Celcom too is offering the Nokia E7 and carries a cheaper bundled price of RM1108. No details have been revealed on the plan and the promo on their website is merely driving people to their PC Expo roadshow at Midvalley this weekend until 6th March 2011.
Like its past bundling of devices, most likely the RM1108 E7 price is tied to a Celcom Exec 250 plan and we believe there are other contract options on Celcom Exec 50 as well. As comparison, Maxis offers the Nokia E7 from RM1499 with a 2 year contract.
Thanks to rakyat biru for informing us!
During the launch of Yes, only two devices were offered – a USB dongle called the Yes Go and portable 4G MiFi called the Yes Huddle. At the November 2010 event, Yes also unveiled a 4G home gateway and an all-4G mobile phone, called the Yes Zoom and Buzz respectively.
The Yes Buzz mobile phone from Samsung is sold at RM488 outright or FREE when you purchase RM1199 worth of credit, this is similar to the Yes Huddle offering. The phone runs fully on 2.3GHz WiMAX and there’s no SIM card required. There’s a slide-out full QWERTY keyboard for easy texting and it also works as a 4G modem when tethered to your computer via USB.
As far as mobile phones go, the Buzz is no-frills. You get a 2.2-inch TFT screen and a single 2MP camera at the back with 4x digital zoom, and that’s pretty much it. There’s 64MB on board storage and the Buzz accepts MicroSD memory expansion though the official spec sheet doesn’t say up to what size MicroSD can the Buzz take.
The Yes Zoom is a 4G home gateway that acts as a WiFi router and also a VOIP terminal that you can plug your home phone into. The new Yes ValuePacks, make Yes considerably more affordable for home users who typically use more data than mobile users.
Yes claims the Zoom has a powerful omnidirectional antenna that negates the need for you to place the modem close to a window — a problem usually plagues other WiMAX modems. In addition, the Zoom has a WiFi range up to 50 feet and supports 802.11b/g/n.
The Zoom retails for RM399 outright or you can get it for free if you purchase RM1199 worth of credit.
Update: We’ve gotten additional information on the valuepack and added some of our thoughts on the new offering. All this after the jump.
Yes has finally revealed its valuepacks which existence we discovered earlier this week. There are two packs on offer, RM68 and RM150 which comes with preloaded data quota, free calls and SMS that comes with a validity of 30 days.
More details of the bulk plans after the break.
BGR reports that they are working on bringing BlackBerry Messenger to the rest of the mobile platforms such as Android and iOS. This is due to the rise of cross platform messaging services such as WhatsApp and Kik which works similarly to BBM. Obviously RIM too wants a slice of cross-platform communications as well. BBM for Android and iPhones? Why not?
While this is good news, RIM isn’t going to open its bread and butter messaging software fully as they are likely to retain some key features exclusively to BlackBerry devices only. The very least we could expect is striped down BBM for pure messaging.
It is said that Android is the first platform for RIM to develop and iOS to follow later. We think that while most of us have adopted WhatsApp or Kik for cross platform communication, is there still room for BBM on your device? It would be tough for RIM to convince WhatsApp early adopters to switch unless of course BBM for Android/iOS could offer better realibility or features that WhatsApp don’t. WhatsApp charges either a one time fee or annual subscription so RIM has to offer something really good to get people hooked.
Maxis now offers the Nokia E7 on contract after a short round of ROI last week. The Nokia E7 retails at RM1995 and it is offered subsidised when bought on contract with a postpaid plan and add-on data plan of either 500MB, 1.5GB and 3GB.
The Nokia E7 is offered at RM1799 for 12 months, RM1649 for 18 months or as low as RM1499 for 24 months contract. During the duration of contract, Maxis is also giving RM10 extra rebate on your data plan subscription as well.
This time around, unlike its previous bundling like the Nokia N8, you now can bundle any Nokia devices, including the N8 with Maxis Value First postpaid plan with RM30 monthly commitment. So this means, the lowest commitment you can opt for is Maxis Value First (RM30) + 500MB Data Plan (RM58). With the RM10 monthly rebate, that’s a minimum commitment of RM78 which is more affordable than before.
Of course, when it comes to value, we won’t recommend 500MB if you’re a heavy user as it’s costlier per GB. It is more worth it to take up the higher 1.5GB or 3GB plan instead but it also depends on much you use on your phone.
For more information, check out Maxis’s Nokia bundling page here.