[ UPDATE 8/11/2022 18:00 ] Maxis has updated its online store and have removed the “5G Device sale” label on devices that can’t support 5G.
Maxis is currently the only telco that hasn’t signed up with Digital Nasional Berhad for 5G access but that’s not stopping them from having a 5G device sale where you can get 5G devices from as low as RM1. As usual, these devices are offered on contract and it is available on both Maxis and Hotlink postpaid.
Maxis Postpaid offers Honor 70, Reno 8Z 5G, Vivo V25 5G from RM1
On the lower Maxis Postpaid 98 plan, subscribers can get the Honor X8 5G and the Vivo Y30 5G for less than RM100 on a 24-month normal device contract. For the higher-tier models such as the Honor 70 5G, Oppo Reno 8 Z 5G and Vivo V25 5G, they are offered for as low as RM1 on a 24-month contract with the highest MaxisOne 188 postpaid plan.
Some phones under 5G device sale don’t even support 5G
The 5G Device sale is also extended to customers on Hotlink Postpaid where you can get a device on contract when you sign up to their Hotlink 60 plan which offers unlimited calls and 40GB of high-speed data for RM60/month. Interestingly, out of the five smartphones listed under the “5G Device Sale” offer, the Honor X8 5G is the only device that can support 5G connectivity. The Honor X8 5G is offered for RM199 on a 24-month contract with Postpaid 60 or RM499 on a shorter 12-month contract option.
The other four devices such as the Galaxy A04, Oppo A17, Vivo Y02s and Redmi 10A are budget 4G phones which obviously don’t support 5G. It is misleading to label these devices with the “5G device sale” as consumers would expect these devices to be 5G-ready once Maxis switches on 5G on their network.
The same thing is also spotted on the Maxis Fibre Broadband page where they are offering Smart TVs, tablets and computers on contract. As shown above, the Galaxy Tab A7 Lite is an LTE device offered from RM12/month but it is marked with the “5G Device Sale” label.
Maxis has recently announced that it is seeking shareholder’s approval before they can sign the 5G access agreement with Digital Nasioanl Berhad. The green telco believes the approval is mandatory after assessing the governance requirements and in reliance on professional advice. It aims to settle the approval process by January 2023 and it expects to commercially launch 5G soon after.
If you’re looking for a new 5G smartphone, you can check out our definitive buyers’ guide covering 5G phones under RM1,000 to flagship models.
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