Digi was the first telco in Malaysia to introduce an internet centric postpaid offering with its Smart Plan in 2010. You pay only for data, while calls and SMS are charged only when you need them. It was the ideal option for those wanting just the Internet and very little of everything else.
Then two years back, Digi got a little creative by bundling extra phone calls, SMS and that’s not all. They even split your internet quota for “Smart Apps” which is used specifically for social and instant messaging and the remaining for other uses such as web browsing, YouTube and tethering. That wasn’t too smart especially when the competition had caught on and offered more simplified data-only options such as Maxis SurfMore and Celcom First Data plans.
After its recent rebranding, Digi has brought its smart plan back from the drawing board with a refreshed new offering. Now things are starting to look a lot “smarter” than before which could please the two different types of users.
DiGi today has started offering the Xiaomi Mi 3 for just RM949 contract free with just a limited 1,000 units. When it went on sale at 12PM, DiGi claimed that it have sold out in just 59 minutes but without mentioning any figures. Now at 6PM, they have just “restocked” more Mi 3.
The Xiaomi Mi 3 is sold outright at RM889 and with this offer, you are basically paying RM60 more for a prepaid subscription that gives you 12 months of free 250MB mobile internet. If you’re interested, head over to DiGi’s Mi 3 RM949 promo page.
Take note that delivery will only start on 25th June onwards. That’s a month from now and you probably get it quicker direct if Xiaomi runs another round of online orders. If you want to secure a unit without the frustration of fighting for stocks online, this could be a good alternative.
The waterproof Sony Xperia Z2 smart phone is now available on DiGi Smart Plan contract from as low as RM1,299. Only the Black Colour option is available and it is tied with 24 months duration on Smart Plan 78, 108 and 148.
The Xperia Z2 bundled pricing on DiGi are as follows:
As usual, you would need to pay 1 month subscription fee and advance payment between RM360 to RM800 during sign up depending on which plan you choose. You can order yours online and DiGi will ship it directly to you for free.
To recap on the specs, the Xperia Z2 offers a 5.2″ Full HD display, front facing stereo speakers and runs on a 2.3GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM. It gets 16GB of storage which is expandable with microSD. The back camera is a 20.7MP shooter which can record ultra high resolution 4K videos. Like previous high-end Xperia models, the Xperia Z2 is water and dust resistant up to 1.5 metres for 30 minutes. Outright, the Xperia Z2 is priced at RM2,399 in Malaysia.
As teased earlier, DiGi is offering the hot-selling Xiaomi Mi 3 smart phone for Free with 24 months contract on SmartPlan 148. However during sign up, you would need to fork out a total of RM948 for 1 month subscription (RM148) and advance payment (RM800) which will be rebated back to your monthly bills. Alternatively, you can go for its lower SmartPlan 78 and 108 if you don’t utilise as much calls, sms and data.
The full bundled pricing for the Mi 3 are as follows:
During sign up, you would need to pay RM360 on SmartPlan 78 and RM600 for SmartPlan 108 as advance payment together with one month monthly subscription. Celcom and Maxis too are offering the Mi 3 on contract but they have yet to release their bundled pricing. Outright the Mi 3 is sold at RM889 and they will commence their second batch of online sales at 12PM noon today (27 May 2014). Only Silver colour is available and it comes with 16GB of on-board storage. To find out more about the Xiaomi Mi 3, do check out our hands-on video over here.
For more information, head over to DiGi’s Xiaomi Mi 3 page.
UPDATE: DiGi offer the Mi 3 for Free on Smart Plan 148. Details here.
DiGi is one of the 3 telcos in Malaysia that’s offering the Xiaomi Mi 3 smart phone on contract. If you’ve registered your interest, they have just sent an email that the online pre-orders will start as 12:00AM midnight tonight at their website.
So far they have yet to reveal any plan details but it is expected that DiGi is bundling it with 24 months contract of DG Smart Plans. Since the phone retails at RM889, it is likely that DiGi will be bundling it for free on their highest Smart Plan 148. For those preferring to buy outright without contract, Xiaomi will be selling 6,000 units at noon tomorrow (12:00PM) on mi.com/my.
If you’re still deciding whether to purchase the Xiaomi Mi 3 from DiGi or directly from Xiaomi’s website, check out the DiGi videos after the break.
If you prefer to buy the Xiaomi Mi 3 on contract, DiGi will be accepting pre-orders for the device starting next Tuesday on 27th May. To be the first to know about its plans, they have started its registration of interest. Like any other new smart phone bundles by DiGi, the Xiaomi Mi 3 will be tied with a 24-months contract. It might be possible to see the Mi 3 being offered for free on its top tier Smart Plan 148 at RM148/month.
The Xiaomi Mi 3 will be going on sale online starting tomorrow at 12PM for RM889. There will be only 4,000 Silver units available which are likely to be sold out within minutes. To recap on the specs, the Mi 3 offers a 5″ Full HD display and runs on a high-end 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. It gets a front 2MP camera while the main camera is a 13MP shooter from Sony assisted with dual LED flash lights. You can learn more about the device in our full hands-on video. Apart from DiGi, both Celcom and Maxis too will be offering the device on contract but so far there’s still no news on its actual offering.
To register your interest with DiGi, just head over to their registration page.
DiGi has added a new Smart Plan 148 option into its new Smart Plan offering. For RM148/month, the new plan comes with 600 minutes of calls, 600 SMS and 6GB of data each month. In terms of data, it is also split 3GB + 3GB between typical data usage and Smart Apps usage (Facebook, Twitter & WhatsApp).
Just like the Smart Plan 88, the Smart Plan 148 bundled calls/SMS can be used with any local number on any network. Excess usage call rate is slightly cheaper as well at 10sen/min while SMS remains unchanged at 10sen as well.
DiGi has commenced its pre-order of the Sony Xperia Z where you can secure a unit before its official availability this Friday, 15th March 2013. The Xperia Z which retails at RM2,199 is offered as low as RM1,029 with DG’s new Smart Plans.
There are 3 contract plans being offered and it is tied with only 24 months contract duration. The bundled pricing of the Xperia Z as follows:
DG Smart Plan 58 (24 months) – RM1,789*
DG Smart Plan 88 (24 months) – RM1,549*
DG Smart Special 148 (24 months) – RM1,029
When it comes to the actual device price, both Smart Plan 58 and 88 plans are actually offering it at RM2,029. The “effective” phone pricing shown above is after its monthly rebates of RM10 on the Smart Plan 58 and RM20 on Smart Plan 88. The plan with the lowest device price is Smart Special at RM1,029 but it requires advance payment of RM1,000 during sign up. For existing DiGi subscribers that have been active for 12 months, the zero advance payment waiver applies.
On top of that, DiGi is also throwing in a free Sony Wireless speaker (SRS-BTV5) while stocks last. The speaker that’s worth RM169 is activated by NFC and you can get more details here.
In terms of colours, only the white and black versions are being offered. For more information, head over to DiGi’s Online Store.
UPDATE: Smart Plan 88 Bundled Calls and SMS are applicable to all network.
DiGi has finally revamped its DG Smart Plans which used to be offering data only postpaid subscription and calls/sms are charged separately. Now with the new DG Smart Plans, you get a 3 in 1 combination of voice, SMS and data for a fixed monthly fee. Instead of the usual Smart Plan 48, 68 and 88, they have streamlined their offering to just 2 – Smart Plan 58 and Smart Plan 88.
For the Smart Plan 58, you get 2GB of data which they have split to 1GB of Mobile Internet usage and another 1GB for Smart Apps which is used for Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp. Also included is 200 minutes of calls and 200 SMS which only can be used within DiGi network. For additional RM30, the Smart Plan 88 offers 4GB of data, which is also split 2GB+2GB usage between standard mobile internet and “Smart Apps”. For calls and SMS, it is 50% more at 300 minutes and 300 SMS but it is applicable to all networks it is also restricted for DiGi to DiGi only.
On top of that, Web Browsing is free and unlimited but only if you are using Opera Mini. According to FAQ, even if you have exhausted your monthly quota, you will get to enjoy normal speeds for web browsing on Opera Mini. Those requiring BIS will need to pay additional RM10/month or RM20/month for BES. For additional usage or calls/SMS made outside DiGi’s network, it is charged at 15sen/minute and 10 sen per SMS.
Overall, the new plans are a new refresh but we prefered that the monthly bundled calls are opened up to all networks instead of just DiGi to DiGi network only for smart plan 58. We have mixed feelings however on the Internet quotas that are imposed for Mobile Internet and “Smart Apps” which we feel should be more flexible for users. On the up side, at least the split quota ensures that you have faster Whatsapp/Facebook/Twitter updates even if you have finished your usage for Youtube viewing or data tethering.
Celcom too is offering the 4.0″ Samsung Galaxy S III mini on contract bundling with a wide variety of contract options. Retailing at RM1,199, the Galaxy S III mini is offered as low as RM588.
You’ll a choice of 3 postpaid plans (First Prime, First Premier and First Elite) and 2 bolt-on mobile internet options (1GB and 3GB) on either 12 months or 18 months contract. The full bundled pricing as follows:
Celcom First Prime + 1GB/3GB (12 months) – RM988
Celcom First Prime + 1GB/3GB (18 months) – RM888
Celcom First Premier + 1GB/3GB (12 months) – RM888
Celcom First Premier + 1GB/3GB (18 months) – RM788
Celcom First Elite + 1GB/3GB (12 months) – RM688
Celcom First Elite + 1GB/3GB (18 months) – RM588
There’s an advance upfront payment between RM250-RM450 required during sign up which will be rebated back to your monthly bill onwards.
Apart from Maxis, DiGi too is also offering the new Galaxy S III mini on its DG Smart Plan. Retailing at RM1,199, the Samsung Galaxy S III mini can be yours from as low as RM449 with both Pebble Blue and Marble White versions being offered.
Full bundled pricing as follows:
DG Smart Plan 48 (12 months) – RM949
DG Smart Plan 48 (24 months) – RM849
DG Smart Plan 68 (12 months) – RM849
DG Smart Plan 68 (24 months) – RM649
DG Smart Plan 88 (12 months) – RM749
DG Smart Plan 88 (24 months) – RM449
DG Smart Family (12 months) – RM1,049
DG Smart Family (24 months) – RM949
With its on-going Jualan Internet promo, you get more data quota than usual with the Smart Plan 48 having 2GB than the usual 1GB.
During sign up, there’s advance payment between RM50-RM600 required during registration depending on the plan and contract duration period. Existing DiGi subscribers of 12 months tenure are exempted from paying advance payment.
With dual subscription of DG Smart Plan 88 and DG SmartPlan which comes with 8GB data respectively, 2 units of HTC One X can be yours for just RM1,499 (RM750 each). You could also sign up 2 units of Samsung Galaxy S III for just RM1,899 (RM950 each). Normally DG Smart Plan 88 comes with 5GB/month but with the Jualan Internet 2X promo, they have given extra 3GB. The total monthly subscription is RM168/month.