hong Kong, Singapore and USA. Australia and Taiwan numbers are also on offer at 8 sen per minute for fixed line. This special discounted IDD rate is applicable only from 2nd till 17th of February 2011.
For P1 subscribers who have yet to sign up for P1 Voice, they are giving a gradual discount on local calls for 2nd – 4th month if you signed up for their P30 and P50 plans from now until end of February 2011. How it works is that it gives you 30% off for the 2nd month, 40% off for the 3rd month and 50% off for the 4th month of your subscription.
P30 and P50 voice plans are free from monthly rental but there’s a minimum monthly commitment of RM30 and RM50 respectively. The main difference is that P30 domestic call rates are charged at 15 sen/minute while P50 is charged at 12 sen/minute. All IDD calls are charged at 15 seconds block while domestic calls within Malaysia are charged at 30 seconds block. Since P1 Voice uses your typical home phone, this is only applicable for P1 home or office modem that comes with a phone port such as DV-230 and DX-230.
For more information, visit P1 Voice page.
When we went on a road test to Penang earlier on, Yes 4G coverage on the North South highway wasn’t really as covered as we would expected. The speeds were great at areas with coverage but the lack of coverage makes it a tough choice if you require seamless connectivity on your trip up north.
With Chinese New Year around the corner, most people will be traveling back to their respective home towns outside the Klang Valley. Now Yes has proudly announced that North South highway is now powered by Yes 4G. This makes long journeys more entertaining provided that their coverage is truly seamless throughout the route.
Celcom is doing something special this Chinese New Year by giving away a limited edition red colour BlackBerry Torch everyday from 20th January till 18th February 2011. That’s a total of 30 red colour BlackBerry Torches. This promotional giveaway is open to all Celcom Postpaid and Prepaid customers with a BlackBerry plan excluding corporate account customers.
According to the T&C, prepaid customers must be a subscriber for any Prepaid Blackberry daily plane. While Postpaid customers must be on either BlackBerry Basic, BlackBerry Lite, BlackBerry Pro, BlackBerry Advanced, BlackBerry Professional Lite or BlackBerry Professional plans.
For more information, visit Celcom’s Red BlackBerry Torch promo page.