Xperia E Comparison with DiGi and Maxis

This is a honest comparison on price , plan and coverage and my thoughts of it. I am not reviewing the phone itself but I am more covering on the plan to see which one is bang for buck. Since Hari Raya (Eid) is around the corner in Malaysia , and people would be shopping for gifts and such. I thought why don’t we take a look at these two devices offered by two different telcos


The Xperia E is an entry-level smartphone. It retails about RM 499 , and it comes with 3.2MP camera , Android ‘Jelly Bean’ , Touch Screen , Sony Audio. Pretty much it is a basic entry phone that is good for people who do not want to pay a lot of money for an expensive smartphone. More after the jump
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Picking the Right Telco in Malaysia

A lot of times , we keep hearing that ‘OMG my telco sucks la’ , ‘expensive la’ , ‘no coverage’ and with the number portability , we have the privilege of keeping our number while switching mobile operators. A lot of people ask , which is the right telco for me , which one should I choose. Here I’ve laid out some steps in picking the right telco in Malaysia.
How to pick the right telco in Malaysia
Assuming you are Telco M and want to port your number to Telco C or Telco D or Telco U (or other way around)

  1. Ask your friends around on how is the coverage of other telco in your area (home and your workplace). This first feedback would pretty much allow you to narrow down which other telco that you can port into.
  2. Once you have found out that which Telco has decent coverage in your place , you now need to do comparison of plans on which plan is suitable for you and what are their offerings for prepaid and postpaid
  3. Once you have settled on the telco and the plan. You’ll have to do one final thing before changing telco and retaining your number

What’s that you ask ? – Simple , just buy their prepaid SIM pack and test it out first in your own phone. This is the best way to test out how well is their Internet services , Voice Quality and coverage. People may say thousand things , there are many factors when deciding a telco – such as your phone , the frequency (spectrum of the telco) , the distance from base station.
Once you have tried their offering and if it is up to your standard , then you would probably want to hop in and bring your number to that telco. If not, you have nothing to lose.
In the coming articles , I would probably write more on this subject especially how telcos in Malaysia are progressing and what is the best prepaid and postpaid plans out there

Cutting down data usage with Onavo

Recently we have grown a bond with our mobile phone. Constantly uploading photos from our phones , checking Twitter , replying to facebook comment. It has become a part of our life. Unfourtantely , these tiny devices do consume a lot of data if you have a lot of Internet-enabled applications. Recently applications such as WhatsApp are becoming popular among smartphone users with data plan as they find it is relatively cheaper. However they do not realize (or realized it too late) that it is consuming a lot of data.

There are providers (carriers) which offers Unlimited data plan and others which do offer limited data plan. In Malaysia for instance , we have three main providers which do offer data plans. Each with its own various pros and cons. For instance DiGi gives you “unlimited” data in a sense that once you have reached your limit – you can still get to enjoy your Internet without paying extra , however at a slower speed. Others like Maxis , would simply charge you per kilobyte once you’ve reached your allocated monthly quota.
What is the solution for these hard core users ? Cut down their usage on smartphone and move back to dumbphone. This is where Onavo kicks in (no its not Maria Ozawa , I know it sounds something like that famous Japanese porn star actress , but certainly its not) . Its an application for iPhone users (sorry Android users !) that allows data to be compressed , thus reducing mobile data usage by 80% (In other words if your data plan is 1GB , that means you could enjoy a whopping 2-3GB more out of your 1GB data plan) . Best of all it is currently , FREE
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iPhone Review Part 4 – Camera and Video

In this part , basically I’ll be focusing on the camera quality and video quality and how these two can be combined to make something useful , which I’ll show you in a while.
As you’ve read in my previous reviews on how iPhone 4 works generally , in this part – I’ll be focusing on the Camera and HD Recording functionality. As we all do know that iPhone 4 camera is somewhat way behind compared to other phone camera , for instance when iPhone 3G was launched in circa 2008 , other phones were already using 5.0 Megapixel with LED Flash. Now in 2010 , iPhone 4 has 5.0 Megapixel camera with LED flash and with HD Recording functionality.
PS –  If you’re looking for a good camera , just get a DSLR (the professional camera) or a good digital camera. Phone cameras are generally mediocre and no doubt iPhone is one of them !
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iPhone 3G – Yes or No ? (The Analysis)

Two days ago , as we all do know – Maxis has launched iPhone 3G and they are taking pre-orders. I was tempted with iPhone 3G (the big hype , the cool phone and not to mention that its from Apple) , so I decided to pre-order it and to my surprise I got a conformation letter from Maxis today on the order.

iPhone 3G Status Order

Since I just booked the phone , I am not sure if I should go with it or just stick with my current phone (HTC P3600/Dopod D810). The iPhone certainly looks cool but I do have an iPod Touch (which is actually the iPhone minus the phone functionality). Okay , that’s for that. Now let me do the maths to see if its really worth the money to buy the phone or not
Firstly , lets take a look at the total payment that maxis will get.

  1. iPhone 3G 8GB Black  –                RM 1510
  2. 24 months * RM 100                     RM 2400
  3. SMSes (around 50 a month)    RM 120
  4. Other charges (i.e roaming)     RM 40

Grand Total RM 4,070
iPhone 3G price (approx) RM 2700
Profit by Maxis :- RM 1370

Now let us take a look if I opt for the free iPhone 8GB by registering with Maxis for 24 months

  1. iPhone 3G 8GB Black  –                RM 0
  2. 24 months * RM 375                     RM 9000
  3. SMSes (around 50 a month)    RM 120
  4. Other charges (i.e roaming)     RM 40

Grand Total RM 9160
iPhone 3G price (approx) RM 2700
Profit by Maxis :- RM 6,460 (thats a whopping RM 6000 profit)

I guess they are just trying to be smart (as usual , if its from Maxis. They’ll try by all means to get you registered. For Instance , their broadband service. Now they are just trying to improve their image by going blog-friendly , trying to convince bloggers that they can just blog about anywhere with their Broadband service ! Oh , its one way for them to roll their capital and in order to stay in business in hard times such as this . As for me ,I am still not decided yet to go for not to go for their iPhone 3G Plans. Its a pure rip off thats for sure and not to mention that you’re unable to roll over your minutes to next month and your data usage (for instance if you haven’t used up your talk time , you can’t roll it over to next month and so on) .
What I would like is your humble opinon from my readers (do I even have a reader ?) on your thoughts. It would certainly taken into consideration

Maxis and MSN Diliema

Using Maxis Wireless Broadband ? Having issues with MSN disconnection issues. I bet’cha. This is one of the most common problem faced by Maxis Wireless Broadband users. If you notice , most of them are just grumbling saying that its very hard for them to connect to Windows Live Messenger. Yeah , you bet. Lets anyalze why such thing occurs
Firstly , MSN Messenger connects to its server by  establishing a connection through port 1863 to (This is their address anyway).  You can test my hypothesis by using Pidgin or Adium X. I’ll provide screen shot later for you guys to check it out anyway

But as we all know , this port is being blocked. This is why you keep on getting disconnected. MSN Messenger or in this case Windows Live Messenger wants to establish a direct connection with your PC. Unfortunately , Maxis has configured their Gateway (err in lay man’s term their “connection”) with a very good reinforced firewall that pretty much just drops the packet or makes it harder for it to connect. This is why you are getting sucky speed for your p2p traffic and suffering from very high latency when playing games (like 20-30k pings) . Its not because of the fact that its wireless , its just that Maxis does it so that everyone gets to have fair silce of the bandwidth. Now , if you keep on trying , the system will detect that the port is being blocked and it will try to establish its connection over port 80. (This is why you’re able to connect). However if you use port 80 , you’ll notice that the file transfers are slow and you might be disconnected again. This is the nature of port 80 itself as their servers are busy
So what can you do about it ? – Well there are several alternatives you could do. If you’re getting annoyned not being able to connect. You could try to use these alternatives
Pidgin (Windows/Linux)
Adium X (OSX)

If you’re using Pidgin or Adium X , you can configure it to connect to via HTTP server , so that it will get connected
I’ll try to come up with pictures and more information. But for now , due to tied down with exams and lots of preparation to do. This shall do the trick for now

Mobile Number Protability is here !

Finally , I’ve been waiting for a long time for this. Retaining the same number while enabling us to switch providers , which has been done in Europe and in US for the long time. This is great as now our mobile number can be fixed line. We don’t have to message our friends and call them saying that the number has changed and please update your contact list. I know , I’ve been through that and its annoying
Its a sigh of relieve for me as I can now switch from Maxis to other providers (Thinking of choosing the Yellow Guy – DiGi). Of course I’ll have to do lots of comparasion and I might be losing few feauters such as 3G/HSPDA but for me – the call rates are important. I’ll be changing my provider soon and will blog about in on the whole process. But for now you can download and read the FAQ posted by MALAYSIAN COMMUNICATIONS AND MULTIMEDIA COMMISSION . You can read the press statement by clicking here
So stay tuned folks , I want to blog about the whole procedure and to see how efficent is the whole number protability thingy ! – Kudos to the Malayisan government for implementaing something like this . Things are changing here in the mobile industry. Now one thing to do which is to get my hands on iPhone 3G . I hope sa mobile service provider brings it to Malaysia

Kudos to Malaysian Government !

First and foremost you should click on this url (Source : The Star)and read the complete article. I’m proud to say for once they have listened to the voices of rakyats (Citizens). Its a good thing that telcos fined RM 50 million for short-changing consumers. As we all know at most of our ISPs in Malaysia are contract based , meaning that you’ll have to sign up for a 12 months contract or 24 months contract. Suppose if their services starts to degenerate over time , its going to be hard for us consumers to ‘escape’ from their bond. There is no way for us to say ‘I’ve had enough with your service’. But thankfully for once our government did something benefited the rakyat (Kudos). On top of that to share more , today (on the 20th of August 2008) ,another shocking revealing for you guys – thats right Mr Darshan and The Secretary-general Federation of Malaysian Consumer Associations (Fomca) ,Muhammad Sha’ani Abdullah said that Government should publicise the fine. Its a good thing for me as consumers such as us can get to know what were their wrong doings and by doing this , the ISPs should be ashamed and instead of just thinking about making profit , try to do something that benefits the consumers. Come up with higher speed plans and new plans for gamers , heavy downloaders and the regular surfers instead of just 1 Plan !

Avoid paying RM 200 penalty for Maxis Broadband


OMG No Contract - Oh wait there is a RM 200 Handling fees if you say goodbye within 12 months !
OMG No Contract - Oh wait there is a RM 200 Handling fees if you say goodbye within 12 months !

Ha , thought of sharing this with you guys. As most of you know , I was an ex-Maxis Wireless Broadband user. At first it seems to be pretty good and the speeds were great and I was even able to run peer to peer programs. Then it went all bad , they started to block most of the peer to peer application and even gaming ports (blocking p2p is fine but gaming ports – thats madness). Thankful , I made a wise decision – which is to ditch Maxis Broadband and to switch to Streamyx. Surely , you may say ‘Ah..why streamyx ?’.Before I answer that question you must understand that we have limited choices here in Malaysia. Streamyx is still the King of all lousy broadbands here. If you think Streamyx is the worst – think again.  I Thought of sharing this cool tip that worked for me and couple of friends of mine to avoid paying RM 200 early penalty termination fees. Shall we get started ?
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