UPDATE: U Mobile offering FREE 6 months subscription for early birds & U Mobile’s BIS service also available when roaming into Celcom 2G areas.
U Mobile now officially offers BlackBerry services and they had just started a firesale which people started queuing since last night. Those lucky ones in line are getting a BlackBerry Bold 9780 from as low as RM3. We are also informed there are other random lucky draws that offers the device for cheap at Berjaya Times Square.
Now the plans are officially out for both U Mobile postpaid and prepaid customers. As teased earlier, they have daily BIS at RM1.50/day, weekly BIS at RM10/day and monthly BIS at RM40/day. For other data usage including tethering and video streaming, U Mobile charge 5sen per MB which is U Mobile’s latest PAYU data rate similar to TuneTalk.
On device bundle, they are offering the BlackBerry Bold 9780 for RM1700 while the BlackBerry Curve 9300 for RM1075 on 12 months contract of the monthly RM40 BIS plan. Both BlackBerries will be covered with a 24 months warranty.
On the mobile usage such as voice and SMS, there’s a special Pay As You Use (PAYU) voice plan that offers. Voice calls are charged at a modest 18sen/minute to all networks while SMS is charged at 5 sen to U Mobile and 12 sen to other networks. There’s no commitment for this PAYU plan so you just pay whatever you use on top of your BIS plan.
UPDATE: U Mobile is also doing an Early Bird promotion where they are giving out 6 months Free BIS service on 12 months postpaid contract. This gives you a total savings of RM240. The FREE 6 months however only takes place from the 7th till 12th month of your subscription.
10. How does the device bundling promotion of “Early Bird” works?
Under “Early Bird” promotion, subscriber is required to pay for the 1st 6 months BlackBerry® Internet Service Fees. The FREE monthly subscription will only apply on the next following 6 months of your bill.
While U Mobile normally doesn’t give you data while you are in domestic roaming, surprisingly you still can use BIS on Celcom 2G network albeit on slower EDGE/GPRS speeds. So this means that U Mobile’s BIS is now available nationwide and not just limited to U Mobile’s 3G coverage areas. However just like its U Mobile 3G Broadband, other data services such as WAP, tethering and video streaming are not available while roaming on Celcom. All these were hidden under the Early Bird FAQ on U Mobile’s Blackberry page.
13. Am I able to use the service when I am roaming on Celcom 2G?
Yes, you are able to perform all normal voice call, messaging (sms and mms), internet browsing and BlackBerry® service mentioned in Question1 nationwide. In Celcom 2G network, data speed will be at GPRS or EDGE. However, you’re not able to view Youtube, access the WAP Page & Internet Tethering while in Celcom 2G network.
For more information, visit U Mobile’s BlackBerry page.
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