Cannot understand those complicated iPhone 4 plans? Do you find them having too many options, confusing terms and conditions? Never fear, the MW team will help you make the right choice
Okay the iPhone 4 is here legally and you don’t have to buy the parallel imported grey sets any longer. Both Maxis (with a glitzy launch) and DiGi (an uncharacteristically decidedly low key launch) have announced their plans which you can check out on their websites. But which plan to choose?At the end of the day, there isn’t much to separate the offerings from DiGi and Maxis. We won’t even attempt to dissect the various plans as we think that would end up confusing readers even more. We know we got thoroughly confused when we tried to do that. Instead we will list below key deal-makers (or deal breakers) that will help different categories of users make a decision. Just decide which type you are. QED.
EASY ON THE POCKET
DiGi’s plans offer substantially lower monthly fees – at the cost of much less free airtime. If you can keep the number of calls you make low, by all means take the first bus to the DiGi iPhone booth.
If big phone bills are the norm for you and you make calls like nobody’s business and hardly worry about your phone bills (you lucky devil) then Maxis has just the plan for you. Anyone with phone bills of more than RM300 per month should head to the nearest Maxis centre. There’s a free iPhone waiting for you.
VOICE IS IMPORTANT
Like we said, if you love making calls, the plans from Maxis has a lot more free airtime hours, a fact that is conveniently overlooked in the ‘Compare Us’ sheet produced by DiGi.
MOBILE INTERNET ADDICT
If you’re a heavy mobile data user, you might want to check out the plans from DiGi. You get more Gigs a month from them for their higher range plans plus they won’t charge you more when you cross that already generous monthly limit. All they will do is to throttle your speed when you have reached the limit. If you can live with slower speeds towards the end of the month, DiGi is for you. If you are willing to spend RM0.05/10kb for extra data or if you are sure you can keep within the monthly limit, go ahead and take the Maxis plan.
WORK PLAY ANYWHERE
No question about this type of user. Maxis has wider network coverage. Plus you will get faster speeds at more locations from them. If you’re the type that moves around a lot, go with Maxis. Having said that and whichever Telco’s plan you choose, make sure that the coverage in the location where you will spend a lot of time (home and office?) matches your expectations.
PREFER SHORT RELATIONSHIPSIf you want to be free as soon as possible (so that you could pounce on a new mobile device or better plan when they come) you will love Maxis as they have 12 months plans too. All plans from DiGi tie you down for 24 months. Of course, if you want to be completely free, you might want to consider heading down south. The Apple Store there sells iPhones without contracts.