Battle of 3G Broadband

It’s quite nice to see the competition between 2 companies that provide the same service where one slashing another and at the end, the user gets the benefit. I’m talking about the war of providing 3G broadband by telcos in Malaysia.

I used to pay RM138 monthly for my 3G broadband last time, where I bound to 18 months contract, and RM350 penalty of breaching the contract.

Now 3G broadband seems to be so competitive, which makes me want to get 3G broadband as my secondary internet source whenever I’m on the move. I use Celcom prepaid 3G broadband before. It looks like a good thing at a start where you don’t have to worry about monthly fees, but in the long run, you have to keep the SIM card active by topping up, or the SIM card is terminated. And also, the SIM card that I use for prepaid 3G internet has been terminated already because I didn’t reload any credit to it for 2 months.

So, I’m looking something that is very basic, since I usually just doing internet surfing while on the move, and I also want to have 3G modem providing the one that I have is too big and ugly and is not considered cool anymore (more about my bulky 3G modem in this blog entry). Below is the current offer of the most basic 3G broadband package

Price RM48/month RM48/month
Speed Capped at 384Kbps No cap up to 7.2Mbps
Volume quota 1 GB monthly 1.5 GB monthly
Modem price Free RM100. The modem is free if opting for 6 months contract
Other charges RM100 activation fee RM100 activation fee
Other T&C RM38/month for the first 3 months. RM48/month afterward RM100 penalty is charged if the contract is breached. If the modem is returned to Maxis Centre, the RM100 penalty is waived

The Maxis package does catch my eye more, just because that the speed is uncapped. Even though I have to pay RM100 for the modem, but I do think that I will be using the 3G internet more than 6 months, so I can opt for 6 months contract and get the free modem.

More about other packages that Celcom and Maxis has to offer from the leaflets that I scan below.

So I pay a visit to Maxis Center at Gardens during lunch hour break today, and getting myself Maxis Broadband again.

I just love the USB stick modem. Quite small to be carried anywhere. I’m getting the E1552 modem instead, with the max speed of 3.6Mbps. There’s also E1762 model with the max speed of 7.2Mbpps, but I don’t think that I need that much speed even Maxis does provide that speed in certain area of Klang Valley.

This is the new modem compared to my old E220 modem (minus the USB cable which is the reason why this modem is no longer cool. LOL).

And also, using this modem on my newly bought D-Link DIR-412 Mobile Wireless Router looks so cool now. The black and white combination does look good.


Technical Manager at one of the market researcher company in KL who does blogging on his free time. Love cats very much. Always fascinated with new technology (as well as spending money on it)

7 Responses

  1. Anif® says:

    Maxis –> No cap up to 7.2Mbps = This is really cool!

  2. freddie says:

    hi sir, did you manage to get the dir-412 to work with E1552?
    i cant seem to connect to the net. looks like dir-412 doesnt want to work with E1552.

    if you got it to work, appreciate if you can give me the user/pass/apn so i can give it a try.

  3. freddie says:

    it's ok now. i upgraded to firmware 1.04 and it recognized E1552 now.

  4. cepat says:

    mcm mne connect celcom broadband guna dlink dir-412?

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