Our daily routine at SoyaCincau.com is scanning local telco sites for the latest news and updates on what happening in the industry. A quick look at the Yes.my website today reveals two new products from the 4G operator. These new products are called Yes Starter Packs.
Each Starter Pack comes with a pre-registered Yes ID and 018 number which makes it signing up for a Yes account a pretty straight forward affair. All you need to do is purchase the Starter Pack, activate your account using the preset Yes ID and you’re good to go.
There are two types of starter packs. The Go Starter Pack cost RM100 and includes a Yes Go as well as RM50 worth of credit that you can use to surf the internet or make calls and send SMS with. Essentially what this is is a prepaid mobile broadband pack that you can also use to make voice calls and send SMS with. Considering that it’s not just a mobile broadband service, this Go Starter Pack is pretty good value for money for light and medium web users who want to give Yes a go (pun intended). Heavy downloaders can look elsewhere.
The other Starter Pack is the the Yes ID Starter Pack. For RM50 you get a preset Yes ID and 018 mobile number with RM9 worth of credit included. This is probably good for people who are want to use Yes more for making calls and sending SMS rather than surfing the web. The good thing about this Yes ID Starter Pack is that if you do choose to use Yes to surf the web, all you need to do is just get a Yes device and use back the same Yes ID. There’s no need to register for another account.
Hit up the source link for more info on the Yes Starter Packs.
DiGi is now offering Family packages which bundles an Android smart phone with DG Smart Plan, DiGi Broadband and supplementary lines. What you’ll get is a lower combined monthly commitment plus greater savings from the purchase of HTC Incredible S or HTC Desire HD.
There are 3 choices to choose from ranging from DG Family Simple which consists of DG Smart Plan and broadband from RM98/month. Next would be DG Family Super which comes with the same thing but with 1-3 additional sublines from just RM123. For the bigger family, there’s the DG Family Plus with comes with 4-6 lines.
This is something worth considering if you’re looking for a new phone and you have additional supplement lines under you. Plus the additional 3GB Broadband data is a nice add-on to the mix.
If you’re an existing DG Smart Plan user, you can upgrade to this plan as long you are not tied with any smart phone contracts. For more information, head to DiGi’s Family package page here.
Sony today announced its foray into the hotly contested tablet market with two Honeycomb devices codenamed S1 and S2.
Sony positions the 9.4-inch S1 as a device that’s “optimized for rich media entertainment,” while the dual 5.5-inch screen S2 is designed to be “ideal for mobile communication and entertainment.”.
S1 has a 9.4-inch display for enjoying the web and rich content on a large screen. Its off-center of gravity design realizes stability and ease of grip as well as a sense of stability and lightness, offering comfortable use for hours.
S2 has two 5.5-inch displays that can be folded for easy portability. In contrast to existing tablets, its unprecedented dual screen presentation and usability allows its displays to be combined and used as a large screen or for different functions such as playing video on one screen while showing control buttons on the other.
The design of the S1 is typical Sony minimalist and we like that Sony designer have opted to stay away from a more conventional slab form factor to this “folded” form factor which is both refreshing and unique.
Both the S1 and S2 will run Android 3.0 with WiFi and 3G/4G compatibility. Availability is expected to be sometime in September.
This is something we’re definitely looking forward to. Head over to after the jump for a promo video, picture galley and the official press release from Sony.
The BlackBerry PlayBook has been heavily criticised for the lack of a native email and other personal information management software client and while we can’t fault the QNX platform’s superiority in web browsing and multi-tasking functionality, the other shortcomings of the PlayBook makes it a less than ideal device someone who doesn’t own a BlackBerry device.
But what does RIM have to say about all this? RIM’s Co-CEO Jim Balsillie spoke to Bloomberg to explain the company’s strategy behind the PlayBook and answers the question “why should consumers buy the PlayBook over the iPad 2?”
Bonus after the jump: Wall Street Journal spoke to Jim Balsillie on the reason behind not including a native email client in the PlayBook.
We’ve just receive a media invitation to the launch of the Motorola Xoom happening on April 28 which serves as confirmation that the tablet will be launched just a day before the iPad 2 in Malaysia.
The Motorola Xoom will be the first tablet in the country to run Android’s tablet only Honeycomb OS. With a 10.1-inch screen, 32GB of on board storage, a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP forward-facing camera, 1GB of RAM with a 1GHz dual-core processor, the Xoom is the iPad 2’s closest competitor and the most competent.
But the next-gen specs on the Motorola Xoom come with a hefty asking price — USD$799 for the 3G version and USD$599 for the WiFi version. For Malaysia, it is almost a certainty that we will be getting the WiFi only version.
The launch partner for the Motorola Xoom is none other than Maxis and it will be interesting to see what sort of plans the telco will introduce considering that the Malaysia-bound Xooms are WiFi only devices which don’t really need a telco plan.
This development is bound to make quite a number of iPad 2 would be buyers think twice and adopt a wait and see approach. If the price is right we’re pretty sure that there will be a few that’s going to forgo the iPad 2 and go for the Xoom instead.
What do you think?
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Here’s the latest Samsung Galaxy S II commercial to hit the web. Is it just us or did the ad just suggested that the Galaxy S II makes a really good upskirt camera?
In any case, here are the other Samsung Galaxy S II commercials:
Latest Samsung Galaxy S II commercial: still Voice Talk but in a more realistic setting
Latest Samsung Galaxy S II ad showcases Voice Talk feature
Samsung outs first Galaxy S II commercial, focuses on Super AMOLED Plus
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With the cheapest cost-per-GB MiFi plans in the country there’s actually a strong case for P1 to promote its MF230 MiFi device. The generous monthly data allowance combined with seamless wireless connectivity for up to five devices makes it easy for users with multiple devices to get connected when out and about with a MiFi and a P1 plan.
P1’s MF230 MiFi was initially launched exclusively with Harvey Norman back in December 2010. To purchase the MF230 you will need to buy an iPad with Harvey Norman as well. There is no option that allowed you to purchase the MF230 as a standalone device.
We thought that this exclusivity period was only for a couple of months, so we got in touch with P1 Customer Service via its web-chat service on its website to get the latest information about the MF230 and whether it is available a standalone purchase item now.
The above screen capture was the answer that we got from a P1 customer service rep. Close to four months after the Harvey Norman deal, you still can’t buy the MF230 from P1 directly. This is confusing because there is a prominent mention of the MF230 MiFi on P1’s website but as we’ve discovered, the device is not sold by P1. The only way to get the MF230 is through Harvey Norman and even then, you’ll need to buy an iPad from them first.
With the market now inundated with tablets from numerous manufacturers MiFi devices are gaining popularity. We have a market primed for a high adoption of this particular breed of gadget. And with the impending iPad 2 mania hitting the nation this coming Friday, it’d be smart for P1 to start selling its MF230 through multiple channel rather than rely on one single channel partner (in this case, it’s Harvey Norman). Also, there should be an option to purchase the MiFi standalone and not have it tied-up to an expensive purchase-with-purchase program.
On top of this P1 CEO Michael Lai openly proclaimed via his Twitter account that its MF230 “works wonderfully well while others fail”. If this is indeed the case, then it would seem that P1 have a strong product in its hands. So why the bashful market approach?
We’re not sure why P1 is not selling the MF230 using their own channels. All we know is that, if the CEO thinks very highly of the device, the should make it widely available and easily purchased.
UPDATE: iPad 2 confirmed availability this Friday 29 April! Read more here.
Update 2: Full official iPad 2 pricing details here.
Looks like the iPad 2 is now available for pre-booking and the price looks similar with the original iPad when it was launched in Malaysia. The WiFi version appears to be more expensive by RM50 while the WiFi + 3G version remains unchanged. Pricing for the Smart Cover has also been revealed too.
The prices are revealed as the following:
iPad 2 WiFi
iPad 2 WiFi+3G
Smart Cover Poly : RM150
Smart Cover Leather : RM250
There’s even a discussion thread for this at Lowyat. Check out the thread here.
Of course these are unofficial prices at the moment but you know you will get the latest on the iPad 2 right here at SoyaCincau.com. Keep it locked on!
Thanks Nya Jack for the tip!
What you’re looking above is a possible rendering of the upcoming iPhone 5. From now until the rumoured availability in September, we can expect bits and pieces of unverified details of the upcoming model to surface.
Now it is suggested that the iPhone 5 will be a whole new design and should be looking a lot more like an iPod touch than a mere hardware upgrade of the current iPhone 4. It is also mentioned that it will feature a tear drop design as shown above.
Other details that were revealed is that the home button will be enlarged to make way for gestures. This could be a trackpad or perhaps a new finger gesture for specific actions. Next is the screen which is said to be stretched to the edge, which makes it look like a borderless display. If that happens, the screen size could be increased to 3.7″, a 6% increase over the iPhone 4’s 3.5″ display. As a result if it maintains its current 960×640 resolution, the pixel count will be lesser but would still be well above its 300dpi rating for retina display.
With Apple now supporting both CDMA and GSM networks, there’s also a high possibility that the next iPhone would be a world phone – supports both CDMA and GSM with one device. We must stress again that these are still early speculations and we will know more as soon as prototypes begins to surface. For further reading, hit the source link.
Surprisingly we also noticed from the site that Samsung Galaxy Tab is now offered at a much reduced price from only RM668 with 18 months contract of Celcom Exec 250. For those who wish to get something lower, the Galaxy Tab goes for RM1188 with Celcom Exec 50 + mBasic 38 which comes with 1GB of data at only RM88/month commitment. You can check this out over at Celcom’s new smartphone site.
In fact with the coming of the iPad 2 and other newer Android devices such as the HTC Flyer, the RRP for the Samsung Galaxy Tab has been reduced to RM1599. That’s a massive RM1100 drop from its original RM2699 price tag during launch.