If you talk a lot with an appetite for 1GB of mobile internet on the go, Maxis is now offering a special offer for the Samsung Galaxy S III and the iPhone 4 8GB model. With Maxis TalkMore 48 and bolt-on 1GB of mobile internet, the Galaxy S III can be yours for just RM799 with 12 months contract. Alternatively, you can get the iPhone 4 for free with 24 months contract. The TalkMore 48 offers 400 minutes of calls and 200 SMS for RM48/month, while the monthly 1GB mobile internet subscription is offered at RM48/month as well. This calculates to a total of RM96/month.
As usual, there’s a advance payment of RM1,000 required during registration which they will refund back to your account across 5 months. If you’re an active Maxis subscriber for at least a year, the upfront payment will be waived.
For more information, head over to Maxis Promo page.
This is interesting. Information from a tipster that wants to remain anonymous has revealed that work on Bahasa Malaysia support for Siri is now underway.
The tipster claims that work on gathering speech samples in Bahasa Malaysia have been completed sometime before the second half of this year. The samples were collected in Malaysia. The tipster added that the collation of samples for languages in various other countries is going on in as well. However, what the other languages were not specified.
Our informant says that there is no indication of when BM language support will be released.
If this is indeed true then it will certainly increase Siri’s usability in Malaysia but as we’ve discovered, local language support doesn’t mean that Siri is able to offer location-based information. In addition to that, due to the conversational method in which you interact with Siri, it still remains to be seen if the speech recognition software is able to interpret the generally colloquial manner in which Malaysians speak Bahasa Malaysia.
This is critical because Siri can forget about us all speaking proper textbook Bahasa because, let’s be honest here, that’s not going to happen. Many would rather revert to English rather than speak textbook BM to a phone.
So what do you think? Will Siri in BM be useful? Don’t forget to check out our Siri review as well, and if you’ve been waiting for the iPhone 4S to come to Malaysia, keep your browser locked on to SoyaCincau.com for the latest information about the iPhone 4S launch in Malaysia. If twitter is more your thing, we’re there as well, follow us @Soya_Cincau for the freshest servings of mobile tech news, reviews and analysis in Malaysia.
Sekian Terima Kasih.
Other than the improved camera, which has now been bumped up to 8MP with improved optics and a backlit sensor (from 5MP on the iPhone 4), the one feature that’s gotten everyone (including Malaysians) talking about the iPhone 4S is Siri.
At the unveiling of the iPhone 4S, it wasn’t the faster dual-core processor or the new iOS 5 operating system that got everyone talking, it was the voice recognition software that took centre stage. Siri is unique among voice recognition applications because it has the ability to not only understand what you say but also know what you mean when you say it.
With Siri, you don’t merely say commands like how you would with Vlingo or Google’s Voice Actions. With Siri you converse with the software and it talks back as if it was having a conversation with you. Siri doesn’t merely scour the web to look for answers, Siri crafts tailor-made responses for you and this makes Siri special amongst voice recognition software.
Along with this high degree of sophistication comes a multitude of things that you can get Siri to do for you. With Siri you can set reminders, set alarm and timers, you can send a text message or an email, check the weather, look for information on the web, schedule meetings, play your favourite music, find a contact in your phone, get directions and few more other things.
All this is fine and dandy but there’s a catch. You can only get Siri’s full functionality in the US. Many of the cool features you see in the Apple videos about Siri don’t work in Malaysia and many other countries outside of the US. In fact Siri can only understand three languages, English (in three accents – US, British and Australian) French and German. With such a limited scope, we initially resigned the Siri as just a gimmick from Apple – something that is definitely a conversation starter and interesting but not very practical or useful.
But is it?
To find out whether Siri is useful for iPhone 4S users outside of the US, especially in Malaysia we took the iPhone 4S for a spin.
While waiting for the iPhone 4S to show up in Malaysia, the iPhone 4 8GB version is finally available in Malaysia. It is currently selling through Apple’s Online Store for RM1,799 in both Black and White colour options. Best of all, there’s no tie in with any telco so you can pop in any micro-SIM of your choice without any lock-in contract.
Looking at the bigger picture, this may very well indicate that the iPhone 4S will be coming in very soon. In September last year, the iPhone 3GS 8GB version was offered in Malaysia 24 days before the iPhone 4 was launched by both Maxis and DiGi. Your guess is as good as ours but it is highly possible for the iPhone 4S to arrive in the next month or so.
For more info, head over Apple’s iPhone 4 page.
Thanks “Hadip” for the heads up!
Right before the new iPhone is revealed, DiGi is throwing extra discounts for its iPhone 4 bundling. Now they have reduced the monthly subscription by another RM10/month. With a 24 months contract, this is an extra RM240 worth of savings.
So this means, the iDiGi 88 is offered at RM43/month, iDiGi 138 at RM73/month and iDiGi 238 at RM143/month. Monthly subscription mentioned is after RM5 rebate for signing up with DiGi’s auto-billing. The last reduction was 2 months ago when they slashed RM5 off from its iDiGi subscription fees.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s iPhone 4 promo page.
DiGi has revealed that their already affordable iPhone 4 plans are even more affordable. Now their plans are additional RM5 cheaper as compared to launch. This makes its entry iDiGi 88 costing RM58/month without auto-billing and RM53/month with auto-billing.
For those who are extremely tight, DiGi also offers 36 months installment plan which we wouldn’t recommend especially when a new iPhone is on its way.
For more information, head to DiGi’s iPhone 4 page.
Head after the break for the full plans before and after 1st July 2011.
DiGi has finally started to offer the white iPhone 4, after Maxis and Celcom started theirs much earlier. A while back, DiGi was the first to indicate that they are bringing in the iPhone 4 but turns out that they are late for the party. Well like the saying goes, better late than never.
For those who wanted lower commitment and easier to own payment plans with up to 36 months 0% interest installment, DiGi might be something worth considering. If you’re interested, you might want to catch their roadshow at KLCC Centre area from today 11th until 14th June.
More information at DiGi’s iPhone 4 page.
Update: Full details on the Celcom iPhone 4 plans now available on Celcom’s website. Just click on the “packages” tab.
Ok everyone, here it is, the individual (as opposed to the enterprise) plans for the iPhone 4 from Celcom and from the looks of it, not much has changed since Celcom first introduced its Biz enterprise plans for the iPhone 4 about two weeks back. In fact everything looks exactly the same, the monthly commitments, the bundled minutes subsidised device pricing are all similar to the Celcom iPhone 4 Biz plan.
What is new with the Celcom iPhone 4 plans for individuals is the that you get to purchase the white iPhone 4. On top of that, you get an extended warranty and insurance coverage for your device from Celcom.
Basically what it is is an additional 12-months warranty on top of the standard Apple 12 months warranty this applies for all the Celcom Exec plans with 24-months contract.
The interesting addition to this warranty is that Celcom is offering a a free 12-months insurance coverage for your device. The insurance covers theft, accidental breakage and fluid damage. This insurance coverage is offered on to the Celcom Exec i248 plan on either 12 and 24 months contract.
UPDATE: Maxis has confirmed that the the white iPhone 4 is available at all Maxis Centres in the Klang Valley. They advise you tweet to @maxislistens on stock availability.
Maxis has revealed that it is offering the White iPhone 4 claiming it to be the first to offer it in Malaysia. A while ago, DiGi started a teaser that it is offering the White iPhone 4 but had not provided any availability dates. Singapore had theirs last Friday.
We have no idea whether it is available at all Maxis outlets at the moment but from the copy above, it looks like Maxis is riding riding on the Mother’s Day celebrations which is coming this Sunday, 8th of May.
For more information, head to Maxis’s iPhone 4 page.
Thanks to chengkiong for the heads up!
We spotted this teaser ad in the Star today and it looks like Celcom will be launching their consumer iPhone 4 plans tomorrow. We’re not sure how it will differ from the enterprise iPhone 4 plans launched earlier but we’ll stay on top of the news as it happens.
Thanks @adameben for the tip!