Maxis, DiGi unveil price plans for iPhone 4 in Malaysia
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Apple iPhone 4
|(SRP) RM2,590 (32GB), RM2,190 (16GB)|
|Price Updated 22 Apr 2011|
The war for the iPhone 4 subscriber is currently being battled out in Malaysia between Maxis Berhad and DiGi Telecommunications, both of whom have unveiled their pricing plans and availability.
While both companies are doing a launch event within hours of each other, DiGi is making the phone available on 24 Sept and Maxis will follow two days later on 26 Sept.
Now, unless you´re on a contract, the next question just may well be: "Which plan -- DiGi or Maxis?"
Since there´ll be no difference in the hardware on offer, Maxis & DiGi can only compete based on its coverage, plans and services as well as rebates on the suggested retail price of RM2,390 for the 32GB model and RM2,290 for the 16GB model.
Maxis´ pricing for the iPhone 4 was available online earlier, while DiGi´s plans for the iPhone 4 was officially revealed today.
Maxis is offering the iPhone 4 at eight different price points, depending on one of the four call plans and either a 12- or 24-month contract.
It is even offering the iPhone 4 16GB and 32GB for free if you sign up for the iValue 4 plan (RM375 per month) on a 24 month contract. The phone price can go all the way up to RM1,990 for the iValue 1 plan (RM100 per month) on a 12-month contract.
DiGi has made it simpler, offering the iPhone 4 32GB for RM2,490 and the iPhone 4 16GB for RM2,090. However, it is only available on a 24-month contract but DiGi will be offering the iPhone 4 without a contract for RM2,390 (32GB) and RM1,990 (16GB) from 1 November for current iDiGi subscribers.
While the price of the iPhones by DiGi are higher that Maxis´, their call plans start at a lower point.
Being a data intensive phone, it is important to see what kind of data package you can get with the iPhone 4. When comparing the plans, it does seem that DiGi offers a better data deal, even though the price of the iPhone 4 is higher.
DiGi´s giving 1GB of data under the iDiGi 88 plan (RM63 a month), 3GB of data under the iDiGi 138 plan (RM88 per month) and 5GB worth of data under the iDiGi 238 plan (RM158 per month). If you choose auto-billing the monthly fees are reduced by RM5.
On the other hand, for Maxis, 1GB of data comes under the iValue 1 plan (RM100 per month), 2GB of data is offered in the iValue 2 plan (RM155 per month) and 4GB of data is offered in the iValue 4 plan (RM375 per month). It also has the iValue 3 plan offering 3GB of data at RM250 per month.
As for SMS and MMS messaging, there´s not much of a difference in the offers but Maxis also offers more free local calls when compared to DiGi (at least 200 minutes for DiGi vs a minimum 333 minutes for Maxis).
So it basically boils down to coverage and whether you want to pay a lower monthly fee or a lower price for your iPhone 4.
by Aimie Pardas
Published Date : 23 September 2010