A few days back, iPhone users on DiGi were pushed a new software updates which gives them 4G LTE support. Now Apple’s website finally confirms this and have listed DiGi under its list of supported telcos for their iPad & iPhone which includes the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPad Air & iPad mini with Retina display.
Unlike other 4G telcos such as Maxis & Celcom, DiGi’s 4G network is running solely on LTE Band 7 (2600MHz). Interestingly, Apple has listed DiGi being supported for the iPhone 5 and the 4th gen iPad with Retina Display which runs on LTE Band 3 (1800MHz). DiGi meanwhile has also confirmed on Twitter that its 4G network runs on 2600MHz.
At the moment, DiGi’s 4G LTE roll out is said to be in the testing phase and it is limited to the Klang Valley. Before you’re able to hook on to their 4G LTE network, DiGi says that you would need to switch to their USIM card which has a “U” indicated on the SIM.
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It appears that DiGi is one step closer in enabling 4G LTE for iPhones. If you’re an existing DiGi subscriber with an iPhone 5/5S, you should be getting a software update which enables LTE connectivity under Cellular settings.
However don’t get too excited just yet as DiGi’s 4G LTE service doesn’t seem to be working for smart phones right now. DiGi’s 4G LTE service is currently available for broadband & tablet use. In response, DiGi has tweeted that 4G LTE for smart phones would be coming soon but without mentioning when exactly.
When DiGi started its 4G LTE commercial service 6 months back, they were running only on LTE Band 7 (2600MHz). As comparison, the other LTE telcos such as Maxis & Celcom are running on both Band 3 (1800MHz) and 7 (2600MHz).
The latest iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C supports LTE on both 1800MHz and 2600MHz frequency while the previous iPhone 5 only supports 1800MHz. Ideally we hope DiGi would offer LTE on 1800MHz as well so that existing iPhone 5 users would get to enjoy 4G speeds too.
UPDATE: Celcom bundled pricing updated with fixed rebate amount.
The iPhone 5 will be officially available at midnight with the big 3 telcos – Maxis, DiGi & Celcom offering the device on contract. Outright, the iPhone 5 is going for RM2,199 (16GB), RM2,499 (32GB) and RM2,799 (64GB).
Being a smart phone that’s mobile internet intensive, getting an iPhone 5 from telcos would make sense as they would be subsidising some of the cost through discounted phone price or lowered subscription fees.
So the question is which plan should you pick if you plan to go on contract? The 3 telcos offer plans with different bundling, subsidy structure at different price points. To help you decide, we have compared the subscription plans and the minimum total cost of ownership for easy reference.
Head after the break for the full comparison.
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In under 25 hours, the iPhone 5 will be officially available in Malaysia. DiGi has released more details of tomorrow’s launch execution and they will have 6 locations nationwide where you can pick up your iPhone 5 as soon as the clock strikes 12. The 6 venues are:
DiGi 360, SoHo Mont Kiara – Kuala Lumpur
DiGi Center Pulau Tikus – Penang
DiGi Center De Gardens- Ipoh
DiGi Center Plaza Merdeka- Malacca
DiGi Center Api Api – Kota Kinabalu
DiGi Store Express The Spring, Kuching
Numbers will be given out at 9.30PM tomorrow (13th December). For those that pre-order online for pick up at DiGi 360, you can collect their queue numbers at the same time as well.
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DiGi has made public its iPhone 5 plans and at the same time opened pre-orders for the device. Unlike Maxis where the bulk of the savings to the consumer comes from operator subsidies on the device, DiGi offers the iPhone 5 at a slightly higher “subsidised” price but offer plans at a lower rate.
In addition to pre-ordering online, you can also pre-order the iPhone 5 at any DiGi Store. DiGi offers free delivery for the iPhone 5 pre-booked on its online store but you can also opt for self-collection at the DiGi 360 store at SoHoKL at Solaris Mont Kiara, KL. Self-collection can be made from midnight December 14. For full details on the DiGi iPhone 5 plans click here.
We’ll be crunching the numbers from to give you a comprehensive comparison of all the iPhone 5 plans on offer in Malaysia, stay tuned.
DiGi today has announced that they too are offering the new Nano SIM starting this Wednesday, 26th September 2012. The new Nano SIM which is used for the iPhone 5 is not only smaller but it is also 15% thinner than the standard SIM. It will be offered for free for new sign ups on DG Smart Plan or DG Postpaid Plus.
For existing postpaid, they would need to pay RM20 to swap their existing SIM to the new Nano SIM format. According to DiGi, the Nano SIMs will be widely available across 250 DiGi outlets nationwide by early October 2012. To find out where to get it, the full list of outlets carrying the Nano SIM will be published here tomorrow.
Today Maxis has started offering the new Nano SIM which is offered at RM25. So those that have gotten a iPhone 5 last weekend from oversea sources, you now have 2 local telcos offering the Nano SIM officially.