Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Compared: New upgraded MaxisOne Plan vs the rest

FROM: http://www.soyacincau.com/2016/04/08/new-maxisone-postpaid-plan-comparison-versus-celcom-digi-umobile/?utm_source=sidelinks

Maxis has finally responded to the recent postpaid price war by upgrading all MaxisONE plans with up to 9GB of extra data. These new upgraded plans will be rolled out to all new and existing subscribers by the end of this month. While waiting for that to kick in, Maxis is giving 3GB extra data next week to all MaxisONE plan customers.
So how does Maxis’ postpaid offering compare against the rest? It’s time for another round of postpaid comparison.

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In our previous comparison, Maxis looked pretty costly with a paltry 1GB of data for its base RM98 plan. Now they have bumped up their data allocation from 1GB to 5GB, 3GB to 8GB, 5GB to 12GB and 7GB to 16GB. The monthly subscription fee remains unchanged except for East Malaysia, where they are offering RM30 off each month and they are offering unlimited data usage between 1AM to 7AM daily.
Celcom, Digi and U Mobile
For Celcom, they have extended its FIRST postpaid offering until 31st May. To recap, FIRST Blue at RM45/month comes with 4GB of data (2GB all time + 2GB weekend), 50 minutes of calls and 50 SMS. For heavy duty users, FIRST Gold offers 10GB of data (5GB all time + 5GB weekend) plus unlimited calls and SMS for RM80/month.
Digi on the other hand revamped its postpaid offering last month with more data and internet rollover. As a limited time promo, they are allocating more data for its higher “More Internet” plans and a RM20/month discount for its “More Talk” options of RM98 and above. Hitting the sweet spot for Digi is probably their Postpaid 98 (More Voice), as it offers 7GB of data and unlimited calls at RM78/month.
Over at team orange, U Mobile has recently boosted its P70 Hero Postpaid plan with a whopping 15GB data for RM70/month. This plan also comes with unlimited voice calls. Note that the extra 8GB is given as a promo until 30th June 2016. So how does it all stack up? Click on our comparison table below for a clearer view.

Postpaid Plans under RM100

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Postpaid Plans above RM100

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Conclusion
It is commendable for Maxis to bump up more data for their plans but the pricing is still on the high side when compared to its competitors. If you’re looking solely at cost per GB, Celcom’s FIRST Gold is likely your top pick as it offers 10GB of data at RM80/month in addition to its unlimited calls and SMS. Both U Mobile and Digi are quite generous as well by offering more than 5GB of data for RM70 and under. If you can’t finish your data quota, Celcom and Digi lets you carry forward unused data (up to a certain limit) to the following month.
Beyond the cost of data, calls and SMS, there are other factors to consider such as network quality and customer service. Each telco will perform differently depending on location, so it is best to pick one that has optimal coverage for both home and work. You can use OpenSignal to get a rough idea of which network performs better in your area. After all, what’s the use of getting lots of data if you can’t use them?
For those that travel, another factor to consider is their international roaming packages. Most telcos these days do have daily roaming plans but they could vary in terms of price and countries supported. Most recently U Mobile has started offering RM10/day data roam for selected countries while Maxis has thrown additional unlimited calls and SMS with MaxisONE World.
Looking for a newer alternative? Webe is launching next week. If their purported unlimited plan is real, this could be the best postpaid ever.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Comparison on data plan Malaysia. From soyacincau.com


With the recent Maxis scandal and their unfair treatment towards their various customers has lead the company, Maxis to dig their own grave, it’s indeed tough to have realized you’ve spent so much of your money on a way too expensive plan from an untrustworthy company. We at The Coverage Bureau wrote an article about the recent Maxis scandal which you can read over here.
It’s such a hassle whenever people like us, who know little about the many choices of major telcos to choose from especially if we want to be very sure on the best postpaid plan among all. Questions you should ask yourself when choosing your major telco are such as “What postpaid plan would suit me best with the work I do” and “What are my personal needs?”. To those who had just found out about the Maxis scandal and wish to change your major telco company, fear not! We’ve got you covered.

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Courtesy of SoyaCincau, the country’s most influential technology site that covers anything and everything tech related for their great write up.

THE ANALYSIS:

To break it down as a commoner like the majority of the people here, we’ll look at the price at first hand, you can see that U-mobile’s Hero P70 offers the lowest price among all the major telcos, at the price of RM70, lead up by Digi’s SmartPlan 75 at RM75, thenCelcom FIRST Gold at RM80 and the most expensive being MaxisOne 98 at literally RM98 in price. Maxis has a price difference between RM18 – RM28 from its competitors. That’s a huge price difference, and in a year Maxis users can pay up to a minimum of an extra RM216 compared to the second highest prices postpaid plan (Celcom)
Of course, all these prices are set with different benefits to the users, so we’ll take a look at that.
Internet Mobile Data is pretty important to the majority of those who leave their houses often. So taking a look here, Both Digi and U mobile offers 7GB  of data, while Celcom offers the highest amount of Data at 10GB (5 – all day and 5- weekend). While the telco who offered the most expensive prepaid plan only offers the least amount of data which is 1GB to their users.
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THE BREAKDOWN:

Celcom among the four major Telcos has the best plan among all. Their pricing offersRM8 per GB with the only exception that the 10GB is split in half. 5GB for an all day use and the other 5 for the weekend. The RM20 top up per GB is also pretty worth it considering you already have 10GB on the go. Not to mention, you get unlimited free calls and SMS when you join up with the plan.
Coming in second place is a tie between Digi and U mobile. Their prices are so similar that it doesn’t even matter. Digi’s plan is priced at about RM10.71 per GB and if you want to top it up to 10 GB, the price will become RM99 in total, higher compared to Celcom.For U mobile, the plan is priced at about RM10 per GB (slightly cheaper compared to Digi) and if you want to top it up as well to 10 GB, the price will become RM90 in total, still a little bit more expensive compared to Celcom. Both Digi’s and U mobile’s top up data is only valid until its time limit is up, for Digi it’s 1GB for 2 days and for U mobile it’s 1.5GB for 3 days.
The MOST expensive of them all is Maxis (of course it is) pricing their plan at literally RM98 per GB. Way more expensive compared to Celcom and the other Telco plans. If you plan to top it up to 10GB as well, the total price would be RM368 (using the 1GB top up for RM30). Compare it side by side with the other telco plans and do the math, you’ll find out it is at all not worth your money at all. You might defend and say that 10GB is too much, I only use 1GB. Well… then why still pay for RM98 for basically the same offer as Celcom? Celcom just provides you the 10GB, doesn’t mean you have to use it right? Even if you want less data, go for Digi or U mobile, both telco’s are still way cheaper compared to Maxis!
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THE CONCLUSION:

Whatever your preferable plan is, it is still your choice. Each telco plans have their own benefits such as “for Celcom, they are offering unlimited music service via Yonder, while Digi offers unlimited music streaming for 120 days and free iflix for a year.” according to SoyaCincau.
The point i’m trying to get through here is that, Maxis clearly has priced up their plan to an unreasonable price, it’s as if they want their customers to burn up their money when clearly they could have been using it wisely with other Telco plans. I was unaware at first too but now that I’m aware of it, I’m sharing it with you so that you may know as well the better choices for you and your money’s worth.
As of now, Maxis hasn’t earned their customer’s trust and respect after the whole “scandal” that is. Until Maxis learns to really buck up and lower their prices down for a better worth in the market, only then will people once again come back and use their services.

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