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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

Celcom iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Plans

Finally Celcom has revealed its iPhone 6 & 6 Plus plans and packages.Surprisingly to see they still stick to Celcom First postpaid plan but giving additional 1GB for every packages. So before I complete the comparison post for all 3 telco, let’s have a look into Celcom offer.

iPhone 6 Plus

Celcom iPhone 6 & 6 Plus plan details

First Plan Prime Premier Elite
First Monthly Fee RM 40 RM 80 RM 150
Data Plan mBasic mAdvance mPro mPro mPro
Data Monthly Fee RM 38 RM 58 RM 88 RM 88 RM 88
Total Monthly Fee RM 78 RM 98 RM 128 RM 168 RM 238
Bundle Usage
Voice Call/Video Call/SMS/MMS
to All Networks
266 units 666 units 1,500 units
Mobile Internet 2.05 GB 4.05 GB 6.05 GB 6.1 GB 6.2 GB
Celcom First Wi-Fi 1 GB Trial for 3 months 1 GB
Exceed Quota Charges
Voice Call/Video Call/SMS/MMS
to All Networks
RM 0.15/minute/unit RM 0.12/minute/unit RM 0.10/minute/unit
Internet Speed blocked
12 Months Contract
Advanced Deposit RM 150 RM 250 RM 350 RM 450
iPhone 6
16 GB RM 1,878 RM 1,808 RM 1,698 RM 1,548 RM 1,298
64 GB RM 2,218 RM 2,148 RM 2,038 RM 1,888 RM 1,638
128 GB RM 2,558 RM 2,488 RM 2,378 RM 2,228 RM 1,978
iPhone 6 Plus
16 GB RM 2,218 RM 2,138 RM 2,028 RM 1,878 RM 1,628
64 GB RM 2,548 RM 2,478 RM 2,368 RM 2,218 RM 1,968
128 GB RM 2,888 RM 2,808 RM 2,698 RM 2,548 RM 2,298
Special Rebate (10 months)
16 GB RM 230 RM 230 RM 240 RM 290 RM 440
64 GB RM 220 RM 220 RM 230 RM 280 RM 430
128 GB RM 210 RM 210 RM 220 RM 270 RM 420
24 Months Contract
Advanced Deposit*
128GB + RM 100 extra
RM 250 RM 350 RM 450 RM 550
iPhone 6
16 GB RM 1,598 RM 1,438 RM 1,218 RM 938 RM 418
64 GB RM 1,938 RM 1,788 RM 1,568 RM 1,268 RM 768
128 GB RM 2,268 RM 2,118 RM 1,898 RM 1,618 RM 1,098
iPhone 6 Plus
16 GB RM 1,938 RM 1,788 RM 1,568 RM 1,288 RM 768
64 GB RM 2,268 RM 2,128 RM 1,908 RM 1,608 RM 1,108
128 GB RM 2,598 RM 2,458 RM 2,238 RM 1,958 RM 1,438
Special Rebate (20 months)
16 GB RM 500 RM 500 RM 620 RM 800 RM 1,220
64 GB RM 480 RM 480 RM 600 RM 800 RM 1,200
128 GB RM 380 RM 380 RM 500 RM 680 RM 1,100

* There is additional RM 100 advanced deposit for iPhone 6 & 6 Plus 128 GB on 24 months contract. Advanced deposit will be rebate Continue reading Celcom iPhone 6 & iPhone 6 Plus Plans

iPhone 6 & 6 Plus – DiGi vs Maxis – Winner?

Maxis was the first telco to revealed their iPhone 6 & 6 Plus plan offer and followed by DiGi one and half hour later. However rumours indicated that Celcom will reveal their plan details close to the launch. Therefore, before Celcom reveal their offer, let’s compare the DiGi and Maxis offer first, to give some guidance and advice on choosing the right plan, or more accurately is the most valuable plan that fit your needs.

iPhone 6 Plus

Beside pricing consideration, network coverage, internet connectivity (3G/LTE) as well as quality of voice calling are the factors of consideration as well. Although our comparison are focus mainly in pricing, but you should also consider the factors mention above before you sign your 12-24 months contract.

Compare DiGi and Maxis from the lowest commitment plans in 12 months.

Telco DiGi Maxis
Plan iDiGi 50 iValue Simple
Monthly Fee RM 50 RM 50
Contract Length 12 months 12 months
Bundle Usage
Call to All Networks 50 minutes 200 minutes
SMS to Own Network 200 SMS 100 SMS
SMS to Other Networks
Mobile Data 2 GB 1 GB
Exceed Usage Charges
Call to Own Network RM 0.15/minute RM 0.12/minute
Call to Other Networks RM 0.20/minute
SMS to Own Network RM 0.10/SMS RM 0.05/SMS
SMS to Other Networks RM 0.15/SMS
Extra Bonuses For MNP/New Customer
Call to All Networks 100 Minutes
SMS to All Networks 100 SMS
Advance Deposit RM 50 RM 150
iPhone 6 Price
16 GB RM 2,165 RM 2,249
64 GB RM 2,500 RM 2,579
128 GB RM 2,835 RM 2,919
iPhone 6 Plus Price
16 GB RM 2,500 RM 2,579
64 GB RM 2,835 RM 2,919
128 GB RM 3,170 RM 3,249
Total Owning Cost iPhone 6 (12 Months)*
16 GB RM 2,765 RM 2,849
64 GB RM 3,100 RM 3,179
128 GB RM 3,435 RM 3,519
Total Owning Cost iPhone 6 Plus (12 Months)*
16 GB RM 3,100 RM 3,179
64 GB RM 3,435 RM 3,519
128 GB RM 3,770 RM 3,849

*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.

From the chart above, DiGi has the cheapest offer in term of 12 months total owing cost. But let’s go deeper, is it really worth?

DiGi vs Maxis

– Obviously DiGi has more data and cheaper exceed data charges, but Maxis has more bundle call and sms allocated.

– DiGi plan is not very attractive for current DiGi customer compare to new/MNP to DiGi customer due to extra 100 minute and 100 sms to all networks bonuses only allocated to new/MNP customer.

DiGi is the winner in this comparison. And here is the tricky solution to get the new/MNP bonus for existing DiGi customer.

Utilize the MNP feature, port to other telcos, such as Maxis, then MNP back to DiGi. Each MNP process takes you minimum 24 hours and RM 10 stamp duty charges. So total cost is RM 20 in this case. (You can MNP to prepaid and back to DiGi and save RM 10 in this case)

However, if you’re taking the advantage of the autobilling feature, you can save RM 5 for 6 months.

Compare DiGi and Maxis around RM 100 monthly fee plans in 24 months.

Telco DiGi Maxis
Plan iDiGi 108 iValue 1
Monthly Fee RM 108 RM 100
Contract Length 24 months 24 months
Bundle Usage
Call to Own Network 300 minutes 1,000 minutes
Call to Other Networks 333 minutes
SMS to Own Network 300 SMS 1,000 SMS
SMS to Other Networks
Mobile Data 3 GB 2 GB
Apps Data
iTunes, FaceTime, iMessage, Facebook & Twitter
2 GB
Exceed Usage Charges
Call to All Networks RM 0.15/minute RM 0.15/minute
SMS to All Networks RM 0.10/SMS RM 0.10/SMS
Extra Bonuses Customer
Weekend Call to Own Networks Yes No
Advance Deposit RM 720 RM 600
iPhone 6 Price
16 GB RM 1,445 RM 1,559
64 GB RM 1,780 RM 1,889
128 GB RM 2,115 RM 2,229
iPhone 6 Plus Price
16 GB RM 1,780 RM 1,889
64 GB RM 2,115 RM 2,229
128 GB RM 2,450 RM 2,559
Total Owning Cost iPhone 6 (24 Months)*
16 GB RM 4,037 RM 3,959
64 GB RM 4,372 RM 4,289
128 GB RM 4,707 RM 4,629
Total Owning Cost iPhone 6 Plus (24 Months)*
16 GB RM 4,372 RM 4,289
64 GB RM 4,707 RM 4,629
128 GB RM 5,042 RM 4,959

*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.

DiGi vs Maxis

– DiGi has more data (5GB), however it separate 2GB into apps data and only allocated to iTunes, FaceTime, iMessage, Facebook & Twitter, but it still more than Maxis (3GB).

– However, Maxis offer more call allocation, it’s good for those who needs to make a lots of call, such as sales agent.

– In overall, 24 months total owing cost for Maxis is slightly lower than DiGi.

– However, if you’re not using that much data (perhaps 2 to 3GB) and call/sms (200-300 minutes/sms), you might want to consider Continue reading iPhone 6 & 6 Plus – DiGi vs Maxis – Winner?