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European Union Moves Forward With Plans to Eliminate Roaming Charges in 2017

European Commission members met on Wednesday to discuss draft rules intended to eliminate roaming charges in the European Union as of June 15, 2017.

The Commission said it is determined to put an end to roaming charges commonly billed by carriers when a customer calls, sends messages, or uses data on their mobile device while abroad in the European Union, outside of their primary country of residence, subject to proportionate checks for abusive usage.

European regulators have proposed a “Roam like at Home” solution that would allow travelers to call, text, and browse the web on their mobile devices when abroad in the European Union for no extra charge than the price they pay at home. It is not intended to be used for permanent roaming.

“Roam like at Home” is aimed at people who travel in the European Union for work or leisure. “They spend more time at home than they do abroad, and they make most of their calls, texts and use data in their home country,” the Commission explained. Continue reading European Union Moves Forward With Plans to Eliminate Roaming Charges in 2017

Which Telco Offers the Best Value iPhone 6 Plan

Finally Celcom has revealed its iPhone 6 & 6 Plus plan nearly 30 hours prior to official launch of iPhone 6 & 6 Plus in Malaysia. To refresh you, Maxis was the first telco revealed its plan followed by DiGi, and both of them are taking pre-order since 30th October. And a comparison post to compare DiGi vs Maxis was published few days ago.

Best Value iPhone 6/6 Plus Plan

As we promised, comparison for all 3 telcos (Celcom, DiGi & Maxis) is brought to you here. 🙂  However, you might curious why iPhone 6 Plus is not present in the comparison chart. Regardless iPhone 6 or 6 Plus being used for comparison, actually both results did not affect the general point of view, so for shorter post, I pick only iPhone 6 as example.

Since Celcom is the last mobile operator to reveal its iPhone 6/6 Plus offer, logically they should be the best offer telco, because they have extra time for their actuaries & marketing team to design a better strategy. But will Celcom really beat DiGi & Maxis? Let’s check the comparison chart below:

Compare the Introductory Plan of Celcom, DiGi & Maxis

Telco Celcom DiGi Maxis
Plan Prime iDiGi 50 iValue Simple
Monthly Fee RM 78 RM 50 RM 50
Bundle Usage
Calls to All Networks 266 units 50 minutes 200 minutes
SMS to Own Network 200 SMS 100 SMS
SMS to Other Networks
Mobile Internet 2.05 GB 2 GB 1 GB
Exceed Quota Charges
Call to Own Network RM 0.15/minute RM 0.15/minute RM 0.12/minute
Call to Other Networks RM 0.20/minute
SMS to Own Network RM 0.15/SMS RM 0.10/SMS RM 0.05/SMS
SMS to Other Networks RM 0.15/SMS
Exceed Quota Block Speed Throttle
12 Months Contract Total Cost*
16 GB RM 2,814 RM 2,765 RM 2,849
64 GB RM 3,154 RM 3,100 RM 3,179
128 GB RM 3,494 RM 3,435 RM 3,519

*Exclude the advance deposit and stamp duty (RM10). Advance deposit was not included because it will be refund in your first month bill as well, so it would not affect the total cost.

Celcom vs DiGi vs Maxis

– DiGi has the lowest total 12 months owning cost, however it offer the least call minute and the sms only to its own network, which is not very attractive.

– If we excluded DiGi, and in this situation – Celcom vs Maxis, If your call destination across all networks, call > sms and rarely send out sms, then Celcom would be your best choice, provided coverage are almost similar. Besides that, Maxis only give 1 GB data, which might not sufficient in this new era.

– In overall, I’ll pick Celcom > DiGi > Maxis.

– However, in the following situation, DiGi > Celcom > Maxis:

  • MNP to other telco, then MNP back to DiGi, enjoy 100 minutes and 100 SMS to all networks, sum up will get 150 minutes to all networks, which consider worth than the current iDiGi 50 for existing DiGi subscribers.

Continue reading Which Telco Offers the Best Value iPhone 6 Plan

Best Postpaid Data for Smartphone

According to the feedback on my previous post ‘Best Postpaid All in One Plan for Smartphone‘, many users now seems using more than 2GB data and rarely make a call,  the comparison chart seems did not suit their requirement. Therefore today I’ve prepared another comparison chart that focus in data for smartphone. 😉

Best Postpaid Data for Smartphone

Let’s start from moderate data usage. Why not light data first? Refer my previous post, which is based on light data. 🙂

Moderate Data Usage

Telcos Celcom DiGi Maxis U Mobile
Plan Celcom First One Plan 3GB DG SmartPlan 50 DG SmartPlan 78 SurfMore50 UNLIMITED 50 UNLIMITED 80
Monthly Commitment RM 68 RM 45* RM 73* RM 50 RM 50 RM 80
Bundle Usage
Calls to Same Network 60 minutes 100 minutes 200 minutes 1800 minutes
Calls to Other Networks 100 minutes 200 minutes
SMS to Same Networks 60 SMS 200 SMS 200 SMS 50 SMS
SMS to Other Networks 100 SMS 100 SMS 50 SMS
Data Quota 3 GB 2 GB 2 GB Mobile Internet
1 GB Apps
(Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, WeChat
2 GB 2 GB 3 GB
Exceed Quota Charges
Calls to Same Network RM 0.20/minute RM 0.15/minute RM 0.12/minute Unknown
Calls to Other Networks RM 0.20/minute RM 0.18/minute RM 0.15/minute
SMS to Same Network RM 0.20 RM 0.10 RM 0.05 RM 0.05
SMS to Other Networks RM 0.15 RM 0.12
Additional Bonuses or Rebate
Auto Billing Rebate 5% RM 5 for 6 months none Additional 250 MB data
Additional Discount none 25% off commitment fees when usage hit RM 150
100% off commitment fees when usage hit RM 250
Add-on package none RM 12 – 120 minutes (All Networks)
RM 6 – 120 sms (All Networks)
1 GB Data Add-on Price RM 15 RM 25 RM 15 RM 10 for 1.5 GB with 3 days validity only

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

First I’ll compare those 2GB plans, among them, DiGi offers the best value, which cost RM 45 for first 12 months and 100 minutes call and 200+100 SMS. While Maxis and U Mobile price tag RM 50, and Maxis did not bundle any call and sms. Unless you makes a lots of calls to U Mobile’s friends, otherwise Continue reading Best Postpaid Data for Smartphone