Youth Communication Package (PKB) – RM200 Smartphone Rebate for Youth (ends 31st December 2013)
What is the Youth Communication Package (PKB)?
Pakej Komunikasi Belia (PKB) or the Youth Communication Package is a scheme under the Malaysian National Broadband Initiative that grants youth aged 21 to 30 with income below RM3,000 to get RM200 rebate off selected 3G smartphones from telco nominated registered dealers in 2013. This initiative, coordinated by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), was announced by the Prime Minister as part of Budget 2013 tabled in September this year to encourage more youths especially those in rural areas to enjoy the nation’s broadband facilities.
Note : The package will be offered to 1.5 million eligible youths only on a first come, first served basis.
For Applicants :
- Malaysians aged 21 – 30 years
- Monthly income lower than RM3,000
- Eligible for both new and old ‘jalur lebar’ (but we guess they mean ’3G mobile internet’ rather than broadband) subscribers
- Smartphone rebate will be given only once to eligible participants
Step-by-Step Registration Guide
First up, you will need to register your details of course! You can register physically at either any of the participating network providers (Maxis, Celcom, DiGi, Clixster, YTL Communications, Tune Talk, U Mobile), or at any Pusat Internet 1 Malaysia. If you prefer to register online, just click on the link below!
The registration steps are pretty straightforward and easy enough, but we’ve personally tried it out and discovered that getting to the registration page itself could be challenging and might take a while, possibly due to the persistent strain on SKMM’s servers. And do take note folks, the registration is closed from 11pm to 7am daily.
Just in case, here’s a step by step guide on what to expect when registering :
Step 1 : Choose Your Category
Before you start filling in your information, you first have to choose which category you belong to, depending whether you are working or currently pursuing your studies. Because we’re working employees, the next steps will be screenshots for those under this category. But we imagine that there won’t be much differences applied to students (except maybe for employment information).
Step 2 : Basic Information
No surprises here, the next page requires you to fill in your particulars. Don’t worry about missing out any compulsory sections as the system will let you know when you try register. Once you’re done, just click on the “seterusnya” button to go to the next page.
Step 3 : Telecommunication Information
In the next step, you have to choose from the options given on your current Telco provider (compulsory for postpaid and prepaid subscribers). There’s also a special section for you to fill in your Facebook, Google +, or other social media pages, but it’s not a compulsory field so you can just skip it if you want to!
Step 4 : Employment Information
Step 4 requires you to fill in on your employment details (and for students, we’re guessing details on college / university). You also need to fill in your KWSP / LTAT number, so make sure you have those numbers noted down somewhere!
Step 5 : Confirmation Page
And we’re on to the last step of the registration process! The last step requires you to click on the “I agree on the Terms & Conditions given” statement to show your full agreement. But before that, make sure that all of the information that you’ve given is correct and up to date, failure to do so could mean jail time or fine (or both!).
To send in your registration, just click on the “Daftar” button. It might take a while for the page to load but rest assured, you will be notified of your registration status and registration number immediately and you can straight away print out the status or send it to your e-mail address.
I Have Successfully Registered! What’s Next?
Youv’e registered? Yay! Here comes the exciting part of the deal : Getting the smartphone! There is a one month duration for you to get your new swanky smartphone, exceeding the one month period means you have to complete the registration process all over again.
How Do I Get My Rebate?
Easy! Simply march to any of the participating outlets of your selected network providers with these documents in hand :
- A copy of MyKad
- A copy of student card for students
- Printout of registration status and number
After the obligatory confirmation check from the outlet personnel, you can then immediately get RM200 discount off your smartphone purchase! Here’s the flipside though, you will have to register with the network provider (if you are not yet a subscriber to the network) in order to get the smartphone (you won’t get to save much if they offer an expensive monthly data plan).
Do I really get the RM200 rebate?
With all kinds of discounts and plan rebates these days, it can be hard to be sure whether you actually get the rebate or not, so be sure to check out the prices of the phones that you are looking to get first (with whichever plan you want, prepaid or postpaid), and then making sure you get the additional RM200 off.
Check out our Utilities & Phones section where we compare smartphone plans (across many platforms, including iOS, Android, Blackberry OS etc.) for your viewing pleasure.
Participating Network Providers
So where can you get your smartphones? Members of the public should look out for the “Pakej Komunikasi Belia” logo that will be displayed on banners and buntings at outlets from these providers :
3G Smartphone List
Each network providers will have a list of entry-level 3G smartphones to offer (previously, the maximum price for 3G smartphone eligibility was RM500 but that condition has been lifted as of early January 2013) for you to choose from, so stay tuned for the updated list and plans from the providers!
Here’s the previous smartphone lists below / borderline RM500 that made the cut :
- Alcatel 993D
- Alcatel One Touch Glory 2
- Alcatel One Touch Inspire 2
- The Buzz Phone
- HTC Wildfire
- Huawei Ideos X3
- LG Optimus L3
- Ninetology Black Pearl II
- Ninetology Palette
- Nokia 2730
- Nokia 7230
- Nokia Asha 305
- Nokia Asha 308
- Nokia Asha 311
- Nokia C2 – 03
- Nokia Lumia 610
- Samsung Galaxy Chat
- Samsung Galaxy Mini
- Samsung Galaxy Pocket
- Samsung Galaxy Y
- Sony Experia Tipo
- ZTE Acqua
- ZTE V790
This Youth Communication Package was announced in the Budget 2013 speech in September 2012, for more details on how you can save money from there, check out our full Malaysia Budget 2013 article.
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