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Maxis & uMobile unveils HTC One (M8) plans ahead of launch today, from RM999

May 7, 2014

Joe Devanesan



The big day is here for the official launch of the HTC One (M8) in Malaysia, and Maxis and uMobile have accordingly unveiled their respective postpaid plans for the 2014 flagship.

HTC One M8 Arriving In Malaysia today

For those looking to get a One (M8) on a plan from either of these telcommunication heavyweights, here is a brief summary of  what they have to offer:

Maxis

Maxis was originally thought to be the exclusive provider of telco plans for the smartphone, yet a quick look at uMobile’s website revealed they have affordable plans for it as well. The Maxis offerings are split into two types: TalkMore which emphasises call talk time and SMS rates, and SurfMore which is more data-centric and highlights more towards internet packages.

Contracts are either 12 or 24 month durations, with the device price starting from as low as RM1, 399. Upon registration, there will be a miminum advance payment of RM100, going up to RM600 for the device priced at RM1, 399, which will be waived for Maxis OneClub members.



Taking a look at TalkMore, there are 3 packages starting from RM28 to RM78. This is only for call rates though, if you would like to include internet plans it will set you back an additional RM56 to RM146. If you are a Maxis OneClub member who is taking the TalkMore78 plan with 3GB data by June 30, you will receive an additional RM10 rebate to your monthly bill for the first 12 months.



The two internet focused plans are SurfMore30 and Surfmore50 which supply 1Gb and 2GB of data respectively, with call and SMS charges to be applied as per the chart.

The first 1000 Maxis subscribers who take advantage of  this offer will further get the HTC Dot View casing accessory for free, which is worth RM149. The HTC One (M8) will be available with Maxis plans from all Maxis outlets nationwide starting today, May 8.

uMobile

Maxis might have been the first to announce their plans, but uMobile has joined the party as well with their lowest device prive valued at RM999. In a bid to offer more competitive plans (and attract users from the Big 3, no doubt), uMobile is also not asking for any advance payment- provided users pay for their plans via auto-debit from their banking accounts. All contract periods are for  24 months.

Users who go for the cheapest U58 plan with 1GB data will however be required to make an upfront payment of  RM348, which will of course be deducted from their monthly billing. There are two other plans, the U88 and U138, with full payment details included in the chart.



 

As part of their promotional efforts, uMobile is offering smartphone insurance known as U Care 8 6-month subscription for free, which is actually worth RM48.

In Malaysia, the HTC One (M8) is priced at RM1, 399 and will be available in 2 colours, Gunmetal Grey and Glacial Silver similar to its predecessor the original HTC One. The device will be available for retail purchase right after the launch that is happening tonight. Mobile88 will be bringing you the latest from the launch site itself, so stay tuned.


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Source: Mobile 88 Online (Malaysia)