Celcom Prepaid – Xpax has revised its plan with more affordable rates in conjunction with its Kolony social network launch. Now they are offering calls as low as 28 sen per 10 minutes for calls within Celcom or 28 sen per 5 minutes for other networks. SMS rates too have gone down at 1 sen per SMS for same network and 5 sen per SMS for others.
This is good for those who make lots of long calls as you get to talk long for cheap. However looking at the comparison with their old Xpax plans, they have dropped the 15pax which offers even lower rates per minute for 15 friends and family.
For more information, head to Xpax’s page here. Comparison table between old and new Xpax plans after the break.
U Mobile now offers unlimited mobile internet plan for its prepaid users which costs only RM28 per month. Compared to other prepaids, this new U Mobile offering is rather different as it offers uncapped speeds and there’s no additional charge if you exceed its monthly quota of 500MB.
At RM28/month, this makes it less than RM1 per day to stay connected online. You’ll get 500MB data and it comes with free 100 minutes of nationwide talktime and 30 free SMS. The free minutes and talk time are transferable if your subscription is renewed for the following month. We can’t help but to notice that this looks very similar to Yes Valuepack style of monthly offering as they would bring forward unused calls and SMS to the next month. However it isn’t the same for data on U Mobile, as unfinished quota will be forfeited at the end of each monthly cycle. For calls and SMS, they can only allow maximum accumulation of 200 minutes and 60 SMS at one time.
In terms of coverage, it works in both U Mobile’s 3G and Domestic Roaming coverage areas. As expected, you’ll be getting only EDGE while on Domestic Roaming.
While this U Mobile unlimited mobile internet plan offers uncapped speeds up to 14.4Mbps, its throttled speed after 500MB is capped to a miserable 64kbps. If you’re a light user, this is not bad and the free calls which can be brought forward are good add on value. For heavy users that uses more than a GB monthly, you are better off with the UB40 plan that offers 2GB at only RM40/month.
To activate, dial *118# on your U Mobile prepaid to get started. This Unlimited Mobile Internet plan is auto-renewed so you just need to make sure you have sufficient credit before your 30 days are up. According to its FAQ, you must have credit validity of 30 days at time of activation in order for it to be renewed.
For more information, head to U Mobile’s page here.
Early this year, we talked about the upcoming trio of next-generation BlackBerry devices promising BlackBerry 6 OS all-round and a slew of enhancements. One of the is a replacement for the BlackBerry Torch, RIM’s first smart phone that combined both a physical QWERTY keyboard and a full touch screen.
A lot was riding on the BlackBerry Torch for RIM but at the end of the day it’s underpowered processor and some lacking functionality in the BlackBerry 6 OS meant that the Torch received less than flattering reviews all round.
Enter the BlackBerry Torch 2 featuring a faster processor, improved OS and a higher resolution screen. Boy Genius Report got their hands on a working unit of the device and have this to say:
This is really what the original Torch should have been; instead of an underpowered, under-spec’d handset, the Torch 2 really offers a great experience from what we have seen so far.
It looks like the earlier specs have pretty much remained the same including a 1.2GHz processor (original Torch 624Mhz, RAM stays the same at 512MB), more on-board storage (8GB compared to 4GB previously). You also get an updated screen that’s the same size (3.2 inches) but has a higher resolution at 640×480 pixel as opposed to the current 480×360 pixel screen.
So could this be the Torch that you’ve been waiting for? Official announcement is scheduled for May at BlackBerry World and market availability around Jun/July, so it won’t be a long wait to find out.
Hit up the source link for more pictures. We’re not too keen on the bright silver colour and the checkered back plate design though. The sleek black and gun-metal grey theme of the current Torch is more classy in our opinion.
More pictures here.