Cheapest Mobile Broadband Plans – Wireless Internet On The Go!

Those who are always on the go know that you can’t keep hitting up fast food joints for WiFi. Sure, it comes for free, and we can’t deny that that’s a big plus. But you still have to pay for your order and compromise your waistline. And the only thing less reliable than mobile broadband is public WiFi. Not only will you suffer from slow shared speed, you’re putting personal information at risk too.

Mobile broadband may not boast a generous bandwidth quota and consistent speed and coverage, but it’s certainly convenient for instant internet access on the go. But hey, if the provided GBs and Mbps are enough for you, then why not? If you’re clueless about MBs, kbps and GBs, check out our “Internet Download Speed vs. Download Quota – Seperating the MBs from the Mbps” article to determine what you need.

If you’re actually looking for a comparison of Malaysia’s home broadband plans, read our “Cheapest Home Broadband Plans – Comparison of Malaysia’s providers” article to get the best home broadband for your needs!

If you are planning to stop lugging that heavy laptop around and replace it with an iPad, then read our “iPad Plans – Comparison of Plans Available for Your iPad” article.

Should I get a Mobile Broadband Plan?

If you are using either an iPhone, Blackberry, or Android smartphone with an internet data plan (i.e. a 3G mobile internet plan), then maybe additional mobile broadband is not really necessary for you.

Most smartphones (in the last 2 years) have an inbuilt software that enables Tethering: the process of using your smartphone as a modem so that a personal computer can connect to the internet. All you need is a laptop with a USB port (pretty much all laptops have at least one USB port), connect your smartphone, and voila! You can start surfing with ease. But for tablet users or those without a USB port, don’t worry! You can also tether via a feature called Mobile Hotspot where tethering is done via your smartphone’s WiFi connection, which any devices which are WiFi-enabled can connect to.

However, tethering or mobile hotspots have their drawbacks:

  • Internet Data Quota - When you surf the internet via tethering, you are actually using your mobile internet data quota, so make sure that you have enough quota for both devices, and don’t end up paying extra charges for data used after you’ve exceeded your limit.
  • Battery life - Tethering drains your smartphone battery significantly, so if you use your smartphone to make multiple business calls daily or you value your battery life, either have chargers handy or consider getting an iPad plan.

For iPhone users, look here  to see whether your iPhone can be used as a modem. For Blackberry users, you have to upgrade to 7.1 OS to enable mobile hotspot, or click here to connect via USB. And if you are using Android 2.2 software or higher in your Android smartphone, then you should be able to tether your mobile to your laptop! (if you know any other way to tether, let us know on our forum!).

If you want to have internet on the go, and are happy using your smartphone as a 3G modem, make sure you are on the right plan by checking out our Mobile Postpaid Plans Article.

I don’t want to Tether, Mobile Broadband is For Me!

The mobile broadband segment has gotten quite competitive in recent years, and there are plenty of plans that cater to new users on the market right now, with the lowest quota typically being about 1.5GB. Here’s what you can do with 1.5GB of data:

  • Visit 3,000 webpages (assuming one webpage is 500KB) or
  • Download 15,000 emails without attachments (standard HTML, 10-20KB each) or
  • Download 375 MP3s or
  • Watch 30 HD videos (2mins each)

Sounds enticing? Then keep on reading to choose the right (and the most SaveMoney.my) plan for you! We have categorised all the plans out there into Cheapest Contract and Cheapest Non-Contract. In order to show you how much you’re actually paying at the end of the day, the total cost for each plan is calculated in a 24-month context.

Mobile Broadband – Cheapest Contract

Subscribing to a contract-based mobile broadband could be handy for first time users, simply because a modem is provided as part of the subscription! Remember, if a network provider does not offer a Cooling-off Period (COP), ie. you can ‘cancel’ the contract without charges within 7 days if you are not happy with the service, be sure to check beforehand (either with a friend currently using the service or with the network coverage map) that you have a 3G signal in most of the places where you need it, as you will be stuck on a long(ish) term contract and you don’t want to have a poor connection in your favourite places.

Maxis One Club Promotion (ends 30 June 2012)- Get 1GB for RM 18/Month!
Drawbacks: 12-month contract, longer than most other plans, you need to be a Maxis One Club member (or do you? In this introductory period, head down to your local Maxis outlet to check if they will waive this requirement for new and existing customers)

Speed: up to 7.2 Mbps
Quota: 
1GB
Monthly Fee: 
RM 18
Contract Period:
12 months 
Upfront Costs: RM0 (RM 100 activation waived)
Cost over 12 months: RM216

 

Go To Maxis
Maxis is offering the cheapest deal in the market at RM18 / month for 1GB of data, specially for their Maxis One Club members (people who already have a Maxis postpaid line or other Maxis services, but seeing as this club has just started, as a membership growing initiative, even if you are ineligible to join as a member as per the requirements, this promotion may extended to you (ie. the wider public).

With the waived activation fee (normally RM100), as well as free 3G dongle, this is the cheapest plan in the market, and the uncertainty about whether one qualifies or not at this early stage makes it worth an ask.

Best to find out from your local Maxis dealer, the possible RM100s of savings over 12 months might make it worth your while!

 

P1 ToGo 39 – Cheap Mobile Broadband for 2GB at RM 39/Month
Drawbacks: Extra RM 50 for modem upgrade, RM 100 penalty cost for termination within the 6-month contract period, throttled speed if 2GB quota exceeded

Speed: 1 Mbps
Quota:
2GB
Monthly Fee:
RM 39
Contract Period:
6 months 
Upfront Costs: RM 100 activation fee
Modem included: UT235 (3G dongle)
Cost over 6 months: RM336 (over 12 months its RM568)
Additional Quota:
1GB – RM 10
3GB RM 20
Go To P1
P1 leads the pack with the new ToGo 39. With RM39 per month, you can get 2GB data at 1Mbps speed. The minimum commitment period is 6 months and any premature service termination may cost RM100. The good news: there’s a 7 days cooling-off period (COP). You get your money back if you’re not satisfied with the performance, provided that you terminate it within the COP. Surfing speed will be throttled down to 128kbps once the quota is exceeded but you can opt to buy additional GBs. Prices start from RM10 for 1GB with 30-day validity.

 

Maxis offers 1.5GB for RM 48 per month, if you are not interested / not eligible to join the Maxis One Club:

Maxis Wireless Internet Plan Modem Lite – Get 1.5GB for RM 48/Month!
Drawbacks: Speed is only 512Kbps, RM 100 penalty cost for termination within the 6-month contract period, Additional RM 100 for HSPA modem and RM 280 for WiFi modem E5832 

Speed: 512Kbps
Quota:
1.5GB
Monthly Fee:
RM 48
Contract Period:
6 months 
Upfront Costs: RM 100 activation
Cost over 6 months: RM388 (over 12 months its RM676)
Additional Quota:
0.5GB : RM 8 (one day validity
0.5GB : RM 18 (30-day validity)
1GB : RM 28 (30-day validity)
Go To Maxis
Maxis Wireless Internet Plan Modem Lite offers 1.5GB for only RM 48 per month. This plan includes a HSDPA modem, but if you wish to upgrade the modem, be aware, as an additional RM 100 will be charged for the HSPA modem and RM 280 will be charged for a WiFi E5832 modem. If you find that the 512Kbps speed is sufficient for you, then give it a try!

For a faster connection (provided you are in the 4G area), Yes Super Postpaid Super 48 offers 20Mbps of speed and with a 2.5GB data (promotion – originally 1.5GB)

Yes 4G Year End Sale Postpaid Promotion – RM200 Device upfront cost waiver and extra 1GB (1st Oct – 31st Dec 2012)
Drawbacks : Promotion ends 31 Dec 2012, Extra 1GB only valid until the promotion ends and while stocks last

Speed: 20 Mbps
Quota:
2.5GB (originally 1.5GB)
Monthly Fee: 
RM48
Contract Period:
 12/24 months 
Upfront Costs: RM100 Registration Fee (No fee for “Yes Go” device) + RM 50 Monthly Advance (rebated in first bill) 
Minimum cost over 12 months: RM676
Additional Quota:
256MB – RM 10
512MB – RM 15
1GB – RM 20
3 GB – RM 55
Go To Yes
Previously, subscribing on any of the Yes contract plan (a.k.a plan + device) will require you to pay the device upfront cost of RM200 for any of the device that you choose (Go, Huddle, Huddle xs, and Zoom). But for this Yes Year End Sale promotion, no more device upfront cost! Yep, this RM200 device upfront waiver could definitely cut your cost a little bit during the first-time-payment. How it works before is that Yes will rebate the RM200 in 20 months.
However, there is still the RM100 registration fee and RM50 monthly advance that you have to pay to get your Yes contract rolling. And do bear in mind that there’s not even any discount on any of the devices (you still need to pay an additional RM80 if you want the Huddle xs) or monthly contract. Therefore, the minimum cost of over 12 months for subscribing Yes 4G is still RM676.
Another non-cost related plus about this promotion is that you get an additional 1GB for 3 months! So you get to surf 4G style for 1GB more (that’s 2.5GB for Super 48, 5GB for Super 68, 7GB for Super 98, 11GB for Super 168). Users will not be charged for excess usage and there is also the option to top-up the quota. Users will have to bear with 128kbps speeds for the rest of the month when they exceed the allocated quota. None of the YES plans have a COP.

For more plans, check out the table below!

Plan
Speed (Mbps)
Quota (GB)
Monthly Fee
Contract Period (Months)
Upfront Costs
Additional Quota Cost
24-Month Total
P1 To Go 39
1
2
RM 39
6
RM 100 Activation Cost1GB : RM 10
3GB : RM 20
RM 1,036
Maxis Wireless Internet Plan Modem Lite
0.512
1.5
RM 48
6
RM 100 Activation Cost0.5GB : RM 8 (one day validity
0.5GB : RM 18 (30-day validity)
1GB : RM 28 (30-day validity)
RM 1,252
Yes Super Postpaid 48
20
1.5
RM 48
12 / 24
RM 350 : RM 100 (Registration Fee) + RM 50 (Monthly Advance) + RM 200 (Modem - rebate after 20 months)256MB - RM 10
512MB - RM 15
1GB - RM 20
3 GB - RM 55
RM 1,302
Celcom First Data Basic (MiFi)
1.5
4
RM 68
12
RM 100 Activation Cost100MB : RM 3
500MB : RM 10
1GB : RM 15
5GB : RM 50
(all 30-day validity)
RM 1,732
U Mobile 42Mbps Mobile Broadband Rental MB 68
42
5
RM 88
12
None1.5GB : RM 10 (3-day Validity)
RM 2,112

Mobile Broadband – Cheapest Non-Contract

For those people who already have a 3G Dongle lying around, and just need a 3G data plan, going non-contract is probably the better option.

DiGi Discover Day (Without Modem) – The Cheapest Non-Contract Plan at RM 48 for 3GB/Month!
Drawbacks: Throttled speed if 3GB quota exceeded; After 7 pm, speed will be throttled to 128Kbps

Speed: 700 Kbps
Quota:
3GB
Monthly Fee: 
RM 33
Contract Period:
 None
Modem Included: No
Upfront Costs: RM 50 (RM 10 Rebate for 5 Months)
Additional Quota:
None
Go To DiGi
DiGi Discover Day (Without Modemmanages to keep their plan affordable at RM33 monthly, with a generous 3GB quota, and at 700Kbps speeds. There is an advanced payment of RM 50, but this amount will be rebated to you (RM 10 for 5 months). The downside is definitely the download speed  and once you exceed the 3GB mark, your speed will be throttled down to 128Kbps (although you can always buy additional GBs to add to your quota). Another speed bummer ahead: the 128Kbps speed also applies after 7 pm, regardless of your current quota.

 

The first runner-up is U Mobile’s MB 40, with RM 40 for 2GB data. Although DiGi offers 3GB worth of data, U Mobile’s MB40 runs at 7.2Mbps:

U Mobile 7.2Mbps Mobile Broadband MB 40 – 2GB at RM 40 / Month
Drawbacks: Throttled speed if 2GB quota exceeded

Speed: 7.2Mbps
Quota:
2GB
Monthly Fee: 
RM 40
Contract Period:
 None
Modem Included: No
Upfront Costs: RM 100 Activation Fee
Additional Quota: 
1.5GB – RM 10 (3-day validity)
Go To U Mobile
U Mobile probably takes the lead for fast internet speed-lovers with its 7.2Mbps Mobile Broadband MB 40. You get 7.2Mbps breezy surfing speed for RM40 every month and there are no excess usage charges after the 2GB limit. However, the throttled speed to 128kbps still applies. Quota top-up costs RM10 for 1.5GB (3-day validity). For those who aren’t happy with the performance, a refund will given if you terminate the plan before the end of COP (7 days).

 

For other plans, check out the table below!

 
Plan
Speed (Mbps)
Quota (GB)
Monthly Fee
Upfront Costs
Additional Quota Cost
24-Month Total
DiGi Discover Day Without Modem
0.7
3
RM 33
RM 50 (Rebate RM 10 for 5 Months)None
RM 792
U Mobile 7.2Mbps Mobile Broadband MB 40
7.2
2
RM 40
RM 100 Activation Cost1.5GB : RM 10 (3-day validity)
RM 1,060
Maxis Wireless Internet Plan Lite
0.512
1.5
RM 48
RM 100 Activation Fee (RM 33 Rebate for 1st 3 months)0.5GB : RM 8 (one day validity
0.5GB : RM 18 (30-day validity)
1GB : RM 28 (30-day validity)
RM 1,153
Celcom First Data Lite
0.7
1.5
RM 48
RM 100 Registration 100MB : RM 3
500MB : RM 10
1GB : RM 15
5GB : RM 50
(all 30-day validity)
RM 1,252

So there you go! We do not vouch for any provider’s customer service as we are just looking for the cheapest deal out there so that you can Save Money. However, definitely check out our forum to see what other people are saying!

 

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