In the midst of the iPhone 4 fever in Malaysia, U Mobile decides to be the thorn among the roses. They have announced a revamp on its U Prepaid plan which now offers longer validity and reduced voice call rates.
Now the starter pack of RM8 comes with RM5 preloaded time time and 30 days validity. Nationwide call rates have been reduced to 18 sen/minute at 30 seconds block. Of course, this doesn’t beat Tunetalk’s 16 sen/minute rates. However for RM10 top up, you’ll get 30 days validity which is 3x more than others.
For more details, head up to U Mobile’s prepaid page.
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DiGi has launched the iPhone 4 in Malaysia at Quill BMW showroom. Yes, we know it is rare to have a telco event in an automobile showroom. DiGi is first to “launch” in terms of event but their sales only starts at 10AM tomorrow at 45 DiGi outlets nationwide. This makes Maxis, the first to reach its customers at 12:00AM sharp.
Let us run through the extra points that we’ve discovered at the launch.
iPhone 4 Carnival at Quill 9
DiGi is throwing a carnival at Quill 9 BMW Showroom, Section 14, Petaling Jaya over this weekend. Exclusively at this event, they are giving an extra RM100 off for trade in of any phone in ANY Condition. So if you have an old brick phone from 5 over years back, this might come in handy. Of course, if you’re looking to trade-in your iPhone 3G/3GS, Maxis would have a better arrangement as posted here.
Subscribers that port in (MNP) from other telcos, will get exclusive offers including RM100 extra discount during the event and we’re told that they can get it on the spot! However, you can only pick either this or the old mobile trade-in RM100 offer. So no RM200 off if you port in and bring an old mobile.
Offer for existing customer
For DiGi priority customers, which is a reward program for high spending customers, they are giving RM100 off for customers that sign up from 24th September until 3rd October.
If you’re an existing iDiGi customer with an iPhone 3GS, you can get the iPhone 4 with no strings attached at RM300 off, no trade-in required or extensions to your current iDiGi contract. However this is only applicable for those who signed up before today and this is only available from 1st November onwards. So if you wish to take this offer, you gotta wait for more than a month.
That’s all we have for now. For more details, head to DiGi’s iPhone 4 page. Their official pricing is finally up.
Good news for existing iDiGi subscribers, DiGi giving RM300 off for no-strings-attached iPhone 4 purchases. This means the iPhone 4 16GB is going for RM1990 and 32GB version for RM2390.
Check it out at DiGi’s page.
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UPDATE: Maxis tweeted that this trade in offer is only for those who had RSVP only.
Want an iPhone 4 but don’t know how to get rid of the old one? Maxis has tweeted that they are opening trade-in counters from tonight until Saturday. We guess Maxis must have listened to many tweets asking for a trade in program for its existing customers.
They didn’t say how much your old iPhone 3G or 3GS is valued but we guess they might need to evaluate your iPhone before giving it a price. Plus, no mention if it accepts grey import or iPhones from other operators. If you’re interested, this is worth a try at the Gardens.
Another update is that Maxis is waiving the RM50 fee for contract extensions. This looks like a last minute attack plan against DiGi’s launch.
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Maxis big event for the iPhone 4 is happening at midnight tonight. To familiarise yourself with the venue, Smashpop has uploaded a video to give you an early peek on what to expect at the Gardens Ballroom.
Watch it after the jump
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UPDATE: DiGi iPhone 4 officially launched, read more here.
DiGi are in the midst of updating their website with the new iPhone 4 plans and we’re not entirely sure why the web guys are doing it in a live environment because they’ve just inadvertently leaked the much, much, much awaited iPhone 4 plans from DiGi.
We’re crunching the numbers to see if the numbers to see if the claimed “most affordable” moniker is true but at the skin of it, we’re thinking Maxis has a better proposition. What do you think? Take a look at tell us which one would you choose, DiGi or Maxis?
We’re just five hours away from DiGi’s iPhone 4 plan launch and we’ve gotten some more details on what will happen later this evening.
Confirmed that there will be a roadshow at Quill 9, Jalan Semangat, PJ today, but it will only run from 25 to 26 September. DiGi is offering RM100 “savings” when you trade-in your old phone for the iPhone 4. For the bling-ers, you’ll be happy to note that there will also be some discounts on iPhone 4 accessories and the first 50 customers to sign-up with DiGi for the iPhone 4 will get a free and “exclusive” iPhone 4 sleeve. We don’t think it’s the original iPhone 4 bumpers sold by Apple though.
Other than that, there’s a lucky draw as well and that’s about it. Sorry, we wished we had more stuff to share but we don’t.
And finally, thanks for the headsup @icycold156 🙂
Before you jump for joy, this offer is only valid to DiGi’s Priority Service customers and runs from DiGi’s iPhone 4 launch day till 3 October.
Are you a DiGi Priority Service customer? Well first up, you can’t sign-up for it, DiGi chooses you and for you to qualify you’ll need to be with DiGi for at least 13 months and and spend on average RM300 a month.
Yeah, so…for more details and DiGi Priority Service, click here.
It looks like all bets are off and both DiGi and Maxis will be pulling out all the stops to entice you purchase the iPhone 4 from them. We are now just hours away from what could possibly be Malaysia’s most epic telco battle ever!
We were the first to report on the claim that DiGi made about it’s iPhone 4 offering being the “most affordable” in the country. Having placed a booking for the iPhone 4 with Maxis, we’ve now re-looked at our plans to get the device from Maxis knowing that DiGi could offer something better.
And we suspect many of you who’ve made bookings or are considering to get the iPhone 4 from Maxis are seriously reconsidering and waiting to see what DiGi has to offer.
Maxis is feeling the heat from this and have gone all out to get everyone to attend their midnight launch tonight. They’ve gone on all channels, including on radio, Twitter and via SMS to invite the general public to come to their midnight launch tonight.
Looks like whether you’ve made a booking or not, Maxis will entertain you if you come tonight to purchase the iPhone 4 with them. Not being able to offer the iPhone 4 as early as Maxis, DiGi is trying to woo as many people with of Maxis its yet to be revealed iPhone 4 plan.
From where we’re looking at it, it appears that DiGi’s tactic is working. Many are now playing the waiting game to see who has the better offer and if indeed DiGi’s iPhone 4 deal is the most affordable in the country.
Now the question of sufficient stocks come into play. If the difference in pricing is minimal, many would opt to get the iPhone 4 from the telco that can provide it on the spot. Many will recall that during the iPhone 3GS days, Maxis was notorious for ridiculously long waiting periods (up to one month or even more) while DiGi, although it had launch the 3GS much later than Maxis, was able to provide units on the spot.
The game will have changed slightly now as both telcos are launching the iPhone 4 at the roughly the same time which means that spread of demand will be split between the two — at what ratio, we can only estimate that more will opt to purchase from Maxis. How much more, we don’t know — you can however expect to be able to get the iPhone 4 from either telco quite easily in our opinion. BUT, as with all predictions, we could be wrong.
We’ll be at the DiGi launch today and the Maxis iPhone 4 launch tonight to give you the latest developments on this, so keep it locked on to SoyaCincau.com.
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UPDATE: Added video of Michael Dell showing the 7″ Dell Tablet.
Michael Dell had flashed what seems to be a larger 7″ tablet at Oracle Openworld conference. Tablets-Planet has a picture of him with the device above and it has a similar looking design as the Streak.
There’s no mention of what Android version the Dell 7″ tablet will run, but we’re hoping that it could be the Android 3.0 which should be more suited for tablet use.
Check out the video below.
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