Maxis offers LTE Samsung Galaxy S4

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The LTE version of the Galaxy S4 (i9505) is now available from Maxis for as low as RM1,399 with contract or, for a limited time, for RM999 for Maxis One Club members (RRP RM2,499). Aside from a more battery efficient 1.9Ghz quad-core processor, the LTE Galaxy S4 is virtually identical to the non-LTE version in terms of looks and, arguably, in performance as well.

But where the octa-core, non-LTE S4 is a battery muncher, the LTE S4 offers a significant improvement in battery performance over the non-LTE version though we’re not sure if the RM300 premium is worth it considering LTE coverage in Malaysia is sporadic at best right now. So if you’re staying in outside of market centres like Klang Valley, Penang or JB, you won’t be able to benefit much from the speed offered by LTE.

Or you can just opt for our current favourite, the HTC One offering great build quality, awesome sound from the dual front speakers, a display that’s better than the one on the S4 and a fuss-free interface that’s free from gimmicky bloatware. And, at RM2,299 for the 32GB version, the HTC One is RM200 cheaper than the 32GB LTE Galaxy S4.

In any case, the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE joins Apple’s iPhone 5, iPad mini and iPad 4; Blackberry Q10, HTC One, Nokia Lumia 920 and HTC One XL on the list of LTE devices currently available from Maxis.

Maxis’ position as the country’s leading 4G LTE operator is further strengthened with a claimed LTE subscriber base of over 130,000 customers since the service was available on January 1 this year. In addition, Maxis say that it has doubled its 4G LTE coverage in the Klang Valley to include areas such as Bukit Damansara, Kepong, Sungai Besi, Sentul and Subang Jaya, as well as expanded LTE to Penang and Johor Bahru in addition to Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

For the full list of Maxis’ 4G LTE coverage areas, data plans and devices, click here.

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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:

Maxis

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.

Digi

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.

Celcom

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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Maxis introduces new cheaper iValue Simple iPhone 5 Plan

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Maxis just recently announces another plan to join the iValue plans for iPhone 5 coming this Friday. This plan will be targeted to the more budget tight market. The plan just requires monthly commitment of RM50 for a 12 months contract and you will get a small subsidy for your iPhone 5.

Phone 5 16GB – RM2,079
iPhone 5 32GB – RM2,339
iPhone 5 64GB – RM2,699
iPhone 4S 16GB – RM1,769
iPhone 4 8GB – RM1,239

The plan gives you 200mins to all operators, 100SMS to Maxis and 1GB data. It looks like a good solution for those who wanted to take Maxis line but doesnt want to pay RM100 or more a month. But if you take a closer look, after some calculation, it is not really worth it. [Click on the image for a closer look on the plan]

Here is why:

iValue 1:

1 year: RM1200 commitment + RM1699 iPhone price = RM2899

iValue Simple:

1 year: RM600 commitment + RM2079 iPhone price = RM2679

The iValue 1 is just RM220 more expensive than iValue Simple which is around RM18 extra/month. With that, you will get more calls, SMS, and data. I think the iValue Simple is just not that simple after all. If you really want to get a cheaper monthly commitment plan, go for Digi’s iDigi 88 plan. That is a better choice. But you have to sacrifice internet speed and coverage for that. SO the choice is yours!

Check out plans from Digi and Celcom!

For more information on the iValue Simple plan, click here!

If you have any question at all, feel free to drop us a comment on the comment section! Thanks!

Maxis reveal iPhone 5 plans, Celcom open for pre-order!

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Maxis has revealed the plans for iPhone 5 and it looks almost similar to the iPhone 4S plan when the 4S first came out. The RRP of the device remained unchanged as ever pricing from RM2199 for 16GB model. Here is how the pricing goes:

iPhone 5 16GB – RM2,199
iPhone 5 32GB – RM2,499
iPhone 5 64GB – RM2,799
iPhone 4S 16GB – RM1,799
iPhone 4 8GB – RM1,449

For the bundled plans, Maxis is offering plans as low as RM100 per month and giving almost similar talk time, SMSes and Data. For more information, click on the image above. If you plan to get in contract with Maxis, you will be entitled to get the iPhone 5 for a cheaper price as such:

iPhone 5 16GB
iValue 1 (12 months) – RM1,699
iValue 1 (24 months) – RM1,399
iValue 2 (12 months) – RM1,599
iValue 2 (24 months) – RM1,149
iValue 3 (12 months) – RM1,199
iValue 3 (24 months) – RM449
iValue 4 (12 months) – RM1,099
iValue 4 (24 months) – FREE

iPhone 5 32GB
iValue 1 (12 months) – RM2,049
iValue 1 (24 months) – RM1,699
iValue 2 (12 months) – RM1,899
iValue 2 (24 months) – RM1,499
iValue 3 (12 months) – RM1,549
iValue 3 (24 months) – RM749
iValue 4 (12 months) – RM1,399
iValue 4 (24 months) – RM299

iPhone 5 64GB
iValue 1 (12 months) – RM2,349
iValue 1 (24 months) – RM2,049
iValue 2 (12 months) – RM2,249
iValue 2 (24 months) – RM1,799
iValue 3 (12 months) – RM1,849
iValue 3 (24 months) – RM1,649
iValue 4 (12 months) – RM699
iValue 4 (24 months) – RM299

Click here to get to Maxis iPhone page!

In the other hand, Celcom is NOW allowing pre-ordering of iPhone 5 but strangely, no plans have been reveal yet from the blue side. Here is how the page for pre-ordering looks like.

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If you are interested, click here to head there!

Maxis is the first telco you can register your interest for iPhone 5 in Malaysia

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With the news that the iPhone 5 will reach Malaysia in 14th Dec 2012, the first telco to go online with the “register your interest” page is Maxis. Expect Celcom and Digi to have their own by this week.

If you are interested in iPhone 5 on contract under Maxis, go here to register your interest! By registering, you be the first in line when the phone arrives! Have fun registering!

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Apple iPhone 5 finally here in Malaysia on 14th Dec 2012 [Not Rumor!!]

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For those who are waiting for the iPhone 5 to reach Malaysia, its been a very very long suffering wait. But guess what? Apple finally announces that the iPhone 5 will officially (not the one brought in and sold with a ridiculously high price) available in Malaysia on the 14th December 2012. Which is a Friday. We will have our very own black Friday! YAY!! Together with us, a list of other countries will also be getting the iPhone 5 on the 14th. South Korea will be getting it on the 7th.

This is how the Apple press info looks like:

iPhone 5 Arrives in South Korea & More Than 50 Additional Countries in December

CUPERTINO, California—December 3, 2012—Apple® today announced iPhone® 5 will be available in South Korea on Friday, December 7, with more than 50 additional countries being added in December, including Brazil, Russia and Taiwan. iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina™ display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless*—all while delivering even better battery life.**

iPhone 5 is currently available in 47 countries around the world including the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan and the UK. iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: Shared Photo Streams, Facebook integration, all-new Maps app, Passbook® organization and even more Siri® features and languages.

iPhone 5 comes in either black & slate or white & silver for a suggested retail price of $199 (US) for the 16GB model, $299 (US) for the 32GB model and $399 (US) for the 64GB model. iPhone 5 will be available through the Apple Online Store (www.apple.com), Apple’s retail stores and select Apple Authorized Resellers.

iPhone 4S is available for just $99 (US) and iPhone 4 is available for free with a two-year contract from participating carriers.

iPhone 5 will be available in South Korea on Friday, December 7 and on Friday, December 14 in Albania, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Grenada, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Jordan, Kuwait, Macedonia, Malaysia, Moldova, Montenegro, Panama, Paraguay, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela. iPhone 5 will also be available on Friday, December 21 in Barbados, Botswana, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Egypt, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Niger, Senegal, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St.Vincent & the Grenadines, Tunisia, Uganda and Vietnam.

*Network speeds are dependent on carrier networks. Check with your carrier for details.
**Battery life depends on device settings, usage and other factors. Actual results vary.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Press Contacts:
Natalie Harrison
Apple
harri@apple.com
(408) 862-0565

Teresa Brewer
Apple
tbrewer@apple.com
(408) 974-6851

We are expecting the iPhone 5 to be priced at the same price as the iPhone 4S when it first launch in Malaysia which it RM2199 for the cheapest model. If you want to be on a telco contract to utilize the bundled package, Maxis, Celcom and Digi will all 3 be selling it simultaneously. And do expect the register your interest for the iPhone 5 soon. If you want the contract free/outright iPhone 5, Apple will be selling it in the Apple online store.

So rejoice for all who are waiting for the iPhone 5! The wait is finally over!!!! I cant wait for it!

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Contract Pricing for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 compared: Maxis vs Celcom vs Digi

The Samsung Galaxy Note II officially goes on sale in Malaysia today with the big 3 telcos – DiGi, Celcom and Maxis offering contract bundle plans for the device. Retailing at RM2,299, the 5.5″ Android phone-tablet with quad-core 1.6GHz processor is also available without contract at Samsung Elite Partners and there’s also a roadshow happening at MidValley from today until Sunday.

For most people, getting outright can be blow to your wallet. If you’re already using or thinking of getting a postpaid plan with data, having a contracted plan with a telco makes more sense with subsidised Galaxy Note II pricing. We have compared the plans and pricing from all 3 telcos in Malaysia to find out the total minimum cost of owning a Galaxy Note II.

First of all, the comparison made is based on the minimum cost of ownership possible. This is assuming you don’t exceed the minimum monthly commitment or incur access charges. In real life scenario, this might vary especially for DiGi’s Smart Plan where you’re only paying for data, while calls and SMS are charged separately. For Maxis, Value Postpaid plan bundling, we have taken the lowest Value Plus plan which is RM30/month for comparison sake.

In terms of contract duration, all 3 telcos offer 12 months contract while only Maxis and DiGi offer the longest 24 months option. Celcom in the other hand has a middle ground option of 18 months, which is their longest contract duration available. Click on the tables below for larger size.

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24 Months

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For DiGi, there’s extra monthly rebate savings for those that opt for auto-billing but we have omitted it as not all might choose this payment option. On Maxis, it is worth pointing out that Maxis One Club members will get to enjoy free advance payment waiver for all TalkMore 78 and Value Postpaid plans.

When deciding which plan is for you, the minimum ownership cost is just for a baseline reference. You would need to think about your current call, SMS and data usage pattern to find out which plan is suited for your need. There’s also network coverage and service quality to consider as well. Since you’re committing to a contract, it is best to stay with a telco that has optimal service at your area as cancelling a contract halfway would attract unnecessary penalty charges.

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Click here for more info about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2