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Probably a response to the competition, DG now offers extra rebates for its Smart Plan subscription. Only for this month of March, they are offering up to RM15/month rebates from the normal subscription fees for a duration of 12 months.
For Smart Plan 48 with 1GB of quota, it is now offered at RM38/month, while the Smart Plan 68 with 3GB is offered at RM53/month. For the heavy download user, the 5GB Smart Plan 88 is offered at RM73/month. All fees mentioned are inclusive of RM5/month rebate for auto-billing. The only catch is that you would also need to sign a 12 months contract for these plans and it is not valid for phone bundle. In other words, this is only applicable for those signing up plan only without buying a new discounted phone through DiGi.
If at anytime you wish to terminate the contract, there’s a RM100 penalty fee. For more information, head over to DiGi Smart Plan special page.
UPDATE: At the official launch of the Yes Super Postpaid plan, the CMO Chee Pok Jin has announced that the throttled speed is 128kbps. Obviously this is after you exceeded your monthly quota.
Yes today introduced its postpaid plans that come with unlimited data. This offers better peace of mind without any surprise charges for excess usage. There are 4 options from as low as RM48/month with 1.5GB of bundled data.
For subscribers who use more than 3GB of data a month, there’s a 4GB plan at RM68/month, 6GB at RM98/month & 10GB plan for RM168. As comparison, Yes prepaid valuepack offers 3.5GB for RM68 and 10GB for RM150 with calls and text messages bundled in.
Most Yes subscribers can certainly agree that switching to postpaid will be a better option for them as they don’t have to pay for excess usage and can stay connected even after the data cap has been utilised. Of course, speeds will be throttled down after you hit your monthly limit. Yes did not state what the throttled speed is but says that it will be comparable to industry standards (read: probably 128kbps).
While Yes allows you to carry forward unused Valuepack data indefinitely so long as you continue renewing your Valuepack, there is no such option for the postpaid plans. According to their FAQ, any unused data will be forfeited. In addition, if you are an existing Valuepack subscriber and would like to switch to Yes postpaid, all your accumulated data, talktime and SMS from the Valuepack plans are forfeited as well. That’s a bummer.
It is interesting to note that the Super Postpaid Plans mention speeds up to 10X faster than 3G with speeds up to 20Mbps but on their prepaid page, Yes mentions speeds up to 3-5X than 3G. Could this mean postpaid users might potentially enjoy faster speeds than prepaid? Or is it poor website management on Yes’s side?
In terms of devices, a 12 months contract will give you a free Yes Go USB dongle while a 24 months contract offers an option of a free Yes Huddle MiFi or a Yes Zoom home router. For the Huddle and Zoom, a device upfront payment of RM399 (for either device) is required. The up payment will be rebated back to your account across 20 months.
Overall, the plan is not groundbreaking as it offers similar value to what the rest of the industry is offering. The Yes Super Postpaid plans offer an alternative to existing 3G plans in the market and the performance of the Yes network is an added bonus.
We don’t like that there is currently no option to top up your data quota in case you burst your cap early and we’d prefer Yes to offer the Huddle on the 12-months contract as well. It doesn’t have to be free, a subsidised pricing is fine, we just don’t like that Yes is forcing users to subscribe to a longer contract tenure by limiting the device options.
For more information, head over to Yes Postpaid Plans page.
Maxis finally introduces some smart phone bundling with its lower commitment Value Plus Internet plans. With this offer, you can get a Samsung Galaxy Y from RM99, a HTC Explorer from RM199, a HTC ChaCha from RM299 or a Nokia Lumia 710 from RM499.
Usually a phone bundling from Maxis requires a normal postpaid plan such as Value First/Value Plus with bolt-on data. With this offering, your monthly commitment starts as low as RM50/month for Value Plus Internet which comes with data, calls and SMS. Of course, these plans are more suited for those with light usage and those with heavier usage should consider the standard bundling with bigger internet quotas.
For more information, head over to the Maxis Value Plus Internet promo page.
UPDATE: Maxis Internet Value Plans is strictly for NEW subscribers only. Existing Maxis customers are not eligible to switch even if you’re bounded to any contract. This was also mentioned in their FAQ.
We do not comprehend the reason behind such restriction on existing customers. However if you’re an existing Maxis subscriber, you still can get this plan by porting out to another telco and then port back to Maxis in order to subscribe to Internet Value Plans. Thanks to Nicholas for highlighting at the comments!
UPDATE 2 (6th March 2012): Maxis has revised its Internet Value Plans to allow existing postpaid users to switch over. The updated FAQ reads as below:
Change of rate-plan from other existing postpaid plans are allowed but only applicable to customers who are on a basic line without supplementary lines (Friends & Family benefits are not applicable under this rate plan).
For those that uses data more than making calls and SMS, Maxis now introduces new Value Internet Plans. This is a mobile internet focused plan that offers more data than its earlier introduced Value Plus Internet plans.
There are 2 main options to choose from – Internet Value 50 & 75 which comes with 1.5GB and 3.5GB respectively. Calls and SMS are not included and they are charged based on pay per use basis. Calls within Maxis network are charged at 12sen/min while calls to others are at 20sen/min. For SMS, it is 5sen/SMS within Maxis and 15sen/SMS to other networks. Any additional data usage exceeding your quota is charged at 30sen/MB. If you do exceed, you also have an option to buy additional quota at lower rates.
In addition for greater savings, Maxis is offering a 12 months contract Value Internet 48 plan where you can the same rates and data quota of Internet Value 50 at only RM48/month. Apart from the RM2/month savings, they are offering additional 500MB quota for this plan at just RM5 for 2 weeks which is about RM10/GB.
Depending on your usage and if you hardly make calls and sms with your smart phone, this would be a plan worth considering with its competitive pricing. For those that doesn’t use as much data with a balance mix of phone calls, there’s the Maxis Value Plus Internet which comes with data, calls and SMS.
For more information, head over to Maxis Mobile Internet page.