Best 24 Months Contracted iPhone 5 Plan – Celcom vs DiGi vs Maxis

Since the Celcom iPhone 5 packages has been revealed yesterday evening, everyone are not concern on which iPhone 5 plan is the best. However, there is no such thing, the best.

I’ve prepared a few comparison chart to compare the current 3 telecommunication providers’ (Celcom, DiGi and Maxis) Apple iPhone 5 plans as a reference guide for you to choose the affordable and suitable iPhone 5 plan.

If you’ve read my previous post ‘Contracted iPhone 5 – DiGi vs Maxis‘, you probably wonder why I compared the plans by their actual monthly commitment but not what the telco stated, for example iDiGi 138, I compare it together with Maxis iValue 1 but not compare the iDiGi 88 with iValue 1.

But if you compare carefully, you will found that actually their bundle usage are close similar, but the total payment for 24 months commitment + iPhone 5 device price will shock you. I hope by using this new idea to compare will give you a new idea and experience on how to choose a best plan for you.

Total Payable Amount (exclude stamp duty RM 10 and 6% GST) – 24 months

Plan Prime iDiGi 88
Monthly Commitment RM 98 RM 60
Bundle Usages
Voice Call Same Network Bundle for 267 units 200 minutes
Voice Call Other Networks
SMS Same Network 200 SMS
SMS Other Networks
MMS Same Network 20 MMS
MMS Other Networks
Charging Block 30 seconds 30 seconds
Internet Data 4.05 GB 1 GB
Exceed Bundle Usages
Voice Call Same Network RM 0.15/minute RM 0.15/minute
Voice Call Other Networks
SMS Same Network RM 0.15/SMS RM 0.10/SMS
SMS Other Networks
MMS Same Network RM 0.15/MMS RM 0.20/MMS
MMS Other Networks
Charging Block 30 seconds 30 seconds
Internet Data Speed Throttled
24 Months Total Payment
iPhone 5 16 GB RM 3,650 RM 3,452
iPhone 5 32 GB RM 3,960 RM 3,761
iPhone 5 64 GB RM 4,270 RM 4,072

We compare both Celcom Prime and DiGi iDiGi 88, DiGi iDiGi 88 bundle usage are more than Celcom Prime except internet data quota are very low. Although DiGi has the cheapest iPhone 5 device pricing plus 24 months total commitment, but the differences just about RM 200.

So, I would recommend Celcom Prime, due to,

  • DiGi coverage and network quality are poor.
  • 3 timex more data allowance.
  • Normally a postpaid user won’t need to use so much SMS

Total Payable Amount (exclude stamp duty RM 10 and 6% GST) – 24 months

Plan Prime iDiGi 138 iValue 1
Monthly Commitment RM 98 RM 93 RM 100
Bundle Usages
Voice Call Same Network Bundle for 267 units 450 minutes 1000 minutes
Voice Call Other Networks 333 minutes
SMS Same Network 400 SMS 1000 SMS
SMS Other Networks n/a
MMS Same Network 40 MMS 20 MMS
MMS Other Networks n/a
Charging Block 30 seconds 30 seconds 30 seconds
Internet Data 4.05 GB 3 GB 2 GB
Exceed Bundle Usages
Voice Call Same Network RM 0.15/minute RM 0.12/minute RM 0.15/minute
Voice Call Other Networks
SMS Same Network RM 0.15/SMS RM 0.10/SMS RM 0.10/SMS
SMS Other Networks
MMS Same Network RM 0.15/MMS RM 0.20/MMS ?
MMS Other Networks
Charging Block 30 seconds 30 seconds 30 seconds
Internet Data Speed Throttled
24 Months Total Payment
iPhone 5 16 GB RM 3,650 RM 4,244 RM 3,799
iPhone 5 32 GB RM 3,960 RM 4,554 RM 4,099
iPhone 5 64 GB RM 4,270 RM 4,864 RM 4,449

Maxis iValue 1 should be sufficient for a normal iPhone 5 usage. Celcom Prime plan bundle usage is quite less, because nowaday a normal postpaid users will definitely uses more than 267 units in a month. Try to image, 267 units divided by 30 days, it’s about 9 units per day for call + sms ?

Total Payable Amount (exclude stamp duty RM 10 and 6% GST) – 24 months

Plan Premier iDiGi 238 iValue 2
Monthly Commitment RM 168 RM 161 RM 155
Bundle Usages
Voice Call Same Network Bundle for 667 units 1000 minutes 1000 minutes
Voice Call Other Networks 667 minutes
SMS Same Network 600 SMS 1000 SMS
SMS Other Networks n/a
MMS Same Network 60 MMS 40 MMS
MMS Other Networks n/a
Charging Block 30 seconds 30 seconds 30 seconds
Internet Data 6.1 GB 5 GB 4 GB
Exceed Bundle Usages
Voice Call Same Network RM 0.12/minute RM 0.10/minute RM 0.12/minute
Voice Call Other Networks
SMS Same Network RM 0.12/SMS RM 0.10/SMS RM 0.10/SMS
SMS Other Networks
MMS Same Network RM 0.12/MMS RM 0.20/MMS ?
MMS Other Networks
Charging Block 30 seconds 30 seconds 30 seconds
Internet Data Speed Throttled
24 Months Total Payment
iPhone 5 16 GB RM 4,820 RM 5,876 RM 4,869
iPhone 5 32 GB RM 5,130 RM 6,186 RM 5,219
iPhone 5 64 GB RM 5,440 RM 6,496 RM 5,519

I would still recommend Maxis iValue 2 if your usage is around RM 150 to RM 170. The reasons are similar to the usage around RM 100.

Total Payable Amount (exclude stamp duty RM 10 and 6% GST) – 24 months

Plan Elite iValue 3
Monthly Commitment RM 238 RM 250
Bundle Usages
Voice Call Same Network Bundle for 1500 units 1000 minutes
Voice Call Other Networks 1500 minutes
SMS Same Network 1000 SMS
SMS Other Networks n/a
MMS Same Network 60 MMS
MMS Other Networks n/a
Charging Block 30 seconds 30 seconds
Internet Data 6.2 GB 6 GB
Exceed Bundle Usages
Voice Call Same Network RM 0.10/minute RM 0.10/minute
Voice Call Other Networks
SMS Same Network RM 0.10/SMS RM 0.10/SMS
SMS Other Networks
MMS Same Network RM 0.10/MMS ?
MMS Other Networks
Charging Block 30 seconds 30 seconds
Internet Data Speed Throttled
24 Months Total Payment
iPhone 5 16 GB RM 5,990 RM 6,449
iPhone 5 32 GB RM 6,300 RM 6,749
iPhone 5 64 GB RM 6,610 RM 7,049

Obviously I would say Celcom Elite plan. You probably think that lthough there is only RM 439 to 459 more for Maxis iValue 3, but Maxis offers extra 1,000 minutes Maxis to Maxis call and 1,000 Maxis to Maxis SMS.

But please keep in mind that, during the 24 months contract period, whenever you send a sms to other networks, you will be charged RM 0.10/SMS, and 1,500 minutes (equal to 25 hours) is actually consider a lot for normal user, unless you’re a businessman or other special purposes, then will be another story.

Do you agree with my comparison ? Or you have another ideas would like to share ? Please do not hesitate to leave your comments in the comment box.

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