Wednesday, March 11, 2009

iPhone 3G officially making its way to Malaysia stores




THE much-awaited iPhone 3G will be officially be on sale starting next week, March 20 7.00pm to be precise.

Yup, the phone -- which sold 1 million units in 3 days, that became one of the main topic during GSM Asia Mobile Congress in Macau in November last year, and created so much attention that prompted rivals like Palm Inc, Motorola, Samsung, LG and even BlackBerry to launch their own touch-screen models -- will finally be here (officially).

So far, Maxis has a specially-designed pricing plans for these iPhone enthusiasts.

For RM100 a month, over a 24-month period, customers can get 333 minutes of voice credit, and 500MB of data credit.

For RM155 a month, customers get 666 minutes of voice credit and 1GB of data credit.

For RM250 a month, they get 1,500 minutes of voice credit and 2GB of data credit.

For RM375 a month, they get 2,500 minutes, and 3GB of data credit.

While the pricing may seem competitive, i am very disturbed over the way Maxis package the plans. As a consumer, i would prefer a surf-all-you-can type of data package, rather than 3GB or 500MB, as it would eliminate the fear of overspending.

By signing up to 1GB or 3GB plan, one would be constantly monitoring how much it is downloading, surfing... That, is not what internet experience is all about.

As for the phone's pricing, it varies. If you sign up for the RM375 a month package, you can get the 8GB iPhone 3G for free, and the 16GB version for RM260. If you sign up for the RM100 package, the 8GB phone is RM1590 while the 16GB phone is RM1890.

While it will definitely spark a lot of interest from iPhone lovers, generate loads of conversation topics, whether it will be a big hit in the country, is remain to be seen. Will those Omnia users, those who bought "modified" iPhone, sign-up to the Maxis iPhone packages? We'll find out in a few weeks' time.
Another concern is the timing of the launch...Yes, it is probably going to steal some limelight away from DiGi, which is going to launch its 3G services soon. Will the launch take the country by storm, at a time when consumers' main concerns are job security, employment, fuel costs, higher cost of living and slowing economy?
visit www.maxis.com.my/iPhone for more details.

3 Comments:

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