Malaysian iPhone 5 plans comparison: Maxis vs Digi vs Celcom

121212-digi-iphone-5-launch-detailsThe Plans for iPhone 5 are all out from the big three: Maxis, Digi and Celcom. But how does the plans do compared to each other? Which is the plan that suits you most or give you the best value for money? Which is the cheapest among all? So you are all confused now on which plan should you go for and you are so undecided. Well, this will definitely help you in making that decision. Here is how the iPhone plans from Maxis, Digi and Celcom compared:

Maxis vs Digi vs Celcom!

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From the comparison above, we can see that Digi has the cheapest total cost of ownership compared to the rest. But if you consider the bundled calls, SMS and MMS from Digi’s plan, they are not as good as Maxis. For me, I think that Maxis provide the most value for money plans for iPhone 5 compared to Digi and Celcom. Except for the iValue Simple. In my opinion, it is not as good as it looks. It is cheap, and that’s all. I would prefer iDigi 88 than iValue Simple.

And the best part is, Maxis no longer charges for data when the data quota is exceeded. Only the speed will be throttled. But even a throttled data speed for Maxis is considered fast because the speed is reduced by 3 fold, unlike Digi or Celcom which the data will be throttler to a sad 256kbps. But note that the free SMS that comes with Maxis plans are Maxis to Maxis only. SMS to other operators will be charged.

For Celcom, a combination of calls, SMS and MMS of up to 1500 will be given. That will make it more flexible for people instead of having a fix number of minutes and SMS. And Celcom plans also comes with a huge amount of Data. So if you are someone who seldom call and SMS but uses data alot, Celcom might be the best for you.

In conclusion:


Good: Best value for money (excluding iValue Simple). Good coverage. Excellent internet speed. Get free 1000 minutes calls for Maxis to Maxis in your contract period.
Bad: More pricey compared to the others. Concern on bill shock. iValue Simple sucks.


Good: Cheapest plans for iPhone 5. Low monthly commitment compared to the others.

Bad: Only 24 months contract. Not as powerful coverage. Slow internet speed. iPhone 5 price only subsidized a little.


Good: Flexible calls/SMS/MMS plan. Huge amount of data. Good coverage and average internet speed.

Bad: Too little calls/SMS bundled. Most expensive when value for money is concerned.

With this, I hope you can decide better on which plan to go for when you plan to get you iPhone 5. Well maybe you have already decided, but this can make things a little bit clearer to you. So basically if you want a cheaper plan, go for Digi, if you want something with the best value for money, Maxis is the best, if you are looking for flexibility and huge amount of data, there is none other than Celcom.

Enjoy your iPhone 5 people! If you have any questions, please feel free to ask me. And please share this with your friends and family!

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9 thoughts on “Malaysian iPhone 5 plans comparison: Maxis vs Digi vs Celcom

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  2. you said maxis no longer charge for extra usage after exceeding quota. but then why is bill shock still listed under the cons? btw maxis’ speed after exceeding quota is 64kbps. isnt it slower than digi and celcom’s 256 kbps?

    what is the original speed for all telco’s data speed?

    • Well, Maxis no longer charge for excess data usage starting from 3rd December 2012. But there is still the doubt that they will. Or somehow people can get bill shocks from other reasons. So the risk is there. And I have confirmation for Maxis centres that the speed of internet after exceeding usage is 3 times slower. Not 64kbps. But the website says 32kpbs. I am not too sure for that.

      In the case for internet speed for the telcos, on average, Maxis can go up to 4-5mbps and Digi is less than 1mpbs. For Celcom, I am not too sure. Use this as a reference only. Thanks for the support!

  3. Hi..thanks for the above info.i would want to hear your opinion abt Maxis One Club Members iphone5 promotion..beside the advance payment is waived,the price for the device as well is quite attractive.but I’ll b tied up with 2 years contract..please advise.thanks!

    • Hi! It depends on the monthly commitment you are willing to pay. The cheapest monthly commitment you need for the Maxis One Club Promotion is RM150/month and above. If that is ok with you, the promotion is quite worth it. 2years contract will not be a problem in my opinion. But if you are not willing to pay too much every month, this option is definitely out. Stick with iValue 1 or iValue simple.

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  7. This is rather informative, thanks for posting this up.. maybe you should consider UMobile… recently, I’ve switched from digi to umobile as it offers from RM18 and the network coverage is quite good if you’re staying around klang valley… there’s another website which i found that may give u a little insight about it…

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