Monday, December 31, 2012

RM200 Smartphone Rebate Details (Malaysia Budget 2013)

Update (3rd Jan'13): The Government had today decided to remove the RM500 cap for the mobile phone purchase price.

The Malaysian Government had recently released the details of the Pakej Komunikasi Belia which is the RM200 rebate for the purchase of smartphones under the Malaysian Budget 2013 which was announced back in September 2013.

The details are as below:

  • Malaysian with the age between 21 and 30 years
  • Gross income of RM3000 and below
  • 3G Smartphones must be below the maximum of RM500
  • Only valid per person
  • Broadband service to be applied with either Maxis, Celcom, DiGi, U Mobile, YES, TuneTalk, Clixster
Registration begins as early as 7am on January 2013. Application could be done between Jan 1st to Dec 31st 2013 or the quota of RM300 million is met, whichever comes first.

Further details could be done as below:

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Fake Samsung Galaxy Note II

The fake has now finally surfaced. Behold, the fake Samsung Galaxy Note II. The fake comes in a display size of 5.3-inch and with the screen resolution of only 854 x 480. It had dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. Nevertheless, it has only 4GB internal memory.

It comes directly with the latest Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 as similar to the original. As the chinese manufacturer always like it, this fake device comes with dual-sim capability as well.

Battery capacity is written as 2800mAh.

Source: taobao

Monday, December 24, 2012

Apple Malaysia Online Store Ships iPhone 5 Within 1 Business Day

Apple Online Store currently shows that the iPhone 5 shipping duration had been reduced to only 1 business day.

iPhone 5 16GB - RM2199
iPhone 5 32GB - RM2499
iPhone 5 64GB - RM2799

Source: Apple Online Store iPhone 5

Maxis One Club iPhone 5 Offer

As usual, maxis one club members do get slightly some privilege whenever there are new offer of devices. This time around it's iPhone 5. You will get to purchase the next generation iPhone 5 for RM999 (16GB version) when you sign up for iValue 2, 3 or 4 plans with 24 months contract. Minimum monthly commitment for iValue 2 would be RM155/month. On top of this when you register within this year, advance payment would be waived as well.
Of course you got to be a Maxis One Club member to enjoy this offer.

Source: Maxis One Club iPhone 5

Saturday, December 8, 2012

iPad mini & iPad 4th Gen Now in Malaysia

Finally, the iPad mini and the iPad 4th generation have landed in Malaysia. It is available in all Apple Retailers nationwide as well as the Apple Online Store starting today.

Prices of iPad mini

Prices of new iPad 4th Gen

Source: iPad mini, iPad

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

iPhone 5 ROI (Registration of Interest) Begins

From the announcement of the availability of iPhone 5 in Malaysia yesterday, the major 3 telcos are already at work. Maxis, DiGi and Celcom released ROI (registration of interest) for the upcoming iPhone 5 launching in Malaysia on 14th December.

Source: MaxisCelcomDiGi

Monday, December 3, 2012

iPhone 5 - Officially in Malaysia on 14th Dec

Finally... iPhone 5 to be on Malaysian shore 14th December 2012.
This comes officially from Apple.

Source: iPhone 5 Malaysia

Thursday, November 29, 2012

[Maxis] Unlimited Internet Access for Subscription Above 1GB of Data Plan

Christmas comes early for Maxis. Effective 3rd Dec, no additional charges if you exceed your data quota. Only throttling of the speed. This is only applicable for those subscriber who are currently having 1GB or more data plan. Too bad for those 500MB or below subscriber. Earlier, you would have to pay RM0.30/MB whenever you exceeded the quota.

Samsung GALAXY Camera - RM1899

Samsung GALAXY Camera was officially announced today in Malaysia with the price tag of RM1899. It will be available for sale starting tomorrow (29th Nov 2012).
It has a screen display size of 4.77-inch Super Clear LCD capable of 1280 x 720 resolution. In terms of connectivities, GALAXY Camera has built-in 3G and WiFi with DLNA and Samsung Kies connectivity as well. Obviously HDMI 1.4 is a standard as well. The camera is powered by a quad-core 1.4GHz processor with the Android Jelly Bean 4.1.

Just so that we don't forget this is a camera, it has 16MP with 1/2.3" BSI CMOS sensor. The lens is f = 4.1 - 86.1mm (35mm film equivalent: 23 - 483mm) with 21x zooming. Internal storage capacity of 8GB with extension via microSD card capable of 64GB SDXC. Battery capacity of 1650mAh with microUSB charging capability. The device comes in White and Cobalt Black.

So, what's the difference between a normal camera and the GALAXY Camera? Connectivity.
Powered by Android OS with built-in 3G and WiFi connectivity, sharing a picture is definitely much easier and faster. No more hard-wired transfer from the camera to the computer and sharing via internet application like Facebook or Twitter. You can now do it directly on the camera. With DLNA and HDMI, sharing pictures or videos at home is simple. Although it does not allow you to make phone calls, you should be able to perform internet calls for example Skype.

Source: Samsung GALAXY Camera

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Oppo Ulike 2 - 5MP Front Facing Camera

Tired of taking lousy low resolution self-portrait from your smartphone? Chinese Oppo Ulike 2 might be the solution for you. Not only does it has 8MP rear camera, it spots a 5MP front facing camera with some fancy software features like skin tone re-colouring. It was rumored to be running on a Android 4.0 ICS with dual-core, 1GB RAM. Nevertheless, the display size of 4.5-inch was reported to be slightly odd with 960 x 540 resolution. It has 16GB internal memory which supports external microSD card as well.
Oppo is the company that brought you the world most slimmest smartphone which is Oppo Finder with a thickness of only 6.65mm.
The device is widely expected to be announced on the 12th Dec.

Source: Oppo Ulike 2

Sunday, November 4, 2012

iPhone 20S

The chinese mocking of the iPhone.

Fake iPad Mini - GooPad Mini

Surprised? Nah..
The fake version of the iPad mini was released immediately after Apple's official release. It's called GooPad mini and it's only USD99.
It has a 8-inch display of 1024 x 768 resolution and it comes with aluminum body finishing as well. Device is running on 1.4GHz dual-core with internal storage of 8GB. Unfortunately it has only WiFi connectivity but it will be running on the latest Android 4.1 with iLaunch theme (iOS 6 theme).

LG Nexus 4

LG Nexus 4 was recently officially launched despite the weather issues in the US. This is the next flagship device under the Nexus category which was initially intended for developers.

Specifications as below:

  • 4.7-inch IPS LCD (318dpi)
  • 1280 x 768 screen resolution
  • 1.5GHz quad-core
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8GB or 16GB Internal Storage
  • No external SD Card
  • 42Mbps HSDPA
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • No LTE
  • 8MP camera and 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 2100mAh battery capacity
  • Wireless battery charging
Device would be priced at USD299 for 8GB version and USD349 for 16GB version.

Source: Nexus 4

[Maxis] iPhone 5 Launching in MidValley 9th November?

Above table shows the Maxis One Club Promotion to be held between 5th ~ 11th November at MidValley North Court. Sources are suggesting that this could actually be the iPhone 5 launching event for Maxis One Club members. In my opinion, I think the official sales should start on 9th November which is a Friday. Same case with iPhone 4S, I believe the Apple Online Store will also be selling the device outright.

Source: MidValley

Samsung Galaxy Note II Packages Compared (Maxis, DiGi, Celcom)

All the 3 major telcos released their respective packages for the Samsung Galaxy Note II recently.
Let's take a look at the comparison between them.

As usual, the price are compared only with the lowest monthly commitment of 12 months, 18 months and 24 months. Both Maxis and Celcom packages are almost identical.
At the first glance, DiGi package looks to be the most attractive but please take note that all DG Smart Plans are without calls and SMS bundling. To make it more realistic for comparison purposes, the table below shows Maxis's latest SurfMore package with comparison with DG Smart Plan. Both packages are without calls and SMS bundling.

Friday, October 19, 2012

[Maxis] Samsung Galaxy Note II - Maxis One Club Privilege

Another privilege for Maxis One Club member. You are entitled to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Note II device for a price of RM999 with TalkMore78 (RM78) + Mobile Internet (RM68) with 24 months contract.

[(RM78 + RM68) x 24 months + RM999] = RM4503

Comparing with a non-Maxis One Club member as per calculation in the previous posting, with the similar package, 
[(RM78 + RM68) x 24 months] + RM1399 = RM4903

In short, you save RM400 if you are a Maxis One Club member. The offer is valid till 30th Nov 2012.

Some information on how to become a Maxis One Club member:
How do I qualify for Elite status?
Maxis One Club Elite membership is reserved for postpaid customers who spend an average of at least RM500 monthly with good payment records over 12 months.

How do I qualify for Select status?
Maxis One Club Select membership is reserved for postpaid customers who spend an average of at least RM150 monthly with good payment records over 12 months.

Source: Maxis One Club

[Maxis] Samsung Galaxy Note II Official Package

Finally Maxis, at the very last minute before the official selling date. I guess Maxis is too lazy to update the picture of the Note II (they are using Note I picture).

For the minimum commitment usage on Maxis, the total bill upon completion of the contract:
[(RM78 + RM48) x 12 months] + RM1799 = RM3311

For the maximum phone rebate, the package would be a 24 months contract:
[(RM78 + RM68) x 24 months] + RM1399 = RM4903

The TalkMore78 plans are more for those who have high call activities.

Now, let's come to the basic Maxis plans which consists of Value Plan + Data Plan.

For the minimum commitment of 12 months (lowest monthly commitment):
[(RM30 + RM48) x 12 months] + RM1899 = RM2835

For the maximum phone rebate (24 months contract):
[(RM30 + RM68) x 24 months] + RM1599 = RM3951

Hold on.. the comparison chart of the 3 telcos are coming up soon..

Source: Maxis TalkMore78Maxis Value Plan

Thursday, October 18, 2012

[Celcom] Samsung Galaxy Note II Official Package

One day before the official launch, Celcom finally releases its packages for the new Samsung Galaxy Note II.

With the lowest commitment of 12 months with Celcom's lowest priced package of RM78/month, the total commitment after 12 months is:
(RM78 x 12 months) + RM1898 = RM2834

As for the highest subsidized device of RM1498, you would be tied up with 18 months contract with RM188/month package. That would give your total commitment after 18 months to be:
(RM188 x 18 months) + RM1498 = RM4882

Celcom's roadshow will be held at the venue stated in the above table. There are some freebies as well during the roadshow:

  • Free Flip Casing worth RM149 which is limited to first 100 customer in KL and first 50 customer other locations
  • Free KFC Voucher worth RM40
  • Free 6-months MUSICUBE subscription
  • Lucky draw opportunity to win a Samsung Galaxy SIII or a concert ticket to watch JLo or Siti Nurhaliza

DiGi's package could be found here.

Source: Celcom

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Apple Sends Out Media Event for October 23rd

With a tagline "We've got a little more to show you.", Apple has sent out the invitation for the Media Event happening on October 23 10am PT timezone, San Jose, California.

Widely expected from this event is the launching of the iPad Mini, with a screen size of approximately 7.85-inch.  The other rumored released would be the Macbook Pro 13" Retina Display.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Samsung Galaxy Note II Road Show Location on 19th Oct

Samsung Malaysia today releases the information regarding the roadshow of the latest sensation Samsung Galaxy Note II. Both events will be happening on 19th Oct.

DiGi will be hosting the roadshow in LowYat Plaza.
At MidValley center court, no specific mobile operator but the first 100 customers will be getting a free Galaxy Note II case worth RM189.

For those who are not sure, the Galaxy Note II does not have LTE for Malaysia launching and it comes in Marble White and Titanium Grey.

Friday, October 12, 2012

[Celcom] Samsung Galaxy Note II ROI

Celcom started registration of interest as of today but without any packages details.
At the moment, only DiGi releases the full package.

Source: Celcom

[DiGi] Samsung Galaxy Note II Packages

DiGi is the first to introduce the packages for Samsung Galaxy Note II. It comes in 3 different packages namely DG Smart Plan 48, 68 and 88. RRP of the device is as stated before, RM2299 which is similar to Note I during the launch last year in November.

For calculation sake with the lowest commitment,
(RM48 x 12 months) + RM1949 = RM2525
(RM48 x 24 months) + RM1799 = RM2951

As for the lowest device price package,
(RM88 x 24 months) + RM1399 = RM3511

Do take note that the DiGi's plan are without voice call, SMS and MMS. It only includes data plan.
It comes in 2 colours, white and grey. Pre-ordering begins but delivery is only on the 19th Oct.
Pre-ordering can also be done at the DiGi Retail Centres as below:
  • Sunway
  • Pulau Tikus, Penang
  • Suntec, Penang
  • Taman Molek, JB
  • Api Api, Sabah
  • Kuching, Sarawak

Source: DiGi

Thursday, October 11, 2012

[Official] Samsung Galaxy Note II Sales Starting 19th Oct in Malaysia

Stop the guessing, it's now official that Samsung Galaxy Note II will be available in Malaysia starting 19th October. This was announced during the media launch today at Zebra Square KL. The 3 major telcos will be providing its respective packages soon (Maxis, DiGi, Celcom). It is priced at RM2299 similar to the previous Galaxy Note during launch.

Source: Samsung Galaxy Note II

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

iPhone 5 Flashing Lightning Dock

iPhone5mod delivered something interesting for the iPhone 5. It is called iPhone 5 Flashing Lightning Dock. it comes with the new Lightning connector and more than what Apple has to offer, it comes with a dock as well. The flashing part is actually the connecting USB cable.

The Flash Lightning cable and dock is available for $39.90, the dock is available for $19.90 and the Flash Lightning cable is up for $19.90 too.

Check out the video below:

Source: iPhone5mod