Sunday, December 25, 2011


Have anyone of you got the latest iPhone 4S? It's the most fashionable and popular smart phones at this century, thanks to the late Steve Jobs and Apple. With iPhone 4S, you can have a personal assistant named Siri, your most reliable friend, companion and personal diary. ^^

With the iPhone 4S in hand, I'm sure all of you would like to sign up for data plan. A smart phone without data plan just lack of something, you won't be able to surf net anytime and anywhere you like, but only depends on the availability of WiFi.

After doing a thorough research online, I've come to this conclusion that Digi offers the most affordable iPhone 4S plan in Malaysia. In Malaysia, Digi, Maxis and Celcom are telecommunications companies which currently offering this device. Let's do some comparisons below and you will sure agree with my above statement.

First of all , I would like to compare between Digi and Maxis iPhone 4S plans. The lowest montly fee of Maxis goes to iValue 1, with the monthly fee of RM100. As for Digi, the lowest monthly fee goes to iDigi 55 (with auto billing), but I would like to make comparisons between iValue 1 and iDigi138 (with auto billing) as the price difference in monthly fee is smaller, with are RM100 and RM88 respectively.
Table 1: Maxis iValue 1 v.s. Digi iDigi 138
By looking at table 1, you can see that Digi plan is very much more affordable than iValue plans. Although the phone price is more expensive with Digi plan, but the monthly commitment of Digi is lower with much better package throughout the 24 months contract period. You pay RM88 per month, but you get to make 450min free calls, send 400 free SMS and 40 free MMS to any network operators for FREE. You can enjoy up to 3GB local data without extra charge being imposed even if you exceeded the quota. What if you make calls more than 450 mins (7.5 hours) ? No problem, Digi only charge you 12sen / min for the extra calls you have made, the cheapest rate among all the telecommunication companies in Malaysia!!!

If you sign up for the iValue 1 plan, please bear in mind that the so called 200 free SMS and 20 MMS is only within Maxis users. If all your friends, family members, colleagues etc are Maxis users, then it doesn't matter. But do you think this is possible? LOL. Another very important thing to take note is the extra charge of data usage if you exceeded the data quota. You will be charged by Maxis at the rate of RM0.05/10KB, with the maximum charged of RM250! My friend paid RM250+ /per month because he has exceeded the data usage although the monthly fee supposingly to be RM100+ (including 6% service tax). It's very disturbing and inconvenient for us to monitor the monthly data usage especially if you rely on internet a lot, be it work wise or entertainment wise. Why you want to make your life miserable when Digi plan has promised no extra charges in these circumstances?

Now we move on to compare the plans offered by Digi and Celcom. Again, I choose to make comparison between i98 (Celcom plan) and iDigi 138 because the monthly fees are comparible, RM98 and RM88 ( with auto billing) respectively.

Table 2: Celcom i98 1 v.s. Digi iDigi 138

By looking at Table 2, you will find out that the coverage of these 2 packages are quite similar. Both of these do not impose extra charges if you were to use more than the monthly data quota. However, by paying a mere RM88 per month to Digi, you get to enjoy 3GB of local data. On the other hand, you only get to enjoy 2GB of local data with this Celcom plan. When you have exceeded the quota, the speed will slow down and you won't be able to enjoy your youtube movies, facebook chitchatting etc anymore. If you sign up the i98 plan, you can make 6000min free calls to any Celcom numbers, but you only get 100 mins free calls to other network. Unless all your contacts are Celcom numbers, I find this offer very impractical.Will you spend 100 hours a month making calls to Celcom numbers, but only make 1.66 hour calls to other numbers? The 60000 mins look impressive, but it's just a tactic to attract people who do not study the plan in depth. If you have exceeded the 100 mins, you have to pay 15sen / min, more expensive than 12sen / min by Digi. Both i98 and iDigi 138 offer FREE SMS and MMS to any network operators, but the number of free SMS and MMS by Digi are 2 times higher than Celcom plan. Therefore, Digi plan is much more affordable than Celcom although the phone price is higher.

In case anyone of you do not realize, Digi does not require any upfront payment but Maxis and Celcom do require advance payment which will then be rebated later. In conclusion, Digi iPhone is for sure the most affordable data plan in Malaysia. Do not hesitate anymore, go to any nearest Digi store now to sign up for a plan and grab the latest fashionable iPhone 4S!

Information above extracted from Digi Official Web, Maxis Official Web and Celcom Official Web.

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