DiGi today has introduced a number of broadband plans designed specifically for the iPad. While iPad uses broadband like any tablets or 3G modems, DiGi thinks there’s a good reason to market a new range of plans differently. Maxis has done the same a while back with plans between 3.5GB to 15GB.
So what’s DiGi offering? While Maxis expects high volume usage for tablets beyond the normal average, DiGi has taken a much realistic approach of smaller sized plans between 500MB and 6GB.
For the casual user, the entry level iPad Lite offers 500MB at RM30/month and if you do exceed this quota, DiGi is charging a low flat rate of 5sen/MB with a max cap of RM90. It is not clear whether the RM90 is the total maximum you pay per month or maximum for excess usage on top of your monthly RM30 commitment.
For the more demanding users, there’s the iPad Basic which offers 2GB at RM58/month and iPad Pro 6GB at RM88 a month. Both Basic and Pro offers unlimited access but speeds will be throttled to 128kbps upon reaching the cap. Throttling also applies for iPad Lite users once they reached their cap limit.
In terms of speed, they claim an average speed of 700kbps download and 200kbps upload. For more information on the plans, check out DiGi’s iPad plan page.
How does this compare with existing DiGi broadband offers? To us, DiGi is filling the gaps between its existing offering of 3GB to 16GB plans. If you’re using it primarily during the day, another cheap plan to consider is DiGi’s Discovery Day plan that offers 3GB/month but speeds are throttled at night.
There’s also a tiny note from DiGi at the bottom that customers are urged to check area of coverage before signing up. That’s a thoughful reminder as DiGi’s broadband current service leave much to be desired. Lately there has been a lot of complaints of DiGi 3G network due to connectivity issues. Last week their 3G network has down for an extended duration followed by their website unavailability for couple of days.
DiGi is giving a boost for its broadband plans for tablet devices. On their website, it shows a picture of the iPad and the Galaxy Tab but neither of them are sold or bundled. While Maxis and Yes are pushing on iPad plans lately, DiGi obviously is not wanting to be left out. The iPad launched in Malaysia is only available for outright purchase, leaving consumers spoilt for choice when it comes to broadband choice. So this time around they had updated their DiGi Internet microsite to highlight the various options from prepaid to postpaid and also their MiFi device plan.
Just to recap, they offer prepaid plans as low as RM2/day with their RM2 Sure best promo but with download speeds limited at 384kbps. This offer is also extended to Happy Prepaid customers too. For postpaid, there’s an affordable RM38/day discovery day time only broadband with 3GB quota per month. If you need all time broadband, there’s the normal discovery plan at RM68/day with 3GB as well. For those with WiFi only devices, DiGi is offering a Huawei MiFi device on their higher explore plan with 16GB quota. DiGi postpaid speed is rated at an average of 700kbps for downloads.
Do check out our previous post on Broadband options for your iPad to discover more.
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