Archive for October, 2008


Review: U Mobile Sou (Dual SIM Phone)

October 23, 2008


Normal SRP price is RM988

U Mobile Phone Subsidy Program

  • U38 = RM760 (12 months contract)
  • U68 = RM700 (12 months contract)
  • U98 = RM510 (18 months contract)

U Mobile Sou is an exclusive phone sold under the U Mobile brand name. From the packaging to the manual and to the phone, U Mobile’s logo is prominently displayed. According to U Mobile’s official, “Sou” means “Dual” or “Double” which translate to this phone having Dual SIM capabilities.



Un-Boxing of the U Mobile Sou

The U Mobile Sou comes with alot of items inside the packaging.

  1. The U Mobile Sou Handset + Back cover
  2. 2 batteries (880mAh and 1010mAh)
  3. AC adapter
  4. Handsfree Kit
  5. USB Cable
  6. Car Charger
  7. Installation CD
  8. Manual
  9. Warranty Card

First Impression

The finishing of the phone (front) is pretty nice with steel-like surface. The back cover however feels plastic and flimsy. The U Mobile Logo can be seen at the front and back of the phone. Upon close inspection, we noticed all the accessories, CD, Manuals are labelled with “Sou” or “U Mobile” logo. Alot of effort was put into branding this phone.

We were very surprise to find 2 batteries and even a car charger in the box. This immediately gave us the impression of “Value for money”. Althought this might be branded as “China Phone” to some, the built quality certainly isn’t.


The video call camera is located at the top right corner like most phone.


The keypad of the phone requires some getting used to. Example, the number “0” is located at the right side instead of at the bottom of the keypad. There is also 2 “Dial” keypad catering for the 2 different SIM card. A very essential feature for a Dual-SIM phone.

At the top of the phone is the lanyard connector and the handsfree jack and the bottom is the phone cover release button.


The left side of the phone consists of Up/Down Button, Charger/Sync Connector and ON/OFF Button. The right side consists of Camera Button and the MicroSD Memory slot.


The front and back of the phone in full view.



  • Support Dual – SIM
  • Network Support: UMTS 2100/GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • Weight: 100g
  • Display: TFT 16 Million Colours
  • Screen: 2.2″ QVGA
  • Memory: Flash 128MB + RAM 64MB
  • Memory Card: MicroSD support up to 4GB
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth Ver 2.0, A2DP, Mini USB
  • Camera: 2.0MP with 6X Digital Zoom & 0.3MP front camera
  • Browser: HTML, xHTML
  • FM Radio

Using the Phone

Pressing the ON/OFF button for 3 seconds and the phone spring to life. Immediately you will be greeted by a U Mobile Logo in white background.

This phone is pretty easy to use with a pretty nice menu to play with. The main screen display the time, notification and other handy information.

Press the Centre Button to go to Main Menu.

From the main menu, you can access host of other features and functions.





There is no need to manually setup any network settings as all the major network provider settings can be found in the menu. The camera takes decent pictures under bright sun light but suffers under low light condition.

Click on the image below to view pictures taken using the U Mobile Sou.




  1. Comes with loads of accessories like extra battery and car charger
  2. Dual-SIM is very handy
  3. One of the cheapest 3G Dual SIM phone
  4. Decent looking camera
  5. Loud speaker with vibration


  1. Browing Internet is almost hopeless
  2. Removing the battery cover requires some getting use to
  3. Does not sync with Microsoft Outlook
  4. Can’t seems to setup IMAP email on the phone

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News: U Mobile – FREE up to RM864 worth of calls monthly!

October 18, 2008

U Mobile has launched a voice plan so good, it is hard to be believe!

RM864 worth of FREE calls is calculated by multiplying the total monthly free minutes by the Prepaid rate plan of RM0.48/minute.

[60 minutes X 30 days X RM0.48 per minute = RM864] Prepaid
[60 minutes X 30 days X RM0.18 per minute = RM324] U38
[60 minutes X 30 days X RM0.12 per minute = RM216] U68

Starting 18th of October, all postpaid and prepaid voice plans will get 60 minutes of FREE talk time daily between U Mobile subscribers. This works out to be about 1,800 minutes of FREE talk time monthly!

What’s the catch?

Nope, there is no catch really. For Prepaid users, all you need to do is to make sure your line is active before you can make any FREE calls. Meaning, top-up a minimum amount of RM10 and stay active for 10 days. So, we recommend you to just top up RM30 to stay active the whole month.

At the time where economy is in a gloomy state where everyone is trying to find ways to save money, U Mobile has certainly hit the right note. Other key-saving features worth noting are;

  • 1 cent per SMS (within U Mobile network) at any time
  • 1,800 FREE minutes of talk time monthly (within U Mobile network)
  • Postpaid users get to carry forward their un-used FREE minutes up to month end.
  • 1 second billing cycle
  • Phone subsidy program
With its 60 minutes daily FREE calls + 1 cent per SMS, this will spread like a wild fire especially when MNP is implemented and launched now. Consumer can just easily switch over to U Mobile without changing their existing mobile number. So, what are you waiting for? Get those around you to change to U Mobile now so you can call them for FREE and SMS them for 1 cent!
Maxis have Activ10 with 10 special numbers
Digi have Friends and Family with 11 special numbers (with RM2 switching fee)
Celcom have 8pax with only 8 special numbers
U Mobile now has … “Every Friends and Family“, “Activ Everyone” and “UnlimitedPAX“.

3G Phone Subsidy for Postpaid

U Mobile also introduced 3 new phone bundling program. Samsung Z170, Samsung J200 and Korean Dual SIM Phone Sou.

Samsung Z170 (Click here for specification)

SRP Price: RM599




RM240 (Save RM359)

RM180 (Save RM419)

Not applicable

12 Months Contract

12 Months Contract

Not applicatble

Samsung J200 (Click here fore specification)

SRP Price: RM599




RM240 (Save RM359)

RM180 (Save RM419)

Not applicable

12 Months Contract

12 Months Contract

Not applicable

U Mobile Sou (UMTS, DUAL-SIM, microSD, 2.0MP Camera, Bluetooth, FM Radio)





RM760 (Save RM228)

RM700 (Save RM288)

RM510 (RM478)

18 Months Contract


18 Months Contract


18 Months Contract



  • If you want to save money with low rates
  • If you want 60 mins FREE calls daily or 1 cent SMS to more than 11 numbers
  • If you don’t want to be charged for talk time you didn’t use
  • If you want a new 3G phone
  • If you don’t want to carry 2 phones
  • If you want to keep your existing number
  • If you want the simplest plan
  • If you can’t think of anymore excuses
Switch over to U Mobile
Visit any of our outlets, call us at +6018 2088808 or email us at and we are glad to make an appointment to help you save. No payment needed, just fill up the registration form and photocopy of IC.

Related Posts:

What is Mobile Number Portability?
Compare Call/SMS/MMS/Video Calls between all Telcos (PDF File)
U Mobile Call Saving Simulation Chart (PDF File)
Different Postpaid Plans from U Mobile

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News: Mobile Number Portability (MNP)

October 16, 2008

Today is the official nation wide launch of Mobile Number Portability in Malaysia. Open up Star newspaper and you will see full page advertisement from Maxis, Celcom and U Mobile on MNP. Prior to this, many people are talking about this and some are eagerly awaiting for this day to come.

What is Mobile Number Portability?

Simply put, it means that your front 3 digit DO NOT represent your telco anymore. Even if you are using 012-XXXXXXX, you might be subscribe to Celcom or Digi network. Consumers are free to choose any Telco they like while keeping the original numbers.

Who is entitled for MNP?

Any customers of any mobile service provider who is governed by MNP regulations are entitled to apply for MNP. Postpaid or prepaid consumers and also corporate or company registration are also entitled to MNP.

What are the criteria to port over?

Prepaid Customer

  • Ensure that the prepaid number is registered under your name.
  • The prepaid number is still active (meaning you still can receive calls)
  • All unused credit will be forfeited when the MNP request is successful

Postpaid Customer

  • No outstanding/due payment in your account
  • No outstanding contract/tie in obligations
  • All supplementary line/numbers need to be ported over together
  • All value added service subscription under the SAME account must be migrated together/terminated.
  • If a supplementary line does not migrate, he/she will need to detach itself from principal line and register as new independent account.

Will there be interruption in the MNP process and how long does it take?

MNP process usually takes about 5 to 8 working days and there is no service interruption in between. Customer can continue using the previous telco until the point where the new telco takes over.

How much does it cost to port over?

The maximum fees chargeable by any telco is RM25. However, looking at the current situation, most of the telco will be waiving the fee to encourage customers to port over to their respective service.

U Mobile is currently giving away RM10 credit for every successful prepaid or postpaid subscription. U mobile is also giving away 018 prepaid starter pack for every rejected MNP cases with RM10 air time!

What are the porting process?

Step 1: Visit any MNP centres

Step 2: Fill up the registration forms & photocopy your IC/Passport/army/police ID/ Business registration

Step 3: Pay for any porting fees (FREE for U Mobile)

Step 4: Collect the SIM Card

Step 5: Continue using your old network until you receive a SMS notification

How often can I do a MNP transfer?

As many times as you wish to, but you cannot do multiple MNP request within the same time to different operators

What number pre-fix cannot be ported?

The following cannot be ported:

  • Fixed Telekom landlines such as 03, 04, 06 etc.
  • Fixed free toll number such as 1 800, 1300 etc.
  • Foreign country numbers.

Can I port from Prepaid to Postpaid?

Yes, you can choose to port from postpaid to prepaid and vice versa.

Will I be receiving 2 set of phone bills?

In the first month after your successful MNP request, you may be receiving two bills:

  • First usage bill to the mobile service operator you ported to
  • Final bill from your previous mobile service operator, on usages that were incurred but not charged

Will the Value Added Service (VAS) be ported together?

No, MNP only ports out the number, not services. VAS from previous service provider will not be transferred and you have to subscribe for the VAS again from the new network operator. Some of the common VAS are as below.

  • Internet Data services
  • Push E-mail Services
  • Email assigned to the previous number
  • Friends and Family Plan
  • Caller Ring tone
  • Enhanced SIM Services
  • Fax Number

Can I port my free airtime usage from my previous network operator?

Nope, all free airtime, voicemail messages, etc will be lost.

How can I identify whether the number I am calling is on the same network?

You will not be able to identify if your call is on-net or off-net.

I have a company cell phone, can I port my number?

Yes, you can with the following:

  • A copy of consent from the Human resource department to use the account for the personal use
  • Complete the initial MNP request conditions with successful confirmation
  • Upon successful confirmation, choose either the prepaid or postpaid account that appeals to him/her and follow the abovementioned procedures

For more information on MNP, please call the respective network operator.

U Mobile – +6018 388 1318

Maxis – 1800 82 1123

Celcom – 1300 111 000

Digi – +6016 221 1800

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News: The New MacBook and MacBook Pro (Part 1)

October 15, 2008

Finally after months of waiting, reading rumored website and anticipation. Apple announced their new range of MacBook, MacBook Pro, Cinema display, upgrade in specification in existing line and also some new accessories.


What’s New?

  • Precision Aluminum Unibody Enclosure
  • LED-Backlit Display
  • Multi-touch TrackPad (without button)
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
  • Backlit Keyboard (On higher end models only)

What is the current lineup?

(MB466ZP/A) – MacBook 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo – Aluminium

Selling Price: RM4,799

  • 160GB Serial ATA drive @ 5400 rpm
  • Country Kit
  • Keyboard/Mac OS
  • Superdrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • 2.0GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • 2GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x1GB

(MB467ZP/A) – MacBook 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo – Aluminium

Estimated Price: RM5,899

  • Keyboard/Mac OS
  • 2GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x1GB
  • 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
  • Country Kit
  • 250GB Serial ATA drive @ 5400 rpm
  • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

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Updates: Apple Security Update 2008-007

October 10, 2008

Security Update 2008-007 is recommended for all users and improves the security of Mac OS X. Previous security updates have been incorporated into this security update.

Products Affected

QuickTime 7 (Windows), QuickTime 7 (OS X), Safari, Mac OS X 10.4, Enterprise Software and Peripherals, Consumer Software, iPhone, Security, Mac OS X 10.5

For information on the security content of this update, please visit this website:

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Tips: Reseting your Apple iPod / iPhone

October 9, 2008

Like any electronic devices, sometimes something inside might go wrong and you find that your iPod is not responding to any key press. Fret not, this is what you can try to do before you call your Apple hotline or your favorite retailer.

Reseting your Apple iPod do not remove any of your songs. It MIGHT remove some of your customized settings. Restoring however will set your Apple iPod to factory default.

Apple iPod Nano/ Video / Classic

Apple iPod Nano (1st Generation)

Apple iPod Nano (2nd Generation)

Apple iPod Nano (3rd Generation)

Apple iPod Nano (4th Generation)

Apple iPod Video (5th Generation)

Apple iPod Classic


  • Toggle the Hold switch on and off. (Slide it to Hold, then turn it off again.)
  • Press and hold the Menu and Select (Centre) buttons until the Apple logo appears, about 6 to 10 seconds. You may need to repeat this step.

Tip: If you are having difficulty resetting your iPod, set it on a flat surface. Make sure the finger pressing the Select button is not touching any part of the click wheel. Also make sure that you are pressing the Menu button toward the outside of the click wheel, and not near the center.

If the above steps did not work, try connecting iPod to a power adapter and plug the power adapter into an electrical outlet, or connect iPod to your computer. Make sure the computer is turned on and isn’t set to go to sleep.

Apple iPod Shuffle

Apple iPod Shuffle (1st Generation)

Apple iPod Shuffle (2nd Generation)

To reset iPod shuffle:

  • Disconnect iPod shuffle from the computer (if connected).
  • Move the switch on the back of iPod shuffle to the off position.

Tip: When iPod shuffle is off, the green stripe by the switch is not visible. (See below illustration)

  • Wait 5 seconds
  • Move the switch on the back to the play in order or the shuffle position. The green stripe will be visible in either position
  • iPod shuffle is now reset. If after resetting iPod shuffle you are going to attach it to your computer, be sure to place the switch in the off position. If you were resetting as part of some troubleshooting steps, continue with those steps now. For general troubleshooting steps see the iPod shuffle troubleshooting and service FAQ.

iPod Reset Utility / iPod Shuffle Reset Utility

Use iPod Reset Utility to restore the iPod Shuffle back to their factory settings when iTunes is unable to do so and the reset above do not help. The process completely erases all music and data and reinstalls the iPod software version listed below:

  • iPod shuffle (1st generation) – iPod Software version 1.1.5
  • iPod shuffle (2nd generation) – iPod Software version 1.0.4

IMPORTANT NOTE: iPod Reset Utility is intended for use only with the iPod models listed above; other iPods are NOT supported.

IMPORTANT NOTE: iPod shuffle Reset Utility is only for iPod shuffle (1st generation) 512 MB and 1 GB models only. Any other iPod, including iPod shuffle (2nd generation), is not supported.

Use iPod Reset Utility to fix the following issues:

  • iPod will not play music, and cannot be restored using iTunes.
  • iPod is not recognized by iTunes, but is visible in My Computer or in Device Manager on a Windows PC, or in Apple System Profiler on a Mac.
  • iPod shuffle (1st generation) is identified as a device in “Recovery mode.” iPod shuffle (2nd generation) is identified as a “USB DFU device.”

Important: Read Before Using

  • You must have administrator privileges to use this utility.
  • iPod Reset Utility restores your iPod to factory conditions and installs current iPod software for that model, deleting all content on iPod.
  • If iPod Reset Utility cannot reset your iPod, then your iPod may need service. Go to the iPod Service page for additional information.

System Requirements

  • Mac OS X 10.3.9, or later*
  • Windows 2000 with Service Pack 4, Windows XP with Service Pack 2**

*Mac OS X 10.2.8 customers with an iPod shuffle (1st generation) can use the iPod shuffle Reset Utility

**iPod Reset Utility is not supported for use with Windows Vista.


To install iPod Reset Utility:

  1. Download the iPod Reset Utility from one of the following locations
  2. Double-click iPodResetUtility.pkg (Mac) or iPodResetUtilitySetup.exe (Windows).
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions.
  4. After installation is complete, iPod Reset Utility will be available on a Mac at /Applications/Utilities/iPod Reset Utility or on Windows by choosing Start > Programs > iPod > iPod Reset Utility.
To install iPod Shuffle Reset Utility:
  1. Download Mac OS X – iPod Shuffle Reset Utility for Mac
  2. Open the iPodshuffleResetUtility.pkg.
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions.
  4. Once installation is complete, the iPod shuffle Reset Utility will be available on a Mac at/Applications/Utilities/iPod shuffle Reset Utility.

Using iPod Reset Utility / iPod Shuffle Reset Utility

  1. Quit all running applications on your computer.
  2. Open iPod Reset Utility / iPod Shuffle Reset Utility.
  3. Connect iPod to a USB port on your computer. Do not connect iPod to a USB port on your keyboard, or other non-powered USB hub.
  4. Click the Reset/Restore button.
  5. If prompted, enter an administrator name and password. Notice: Do not disconnect iPod during the reset process.
  6. When complete, quit iPod Reset Utility and open iTunes to load music onto iPod.

Apple iPod Touch / iPhone / iPhone 3G

Apple iPod Touch (1st Generation)
Apple iPod Touch (2nd Generation)

Apple iPhone / Apple iPhone 3G

To turn completely off

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button for a few seconds until the red slider appears, then slide the slider. When iPhone is off, incoming calls go straight to voicemail.

To reset

Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

If iPhone won’t turn on, or the display freezes or doesn’t respond

  1. Press and hold the Home button for at least six seconds, until the application you were using quits.
  2. If that doesn’t work, turn iPhone off and turn it on again. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button on top of iPhone for a few seconds until a red slider appears, and then slide the slider. Then press and hold the Sleep/Wake button until the Apple logo appears.
  3. If that doesn’t work, reset iPhone. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.

If iPhone continues to freeze or not respond after you reset it

  1. Reset iPhone settings. From the Home screen choose Settings > General > Reset > Reset All Settings. All your preferences are reset, but no data or media is deleted.
  2. If that doesn’t work, restore the iPhone software. See document 305744 “Updating and Restoring iPhone Software.”

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Tech Tips: Which PDA is right for me? (Part 1)

October 8, 2008

With so many PDAs in the market currently, exactly how do you find the right one for yourself? We hope to have the solutions for your questions.

In this article, we will cover key components/features of today’s PDA and hopefully after going through, you will be able to understand better and decide on what is a necessity and what is nice-to-have.

PDA has come a long way. Not too long ago, PDA was essentially called “Palm” by many. This was not surprising as Palm “was” the dominant player in the market. Back then, Palm PDA has built in of only 8MB (with no memory slot) and does not even come with color screen! Consumer has to organize mass gathering to upgrade their 8GB to 16GB and this usually also void their warranty.

Fast forward to today, how we are spoilt for choices and the PDA market changed significantly. We now have PDA with all kind of features one could ever dream of. Some PDA have built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3.5G, 5 MP camera, Bio-metric finger print scanner, 600++ Mhz and built in 16GB of memory! Recent range of PDA comes with accelerometer and WVGA.

In the world of tech, just how do you choose one which is suitable? Below are some questions which you should ask yourself first.

Which Operating System (OS) should I choose?

There are 6 major OS dominating the smartphone/PDA market; Windows Mobile, Palm, Symbian, Blackberry, Apple and the new Android by Google. Each has its own strength and weakness and to say which is a better than another would be akin to comparing Mercedes Benz with BMW.

Since Apple, Android, Palm and Blackberry are very hardware specific, we shall not include in this tech tip. E.g., If you like the Apple iPhone, there is no other choice/alternative to it.

In Malaysia, the most popular OS for PDA (not smartphone) is Windows Mobile. For easy discussion sake, we shall just concentrate on the Windows Mobile 6.1.

Tech Tips: Windows Mobile and Palm has one of the most number of third-party software you can purchase from the Internet.

What are the different features/built-in?

Not all PDA are built equal to cater to different market. Hence, it is important for you to think carefully if you really need a particular feature before paying money for it. E.g., if you already have a GPS navigator in your vehicle, why pay extra to get one with built-in? Below are some of the key features found in today’s PDA.


This is essentially the speed of the data transfer rate between the network. Below shows a simple overview of all the different connection name with their speed.

GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) – Max Speed of 80 kbits/second

EDGE (Enhanced Data Rates for GSM) – Max Speed of 236.8 kbit/second

UMTS aka 3G (Universal Mobile Telecommunications System) – Max Speed of 384kbits/second

HPSDA aka 3.5G (High-Speed Download Packet Access) – Max 14.4Mbp/second

For those who access the Internet often, this is a very important point to consider. Although not all telco are currently ready to provide HSDPA and even if they do, usually are in limited locations only. Nevertheless, if possible, always choose 3.5G and above as your PDA can also act as a wireless modem for your laptop.

Tips: Always check with your local telco for a unlimited data package. Failure to do this might unknowingly cause you hundreds to thousand of ringgit on data charges alone. At the time of writing, Maxis offers RM99 (3.5G), U Mobile (3.5G) capped it at RM176 and Digi (EDGE) offers RM66 for unlimited data transfer.

Some of the PDA currently that supports HSDPA are the HTC Touch 3G, HTC Touch HD, HTC Touch Diamond, HTC Touch Pro, HTC Tytn II, HTC Touch Cruise, Samsung Omnia, Samsung i780

Global Positioning System (G.P.S)

GPS is relatively new in Malaysia. When GPS devices first started selling in our retail outlets some 4 to 5 years ago, we had a hard time educating the general consumers. Most of the people confused GPS with GPRS and hence the question we always get is “How much is the monthly access fee?”.

The built-in GPS in PDA is essentially a receiver which receives signal from multiple satellite orbiting the earth at a certain location. The receiver is able to calculate the exact distance based on the fixed interval of the signal and the location of the satellite info in the signal. With this information, the receiver will be able to triangulate and get the precise coordinates from a minimum of 3 satellites. Of course, the more satellite it detects, the more accurate the location.

number of satellite a receiver can “see” at any point in time

Coordinate is pretty much useless to ordinary folks. What you need then is a map software so tell you what road are you on, where you will be able to travel, how long is the distance, the estimated time of arrival. There are several mapping company in Malaysia you can get your maps from. One very useful website you start reading is

Tips: Some of the maps comes bundled free when you purchase the PDA. If not, you can always purchase it online. There are NO monthly charges, just yearly charges for the updates of maps if you want to keep your map updated.

Some of the PDA currently that comes with built-in GPS function are HTC Touch 3G, HTC Touch HD, HTC Touch DiamondHTC Touch ProHTC Tytn IIHTC Touch Cruise, HTC P3300, Asus P320Samsung OmniaSamsung i780

Weight, Size and Form-Factor

PDA nowadays comes with all kind of shape and sizes. Lets briefly go through some of the more common ones.

Type 1 – Candy Bar

Type 2 – Candy bar with Sliding Keypad (Up)

Type 3 – Candy Bar with Keypad

Type 4 – Candy Bar with Full Keyboard

Type 5 – Candy Bar with Keypad and Slide out Keyboard

Type 6 – With Slide Out Keyboard

Type 7 – With Slide out Keyboard (Curved)

Type 8 – With Slide Out Tilting Keyboard

Type 9 – Clamshell with Keypad

Type 10 – Clamshell with Keyboard

Type 11 – Clamshell Keyboard with Rotating Screen

Type 12 – Detachable Keyboard

Type 13 – Dual Hinge with Keyboard

Tech Tips: Always try to go for a PDA with built-in keyboard as this makes input much easier. Also, one-handed operation is much more feasible on a PDA with keypad. PDA with keyboard normally do not look as nice as those without but sometimes a little compromise is good for the long run.

[To be continued]

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Reviews: U Mobile Postpaid Voice Plans (U38/U68/U98)

October 3, 2008

U Mobile revealed their new range of voice plan package on the 1st of July 2008. Since then, lots of TV, radio and newspaper advertisement were seen throughout Malaysia mainstream media.

Despite their relatively new presence in the crowded telco market, U Mobile has successfully created some buzz among the consumers with their new range of prepaid and postpaid plan. The most interesting one being the “1 second block charges”. Lots of customer asked us what this is and how will it benefit them.

What exactly is “1 second block charges”?

Normal telco like Maxis, Celcom and Digi charges customer a FULL 30 seconds block. Meaning, if you were to talk on the phone for just 5 seconds saying “Hi, I am on the way now”. You will still be charged a full 30 seconds. Same thing goes if you talk for 31 seconds, you will be charged 60 seconds (2 blocks).

If you still don’t understand, let me try to put it into even simpler example.

  • Imagine paying for 23 minutes of parking instead of the flat 1 hourly charges.
  • Imagine paying for 1 song instead of the entire album (e.g. iTunes store music download).
You can also watch some of the TV ads here.
How will I save with “1 second block charges”?
Simple! Unless all your calls are exactly 30 seconds, 60 seconds, 90 seconds… Each and every call you make will save you money. Unlike other telco who encourage the consumer to call a certain threshold before discounts are given, with U Mobile, you just maintain your call pattern and you will definitely save some money. This will come handy with raising living cost and inflation.
What are the call charges? How much can I save?
How much you save really depends on your call durations, number of calls/SMS and which network do you normally call/SMS. We have painstakingly compiled a chart showing all the different packages offered by different telcos. Please note that this is NOT conclusive and you should still check with your telco provider for further details on packages and call rates.
Download – U Mobile Call Charges Comparison Chart (PDF File)
Key Points
  • 1 second billing
  • One of the lowest Voice Call Rate – 12 sen / min (U68)
  • Lowest Video Call rate – 12 sen / min (U68)
  • One of the lowest SMS rate – 5 sen (Own network)
  • Lowest MMS rate – 18 sen (Own network)
  • No contract (except for U98)
  • Must use a 3G enabled phone
We have also did a simple calculation on how much one can save up to 40% on the U Mobile’s U68 voice plan.
  1. Calculation based on normal telco package and NOT those special package.
  2. Calls made to same network and other network are the same
  3. SMS made to same network and other network are the same.
You can download the call simulation chart here
  1. 1 second billing
  2. Cheap video calls and MMS charges
  3. No contract (except for U98)
  4. Very straight forward and easy to understand call rates
  5. Comes with lots of VAS like; CLIP, Call Forwarding, Call Waiting, Call Conferencing, Miss Call notification.
  6. Domestic roaming with Celcom when there is no U Mobile network
  1. Must use 3G phone (for postpaid only).
  2. U Mobile coverage limited

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Updates: HTC Touch Cruise – Windows Mobile® 6.1 Upgrade

October 3, 2008

HTC recently release an upgrade for HTC Touch Cruise PDA Phone. This upgrade to WM6.1 also fixes some of the bugs in the Touch Cruise.

  • Bluetooth Headset: It may happen that you cannot hear anything when using Bluetooth headsets (Jabra JX10, Jabra BT500 or Samsung WEP 150) even when it has already successfully reconnected with the Touch Cruise.
  • Default Onscreen Keyboard: It may happen that the device will not remember the last onscreen keyboard used. Before, the onscreen keyboard always defaults to the Touch Keyboard.
  • Title Bar: It may happen that the Title Bar disappears when you go back to the Home screen.
  • Camera Viewfinder: It may happen that the viewfinder is cut when you open a Powerpoint file and then tap Options.
  • GPS Mode: It may happen that the display becomes “abnormal” after taking a picture in GPS mode and then going into Suspend/Resume mode.
  • FM Radio Speaker/Headset Mode: It may happen that the FM Radio program uses the incorrect output mode (Speaker or Headset) before the application launches.
  • TouchFLO Setting: It may happen that the TouchFLO setting does not appear in the Settings > System tab.
  • TomTom in Home Screen: It may happen that TomTom does not show in the Home screen.
User are advised to back up before the upgrade.
The upgrade can be downloaded directly from the HTC website here

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