|Best Prepaid Plan Malaysia Comparison
|Saturday, 29 December 2018
|Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 January 2019 )
One thing that just about everybody cannot survive these days is a sim card to go with their smartphone. It enables the person to make and receive call and SMS, and most importantly, send and receive data for internet browsing, messaging and to get their social media fix.
The majority would go for a prepaid plan. As the name implies, you would first have to add credit to your plan and use your credit to make calls, send SMS or use data. It gives you more control over the how much you spend based on what you need.
On the other hand, a postpaid plan usually requires one to pay a minimum fixed amount every month and the plan usually comes with a set number of call minutes, SMS and data and billing will be done monthly.
The Big-3 telecommunication operators (telco) in Malaysia are Maxis, Digi and Celcom. They operate their own network and has the best coverage in the country. Then there are some who operate their own and uses some from another operator, such as U Mobile and Unifi Mobile. The rest are mobile virtual network operators (MVNO) who has their own brand but runs on other networks.
So, what are the difference between the telcos? It is actually hard to break it down. Each telco has its own strengths and weaknesses in terms of network coverage, pricing and features. It all boils down to what works for you.
Here is a breakdown of the steps in order to get a SIM card in Malaysia:
If you are the type that is into the technical details, the predominant bands for 4G LTE in Malaysia are the FDD-LTE Band 7 (2600 MHz) and Band 3 (1800 MHz), being used by Celcom, Digi, Maxis and U Mobile. Digi has started deployment in the Band 8 (900 MHz) band. Unifi only uses Band 5 (850 MHz). Yes uses TDD-LTE Bands 38 (2600 MHz) and Band 40 (2300 MHz). 3G/UMTS Bands are predominantly Band 1 (2100 MHz) while some also deploy on the Band 8 (900 MHz) band. GSM/2G bands are the 900 (EGSM) and 1800 (DCS) MHz bands.
In summary, in order for your phone to work in Malaysia, just make sure your phone is capable to run on Band 3 and 7 for 4G LTE and Band 1 for 3G.
Now that you are ready, the table below is a comparison of several prepaid SIM card packages in Malaysia. Also shown are the cost of data plans that you can get that is valid for 30 days.
** Updated 20 Jan 2019 with Tune Talk's new Value Prepaid plan **
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* For unifi mobile: Does not expire as long as you make any outgoing usage, reload or purchase any of the add-ons within 90 days from your last purchase and (or) usage date
Depends on what you need, the best prepaid plan in Malaysia is: