Best Postpaid All in One Plan for Smartphone

Best Postpaid All in One Plan for Smartphone

According to The Star Tech News, penetration of smartphone in Malaysia hit 63% in September 2013, I believe now should be close to 70%, therefore when choosing a postpaid package, call and internet data bundle all in one plan will be my first choice. SMS would not weight as heavy as before, since almost every smartphone users got Whatsapp, Line, WeChat, KakaoTalk, and so on.

There areΒ  more than 10 telcos in Malaysia that offering various packages, but I’m choosing only the Top 4 largest telcos (Celcom, DiGi, Maxis and U Mobile) and we focus on postpaid packages.

Best Postpaid All in One Plan for Smartphone

The first comparison chart will be all the introductory plan (aka cheapest plan) from each telcos.

Telco Celcom DiGi Maxis U Mobile
Plan Celcom First One Plan 3GB DG SmartPlan 50 MaxisONE plan lite U28
Advanced Payment RM 68 RM 45 RM 78 RM 28
Monthly Commitment RM 68 RM 45 RM 78 RM 28
Bundle Usage
Call to same network 60 minutes 100 minutes Truly Unlimited
Call to other networks
SMS to same network 60 SMS 200 SMS Truly Unlimited 100 SMS
SMS to other networks 100 SMS 200 SMS
Internet Usage 3 GB 2 GB 1 GB 1 GB
Exceed data usage Throttle 64kbps Throttled to unknown speed
or
Regular speed for Whatsapp + Opera Mini
Throttled to unknown speed Throttled to unknown speed
Exceed bundle usage
Call to same network RM 0.20/minute RM 0.15/minute Free RM 0.18/minute
Call to other networks RM 0.15/minute RM 0.20/minute
SMS to same network RM 0.20/SMS RM 0.10/SMS Free RM 0.05/SMS
SMS to other networks RM 0.10/SMS RM 0.12/SMS
Internet Top Up 100MB RM3
500MB RM 10
1GB RM 15
5GB RM 50
RM 1/hour 50MB
RM 3/day 150MB
RM 25/billing cycle 1GB
200MB RM 10
500MB RM 20
1GB RM 30
1.5GB RM 10/3 days
Supplementary lines
Lines Unknown 6 DG Family (any combination of DG Smart Family, DG Postpaid Plus Family and DG Family Prepaid) 2 1 U10 Supplementary
Bundle Usage 100 hours call
3800 SMS
3800 MMS
SurfMore30 or Value Plus Internet 30 unknown
Extra Rebate
AutoBilling via Credit Card 5% off bill (excluded tax) RM 5 x 6 months unknown 250MB data

 

Based on the introductory plan comparison chart, which telco package you will exclude it first? I’ll exclude MaxisONE plan lite at first, not because it’s the most expensive among others, but also no free calls nor sms to other networks. End up the monthly bill can be very high if you’re making a lots of call to other networks.

Second plan I drop is U Mobile. Although DiGi is RM 17 more than U Mobile, but when you make 100 minute call to U Mobile from U28, charges is as DiGi, but data is 1GB lesser.

60 minutes call and sms is actually not much, but RM 23 is very much, therefore Celcom is not my favorite too.

I will consider only DiGi based on the comparison chart above.


Now let’s see the comparison chart that focus onΒ  commitment range between RM 50 and RM 100, although commitment of DG SmartPlan 108 is RM 103, but I still include it in this comparison chart.

Telco Celcom DiGi Maxis U Mobile
Plan Celcom First One Plan 3GB Celcom First One Plan 5GB DG SmartPlan 78 DG SmartPlan 108 MaxisONE plan lite Unlimited 50 Unlimited 80
Advanced Payment RM 68 RM 88 RM 73 RM 103 RM 78 RM 50 RM 80
Monthly Commitment RM 68 RM 88 RM 73 RM 103 RM 78 RM 50 RM 80
Bundle Usage
Call to same network 60 minutes 200 minutes 300 minutes Truly Unlimited 1800 minutes
Call to other networks 100 minutes 200 minutes
SMS to same network 60 SMS 200 SMS 300 SMS Truly Unlimited 50 SMS
SMS to other networks 50 SMS
Internet Usage 3 GB 5 GB 2 GB Internet
1 GB Apps (Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, WeChat)
3 GB Internet
2 GB Apps (Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, WeChat)
1 GB 2 GB 3 GB
Exceed data usage Throttle 64kbps Throttled to unknown speed
or
Regular speed for Whatsapp + Opera Mini
Throttled to unknown speed Throttled to unknown speed
Exceed bundle usage
Call to same network RM 0.20/minute RM 0.15/minute Free Unknown
Call to other networks RM 0.15/minute RM 0.18/minute RM 0.15/minute
SMS to same network RM 0.20/SMS RM 0.15/SMS RM 0.10/SMS Free RM 0.05/SMS
SMS to other networks RM 0.10/SMS RM 0.12/SMS
Internet Top Up 100MB RM3
500MB RM 10
1GB RM 15
5GB RM 50
RM 1/hour 50MB
RM 3/day 150MB
RM 25/billing cycle 1GB
200MB RM 10
500MB RM 20
1GB RM 30
1.5GB RM 10/3 days
Supplementary lines
Lines Unknown 6 DG Family (any combination of DG Smart Family, DG Postpaid Plus Family and DG Family Prepaid) 2 2 Member Plan
Bundle Usage 100 hours call
3800 SMS
3800 MMS
SurfMore30 or Value Plus Internet 30 unknown
Extra Rebate
AutoBilling via Credit Card 5% off bill (excluded tax) RM 5 x 6 months unknown 250MB data

 

Among these 7 plans,

Celcom First One Plan 3GB
Celcom First One Plan 5GB
DG SmartPlan 78
DG SmartPlan 108
MaxisONE plan lite
Unlimited 50
Unlimited 80

Celcom First One Plan 5GB is the first plan I would not consider, because I’m not using that much data. What about you?

Celcom First One Plan 3GB
DG SmartPlan 78
DG SmartPlan 108
MaxisONE plan lite
Unlimited 50
Unlimited 80

Under the same condition, 5GB data is too much for me, therefore DG SmartPlan 108 also not my cup of tea.

Celcom First One Plan 3GB
DG SmartPlan 78
MaxisONE plan lite
Unlimited 50
Unlimited 80

Next I will drop Maxis, although it’s very attractive that truly unlimited call and sms to Maxis network (Hotlink + Maxis), but I bet your friends are not only using Maxis right? πŸ™‚

Celcom First One Plan 3GB
DG SmartPlan 78
Unlimited 50
Unlimited 80

This time I choose not go to Celcom because 60 minutes is really tiny when compare to DG SmartPlan 78. For RM 5 extra can get 140 minutes, why I still want to consider Celcom?

Now we left only 3 plans from DiGi and U Mobile, which one is your favorite?

DG SmartPlan 78
Unlimited 50
Unlimited 80

Among these 3 plans, for casual usage, U Mobile Unlimited 50 would be my favorite best valued all in one plan, what about you?


Lastly, let’s compare the most expensive plan. :p

Telco Celcom DiGi Maxis U Mobile
Plan Celcom First One Plan 5GB DG SmartPlan 148 MaxisONE plan Unlimited 80
Advanced Payment RM 88 RM 143 RM 128 RM 80
Monthly Commitment RM 88 RM 143 RM 128 RM 80
Bundle Usage
Call to same network 60 minutes 600 minutes Truly Unlimited 1800 minutes
Call to other networks 200 minutes
IDD 30 minutes
SMS to same network 60 SMS 600 SMS Truly Unlimited 50 SMS
SMS to other networks 50 SMS
Internet Usage 5 GB 3 GB Internet
3 GB Apps (Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook, WeChat)
2 GB 3 GB
Exceed data usage Throttle 64kbps Throttled to unknown speed
or
Regular speed for Whatsapp + Opera Mini
Throttled to unknown speed Throttled to unknown speed
Exceed bundle usage
Call to same network RM 0.15/minute RM 0.10/minute Free unknown
Call to other networks RM 0.20/minute
SMS to same network RM 0.15/SMS RM 0.10/SMS Free RM 0.05/SMS
SMS to other networks RM 0.12/SMS
Internet Top Up 100MB RM3
500MB RM 10
1GB RM 15
5GB RM 50
RM 1/hour 50MB
RM 3/day 150MB
RM 25/billing cycle 1GB
200MB RM 10
500MB RM 20
1GB RM 30
1.5GB RM 10/3 days
Supplementary lines
Lines Unknown 6 DG Family (any combination of DG Smart Family, DG Postpaid Plus Family and DG Family Prepaid) 2 1 U10 Supplementary
Bundle Usage 100 hours call
3800 SMS
3800 MMS
SurfMore30 or Value Plus Internet 30 unknown
Extra Rebate
AutoBilling via Credit Card 5% off bill (excluded tax) RM 5 x 6 months unknown 250MB data

 

Based on the comparison chart above, when we compare Celcom to U Mobile, Celcom is offered 5GB of data, but call minute is very less, logically people would choose U Mobile than Celcom, unless you use lots of data but less call. So I would drop out Celcom at the beginning.

Among DiGi, Maxis and U Mobile, unless majority of your friends are using U Mobile, otherwise U Mobile will be the next option we would not consider.

Now leftover DiGi and Maxis, based on news article published on The Star, estimated average data usage in 2018 is 2GB, meanwhile most of the users are not using as much as 2GB at this moment, so Maxis plan will be my choice with truly unlimited call and sms to all networks + 2GB mobile data.


I’m sure you will ask me why not include U Mobile U Platinum in the most expensive comparison chart, but do you know that 36 months contract is hurt and 15GB is good for smartphone? I don’t really think this plan is rational, I rather choose MaxisOne for RM 128. :p

Among the plans we mention above, if you’re heavy user in making call and sms, then you should really consider MaxisOne Plan. Every plans has it’s own benefit, but to me, Celcom I would not consider, as it’s not worth when compare to others.

So, which plan is your favorite all in one plan? Want to share with us?

Official website

Celcom

DiGi

Maxis

U Mobile

*update: DiGi RM 5 rebate is applicable for first 12 months only.

** If you’re looking for huge Data quota plan instead of calling + sms, check our new post ‘Best Postpaid Data for Smartphone’ here.

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35 thoughts on “Best Postpaid All in One Plan for Smartphone”

    1. Hi Sammy,

      If 3GB is not sufficient, perhaps you should check out DiGi SmartPlan 108 (RM 103/month), compare to Celcom First One Plan 5GB (RM 88/month), although RM 15, but extra 240 minutes call and 240 SMS which seems better deal.

      What do you think?

          1. it’s depends the user mah… bt nowaday gt lots heavy data user like my frens always watch drama online LOL so this plan quiet suit to them..

          2. In this post I compare 4 major telco in terms of call, sms and data and tried to figure out the best value plan and share with you, but not best valued in term of data or call plan. That will be in another post, cause if I cover everything in one post, it will be very huge and boring. πŸ™‚

          3. @rmvalues haha look forward ur next post too^^
            agree wif @happyday also coz reli hard to say which is the best but depends which term u need more…like if i rely more data than call/sms so i choose the 1 plan lor.. πŸ™‚

          4. Sure, but give me some time, cause comparison post really takes a lots of time. Currently I’m revamping my site, so I cannot promise you when it will be published, but please do not forget to like my facebook fanpage to get up to date news. Thanks for your support. πŸ™‚

          1. Not really, it depends on the area. Many years ago it used to be the best coverage even in jungle can receive, but now since sharing network, all 4 major telcos coverage are almost similar.
            So I would suggest test the network in the area you frequent use before you decide to stick the telco, especially contract for 24 months.

    1. Personally I’m on Celcom First One Plan 3GB. It doesn’t offer much calls but I don’t really care too much about that because I can do that with Viber anyway. The data pretty much makes up for the lack of call minutes

      1. @thongms @Josh
        Although many people are not using much call, especially young generation, but elder person and especially those businessman or sales agent are much rely on call rather than via viber (line, wechat, skype etc) call which much depend on the stability of the signal.
        Another situation can be applied on couples, for example girl is supplementary line of her parents, then huge call allowance plan is essential for the guy in order to communicate with she.
        πŸ˜‰

      1. Hi @sammy lee,
        MaxisOne is truly limitless now, although at their initial launched they capped on 3000 minutes, but now they have removed it from their terms and conditions, so now it truly limitless. πŸ™‚

          1. You’re welcome.
            I’m not using Maxis, but I’m using DiGi Postpaid Simple + 250MB data for RM 78 monthly. I make call more than data, because my home and workplace have high speed internet, so my data only used for traveling in between these 2 places.
            DiGi postpaid simple lets you use RM 100 worth call+sms, but pay only RM 50. It’s equal to about 666 minutes or 1,000 sms.
            Generally I don’t stick to 1 telco, I’m quite price sensitive and network quality intolerance. If network good and price lowest, I will jump ship. πŸ™‚

  1. My parents are on umobile while I’m on Celcom. uMobile rates are very decent but if only they would offer more data tho.

  2. plan to chg into higher data plan, 3gb minimum.. 1 mth hasnt fin my 1gb ady run out.. =A= which coverage for data is better???

    1. Now all 4 major telcos have similar coverage. To test the best telco that cover your area, I would suggest you to grab a prepaid from them to test the coverage for couple of days.
      I used to do so before I really stick telco, especially for long term contract, such as 24 months. Otherwise it will be really hurt.
      Then only go for choosing the best suit plan.

      1. oic…bt their other benefits is totally nt same at all make me confused @@” i m the one who more rely on data, while phone and sms is nt so important for me, gt plan with more data and cheaper?

        1. If more data, Celcom is cheapest at this moment, and 60 minutes call and sms should be sufficient if you did not use it much.

  3. Also consider if you need LTE. Some telcos (refer to their coverage map on their website) have horrendous coverage, this also depends on where you stay…

  4. I am thinking of changing from Maxis to Digi. Currently, I signed up for 250MB data. I don’t chat or sms much. I thought of switching to Digi Smart Plan 50. Will this be good and how about Digi coverage overall?

    1. Can you elaborate more on your usage? Such as call, sms, data usage as well as current Maxis plan and your monthly usage (bill payment).

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