Competition is heating up in the prepaid space as telcos are dishing out more free internet than before. After announcing its RM75/month 7GB postpaid plan with unlimited calls, Digi is now revamping its prepaid offering with free high-speed internet when you top up.
You can get free internet when you reload as little as RM10, and enjoy up to 1.5GB free each month. Nope, this isn’t your free basic internet but non-throttled internet at full speeds.
Beginning 1st January 2016, all prepaid reloads in Malaysia will be sold without the extra 6% charge. This is in line with the directive to exempt prepaid reloads from GST. It doesn’t mean that prepaid is free from GST, as it will be charged upon usage, instead of being paid upfront.
Fortunately, the government will be offering GST rebates as announced during Budget 2016. To address concerns, MCMC has published the full details ahead of its implementation on new year’s day
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As 2015 comes to an end, Malaysian prepaid users will experience a change come 1st January 2016. Effective next year, all prepaid reloads will no longer include the 6% GST, so a RM10 top up will be sold at RM10. Should you hold out on your new reloads until the new year?
As the transition is taking place with new reload cards entering the shelves, a couple of telcos are dishing out special offers that will give you more than your money’s worth. Read on to find out what offers are available.
Need to download a huge file but your WiFi is down? Digi now has a promo for its prepaid customers where you can get 1GB of internet from as little as RM5/day. This is a promo daily internet pass with 24 hours validity from the time you subscribe.
Digi recently has jumped onto the free basic internet bandwagon with its new Smart Prepaid, putting an end to pay per use data charges. For those who prefer to make lots of phone calls including international IDD numbers, their Best Prepaid has been revamped with lower call rates. The new Best Prepaid starter pack cost RM8 and it comes with RM5 of preloaded credit.
While the telcos are still sorting out its GST kinks with their reloads, consumers can expect more value thanks to heated competition that’s happening recently. After Celcom introduced its Xpax #MagicSIM, Digi has responded with its new Smart Prepaid with its starter pack priced at RM10.
Like most new prepaid offerings, Smart prepaid gives you free basic internet that allows you to use Facebook Lite, Twitter and web browsing at a throttled 64kbps. You also get unlimited social messaging on WeChat, WhatsApp, Line and Kakaotalk which includes sending photos and videos, but this excludes voice calls over the internet. The always-on internet trend was started by #Hotlink and while it’s slow, it acts as a safety net so that you won’t lose your credit to expensive pay per use charges.
If you’re looking for a brand new iPhone on a budget, DiGi has an interesting offer that you might want to check out. The cheapest brand new iPhone available is the iPhone 5C which comes with just 8GB of storage at RM1,499. Instead of getting that, DiGi is now offering the iPhone 5C 32GB version at the same price with DiGi Easy Prepaid bundle. During its launch, the iPhone 5C 32GB was priced at RM2,399, which is the same price as the iPhone 5S 16GB (now at RM1,999) at that time.
Furthermore, there’s no contract and they are giving free 12 months 250MB/month internet with the SIM. The only limitation is that it is only available in white and you might want to hurry as this is quite a deal for its 32GB storage.
To recap on the specs, the iPhone 5C is pretty much an iPhone 5 underneath its plastic shell. It gets a 4″ IPS Retina display (1136×640) and it is powered by its dual-core A6 Chip with 1GB of RAM. It gets a 8MP f/2.4 iSight camera and a front facing 1.2MP HD shooter. Like the newer iPhones, it uses nano-SIM and lightning connector for chaging and data transfer.
For more information, head over to the iPhone 5C page on DiGi’s Online store.
To get the most out of your prepaid without busting your monthly budget, DiGi has introduced its new XL Prepaid add-on. This offers a bundle of mobile internet data, voice calls and SMS in fixed monthly subscription. This is kinda similar with U Mobile’s Unlimited Mobile Internet plans.
There are 2 packages available – XL 28 with 500MB of internet and XL 38 with 1GB of internet. It also comes with bundled voice calls and SMS which are restricted within DiGi’s network.
If you’ve struggled to get a Xiaomi smart phone during flash sales, here’s an easier option from DiGi. The Xiaomi Mi 3, Redmi Note and Redmi 1S are now offered without contract with DiGi Easy Prepaid. With its offered price of RM809, RM549 and RM459 respectively, it is RM40 more than the original retail price but you do get 12 months free internet of 250MB/month.
For those who plan to use DiGi in the long run, can consider taking up a postpaid contract where it is offered for Free with 24 months duration. The Mi 3 is offered for free on DG Smart Plan 148 while the Redmi Note is free on Smart Plan 108. The entry-level Redmi 1S is free with DG Smart Plan 78.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s Xiaomi Smart Phone promo page.
Love watching internet videos on the go but hate depleting your precious internet data? DiGi Prepaid now offers a cheaper alternative to enjoy funny cat videos with their YouTube Internet Top up plan. There are 2 options available starting with RM1/day which gives you 100MB of allowance and RM5 for 7 days with 500MB. The cost is not bad which calculates to just RM10 per GB.
The top up quota allowance is strictly for Youtube viewing from its official YouTube app or via m.youtube.com. For those who follow Korean drama series can also utilise this to watch videos via viki.com. Any additional usage beyond YouTube and Viki will be charged according to your active internet subscription. To activate, just dial *200*2# on your mobile or you can subscribe through DiGi’s online portal.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s YouTube Internet Top up page.