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Sim Card with data

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Sim Card with data

Do any of the local sim cards in Malaysia come with a data allowance?

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11. Re: Sim Card with data

Ur right. Unfortunately i used celcom and the data sucked though i was charged upfront!!! Sad!

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12. Re: Sim Card with data

Ur right. Unfortunately i used celcom and the data sucked though i was charged upfront!!! Sad!

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13. Re: Sim Card with data

mKiaraTravel,

I'll be in KL and Georgetown mostly. Is Maxis/Hotlink still the best option for the Georgetown part?

Thanks

David

Edited: 4:35 pm, March 22, 2013
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14. Re: Sim Card with data

Hi David, re:post 13- yep.

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15. Re: Sim Card with data

Any ideas on which operators that works on the Perhentian Islands? According to Wikitravel Digi, Celcom and Maxis are working but how about uMobile? Which is the best operator if I´m going to stay in the islands for a longer time, let´s say 10 days?

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16. Re: Sim Card with data

Hi , re post #15, in respect of Umobile, based on experience, there is quite good coverage,but only 2G/.2.5G (there is 3G,but in a very concentrated area), on most parts of Pulau Perhentian Kecil,and only coverage(though not very stable) in western side of Pulau Perhentian Besar..then it goes into domestic roaming(if one has preset one's phone) to Maxis network..but sadly possibly due to their T&C 3G RAN agreement, data is practically very slow...e.g. for YouTube..you will be seeing the blank dark page,and that turning and turning circles,

on some mobile website...still fine,but upload takes momentarily longer.

Signal reception is very poor,and I find it drain device battery power real quick when one goes date with UMobile domestic roaming.

Maxis/Hotlink signal and stability is much better on Pulau Perhentian(based on my Broadband SIM in iPad).

So depending on what device you are using- I will go for Maxis/Hotlink.independently if data will be your main use, but if looking at cost and agreeing for some compromise..you could go for UMobile..but on Pulau Perhentian islands..it is really "piggy back" on Maxis network (drain battery fast)-so decision is at discretion.

For Data, particularly prepaid, I will not be bothered with Celcom....their corporate colour just gives too much blues when you come to using it.

Digi...just for comment..as I also have a line with them...well, when I first knew the yellow man, he was great, but I think he is resting on his laurels...there are occasions (since my last trip back to Malaysia), when am using one of my device with Digi SIM card,and data is slow, or no signal..I will take out my other device with Maxis SIM card..and reliability is there.

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17. Re: Sim Card with data

Re to poster post #15, no hard feelings about Digi...as Digi is under Telenor,and that is Scandinavian..but after Johan Dennelind left Digi (he is a real marketing and strategic guy)..he did great works transforming Digi to a celco..that Malaysians reconsider,as at that time..many just go for Maxis or Celcom.

Johan is of course your countryman,from Sweden ( a academic product from Sweden's Örebro University).

And guess what..Johan is coming back to Malaysia..and Maxis is going to have him.

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Thank you very much for this information, highly appreciated! I will go for Maxis and/or UMobile then.

Interesting facts about Johan and Digi, I didn´t know that. :)

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19. Re: Sim Card with data

By the way, I was in Malaysia last year for a month, and used Maxis, and was happy with the coverage.

However, I didn't bother with buying a data allowance in the end, because there are so many sources of free wifi everywhere (hotel, Starbucks, McDonalds etc).

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20. Re: Sim Card with data

May I know if the Maxis coverage is good in Sabah? Had wanted to get celcom but after reading the posts above, I think I better go for another option.