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We put it out in the open that the recently launched Nexus S is probably one of the most overpriced smart phones in the local market today (this is of course not considering absurdities like the Vertu et all). We find this rather odd considering a similarly speced HTC Incredible S that was launched on the same day is close to RM500 cheaper than the Google phone.
Is the premium on the Nexus S warranted? Some seem to think so. The supporters claim that the Nexus S delivers a pure, unadulterated Google experience and that being the only device currently available that’s running the latest version of the Android OS — Android 2.3 Gingerbread — the additional cost is warranted.
But is it? Is the Nexus S a better phone compared to its closest competitor the HTC Incredible S for it to command such a high price? Spec for spec how would both of this top shelf Android devices compare with the iPhone 4?
We’ve compiled all important specs for you to compare you can make the right choice. Head on over to after the jump to get all the details.
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Maxis has introduced a time limited offer to own the iPhone 4 at a lower commitment. From 4th March until 30th April, Maxis offers the iValue Lite plan with commitment of RM70/month which makes it more affordable than its current RM100/month iValue 1 plan.
Despite being RM30 cheaper, most of the bundled data, talk time, sms and MMS are less than half of what’s being bundled in iValue 1 plan. Not forgetting also are the call rates which are charged higher at 18 sen/min. As highlighted in our previous DiGi vs Maxis iPhone 4 comparison, Maxis bundled SMS and MMS are restricted to Maxis to Maxis only.
On the iPhone 4 subsidised pricing, it is merely RM200 off for 12 months contract and RM300 off for 24 months contract. For RM30 less, that’s a lot to sacrifice on usage and a chunk on phone subsidy. Even if you’re with a tight budget, iValue 1 is much more recommended than this lite plan.
Check out the plan details at Maxis iPhone 4 page.
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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(Update: 23092010 16:30hrs): Maxis puts back link for Rate Plans on iPhone 4 page.
In a surprise move, Maxis has removed its iPhone plans and pricing from its website.
Is Maxis adjusting its iPhone 4 plans to counter a better offer from DiGi? With still 2 days to launch, anything is possible. However we felt that Maxis is getting a little fickle minded these days with its show and disappear act on the iPhone 4.
Pricing is obviously sensitive information and if they are not confident of launching it first, revealing them officially days before the launch would definitely catch its competitors attention. Some are speculating that DiGi could beat Maxis to the launch by several hours. Maxis could be waiting to see DiGi’s offer first before they reveal their actual launch plans.
So would the iPhone 4 be cheaper than its earlier published price? It is possible but we’re not expecting them to reduce the iPhone price any further. Perhaps more calls and data quota for their iValue Plans?
You can still view the Maxis iPhone 4 plans here.
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(Update 21092010) There’s a misprint on the RRP price for the 32GB iPhone 4. It’s actually RM2,690 NOT RM2,490. How silly of us and we’re sorry for the confusion. We’ll update the tables in a bit. Thanks to commenter Berlinwall for pointing it out.
Looks like Maxis has released the first salvo with full details on their iPhone 4 plans and it is confirmed that they will be launching the new iPhone on Friday, 24 September 2010.
In an unprecedented move DiGi will also be launching the iPhone 4 on the same day but DiGi has been very quiet on what kind of plans that they will be offering to counter what Maxis has put out. We’re expecting DiGi to pull something big out of their hats, but it’s not going to be much different from the plans that Maxis has. The main differentiator will be the value added stuff and rebates that both telcos are willing to fork out. The question is how much money is Maxis and DiGi willing to pay in terms of cost-per-customer to win subscribers?
In the meantime let’s take a close look at the new iPhone plans from Maxis and compare them with the old iPhone plans to see if what’s on offer is really good value for money.
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Here’s a listing of the iPhone 4 prices from countries that offer the device unlocked and without a contract with the most expensive at the top and the cheapest towards the bottom. But before you proceed, do note that we’re dealing with numerous exchange rates here which means prices indicated are approximate and not exact. It does however give you some indication of how much the iPhone 4 costs in various parts of the world.
We Malaysians have the fourth cheapest iPhone 4 RRP in the world, which is not bad.
We find it odd that DiGi has been very quiet despite all the recent developments on the iPhone 4 made by Maxis. With previous iPhone 4 announcements the two telcos will counter each other on a moment’s notice.
Most recently that we can remember is from the iPhone 4 registration of interest announcement where DiGi broke the word first and was immediately followed by Maxis. This time around, Maxis laid all their cards on the table and there’s no response from DiGi. This has left us puzzled and wondering as to what will DiGi’s next move be to counter Maxis’ iPhone 4 plans.
Until DiGi puts out a word on its iPhone 4 offering, it’s going to be almost impossible to find out what will they have to offer. We’ve mentioned earlier that the iPhone 4 plans from Maxis are very attractive and DiGi will have to produce something extraordinary to counter it.
While we’re all wondering when DiGi will launch the iPhone 4, we’d like to bring your attention something we found in a LowYat.net forum thread, this, an event listing posted on the One Utama website about a DiGi roadshow happening on 22 to 26 September.
The listing doesn’t offer much details as to what’s going on except for that the roadshow will be promoting “DiGi mobile packages and services”. It could be any other roadshow but consider the following facts.
It’s an unusually long roadshow. Roadshows tend to just run for over the weekend. Typically a roadshow will start on Friday and end on Sunday. This is the normal practice.
It’s precariously close to the Maxis iPhone 4 launch. We’ve been getting feedback that Maxis and DiGi will launch the iPhone 4 around the same time. If this is indeed the case, then the timing of the mystery DiGi roadshow is just nice.
Interesting developments indeed but something we can’t confirm at the moment. Will it be DiGi or Maxis who will launch the iPhone 4 first? Well, we have a couple of days left to find out.
As far as we can see, there are a few enhancements in the new iValue and iData plans but we’ll get into the details of that a little later. For now, we’re seeing that the contract extension offer to existing iPhone 3G and 3GS owners is very encouraging and is similar to what the AT&T are doing.
Maxis has done a good job with this contract extension offer and it definitely makes iPhone 4 ownership to existing customers a tremendously attractive proposition, to an extent that we, as iPhone 3GS owners are also considering on taking up the offer.
Incidentally, there’s not even a peep from DiGi as to what their iPhone 4 offering will be. Looking at what Maxis has to offer, DiGi has to come up with something very special to counter.
At the end of the day it’s us, the consumer who wins, and that’s a good thing.
Check out the links below for the Maxis iPhone 4 plan tables or click here for full details.
Pricing for subsidised iPhone 4 below:
What’s interesting is that there will be a contract extension program offered during launch for existing users of iPhone 3GS up to a maximum of 30 months, inclusive of current contract. This will come with a fee of RM50.
The grand event is purportedly happening on 24th September at 12am-4am for invited guest only. More details to come soon as we get it.
If you’ve registered your interest with DiGi for the iPhone 4, you should have gotten a little teaser email this evening. DiGi says that the iPhone 4 is here and it will be available next week, making it anywhere between 19th-25th of September. Maxis is believed to be launching next week as well. Who will launch first? We will find out next week. This is it people, the iPhone 4 here in Malaysia next week!
Don’t forget to claim your free bumper from Apple as the case program ends 30th September.