As a part of Budget 2013 and under the National Broadband Initiative,the Malaysian government announced that RM200 rebate will be given to the eligible people to buy some selected 3G smartphone.Recently,MCMC just published the details about this rebate:
Only applicable to Malaysians between 21 to 30 years old.
The gross monthly income no more than RM3000.
The selected 3G smartphone no more than RM500.
Existing mobile broadband/data users or new users.
One unit per person
The selected 3G smartphone(as at 26 Dec. 2012) are:
1) Alcatel 993D 2) Alcatel OneTouch Glory 2
3) Alcatel OneTouch Inspire 2 4) The Buzz Phone 5) HTC Wildfire 6) Huawei Ideos X3 7) LG Optimus L3 8) Ninetology Black Pearl II 9) Ninetology Palette 10) Nokia 2730 11) Nokia 7230 12) Nokia Asha 305 13) Nokia Asha 308 14) Nokia Asha 311 15) Nokia C2-03 16) Nokia Lumia 610 17) Samsung Galaxy Chat 18) Samsung Galaxy Mini 19) Samsung Galaxy Pocket 20) Samsung Galaxy Y 21) Sony Xperia Tipo 22) ZTE Acqua 23) ZTE V790
MCMC said that the government intends to help the youths in low income group,so they set RM500 limit for the smartphone.However,since there are a lot of noises about this,the latest news is the government may be reviewed the limit in the next cabinet meeting.From my opinion,I think the government could raise up the limit up to at least RM1000 to let the youths have a chance to get a mid-range smartphone instead of entry level one.
MCMC also said the service providers may update the list of smartphones from time to time to give more choices to eligible buyers.
Update:The cabinet finally heard the voice from the mass public and decided not to set the cap for the smartphone.That means the eligible people could buy any smartphones listed by selected service providers with RM200 rebate from now on.
For the eligible buyers,you could start to apply for the rebate from 1 January 2013 by registering online at http://nbi.skmm.gov.my/ .
It seems like that.A lot of rumors point out that Apple is preparing for a huge event on 12th September in USA,which should go to release iPhone 5 and probably iPad mini.
iMore said that they also knew Apple will start to sell to the public from 21st September.AllThingsD also confirms there will be some kind of event on that date and this makes the rumor much closer to the real stuff.
More guesses were from the documents submitted by Apple to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission,showing that Apple is surprisingly increasing the inventory level.It looks like preparing some new products in the warehouse.
Anyway,up to now,Apple has no official voice coming out to say anything regarding to this.Well,it’s just like what Apple usually does.I think we could only know the facts until mid of August.
Stay tuned,Apple fans!
Update:Just heard from Sharp’s president Takashi Okuda that they’re going to ship screens to Apple in this month for some new device.Some sources said the screen is a bit larger than the one in iPhone 4/4S,so it should be for iPhone 5.
As U Mobile customer,I felt quite happy with it.It deployed 42Mbps HSPA+ network base stations in major cities in Malaysia and keep expanding its coverage,also providing competitive prepaid and postpaid plans.However,the major outage happened today is a sort of disaster.
Since this morning,some U Mobile users started to complain that they can’t make or receive any calls or sms and several hours later,more users complained on the same issue.Finally U Mobile made a publish announcement through all channels:Facebook,twitter and its official website.
It’s not good enough.U Mobile didn’t give out any updates on how the progress is and when the service could be resumed.As mobile communication has been a very important communication method and when it disrupts,it could lead some great losses to the users.U Mobile should have a backup plan to minimize the effects,but sadly they don’t have.
Well,now I just hope my mobile phone can get into the service as soon as possible.
[Update] About 10 mins ago,some users reported that they can finally make/receive calls and sms,but somebody still has problems on roaming on Celcom 2G.I think the recovery is working in progress.Yet,no detailed explanation was given by U Mobile.
We had heard tons of rumours talking about when new iPhone 5 will ship to the market,however,no one could confirm any of them.Well,recently some sources to Reuters said that iPhone 5 will start to produce in this July and most probably ship out in the coming September.
Some expected features and improvements may be in the new phone:
faster processor,perhaps the same as iPad 2′s A5 CPU.
a bit larger screen with much sharper display
higher resolution of camera,could be 8.0 mega pixels
enhanced antenna with better signal
support HSPA+ network
Apple keeps the style that saying nothing against these rumours and guesses,so only thing we can do is to wait for the day coming.I believe most of Apple fans hope the news reported by Reuters is 100% correct.Ok,we’ll see!
Today Malaysian PM Najib will release more information about ETP,expectedly some new projects will be announced.
It will start at 12:30pm and the official website will make it live to public by twitter.If you’re aware of the future of Malaysia,please follow them to get the updates or just visit the website to watch in the widget there.
Update: The announcement has been completed.Here are the details gathered from official media:
All began from a wager between two men:AirAsia & Team Lotus’ Tony Fernandes and Virgin Group & Virgin Racing’s Richard Branson,whose team is the lower of two,the own will have to be a female flight attendant uniform on the winning person’s airline.Well,unfortunately,Sir Ricahrd loses the bet.
Many observers think that Malaysian government will offer the license for banking service to the related parties,however,they want to get more strategic investments and financial supports from China to push the local economical growth from the recent recession.
Simplified it,China has money and is always looking for some opportunities to make investments.On the other hands,Malaysia is lack of money and is always looking for some chance to attract more foreign investments.That’s why they are going to make a deal.I can see that more and more business and cultural activities is going to hold between two countries.But I can’t see that Malaysian government gives any extra benefits to the Chinese.For example,I’m going to have marriage with my fiancée who is Malaysian Chinese and after the marriage,we decide to stay in Malaysia for some years.Thus,we need to buy a property to stay.
According to the law,foreigners are only able to buy a property valued more than RM250,000 in KL and Selangor and there’s no exemption to a foreign spouse of a Malaysian.I understand this clause protects the low-mid income citizens as foreign investors may push up the property prices if no restrictions here.But in my case,the property could be only under my fiancée’s name if the preferable property is under RM250,000 and nothing protects me.
Malaysian government still needs to be a bit smarter to welcome more foreign investments.