Maxis has finally released its pricing and offer for the BlackBerry Curve 9300 (aka Curve 3G). Celcom had released their BlackBerry Curve 3G offers 2 days back while DiGi is still pathetically doing Registration of Interest.
The BlackBerry Curve 9300 itself retails at RM1299 and instead of slashing the device price cheaper, Maxis used a different way of bundling from the rest. For postpaid, the BlackBerry Curve is offered at RM1659 and it comes bundled with 12 months BIS Advanced subscription of RM360. For Hotlink Prepaid, it goes for RM1479 bundled with 6 months of BIS plan.
At first glance, it seems that Maxis is having an expensive deal but what you’ll get is cheaper BIS subscription for paying upfront. For instance, the postpaid offer comes with BIS Advanced which normally costs RM120/month. For this offer, you’re only paying RM360 for 12 months which is a total savings of RM1080. So with that subscription savings factored in, the BlackBerry Curve would cost a mere RM579.
For prepaid, it comes with 6 months BIS subscription which costs RM98/month. In this offer, 6 months subscription is bundled in for a mere RM180. So you’ll get a total savings of RM408 from this bundle, making the device costing RM1071 after savings. It is weird that Maxis mentions that the saving is worth RM480, this could be a typo by their web designer. Don’t worry Maxis, DiGi made a bigger mistake on their website during its reveal.
What’s even more weird is that Hotlink mentions the 6 months of BIS is FREE when it is actually charged on top of the retail price of RM1299. Looks like Hotlink and Maxis team are not in sync in terms of communication.
While Celcom gives cheaper device outright, Maxis gives you more savings off the normal subscription on the long run. The only con is that you would need to fork out extra upfront which isn’t a bad thing considering the amount you will be saving.
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DiGi is doing another Hari Raya campaign and this time DiGi Postpaid users get 15% off for DiGi-DiGi calls made during 10th and 11th September from 9PM to 9AM. For prepaid users, there was a Extra Talk Time Raya offer for those who top up on 6-7 September.
DiGi also wants to do a bit of charity this Raya. Users are asked to send RAYA to 36365 to get a list of charity bodies that you can contribute. You’ll be sent a link to view the list which subjects to data cost. Are you able to contribute directly from your mobile? The answer is NO.
We say this is pointless “charity” drive. The only one benefiting is DiGi, which will earn from data charge and SMS sent. Save your money and view the link directly here. Such info can be made available on their website and its pointless if you ask us.
If DiGi was serious about charity, they should have pledged a portion of calls made during Raya or a portion of top up which was done recently by TuneTalk.
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Another key difference of these N8 unboxing videos from Nokia? They are deliciously interactive, You get to choose three characters with three decidedly different personalities. We can’t confirm this but Ryan sounds like a Malaysian (or a Singaporean, depending on which side of the causeway you’re reading this blog from). He appears to be a geek that remembers all the model numbers of all the accessories that comes with the N8, it all looks a bit too try hard for us. But see for yourself and tell us what you think.
Interestingly, the maximum resolution in all the unboxing and it’s related videos is 720p. Does this mean that the videos are shot exclusively using the Nokia N8? Nokia’s very confident of the imaging performance of the N8 so it’s not inconceivable to think so considering that Nokia has commissioned a prominent director to shoot a short film using only the Nokia N8 and starring Pamela Anderson along with Ed Westwick.
Another interesting point to note, the Nokia N8 comes with a stylus though the videos states that this will be available in selected markets. We’re wondering if Malaysia will get it.
Check out the videos after the jump. A pretty decent effort from Nokia we think but we’d like more detail in our hands-on videos. We really like the soundtrack though.
Here at SoyaCincau.com, we see the Samsung Galaxy S as an ideal device, it is one of the best, if not the best, Android phone in the market today. It has a sleek design, packed up to its USB port with features and has a very well integrated TouchWiz 3.0 UI skin on top of Android 2.1 OS.
And now that it comes in this cutesy pink hue, we’re inclined to think that the Galaxy S has just become near irresistible for the ladies.
Alas, the pink Galaxy S is only available for Samsung’s domestic market, but don’t let that hamper your spirit, if there’s a demand, we’re sure Samsung will oblige. Well Samsung, you’d be silly to think that there’s no demand for a pink Galaxy S outside of Korea. What say you make it available internationally as well?
Anyone who’s using the iPhone 3G and updated its OS to any variant of the iOS 4 are probably regretting the move. There’s no denying that iOS 4 have made the iPhone 3G unbearably sluggish. With promises of bug fixes and improvements in response and speed for iPhone 3G users, is the new iOS 4.1 worth the download?
While we wait for iOS 4.1 to be available for download, the good people at AnandTech ran some tests comparing the iOS 4.1 with it’s predecessor the iOS 4.0.1 and the iOS 3.1.3.
So what did the test reveal? You can read about the full test here. But the gist of it is that, although the iOS 4.1 does offer up improvements in terms of speed and response over the 4.0.1, it appears that the new generation of iOS is beyond the limits of the aging iPhone 3G with it’s 412Mhz processor and 128MB RAM.
“The bottom line is that if you have an iPhone 3G, iOS 4.1 will make you hate how slow your phone is a little less. Apple deserves credit for keeping a device just over 2 years old fully updated and supported. On the other hand, it’s obvious that Apple could have saved some face had it optimized the initial iOS 4.0 ARMv6 kernel for the iPhone 3G a little more than it initially bothered to.”
Conclusion, if you’re planning to keep your iPhone 3G for a couple more years, you might want to consider downgrading to a 3.1.3 if you can.