Which Postpaid Call Plan (With Data) By Major Telcos In Malaysia Is Best For You?

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Sometimes we face a dilemma in deciding which call plan to subscribe when we are changing our mobile phone plan or switching between mobile network providers (a.k.a. telcos). There are so many different packages and bundles available from each telco and it’s really hard to tell which is better. Therefore, here I’m putting all the figures into an organized table for side-by-side comparison and sharing my views on all postpaid call plans (with/without data) from 4 major telcos in Malaysia, namely Maxis, Celcom, DiGi & U Mobile.

Malaysia Telco Call Plans Comparison

I leave Yes 4G out of the comparison even though their user base has been expanding since the launch in 2010 because their WiMax network is not compatible with GSM phones that most of us are using. Besides, I only select call plans without phone bundle in order to keep the comparison simple and straightforward. Please note that only 2 call plans in my comparison are contract based, which are Ultimate Device Plans (24-month) and U Platinum (36-month) by U Mobile. Otherwise, we are free to switch plans at anytime.


Malaysia Telco Call Plans Comparison
Malaysia Telco Call Plans Comparison Full Table – Updated 22/8/14 (Click to enlarge)

Maxis Call Plans

Celcom Call Plans

DiGi Call Plans

U Mobile Call Plans

 

Main factors influencing your decision

As we can see from the full table above, call plans from all telcos have limited data quotas which make filtering through these call plans a lot easier. Furthermore, we don’t make calls or send SMS as many as we used to, all thanks to the new generation messaging and VoIP (Voice over IP) apps, such as WhatsApp, WeChat, Google Hangout, Facebook Messenger and Skype.

Now we just need to know roughly how much data we need per month or by asking ourselves a few questions as listed below:

1. Don’t need data? (Budget RM28 – RM50)

Well, the decision is easy. Maxis TalkMore 28, TalkMore 48, Celcom First Prime, DiGi Simple Plan, U Mobile U28 and Unlimited 50 are among the cheapest options available.

2. Need data but occasionally will make calls and send SMS?

In this case you’ll have to decide on how much data per month is enough for you. Basically, all call plans with data are suitable for you, depending on your monthly data usage.

2a. Need less than 2GB data per month? (Budget RM28 – RM68)

U Mobile U28 will be the cheapest plan if you only need to make minimal calls and SMS, while Celcom First One 3GB will give you a peace of mind with 3GB data and free 60 minutes call and 60 SMS.

  • Maxis SurfMore 50 (1GB): RM50 + additional costs for any calls & SMS
  • Celcom First One 3GB (3GB): RM68 (come with 60 min calls & 60 SMS)
  • DiGi SmartPlan 50 (2GB): RM50 + additional costs for any calls & SMS to other networks
  • U Mobile U28 (1GB): RM28 + additional costs for any calls
  • U Mobile Unlimited 50 (2GB): RM50 + additional costs for calls to other network & any SMS

2b. Need more than 2GB data per month? (Budget RM68 onward)

Celcom First One 3GB (RM68) will be the best plan with 3GB data and free 60 minutes call and 60 SMS. Besides, it has reasonable data add-on from as low as RM3 only. In case if you need more calls & SMS, DiGi SmartPlan 78 (3GB data) or U Mobile Unlimited 80 (3GB data) can be considered too.

 

For monthly data usage more than 3GB, Maxis SurfMore 75 (RM75) is the cheapest options but without free calls or SMS. Celcom First One 5GB (RM88) is the next option with free 60 min calls and 60 SMS.

3. Prefer unlimited talk time and SMS? (Budget RM50 – RM158)

Currently, only Maxis is having plans with unlimited call and SMS to all networks, which are MaxisONE Plan 2GB (RM128) and MaxisONE Plan 3GB (RM158). If you only need unlimited call/SMS to the same network, then MaxisONE Plan Lite 1GB (RM78) would be a cheaper option. Besides, U Mobile Unlimited 50 (RM50) and Unlimited 80 (RM80) offer unlimited call on the same network too.

4. Need huge data plan? (Budget RM90 onward)

Any monthly data usage more than 5GB, you’ll either need to subscribe to the call plan with highest data quota or purchase extra data add-on. The cheapest combinations are:

  • Maxis SurfMore 75 5GB (RM75) + 1GB (RM15) = Total 6GB (RM90)
  • Celcom First One 5GB (RM88) + 1GB (RM15) = Total 6GB (RM103) with free 60 min calls and 60 SMS

5. Prefer to purchase extra data add-on after allocated free data is exceeded?

This option is always not cost effective because data add-ons are generally expensive among all telcos. Therefore, purchasing data add-on should not be a monthly practice and it should only be taken as a short term solution when you reach your data limit.

 

However, Maxis SurfMore 50 (no free call & SMS) and Celcom First One 3GB (free 60 min calls & 60 SMS) both offer reasonable data add-on in case if you really need to go for this option.

 

Other important factors

1. Many friends and family members on the same network?

If many of your friends and family members are on Maxis network, selecting MaxisONE Plan Lite is a no-brainer because if offers both unlimited calls and SMS on the same network.

 

Both Celcom First One plans seems to give user a peace of mind with its generous data quota and free 60 minutes talk time & 60 SMS, making the plans very attractive if you need a lot of data but don’t make too many calls or SMS. It’s less likely to burn your pocket as their data add-on are very reasonably priced too, from as low as RM3 you can get 0.1GB of extra data.

 

DiGi have the best call rate (15sen/min) for calls to different network, while Maxis TalkMore 48 is the cheapest call plan with lowest call rate for calls in the same network.

 

As for U Mobile, Unlimited 50 and Unlimited 80 are good because you can enjoy unlimited calls to your friends and family members. If you don’t mind long contract for your call plan, Ultimate Device Plans (24-month) and U Platinum (36-month) can be considered as they have generous data quota.

2. Network Coverage

Network coverage of a mobile network provider is an important factor we need to consider too, especially if you are using a 4G LTE phone. Maxis and Celcom are having the best 4G LTE coverage so far.

3. Extra cost or reduced data speed after exceeding quota?

Some call plans charge per additional data usage after exceeding the allocated data quota and this might give you a shock if you are unaware of it. On the other hand, some call plans will only throttle the data speed and no extra cost will incur.

 

Which call plan would I personally choose?

My current data usage is less than 2GB per month and I have Yes 4G as back up so I would either choose Maxis SurfMore 50, Celcom First One 3GB or DiGi SmartPlan 50. I would probably prefer to use Maxis or Celcom as I have more confidence on their network than DiGi’s. Moreover, Maxis SurfMore 50 and Celcom First One 3GB offer cheapest data add-on among all telcos and it doesn’t have validity period like UMobile’s (3 days).

If I have a chance to design my own custom plan, ideally I would prefer to have a call plan that has at least 3GB of free data, 100 minutes of free call and 100 free SMS to all networks. Besides, data speed should only be reduced after exceeding the quota and reasonable data add-ons should be available too. Celcom First One 3GB comes very close to this ideal call plan and the price is only RM68/month.

Anyway, I hope the above tables and my analysis is useful for selecting a call plan that is best for you.


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