When it comes to wireless broadband, there’s always a limit to how much we can use at full speed. Several years ago, most users frown upon having their download speeds throttled down once they have hit their subscribed data quota as part of the dreaded Fair Usage Policy. Even high speed fibre broadband service for home such as UniFi, Maxis & Time are tied with usage quotas as well. Of course there are unlimited alternatives but they are mostly catered for enterprise usage which comes with a price.
In conjunction with P1′s 5th anniversary, they are now offering their home WiMAX wireless broadband service with unlimited quota. There are 2 plans available – ForHome 99 (RM99) with 1Mbps download speed and ForHome 149 (RM149) at 2Mbps. The unlimited offer is only valid during the 24 months contract period. After that, the usual data quota will apply at 20GB for ForHome 99 and 35GB for ForHome 149.
For more information, head over to P1′s ForHome broadband page.
P1 now offers a new MiFi personal hotspot which claims to offer higher performance. The new device that carries the model number MX230 comes in a perfect square design with slimmer profile that’s somewhat similar to the huddle XS.
Compared to the earlier MF230, the new MX230 is heavier at 75g (MF230: 62g) but it is able to connect up to 8 devices simultaneously, which is great for sharing with your peers. The built-in battery is said to last up to 6 hours.
Both MF230 and MX230 are offered on rental basis bundled with 24 months contract of 6GB ToGo 69 plan for RM69/month. The MF230 is being offered for free while the new MX230 requires RM100 modem upgrade free. As a special promo, they are offering additional RM200 rebate (RM10x 20 months) and another extra RM50 off if you sign up online. ToGo 69 plan offers uncapped speeds on best effort basis.
For more information, head over to P1 MiFi page.
UPDATE: P1 removes Kedah, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan & Perak from its P1 Fiber service availability list.
Today P1 has officially revealed its High Speed Broadband (HSBB) Fibre plans called F! which is Fiber by P1. When the plan to launch fibre was announced, P1 claims that this offer the best of both worlds with 4G in the air and Fibre on the ground. The irony is that P1 has been urging people to cut wires with its “potong” campaign and now they are offering wired connectivity. It is interesting to note that P1 is calling the service Fiber, which is a US English spelling of “Fibre”.
Looking at the plans, P1 offers 3 consumer packages from 5Mbps to 20Mbps and business packages up to 30Mbps. P1 Fiber doesn’t offer IPTV service but instead they are bundling 4G On the go broadband with 3GB dedicated quota. Voice services come as standard and has bundled minutes included according to plan. For home consumer packages, they are throwing in additional security services such as Anti-spyware, Parental Control, Anti-Virus, Firewall & Spam filters.
In terms of coverage, P1 Fiber is available in various parts of the Klang Valley, Johor,
Melaka, Kedah, Negeri Sembilan, Perak, Pulau Pinang and Putrajaya. Not surprising since they tap into the same network as TM Unifi. You can check if your premise is covered here.
Head after the break for the plan breakdown.
Naturally most users will compare P1 Fiber service directly with the other HSBB players such as Unifi and Maxis. Although they looked the same there’s a big difference in terms of bundled extras such as voice calls, IPTV, add-on broadband and etc. Click on the table above to view the comparison.
In terms of all round solution, TM has a well balanced offering with unlimited calls to TM’s wide network of nationwide fixed lines and HyppTV IPTV service. For those who are already a Maxis subscribers and make more phone calls to Maxis numbers and overseas, their Home Broadband solution seems to more inticing with its generous bundling of voice calls including IDD and mobile. For P1, the key differentiation would be the 1Mbps mobile broadband with dedicated 3GB of quota. Despite having the “OnePlan” naming, the mobile broadband doesn’t share the home broadband quota.
All 3 come with 24 months contract and charges RM200 for installation. Currently TM and Maxis are waiving the installation charges. In terms of Fair Use Policy (FUP) enforcement, both TM & Maxis have yet to impose them which means it is still unlimited download for now.
P1′s Fiber service is expected to be launched this week and they are likely to offer introductory promotions to entice new subscribers. All P1 Fiber details above are derived from yesterday’s discovery. To stay competitive, P1 might just offer installation waiver and unlimited quota for a limited time.
UPDATE: P1 Fiber plans compared with Unifi and Maxis HSBB. Read it here.
P1 4G is expected to introduce its HSBB (High Speed Broadband) service soon. While it is yet to be launched, the details have already surfaced online with the service being called Fiber as indicated by its suggestive teaser photo above. P1 Fiber offers both Consumer and Business plans and there’s an upgrade option for existing P1 subscribers as well.
OnePlan Fiber Consumer Plans
Home users get an option of 3 OnePlans which offers both fixed and on the go outdoor modem from RM169 monthly. The lowest entry OnePlan 169 Fiber offers 5Mbps download speed with a monthly quota of 50GB, followed by OnePlan 199 which offers double the speed and quota for RM199/month. The highest OnePlan 269 option offers 20Mbps download speed with 200GB monthly quota. All 3 OnePlans comes with bundled talk time and a 1Mbps On the Go Broadband with 3GB quota. Installation fee of RM200 applies.
P1 4G today has made several revisions to its broadband offering for its Combo (OnePlan), Fixed (ForHome) and Outdoor (ToGo) plans. P1 was offering broadband plans without contract for quite some time now but with the recent change, all plans now come with either 12 or 24 months contract duration for fixed broadband and 6 months contract for outdoor. Subscribers that picked the 24 months option will get to enjoy additional savings off subscription fees.
P1 today has introduced Wiggy 39, a new low entry portable broadband plan that comes with 2GB of data. 2 modems are on offer, the smaller UT235 and the bigger UH235. Speeds offered are listed as up to 1Mbps but the table above is a little confusing as it shows 2 download speeds side by side.
As a special promo, they are offering the first 2 months at RM19/month and the following 2 months at RM29/month. 5th month onwards it will be billed at the listed subscription of RM39/month. Like the rest of P1′s postpaid plans, excess usage is free but speeds will be throttled. Extra quota can be purchased at RM10 for 2GB.
For more information, head over to P1′s On the Go page.
Before signing up, do remember that P1′s USB Modems are designed for outdoor use only. Using it indoors might result “Potong Stim”.
While speed is everything when you’re surfing internet superhighway on the world wide web, the same can’t be said when you’re cruising down a highway of the asphalt kind. In the real world, speed is not everything and sometimes, fast is too fast. Case in point.
Drive safe people.
We have information confirming that P1 is currently experiencing a nationwide service interruption affecting a large number of subscribers possibly in the tens of thousands.
We first picked-up reports on the disruption at 1900hrs and at time of writing P1 via its customer service account, @P1Cares, says that its engineers are working on the issue. The account didn’t indicate on when it expects the P1 service to be fully restored.
A quick check on Twitter and Facebook reveals that the service interruption extends to multiple states. We attempted to call the P1 Customer Careline at 1-300-800-888 for more information but the line is engaged.
If you are P1 subscriber, we would like to hear from you. Let us know if you are able to connect to the internet on your P1 connection.
P1 has revised its ONE plan which offers a combination of desktop home modem and a USB dongle. At that time of launch, the revamped Super Broadband offering had an option of 3 ONE plans – 89, 129 and 169 with combined quota of 5GB, 15GB and 30GB respectively. To target mass consumers with lower commitment options, they now have introduced ONE plan 69 which offers a lower 3GB quota at RM69/month, making it a total of four ONE Plans.
In terms of speed, P1 now offers 1.0Mbps download speed for both home and portable modems on its lowest 69 and 89 plans. Previously P1 One Plan 89 had a speed of 600kbps for home. In terms of hardware, P1 now its UH-235 Super Wiggy modem on all 4 plans.
You probably would notice that P1 is also on the roll to educate consumers that USB Modems is bad for indoors, hence the need of having 2 modems for different need. Again this is something arguable since we have no issues with dongles indoor in many of our broadband test experiences. In most cases, indoor coverage is also very much dependent on the network than the device alone. Dongle manufacturers normally design their usb modems to cater for a wide user pattern scenarios, not just outdoors.
More plan details after the break.