Do you always rush to a specific spot in your home just to make phone calls? If you’re a U Mobile customer, those days could soon be over as they are introducing WiFi Calling next week.
In addition to AirAsia’s on-board WiFi service, you can now use Twitter in the air. Powered by Rokki, the in-flight WiFi service was initially introduced just for basic messaging. This lets you access popular IM apps such as WeChat, WhatsApp, LINE and Kakaotalk, while Viber will be supported soon.
It’s always tempting to hit that connect button at Cafes offering Free WiFi. However such connections could put your data at risk especially while doing online banking.
To keep your internet traffic secured, Google appears to be taking a step forward with a Google VPN of its own. Someone has done a little tinkering with the latest Android 5.1 Lollipop on a Nexus 6, and has found a new “Google Connectivity Services” on it.
At the moment, it doesn’t appear to work but it looks like this would run a VPN service (presumably free of charge) via Google each time you’re connected to an open WiFi connection. As it is still early, we are not sure if this will be final but the presence of such service does come as a surprise. Without an official announcement, this is still a work in progress and Google might just scrap it quietly later. If it does happen, it would certainly give users a greater peace of mind while utilising Free WiFi hotspots. Another question mark is whether this would be exclusive to Nexus devices and if they would extend it to all Android devices running on the latest Lollipop version.
For those who really need their internet fix, Huawei‘s CarFi pretty much lets you have your WiFi in your car wherever you’re headed to.
The Huawei CarFi is a WiFi dongle that you can plug into your car to create a 4G LTE hotspot with a download speed of up to 150Mbps and 50Mbps upload with support for up to 10 devices simultaneously, for those long hauls across the country. Simply plug it in, slot in your SIM card and it handles the rest, but it looks like you probably have to use it in conjunction with Huawei’s HiLink App. It also has a handy USB slot which you can use to charge your devices so you won’t miss your car charger.
Since the theme is “where speed meets style” Huawei even made it fire-proof with a coating of carbon fiber which makes it look very sleek indeed though we do hope you’ll never need to put the fire proof aspect to the test. No idea when we will be getting it locally but it apparently will be priced at €149 (RM603).
Video and images after the break.
After a period of Free User Trial tests, low cost carrier AirAsia has officially launched its in-flight WiFi service that’s called roKKi Chats. Like the name suggests, this WiFi service lets you connect to popular instant messaging apps such as LINE, WhatsApp and WeChat.
As an introductory promo, roKKi Chats is offered at RM5 (usual RM8) for a limited time only. To subscribe, you would need to purchase a roKKi Chat token from the flight attendants and each token is valid for one flight only.
Low cost airline, AirAsia has started public trial of its in-flight WiFi service. It is available now until October and it is limited to the first 60 passengers on board. You’ll know if your flight has WiFi connectivity when the crew makes an announcement during the flight.
To sign in, you’ll need to request for access from its connectivity portal and they will limit one connection per device during the flight. Before you get excited with what you can do at over 35,000 feet, the free trial WiFi service is capped at 1MB. It appears that usage would be restricted to popular instant messaging apps such as LINE, WhatsApp and WeChat.
We reckon they would offer more paid options once the WiFi service is commercially available. Expect to pay a premium if you wish to do more vigorous internet surfing during the flight. Apart from AirAsia, Malindo too has indicated that they would be offering WiFi on-board but there’s no mention of its roll out until now.
UPDATE: AirAsia commence free user trial of in-flight WiFi service.
When it’s time to fasten your seat belts and switch your phones to airplane mode, it marks a journey where you’re completely disconnected from the rest of the world. You could either have a nap or simply play with your smart phone in offline mode. That may not be the case in the near future as AirAsia and Malindo Air will be offering WiFi connectivity on their flights.
As more airlines are looking for a balance of cost efficiency and catching up with the latest consumer trends, some of them have started to order new planes without in-flight entertainment systems. This is to move towards a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) model in favour of providing WiFi and streaming content to your own personal device. Looks like this shift is happening in Malaysia already.
Currently, there are over 400 Celcom First WiFi hotsposts in the country at key shopping malls, business centres, offices, hotels and transportation hubs. Celcom plans to grow this number as the service gains traction. For full Clecom First WiFi coverage details, click here.
The service is available for existing Celcom post-paid and prepaid subscribers and can be activated via SMS (auto-reload service and over-the-counter reload coupons are also available). In addition, the Celcom First WiFi allows you to manage and keep track of your WiFi usage and data volume quotas efficiently via a web-based account management system.
On top of the data connectivity, the Celcom First WiFi service provides addition value-add by feeding subscribers with special location-based services and information that is pushed automatically directly to their mobile device in addition to a whole host of Celcom rewards and privilege including bonus vouchers and discounts. Also, as an incentive, Celcom First Data Advance and Pro customers get an additional 1GB monthly WiFi access for free.
Head over to after the jump for detail on the Celcom First WiFi.
DiGi is now offering Free WiFi service for existing Broadband customers in the next few months. For starters, they have begun such service at 2 universities – Unimas in Sarawak and UMS in Sabah starting from 18th April 2011 onwards. This Free WiFi service however is only for postpaid DiGi Broadband users and those on prepaid internet, enterprise broadband and mobile data are not eligible.
This seems to be a good move for DiGi users as they can offload their data usage to WiFi. As a result, this will reduce their monthly broadband quota usage. Just recently, Maxis did something similar with its Maxis WiFi Hotspot subscription service. To use this Free WiFi service, you would need to login using your DiGi Broadband account and they have warned that multiple logins are not allowed. Speed is not guaranteed and it is mentioned as being delivered as trial and best-effort basis only.
Maxis has finally revealed its Maxis WiFi Hotspot service. Earlier on this was silently mentioned during its iPhone 4 price slash where it comes as a Free subscription for new subscribers. However it was later removed and we wondered if the service was ready for prime time. Now looks like it is finally ready and had reappeared on Maxis site together with its full packages.
Currently this service is only available for Maxis postpaid and Hotlink Prepaid customers. For SMS activations, there are 3 plans available – RM3 daily, RM10 weekly and RM20 monthly with 500MB, 2GB and 4GB quota respectively. Once you have finished your data quota or if your access has expired, your subscription will be terminated immediately.
However for postpaid customers, there’s another plan option which is rather affordable if you subscribe online. Maxis offers RM3/month with 2GB access for Maxis postpaid customers. That’s quite a vast difference compared to its SMS activated packages.
In terms of coverage availability, we can’t seem to get a list as the WiFi Coverage Area finder is not working. You can try your luck again over here. For any assistance related to Maxis WiFi, you can call their careline at 1800 82 1123.
This isn’t the first time Maxis offered a WiFi subscription service as they previously had a WiFi service branded Utopia alongside other providers such as AirZed and TM Hotspot during the early days.
Currently we got no clue where this service is available but this seems to be an affordable add-on option for Maxis subscribers. For RM3 a month with 2GB quota, the WiFi option is great for users that often tether their phones with Maxis 3G network or those who often exceed their monthly quotas. All it boils down to is its coverage at popular hotspots such as shopping mall and coffee houses.
For more information on Maxis WiFi Hotspot, click here.