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.
If you’re looking for an iPhone for cheap and don’t really need to get the latest, Maxis is still offering the iPhone 4 8GB version from as low as RM499 with 24 months contract of TalkMore 48 + 3GB of data. Meanwhile, for those that want to commit less, it is going for RM699 with 24 months contract of TalkMore/TextMore 28 with 1GB of data. The iPhone 4 8GB version is priced at RM1,449 outright.
In terms of bundling, TalkMore 48 offers 400 minutes of voice calls and 200 SMS while TalkMore 28 offers 200 minutes and 100 SMS. The mobile data are actually bolt-on monthly data plans of RM48 for 1GB and RM68 for 3GB. During sign up, Maxis requires RM1,000 upfront payment which is rebated across 5 months. However for Maxis One Club customers, the upfront payment is waived as usual.
For those looking for something newer, the iPhone 4S 16GB is offered at RM1,049 on SurfMore 75 with 5GB data.
Head after the break for the TalkMore 28/48 + data bundling details.
UPDATE 14042011: Maxis WiFi Hotspot service now revealed.
UPDATE 29032011: Added iPhone 4 price comparison below. Maxis has removed the Free 3 months WiFi service offer from their page. Their WiFi hotspot service not ready?
Maxis has started cutting down its iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS 8GB pricing, an expected move before the new iPhone makes its debut. In addition, they are also giving
Free Maxis WiFi service for 3 months if you purchase an iPhone with their plans.
Compared with its initial iPhone 4 pricing, iValue plans bundle price see a reduction of RM100-200 depending on model and contract duration.
Just a few weeks ago, they have introduced iValue Lite plan of RM70/month which is on limited time offer until end of next month. There’s no change on the iPhone 4 pricing for the Lite plan except for the 24 months contract price for the 32GB iPhone 4 which was reduced from RM2390 to RM2290.
Comparison of price difference after the break.
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Those who have been following the developments of the iPhone 4 launch here in Malaysia will note that at launch Maxis didn’t make it’s iData 1 plan available. Early adopters of the iPhone 4 with Maxis has to subscribe to either iData 2 or iData 3 plans or its selection of iValue plans, all of which tied the subscriber to a 12 or 24 months contract.
Now that most of the first to buy crowd already purchase their iPhone 4s, Maxis is drumming up interest again by re-introducing the iData 1 plan.
Maxis iData 1 offers a paltry 250MB data for a monthly fee of RM30. With the iData 3 plan iPhone 4 hopefuls can look forward to purchasing the phone outright sans contract. RRP for the iPhone 4 are RM2,290 for 16GB version and RM2,690 for 32GB.
Wonder if DiGi has anything up their sleeve to counter this.
More on Maxis iData plans here.
It’s a week into the iPhone 4 launch in Malaysia and you’re Still undecided on which telco to go to to get your iPhone 4? Well, maybe this can help you. It’s a calculator that compares both the Maxis and DiGi iPhone 4 plans based on your mobile usage.
The creators of the iPhone 4 Maxis/DiGi calculator claims that it will “help you get a clearer idea of the actual cost” of owning an iPhone 4 based on your mobile usage. All you need to do is key in your estimated monthly mobile usage and the calculator will draw up “a chart for you to analyze and compare Maxis & DiGi’s iPhone plans“.
We can’t vouch for the accuracy of this calculator but it’s fun to play around with the numbers. And if you still haven decided on which telco to go with yet, well, you’ve waited this long so might as well wait a bit longer. There will promotions coming to sustain the iPhone 4 buzz from both telcos. So if you wait for the right moment, you might be able to get a very good deal in an iPhone 4. Maybe even an outright, no contract purchase. Who knows.
Here’s a link to the calculator, oddly enough, it’s a on a pet listing website of all places.
Thanks commenter John for the tip.
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(Update 25092010 2246hrs) Looks like DiGi made a booboo in its Twitter feed. It’s facebook wall says 4000 numbers we’re given out. If they achieved that in half a day, that’s an impressive number.
This tweet from DiGi doesn’t look encouraging if you’re looking to purchase the iPhone 4 from them. Just after lunch time on their first Saturday selling the iPhone 4, and it appears DiGi has ran out of stock for the day. Interestingly, the Quill 9 collection point closes at 2200hrs, so why stop giving out queue numbers so early?
The marketeers mantra is to never stop selling what the customer wants and you don’t need to be genius to know that the iPhone 4 is currently on the wish list of a lot of people so why has DiGi stopped giving out queue numbers at the half day point — only 400 numbers?
On the other side, Maxis’ iPhone 4 collection point at the Gardens is bustling and can comfortably handle over 400 customers. We were at the midnight launch and even at that point in time there was easily more than 400 customers, on a weekday mind you.
Could it be that DiGi is selling in more places and in more states than Maxis? 45 outlets from 24 September versus Maxis’ only iPhone 4 collection centre at the Gardens. Even when Maxis starts selling the iPhone nationwide on Monday 27 September, they would have only 27 outlets across Malaysia selling the iPhone 4 as opposed to DiGi’s 45.
More outlets could mean stocks of the iPhone 4 is spread thin but could that be the real reason DiGi is only giving our 400 queue numbers at Quill 9? We don’t think so.
We’re speculating that it is very possible that DiGi has less iPhone 4 stock than Maxis. Quill 9, for this weekend at least, is the iPhone 4 central for DiGi. Most of their iPhone 4 promotion materials point customers to go to Quill 9 to get the iPhone 4 from DiGi. Based on this, Quill 9 should have the most iPhone 4 stocks. In fact DiGi shouldn’t stop giving out numbers at Quill 9 but they did and that could only mean that stocks are low. Why else would they deny customers from getting the iPhone 4 on the spot?
We’re putting out this question to DiGi PR. Hope their reply is more forthcoming than @DiGi_Telco, we seem to have no luck with the official Twitter account.
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UPDATE: Added comparison for iPhone 4 32GB and 16GB for both 12/24 months contract. Please note that all DiGi’s iDiGi plans are tied to 24 months contract. The 12 months table below is for comparison only.
UPDATE 3: iPhone 4S DiGi vs Maxis vs Celcom plans compared.
The iPhone 4 is officially available in Malaysia with both DiGi and Maxis starting from today. Both telcos are having different ways of bundling this anticipated device which could be rather challenging to compare. With the plans revealed, the biggest question now is which one is cheaper and comes with greater value?
To find out, we compared Maxis’s iValue plans with DiGi’s iDiGi plans as both had rather similar style of bundling talk time, sms, mms and data. iData is not included in the comparison as there isn’t a DiGi equivalent, plus the device is more expensive compared to its iValue offering. Just like our previous iDiGi vs iValue comparison, we list out all the bundled features for side by side comparison.
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So the iPhone 4 has gotten your attention and you’d like to get one as soon as possible. Your best bet is to sign-up with Maxis. We we’re at their launch last night and was impressed at the scale in which they’ve deployed manpower to ensure that the flood of iPhone 4 buyers are properly managed and each customer return home happy with iPhone 4 in hand.
The iPhone 4 from Maxis is only currently available at the Gardens, Mid Valley and Maxis has brought in extra manpower from it’s offices all over Malaysia to the Gardens to handle a large number of customers that will be coming in to purchase the iPhone 4.
From our own experience yesterday, Maxis had deployed ample headcount to attend to the huge number of people that was at the launch. We could approach any Maxis staff and asked a question and every single one greeted us with a smile and attended to us in earnest.
It is very clear that Maxis wants to make your purchase of the iPhone 4 from them a pleasant an experience as possible. But there is only so much that they can do.
If you’re going to the Gardens for the iPhone 4 this weekend, we’re telling you to be prepared. Even during the midnight launch last night there were already long lines snaking two floors. We can predict that that line will be much longer this weekend. So be prepared to wait and wait and wait.
There’s no denying that wait will be long, some people we talked to waited for two hours but the bright side to this is that it looks like there’s enough stock for you to get an iPhone 4 on the spot. So we’d advice you to wear something comfortable, bring a fold-able chair if you have one and bring some snacks. Also bring something to kill the time.
As most of you will be driving, we suggest you park at the Gardens at Zone U and head up all the way to level 6, that’s where the collection is held. If you can bring cash because there will be glitches in the POS system. Last night during our own purchase of the iPhone 4, for some reason all the POS system couldn’t process transactions made with CIMB credit cards. I would be such a waste if you’ve lined up for a couple of hours to get an iPhone 4 but was halted due to a system glitch. Of course the Maxis customer service staff will do everything they can to assist you but we’re saying be prepared.
Looking at the number of customers coming in, these glitches are expected. Some customers couldn’t get their receipt printed and had to be issued with a manual receipt. Just keep your cool, be prepared and try to maintain a positive attitude.
Check out the some of the videos we’ve taken during the launch last night after the jump to get a picture of the number of people that you can expect to see collective their iPhone 4 over the weekend.
On a happier note: You can get 25% discount on all iPhone 4 accessories at the collection centre. All the best and good luck!
The iPhone 4 is finally launched by Maxis and people are getting their units as we speak. The queue to the collection area above is insane. A huge difference compared to DiGi’s event.
During the event it was mentioned that the iPhone is available on prepaid and it comes with free 12 months of 500MB data. However we haven’t seen the price for prepaid yet. Even hotlink’s website is inaccessible at time of posting. The other postpaid price remains unchanged.
We will update more when we can.
UPDATE: Maxis tweeted that this trade in offer is only for those who had RSVP only.
Want an iPhone 4 but don’t know how to get rid of the old one? Maxis has tweeted that they are opening trade-in counters from tonight until Saturday. We guess Maxis must have listened to many tweets asking for a trade in program for its existing customers.
They didn’t say how much your old iPhone 3G or 3GS is valued but we guess they might need to evaluate your iPhone before giving it a price. Plus, no mention if it accepts grey import or iPhones from other operators. If you’re interested, this is worth a try at the Gardens.
Another update is that Maxis is waiving the RM50 fee for contract extensions. This looks like a last minute attack plan against DiGi’s launch.
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