Telcos are now giving more internet than before but if you take a closer look, they are often tied with restrictions that would turn you off. Some may only give you more data for the weekends and some may even limit you to specific apps or services that you may not use. Aren’t you tired with all the limitations and restrictive terms in the market?
That’s why Xpax is now offering a simpler prepaid plan that is #NoKelentong. So, what you see is exactly what you get. If you’re unconvinced, here’s a quick rundown of what Xpax has to offer versus the competition.
U Mobile wants you to enjoy more data at high-speeds during the upcoming festive season. For a limited time, they are offering 3X high-speed data quota on it is monthly UMI prepaid data plans across the board.
Before 2016 comes to an end, Celcom has revamped its Xpax prepaid offering with its new #NoKelentong. If you hate data restrictions on application, 4G only weekend and offpeak only data, then this is good news for you.
In addition to its free 8GB 4G weekend data, Hotlink Fast Prepaid is now offering free calls to 5 friendz. This is valid for 5 mobile numbers on Hotlink/Maxis network and if you’re on the new Hotlink Fast Prepaid plan.
redONE is no longer just a postpaid MVNO as they have introduced its new prepaid plan. Similar to its barebones postpaid offering, the new redONE prepaid comes with unlimited voice calls to all redONE Prepaid users and it comes with 500MB of free data each month. Unlike most mainstream prepaid plans, you can keep your line active for 30 days with just a RM10 top up.
Hotlink has released what it claims to be its biggest internet pass yet. For RM50/month, you can get 17GB of internet plus 100 minutes of calls to any network.
The telco price war is now moving towards prepaid. The latest response is from Digi which now offers free weekend data on Smart Prepaid. This is very similar to Hotlink’s Free Weekends for Life offer that was announced about two weeks ago.
When GST came into effect on 1st April, Malaysian consumers were up in arms over the extra 6% charge on prepaid reloads. There was mass confusion as Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan retorted that there shouldn’t be any price increase. The fact is prepaid services should have been taxed with service charge which the telcos have been absorbing all these while. There’s no running away from GST as even postpaid users have always been paying the extra 6% tax on their monthly bills.
After taking charge of the prepaid reload issue, Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek has finally announced a solution which would hopefully put the matter to rest.
The implementation of GST in Malaysia has caused a stir for prepaid users as there was confusion on the extra 6% tax on top ups/reloads. To make things clear, 6% GST will be applied to all telco services whether it is postpaid or prepaid with the exception of international roaming charges. So if you’re buying a RM10 top up, you have to pay RM10.60 and a RM50 top up would cost you RM53. There’s no running away from it at the moment.
As consumers were caught unaware of the new charges, things got more confusing when Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Haji Ahmad Maslan declared that there shouldn’t be any price increase of prepaid reloads. You can probably imagine the chaos at phone shops and convenience stores nationwide. Even some shops were reported to stop selling prepaid reloads as they had gotten fed up with justifying the added charges.
As an immediate response towards the 6% prepaid tax, Tune Talk now offers free call minutes to all networks for top ups of RM10 and above. This gives more value to each top up despite the recent increase. While usual free calls are limited to the same network, Tune Talk’s offer is applicable to all networks.
The extra free calls are rewarded according top up amount and comes with a validity period as well.
RM10 top up – 10 min free calls with 1 day validity
RM20 top up – 20 min free calls with 2 days validity
RM30 top up – 30 min free calls with 3 days validity
RM50 and above – 50 min free calls with 5 days validity
Based on the rate of 16sen/min, that’s RM1.60 worth of calls free for every RM10, which comes out to 16% extra value. So looks like Tune Talk subscribers are getting more as a result of the recent announcement. Will other telcos follow? As mentioned before, the effects of 6% surcharge are expected to be compensated by extra freebies.
For more information, head over to Tune Talk.