DiGi Internet

DiGi revises Prepaid Internet rates

DiGi has revised its internet rates for its Limited Edition Prepaid Internet that offers commitment free internet at a very low cost at only RM2/day. Beginning 1st of March 2011 onwards, the top up validity will now vary according to top up denomination.

For smaller denominations such as RM10 and RM30, the validity has been reduced from RM2/day to RM3/day. For RM50 top up, it is still maintained at RM2/day but its higher RM100 top up carries more validity which costs only RM1/day for internet access.

This simply means that it cost more for smaller top ups while higher top ups give you more value. RM1/day is cheap for those who are looking for casual light web surfing. Of course you won’t expect high speed downloads as DiGi’s prepaid internet are all capped at 384kbps which is basically throttled speeds for wireless users.

Do note that these rates only apply to those who activated from 1st March onwards and previous subscribers still maintain the old validity of RM2/day.

For more details, go to DiGi Limited Edition Prepaid Internet page.

DiGi offers Prepaid Internet in Micro SIM format

DiGi now offers its Prepaid Internet starter pack in Micro SIM format via its online store. Couple of weeks back, DiGi announced the availability of Micro SIM as a replacement of existing sims. If you have the need for cheap internet on devices like the iPad 3G, this could be a worthy solution.

DiGi prepaid internet Micro SIM kit is sold at RM25 and it comes with 5 days preloaded internet usage worth RM10. On an average, it only costs RM2/day to get online but the minimum top up is RM10 or 5 days straight. Other denominations are RM30, RM50 and RM100 with 15, 25 and 50 days access respectively. However like any prepaid internet offering from DiGi, the max speed is capped at 384kbps. If you need anything faster, we suggest looking somewhere else.

To order yours with free delivery, click here.

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DiGi Prepaid Internet Unlimited 15

Earlier this month, DiGi has introduced a bigger mobile internet package for its prepaid users called Internet Unlimited 15. What it offers is unlimited mobile internet for RM15/week with 250MB of data quota. This is perfect for those who think DiGi Prepaid max RM5/day for internet is too costly and would like to save more in the long run. For RM15 a week, that’s only a mere RM2.15/day which is pretty reasonable if you just need to stay connected with light usage. Since this is DiGi Prepaid, the download speed is only 384kbps with no options or package that offer anything faster.

Apart from the rates, you would need to take note on the data quota. Max RM5/day gives you 100MB daily while RM15/week gives you 250MB for the entire 7 days. Which plan that suits you depends on your data consumption. However it is good to know that DiGi does not charge extra if you exceed your usage as it will be throttled down to 128kbps download.

To subscribe, just call *116# to activate the service. The subscription is self renewing so you don’t have to reactivate again after 7 days. If you’re just needing it for a week, you will need to deactivate manually.

For more info, check out the Internet Unlimited 15 page.

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DiGi Prepaid Internet + Modem Bundle Promotion

DiGi is throwing a promotion for its DiGi Prepaid broadband on its online store. They are bundling a DiGi Prepaid starter pack and a Huawei E1550 USB Modem for RM169. The modem comes with 18 months warranty.

For the first 100 people who order online via Paypal, DiGi is giving additional RM70 rebate which is refunded back to your paypal account. This makes the bundle worth RM99 which is quite a steal. The refund will take about a month for them to process.

On the prepaid internet plan, the starter kit worth RM25 comes with 5 days of usage worth RM10. This prepaid internet plan is one of the cheapest at RM2/day but it requires a minimum of RM10 top up. This means you would need to use it for 5 days straight.

The biggest problem for this plan is the speed which is limited at 384kbps download and 128kbps upload. There is no daily data quota mentioned but on its FAQ the Fair Use Policy is fixed at 3GB a month which is rather odd. DiGi should have tied the data quota based on the top up duration/denomination.

This is a tough one to recommend as 384kbps is rather slow for broadband use. It doesn’t even go well with its Turbo3G claim since it is no faster than standard 3G speeds. Perhaps DiGi should offer more flexible options such as U Mobile that offers various speed and data quota.

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DiGi MiFi: Read this before you pre-order

(UPDATE 1838hrs 16062010) Things are getting interesting with the Huawei E5830. We highlighted earlier that in DiGi’s FAQ about the device they’ve mentioned that it can’t function as a router while being plugged into a USB port. We even noted the question number – it was Q20 (Google Cached). We’ve discovered that DiGi have recently changed that question to now say that the E5830 can function as a router while being plugged in.

Before

After

Wonder if we can get our hands on one to really find out.

DiGi also added 2 more FAQ items clarifying that the MiFi device uses normal SIM and that it is not SIM-locked to DiGi’s network.

Original Post: When DiGi first announced that it’s opening pre-orders for the Huawei E5830 MiFi device, we’re pretty sure many of you were stoked.

Having reviewed a similar device – the D-Link DIR-457 – we’re convinced that a MiFi has its uses for those who run with multiple devices. We noted in our review that a MiFI type of device gave us tremendous flexibility and not need to fiddle with USB dongles every time you want to connect to the Internet is simply a joy.

Back to the Huawei E5830. At first sight the device is much better looking that the albino DIR-457. It looked much more compact as well. Performance wise it edges the DIR-457 slightly being able to deliver HSPA speeds of up to 7.2Mbps down and 5.76Mbps up. And by that criteria alone the E5830 would have been a been a better buy. But it’s not that simple.

In our earlier posting about the device, a number of readers have raised the question – can it be used while being charged? We set to find out what the deal is with the E5830 and clear the confusion once and for all.

Read the full story

DiGi opens pre-booking of portable MiFi device

(UPDATE 1901hrs 16062010) It appears DiGi has amended Q20 in the MiFi pre-order page FAQ. It now says that the E5830 can still function as router while being charged (ie. Plugged into a USB port)

DiGi has announced that they are offering the Huawei E5830 MiFi device which allow users to share their 3G Connection over WiFi. This is a perfect bridge for WiFi powered device to work remotely on 3G network. You can make your own 3G powered WiFi hotspot from your pocket, which is perfect companion for WiFi version of iPad.

Don’t go rushing to DiGi centres yet as it is only open for pre-booking. You may pre-book at DiGi’s facebook group here.

DiGi is claiming this offering as Malaysia’s First ever Mobile WiFi, which we believe is First only for telco bundling. MiFi devices or mobile 3G to WiFi routers have already been on our shores for quite some time. Not too long ago, we’ve reviewed a D-Link DIR-457 Pocket WiFi Router here.

Some key noticable features of the Huawei E5830 Mifi:

  • Supports HSDPA 7.2Mbps Downlink and HSUPA 5.76Mbps Uplink
  • 802.11b/g
  • Can’t be charge while in use (FAQ Q.20)
  • Battery last up to 4 hours
  • Supports up to 5 devices connected simultanously

Read more about it here.