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How To Get Special Deals On Maxis Mobile + Broadband!

If you want the very best mobile + broadband deals from Maxis, there is only one way – you must first quit Maxis! Here is how it worked for me…

 

Don’t Bother Asking For Special Deals On Maxis Mobile / Broadband!

I have been a loyal Maxis customer for many years, and every time my contract comes up for renewal, I will ask for special deals to stay on. The most I will get is a free smartphone to renew my contract for another 2 years.

But finally, I had enough. I was stuck with 0-1 bar of mobile connectivity from March until September 2023, and Maxis wouldn’t even compensate me for the poor reception. So I gritted my teeth and waited out my contract.

Once my contract expired, I quickly decided that I would save over RM1,900 per year migrating to Digi. But out of (misplaced?) loyalty to Maxis, I called their customer care hotline, and even went to a Maxis Center to check if there are any deals for me to stay on.

As usual, Maxis had nothing to offer me as a loyal customer. But there was a surprise for me this year – I will not be receiving a free smartphone to continue my contract, unless I choose to upgrade to the new Maxis 5G plans… with an increase, of course!

So learn from my experience – don’t bother asking Maxis for any special deals to stay on as a loyal customer. To be fair, other telcos likely don’t offer deals to loyal customers to stay on as well. But I have only been a Maxis customer, and can only speak from my own experience.

Read more : Switching From Maxis To Digi Saves Me RM1.9K / Year!

 

How To Get Special Deals On Maxis Mobile + Broadband!

I discovered that the only way that Maxis will ever offer me any special deals to stay on, is if I actually quit their service. And even then, Maxis only did it at the very cusp of my migration process.

When Maxis was ready to hand over my five mobile numbers to Digi, a member of their retention department called me and offered these great deals to stay on.

Existing Maxis 4G Package : RM423 Per Month

First, I should point out that my existing Maxis package bundled a RM98 principal line with four supplementary lines, and 100 Mbps fibre broadband. By bundling with broadband, my principal line has unlimited data, albeit only on the 4G network. There is no 5G connectivity.

However, Maxis only allows a single Share 48 supplementary line with 30 GB of data for the RM98 principal line. So I have to pay a ridiculous RM38 for the remaining three supplementary lines, with just 1 GB of data.

The total pre-tax cost was RM399 per month, or RM4,788 per year.

Maxis 4G Plans 4G Data Cost
Postpaid 98 Unlimited RM 98
Postpaid Share 48 30 GB RM 48
Talk and Surf 1 1 GB RM 38
Talk and Surf 1 1 GB RM 38
Talk and Surf 1 1 GB RM 38
100 Mbps Fibre Unlimited RM 139
Total Before Tax RM 399

300 Mbps Broadband Offer : RM100 Per Month

First, Maxis agreed to match Digi’s offer of just RM100 per month for 300 Mbps. That’s RM39 (28%) cheaper than my current 100 Mbps plan, and RM49 (33%) off their current 300 Mbps plan.

Over two years, I will save RM1,176! But I was only getting this special offer because I was really quitting Maxis.

Bundled
Broadband
Maxis
Normal
Maxis
Special
Digi
100 Mbps RM 129 RM 90 RM 90
300 Mbps RM 149 RM 100 RM 100

Special Maxis 5G Offer #1 : RM245 Per Month

For the five mobile lines, Maxis offered me a RM245 plan, which would give every user 120 GB of 5G data per month.

There is a 2-year contract, but Maxis will throw in five free smartphones – a Vivo Y36 (8 GB + 256 GB) or equivalent per account.

Not only does that give all of us a heck of a lot of mobile data, and a new smartphone per person, it is also RM15 cheaper than my current package!

Maxis 5G Plans 5G Data Cost
Special Postpaid 49 120 GB RM 49
Special Postpaid 49 120 GB RM 49
Special Postpaid 49 120 GB RM 49
Special Postpaid 49 120 GB RM 49
Special Postpaid 49 120 GB RM 49
Total Before Tax RM 245

Special Maxis 5G Offer #2 : RM281 Per Month

Maxis also offered me a more expensive RM281 monthly plan, consisting of a principal line with 300 GB of data, and four supplementary lines with 50 GB of data.

It would come with a more expensive HONOR 90 smartphone with 12 GB RAM and 512 GB storage, with a 2-year contract.

I should point out that the supplementary lines are not only RM10 cheaper, they come with 50X more data, and 5G connectivity!!! Makes you want to tear your hair out, doesn’t it?

Maxis 5G Plans 5G Data Cost
Special Postpaid 169 300 GB RM 169
Special Postpaid 28 50 GB RM 28
Special Postpaid 28 50 GB RM 28
Special Postpaid 28 50 GB RM 28
Special Postpaid 28 50 GB RM 28
Total Before Tax RM 281

Special Maxis 4G Offer : Only RM200 Per Month!

If I prefer to stick with 4G connectivity only, Maxis offered me a 4G-only plan for just RM200 a month, without contract or free smartphone.

Basically, my supplementary lines would now get a ton of data, and I would save RM60 per month on my existing Maxis package!

Maxis 4G Plans 4G Data Cost
Special Postpaid 48 70 GB RM 48
Special Postpaid 48 70 GB RM 48
Special Postpaid 48 70 GB RM 48
Special Postpaid 28 50 GB RM 28
Special Postpaid 28 50 GB RM 28
Total Before Tax RM 200

 

Why I Declined The Special Deals On Maxis Mobile + Broadband!

While the special deals offered by the Maxis retention department were enticing – free phones! more data! more speed! – Digi still offered a substantially better deal.

My parents, for example, do not need 50 GB of data. They just needed something more reasonable than 1 GB, and I wanted to pay a more reasonable price for their lines.

On top of that, staying with Maxis would not solve my biggest problem – poor connectivity. I have been suffering from poor reception for six months (and counting), and sticking with Maxis for another 2 years was unthinkable.

Maxis may have once been known for having “better coverage” than other telcos. But if they cannot restore proper connectivity after 6 months (and counting), it’s time to move on. I also did not like the fact that they refused to compensate me for the poor connectivity all those months.

But this article is not about dissing Maxis. I wrote this article to share with you the best way to get such special deals from Maxis.

I called them, I even spent time at the Maxis Centre to talk to the staff. There was simply NO special deal or offer for an existing customer. You must literally quit Maxis – sign an agreement to port out to another telco, and be on the verge of switching, before Maxis will ever offer you these special deals.

Even if you want to stick with Maxis, you should still quit and port out to another telco at the end of your contract. This way, you will get access to these special deals. You will only lose out if you stay loyal.

As for me, I bid adieu to Maxis, and started my journey with Digi hours later. It was easy. You should give it a try!

 

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Switching From Maxis To Digi Saves Me RM1.9K / Year!

I just saved over RM1,900 per year by simply switching from Maxis to Digi! Here is what happened!

 

Switching From Maxis To Digi Saved Me RM1.9K / Year!

My contract with Maxis just expired, and I decided to see if it was worth renewing with them, or switching to Digi. I had earlier asked my neighbours using Digi, and most of them seemed happy with their service.

So I compared the latest mobile and broadband packages from both Maxis and Digi, and I was shocked by how much cheaper Digi was, compared to Maxis. Take a look at what I found!

Existing Maxis 4G Package : RM423 Per Month

My existing Maxis package bundled a RM98 principal line with four supplementary lines, and 100 Mbps fibre broadband. By bundling with broadband, my principal line has unlimited data, albeit only on the 4G network. There is no 5G connectivity.

However, Maxis only allows a single Share 48 supplementary line with 30 GB of data for the RM98 principal line. So I have to pay a ridiculous RM38 for the remaining three supplementary lines, with just 1 GB of data.

The total cost was RM423 per month, or RM5,075.28 per year. Maxis offered to let me continue with this 4G-only package, but I would no longer get any free smartphone for a 2 year contract.

Maxis 4G Plans 4G Data Cost
Postpaid 98 Unlimited RM 98
Postpaid Share 48 30 GB RM 48
Talk and Surf 1 1 GB RM 38
Talk and Surf 1 1 GB RM 38
Talk and Surf 1 1 GB RM 38
4G Backup Unlimited RM 0
100 Mbps Fibre Unlimited RM 139
Total Before Tax RM 399
6% Service Tax RM 23.94
TOTAL PAYABLE RM 422.94

New Maxis 5G Package : RM445 Per Month

If I wanted a free smartphone with a 2 year contract, I would need to upgrade to the new Maxis 5G plans. The existing RM98 4G plan has been replaced by a new RM109 5G plan – a RM 11 per month premium for 5G connectivity.

From what I understand, tying it with Maxis fibre broadband would still get me unlimited mobile data, but only on 4G. The 5G data is limited to 150 GB, which is more than plenty especially since 5G connectivity is limited.

What I cannot understand is why Maxis continues to limit this RM109 principal line to just one RM48 Share line. If I want all four supplementary lines to have more than 1 GB of data, I would need to upgrade my principal line to their RM199 plan! Ridiculous!

The only good news is they dropped the price of their 100 Mbps broadband from RM139 to RM129. But it makes more sense to upgrade to 300 Mbps for just RM149 per month. Even so, the new Maxis package works out to an unpalatable RM572.40 per month, or RM6,868.80 per year!

Maxis 5G Plans 5G Data Cost
Postpaid 199 4G : Unlimited
5G : 300 GB
RM 199
Postpaid Share 48 30 GB RM 48
Postpaid Share 48 30 GB RM 48
Postpaid Share 48 30 GB RM 48
Postpaid Share 48 30 GB RM 48
4G Backup Unlimited RM 0
300 Mbps Fibre Unlimited RM 149
Total Before Tax RM 540
6% Service Tax RM 32.40
TOTAL PAYABLE RM 572.40

Sorry, mum and dad, you guys are just going to have to put up with just 1 GB of data if we stick with Maxis.

With their sacrifice, I can get by with just paying Maxis RM445.20 per month, or RM5,342.40 per year. That’s a small 5% increase of RM267.12 per year.

This new package would also get me one of these smartphones with a 24-month contract:

  • Samsung A14
  • vivo A78
  • HONOR 90 Lite
Maxis 5G Plans 5G Data Cost
Postpaid 109 4G : Unlimited
5G : 150 GB
RM 109
Postpaid Share 48 30 GB RM 48
Talk and Surf 1 1 GB RM 38
Talk and Surf 1 1 GB RM 38
Talk and Surf 1 1 GB RM 38
4G Backup Unlimited RM 0
300 Mbps Fibre Unlimited RM 149
Total Before Tax RM 420
6% Service Tax RM 25.20
TOTAL PAYABLE RM 445.20

Digi 5G + 4G Package : Only RM286 Per Month!

But when I checked out the Digi plans, they completely wipe out Maxis.

The Digi RM90 principal line offers free 5G connectivity, with 60 GB of data per month. Unlike Maxis, tying up with Digi Fibre Broadband does not give me unlimited mobile data, but that’s okay – 60 GB is plenty.

More importantly, Digi lets me add up to six supplementary family lines, and their cheapest RM20 family line comes with 10 GB of data per month! That goes up to 15 GB with a 1-year contract, and 25 GB with a 2-year contract!

On top of that – Digi offers 300 Mbps fibre broadband for only RM 100 per month! Granted – there is no 4G backup, but that’s RM49 cheaper than Maxis! Would you pay RM49 per month for “4G backup”? Heck, no!

The Digi package is a mix of 4G and 5G, but that’s okay, because my parents no longer have to worry about how much data they have left.

Digi Plans Data Cost
Postpaid 90 5G : 60 GB RM 90
Postpaid Family 20 4G : 25 GB RM 20
Postpaid Family 20 4G : 25 GB RM 20
Postpaid Family 20 4G : 25 GB RM 20
Postpaid Family 20 4G : 25 GB RM 20
4G Backup NA NA
300 Mbps Fibre Unlimited RM 100
Total Before Tax RM 270
6% Service Tax RM 16.20
TOTAL PAYABLE RM 286.20

And here is the cherry on the top – for a 24-month contract, Digi gives you one of these two bonuses:

  • a free smartphone worth up to RM1,099 (HONOR 9o Lite / Samsung A14), or
  • extra 60 GB of mobile data, or
  • unlimited social media data, or
  • 5 GB of international roaming data in 70 countries

Needless to say, this Digi package is a much better deal, as it only costs RM286 per month, or RM3,434.40 per year!

 

How Much I Save Over 2 Years Switching From Maxis To Digi

In the end, I switched to the Digi Postpaid 90 principal line, and gave all of my supplementary lines a decent 25 GB of mobile data.

Over a standard two-year contract, I will end up saving RM 3,281.76, and get a free smartphone worth RM 1,099. That’s a total saving of RM 4,380.76! Just think of what you can do with all that money!

If I renewed with Maxis, I would have upgraded to their new 5G plan to get that free smartphone and unlimited data. However, my parents would have to continue suffering with 1 GB of data, and I would have to pay an additional RM 3,816 over 2 years compared to Digi!

If I wanted my parents to have a decent amount of mobile data, I would have to really pay Maxis through my nose, and fork out an extra RM 6,868.80 – exactly twice of what the Digi package costs. It just doesn’t make sense to do that.

No matter how I calculate, it just doesn’t make sense (sen?) to stick with Maxis. I will save anywhere from RM1,900 to RM3,400 per year switching to Digi. It really pays to shop around!

 

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Malaysia To Ban SMS With Personal Details!

Telcos in Malaysia will soon ban SMS messages with personal information, as part of the MCMC’s initiative to prevent scams! Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysia To Ban SMS With Personal Details!

On Sunday, 2 July 2023, four Malaysian telcos – Maxis, Celcom, Digital and U Mobile will ban SMS messages containing personal information , as part of the MCMC’s initiative to prevent scams.

In addition to the May ban of SMS links, both local and international users will be prevented from sending any SMS message containing:

  • personal details
  • mobile or fixed line phone number
  • banking details like account number
  • MyKad number

All SMS messages containing these forbidden items will not be blocked, but their senders won’t be charged for those blocked messages.

Read more : Malaysian Telcos Ban SMS Links To Prevent Scams!

 

No Ban For SMS With Personal Details Via Short Codes

It should be noted that this ban on SMS messages with personal details do NOT apply to businesses using legitimate Enterprise short codes. They will still be allowed to issue SMS messages with URLs (links), phone numbers, and personal details.

Here are the current Enterprise short codes for Celcom and DIGI, from which you “may” continue to receive SMS messages with hyperlinks (URLs) and personal information.

Telco Enterprise Short Codes
Celcom CelcomDigi / EASYRELOAD
Celcom / CELCOM
2000 / 2901 / 20000 / 78888
28888 / 28882 / 22288 / 28282 / 22888
2001 / 22002 / 22009 / 21888 / 22022 /
22033 / 22162 / 22244 / 22262 / 22990 /
23000 / 23222 / 23777 / 25000 / 25555 /
26664 / 26668 / 26674 / 26680 / 26699 /
27100 / 27200 / 27999 / 28000 / 29888 /
29992 / 29999 / 39131 / 39140 / 39146 /
39170 / 39172 / 39230 / 39231 / 39240 /
39254 / 39258 / 39281 / 39291 / 39442 /
39466 / 39470 / 39471 / 39496 / 39504 /
39505 / 39506 / 39509 / 39513 / 39514 /
39515 / 39518 / 39881 / 39437 / 39132 /
39133 / 39144 / 39162 / 39177 / 39498 /
39502 / 39511 / 39512 / 39495
Digi CelcomDigi / Digi / DigiRewards
200 / 2901 / 2691 / 5001 / 27676
20000 / 21000 / 28879 / 28888 /
28882 / 22288 / 28282 / 22888

Maxis has 5-digit short codes like 1XXXX, 2XXXX, and 6XXXX, but has chosen to block SMS messages containing personal information from their Enterprise short codes:

In order to prevent individuals from becoming online scam scams, the Malaysia Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has issued a directive to all telcos on 14 February 2023 to block sending and receiving of short messaging service (SMS) from local, international mobile numbers and applications containing below contents:

  • URL link and any clickable link e.g. shorten URL; shorten URL;
  • Request for user’s personal information e.g name, IC number, account number and
  • Mobile and fixed line number

Blockings are being implemented in stages; started from 2 May 2023 for SMS between individuals; the next and last stage is the blocking of SMS containing the above 3 elements from mobile and applications such as Enterprise SMS service and Maxis IoT SIM from 2 July 2023.

Recommended : Scam Alert : Watch Out For Telegram Phishing Attack!

 

Risky SMS Ban Helpful, But Other Platforms Still A Risk

While this measure is really helpful in reducing scams, the ban is limited to SMS messages. It does not prevent scammers from sending similar scam messages through instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, etc.

I should also point out that links are not inherently bad. Links in messages, even SMS messages, are mostly safe.

Perfectly Fine

  • Clicking on a link to read an article / terms and conditions of a promotion
  • Clicking on a link to enrol in a promotion which does not require you to log into any website
  • Clicking on a link to check in for a flight, or get a travel update

However, they can be used to send you to a phishing website which is designed to look like a genuine bank / payment website. Hence, it is critical that you should NEVER log into any website through a link.

NEVER DO THIS

  • Clicking on a link to log into a bank website
  • Clicking on a link to make a purchase or payment
  • Clicking on a link to log into any account / email

Phishing attacks work by tricking you into going into a fake website that looks like the real website. But you still have to log into the fake website to give the scammers your login details.

If you click on a link, and you are asked to login – this is likely a phishing attack. But don’t worry – as long as you refuse to log into any website after clicking on a link, the phishing attack fails.

 

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Malaysian Telcos Ban SMS Links To Prevent Scams!

Malaysian telcos have started banning SMS links, as part of the MCMC’s initiative to prevent scams! Here is what you need to know!

 

Malaysian Telcos Ban SMS Links To Prevent Scams!

On Tuesday, 2 May 2023, four Malaysian telcos – Maxis, Celcom, Digital and U Mobile started banning SMS links, as part of the MCMC’s initiative to prevent scams.

From this day onwards, users will be blocked from sending or receiving SMS with a link. MCMC had earlier issued the directive to all telcos on February 14, 2023, but the ban on SMS links is only now being implemented.

The ban on SMS links is currently not mandatory for all telcos, and is being implemented in phases. Currently, the ban is limited to SMS between individuals.

Businesses using short codes like 6XXXX, 2XXXX and 1XXXX will eventually be banned from including a URL link in their SMS messages. They will be given time to switch to other methods to send promotional messages with links to their customers.

The MCMC has issued a directive to all telcos to block sending and receiving of SMS with URL link. The objective is to prevent users from becoming victims of online scams

MCMC issued the directive to all service providers on Feb 14 and is currently assessing the progress. For now, the block is still not mandatory.

The blocking of person-to-person SMS with URL links will take effect from 2 May 2023. For SMS sent by business via short codes such as 6XXXX, 2XXXX and 1XXXX, this will be done later and specific notification to business users will be sent.

Malaysia Deputy Communications and Digital Minister Teo Nie Ching said in February 2023 that blocking such SMS links will ensure that people won’t click on them and possibly end up as a scam victim.

Recommended : Scam Alert : Watch Out For Telegram Phishing Attack!

 

Only SMS Links Banned, Links Via Other Platforms Still A Risk

While this measure is really helpful in reducing scams, the ban is limited to SMS links. Scammers can still send links through instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, WeChat, etc.

That does not mean that links are inherently bad. Links in messages, even SMS messages, are mostly safe.

Perfectly Fine

  • Clicking on a link to read an article / terms and conditions of a promotion
  • Clicking on a link to enrol in a promotion which does not require you to log into any website
  • Clicking on a link to check in for a flight, or get a travel update

However, they can be used to send you to a phishing website which is designed to look like a genuine bank / payment website. Hence, it is critical that you should NEVER log into any website through a link.

NEVER DO THIS

  • Clicking on a link to log into a bank website
  • Clicking on a link to make a purchase or payment
  • Clicking on a link to log into any account / email

Phishing attacks work by tricking you into going into a fake website that looks like the real website. But you still have to log into the fake website to give the scammers your login details.

If you click on a link, and you are asked to login – this is likely a phishing attack. But don’t worry – as long as you refuse to log into any website after clicking on a link, the phishing attack fails.

 

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Sources : Maxis + U Mobile Decline 5G Network Stake!

Sources have confirmed that both Maxis and U Mobile do not plan to take up a stake in DNB – the government-owned 5G agency!

Here is what you need to know, and what it means for 5G adoption in Malaysia!

 

Sources : Maxis + U Mobile Decline 5G Network Stake!

Sources just confirmed to Reuters that both Maxis and U Mobile do not plan to take up a stake in Digital Nasional Berhad (DNB) – the government-owned 5G agency.

According to three people familiar with the matter, Maxis and U Mobile do not see any benefit in becoming a minority shareholder of DNB, but they will remain in talks to gain access to the DNB 5G network.

It is possible that Maxis and U Mobile made this decision to pressure the government into allowing a second 5G service to be setup.

One source said, “[The parties] will have to try and restructure the deal”.

But until one side acquiesces, the rollout of 5G for most consumers in Malaysia will be further delayed.

 

Maxis + U Mobile Is Out, Will Other Networks Buy 5G Stake In DNB?

Maxis, U Mobile, Celcom and DiGi had earlier proposed to take a majority stake in DNB, but that was rejected by the government.

So the four main mobile network operators are now lobbying for a second 5G network – the Dual Wholesale Network (DWN) model, instead of a single whole network controlled by DNB.

With Maxis and U Mobile out, the Malaysian government’s plan to sign agreements with the other mobile networks has been disrupted.

In fact, the deadline ends today (Wednesday, August 31, 2022) for the six mobile network operators in Malaysia to agree on whether to take a combined 70% stake in DNB.

Until now, only Telekom Malaysia and YES – the two smaller telcos – have signed up with DNB to provide 5G access, with TM still running tests, while YES offering very limited 5G coverage in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya.

 

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Confirmed : Apple Pay Is Launching Soon In Malaysia!

Multiple leaks confirm that Apple Pay is launching soon in Malaysia! Here is what you need to know…

 

Leaks Confirm Apple Pay Is Launching Soon In Malaysia!

Multiple leaks have more or less let the cat out of the bag – that Apple Pay is launching soon in Malaysia!

This would make Malaysia the second country in Southeast Asia to support Apple Pay, and the 10th territory in Asia, after Australia, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Japan, Kazakhstan, New Zealand and Singapore.

AmBank Sent Apple Pay SMS

The first to leak was AmBank, when they sent out an SMS to their customers in July 2022, prematurely telling them that they can now use Apple Pay.

It appeared to have been a test run that ran awry, as their Apple Pay website was not yet ready. But it alerted everyone to the fact that Apple Pay is coming to Malaysia.

Shopee Added Apple Pay As Payment Option

The second to leak was Shopee, which released an Apple Pay option in version 2.91.28 of their app on 2 August 2022.

If you tap on it, you will simply be asked to “ensure there’s an active card in your Apple Pay wallet to proceed“.

Of course, you can’t actually add any credit / debit card to your Apple Pay wallet yet, but you can see that it is listed as a payment option.

Maxis Accidentally Promotes Apple Pay As Payment Option

On 5 August 2022, a Maxis Centre accidentally put out a cardboard sign announcing “Apple Pay accepted here“.

The tweet was deleted by its poster, but the cardboard sign was traced to the Sri Muda Maxis Centre in Shah Alam.

sorry guys had to delete the tweets atas permintaan pihak tertentu. but don’t worry cuz apple pay is coming soon to Malaysia!

AmBank Released Their Apple Pay Portal!

On 8 August 2022, AmBank (accidentally?) released their Apple Pay portal, confirming that the contactless payment system is ready to launch in Malaysia!

The AmBank Apple Pay portal has now been removed, but here are some of the details it revealed :

  • There is no transaction limit for Apple Pay, as opposed to a transaction limit of RM250 per purchase, with a RM750 daily limit, for other contactless payment platforms.
  • There is also no transaction limit for online purchases using Apple Pay through your iPhone, iPad or Mac computer.
  • AmBank also offered some promotions, including cash back for the first purchase using Apple Pay.
  • There were two unlisted YouTube videos (now removed) showing how to pay for your purchases using Apple Pay. Basically:
    a) Look for the Apple Pay and EMV contactless payment logos at the retailer
    b) Simply tap your iPhone or Apple Watch on the credit card terminal to pay
    c) Use either Face ID, Touch ID or your passcode to verify the payment

 

Apple Pay Is Now Available In Malaysia!

You would have thought that AmBank would have learned from their July 2022 SMS mistake, but no… they didn’t.

Then again, they may have “accidentally” leaked the Apple Pay website to drum up some hype ahead of the official launch.

These “accidents” have a habit of happening…

In any case, Apple Pay is now available in Malaysia, even though there was no official launch!

Read more : Apple Pay Is Now Available In Malaysia!

Most likely, Apple will roll it out in Malaysia with the next iOS update – probably iOS 15.6.1.

Currently iOS 15.6 does not support Apple Pay in Malaysia. When you try to add a debit / credit card to the Wallet app, you get this pop-up :

To add cards, keys, tickets and passes to Wallet, look for the Add to Wallet button in apps, emails and websites.

Until Apple adds this functionality through an iOS update for Malaysia, there is simply no way to add any card to the Wallet app.

 

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Maxis Network Down : Full Restoration Soon!

The Maxis mobile network has been down for several hours in the Klang Valley, but they say that the network will be fully restored soon!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Maxis Network Down : No Calls, No Internet

On Friday, June 30, 2022, Maxis experienced a significant network failure in the Klang Valley, with many people unable to make calls, or connect to the Internet using mobile data.

Maxis issued a press statement this morning, stating that they are working on restoring their network.

We are aware that our customers have been experiencing service disruptions. Rest assured that our team is working hard to identify and resolve the matter as soon as possible. We would like to thank our customers for their understanding and patience, and apologise for the inconvenience during this time.

There was a complete loss of signal, with some people being reverted to EDGE, instead of 4G LTE.

People from various areas of Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, like Damansara Perdana, Ara Damansara, Puchong, Cheras, Ampang, Mutiara Damansara and Bandar Utama reported this problem.

 

Maxis Network Down : Full Restoration Soon!

At about 1:45 PM, Maxis announced that their network is being restored gradually, and they expect full restoration soon.

We would like to update our customers who were experiencing network disruptions earlier, that services are being restored gradually, and expect full restoration soon. We would like to once again thank our customers for their understanding and patience.

Just in case your connectivity isn’t restored automatically, you can try reset your phone’s connectivity by turning the Airplane mode on, and then off.

This will disconnect your phone from the Maxis network and reset the connection, hopefully restoring your access to the network.

You may have to do this 2-3 times. When I did it the first time, they switched me to the EDGE network and while I could make calls – they didn’t seem to be connecting.

I could only connect to the 4G LTE network after reconnecting for the second time. So keep trying, and you should get connected again.

Let’s see if Maxis issues its affected users some kind of compensation for this network failure… 😉

 

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Ranhill Selects Maxis As Voice + Cloud Provider!

Ranhill just selected Maxis as their voice and cloud connectivity provider!

Here is what you need to know…

 

Ranhill Selects Maxis To Boost Voice + Cloud Connectivity

On 12 January 2022, Ranhill SAJ Sdn Bhd (Ranhill) selected Maxis as their voice and cloud connectivity provider, leveraging their portfolio of converged solution capabilities.

Maxis will now connect 77 Ranhill sites across Johor, including their headquarters and water treatment plants through its Managed Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN).

Once implemented, the higher bandwidth and resilient network will allow Ranhill to have real-time visibility of their data, allowing them to make quicker and better decisions to increase productivity and efficiency of their 2,000 employees.

“We are pleased to be selected by Ranhill as their connectivity, voice and cloud solutions provider. Through our unique capabilities and experience, we are able to offer Ranhill a fully managed service portfolio from onboarding right up to 24/7 support with greater cost effectiveness and flexibility.  As their partner, we want to ensure that their connectivity needs are met so that they can operate efficiently and have the peace of mind of being well prepared for their digital transformation journey and to Always Be Ahead in a changing world, said Paul McManus, Chief Enterprise Business Officer, Maxis.

“Selecting Maxis as our service provider and partner is an integral step to realising our vision of becoming a world-class water utility company. By connecting all our sites with the latest technology from Maxis, we will be better equipped to support the people of Johor through efficient management of quality water supply. We now have the necessary infrastructure and platform to unlock the benefits of digitalisation as part of our on-going effort to further enhance customer experience,” said Nor Ifuan Md Nor, Chief Executive Officer, Ranhill SAJ. 

Maxis will also address Ranhill’s voice communication needs, providing high quality voice services, which is particularly important in rural areas.

Maxis and Ranhill are also exploring future collaboration related to Internet of Things (IoT), cloud services and cybersecurity, as part of Ranhill’s next phase of digitalisation of their organisation.

 

Maxis Managed SD-WAN Services That Ranhill Will Use

The Maxis managed SD-WAN services that Ranhill will use, runs on Cisco Meraki technology, which simplifies operational tasks like configuration, management and maintenance through automation and intelligence.

Ranhill will have access to a converged connectivity solution that is flexible, scalable and cost-effective. On top of that, the built-in security in SD-WAN also enables end-to-end secure communications, and network-wide security policies.

 

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Maxis Fibre Warning : WiFi 6 Router NOT Exactly Free!

The free WiFi 6 router that Maxis is touting isn’t exactly FREE as claimed.

Here’s what I just found out, and what you should know about their “free” WiFi 6 router.

 

Maxis Fibre Broadband : What Free WiFi 6 Router?

On 18 February 2021, Maxis announced that they would make a new WiFi 6 router available for FREE to all new and existing Maxis Fibre Broadband customers!

The WiFi 6 router will be available for free from today, 18 February onwards for new customers who sign up for Maxis Fibre plans of 100Mbps and above. Existing Maxis Fibre customers will be contacted in phases for the router upgrade exercise. Maxis’ specialised Internet experts, Maxperts, will also provide free installation of the router to ensure that the WiFi is optimized for the best connectivity experience for the home.

When I wrote about it, I thought that was pretty generous of them, and a brilliant way to reduce churn and eat into Unifi’s business.

I quickly called up Maxis, eager to give it a try myself. But almost 7 months later, no one from the Maxis Fibre Broadband team called me up about this free WiFi 6 router upgrade.

Today, I found out that what Maxis announced in February was not exactly the truth. Here are the facts…

 

Maxis Fibre Warning : WiFi 6 Router NOT Exactly Free!

When Maxis first announced the availability of their free WiFi 6 router, they specifically stated that :

  • it would be made available for FREE for new customers who sign up for 100 Mbps or faster plans, and
  • existing customers would receive the upgrade in phases.

Neither are true… which is good news and bad news.

Based on my conversation with Amir from their Customer Service team, and Intan from their Fibre Broadband team on 17 September 2021, here are the facts :

  1. The WiFi 6 router is only available to new customers, and existing customers who are already (or almost) out-of-contract.

    This WiFi 6 router will not be made available to customers who are still under contract.

  2. Existing customers will not be upgraded in phases as claimed. Rather, you have to call up Maxis customer service to request for the upgrade.
  3. Existing customers MUST upgrade their existing plans to qualify for the WiFi 6 router upgrade.

    If you are on 30 Mbps, you must upgrade to 100 Mbps or higher
    If you are on 300 Mbps, you must upgrade to 500 Mbps or higher

    Existing customers MUST sign up for a 2-year contract, which introduces this penalty should you terminate the contract at any point in time :

    Early Termination Charge of RM500 or the remaining monthly subscription charges in the contract period, whichever is higher.

  4. For existing customers, the WiFi 6 router replaces your existing router, which will be taken back by Maxis.

    Since this occurs at the end of a contract, this implies that the routers are “leased” and do not belong to you even after you complete the contract.

None of the information I gleaned above were posted in the official Maxis WiFi 6 router page.

Their FAQ mentioned that the WiFi 6 router is only given free to “new installations for all plans of Maxis Fibre“, including their cheaper 30 Mbps plan.

There is NO MENTION in the Maxis website of any requirement to upgrade your plan, or sign up for a new 2-year contract, to receive this “free” WiFi 6 router upgrade.

The only reference to the Early Termination Charge is found in the Maxis Fibre Service Specific Terms & Conditions (SSTC) page, but that appears to refer to new installations.

 

Maxis Fibre WiFi 6 Router : Caveat Emptor!

As a long-time Maxis Mobile and Maxis Fibre customer, I’m very disappointed to see them quietly change the terms for what would have been a great upgrade for their loyal customers.

Forcing people to upgrade their plans when they don’t need the extra speed means you are essentially paying for the router.

That’s RM20 to RM80 extra per month, or between RM480 and RM1,920 for a 2-year contract!

Don’t be the fool who ends up paying RM80 extra per month for a “free” WiFi 6 router, unless it’s gold-plated!

I can understand if they wish to tack on a 2-year contract, but at least make it clear to customers in the website, including the early termination penalty!

There is one piece of good news though – even their cheapest 30 Mbps plan comes with the WiFi 6 router!

Pro Tip #1 : Call Maxis customer service and switch to the 30 Mbps plan, before asking for the WiFi 6 upgrade. This way, you don’t have to upgrade to a faster plan unnecessarily.

Pro Tip #2 : If you are currently on the 30 Mbps plan and don’t want to upgrade for the free router, call to CANCEL the service and migrate to Unifi or TIME (which always gives free upgrades!). Their Save team will call you up to try and salvage your business.

 

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Maxis Awards To Drive Malaysian Social Initiatives!

Maxis just launched the Maxis Awards, to support outstanding Malaysian social initiatives for the rakyat!

Here is what you need to know!

 

Maxis Awards To Drive Outstanding Malaysian Social Initiatives!

On 2 September 2021, Maxis launched their inaugural Maxis Awards, to recognise and support outstanding Malaysian social initiatives that drive positive impact to the rakyat.

Maxis Awards is a social enterprise programme that seeks out visionary ideas from these Malaysian heroes, and collaborates to bring them to life.

Maxis is committing RM 5 million worth of support to help develop, and promote these winning projects over the course of the next year.

 

Maxis Awards : How Does It Work?

Maxis Awards kicked off last month, with an invitation for enterprises to submit proposals on projects that will drive positive change with a significant impact on the community.

The proposals will be evaluated by a panel of Maxis judges, and shortlisted enterprises will then present their projects to these judges who will select the winners based on these three criteria :

  • innovation
  • role of technology
  • clearly demonstrates added value to the community, either economically, socially and/or environmentally.

Several Malaysian-based projects will be selected in the coming year, with the first two winning projects to be announced later this month.

Maxis will help these winners develop their projects over the next year, from the ideation stage up to the execution and marketing of their projects, including :

  • Maxis Business solutions and technical experts for collaboration, IoT, cloud, voice, network and/or security
  • Cash funding to help cover operational needs
  • Marketing and publicity through the media and Maxis-owned channels.

 

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Maxis TV Is Here, But Is It Worth Subscribing?

Maxis TV promises to offer multiple OTT steaming services at a cheaper price.

Take a look at what Maxis TV actually offers, and find out if it’s really worth your money!

 

Maxis TV : Cheaper OTT Streaming Bundles?

What exactly is Maxis TV? Maxis calls it a “first of its kind video entertainment service”.

Let’s be clear – Maxis TV is not a video streaming service. In fact, Maxis doesn’t actually stream anything to anyone.

All Maxis TV really does is offer bundles of five existing OTT streaming services.

  • dimsum
  • iQIYI
  • MUBI
  • viu
  • WeTV iflix

While they call it “completely new in the market and cannot be found anywhere else”, that’s only true if you are too lazy to subscribe to those streaming services yourselves.

Their true value proposition is offering these OTT streaming services at cheaper prices, with a single payment point. That’s really it.

 

Maxis TV Bundles : Are They Worth It?

Maxis TV promises to offer flexible OTT bundle passes, which confusingly, are divided into three categories :

  • Single Pass (should really be called Limited Pass)
    – Daily with 3 GB data limit : RM 3
    – Weekly with 5 GB data limit : RM 5
    – Monthly with 10 GB data limit : RM 9.99
  • 2-OTT Bundle with Unlimited Data : RM 18 per month
  • Unlimited Bundle with Unlimited Data : RM 42 per month

We can quickly identify a few problems with the Maxis TV bundles…

Single Pass with Limited Data

Maxis should have kept things simple – charge by the day, week or month. But they had to complicate it by adding a data limit.

Their potential subscribers are going to have to figure out – how much data does this movie take up? Or that TV episode?

Why add this unnecessary limit? It seems intentionally designed to prevent binge-watching by people on a budget.

2-OTT Bundle

Maxis TV offers only five combinations for their 2-OTT Bundle.

You cannot, for example, choose dimsum and viu, or MUBI and dimsum, or MUBI and iQIYI.

This is partly because WeTV and iflix are much cheaper than viu.

Dimsum, WeTV, iflix Are FREE / Cheaper

You can actually watch dimsum, WeTV and iflix content for FREE.

You only need to pay for VIP access to certain “hot” content, or the ability to skip advertisements (WeTV and dimsum).

Only One Package Worth Considering

Unless you are looking to subscribe to multiple bundles, it is generally cheaper to subscribe directly :

  • dimsum VIP : RM 8.90 per month
  • MUBI : RM 15 per month, RM 120 per year
  • iQIYI Standard VIP : RM 8.90 per month
  • viu : RM 12.90 per month, RM 88 per year
  • WeTV VIP : RM 7.90 per month
  • iflix VIP : RM 3 per week

From our POV, the only Maxis TV bundle worth considering is the Unlimited Pass, which gives you access to all five OTT services. You will then save RM 13 per month.

Even that is assuming you plan to watch all five of them. If you only want to use 3-4 of those OTT services, it is cheaper to just subscribe directly.

 

Maxis TV : Free 1-Month Trial!

Maxis is now offering a free one-month trial for all new Maxis TV subscribers, even for non-Maxis customers.

So you can give it a try, or use it to get some free streaming for a month. Just make sure you discontinue it before the subscription kicks in automatically!

 

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Maxis Fibre Broadband : Get WiFi 6 Router For FREE!

Maxis just announced a new WiFi 6 router that will be made available FREE to all new and existing Maxis Fibre Broadband customers! Here are the details…

 

Maxis Fibre Broadband : Get WiFi 6 Router For FREE!

Maxis just announced the availability of a new WiFi 6 router which promises to deliver faster wireless connectivity with greater range, better signal and the capacity to support more devices.

WiFi 6, also known as Wi-Fi 6 or IEEE 802.11ax or WiFi-AX, is the next-generation Wi-Fi standard, which can deliver up to 1.2 Gb/s of wireless bandwidth.

In addition to higher bandwidth, Wi-Fi 6 boasts reduced interference, increased network efficiency, reduced latency, as well as expanded capacity to support more Wi-Fi devices concurrently.

The new Maxis WiFi 6 router also comes with built-in EasyMesh technology, allowing you to easily expand the WiFi coverage by adding more EasyMesh units.

 

Maxis WiFi 6 Router : FREE For All New + Existing Customers!

Starting 18 February 2021, Maxis will make this new WiFi 6 router available for FREE to all new customers who sign up for Maxis Fibre plans of 100 Mbps or faster.

Existing Maxis Fibre customers will be contacted in phases for the free router upgrade exercise, with free installation by their Maxperts team.

 

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FREE 1GB Internet Now Extended To Full 24 Hours!

All five Malaysian telcos finally agreed to extend the daily free 1GB Internet to the full 24 hours! Here are the details!

 

FREE 1GB Internet For COVID-19 Lockdown!

As part of the Short-Term Economic Recovery Plan (ERP) announced by the Malaysian government, every Malaysian resident were given 1GB of free Internet every day during the COVID-19 lockdown.

However, they only provided the 1GB of free Internet from 8 AM until 6 PM daily. Presumably because it’s meant for working and learning at home.

 

FREE 1GB Internet Now Extended To Full 24 Hours!

Some three weeks after Malaysia started its economic recovery, all five Malaysian telcos finally agreed to let people use the daily Internet quota after 6 PM.

Maybe they finally realised that working and learning at home doesn’t actually stop at 6 PM…

Free 1GB Internet Now Usable For Full 24 Hours

Celcom, Digi, Maxis, U Mobile and Telekom Malaysia announced that, effective immediately, the free daily 1GB Internet would be usable for the full 24 hours.

Free 1GB Internet Daily, Until 31 December

They also confirmed that the daily free 1GB Internet will be provided until 31 December 2020.

This daily complimentary 1GB Internet quota is on top of your existing plan’s Internet quota.

If you normally receive 1GB of Internet for a month, this will give you 31GB of Internet for the whole month – 1GB + 30GB (in a month with 30 days).

For Work + Learning, Not For Play

The daily 1GB Internet quota can be used for everything, except social media, video streaming, gaming and music streaming.

Free Access To Essential Services

On top of the daily 1GB Internet quota, all five telcos will provide free and unlimited access to essential COVID-19 related apps and services, like :

  • MySejahtera and MyTrace apps
  • CPRC Hotline
  • Malaysia Ministry of Health and World Health Organization websites

 

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Maxis Zerolution Deals On HUAWEI P40 | P40 Pro Revealed!

Maxis just unveiled their Zerolution deals on both the HUAWEI P40 and HUAWEI P40 Pro smartphones!

Find out what Maxis is offering on both new HUAWEI smartphone models!

 

HUAWEI P40 Smartphones : A Quick Primer

HUAWEI launched three P40 series smartphones, all running on EMUI 10 using the Kirin 990 platform :

  • HUAWEI P40 : 6.1-inch OLED display, Leica triple camera system, 3800 mAh battery
  • HUAWEI P40 Pro : 6.58-inch OLED display, Leica quad-camera system, 4,200 mAh battery
  • HUAWEI P40 Pro+ : 6.58-inch OLED display, Leica penta-camera system, 4,200 mAh battery

 

Maxis Zerolution Deals On HUAWEI P40

Here is what Maxis is offering if you purchase the HUAWEI P40 under the 24-month Zerolution instalment plan :

  • FREE HUAWEI P40 wireless charging case (worth RM 289)
  • FREE 1 Year Extended Warranty + 1 Month Screen Protection (worth RM 248)
  • FREE 3 Months HUAWEI Video Subscription (worth RM 113.40)
  • FREE 12 Months 50 GB HUAWEI Cloud Storage (worth RM 46.80)
  • FREE 3 Months Maxis SafeDevice Subscription (worth RM 99)

In addition, if you sign up for a new Share Line under the Maxis Postpaid 158 or Maxis Postpaid 158 plans, you will receive a second HUAWEI P40 for FREE!

 

Maxis Zerolution Deals On HUAWEI P40 Pro

Here is what Maxis is offering if you purchase the HUAWEI P40 Pro under the 24-month Zerolution instalment plan :

  • FREE HUAWEI wireless car charger (worth RM 289)
  • FREE 1 Year Extended Warranty + 1 Month Screen Protection (worth RM 248)
  • FREE 3 Months HUAWEI Video Subscription (worth RM 113.40)
  • FREE 12 Months 50 GB HUAWEI Cloud Storage (worth RM 46.80)
  • FREE 3 Months Maxis SafeDevice Subscription (worth RM 99)

In addition, if you sign up for a new Share Line under the Maxis Postpaid 158 or Maxis Postpaid 158 plans, you will receive a second HUAWEI P40 Pro for FREE!

 

HUAWEI P40 Series : Where To Buy?

If you are not interested in the Maxis Zerolution plans, you can directly purchase the HUAWEI P40 series smartphones through the official HUAWEI online store :

 

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HUAWEI Mate Xs : Price + Deals In Malaysia!

The HUAWEI Mate Xs foldable smartphone is here in Malaysia, and here is everything you need to know about its price, deals and availability!

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs : A Quick Primer!

The HUAWEI Mate Xs is basically an improved version of their first foldable smartphone, the HUAWEI Mate X.

It features the same design, with an external 8-inch foldable display, and a Leica quad-camera system. But there have been some changes internally.

New 5G Mobile Platform

Instead of pairing the Kirin 980 mobile SoC with the Balong 5000 5G chip, the HUAWEI Mate Xs uses the new Kirin 990 5G mobile SoC, with a triple-tier architecture :

  • two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores at 2.86 GHz
  • two ARM Cortex-A76 sustained performance cores at 2.36 GHz
  • four ARM Cortex-A55 low-power cores at 1.95 GHz

It also comes with a powerful 16-core ARM Mali-G76 GPU, and a new Da Vinci neural architecture with 2 big NPUs and 1 small NPU.

Improved Cooling

Keeping the Kirin 990 5G cool is a new flexible bionic graphite cooling system that folds with the display, and dissipates heat through both sections.

Improved Falcon Wing Mechanism

While it uses the same foldable design and foldable OLED display, the Falcon Wing mechanism has been improved somewhat.

The Leica quad camera system which works as both front and rear cameras offer great flexibility due to its mix of cameras :

  • a 40 MP main camera, with f/1.8 aperture
  • a 16 MP ultra-wide camera, with f/2.2 aperture
  • an 8 MP telephoto camera, with f/2.4 aperture, and
  • a Time of Flight camera, with f/2.2 aperture

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs : Price + VIP Home Delivery Service

The HUAWEI Mate Xs is available across Malaysia starting from 20 March 2020, with a recommended retail price of RM 11,111, which is roughly US$2,529 / £2,179 / A$4,324 / S$3,675.

Every HUAWEI Mate Xs comes with these free gifts :

  • HUAWEI FreeBuds 3 worth RM 679
  • Envelope Leather Case worth RM 299

Here are some online purchase options :

To ensure safety during the COVID-19 pandemic, HUAWEI is offering a VIP Home Delivery Service.

You can choose to either have your Mate Xs delivered right to your doorstep, or collect it at the nearest HUAWEI store.

 

HUAWEI Mate Xs : Partner Deals In Malaysia!

CIMB

Purchase the HUAWEI Mate Xs using your CIMB credit card at this website, and receive :

  • One HUAWEI GT2 smartwatch
  • 10X CIMB Bonus points for eligible cards

* Promotion is limited to the first 20 units.

Bonia

Be among the first 20 people to purchase a limited-edition HUAWEI Mate Xs at Bonia’s Pavilion Store and receive :

  • a bespoke pouch and a bespoke earphone case
  • RM 6,000 cash voucher

Those who purchase the HUAWEI Mate Xs beyond Bonia’s Pavilion store will receive :

  • 20% cash voucher with a Mystery Gift

Malaysia Airlines

Purchase a HUAWEI Mate Xs and be rewarded with a one-time upgrade to Business Class, with purchase of an Economy Flex ticket.

  • Only applicable for travel from Kuala Lumpur to China / Japan / Korea / Taiwan / Hong Kong
  • The prize ticket is only applicable to the original date the Economy Flex ticket was purchased and submitted during the campaign period.

Maxis

Get your HUAWEI Mate Xs for just RM 430 a month with the Maxis Zerolution RM 188 plan.

Celcom

Get your HUAWEI Mate Xs at RM 7,888 with the Celcom MEGA Plan.

Senheng + Harvey Norman

Purchase the HUAWEI Mate Xs and receive a FREE HUAWEI GT2 smartwatch.

 

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HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G : Malaysia Telco Deals!

HUAWEI just launched the Mate 30 Pro 5G, and here are the Malaysia telco deals at a glance! Find out what your telco is offering, and compare it against the other telcos!

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G is built around the brand new Kirin 990 platform, with a triple-tier architecture :

  • two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores at 2.86 GHz
  • two ARM Cortex-A76 sustained performance cores at 2.36 GHz
  • four ARM Cortex-A55 low-power cores at 1.95 GHz

It also comes with a powerful 16-core ARM Mali-G76 GPU, and a new Da Vinci neural architecture.

The 4G model comes with 2 NPUs – 1 big + 1 small, but the 5G model will have 3 NPUs – 2 big + 1 small. This should give the 5G model a significant boost in AI capabilities.

In the front, it has a 32 MP selfie camera, but in the back, it features a new SuperSensing Quad Camera that consists of :

  • a 40 MP SuperSensing main camera (f/1.6)
  • a 8 MP telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom (f/2.4)
  • a 40 MP ultra-wide camera (f/1.8)
  • a 3D Time-of-Flight camera

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G is powered by a large 4,500 mAh battery, and supports 40 W wired charging, and 27 W wireless charging.

Recommended : HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G : Who Should Buy One?

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G vs 4G Specifications

Specifications HUAWEI
Mate 30 Pro (5G)
HUAWEI
Mate 30 Pro (4G)
Display 6.53-inch OLED display
– 1176 x 2400 pixels (~409 ppi)
– HDR10 + DCI-P3 colour gamut
Protection Gorilla Glass 6 + IP68
Operating System Android 10 with EMUI 10
System Platform HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G HiSilicon Kirin 990
CPU 2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (2.86 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (2.36 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores (1.95 GHz)
NPU 2 Big Cores + 1 Tiny Core 1 Big Core + 1 TinyCore
GPU ARM Mali-G76 MC16
RAM 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 256 GB UFS 3.0 storage
NM Card (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera 32 MP with f/2.0 lens
3D ToF camera
Rear Cameras 40 MP main camera (f/1.6)
8 MP 3X telephoto camera (f/2.4)
40 MP ultra-wide camera (f/1.8)
3D ToF Camera
Connectivity 5G : NSA and SA modes
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Type C
5G : NA
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
Battery 4,500 mAh
40 W wired charging
27 W wireless charging
Dimensions 73.1 mm wide
158.1 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight 198 g

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G : Malaysia Telco Deals!

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G has a recommended retail price of RM 4,199 (~S$1,409 / ~US$1,009 / ~£779 / ~A$1,519) here in Malaysia, and comes with exclusive gifts worth RM 537 :

  • HUAWEI Wireless In-Car SuperCharge charger
  • HUAWEI Care (1-year extended warranty)

And here are the four Malaysia telco deals for the Mate 30 Pro 5G :

Telco Best Deal Alternate
Celcom EasyPhone : RM 99 per month Platinum Plus : RM 1,458 one-time
UMobile HERO P139 : RM 1,599 one-time HERO P99 : RM 1959 one-time
Maxis Zerolution : RM 99 per month
Digi PhoneFreedom 365 : RM 68 per month

If you prefer to purchase the Mate 30 Pro 5G outright though, here are some great deals :

Store Price Free Gifts
DirectD

RM 4199

HUAWEI Care
HUAWEI SuperCharge wireless in-car charger
HUAWEI SuperCharge car charger

HUAWEI Soundstone CM51
HUAWEI Body Scale
HUAWEI CM510 Bluetooth Speaker
Gadgets House

RM 4199

HUAWEI Care
HUAWEI SuperCharge wireless in-car charger
HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro case

HUAWEI Smart Band 3
HUAWEI Mini Bluetooth Speaker
HUAWEI Premium Store

RM 4199

HUAWEI Care
HUAWEI SuperCharge car charger
HUAWEI Body Scale

This is really the best time ever to purchase the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G smartphone!

 

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HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G : Price + Launch Deal In Malaysia!

Get ready to buy the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G this week! Here is EVERYTHING you need to know about its specifications, price and availability in Malaysia!

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G is built around the brand new Kirin 990 platform, with a triple-tier architecture :

  • two ARM Cortex-A76 high-performance cores at 2.86 GHz
  • two ARM Cortex-A76 sustained performance cores at 2.36 GHz
  • four ARM Cortex-A55 low-power cores at 1.95 GHz

It also comes with a powerful 16-core ARM Mali-G76 GPU, and a new Da Vinci neural architecture.

The 4G model comes with 2 NPUs – 1 big + 1 small, but the 5G model will have 3 NPUs – 2 big + 1 small. This should give the 5G model a significant boost in AI capabilities.

In the front, it has a 32 MP selfie camera, but in the back, it features a new SuperSensing Quad Camera that consists of :

  • a 40 MP SuperSensing main camera (f/1.6)
  • a 8 MP telephoto camera with 3X optical zoom (f/2.4)
  • a 40 MP ultra-wide camera (f/1.8)
  • a 3D Time-of-Flight camera

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G is powered by a large 4,500 mAh battery, and supports 40 W wired charging, and 27 W wireless charging.

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HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G vs 4G Specifications

Specifications HUAWEI
Mate 30 Pro (5G)
HUAWEI
Mate 30 Pro (4G)
Display 6.53-inch OLED display
– 1176 x 2400 pixels (~409 ppi)
– HDR10 + DCI-P3 colour gamut
Protection Gorilla Glass 6 + IP68
Operating System Android 10 with EMUI 10
System Platform HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G HiSilicon Kirin 990
CPU 2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (2.86 GHz)
2 x ARM Cortex-A76 cores (2.36 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores (1.95 GHz)
NPU 2 Big Cores + 1 Tiny Core 1 Big Core + 1 TinyCore
GPU ARM Mali-G76 MC16
RAM 8 GB LPDDR4x
Storage 256 GB UFS 3.0 storage
NM Card (up to 256 GB)
Front Camera 32 MP with f/2.0 lens
3D ToF camera
Rear Cameras 40 MP main camera (f/1.6)
8 MP 3X telephoto camera (f/2.4)
40 MP ultra-wide camera (f/1.8)
3D ToF Camera
Connectivity 5G : NSA and SA modes
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Type C
5G : NA
4G : LTE
Wi-Fi : 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth : BT5.0
USB : USB 3.1 Type C
Fingerprint Sensor Yes, In Display
Other Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
Battery 4,500 mAh
40 W wired charging
27 W wireless charging
Dimensions 73.1 mm wide
158.1 mm tall
8.8 mm thick
Weight 198 g

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G Colour Options

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro is available with either a glass or vegan leather back, with these colour options :

  • Glass : Emerald Green, Space Silver, Cosmic Purple, Black
  • Vegan Leather : Forest Green and Orange

At the moment, we have no idea what colours are really available at launch. We will keep you updated as we know more!

 

HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro Price + Deal!

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G will retail for RM 4,199 (roughly US$1,019 / £776 / A$1,523 / S$1,399) from 7 February 2020 onwards, at :

  • HUAWEI online stores / retailers : RM 4199 | RM 4199 | RM 4199
  • all HUAWEI Experience Stores nationwide
  • Maxis, Celcom and U Mobile
  • Digi (soon)

Every purchase of the Mate 30 Pro 5G will come with these exclusive gifts worth RM 537 :

  • HUAWEI Wireless In-Car SuperCharge charger
  • HUAWEI Care (1-year extended warranty)

On top of that, these online retailers are offering even sweeter deals for pre-orders / early bird purchases :

Store Price Free Gifts
DirectD

RM 4199

HUAWEI Care
HUAWEI SuperCharge wireless in-car charger
HUAWEI SuperCharge car charger

HUAWEI Soundstone CM51
HUAWEI Body Scale
HUAWEI CM510 Bluetooth Speaker
Gadgets House

RM 4199

HUAWEI Care
HUAWEI SuperCharge wireless in-car charger
HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro case

HUAWEI Smart Band 3
HUAWEI Mini Bluetooth Speaker
HUAWEI Premium Store

RM 4199

HUAWEI Care
HUAWEI SuperCharge car charger
HUAWEI Body Scale

So this is really the best time ever to purchase the HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro 5G smartphone!

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Celcom + Maxis : First 5G Network Sharing Trial Succeeds!

Celcom and Maxis just announced that they successfully conducted Southeast Asia’s first 5G network sharing trial! Here are the details!

 

Celcom + Maxis : First 5G Network Sharing Trial Succeeds!

Celcom and Maxis conducted Southeast Asia’s first 5G Multi Operator Core Network (MOCN) trial in December 2019, following the MoU agreement on 25 November 2019.

It utilised the Maxis 5G site at Seaview Hotel in Kuah, and the Celcom 5G site at The Westin Langkawi Resort & Spa, testing their capability to support both Maxis and Celcom users.

MOCN is a sharing mechanism that allows two different core networks to share the same RAN (Radio Active Network).

Using MOCN allows Celcom and Maxis to quickly extend their 5G coverage across Langkawi, just by leveraging their existing 5G sites.

 

Celcom + Maxis : Future 5G Sharing Plans

Moving forward, Celcom and Maxis plans to conduct further RAN sharing trials using 5G Standalone (5G SA) network this quarter, Q1 2020.

 

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Celcom + Maxis To Explore 5G Network Sharing!

Celcom and Maxis just signed an MOU to explore the possibility of sharing their 5G infrastructure to accelerate 5G rollout in Malaysia. Here are the details!

 

Celcom + Maxis To Explore 5G Network Sharing!

Celcom and Maxis today (25 November 2019) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to explore a potential partnership for the deployment of the next-generation 5G network infrastructure across Malaysia.

They will both look at the potential collaboration in the joint deployment of 5G infrastructure in selected areas in Malaysia. Maxis and Celcom will still maintain their own networks, and remain competitive in other areas.

This potential collaboration could help deliver significant cost savings to both telcos, and let them deliver a faster roll-out of 5G services.

Such a collaboration will also enable both telcos to explore possible business opportunities in key 5G strategic areas.

Signing on behalf of Celcom was Idham Nawawi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and Muniff Kamaruddin, Chief Strategy and Value Creation Officer. Meanwhile, Maxis was represented by Gokhan Ogut, CEO and Morten Bangsgaard, Chief Technology & Information Officer.

 

Celcom On 5G Network Sharing MoU With Maxis

Idham Nawawi, Celcom CEO said, “We believe collaboration is the way forward for the industry and working with Maxis to explore a more coordinated 5G deployment in Malaysia is something we are excited about. 5G is the next evolution that will transform how people work, live and play. It will enable a more enhanced consumer experience as well as create new opportunities for consumers, students, governments and businesses alike. Our potential collaboration will pave the way for the delivery of a world-class 5G network, on top of our existing 4G and 3G/2G networks, to every Malaysian, realising a truly digital Malaysia in the IR4.0 era.”

 

Maxis On 5G Network Sharing MoU With Celcom

Gokhan Ogut, Maxis CEO said, “We welcome the idea of collaborating with Celcom for 5G network sharing. We are already sharing towers, fiber and working together on connectivity for rural areas and USP projects. This helps us save resources and accelerate rollout. With this 5G network sharing, it presents an opportunity for us to deliver more value to our customers. Such industry collaboration is important in supporting Malaysia’s ambition in driving the digital economy.”

 

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1 Million Mate30 Phones Sold In 3 Hours In China! How About Malaysia?

HUAWEI sold an amazing 1 million units of the HUAWEI Mate30 Series smartphones in just 3 hours in China!

But what about Malaysia, where HUAWEI just kicked off public sale of the HUAWEI Mate30 Series smartphones?

 

HUAWEI Mate30 Phone Sales In Malaysia

The HUAWEI Mate30 smartphones were just released for public sale a week ago, after an exclusive referral sales program.

Even so, HUAWEI Malaysia says that 70% of their Mate30 Series vouchers have already been redeemed from the HUAWEI Member Centre!

What exactly is driving the sale of the HUAWEI Mate30 smartphones here in Malaysia? Let’s find out…

 

Why The HUAWEI Mate30 Is Popular In Malaysia

Here are some reasons why we believe HUAWEI Mate30 has so far struck a clear note with Malaysians.

No GMS? No Problem!

First, let’s get the elephant out of the room – the worry about HUAWEI Mobile Services, instead of Google Mobile Services.

Malaysians are generally quite tech-savvy and have quickly embraced solutions to the problem, as this video demonstrates :

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Greatly Expanded HUAWEI AppGallery

Thanks to massive investment in the HUAWEI AppGallery, it has seen a massive expansion in the number of apps. More importantly – many key apps were launched within a month!

Over a period of just two months – from September to October 2019 – there were 200,000 new users of HUAWEI App Gallery, with 100 million apps downloaded in Malaysia alone!

On a daily basis, HUAWEI reported over 1.5 million downloads, and that 27 popular or critical apps were added in a single month.

SuperSensing Cine Camera

Malaysians LOVE to take photos and videos with their smartphones, and they are very particular about image quality and camera features.

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Pro is particularly popular because of its 40 MP SuperSensing Cine Camera, which supports 4K 60fps video recording, with these groundbreaking features :

  • an ISO of up to 51200,
  • Cinematic Time-lapse capability,
  • real-time video bokeh effect, and
  • an ultra-slow motion mode that records at up to 7680 fps!

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Interactive AI Gesture Control

This is a really cool feature that seems to have impressed many Malaysians.

Its 3D Depth Sensing Camera and a Gesture Sensor are used to identify your face and detect your gestures, which are then used by its Tiny-Core NPU to interpret your gestures.

By simply looking at the screen, and swiping your hands, you can “command” the Mate 30 Series smartphone to perform many commands like unlocking the screen, change pages, and take screenshots.

AI Private View + AI Auto Rotate

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series smartphones offer an AI Private View mode, which hides your private messages if it cannot recognised the face of the person viewing them!

They also have an AI Auto-Rotate capability, that uses the front 3D camera to analyse your eye orientation to automatically determine if they should lock the rotation of the display.

Multi-Screen Collaboration

The HUAWEI Multi-Screen Collaboration feature is incredibly powerful and useful.

Enabling it lets you easily drag-and-drop files between your Mate 30 Series smartphone and laptop. It even lets you use your laptop’s keyboard to type messages directly on your phone!

Long Battery Life!

Malaysians are prodigious smartphone users, which is why we always have a power bank handy!

The HUAWEI Mate 30 Series smartphones though, comes with a large 4200 mAh (Mate30) or 4500 mAh (Mate30 Pro) battery, which means they last a full day and then some!

And when it’s time to recharge them, it appears Malaysians love its super-fast 40W wired charging and world-leading 27W wireless charging capabilities!

 

HUAWEI Mate30 Telco Deals For Malaysia!

It looks like more Malaysians will soon become HUAWEI Mate30 owners, thanks to a bevy of new offers from Malaysia’s top telcos. Let’s check out the new HUAWEI Mate 30 Series telco deals for Malaysia!

Celcom : One-Time Purchase Offers

Celcom Offers RRP Plan Price / Month One-Time Purchase Price
HUAWEI Mate30 RM 2799 RM 188 RM 299
Buy Mate30 Free P30 RM 2799 RM 188 + RM 48 (Sub Line) RM 1599
RM 148 + RM 48 (Sub Line) RM 1699

Celcom : Instalment Packages

Celcom Instalment Packages RRP Plan Price / Month Device Price / Month (Plan + Device Price) / Month
HUAWEI Mate30 (Owned) RM 2799 RM 188 RM 28 RM 216
HUAWEI Mate30 (Rental) RM 2799 RM 188 RM 15 RM 203

Digi : Instalment Package (Owned)

Digi Instalment Package RRP Plan Price / Month Device Price / Month (Plan + Device Price) / Month
HUAWEI Mate30 (Owned) RM 2799 RM 160 RM 28 RM 188

Maxis : Instalment Packages

Maxis Instalment Package RRP Plan Price / Month Device Price / Month (Plan + Device Price) / Month
HUAWEI Mate30
Buy 1 Free 1
RM 2799 RM 188 + RM 48 (Sub Line) RM 99 RM 335
HUAWEI Mate30 Pro
Buy 1 Free 1
RM 3899 RM 188 + RM 48 (Sub Line) RM 199 RM 435

 

HUAWEI Mate30 : Where To Buy?

For those who want to buy the HUAWEI Mate30 directly, here are some online purchase links :

 

HUAWEI Mate30 Pro : Where To Buy?

For those who want to buy the HUAWEI Mate30 Pro directly, here are some online purchase links :

 

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Maxis Showcases aquariaKLCC 5G AR Experience!

Maxis just showcased Malaysia’s first 5G augmented reality (AR) experience at aquariaKLCC!

Here is a primer on what the new AR experience at aquariaKLCC, and how Maxis 5G drives it!

 

The aquariaKLCC 5G AR Experience

Over the next few months, visitors to aquariaKLCC can take a virtual journey through the ocean floor for an immersive experience of both marine life and 5G technology.

This is the third 5G use case demo that Maxis has implemented. The first two 5G use case demos were conducted in Putrajaya in April 2019, and IDECS in Kuching in July 2019. The next two Maxis 5G test beds will be launched soon in Langkawi and Gamuda Cove.

The aquariaKLCC 5G augmented reality experience is part of the 5G Malaysia Demonstration Projects programme under the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission, which serves to facilitate, develop and foster 5G uses cases in a live but controlled environment.

 

Maxis 5G Partnership With HUAWEI

The Maxis 5G network is being developed in partnership with HUAWEI. In February 2019, Maxis and HUAWEI signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to cooperate on full-fledge 5G trials.

This will followed by a landmark agreement in October 2019 for the provisioning of the Maxis 5G network by HUAWEI.

 

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100Mbps ViewQwest Freedom 100 Price + Offer Analysed!

ViewQwest just launched their Freedom 100 broadband plan, offering 100Mbps download speeds with a FREE static IP!

Here is everything you need to know about the new 100Mbps ViewQwest Freedom 100 broadband plan!

 

The 100Mbps ViewQwest Freedom 100 Plan

The new ViewQwest 100Mbps plan is called Freedom 100, and comes with not just a FREE static IP address, but also proprietary ViewQwest services, including latency-based routing and a promise not to engage or enforce a Fair Usage Policy.

In other words, ViewQwest is committed to their policy of restricting Internet usage in any way, through network shaping, bandwidth caps, or strict data traffic management policies.

The free static IP will be useful for those who want to run their own personal server or NAS at home, as well as making it easier for home owners to access their CCTV networks remotely.

 

ViewQwest Freedom 100 – One 100Mbps Plan, Four Prices

ViewQwest offers a single Freedom 100 plan, with 100Mbps of download speed and 50Mbps of upload speed.

However, they will be offering it at four different price points, based on your selection of router and contract length.

  • ASUS AC1200G+ router with 24 months contract : RM 138 per month
  • ASUS AC1200G+ router with 36 months contract : RM 128 per month
  • ASUS Lyra Trio routers (2 units) with 24 months contract : RM 158 per month
  • ASUS Lyra Trio routers (2 units) with 36 months contract : RM 148 per month

To promote the new Freedom 100 plan, ViewQuest is offering three free months after the contract ends.

What this means is – you will pay the full monthly price for the length of your 24- or 36-month contract. After that ends, you will receive 3 additional months of broadband for free.

If any ViewQwest representative quotes you lower prices of RM 118, RM 123, RM 137 or RM 140, that is because they are factoring in those 3 free months.

 

ViewQwest Freedom 100 – Our Analysis

The ViewQwest Freedom 100 is certainly an interesting proposition, offering a better deal than even Maxis FibreNation plans… but only if you opt for the 36 month plan and/or the mesh Wi-Fi routers option.

With Wi-Fi Router

With a 24-month contract, MaxisONE Home Fibre is actually cheaper. Going with a 36-month contract shaves off just RM 1 per month… or a princely RM 24 after 2 years.

With Wi-Fi Router Contract Period Monthly Cost Total Cost
@ 24 Months
MaxisONE Home Fibre 100Mbps 24 Months RM 129 RM 3,096
ViewQwest Freedom 100 24 Months RM 138 RM 3,312
36 Months RM 128 RM 3,072

If we take into account the free 3 months, the ViewQwest Freedom 100 is now cheaper by RM 6.33 per month with a 24 month contract, and a more significant RM 10.85 per month with a 36 month contract.

With Wi-Fi Router Contract Period Monthly Cost Total Cost
@ 24 Months
MaxisONE Home Fibre 100Mbps 24 Months RM 129 RM 3,096
ViewQwest Freedom 100 24 Months RM 122.67 RM 2,944
36 Months RM 118.15 RM 2,835.60

With Mesh Wi-Fi Routers

If you opt for the mesh Wi-Fi routers option, ViewQwest is still slightly more expensive with a 24-month contract.

But ViewQwest has a better deal, because their ASUS Lyra Trio routers cost more than twice as much as the AIRTIES Air4830 routers Maxis uses.

With Mesh Wi-Fi Routers Contract Period Monthly Cost Total Cost
@ 24 Months
MaxisONE Home Fibre 100Mbps 24 Months RM 154 RM 3,696
ViewQwest Freedom 100 24 Months RM 158 RM 3,792
36 Months RM 148 RM 3,552

Again, the ViewQwest Freedom 100 plan is only cheaper than MaxisONE Home Fibre when you sign up for the 36-month contract.

That saves you RM 6 per month, or RM 144 after two years. But again, it gets you a better pair of ASUS Lyra Trio routers.

If we take into account the free 3 months, the ViewQwest Freedom 100 is now cheaper by RM 13.56 per month with a 24 month contract, and a very significant RM 17.38 per month with a 36 month contract.

With Mesh Wi-Fi Routers Contract Period Monthly Cost Total Cost
@ 24 Months
MaxisONE Home Fibre 100Mbps 24 Months RM 154 RM 3,696
ViewQwest Freedom 100 24 Months RM 140.44 RM 3,370.67
36 Months RM 136.62 RM 3,278.77

So if you want to use a mesh Wi-Fi network, it would make sense to choose ViewQwest over MaxisONE Home Fibre, and it would be better to opt for the 36 month contract.

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What About The Static IP?

The static IP is a bonus for those with home servers, NAS or CCTV systems, but nowhere worth the ridiculous RM 200 price they quoted.

Especially when you can get free dynamic DNS services online.

Are They Making Extra Off The Mesh Routers?

We did a quick check on the cost of the two router options, because despite what they tell you – the routers are not free. Their cost is just amortised across the contract period.

Router Retail Price Price / 24 Months Price / 36 Months
ASUS AC1200G+ RM 232 RM 9.70 RM 6.40
ASUS Lyra Trio (2 Units) RM 875 RM 34.50 RM 24.30
Difference + RM 643 + RM 24.80 + RM 17.90

As our comparison shows, they are passing along the cost of the router if you opt for the Lyra Trio mesh routers. So they are on the level in this respect.

 

ViewQwest Freedom 100 Availability

The 100Mbps ViewQwest Freedom 100 plan is available with immediate effect. However, ViewQwest has limited coverage area.

They will begin rolling out their broadband services in the Klang Valley and Johor Bahru, with other cities and areas planned across these two years.

 

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Maxis 100PeratusMalaysia Celebrates Malaysian Diversity!

This National Day, Maxis is celebrating the diversity of all Malaysians with its 100PeratusMalaysia campaign in collaboration with diverse, eclectic Malaysian personalities!

 

The Maxis 100PeratusMalaysia Campaign

Maxis kickstarted their 100PeratusMalaysia campaign by launching a short film depicting diverse Malaysian personalities.

In this short 100PeratusMalaysia film, these Malaysian personalities were taken through a journey of self-discovery. Leveraging the power of technology, they dug deeper into their identities through DNA testing.

Despite results showing that they had a link to various geographical locations around the world, there was one compelling truth – they are all #100peratusMalaysia.

The personalities involved in the campaign were writer and activist Marina Mahathir, food ambassador of Tourism Malaysia Dato’ Chef Wan, Miss Universe Malaysia 2011 Deborah Priya Henry, performing arts icon Tiara Jacquelina, actor and award-winning comedian Douglas Lim, SEA Games gymnastic gold medallist Farah Ann Abdul Hadi and national football legend Datuk Santokh Singh.

“The premise of our National Day campaign was using technology to not only understand our unique differences in a new light, but also acknowledge that our diversity is what makes us stronger and enables us to achieve great things. The more we know ourselves, the more we realise that our differences tell the story of who we are as Malaysians. At the end of the day, our love for Malaysia, our homeland, is what unites us, and we hope that this campaign will raise the spirits of Malaysians everywhere,” said Tai Kam Leong, Maxis’ Head of Brand and Marketing.

 

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The Maxis AI Network Explained – Getting Ready For 5G!

Maxis just announced that they are getting ready for 5G with their new AI Network.

Find out what the Maxis AI Network is all about, and how it will help them prepare for 5G!

 

The Maxis AI Network Explained!

Maxis has been building a 5G-ready intelligent network with the widest fibre-optic footprint to mobile base stations across the country.

Dubbed the Maxis AI Network, it is built on the IP network architecture, with the latest software-defined networking technology.

It is capable of self-optimising data traffic along the most efficient routes, and self-heal network disruptions by anticipating and rerouting traffic around potential problem areas.

Smart Network Management

Maxis’ mobile and fibre networks are now based on the next-generation IP network. This digital  network has traffic control systems that can anticipate potential usage spikes (i.e. whether it’s festive or football seasons) and open up more bandwidth in anticipation.

This is achieved through automated data rerouting capabilities on a network built with multiple alternative routes.

Network intelligence is also now distributed at increasing points of connection across the network, and their software-defined networking (SDN) architecture ensures a low network latency and ready upgrade path to 5G.

Other Maxis AI Network Capabilities

  • Support For NB-IoT : The Maxis AI Network will provide strong support for Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) technology built with 5G-like capabilities and designed for mass-scale industrial deployments for enterprise and government.
  • Faster first call resolution : The Maxis AI Network is able to provide more accurate analysis in the event of a network outage for individual customers, leading to better first call resolution.
  • Business continuity : The Maxis AI Network’s proactive notification system is able to alert Enterprise customers on performance updates within five minutes, making it possible to trigger earlier business contingency planning.
  • Addressing mission-critical business requirements : The Maxis AI Network, through a network health dashboard app, helps Maxis service managers work on-the-go to troubleshoot issues and identify solutions for Enterprise customers.
  • Preventive maintenance : Maxis’ Project SkyEye drones capture 360-degree HD images of their network towers, which is relayed to their servers for high-speed diagnostic scanning by Maxis A.I. that has been trained for precise, efficient structural fault detection and prediction, and is capable of recommending the appropriate preventive maintenance measures.

 

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Hotlink Rewards : How TO Win FREE Phones Every Day!

Hotlink just announced a special Free Phones Every Day offer, as part of Hotlink Rewards! Here is how YOU can win a FREE phone from Hotlink!

 

Hotlink Rewards : Win FREE Phones Every Day Promo!

If you are a Hotlink customer, you can now win one of these great phones, just by logging into the Hotlink RED App every day!

 

How To Win FREE Phones With Hotlink Rewards

The Hotlink Free Phones Every Day offer will run until 31 July 2019.

To win one of those great phones, all you need to do is…

  1. Download and install the Hotlink RED app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store
  2. Register and log into the Hotlink RED app.
  3. Open the Hotlink RED app every day to claim the daily free Hotlink Rewards points from the Rewards tab.
  4. To earn more points, you can buy selected Internet Passes from the Shop tab.
  5. Go to the Deal tab, and click on the Free Phones Every Day deal under the Hot Deals category.
  6. Select Redeem With 5 Hotlink Rewards Points, to download one chance to win a phone.

That’s all you need to do! Every 5 Hotlink Rewards points “buys” you a chance to win a free phone from Hotlink!

 

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MaxisONE Share Plan Improved With Zerolution + More Data!

Maxis just announced that they improved the MaxisONE Share plan with Zerolution and MORE DATA! Here are the full details!

 

MaxisONE Share Users Can Now Buy Phones On Zerolution!

In the past, only the MaxisONE principal subscriber is allowed to purchase phones on Maxis Zerolution. But now, Maxis is opening it up to MaxisONE Share lines as well!

What this mean is every MaxisONE Share account is allowed to purchase a phone using on Zerolution. If you have four Share Lines, then your family can purchase up to five smartphones on Zerolution!

 

More Data For MaxisONE Share Plan!

The MaxisONE Share plan was also enhanced with more data – 20 GB per line. MaxisONE Share Lines with a MaxisONE Home Fibre plan continue to get unlimited data!

 

The New MaxisONE Share Plan Summarised!

  1. Lowest cost of plan and device – Families can purchase a wide range of the latest devices without having to worry about breaking the bank. Plus, there is a zero upfront fee for everyone in the family through Zerolution.
  2. Wide range of the latest devices – Maxis families also won’t have to compromise on their desired phones – be it flagship, mid-range, or entry level smartphones – there is something for everyone in the family! Choose from brands such as iPhone, Samsung, Huawei and many more.
  3. Refreshed DataPool of 10GB + 10GB – Share Lines now get a total of 20GB per line, with 10GB going into the DataPool, which can be shared across other lines in the account, while the other 10GB is exclusively for that share line customer alone. Even better, Share Lines with fibre have unlimited data.
  4. Family roam – Free unlimited data, calls and SMS to any ASEAN country, for all family lines, when one family member activates the MaxisONE World pass for RM38 a day.
  5. Unlimited calls and SMS – Families get unlimited calls and SMS to all networks for Share Lines too. To top it off, they can enjoy superfast Internet, anytime, anywhere, and stay connected with each other on the fastest 4G network in the country for only RM48 a month.
  6. Maxis Deals – Share Line customers also have access to great Buy1Free1 Deals from TeaLive, Auntie Anne’s, McDonald’s and many more on the MyMaxis App.

 

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The 2019 Hotlink Raya Promo Gives You 44GB FREE DATA!

Maxis just announced a special 2019 Hotlink Raya promotion that will give you 44GB of FREE DATA! Here is what you need to do to get all that juicy free Internet data!

 

The 2019 Hotlink Raya Promo

The 2019 Hotlink Raya promotion will run from 16 May until 30 June 2019. During this promotion period, all you have to do is purchase ANY HotlinkMU RAYA Deals in the Hotlink RED App to instantly enjoy 44GB of free, high-speed Internet!

 

How To Enjoy The 2019 Hotlink Raya Promo

To get the free 44GB of free data, follow these instructions :

  1. Download the Hotlink RED App from Google Play Store or the Apple Store.
  2. Check out the HotlinkMU RAYA Deals in the HOME & SHOP tab.
  3. Purchase any HotlinkMU RAYA Deals with “RAYA PROMO” on it, and the free 44GB data will be automatically activated.

 

44GB Data Limitations

There are no restrictions or limitations on what you can use all that free high-speed Internet data for. However, you need to note that the 44GB data quota :

  • is only valid during the 2019 Hotlink Raya promotion period (16 May until 30 June 2019), and
  • is split into 22GB all day, and 22GB from 1 AM until 7 AM.

 

The Official 2019 Hotlink Raya Music Video!

Here is the official 2019 Hotlink Raya music video by Fatin Afeefa, Nana Sheme, Bea, Alyssa Dezek and Wafiy!

 

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The 2019 Fibrenation Plans + Devices From Maxis Revealed!

It has arrived! The 2019 Maxis Fibrenation plans and devices have just been announced for both homes and businesses!

Here is our primer on the 2019 Maxis Fibrenation plans and devices!

 

The 2019 Maxis Fibrenation Plans

Maxis just introduced three new 2019 Fibrenation packages for high-speed Internet at home :

  • 300 Mbps – RM 149 per month
  • 500 Mbps – RM 219 per month
  • 800 Mbps – RM 299 per month

Businesses also get the option to subscribe to the three higher speeds, at higher price points :

  • 300 Mbps – RM 199 per month
  • 500 Mbps – RM 269 per month
  • 800 Mbps – RM 349 per month

The 2019 Fibrenation Mesh WiFi Devices

All the existing and new plans are made to be paired with a mesh WiFi device, which improves coverage and amplifies WiFi signals in every home or office.

The mesh network is scalable, so you can keep adding as many mesh WiFi devices as you want to it!

  • The 500Mbps and 800Mbps home fibre plans will come with two FREE mesh WiFi devices!
  • All 2019 Fibrenation plans for businesses will come with two FREE mesh WiFi devices, as well as FREE Internet Security protection.

Every home and business customer will also enjoy FREE installation by Maxperts who will make sure that the WiFi system is optimally set up. Sounds like a good deal right?

The Maxis ONEBusiness Voice Plan

Maxis also introduced ONEBusiness Voice, which is a plan that converts businesses’ fixed voice services to a cloud-based multi-line IP voice service.

This package offers an affordable voice package with FREE calls and FREE hardware (bundled analog telephone adapter and office phone).

Companies can save up to 40% on office phone bills and reduce costs of hardware such as PABX with this Maxis ONEBusiness Voice plan.

 

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The 2019 Hotlink System Upgrade – What You Need To Know!

Hotlink prepaid users, be prepared! Maxis just kicked off a major Hotlink system upgrade, with some service disruptions. Here is everything you need to know about the 2019 Hotlink System Upgrade!

 

The 2019 Hotlink System Upgrade

Maxis revealed that the 2019 Hotlink system upgrade will be implemented in two phases. The first phase kicks off today – 22 April 2019.

During this phase, Hotlink users may not be able to perform certain transactions :

  • top-up accounts
  • purchase service passes

The good news is – these crucial services are still active during the 2019 Hotlink system upgrade, as long as the account has been topped-up, and passes activated before the system upgrade.

  • make calls
  • use mobile Internet
  • send SMS messages

 

How To Prepare For The 2019 Hotlink System Upgrade

To ensure you have uninterrupted connectivity, Maxis highly recommends that all Hotlink prepaid users top up their credit or buy passes BEFORE the Hotlink system upgrade begins.

Please remember that the 2019 Hotlink system upgrade will be implemented in two phases. So watch out for the SMS warning, and top-up and purchase your passes before the next phase kicks in.

 

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The Maxis NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT) Service Unveiled!

Maxis just launched their first Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) service. Here are the full details!

 

The Maxis NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT) Service

The Maxis NB-IoT is a dedicated network for IoT devices. It offers 5G-like capabilities for low bandwidth applications and supports millions of connected things.

It also uses less power which allows for longer battery life. The NB-IoT network will enable expansion of  advanced data analytics to enable companies to quickly make decisions in areas, like

  • potential cost savings
  • improved efficiency
  • business opportunities

 

Maxis NB-IoT Coverage Areas

Maxis started operating their NB-IoT network on 16 April 2019 in selected areas within key IoT market centres, including :

  • Cyberjaya
  • Penang
  • Kuching
  • Putrajaya
  • Johor Bahru
  • KLCC

 

Maxis Partners Vodafone In Its NB-IoT Services

Thanks to their collaboration with Vodafone, Maxis will have access to Vodafone’s experience in NB-IoT deployment in various countries and tap into Vodafone’s extensive global NB-IoT network.

Vodafone will also support Maxis in developing their NB-IoT ecosystem through the sharing of knowledge and access to the technology.

 

Maxis IoT Innovation Lab

Maxis set up its IoT Innovation Lab in 2018 as an experiential showcase for enterprise customers of NB-IoT solutions that include :

  • smart lighting
  • parking monitoring
  • smoke alarms
  • smart metering
  • environmental monitoring

NB-IoT also presents great possibilities for key players like the government, state councils and Malaysian businesses in the prime areas of agriculture, utilities and Smart Cities.

“There is an immense amount of opportunities for NB-IoT especially around big data analytics and in enabling real life use cases.

The launch will encourage the development of an ecosystem of partners, developers and customers that will offer even more opportunities for enterprises, to better manage and optimise their assets, their environment, their energy usage and the safety of their people, and to unlock the potential for the delivery of new services in the Malaysian market.

This is a significant step for us as it sets the standards in the deployment of IoT solutions,” said Paul McManus, Head of Enterprise, Maxis.

 

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