Earlier this month, DiGi has introduced a bigger mobile internet package for its prepaid users called Internet Unlimited 15. What it offers is unlimited mobile internet for RM15/week with 250MB of data quota. This is perfect for those who think DiGi Prepaid max RM5/day for internet is too costly and would like to save more in the long run. For RM15 a week, that’s only a mere RM2.15/day which is pretty reasonable if you just need to stay connected with light usage. Since this is DiGi Prepaid, the download speed is only 384kbps with no options or package that offer anything faster.
Apart from the rates, you would need to take note on the data quota. Max RM5/day gives you 100MB daily while RM15/week gives you 250MB for the entire 7 days. Which plan that suits you depends on your data consumption. However it is good to know that DiGi does not charge extra if you exceed your usage as it will be throttled down to 128kbps download.
To subscribe, just call *116# to activate the service. The subscription is self renewing so you don’t have to reactivate again after 7 days. If you’re just needing it for a week, you will need to deactivate manually.
For more info, check out the Internet Unlimited 15 page.
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No details on local pricing yet but as a comparison, it is sold in the US at US$549.99 which is roughly RM1,740. Other than that, we don’t know when the Streak will be launched. All we know is that it will be launched.
Specs wise, the Dell Streak will be packing a 5-inch capacitive multi-touch WVGA (800×480) display, the potent and proven, 1GHz Snapdragon processor with 512MB RAM and 512MB ROM. There’s 2GB on board memory with a MicroSD expansion slot capable of supporting up to 32GB cards giving the Streak a total potential storage limit of 34GB, a considerable 32GB short of Apple’s most expansive iPad.
The Streak comes with two cameras — one, a 5MP camera with autofocus and dual LED flash and the other a VGA front-facing camera. Connectivity comes in the form 3G HSPA with 7.2Mbps download, 5.76Mbps upload) + Wi-Fi (b/g) and Bluetooth 2.1.
The Twitter announcement from Dell Malaysia’s official accound is exciting but it leaves loads of questions that still needs answering. Chief of which is the OS that the Malaysia bound Streak will be running. State side Streaks are running the ancient Android 1.6 while EU bound Streaks will get an upgrade to Android 2.1.
We don’t know about you, but we’re not expecting anything below Android 2.1. If the Streaks that’s coming to Malaysia wil immediately have Froyo, even better.
Another question is will Maxis — the telco with the most Android phones in its lineup — offer the Dell Streak with a contract tie-up. For our sake, we hope they do. A Dell Streak with a 12 months contract can theoretically go for as low as RM1,300 (thereabouts). If that’s indeed the case, we’ll signup in a heartbeat.
While we all wait for the big announcement from Dell Malaysia, head on over to after the jump to check out official videos on the Dell Streak.
If you’re planning a trip to Dubai in October and plan to keep in touch with your friends and colleagues with BIS and BBM, well you can very well forget about it or consider doing all your mobile stuff on another device that’s not a BlackBerry.
The Emirates’ telecoms regulator have confirmed that travelers to the city-state of Dubai and the important oil industry center of Abu Dhabi will — like the 500,000 local subscribers — have to do without BlackBerry e-mail, messaging and Web services starting October 11, even if their BlackBerrys are supported by carriers from other countries.
This doesn’t bode well for the country’s ambitions to be a business and tourism haven considering that about 100,000 travelers pass through Dubai’s airport every day, making it the busiest in the Middle East. The new restrictions could leave time-pressed business travelers hurrying through, many of them changing planes for other destinations, without access to their e-mail or the Web. That would put BlackBerry services out of reach for business travelers and others passing through the busy Mideast airport hub of Dubai, which handled 40.9 million passengers last year.
The good thing is, unlike the infamous camera phone ban in Saudi Arabia circa the mid noughties, travellers into Dubai and Abu Dhabi are still allowed to carry their BlackBerrys into the country and they can still make phone calls with the devices.
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No matter how you look at it, you can’t fight the Android invasion. Google’s underdog mobile OS is taking a big chunk of the smartphone market which has long been dominated by iPhone, BlackBerry and devices running on Symbian.
Most of these smartphones however are too expensive for mass market with price tags of over RM2000. Not a lot of people are able to fork so much money, but many want to get their hands on a device that at the very least, can deliver a good browing and social media experience. This opened up a market for entry-level smartphones that right now has been dominated by Nokia which admitedly, have been doing a good job at offering competent semi-smartphones at bargain basement prices powered by Symbian.
But the semi-smart Symbian phones that Nokia are churning out doesn’t really cut the mustard for us. The lack of applications is a major disadvantage. So we turn to Android, the open source mobile OS that has so much potential to be great but again we’re limited to high-end devices at the moment. Is there such thing as an affordable Android phone that’s cheerfully cheap yet delivers the functionality of the higher end Androids?
With an attractive pricing and a decent hardware, the HTC Wildfire certainly looks like a strong candidate to play that role, but does it deliver the goods? Read on to find out.
Celcom Xpax is one of Malaysia’s most attractive prepaid Blackberry service at the moment. At only RM1/day, you get unlimited BBM under its Blackberry Social package. There’s a higher RM2.50/day This has been a long dominance for Xpax until recently DiGi and Maxis joined in and offered daily packages of RM2 and RM2.50 per day respectively.
Xpax obviously trying to hold their ground has
reduced introduced a new barebone Blackberry daily subscription at 50 sen/day. We got a twitpic taken by TianChad shown above on the announcement.
The other existing daily prepaid plans for BlackBerry are still maintained, giving a total of 3 daily package as below:
So basically the new BBM with Xpax is the stripped down version of the RM1/day BlackBerry social that is limited to purely Blackberry messenger service. This new plan is a better deal if all you do is BBM without the need of Facebook, Twitter and other popular IM. For social freaks, you probably stick to the same RM1/day BlackBerry Social plan.
More details on the Xpax Blackberry site.
Its going to be interesting to see what DiGi and Maxis will come up with to counter this.
Just one minor request to Celcom PR. Please remember to include SoyaCincau.com in your distribution list. Thank you.
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