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Compare Samsung Galaxy S4 Plans – 12 & 18 Months Contract

After a short wait (it’s just a 6 weeks compare to Apple iPhone 5 3 months waited) since the Samsung event at New York, I’m sure Samsung and Android fans are waiting for it come to Malaysia. Finally it has just came and I’m preparing the comparison chart in compare all 4 giant telcos offer as well as any related information.

GALAXY S 4 gets you closer to what matters in life, bringing your world together

Currently there are 12 months, 18 months and 24 months contract offered, and this will be a very long post.(Due to it’s a very long post, so I’ve separated the 24 months to another post and will be published later.) I’ll begin from 12 months contract.

Compare data plan with commitment on data, but pay as you use on voice, sms usage. (Only Maxis offer it on 12 months contract plan)

Telco  Maxis
Plan  SurfMore 50  SurfMore 75
Monthly Commitment  RM 50  RM 75
Bundle Usage  None
Call to Maxis Network  RM 0.12
Call to Other Networks  RM 0.10
Charging Block  30 seconds
SMS to Maxis Network  RM 0.05
SMS to Other Networks  RM 0.15
Data  2GB  5GB
Special Discount 25% on Monthly Commitment when usage above RM 150
100% on Monthly Commitment when usage above RM 250
Galaxy S4 Price  RM 1,849  RM 1,699
Advance Payment
(Rebate over 5 months)
 RM 250  RM 250
Advance Payment
(Rebate on first bill)
 RM 100  RM 150
Initial Cost RM 2,199 RM 2,099
12 Months Total Cost
S4 + 6% Tax + Commitment + Stamp Duty
RM 2,495 RM 2,663

Compare Celcom and Maxis based on similar monthly fees

Telco Celcom Maxis Celcom Maxis Celcom Maxis Celcom Maxis
Monthly Commitment RM 78 RM 96 RM 98 RM 116 RM 118 RM 126 RM 138 RM 146
Talk Plan mBasic TalkMore 48 mBasic TalkMore 48 mBasic TalkMore 78 Celcom TalkMore 78
Data Plan mBasic 1 GB mAdvance 3 GB mBasic 1 GB mAdvance 3 GB
Bundle Usage
Call to All Networks 267 units of Min/SMS/MMS 400 Min 267 units of Min/SMS/MMS 400 Min 667 units of Min/SMS/MMS 600 Min 667 units of Min/SMS/MMS 600 Min
SMS to All Networks 200 SMS 200 SMS 500 SMS 500 SMS
Charging Block 30 seconds
Data Volume 1.05 GB 1 GB 3.05 GB 3 GB 1.1 GB 1 GB 3.1 GB 3 GB
Excessive Usage
Call to Same Network RM 0.15/Min RM 0.10/Min RM 0.15/Min RM 0.10/Min RM 0.12/Min RM 0.08/Min RM 0.12/Min RM 0.08/Min
Call to Other Networks RM 0.15/Min RM 0.15/Min RM 0.15/Min RM 0.15/Min
SMS to Same Network RM 0.15/SMS RM 0.10/SMS RM 0.15/SMS RM 0.10/SMS RM 0.12/SMS RM 0.08/SMS RM 0.12/SMS RM 0.08/SMS
SMS to Other Networks RM 0.15/SMS RM 0.15/SMS RM 0.15/SMS RM 0.15/SMS
Galaxy S4 Price RM 1,888 RM 1,849 RM 1,888 RM 1,699 RM 1,788 RM 1,699 RM 1,788 RM 1,599
Advance Payment
(Rebate on 1st bill)
RM 250 RM 50 RM 250 RM 50 RM 300 RM 80 RM 300 RM 80
Advance Payment
(Rebate over 5 months)
RM 250 RM 250 RM 250 RM 250
Initial Cost RM 2,138 RM 2,149 RM 2,138 RM 1,999 RM 2,088 RM 2,029 RM 2,088 RM 1,929
12 Months Total Cost
S4 + 6% Tax + Commitment + Stamp Duty
RM 2,890.16 RM 3,080.12 RM 3,144.56 RM 3,184.52 RM 3,298.96 RM 3,311.72 RM 3,553.36 RM 3,466.12

Celcom other 12 months contract plans

Plans Celcom First Elite
Data Plans mBasic mAdvance
Monthly Commitment RM 188 RM 208
Bundled Usage
Call to All Networks 1500 unit of Minute/SMS/MMS
SMS to All Networks
MMS to All Networks
Charging Block 30 seconds
Data Volume 1.2 GB 3.2 GB
Excessive Usage
Call to All Networks RM 0.10/minute
Charging Block 30 seconds
SMS to All Networks RM 0.10/SMS
MMS to All Networks RM 0.10/MMS
Galaxy S4 Price RM 1,688
Advance Payment
(Rebate on 1st bill)
RM 450
Initial Cost RM 2,138 RM 2,138
12 Months Total Cost
S4 + 6% Tax + Commitment + Stamp Duty
RM 4,089.36 RM 4,343.76

Compare 18 Months, but only Celcom offer it.

Plans Celcom First Prime Celcom First Premier Celcom First Elite
Data Plans mBasic mAdvance mBasic mAdvance mBasic mAdvance
Monthly Commitment RM 78 RM 98 RM 118 RM 138 RM 188 RM 208
Bundled Usage
Call to All Networks 267 unit of Minute/SMS/MMS 667 unit of Minute/SMS/MMS 1500 unit of Minute/SMS/MMS
SMS to All Networks
MMS to All Networks
Charging Block 30 seconds
Data Volume 1.05 GB 3.05 GB 1.1 GB 3.1 GB 1.2 GB 3.2 GB
Excessive Usage
Call to All Networks RM 0.15/minute RM 0.12/minute RM 0.10/minute
Charging Block 30 seconds
SMS to All Networks RM 0.15/SMS RM 0.12/SMS RM 0.10/SMS
MMS to All Networks RM 0.15/MMS RM 0.12/MMS RM 0.10/MMS
Galaxy S4 Price RM 1,788 RM 1,738 RM 1,598
Advance Payment
(Rebate on 1st bill)
RM 250 RM 300 RM 450
Initial Cost RM 2,038 RM 2,038 RM 2,038 RM 2,038 RM 2,048 RM 2,048
18 Months Total Cost
S4 + 6% Tax + Commitment + Stamp Duty
RM 3,386.24 RM 3,767.84 RM 4,049.44 RM 4,431.04 RM 5,285.04 RM 5,666.64

*Total contract length cost is based on the commitment usage

**Once allocated data volume finished in Maxis TalkMore, you will be charged pay per use (RM 0.10/10KB) until next billing cycle. While in Celcom your usage will be blocked unless you purchase additional volume.

Recommendation

Generally I would say Maxis plans offer better value in call and sms. For 12 months contract Galaxy S4, Maxis is winner.

I’m working in 24 months comparison chart, please do not forget to check back later.

Tips

If you a current Apple iPhone user and want to move to Samsung Galaxy S4, don’t miss the tips and tutorial ‘Moving From an iPhone to the Galaxy S4 – Tips and Advice‘ from our guest poster Reese Jones.

Moving From an iPhone to the Galaxy S4 – Tips and Advice

If you’ve been an iPhone user for years, switching over to Android can be quite daunting as it’s a fairly different mobile OS. Fear not – it’s also a very usable one and while you might find that some adjustment is required, it’s also an exciting change for many who want something a little different.

It used to be tough to get people to change from iOS to anything else, but now people tend to move between the two platforms fairly regularly and have worked out some very efficient ways of doing so. The main difficulty for many lies within transferring the data you want and need on your current device to the new one. Luckily, there are some very efficient ways to do so.

PC Pro makes a smart recommendation of setting up Dropbox on both your iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S4, so you can just drop all your files into the cloud-synced wonder app and watch them appear not long after on the other device, ready to be used. This works really well with photos, and especially for phones that don’t have removable memory as it solves the obstacle of physically removing files from one device only to realise the other doesn’t have a slot to plug it into.

In terms of apps, both markets are strong enough now that you’ll either find an app you currently use for Android, or there’ll be an app that does the same job available on the Google Play Store. It’s pretty convenient and showcases how far Android has come, to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the wealth of choice available on iOS. Just remember that if the app has no login or remotely stored data, you’re going to have to start again from scratch – but this is rarely an issue.

Transferring your contacts couldn’t be simpler, either, as you can either export them very simply, actually attach and email them over or even be completely rebellious and get out a pen and paper to do things old-school. It’ll only take a little while either way, and if you do it the old way you’ll also have a near-permanent hard copy of all of your contacts for whenever you may find yourself in need of them.

You’ll also need to be smart about music. Personally, I use Spotify Premium, which means all of my songs come through that service. What this in turn means is that whenever I change handsets, my online and offline playlists appear immediately after logging in, regardless of OS, and I can get on with nodding my head all day to a lovely selection of music without worrying about formats. If you do however have a locally stored music collection, simply use your backups and convert from format to format if you need to – it’s a lot more straightforward than it looks.

Once all that’s done, there’s very little else to worry about, other than what case to buy, what background to use, and of course the all important choice of whether to go for an impressive ringtone or stick with “old reliable” – the vibrate alone.

Samsung GALAXY S4

GALAXY S4 gets you closer to what matters in life, bringing your world together

The Samsung has just revealed its Galaxy S4 few hours ago at New York, US. This is their new flagship for 2013, just 10 months from the launched of Galaxy S III. Galaxy S4 comes in 2 colours – Black Frost and White Mist.

As expected, Galaxy S4 comes with a 8 cores processor, but some region will get 4 cores instead of 8 cores, and a 13MP rear camera. All this we had seen during the last 2 weeks the leaked from China. So it’s not that excited for us, just like Apple iPhone 5 leaked last year.

For your information, just after the launched of the new Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 recommended retail price has been revised to RM 1,699, and Galaxy S3 mini Continue reading