I mean, that’s what Google does best right? They take mundane things, dress them up, give users a slick new interface and suddenly everyone’s using it. Well, except social media and chat apps, they just cant seem to get those right (RIP Google Plus and Allo + Duo).
This time, they’re tackling a topic that plagues pretty much all of us: Limited mobile data quota. With their new app Datally, it looks like they want to make it so anyone can easily save data effortlessly. Good guy Google.
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Imagine this: You’re travelling overseas and you need to get some work done or check on a couple of stuff on your iPad but there’s no free WiFi available. You can consider switching on your phone’s wifi hotspot but some telcos might not let you enable hotspot on their network. If you’re using the newer iPad Pro with WiFi + Celluar support, there’s actually a third way of getting online.
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Digi has revamped its prepaid plans once again with an offering that could put some entry-level postpaid plans to shame. Following Xpax’s #nokelentong prepaid and U Mobile’s new Unlimited Power Prepaid, Digi has simplified its prepaid plan and it now comes with more “unlimited” offering.
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Digi has bumped up its prepaid mobile internet by offering 50% more quota for its data add-ons. For RM28/month, you get a combined 7GB of data that’s valid for a full month.
We talk a great deal about freedom. It’s this idealistic concept of not being bound by any restrictions and limitations. It’s that feeling of being able to operate to your heart’s content, unfettered by external factors and inhibitions. It’s really one of those things you have to feel to really understand but how many of us have actually felt freedom?
What if we told you that you could? That you could set yourself free and enjoy the full benefits of accessing something like the internet, without any worry or concern, for as long as you want. What would you do? What could you do?
Making the switch to a postpaid plan can be a difficult decision. Although you gain freedom in usage without having to worry about running out of credits, there is a chance that when your bill arrives at the end of the month, you will be paying more than you’d expect.
If you’re frustrated with how expensive your data plan is, or if you feel cheated by some mobile operators who claim to give you more Internet but limits usage to certain times of the day, we understand your pain. If you’ve been envying our neighbours in Indonesia, who are paying nearly half of what we pay for 1GB of data, we feel you too.
But, if you’re thinking of creating a blog to hate on our mobile carriers, citing examples of how much cheaper data is in our neighbouring countries, you might want to reconsider. This is because based on data collected by website Tech In Asia, we actually have more affordable data — on average, per 1GB — than most countries in Southeast Asia.
Need to download a huge file but your WiFi is down? Digi now has a promo for its prepaid customers where you can get 1GB of internet from as little as RM5/day. This is a promo daily internet pass with 24 hours validity from the time you subscribe.
With the increased usage of instant messaging, there’s little need of making phone calls and SMS these days. Therefore it makes more sense to subscribe to data centric plans that comes with more data and you’ll only pay for voice calls and SMS only when required. It looks like the days of cheap data is slowly coming to an end. After enforcing a fixed quota onto its legacy unlimited data plan, Maxis is now cutting off what appears to be the most affordable data-centric 4G enabled postpaid plan in the market.
Effective 29th January 2015, Maxis will no longer offer its SurfMore 75 plan which gives 5GB of data for just RM75 a month. What’s left is its SurfMore 50 which gives you 2GB at RM50/month. If you’re interested, you have a few days left to subscribe to this plan. You can do so through its online store or you can make a switch by calling them at 123 for current Maxis customers.
For existing SurfMore 75 customers, you may still continue to enjoy the existing plan offering. Take note that if you decide to switch to other plans, there’s no turning back.
IDC’s recent report, Mobile Service Tracker 2H 2013, forecasts that revenues for mobile data services in Malaysia will exceed mobile voice revenue in 2017 as we move towards becoming a fully connected nation. This is an emerging global trend that began in 2012 when Japan was the first country to see mobile data generate more revenue than mobile voice. At the end of 2013, the United States became the seventh country to cross this milestone.
In Malaysia, IDC expects total revenue from mobile services to reach RM27.6 billion by 2018; and while total revenues will grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 2.6%, mobile data revenue will grow at more than three times that rate, at a CAGR of 8.5%. Right now, 57% of Malaysian mobile subscribers are also mobile data users but as smart devices become more affordable and mobile operators roll out more competitive data plans, IDC expects that by 2018, 89% of Malaysian mobile subscribers will also use mobile data.