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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Malaysia Wireless Broadband Comparison (# 2)

Previous blog..

Now we have a better one..


Features

P1

Izzi

uMobile

Wimax

Yes

No

No

4G

No

Yes

No

3G (HSPDA)

No

No

Yes

Mobility

Yes

Yes

Yes

Extra Mobility (iBurst)

No

Yes

No

At least 1 Mbps connection

Yes

Yes

Yes

Wireless

Yes

Yes

Yes

Plug n Play (USB)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Free startup cost

No

No

Yes

> 1Mbps connection with cost < RM 100

No

No

Yes

Phone and PC

No (PC Only)

No (PC Only)

Yes



P1 Wimax

What I like about P1 is the theme (green, black, grey) and the much 'honest' speed test tool. Anyway, I still think that InternetFrog's tool is the most accurate of all.

iZZi

While iZZi is focusing on iBurst technology which provides uninterrupted connectivity even on fast moving objects.The biggest issue is power supply.But no advise has been discoursed to its potential users on how to charge the laptop battery on the bus or something.

uMobile

uMobile is focusing on the concept of 'u' for ubiquitous. The main idea is that uMobile (ex MiTV) has a 3G license and using the uMobile network, users can surf the Internet using either the phone or the computer with USB HSPDA Modem (which will use the sim card from uMobile). This is good for startup entrepreneurs, one-man-show entrepreneurs and etc who doesn't want to have some much commitment to many things, but you still need a good supply of electricity though.

Redtone

Redtone Wimax ? Nothing much heard about it.

Maxis and Celcom

Seemed to have disappeared.

Check out a good review here perhaps.

General Concerns
  • All these wireless providers risk users with higher amount of unwanted telco radiation. TM streamyx seems to be the safest.
  • People are still lazy to switch providers whenever they are stuck with Streamyx account (including myself). Even worst, with the financial market getting unstable, people are not willing to consider even investing to try out something new and presumably better.
These broadband providers should really give bloggers free accounts so that we can try it out and do proper reviews. For me, I would choose either P1 for its elegance and cool marketing campaign and uMobile for the idea that if the broadband doesn't work, I can still use the SIM card for something else (such as using it for the GSM modem).

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Stephen said...

Nice comparison, just what I'm looking for. keep up the good work.

Karuna said...

yes wireless broadband is catching on, but I think that too many controls are being forced upon its usage. If you go to the maxis wireless broadband website, you will see that they impose shaping on torrent traffic as well as having a maximum data transfer cap of 3GB/month . That's a real killer for me, as I could easily use 3 gigs in 2 days. That really is a shame, because maxis is advertising "unlimited" wireless broadband whilst imposing limits upon its usage. Contradictory don't you think? As for torrents, shaping them is really not the solution to combat piracy, because there are alot of legitimate uses of torrents, and shaping them cuts out all the legit users. Its the same concept with DRM-protected media, its never going to work, because what it all boils down to is punishing legitimate owners, in the hopes of eradicating piracy.

when will they ever learn.

Brandon Teoh said...

Yes. Even uMobile is also having maximum cap for the monthly bandwidth.