Best Value iPhone 6/6 Plus Plan

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.

Compare the Most Expensive Plan of Celcom, DiGi & Maxis

Telco Celcom DiGi Maxis
Plan Elite iDiGi 238 iValue 3
Monthly Fee RM 238 RM 238 RM 250
Bundle Usage
Call to Own Networks 1,500 units 1,000 minutes 1,000 minutes
Call to Other Networks 1,500 minutes
SMS to Own Network 600 SMS 1,000 SMS
SMS to Other Networks
Mobile Internet 6.2 GB 5 GB 6 GB
Apps Data 3 GB
Wi-Fi Data 1 GB
Exceed Quota Charges
Call to All Networks RM 0.10/minutes
SMS to All Networks RM 0.10/SMS
Mobile Data Block Speed Throttle
24 Months Contract Total Cost*
16 GB RM 6,130 RM 6,269 RM 6,659
64 GB RM 6,480 RM 6,604 RM 6,999
128 GB RM 6,810 RM 6,939 RM 7,329

*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

– Among them, Maxis has the most expensive iPhone 6 plan – iValue 3. If you’re really using that much (up to 2,500 minutes call + 1,000 SMS), then Maxis definitely is your idea telco, otherwise it will be the first telco I excluded from consideration.

– Compare Celcom vs DiGi, DiGi seems to be having more Data (8GB vs Celcom 6.2 GB), but out of that 8GB, 3GB was restricted to iTunes, FaceTime, iMessage, Facebook & Twitter. Will you use that much data?

– Although DiGi offer 1,600 unit (1,000 call + 600 SMS) compare to Celcom 1,500 unit, but with Celcom you can freely decide where you want to utilize your 1,500 units, to either call or sms or mms.

– In conclusion, I would say Celcom > DiGi > Maxis. And you?

– Please take note that Celcom Elite plan come with 4 GB Celcom First Wi-Fi, however, in Celcom iPhone 6/6 Plus packages, the Elite plan has only 1 GB First Wi-Fi. Somewhat disappointed…

Compare the Plan of Celcom, DiGi & Maxis that around RM 100

Telco Celcom DiGi Maxis
Plan Prime 98 Prime 128 iDiGi 108 iValue 1
Monthly Fee RM 98 RM 128 RM 108 RM 100
Bundle Usage
Call to Own Network 266 units 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 4.05 GB 6.05 GB 3 GB 2 GB
Apps Data 2 GB
Exceed Quota Charges
Call to All Networks RM 0.15/minute
SMS to All Networks RM 0.15/SMS RM 0.10/SMS
Exceed Quota Block Speed Throttle
24 Months Contract Total Cost*
16 GB RM 3,790 RM 4,290 RM 4,037 RM 3,959
64 GB RM 4,140 RM 4,640 RM 4,372 RM 4,289
128 GB RM 4,470 RM 4,970 RM 4,707 RM 4,629

*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

– In overall, Maxis give the least data allowance (only 2GB), which seems insufficient for most of the people nowaday (according to own experience and conversation with lowyat forumers), while Celcom charge higher sms rate after exceed bundle usage.

– If you use large amount of data but rarely make call or sms, then DiGi probably is your best solution, provided the coverage is fine for your frequent travel location. But if 5 GB isn’t satisfy your need, you can take advantage of Celcom 6.05 GB plan with additional RM 10.54 for 1 GB is considerably great deal.

– If you’re kind of sales person and require more talk time than data, Maxis would fit you the most.

Compare the Middle Range Plan of Celcom, DiGi & Maxis

Telco Celcom DiGi Maxis
Plan Premier iDiGi 148 MaxisOne iValue 2
Monthly Fee RM 168 RM 148 RM 158 RM 155
Bundle Usage
Call to Own Network 666 units 600 minutes Unlimited 1,000 minutes
Call to Other Networks 667 minutes
SMS to Own Network 600 SMS 1,000 SMS
SMS to Other Networks
Mobile Internet 6.1 GB 3 GB 3 GB 4 GB
Apps Data 3 GB
Exceed Quota Charges
Call to All Networks RM 0.12/minute RM 0.10/minute Free RM 0.12/minute
SMS to All Networks RM 0.12/SMS RM 0.10/SMS MaxisOne RM 0.10/SMS
Exceed Quota Block Speed Throttle
24 Months Contract Total Cost*
16 GB RM 4,970 RM 4,733 RM 5,181 RM 4,949
64 GB RM 5,300 RM 5,068 RM 5,521 RM 5,279
128 GB RM 5,650 RM 5,403 RM 5,851 RM 5,609

*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

– Personally, I’ll drop DiGi according to my usage, because DiGi has restricted 3GB data into iTunes, FaceTime, iMessage, Facebook & Twitter, personally I don’t use that much in those apps.

– Compare Celcom vs Maxis, if you data hungry, Celcom, else Maxis. If you’re balance on that, probably you should consider Maxis, cause iValue 2 offer you in total of 1,667 minutes of calling (1,000 on-net & 667 off-net) and come with 4 GB data.

General

In general, Celcom give you most data, followed by DiGi, but DiGi has restricted your data usage into mobile data and apps data (iTunes, FaceTime, iMessage, Facebook & Twitter). DiGi is very clever, because most of the people didn’t use so much data in those apps.

Although some recommendation, guidance and comment on selecting the best value plan, but it actually largely depends on your actual usage and budget. Besides that, coverage and signal strength also another important factor that can influence your decision.

If you’ve any comments, please do not hesitate to ask or share with us. 🙂

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