Yes has introduced a new time limited promo ValuePacks where it offers double the quota that’s split based on off-peak and on-peak usage. This follows the exact same time slot as Maxis Broadband with peak data running from 8AM until 2AM and off-peak data from 2AM until 8AM. The special promo ValuePacks are offered from now until 2nd August 2013. The existing 1Malaysia Valuepack, ValuePack 68 & 150 are still being offered as well.
Apart from introducing these new ValuePacks, Yes has also made a drastic change on its unused data quota, calls and SMS. Previously, the Yes ValuePack allows you to carry forward unused usage to the following month as long as you top up before the expiry period which makes it rather appealing.
After 1st August, any accumulated data, calls and SMS will be automatically forfeited after 30 days even after topping up with a new ValuePack. For existing customers, you have 90 days grace period to utilise your accumulated data. Now the valuepacks are merely data quota boosters that last for 30 days. You can get the full valuepack details here.
For those who don’t really use much, Yes has also revised its Prepaid Plan. In the previous Yes plan, you would need to commit a minimum of RM30/month spending to keep your account valid. Now with the new “Yes Prepaid Plan”, there’s no longer a RM30 minimum monthly spend. This means you truly pay for what you use without spending a minimum RM30 each month.
To sweeten the deal, they are giving quarterly Bonus where they give additional data based on your quarterly top up. The quarter bonus are as follows:
RM75-RM150 (1GB – 500MB off peak / 500MB on peak)
RM151-RM450 (3GB – 1.5GB off peak / 1.5GB on peak)
RM451 and above (6GB – 3GB off peak / 3GB on peak)
Fortunately the free data does not expire and it is given out in January, April, July and October. More details of the new “Yes Prepaid Plan” over here.
Overall, the new revision is good for very casual users who would want to keep Yes as a backup internet service since there’s no RM30/month minimum spend. However for long term valuepack users, the new 30 day expiry is quite a turn off. For those who can’t finish their monthly valuepack top up should consider disabling auto renewal and activate valuepack only when it is needed.
UPDATE: It has been brought to our attention that the 1Malaysia Valuepack comes with hidden restrictions (Read FAQ #10). Valuepack generally allows unused bundled calls/sms/data to be carry forward but the same benefits do not apply for 1Malaysia valuepack. If you are using the previous Valuepack 68/150, you would need to top up with a minimum of Valuepack 68 or else you will lose all your accumulated talktime, SMS and data. This is a tricky situation which some of our readers are caught off guard. Thanks Leongwhg for highlighting.
Yes now adds a new 1Malaysia valuepack into its prepaid broadband offering that offers 1GB of data for just RM25/month. This is seen as a low entry monthly commitment option that compliments the current Valuepack 68 which offers 3.5GB for RM68 and Valuepack 150 with 10GB for RM150.
While it seen as RM5 cheaper than the standard pay as you go Yes prepaid rates of RM30 for 1GB (3 sen per MB), the
valuepack comes with its own advantage such as the ability to bring forward unused data to the following month. For example if you only used 500MB this month, the following month you will have a total of 1.5GB provided that you top up before the expiry of the valuepack. In addition, Yes is bundling free 100 minutes of voicecall and 300 SMS but that’s only limited to numbers within the Yes network.
For those who are on existing valuepack, this 1Malaysia valuepack is the cheapest way to keep your accumulated data and calls validity active. For more information, head over to Yes Valuepack page.
Update: We’ve gotten additional information on the valuepack and added some of our thoughts on the new offering. All this after the jump.
Yes has finally revealed its valuepacks which existence we discovered earlier this week. There are two packs on offer, RM68 and RM150 which comes with preloaded data quota, free calls and SMS that comes with a validity of 30 days.
More details of the bulk plans after the break.
While checking our Yes February statement, we noticed something extra in their SelfCare. At the bottom of the Usage Summary, there’s a new section called valuepack and campuspack that shows the balance and expiry of voice, data and SMS. So far there isn’t any details on such valuepacks on the website but this looks like Yes is about to introduced bundled packages which could be good news for heavy users.
We reckon, it could be something similar to Hotlink’s Hot Tickets where they give out bundled SMS, voice with a certain validity in a single voucher. As mentioned before, Yes pricing of 3 sen per MB is affordable for casual users however it costs much more for heavy users especially for those using more than 6GB per month. The campuspack could be a cheaper student price equivalent catered for their Education Partner Programme.
This could be their preparation towards the availability of Yes Zoom home gateway, which normally incur more usage than mobile users. It would be interesting to see how low can they go cost per GB wise with these valuepacks.