MNP in Malaysia has been hot on the lips of telcos recently as it is seen as a big shake up in the communication business. After a long wait, MCMC has finally confirmed that MNP or better known as Mobile Number Portability will kick off in the Klang Valley by September before it is implemented Nationwide by October.

What is MNP?
If you haven’t heard of it, MNP allows mobile subscribers to keep their mobile numbers including its prefix with them if they wish to switch to a different operator. Currently, there are 4 main operators in the country and the prefixes (010, 011, 012, 013, 014, 015, 016, 017, 018, 019) are fixed with the registered operators.

If a user is a Maxis subscriber bearing 012-1234567, he/she won’t be able to bring this number with them when switching to a different operator. This has become a big barrier for consumers who wish to switch as mobile numbers tend to be a personal identity which many won’t want to lose. Read the rest of this entry »

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With MNP just around the corner, the battle heats up in the telco industry. After we’ve seen U Mobile & DiGi‘s response, Maxis has finally came into the picture with its New Value Plus.

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After Maxis launched its Hotlink 365, DiGi has responded with its Reload Once, Stay Connected for ONE Year offer for a limited time period between 23rd July – 31st August 2008.

DiGi’s offer is simple and gives more value to its customers as it only requires a RM100 usable reload. This means every single sen spent for validity is actual credit or talk time that subscribers can use.

On Hotlink 365, its subscribers are required to pay a yearly fee of RM33 which is similar to paying access fee which subscriber can’t utilise.  On top of the RM33 fee, they would need to top up RM30 within the first 6 months of activation.

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Our sister blog, iPhone3GforMalaysia carried the news reported by the New Straits Times yesterday.

The story goes that during an interview after the launch of the 2008 Mobile Content Challenge yesterday, Maxis CEO, Sandip Das was quizzed about the prospect of Maxis bringing the iPhone 3G to Malaysia and whether the rumour holds any water.

His reply was:

As and when Apple decides to finalise its plans for Malaysia, Maxis hopes to be one of the operators to offer the iPhone – Sandip Das

This is interesting to us as it appears that Maxis and Apple are in a negotiations stalemate with regards to how Apple’s unconventional business mechanism will be between the two companies and how it will affect Maxis.

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Yesterday, the CEO of Maxis has mentioned that Maxis hopes to be one of the selected operators to offer the iPhone 3G in Malaysia as Apple finalises its distribution policy for Malaysia. It is unknown currently on the state of their negotiations and what type of bundling they might offer.

This piece of news would be interesting for iPhone 3G hopefuls out there who are wanting to get their hands on a official iPhone 3G.

Visit our sister blog, iPhone3GforMalaysia.com for details and pledge your support if you haven’t.

For the first time in Malaysia, you can choose to keep your number active for 365 days for only RM33. To remain active, just top up a total of RM30 within the first 6 months. Now you don’t have to worry about being cut off, even when you have credit balance.Hotlink

Looks like the prepaid wars is heating up.

Today Maxis launched a new prepaid plan called the Hotlink 365 and with it Maxis hopes to enlarge it 8 million customer base through an unprecedented 365 days validity period – a first for Malaysia.

Though this extended validity comes with a price – a yearly fee of RM33 and customers have to top up a minimum of RM30 within the first 6 months.

With the pathetic validity periods devised by our local telcos to force subscribers to top up more so that they can drive revenue number up, this looks like a positive turn of events but we want to dig in deeper and see if this Hotlink 365 plan is really what it seems. So stay tuned.

By the way, thanks for the announcement Maxis but this is not the one we are all hoping to hear

The Star reports Maxis Chief Operating Officer (COO) Eddy Jon Abdullah has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Telenor Pakistan. Jon Abdullah will succeed Tore Johnsen starting from August 15. Johnsen is CEO of Telenor Pakistan from its inception in 2004.

Jon Abdullah has more than 15 years in the industry previously operating as Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in DiGi before joining Maxis.

Following this announcement, our sister blog iphone3gformalaysia.com thinks that the Maxis sub-RM1k iPhone 3G rumour appears to be on shaky ground.

A little bean has informed us that the Malaysian Insider reported that Maxis will offer iPhone 3G in Malaysia at a competitive price below RM1K. We are unable to verify if this true at the moment and there are no further details on the contract period, plan offers & content bundling.

Anyway, don’t forget to check out www.iphone3gformalaysia.com and show your support for an iPhone 3G in Malaysia.

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Maxis Down in Sabah

July 2, 2008

Update 3rd July 2008: Maxis Service in Sabah is reported to be back to normal since this morning.

Since Monday, Maxis subscribers in Sabah were caught with a surprise when their phone starts showing No Network or Emergency Calls only. This leaves Sabah Maxis subscribers disconnected causing frustration and inconvenience for several days now.

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