Maxis today has unveiled its revamped Wireless broadband packages with increased quota, more choices of devices and uncapped download speeds up to 42Mbps. Compared to its previous offering, the new Maxis wireless broadband comes with split data quota divided by peak times and off peak times. The off-peak times often take the bulk of the data quota which is limited to 2AM to 8AM in the morning.
While this seems to be an unfair deal, looking at the cost per GB for on-peak times of 8AM to 2AM doesn’t seem that bad after all. Starting with RM48/month plan for 1.5GB on-peak is equivalent to its previous offering but it comes with an extra quota for off peak hours. Moving up to the highest plan of RM158/month (RM148/month for Maxis subscribers), you’ll get 12GB for on-peak and a staggering 36GB for off peak which gives a massive 48GB in total. In other words, looking at on-peak itself, the subscription rates are pretty on-par to its previous offering but with an added extra bonus quota to download larger files during off-peak hours. To utilise this, we reckon you would need to schedule your downloads while you’re asleep.
Maxis has revised its Home Internet Fibre (FTTH) broadband service which now offers 10Mbps, 20Mbps and 30Mbps option. The baseline 10Mbps plan is now priced higher at RM148/month for Maxis subscribers who have a minimum monthly commitment of RM48/month. Non-Maxis subscribers would need to pay RM168/month for 10Mbps.
For those with the need for speed, they are offering faster 20Mbps and 30Mbps at RM198/month and RM248/month respectively. Non-Maxis subscribers would have to fork out more, almost up to RM50 extra for the 30Mbps which is a carrot for customers to port their mobile service with them.
Apart from internet service, they are giving 100 minutes of calls to Maxis mobile numbers and 100 minutes of IDD calls to selected countries on the 10Mbps option. For each higher plan (20Mbps and 30Mbps), you’ll get additional 100 minutes for each notch higher. As usual, all calls to Maxis fixed lines are free.
The good news is that all plans have unlimited quota until further notice and they are still having the RM200 standard installation fee waived.
For more info, head over to Maxis Home Internet page.
Maxis prepaid brand Hotlink has just introduced its new Prepaid Broadband service that offers download speeds up to 42Mbps. This replaces Maxis Prepaid Broadband that offer speeds up to 7.2Mbps.
The new plan comes in a SIM pack at RM5 and a complete Hotlink Broadband Starter kit that comes with a HSPA modem for only RM88. Both packages come preloaded with 50MB of free data. Existing Maxis Prepaid Broadband users are automatically converted to this new Hotlink Broadband plan effective 8th August and shall also get to have uncapped speeds up to 42Mbps.
In terms of data quota, there’s a wide range of Broadband passes to choose from as low as RM3/day:
In terms of speed, it varies on coverage and device. The bundled modem in the Starter Kit isn’t a HSPA+ variant and supports up to 7.2Mbps. It comes covered with a 12 months warranty. To get the most out of Maxis HSPA+ network, you would need a HSPA+ modem which is sold at RM280 at selected Maxis centres. If you plan to make calls and SMS, it does allow you to do so at 36 sen/min and 10 sen per SMS.
Hotlink Broadband is an affordable broadband option especially for travellers or those looking for an alternative wireless broadband for short term use. The wide range of broadband passes offers is certainly welcome to suit various usage.
For more information, head over to Hotlink Broadband page.
Maxis today has announced its partnership with 14 content providers to offer IPTV service on its Maxis Home Fibre Internet. If you’re a Maxis Fibre user, you can look forward to a wide range of HD and 3D content along with catch-up TV and PVR features with your subscription soon.
The 14 content providers that Maxis partnered with are Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), All Asia Multimedia Networks FZ-LLC, Media Prima Berhad, LI TV International Ltd, Red Bull GmbH, Five Star Production Co. Ltd, Vision Plus Entertainment Sdn Bhd, Travel Channel International Limited, Asa’ad Entertainment Network Sdn Bhd, Brilliant Pictures, Five Star Trading, Trace TV S.A., The Wiggles International Pty Ltd and Classic Media Distribution Limited.
In terms of Free to Air, the channels include TV1, TV2, TVi, TV3, NTV7, 8TV, TV9 along with additional content from LI Space, LI Body, LI Savour, LI Chic, Tonton, Travel Channel, Wiggles, Jump, Classic Media, Trace Urban, Trace Sports, XS, Red Bull, Five Star Trading, Five Star Production, Brilliant Pictures and Asa’ad.
Currently Maxis Home Fibre Internet is available across 1.2 million homes and offices in Malaysia while its 3G Wireless Internet service with its 82% population coverage covers nearly 6 million homes. So far no IPTV subscription and available dates were mentioned.
Maxis today has revealed its upgraded new package for home wireless internet that runs on their 3G Network. The new packages offer double the internet data quota with free pre-bundled voice thrown in.
There are 3 plans available at 4GB, 20GB and 48GB with monthly subscription fees of RM59, RM99 and RM169 respectively. In terms of pre-bundled calls, they are giving 100 minutes for 4GB, 200 minutes on 20GB plan and 300 minutes for its highest 48GB. Excess calls are charged at 10sen/min.
While the generous data quota looks good, do take note that Maxis implements time slots for each respective quota. Bulk of the quota of 75% is allocated between 2AM-8AM daily. That leaves only 25% quota during the peak 18 hours between 8AM until 2AM. So if you plan to make huge downloads, you have to schedule them in the early hours of the morning.
If you need more data quota, Maxis also offer top ups which varies depending on time slot. During the peak hours of 8AM-2AM, they charge 1GB for RM18 while off peak hours of 2AM-8AM they are offering 5GB for just RM15.
All plans are tied with 12 months contract and there’s a RM100 activation fee required during sign up. Subscribers will get a home wireless modem & cordless dect phone for free.
For more information, head over to Maxis home wireless internet.
Maxis has introduced a faster wireless broadband plan that runs on its newly upgraded DC-HSPA+ network. DC-HSPA+ is the next evolution of HSPA which offers download speeds up to 42Mbps and U Mobile was the first to offer it in Malaysia.
For Maxis, they are offering a 6GB broadband plan at RM98/month which it claims to offer download speeds up to 10Mbps. In the FAQ, they are claiming best effort speeds between 1-8Mbps download and 0.5-2Mbps upload. The modem is offered at RM160 on a 12 months contract and there’s a one time RM100 activation fee for new subscriber.
In terms of coverage, Maxis seems to have a wide DC HSPA+ coverage across the Klang Valley. You can check if your area is covered here, but make sure that DC HSPA+ is ticked.
For more information, head over to Maxis Wireless page.
Maxis has expanded its business fibre broadband offerings with a range of dynamic IP plans for businesses that do not require a fixed IP connection. There are three plans to choose from and the operator has been very clever in pricing the plans to place them close to what the competitors are offering while at the same time appear to have plans that provide a better value proposition.
Take the mid-range plan for example. Maxis charges RM308/month for its 16Mbps dynamic IP business fibre plan while P1 charges RM329 for its 15Mbps dynamic IP business fibre package. At the same time, the plans from Maxis and P1 sit in between TM’s UniFi for business offering with its 10Mbps plan costing RM289/month and the top of the line 20Mbps plan costing RM359.
Obviously the example above does not take into consideration the various value added services offered by the three service providers and this is because, in this market, with the way the operators have structured their plans, choosing the best plan for you will ultimately come down to how your business utilizes communications. Will you be making a lot of calls to fixed line numbers? Will you be making a lot of calls to mobile number? Is a plan with bundled webhosting something that’s important to you? Will your business be doing a lot of SMS blasts?
These are all things that you need to consider when looking at the dynamic IP fiber plans being offered for businesses. Most important is, how much speed you would need for your operations because at the end of the day, the level of performance that the three operators offer in terms of broadband speed will be almost identical. The dynamics in the fibre broadband landscape has certainly changed significantly with more operators offering the service giving consumers the power to choice. So in this case it all comes down to which brand is able to serve you the best.
For more information on the Maxis dynamic IP fibre plans for businesses, click here.
Thanks Paul Tan for the tip.
Maxis has slashed its 10Mbps Home HSBB plan almost by half from RM218/month to a newly reduced RM118/month. This makes it the most affordable 10Mbps HSBB Fibre plan in the market, which is even lower than UniFi’s VIP 5Mbps at RM149/month and P1′s F1 OneFibre 5Mbps plan at RM169/month.
Even with the reduced price, Maxis is still pre bundling Unlimited free calls within Maxis fixed lines, 600 minutes free calls to Maxis Mobile numbers, 200 minutes of IDD calls and additional 150 minutes on your Maxis mobile subscription. The 10Mbps plan comes with 100GB of data quota which is currently unlimited until further notice.
To add more pressure to drive sign ups, the RM200 installation fee waiver is valid until 30th of June 2012. Those that sign up will be bound by 24 months contract. For existing subscribers, the FAQ mentions that you can migrate to this new plan as long as you’ve completed 12 months of your existing contract. Once you’ve moved to this new plan with the cheaper subscription fee, your contract will be automatically renewed to 24 months as a contract extension. If you decide to terminate earlier, you are required to pay the balance of the subscription fees within the contract at RM118/month.
Earlier on, Maxis has a total of 4 HSBB plans for home ranging from 4Mbps to 30Mbps and now it appears that they have reduced their offering with just 2 plans – 10Mbps & 30Mbps. For the 30Mbps plan, the subscription remains unchanged at RM398/month with 300GB of quota, which is also currently unlimited until further notice.
For more information, head over to Maxis HSBB page.
If you carry lots of gadgets on the go such as an iPad or WiFi only tablets, a portable wireless router or MiFi is rather useful solution. Now Maxis is giving away a Free Huawei MiFi if you subscribe for its 6GB Broadband package of 12 months. The 6GB Broadband plan goes for RM98/month but existing Maxis subscribers can get it cheaper at RM88/month. That’s a pretty decent deal to have your very own mobile WiFi hotspot as long as you are within the 3G coverage areas.
There’s a RM100 activation fee and if you terminate before the 12 months are up, there’s a RM200 penalty charge. If you need more data, you can top up more quota from RM8 for 500MB/day up to RM28 for 1GB that’s valid for 30 days.
For more information, head over to Maxis.
After introducing its 32Mbps FTTH plan for office users, Maxis has also introduced a higher speed plan for home users with the need for speed.
They have introduced a 30Mbps plan at RM398 per month which comes with 300GB data quota. This comes out to RM1.33 per GB, the lowest ever cost per GB even in our last broadband comparison update. According to the details above, the quota is only enforced in 2012 which means unlimited downloads for now. Overall, this is 3X the speed and 3X the quota of Maxis Home Broadband Advance at RM218/month.
Also included is 1000 minutes of calls to Maxis Mobile and 300 minutes of calls to IDD. For existing Maxis mobile users, you’ll get 200 minutes too. Calls to Maxis fixed lines are free.
As comparison, the highest home plan for TM’s UniFi is VIP 20 which offers 20Mbps with 120GB quota at RM249 a month. This comes out to RM2.08 per GB. At the present moment, TM is yet to enforce their download quota fully. We wonder if TM Unifi will respond with a higher speed and quota package.
To register for more info, head over to Maxis home broadband page.