UPDATE: The Highway Pure Swarovski does not support microSD cards and it has been updated to Android 5.0.2 out of the box.
Another smartphone manufacturer has entered our waters and they’re already claiming to be this and that. This isn’t just all talk as one of the three smartphones that they outed comes with some glowing credentials – literally.
Maxis today has unveiled its revamped Wireless broadband packages with increased quota, more choices of devices and uncapped download speeds up to 42Mbps. Compared to its previous offering, the new Maxis wireless broadband comes with split data quota divided by peak times and off peak times. The off-peak times often take the bulk of the data quota which is limited to 2AM to 8AM in the morning.
While this seems to be an unfair deal, looking at the cost per GB for on-peak times of 8AM to 2AM doesn’t seem that bad after all. Starting with RM48/month plan for 1.5GB on-peak is equivalent to its previous offering but it comes with an extra quota for off peak hours. Moving up to the highest plan of RM158/month (RM148/month for Maxis subscribers), you’ll get 12GB for on-peak and a staggering 36GB for off peak which gives a massive 48GB in total. In other words, looking at on-peak itself, the subscription rates are pretty on-par to its previous offering but with an added extra bonus quota to download larger files during off-peak hours. To utilise this, we reckon you would need to schedule your downloads while you’re asleep.
Maxis prepaid brand Hotlink has just introduced its new Prepaid Broadband service that offers download speeds up to 42Mbps. This replaces Maxis Prepaid Broadband that offer speeds up to 7.2Mbps.
The new plan comes in a SIM pack at RM5 and a complete Hotlink Broadband Starter kit that comes with a HSPA modem for only RM88. Both packages come preloaded with 50MB of free data. Existing Maxis Prepaid Broadband users are automatically converted to this new Hotlink Broadband plan effective 8th August and shall also get to have uncapped speeds up to 42Mbps.
In terms of data quota, there’s a wide range of Broadband passes to choose from as low as RM3/day:
In terms of speed, it varies on coverage and device. The bundled modem in the Starter Kit isn’t a HSPA+ variant and supports up to 7.2Mbps. It comes covered with a 12 months warranty. To get the most out of Maxis HSPA+ network, you would need a HSPA+ modem which is sold at RM280 at selected Maxis centres. If you plan to make calls and SMS, it does allow you to do so at 36 sen/min and 10 sen per SMS.
Hotlink Broadband is an affordable broadband option especially for travellers or those looking for an alternative wireless broadband for short term use. The wide range of broadband passes offers is certainly welcome to suit various usage.
For more information, head over to Hotlink Broadband page.
Maxis has introduced a faster wireless broadband plan that runs on its newly upgraded DC-HSPA+ network. DC-HSPA+ is the next evolution of HSPA which offers download speeds up to 42Mbps and U Mobile was the first to offer it in Malaysia.
For Maxis, they are offering a 6GB broadband plan at RM98/month which it claims to offer download speeds up to 10Mbps. In the FAQ, they are claiming best effort speeds between 1-8Mbps download and 0.5-2Mbps upload. The modem is offered at RM160 on a 12 months contract and there’s a one time RM100 activation fee for new subscriber.
In terms of coverage, Maxis seems to have a wide DC HSPA+ coverage across the Klang Valley. You can check if your area is covered here, but make sure that DC HSPA+ is ticked.
For more information, head over to Maxis Wireless page.
Most operators are encouraging its customers to sign up for auto debit/billing for interrupted payment or renewal of its services. Usually you’ll get a few RM off your monthly subscription but at U Mobile, they are doing something different.
For its broadband service, U Mobile is offering additional 250MB data for successful auto renewal on MB40 (2GB), MB68 (5GB) and MB128 (20GB) plan. For those that have opt for auto renewal previously will also get to enjoy this 250MB bonus data.
For more information, head over to U Mobile.
The device is priced at RM250 outright and comes bundled on either MB68 or MB128 plans which offers 5GB and 20GB data quota respectively. The price of the MiFi is not bad considering the previous HSPA+ USB modem costs RM450. Like its previous broadband offers, a RM100 upfront payment is required which will be rebated back over 5 month period.
For those that prefer something simpler, they are also offering the HSPA+ USB modem on rental basis for RM20/month. Unlike the previous HSPA+ USB plan, the new USB modem is not available for outright purchase. There’s also a 1 month additional upfront payment required for the USB rental plan.
In addition, if you’re not satisfied with their service for any reasons, you can demand a refund within 7 days with their Money Back Guarantee. Of course there are some T&Cs which includes returning the modem in good order and your usage did not exceed more than 500MB. If all their Money Back Guarantee terms are met, you’ll get a full refund including activation fees. All that without finding a competitive plan with certain number of modems and other criteria.
How fast can you get really depends on the coverage and congestion of their sites. Earlier on, their network was spotted doing a respectable 17Mbps. At RM128/month for 20GB and with speeds above 10Mbps, U Mobile HSPA+ MB128 plan is a steal for wireless broadband. We can’t wait to try it out ourselves and see how it compares with others technology such as 4G WiMAX.
For more information, head over to U Mobile’s Broadband page.
U Mobile has revamped their U Broadband Plans which now offers 4 different options. The 4 plans are MB6, MB40, MB68, MB128. For those who are needing internet per day usage, the MB6 which is available only for prepaid offers 500MB of quota for only RM6/day. This is actually similar to its previous UB6.
The next 2 plans – MB40 and MB68 are also similar to its previous postpaid broadband offerings which offers 2GB for RM40 and 5GB for RM68 monthly. For those who wants peace of mind, U Mobile no longer charges Pay As you Use rates if you exceed your given quota. Previously excess usage is charged at 5 sen per MB. Of course fair usage applies after exceeding quota which your speeds will be lowered down.
While this is a good move for budget conscious users, MB68 5GB might be insufficient for the hard core users of today. To cater for heavy users especially on MiFis, they have introduced MB128 which offers 15GB of quota for RM128. If you do the math, that’s only RM8.55 per GB.
U Mobile bundles USB modems of both HSPA and HSPA+ variety and MiFi modems with their plans. If you subscribe to MB68 and above, there’s also a rebate of RM20 x 5 months which effectively waives your RM100 activation fee that is required during registration.
If you’re interested, there’s a group purchase offer at JackCow where they are offering the 6 months MB68 + USB Bundle plan for RM254 instead of RM508. That’s 50% discount of the actual value.
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U Mobile has finally revealed its HSPA+ Broadband plans today with a special rebate offer for 5 months. Earlier today, we mentioned that they have revised the U Broadband Plans which they have removed the speed caps allowing full speed downloads up to 42Mbps. To keep things simple, the HSPA+ plans are similar with their typical 3G broadband plans. The 2 key plans eligible for this promo are UB40 which gives you 2GB quota and UB68 unlimited plan with 5GB FUP.
For this promo, they are giving the 7.2Mbps modem for Free, while the activation fee of RM100 applies. Meanwhile the anticipated HSPA+ 42Mbps modem is offered at a pricey RM450 but its activation fee is fully waived. The rebate promotion that they are having is simply 5 months rebate of RM20 each which is a savings of RM100. For the HSPA+ package, that makes the modem cost RM350 effectively.
The promo header states that it is available in Johor Bahru and Penang too. Looks like U Mobile is delivering its HSPA+ to more places than it claimed earlier on. You can check out the coverage details here.
For more information, head to U Mobile’s 42Mbps Promo page here.
U Mobile has revised its U Broadband Plans which now offers uncapped speeds up to 42Mbps for all options. Previously only the highest option of RM68/month offers uncapped speeds up to 3.6Mbps while the smaller options such as daily RM6 or monthly RM10 being capped at 384kbps download.
This is a welcome move which allows casual users to enjoy faster speeds even if they take up smaller byte sized packages for couple of days use. As announced during U Mobile’s BlackBerry launch, additional Pay As You Use (PAYU) data is charged at only 5 sen per MB.
The new speed revision also indicates that U Mobile is closer towards its HSPA+ launch that offers speeds up to 42Mbps, making it the probably the fastest wireless broadband in Malaysia. HSPA+ is the next evolution of 3G’s HSPA with providers in the US such as T-Mobile claiming 4G. In the end of the day, all that matters is the achievable speeds that consumers can get whether it is on HSPA+, LTE or WiMAX. Another burning question is how fast can U Mobile roll out its HSPA+ coverage to more places considering its FAQ only mentions Sunway and Subang Jaya for now.
Another worthy mention is that U Mobile’s affordable MiFi promotion has been extended until 30th April 2011. You can check it out at U Mobile MiFi promo page. For comparison of MiFi deals in Malaysia, do read our previous MiFi comparison post.
Head after the break for the previous U Broadband Plans with its old speed caps
Samsung has also introduced another new member into the Galaxy family with the Samsung Infuse 4G. This is a HSPA+ smart phone that’s tied to AT&T which features a 1.2GHz processor and a massive 4.5″ screen. The screen size puts it between the likes of Desire HD/Evo and the Dell Streak. At time of announcement, it runs on Android 2.2 Froyo with the usual TouchWiz skin you’ll probably get from the Samsung Galaxy S. There isn’t much details revealed. Even the back of the device is not revealed yet as it is still yet to be confirmed.
What’s new is that the Infuse 4G’s screen is using Super AMOLED Plus which Samsung claims as an improvement over Super AMOLED displays. From some explanation we saw, Samsung increase the sub-pixel count by 50%, which is 12 sub-pixels instead of 8 to make a screen much more visible under day light conditions. As a result, text and images should look more crisp while maintaining its vibrant colour. We can’t wait to see such display for ourselves as Super AMOLED on the Galaxy S looks awesome already.
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