Having all 3 Malaysian telco offers revealed for the Samsung Galaxy S III, it is time for another round of plan comparison. Outright, the Samsung Galaxy S III with 16GB of storage retails for RM2,199. This time both DiGi & Maxis are offering the Galaxy S III from RM999 with 24 months contract while Celcom offer theirs from RM1,398 with 18 months. As a special promo, Celcom is offering it at a much lower RM888 to those that turn up wearing blue at their roadshow. For Maxis, their RM999 price is limited for the next 4 days at all Maxis centres.
In terms of contract duration, Maxis offers the best flexibility with 12, 18 and 24 months options while Celcom offers 12 and 18 months.
DiGi this time however is offering the Galaxy S III with a single option of 24 months. It is also interesting to point out that Maxis now requires upfront payment but customers that have stayed with Maxis for more than a year are omitted from this payment. Read on for the full Galaxy S III plan comparison. DiGi’s special pricing for 24 months Smart Plan 68 and 88 is only valid at their roadshow and online store while stock last. The normal pricing is RM300 more than what they are offering right now.
For Maxis, there’s multiple ways of signing on a contract as the data plan can be bolted on from anywhere between Value First (RM30/month) to Value Plus 500 (RM500/month). For comparison sake, we are using Value First as an example. In the comparison, both Celcom and Maxis subscription fees come inclusive of calls, sms as well as data. However for DiGi, their plans are strictly on data and any calls made are charged on top of what you’re seeing here. The comparison here is based solely on the minimum cost of ownership assuming you don’t incur additional usage charges.
This time we have excluded the extra savings from auto debit or auto billing for a cleaner comparison. On DiGi, they are giving RM5/month rebate while Celcom offers 5% discount on your monthly bill for those that opt for auto-billing.
In terms of upfront advance payment, DiGi & Maxis credits the full amount to your first bill which you can utilise immediately to offset your bills. For Celcom, the upfront payment is rebated evenly across 12 months.
As usual, the cost comparison above serves as a guide in terms of price. The decision on which plan and telco is better depends on your usage pattern as well as the telco’s network quality in your area. If you spot any errors in the table above, do drop us a comment down below.
If you don’t fancy being tied with contracts, the Galaxy S III is expected to be available at selected Samsung dealers beginning 1st sometime in June.
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