[ UPDATE 20/02/2023 08:00 ]: Check out our Best Unlimited Prepaid Plan for February 2023.
There are dozens of prepaid plans in the Malaysia that caters to different types of users. Whether you’re using it as a primary line, a secondary SIM for data or a backup line for light usage, we’ve got it covered in our updated Best Prepaid Plan list. Similar to our previous compilation, this prepaid guide will cover the best “Unlimited”, best value for money high-speed data, best long validity and best data roaming options. This is our September 2022 list which is compiled based on available prepaid plans available in the market.
Best “Unlimited” Prepaid Plans in Malaysia
Unlimited plans are the popular choice these days with most telcos bundling unlimited calls and data for less than RM50/month. The catch is that these plans are often speed-capped at around 3Mbps or 6Mbps, which is still usable for most applications. Despite being advertised as “unlimited”, there’s usually a Fair Usage Policy (FUP) which puts a hard cap on your actual data usage. Once you’ve reached your FUP, your internet speeds will be throttled down to 256kbps or 512kbps until your next billing cycle.
U Mobile U35 – RM35/month
The first on our list is U Mobile U35 which costs RM35/month. It offers unlimited calls to all networks and “unlimited” data that has a speed cap of 6Mbps and a FUP of 100GB a month. It also comes with 3GB of hotspot quota and 30 hours of speed booster, which allows you to activate 1GB of uncapped speeds for 1 hour per day. You can learn more on U Mobile’s prepaid page.
Celcom Xpax Unlimited 38 – RM38/month
Next there’s also Xpax Unlimited 38 plan which costs RM38/month. It offers unlimited calls and unlimited data but the speeds are capped lower at 3Mbps while the FUP is lower at 60GB a month. Also included is 3GB of hotspot quota. The Xpax plan also comes with an additional 5GB of high-speed data. You can learn more on Celcom’s Xpax prepaid page.
Tune Talk Fokus 33 – RM38/month
Alternatively, there’s also the Tune Talk Fokus 33 which costs RM38/month or RM33 if you commit for a full year. Similar to Xpax, you also get unlimited calls and unlimited data on Celcom’s network.
However, you get faster 6Mbps speeds from 9am to 5pm, and during other times, it goes down to 3Mbps. The plan however, gets a lower 50GB quota for FUP and there’s even a daily cap of 5GB per day. But you do get slightly more hotspot at 4GB per month. You can learn more on Tune Talk’s Pek Jimat page.
Yoodo Unlimited 3Mbps – RM35/month
If you don’t need unlimited calls and prefer a plan with more hotspot, you might want to consider Yoodo’s Unlimited 3Mbps plan which costs RM35 per month.
It gets 100 minutes of voice calls, “Unlimited” data at 3Mbps and 6GB of hotspot. Interestingly, from the FAQ, there’s no FUP for now besides the speed restriction. You can learn more on Yoodo’s website.
Unlimited 5G Plan
If you want to get a taste of 5G, YTL Communications’ Yes 5G remains the first and only telco to offer commercial 5G services in the country via Digital Nasional Berhad.
Yes 5G FT5G – RM30/month
Of course, if you’re looking for a 5G plan, the only option right now is Yes FT5G which comes with unlimited data. The plan costs RM30/month and it offers unlimited calls, unlimited 4G data capped at 7Mbps as well as 9GB of hotspot. Also included is unlimited 5G data with no FUP.
At the moment, 5G is available only in selected areas including Kuala Lumpur, Cyberjaya, Putrajaya, some parts of Selangor, Perak, Penang, Kelantan and Johor. Yes also has quite an extensive 4G network but it isn’t as great as the big four telcos. Another thing to take note is that your iPhone can’t connect to 5G on the Yes 5G network. You can learn more about the Yes 5G prepaid plan here.
Best value for money high-speed data prepaid plan in Malaysia
If you don’t need unlimited and rather have raw high-speed data, we’ve got you covered as well.
Yoodo 20GB for RM20/month
At the moment, the best value for money is still Yoodo where you can get 20GB of data for only RM20 a month. If you need more, you can get 200GB of data for only RM98/month. You can learn more on Yoodo’s website.
Digi Prepaid Next 35 – RM35/month
The next best option for us is Digi’s Prepaid Next 35. For RM35/month, you get unlimited calls, 30GB of high-speed data, plus unlimited data for socials such as TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
Also included is 3GB of extra data for hotspot usage. For unlimited social, there’s a FUP of 999GB which is more than enough. You can learn more on Digi’s Prepaid page.
Celcom Xpax 30GB – RM35/month
If you prefer to be on Celcom’s network, there’s also Xpax 30GB high-speed plan which also costs RM35/month. It comes with unlimited calls and 30GB of high-speed data. You can learn more here.
Long Validity Prepaid Plans in Malaysia
If you’re a casual user and just need a line that can last for a long time without topping up regularly. Here are some options for your consideration.
Unifi Mobile Bebas – Use at least once every 90 days
The first option is Unifi Mobile Bebas and the plan will never expire as long as you make a call, send an SMS or use a bit of data every 90 days.
The starter pack costs RM10 and comes with 3GB of data. But the downside is that extra data costs a lot with 2GB going for RM15 and 8GB going for RM50. You can learn more on Unifi Mobile’s prepaid page.
Tune Talk Annual Plans – from RM99
The next option is Tune Talk’s annual plan which now comes in two options. The first affordable option costs RM99 for 360 days and comes with 2GB per month.
The next option costs RM200 for 360 days and you’re getting 10GB per month. Both Tune Talk plans come with unlimited calls but only within Tune Talk’s network. You can learn more on Tune Talk’s website.
Maxis Pantas – RM30 for 365 days active period
Maxis also has a long-validity plan called Hotlink Pantas which lets you buy data with one year of validity. Take note, only the data is valid for one year and if you want to keep the line active for 365 days, you’ll have to purchase the add-on for RM30.
The cost of long-validity data on Hotlink is fairly reasonable with 8GB for RM15 and 20GB for RM30. You can learn more on the Hotlink prepaid page.
OneXOX Prepaid – 28 months validity
In our previous guide, some have commented that XOX is offering 28-month validity for its prepaid. Personally, it isn’t my favourite as XOX plans are quite complicated. And don’t get me started with the whole dedicated account and main account split nonsense.
But if you’re keen, OneXOX Prepaid offers 28 months validity. Just get a SIM card and purchase one of the welcome deals within 10 days after registration. You can get a SP FAT 20 pass which offers 20GB for 30 days at RM30/month or an SP FAT 5M for 10GB of data valid for 30 days and 100 minutes of calls.
Best Roaming Options
Since international borders are now open, you might want to look out for roaming plans on prepaid. This allows you to stay connected overseas without the hassle of looking for a local SIM card.
Digi Roaming – RM25/3 days
Digi is one of our favourites as they offer 2GB of roaming data and 30 minutes of voice calls for 3 days for RM25 in several countries.
Most recently, they have doubled the roaming data to 4GB if you’re travelling to Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. You can learn more about Digi’s roaming plans here.
U Mobile Data Roaming – from RM10/day
Yoodo Roam Like Home – from RM5/day
Another affordable option is Yoodo with its Roam Like Home Plans. Depending on the country, you can use your existing local data quota overseas from as low as RM5/day or RM30 per week in countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and Brunei. You can learn more here.
Maxis/Hotlink 5G Roaming – RM10/day
If you need to roam using 5G, Hotlink is currently offer 5G roaming in Singapore, Thailand and Indonesia. It costs RM10/day but it comes with a measly 1GB of data. You can check out Hotlink’s roaming rates and list of countries here.
As always, do check your respective telco for the full roaming rates and details. Before travelling, make sure domestic roaming in your phone is switched off until you’re connected to the right partner telco.
Coverage is important!
Whether the plan offers the best value or the most data, it is useless if you don’t get good coverage. This is something that varies according to location and for some users, there could be just one telco that provides usable data experience.
One way to find out is by using independent tools such as the Opensignal app or try the network yourself with a prepaid SIM. If it doesn’t work, you can port out to another telco. If you’re not satisfied with your operator, you can submit your feedback and complaint via the JENDELA map.
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