YTL hoping Malaysians will say YES to new converged 4G mobile Internet service
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|Price Updated 19 Nov 2010|
|Price Updated 19 Nov 2010|
The latest 4G service in Malaysia, Yes by YTL Communications, is hoping to entice Malaysians with a pay-as-you-go converged 4G mobile Internet service that includes data, voice and SMS, and doesn´t come with a contract or data throttling in place.
Yes will be based on the utility model, where consumers will pay just for what they use, like water or electricity, said Tan Sri Francis Yeoh, Executive Chairman of YTL Communciations.
Consumers will simply pay 9 sen for either every 3MB of data or for every one minute of calls or for each SMS. According to YTL Communications, the data speeds will be three to five times faster than regular 3G speeds.
"Every Yes account comes with high speed Internet access and a mobile phone number, making the convergence of data and voice seamless. Our subscribers will not only have high speed mobile data access but will also enjoy voice, online chat and SMS services," he said.
Consumers will have to buy credit to use the services but there is no expiration date for the credit. Users will only have to reload when they run out of credit.
Additionally, instead of enforcing a data cap or reducing speeds for heavy data users, Yes will also offer rebates to users who consume at high amounts of data. There´s a RM9 rebate for 2.5GB of data usage, a RM23 rebate for 3GB of data usage and for 4GB of data usage or more, Yes is offering a 30 percent rebate for every GB used.
Besides the service, YTL Communications and Samsung also announced the introduction of a 4G mobile phone called Yes Buzz. The SIM-less phone that has a keypad and slide-out keyboard can also be used as a modem for your laptop and all contact details are synchronised with the 4G network. It is expected to be available in December 2010 and priced at RM499.
Other Yes 4G devices include the Yes Huddle, a 4G mobile wireless router that can connect up to five devices simultaneously, Yes Go, a 4G USB dongle and Yes Zoom, a 4G WiFi router designed for home and office use.
The Yes Go 4G dongle is available for RM99 and includes the device, RM100 worth of Yes credit and access to Yes Life and Yes Mail.
Meanwhile, the Yes Huddle 4G mobile hotspot is available for RM399 for the device only. Alternatively, a package that includes RM1,200 of Yes credit, Yes Life and Yes Mail is available for RM1,199.
However, like the Yes Buzz phone, the Yes Zoom 4G gateway is also expected to be available in December.
Besides the 4G devices, data and voice services, Yes will also offer Yes Life, a unified communications application that turns any Internet device into a phone.
Yes Life can be accessed via phone or computer and synchronises your contacts into one address book anywhere you sign in. It also synchronises your Yes email account and can be used for instant messaging.
The application also enables you to make voice calls and SMS, as well as video calls at local Malaysian rates.
And starting next month, the new release of Yes Life will be able to support six-way audio calls and four-way video calls.
by Aimie Pardas
Published Date : 19 November 2010