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Best Prepaid Plans Comparison Malaysia 2020

*Post updated 9th Jan 2020*

The original was published on October 2018. Since then many mobile virtual network operators(MVNO) like ookyo, Tron & Buzzme have ceased their service. Only Yoodo is still surviving and kicking. But, I have catagorized Yoodoo as postpaid plan now.

Celcom, Hotlink, Digi,U Mobile and TuneTalk also have revised their prepaid plan. The most significant changes are that Digi Super Terrer and TuneTalk Vibe is no longer available. It’s about the time for us to re-evaluate and re-select the best prepaid plans in Malaysia.

After some thorough research, I have find out:

  1. Cheapest Prepaid Plan with Unlimited Call Time(murah dan call tanpa had)
  2. Best Prepaid Plan with Unlimited Data (data tanpa had)
  3. Best Cheap Prepaid Data Plan for Most Malaysians (Plan prabayar murah terbaik)
  4. Best Prepaid Plan above RM50 (Plan prabayar terbaik berkos RM50 ke atas)

Why you should go for prepaid

There are various factors to go for prepaid plans instead of postpaid plans. Among the factors, the two biggest driving factors for using prepaid plans are the flexibility of usage and money saving.

Flexibility of Usage

For prepaid plans, there is no need to commit any fixed term contract whether it is one year or two years. You can enjoy the privilege to change or swap to any new Telco whenever you want.

There is also no fixed monthly commitment. For postpaid plans, you are tied to a fixed amount of commitment but prepaid plans allow you to switch to cheaper or more expensive plan depends on your monthly budget. Or you may stop subscribing a new monthly plan if you are away for long holidays.

Money Saving

Generally, prepaid plans are always cheaper in comparison to postpaid plans because they are meant for consumers with a lower budget. Effective 6th September 2018, prepaid reload services are exempted from 6% Service Tax for Malaysians based on Section 34(3)(a) while the postpaid plans charge an additional 6% service tax (SST). You may check out a very comprehensive table prepared by Digi on explaining which services are charged with SST and which does not.

There are also various reload channels which offer cash back or discounted top up. Both Lazada and Boost app (android)/(ios) offer cashback for mobile reload through their app. You can even use a credit card to do the transaction and earn additional cash back. If you’re interested in more money saving tips, can check out my choice of best Malaysia credit cards & cash back strategy guide.

All these little savings and cash backs accumulate a considerable sum of money over time. As the Malay saying goes, ‘sedikit-sedikit, lama-lama jadi bukit‘.

Why you should trust me

Throughout the years, I have been a user of various mobile plans in Malaysia so I have a knowledge or two on advantages and disadvantages among the local telcos. As long as I can remember, I started off as a Hotlink user during secondary school because Digi’s network coverage was so bad in the rural area. (Hints: I am from Pahang). I had to reload from time to time. Sometimes I just could not afford to reload and had to keep track of my phone validity period and reload on the very last day.

Then, I moved to town and convert to Digi because of the cheap price and acceptable network coverage in cities. When I started to work I was given a Celcom SIM card and stuck with them for years. It can be frustrating when you switch between mobile network providers in the old days because you have to give up your current number and lost all your contact.

I understand an average consumer’s need because I am standing in the same shoes. Coupling with my thorough research on available information from the service provider and consumer reviews from various online sources including Lowyat forum, I can help you to put an end of your search for the best Malaysia mobile prepaid plan.

Most importantly I review and update my post from time to time based on the latest mobile plan launched in Malaysia in order to keep you updated to the latest information. Subscribe to my email list, Facebook and Twitter for my latest recommendation if you find my review is helpful.

How I picked

Network Coverage

Network coverage is the most crucial factor you should take consider whenever choosing your mobile network provider. Performance of a mobile network can vary depending on location. Some mobile networks perform well in both rural and city area while some are just pure sh*t in the rural area as they do not have the infrastructure to support it. Without good network coverage, everything else including the speed, data, call time and SMS is worthless.

Speed

Data speed is the second most important factor and it is directly related to network coverage. There are 3G, 4G and 4G LTE network. 4G LTE is the fastest of them all, wider 4G network, better internet speed.

Price

Each prepaid plan is packaged and priced differently. It can be quite overwhelming for someone to look at so many different add-ons and passes which currently available. I am looking the best and most practical bargain of them all.

Data, Call Time and SMS

Among these three, I consider data/internet is the most essential. Because text messaging and call app slowly replaces conventional call and message (SMS). So, call time and SMS is less of my priority.

Validity

I will focus specifically on 30 days validity prepaid package. Users with specific needs like extra long validity period can explore other available options which are currently out of my list.

How I research

My research and user experience are largely focusing on Kuala Lumpur and Selangor area.

Then, I salvage the raw information provided by all the different Telcos and digest them for your easier understanding. Online user’s review and feedback are also collected as additional references.

If you are from different states and have different opinions, please comment below on which Telco is the best in your area.

Celcom, Maxis/Hotlink, Digi, U Mobile Performance Assessment

Network coverage comparison, from the left: Maxis, Celcom, Digi and U-Mobile
From the left: Maxis, Celcom, Digi and U-Mobile compared head to head on 4G network coverage, speed and latency

I used OpenSignal app to generate the network coverage mapping and network speed test as shown above. These are the Big 4 Telcos we have in Malaysia: Maxis, Celcom, Digi and U-Mobile. The data and results are crowdsourced from over 250,000 real users data with up to 1.3 million measurements. It is not data which generated through “ideal situation” by any big corporation or telcos themselves. We can safely assume that the data is pretty reliable.

At a glance, you notice Celcom and Maxis have the best overall 4G network coverage in Malaysia whereas Digi followed behind and U-Mobile is definitely lacking in the East Coast and rural area. Then, we dive down deeper to city area and taking Selangor as our benchmark, all 4 Telco fare quite similar in terms of coverage in the city area.

Quick Tips: Download speed(Mbps, Megabytes per second) higher is better, and latency(ms, milliseconds) lower is better.

One obvious thing you can notice is that U-Mobile network speed is lowest and latency is highest in both test area, Kepong and Putrajaya. There are also many other areas in Kuala  Lumpur and Selangor show similar results which indicating a slightly poorer internet experience if you are a U Mobile user.

Again, Celcom and Maxis emerge as the top 2 performers in terms of speed and latency.

And OpenSignal.com regional performance report agrees with what I have claimed as you can see how GREEN and BLUE the chart is.

Hence, Celcom and Maxis is preferred in my selection if everything given are equal.

Comparison of Cheap Prepaid plans in Malaysia

TelcoHotlink RedXpaxDigi BigBonusU Mobile GX30Tunetalk CUNredONE
PriceRM35.00RM38.00RM35.00RM30.00RM28.00RM30.00
Data6GB48GB(3mbps)8Gunlimited (3mbps)6GB5GB
Price per GigabyteRM5.83RM0.79RM4.38RM0.00RM4.68RM6.00
Free Calls and SMSAddon RM10 for unlimited call all networks-10mins to U Mobile daily-unlimited tunetalk call-unlimited calls to redONE
Call Rates15sen/30sec30sen/min14sen/30sec22sen/min16sen/min
SMS Rates15sen/sms15sen/sms20sen/sms12sen/sms10sen/sms-5 sen/sms to redONE & Celcom -10 sen/sms to other network
Additional Data-free 10GB Facebook --2Gb everyday 1pm-7pm -unlimited all apps-unlimited social
-free 10GB YouTube-Free 10GB Video & Music-unlimited chat
-choose 1 unlimited app(chat/social/video)-6GB Youtube/Netflix
Others3GB Hotspot Limited time offer3GB HotspotRM10 10GB Booster add-on -Free 500MB on every 1st of month -Free 300 MB per day for 30 days. 9GB in total
OperatorMaxisCelcomDigiU MobileCelcomCelcom

Table above compare every popular budget prepaid plans including Celcom, Digi, Hotlink, TuneTalk, U Mobile and redONE. Price per gigabyte lower is better.

Cheapest Prepaid Plan with Unlimited Call- Digi BigBonus RM28


Digi logo DigiBigBonus RM28 is the cheapest prepaid plan with unlimited call with only 3GB mobile data

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Digi BigBonus RM28 is the cheapest prepaid plan with unlimited call to all networks currently. It has only 3GB which is certainly not impressive. Digi compensated it by giving 1GB free internet daily 1pm-7pm and also free 2.5Gb weekly (total 10GB per month) for video and music.

The main thing I like this plan is it being almost twice as cheap as other unlimited call prepaid plan. The low mobile data cap is not a problem for those who have broadband installed at home. Half of your day time 1pm-7pm is well covered by the daily 1GB free mobile data. On the other hand, data-heavy activity like video and music also will be covered by the weekly extra 2.5GB free data.

Do keep in mind that network coverage is one of the weak point of Digi prepaid plan. Be sure to check your area network using OpenSignal app as i recommended before.

Digi BigBonus RM28 is not the most ideal plan for many but it is certainly the cheapest and most cost efficient prepaid plan at the moment. It is good for person who can discipline themselves and model their daily mobile data consumption behaviour according to the package.

Best Prepaid Plan with Unlimited Data(Sort of..) – Celcom Xpax 48GB


Celcom Xpax 48GB internet pass cost only RM38. But there’s  catch which it has a 3Mbps speed limit and also 3GB hotspot limit.

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Celcom Xpax 48GB @RM38 is the best prepaid plan with almost unlimited data for average users.

Let’s admit the fact that there won’t be any “true unlimited data” for any plan less than RM100 in near future. In fact, currently U mobile GX30 also has a threshold of 50GB, and throttle to 500Kbps from 8pm to 1am when you exceed it.

The biggest downside? It has speed limit of 3mbps and 3GB cap for hotspot. Compared to DigiBigBonus RM28, it also has no unlimited call to all networks

Best Cheap Prepaid Data Plan for Most Malaysians- TuneTalk CUN 28


tunetalk vibe 30TuneTalk CUN 28 is the best prepaid plan under RM30 offering 6GB data, unlimited social and chat app.

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TuneTalk CUN RM28 is the best cheap data prepaid plan. It is great for its unlimited social and chat app. It has 6GB monthly mobile data and additional 6GB free data for Youtube/Netflix.

TuneTalk prepaid plans are thoughtfully packaged for youngster and millennial who spent most of their time on social media. This prepaid plan cost only RM28 (less than RM1 per day) which very attrative for teenagers.

It also has unlimited call among TuneTalk numbers. So, you can get your family members and close friend to use this prepaid plan to enjoy its unlimited call.

Last but not least, It has RM10 booster addon for additional 10GB all days. In case you use extra data in any month, just top up RM10 to enjoy the additional mobile data. It is the cheapest data addon package among all prepaid plans. Let me know in comments if you know there’s cheaper data addon.

Also Great – redONE 5GB RM30


redone-logo redONE RM30 5GB is also a great option if you’re looking for prepaid plan cost below RM30. You have almost 480MB mobile data to use everyday.

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So call time might not be your first priority and you prefer no restriction on how & when you use it. I will recommend redONE RM30 because it has 5GB mobile data, free 500MB on every 1st of month and free 300MB every single day.

Combining the fixed monthly data and free data, we have an average of 480MB data per day. It is definitely enough for you to sail through the day for normal internet browsing, listening to music and even play games. However, it will not be enough for watching Youtube or Netflix for long hours on smartphone.

Apart from that, it has the cheapest call rates among all other prepaid plans which cost only RM0.16 per minute.

RedONE RM30 prepaid plan is good for lightweight data user and one who may need light mobile hotspot/tethering from time to time.

The competitions

Hotlink Red is still as expensive as ever and stingy on the data. And it is RM5-RM7 more expesive that other budget prepaid plans. Plus, tits internet pass pricing is very expensive while TuneTalk CUN28 cost only RM10 for 10GB data addon.

U Mobile giler package indeed offers lots of value on paper but its network coverage is where it fell short. Just checkout U Mobile facebook pageand you find a lot of complain. If you would like to try U Mobile, it’s best to check out the network coverage of your area using OpenSignal app. Situation like photo below is the biggest reason i can’t recommend U Mobile prepaid plan.

u mobile fb page user complain

Comparison of Prepaid Plans above RM50 in Malaysia

TelcoHotlink RedXpaxDigi BigBonusTuneTalk CUNredONEU Mobile GX12 x4
PriceRM70.00RM79.00RM70.00RM48.00+RM20RM50.00RM48.00
Data10Gb15GB14GB10GB+20GB10GBunlimited (3mbps)
Price per GigabyteRM7.00RM5.27RM5.00RM2.27RM5.00RM0.00
Free Calls and SMS-unlimited calls and SMS to all networks--unlimited calls to all networks-unlimited calls to all networks-unlimited call to redONE-unlimited calls to all networks
Call Rates-unlimited calls and SMS to all networks30sen/min--16sen/min
SMS Rates-15sen/sms20sen/sms10sen/sms5 sen/sms to redONE & Celcom 10 sen/sms to other network12sen/sms
Additional Data-free 10GB Facebook -free 10GB YouTube -choose 1 unlimited app(chat/social/video)-Free unlimited late night Youtube -Free 15GB Video Walla-3Gb everyday 1pm-7pm -Free 10GB Video & Music-unlimited social -unlimited chat -unlimited music -40GB Youtube/Netflix-unlimited all apps
Others-carry forward ununsed data -ifliex VIP accessRM10 10GB Booster add-on -Free 500MB on every 1st of month -Free 300 MB per day for 30 days1GB x 4 Hotspot
OperatorMaxisCelcomDigiCelcomCelcomU Mobile
Techrakyat's ranking452136

For those who can stretch your budget to above RM50 per month, there are more options for you to choose.

Best Prepaid Plan above RM50 in Malaysia: TuneTalk CUN 48

tune talk logoTuneTalk CUN 48 is the best prepaid plan above RM50 offering 10GB data, unlimited social and chat app, and 40GB Youtube/Netflix. And unlimited call to all networks.

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Based on above prepaid plan comparison table, TuneTalk CUN 48 is the easy winner here.

The package comes with 10GB monthly data, unlimited calls to all networks, unlimited social app and chat app, and a whopping 40GB Youtube & Netflix. All of these awesome features but cost only RM48 per month. Well play~TuneTalk~

The one killer feature of TuneTalk CUN that I have repeatedly mentioned is its 10GB booster add-on that cost only RM10. So, its only RM1 for 1GB of data. That’s a freaking steal when you see most other plans monthly data cost as much as RM5 to RM 7price per gigabytes.

Personally, I am using TuneTalk CUN 48 right now with occasional 10GB Booster addon. I find it to suit me very well. I can browse internet freely, download small to medium file over the phone without worrying my data will be depleted. And i watch a tons of Youtube Video.

Check out my personal usage record below.

tunetalk-cun-48-real-usage.jpg
Again, TuneTalk is operating under Celcom network. So there’s no worry on its network coverage issue. I have not encountered any issue so far.

The competitions:

DigiBigBonus RM70 has 14GB monthly data, unlimited call, free 3GB daily from 1pm-7pm. It is not bad plan but cost too much when you compare it to TuneTalk Cun48. With RM70, TuneTalk CUN 48 can buy 2 times data booster which is equivalent to 30GB mobile data that you’re free to use however you want.

redONE RM50 has no unlimited call to all networks is a big turn down. It is no different from redONE RM30 but only extra 5GB monthly data quota.

Hotlink Red RM70 is just too expensive with only 10GB monthly data. However, it is the only prepaid plan comes with unlimited SMS. If you need to SMS frequently, then go for this prepaid plan.

Celcom Xpax RM79 is a big let down. No unlimited call at such a high price point and the extra perk is not much beneficial.

U Moble GX12 weekly only cost RM48 per month. It is very interesting package. But, I just can’t recommend it because of its poor network coverage.

Conclusion

Malaysians are lucky to have a competitive and lively mobile network ecosystem. We can choose from many mobile service providers, spend some time to explore the options available in the market and there is surely one plan which suits you best.

There is no “one size fits all” condition when it comes to mobile plan choice. Everyone has different needs and consumption behaviour. Nevertheless, I believe all my recommended picks are best for the average consumers in Malaysia with a smaller budget in mind.

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Nathaniel Lee

Hi Kai,

With TuneTalk Vibe 30 already discontinued and Ookyo dropping dead next month, this article is getting outdated real fast. Hope to see an updated article soon. If there is an upcoming review for prepaid plans in 2020, I hope telcos like Unifi mobile (BEBAS), OneXOX and Yoodo will be included into the comparison along with other major telcos.

I’m hoping that the updated review will be ready soon, so I know which plans will suit my data-heavy needs the best.

Best wishes~

sufian
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sufian

thanks man.. i appreciate ur time and money to give us a good input. hope u succees in every way u do.

Zainul Kambali
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Zainul Kambali

Awesome research and info bro. Brilliant! Keep it up.

Hugh
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Hugh

HI Kai,

What would you say is the best Sim for data allowance? I was hoping to get at least 20gb for my P30 Pro as I will be in Malaysia for a month traveling.
Data is most important for me but I could also do with 100-300 mins talk time, txts are not that important to me.

I noticed the review is a year old now, has anything changed (Any better deals?)

Many thanks for your time and support.

Kind regards.

Hugh

Syahmiee
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Syahmiee

Ookyo is no more in months time..time to update your article

doJob
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doJob

Hi, what’s your thought on Umobile’s GX 30 plan ?

ykcheng
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ykcheng

Hello Kai, I’m currently using iMobile postpaid.i would like to switch to tune talk yearly plan rm200/year. However, the number is currently registered under my sister’s name. I would like to switch the number as well. What is the best way to do?

Popeye88
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Popeye88

For Yoodo calls, it is now RM12 for 2,000 minutes.

Lela
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Lela

Hi Kai,
Great article!
My streamyx line is terrible! Can you suggest for a prepaid stand alone for internet only?
I am still using the old style mobile phone (no android).

Thank you ~Lela

Cwin
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Cwin

Ported to ookyo. RM 37. 80 (GST for RM 30,and RM 6 add on) with 8gb (promo) and unlimited calls.

Cornelius
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Cornelius

First off, thanks for all your hardwork in helping us netizens summarize information for these mobile plans. Going through their individual websites (esp Digi) is a massive headache and sore to the eyes. Anyways, I’ve been a Maxis postpaid user for more than a decade now (currently on Maxis 128) and been thinking of changing to a prepaid as sometimes I’m paying the 128 even though I’m not in the country.

I’m getting 40GB with unlimited calls & SMS for RM 128++. Also tried converting to Yoodo cos of the strong data customisation but the app crashes on my phone despite all my efforts to use it (even reset phone to factory settings!). Can you recommend any prepaid plans that I can go for? Thanks heaps

sembur it
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sembur it

got money enjoy la.. if not.. main point here is money..

Faiz
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Faiz

Hi Kai, thanks for the article, it’s really helpful and informative. My monthly budget now is MYR 50 and I would like to switch to another telco, and I wonder if, TuneTalk #SureOne should be the one for me now? I consider me as a heavy data user, I do gaming and also call people. Can you help me with this, please? Much appreciated.

Sharen Toh
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Sharen Toh

Thanks for the informative reviews. Yoodo is not reliable as i could not access its data server despite still having 2GB balance. This is quite frequent and hence, opting me to search for an alternative. Also, Yoodo does not allow SMS to nos. 66300, etc.

Btw, i could not subscribe to OOKYO Prepaid 30 as it indicated not available in Malaysia. Please do advise on this. I am staying in Kuala Lumpur.

Thanks.

James
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James

Hi, I am planning to buy Pre Paid card, My I know what is the best plan for kids of 10 years old.

Lee
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Lee

You should get XOX as the validity is 28 months. Upon buying a xox number plus topup RM60 is RM70 where you can get 333 minutes validity following your prepaid card validity. If you want data topup RM50 and buy season pass 10 GB. Every month subscribe from season pass min 500Mb from season pass so your season pass will last 20 months provided you do not use more than 500Mb monthly. If you subscribe 1Gb monthly then your 10Gb can only last for 10 months. Every time you topup your validity extends RM1 equals 1 day ie above you topup RM110 thus your expiry will extend by 110 days from 28 months. Good for low user and people working overseas ythat only use their mobile when they return to malaysia.

nasryus
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nasryus

Thank you Kai, definitively the best prepaid plan review in Malaysia at the moment

Wan
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Wan

Thanks for info. How bout next, you make the data + phone package. Which one is very ‘berbaloi’ for money. Really appreciate it. Thanks man

Sham
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Sham

Hi Cake-san,

I think the Tune Talk Vibe 30 is back ON…

Cake-san
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Cake-san

Like me,a data hungry person, am using hotlink fast plan + yes konfem 4G plan.

Hotlink fast every week get 2GB data sat/sun. RM3 10GB or reward 2GB 1-7am to download big files. Speed 50-70Mbps at my location.

Yes konfem 4G plan unlimited data speed capped at 4Mbps RM30/month, for everyday use.
(Need band 38/40 lte compatible phone to use & manually set APN setting in simcard setting if the APN is empty)

So if I topped up my maxis every week RM5, I will probably have to pay RM50 per month.

Sylvia
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Sylvia

If you subscribe to TuneTalk +Vibe 30 for RM28.30, you will not get the free 4GB high-speed internet.
I’m not sure whether it’s due to the price you pay is less than RM30, or the subscription of +Vibe plan is not considered as top up.

Waylon
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Waylon

Ya, can’t get the free 4gb data

MakaoE
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MakaoE

Thanks for the research! I’ve applied to switch to Tunetalk based on your recommendation. Can’t wait for my sim card!

Naqiud
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Naqiud

i’m looking for best prepaid for hotspot. does any of the prepaid offer so call unlimited date for hotspot?

Nathaniel
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Nathaniel

Hi Kai, thank you for the insightful analysis.

Just a heads-up: XPax Youth (Prepaid) offers 50% extra data for eligible customers, so the price per GB is more favourable compared to regular XPax plans. For instance, the 15GB monthly plan is available for RM50, thus the price per GB is at RM3.33/GB.

Do you have any plans to include special offers like above into the comparison?

Also, why does your “prepaid plans under 60” comparison table include 3 plans above RM60?

Kelvin
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Kelvin

This is really very useful for me. Especially the table.
Appreciate you work on that and share to us generously.
Thanks a lot Kai.
Anyway, can you help to fix the facebook link?

Kisaa ie
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Kisaa ie

want to ask regarding ookyo plan, we already choose the 4 unlimited apps. for examples Telegram. Is it all the activities we do in the app is unlimited? (ie. video call, receiving pictures & videos.)

Nurul
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Nurul

Useful information. Thank you for sharing

azam
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azam

you are wrong on your yoodo statement

“However, there is one huge disadvantage of Yoodo. It does not allow data/call time/SMS add-on in middle of the month which can be risky when you over utilized your call time or mobile data. You do not have any means to top up additional call time or mobile data.”

you can add more in the middle of your plan using ‘booster’ ie buy more in the app

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