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iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR are available from Malaysian telcos on 26 October

The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR are finally hitting Malaysia next week and you can pre-order your unit starting this Friday, 19 October. With price starting from RM3,599 for the iPhone XR and RM4,999 for the iPhone XS, you can pay less for the device via a telco where you can enjoy extra subsidies on a contract. Our four major telcos – Celcom, Digi, Maxis and U Mobile will be accepting pre-orders very soon.

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Here are the top performing mobile networks in KL, JB, Ipoh, Melaka and Penang according to OpenSignal

OpenSignal has just published a new State of Mobile Report for Malaysia and this time they are giving a clearer look at 5 big cities in Peninsular Malaysia. In the last report that was published in April this year, Maxis took first place in download speeds across both 4G and 3G. With the latest report, Maxis continues to lead while Celcom has also shown improvement when it comes to speed and 4G availability.

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Mobile Prepaid services will be exempted from SST starting 6 September

When SST took effect starting 1 September 2018, many prepaid users in Malaysia were unhappy that their reloads carry less value due to the 6% tax deduction. A RM10 reload would only give you RM9.43 of credit.

Lim Guan Eng had mentioned that prepaid was excluded from SST and telcos should give RM10 value for RM10 of top up. However, telcos had started deducting taxes to comply with the Sales & Services Tax Act 2018.

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Lim Guan Eng: RM10 prepaid top up should give you RM10 of credit

Malaysia 6% SST Prepaid Reload

UPDATE: Prepaid services are officially exempted from SST beginning 6 September 2018. More details here.

Starting 1 September 2018, all telcos had introduced 6% SST on all services. This is done in accordance with the Sales & Services Tax Act 2018 and it covers all users including postpaid, prepaid and broadband. For postpaid, the 6% tax is applied on the total taxable amount while prepaid users will have to pay the 6% tax at the point of top up.

Obviously, this had caused a lot of dissatisfaction for prepaid users as most of them are getting less value when they reload. For example, a RM10 top up will only come with RM9.43 of credit after deducting the 6% tax.

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SST on Prepaid: RM10 reload gets you RM9.43 of credit

UPDATE: We’ve updated this post to include SST details from Yes 4G, U Mobile and Tune Talk.

UPDATE 2: Lim Guan Eng says prepaid users should get RM10 credit with RM10 top up.

UPDATE 3: Yes has updated their SST FAQ. RM10 top ups are sold at RM10 and you’ll only get RM9.43 of credit.

UPDATE 4: Prepaid services are officially exempted from SST beginning 6 September 2018. More details here.

The Sales and Services Tax, or better known as the SST will take effect in Malaysia starting 1st September 2018. This replaces the current Goods and Services Tax which was zero-rated since June 2018.

So what happens to mobile prepaid services in Malaysia? We’ve checked with the local telcos and basically, you’ll get slightly less credit for all reloads or top ups effective 1st September 2018. In short, a RM10 top up will only give you RM9.43 of credit. To cushion the blow, most telcos are throwing a little bit of extra freebies for every new top up.

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Maxis wants you to support our endangered Malaysians this Merdeka

There are a number of “Malaysians” that are at risk. Over the years, the population of our very own orangutans, tapirs and tigers are shrinking tremendously thanks to the action of human beings.

In conjunction with this year’s Merdeka, Maxis has collaborated with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) to launch the “Endangered Malaysians” campaign. This project aims to support the conservation of endangered animals that are at risk in Malaysia.

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Get free 61GB data with no speed caps or time restrictions from Hotlink

Hotlink is offering 61GB high-speed Internet for free, all day as part of the HotlinkMU GIGA Sale in conjunction with Malaysia’s 61st Merdeka celebration. To unlock the 61GB free data, Hotlink subscribers just need to purchase any HotlinkMU GIGA product via the Hotlink RED App. The offer is exclusive for purchases made through the app only so you won’t be able to get free data offer elsewhere.

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