After a long wait, Yes is finally launching its upcoming 4G phone. Dubbed as the “world’s smartest 4G phone”, the device will be launched next Wednesday at a media event in KL.
It is no secret that Yes has been working on an Android 4G smart phone with WiMAX capabilities. This allows seamless calls on their Yes network as well as the flexibility to make mobile network calls via 3G. The device was earlier spotted during PC Fair and the device is expected to run on a single core processor with Android 2.2 Froyo.
Bundling plans are expected to be revealed at the launch as well.
Albert’s laser-sharp eyes saw that the Yes 4G employee held a device that he had never seen before. His fast thinking and epic photo-snipping skills produced the shot that you see above. It is probably the first real close-up look of the Yes 4G Android smartphone.
Always very economical with his words, Albert’s describes the device to have a back, home and menu button like the CSL Droidpad – and that’s it. Albert is usually very meticulous as well and if he had more details, we’re pretty sure he would have shared it with us. It’s very possible that he couldn’t get a real chance to examine the device in more detail but in any case, very little about the Yes 4G Android phone is secret anyway.
As far as we know, Yes 4G smartphone is expected to run Android 2.2 Froyo and feature a 1Ghz single-core processor, between 512MB to 1GB of RAM, a 4-inch LCD display and a 5MP rear camera. The device will also feature dual-mode 3G/4G capability allowing users to use a 3G SIM card for calls and texts and Yes’ 4G network for data.
The device hardware puts the Yes 4G Android phone well within the entry-level segment. Pricing for the device is still a mystery but we think anything over RM1,000 would make potential customers look elsewhere. Sources close to Yes 4G have indicated that the device is planned to be launched before the second half of this year with the operator possibly offering the device for free with contract.
The Yes 4G Android smartphone was first announced soon after the Yes 4G service was launched way back in November 2010. Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, the top front man of the YTL empire, the people that build the Yes 4G network, said early last year that the device will be launched in August 2011. That deadline has come and gone yet there’s still no Android smartphone from Yes 4G. Let’s hope that there will be no more delays this time around.
The Yes 4G Android phone will be facing some very tough competition from the likes of HTC, Samsung and Sony, all of which have very capable entry level and mid range Android devices that are attractively priced and are packed with features and run on the more current Android OS. The team at Yes will have their work cut out for them to attract buyers from this very price conscious segment. It’s going to be interesting.
Big thanks to Albert for the picture.
When Yes introduced its Super Postpaid plans, it lacked data quota top up options. This means that you’re stuck with 128kbps throttled speed until the next billing cycle if you have depleted your allocated monthly usage quota. Now they have introduced new SuperBooster, which is a top up option for you to regain back your full speed when your speeds are throttled.
Price starts from RM10 for 256MB and it goes up to RM55 for 3GB. In terms of validity, it follows your current billing cycle. For example if you’re 6 days until your quota is renewed, your extra top up quota is valid only for 6 days. Any unused data from the SuperBooster will not be carried forward to the new month. To top up, you can purchase it at My Account at the Yes portal.
For more information, head over to Yes SuperBooster page.
The Sony Tablet S is officially available this Month and it is also available for bundling on Yes. Outright, the Tablet S is priced at RM1,499 for the 16GB model and 1,799 for the 32GB model. These prices remain unchanged since its earlier pre-order.
On Yes, the Tablet S can be yours from RM1,288 with 24 months contract on Yes new postpaid plans. The bundle comes inclusive of a Yes Huddle Mifi and you must be tied with its highest 10GB postpaid plan of RM168/month. As an added extra, they also included a free Sony Tablet S cradle in the package while stocks last.
If you plan to sign up, there’s a RM100 activation fee and upfront payment up to RM600 which is rebated back across either 12 or 20 months period depending on your contract. For more information, head over to Yes’s Tablet S page.
UPDATE: At the official launch of the Yes Super Postpaid plan, the CMO Chee Pok Jin has announced that the throttled speed is 128kbps. Obviously this is after you exceeded your monthly quota.
Yes today introduced its postpaid plans that come with unlimited data. This offers better peace of mind without any surprise charges for excess usage. There are 4 options from as low as RM48/month with 1.5GB of bundled data.
For subscribers who use more than 3GB of data a month, there’s a 4GB plan at RM68/month, 6GB at RM98/month & 10GB plan for RM168. As comparison, Yes prepaid valuepack offers 3.5GB for RM68 and 10GB for RM150 with calls and text messages bundled in.
Most Yes subscribers can certainly agree that switching to postpaid will be a better option for them as they don’t have to pay for excess usage and can stay connected even after the data cap has been utilised. Of course, speeds will be throttled down after you hit your monthly limit. Yes did not state what the throttled speed is but says that it will be comparable to industry standards (read: probably 128kbps).
While Yes allows you to carry forward unused Valuepack data indefinitely so long as you continue renewing your Valuepack, there is no such option for the postpaid plans. According to their FAQ, any unused data will be forfeited. In addition, if you are an existing Valuepack subscriber and would like to switch to Yes postpaid, all your accumulated data, talktime and SMS from the Valuepack plans are forfeited as well. That’s a bummer.
It is interesting to note that the Super Postpaid Plans mention speeds up to 10X faster than 3G with speeds up to 20Mbps but on their prepaid page, Yes mentions speeds up to 3-5X than 3G. Could this mean postpaid users might potentially enjoy faster speeds than prepaid? Or is it poor website management on Yes’s side?
In terms of devices, a 12 months contract will give you a free Yes Go USB dongle while a 24 months contract offers an option of a free Yes Huddle MiFi or a Yes Zoom home router. For the Huddle and Zoom, a device upfront payment of RM399 (for either device) is required. The up payment will be rebated back to your account across 20 months.
Overall, the plan is not groundbreaking as it offers similar value to what the rest of the industry is offering. The Yes Super Postpaid plans offer an alternative to existing 3G plans in the market and the performance of the Yes network is an added bonus.
We don’t like that there is currently no option to top up your data quota in case you burst your cap early and we’d prefer Yes to offer the Huddle on the 12-months contract as well. It doesn’t have to be free, a subsidised pricing is fine, we just don’t like that Yes is forcing users to subscribe to a longer contract tenure by limiting the device options.
For more information, head over to Yes Postpaid Plans page.
Valentine’s day is coming on February 14th and Yes is running a special Valentine’s Day promotion for the month of February. They are offering a combo of a Yes 4G Mifi or home gateway that comes with a free USB modem and a chance to publicly declare your love on their big Yes LED Cube in front of Lot 10 on Valentine’s day.
For RM499, they are offering either Yes huddle MiFi or a Yes Zoom gateway which comes with 2x RM50 reloads. Looking at the details, they are giving RM30 free credit upon activation. On top of that,
they will give RM60 loyalty credit for every 6 months within the 1 year subscription period they give RM60 if you stay with them for 6 months and they will give additional RM100 if you stay on further until 12 months. That makes the Yes huddle Mifi and Yes Zoom effectively RM249 if you stay with them for a year.
In the promo, they listed a total bundle of RM190 credit but from our calculation it is RM130 bundled credit upfront and additional
RM120RM160 credit if you stay on for a year. Not sure if there’s any mistake but do clarify with them before signing up. In addition, they will also give a free Yes Go USB Modem with RM50 rebate credit for your loved one. Seriously, a USB stick as a Valentine’s Day gift? We rather you give the Yes Huddle Mifi as a gift instead.
Only those that purchase the Valentine combo will be entitled to submit their dedications online. The top 10 will be picked and shall be notified on February 13th, the day before the dedications go live on V-day. As extra goodies, they are also throwing additional prizes for the best top 3 submissions for the entire month. So if you want your message to be on the cube, you better do so before February 12th.
For more information, head over here.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi is now available for bundling from Yes. The package deal at RM1,679 comes with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (worth RM1,299), a Yes MiFi Huddle (worth RM399), Yes ID (worth RM50) and RM90 credit (RM30 x 3 months). This gives a total savings of RM159 from the total value.
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 had entered the Malaysian market earlier this month quietly at RM1,699 for the 3G version and RM1,299 for the WiFi only version. Compared to the its larger Galaxy Tab 10.1 sibling, the Tab 8.9 is identical in terms of processing power, memory and screen resolution despite its small dimensions. If a 10.1″ is too big to handle, a 8.9″ is a more practical size and it is also 95 grams lighter. This offer with Yes bundling is available at Senheng, Harvey Norman and Yes outlets from tomorrow 25th November until 31st December 2011.
If you’re confused with the various Galaxy Tabs in the market, check out our Samsung Galaxy Tab comparison post where we compare all the specs side by side. Next month, we would be expecting the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Galaxy Tab 7.7 to hit Malaysia. So far, U Mobile has already commenced registration of interest for the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus with official availability slated for 5th December.
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Topping up on Yes can be a chore if you use it on a regular basis. Now they have introduced auto reload service for normal Yes Plan credits and Valuepacks. The auto renewal is done via Credit card which can be managed through Yes online selfcare.
For normal credits, it tops up based on your preferred amount and can be set between the 1st to 28th day of the month. For valuepacks, you can choose to auto top up from existing credits or from your credit card. Since valuepacks hold a validity of 30 days, this auto reload service will top up right before your existing valuepack expires. As an added promo, those that activate auto renewal for valuepack before end of this year will be entitled for RM5 rebate for 3 months.
As always, don’t forget to read the FAQ.
YesLife is now ready for download on Android. The mobile app allows you to make phone calls using Yes Credit over your mobile’s connection be it 3G or WiFi. Registration for beta was opened last week.
The app supports Android 2.1 and above. There’s also a note that there are known issues on HTC Wildfire and other devices with processors running below 600MHz.
To download, head over to Android Market.
Only devices running Android 2.1 and above are supported. To sign-up click here. Yes has not mentioned when the final version of the app will be released. But considering that the beta is being distributed to the public at the moment, it going to be just a matter of weeks till the final version is released.
We’ve gotten our hands on the beta version of the application and we have to say it is much more polished than the iOS version with loads more useful features added making it much more conducive to use.
If you’re on Yes and use an Android device, let us know what you think of the app.