It seems like 3G is gettng popular and Celcom is having a promotion for their 3G card. They currently offer 3 package which is the Pay-per-use, D99 and D120. With the 3G connection, you’ll be able to surf the web with the max speed of 384Kpbs and the upload speed of 64Kpbs. I plan to subcribe to Celcom 3G since the apartment I stay in doesn’t have phone lines and I don’t wanna get Streamyx and get tied up with their contract cos I’m only gonna stay there for another 5 months. The good thing bout what Celcom is offering is that I can just cancel the subscription anytime I want.
Difference between UNLIMITED PLAN and PAY PER USE PLAN:
Take example of downloading 20 MBytes of Windows Media Player 11 from Microsoft download center.
Pay per use plan:
Celcom charges 10sen/10 KByte = 1 unit
(Note: 1 kByte = 1,024 Bytes)
Monthly fee: RM 0.00
20 MBytes = [(20*1024kByte) / (10kByte) ]* RM 0.10 = RM 204.80
500 kBytes = [(0.5*1024kByte) / (10kByte) ]* RM 0.10 = RM 5.12
Total charge (Monthly fee + DL + UL) = RM 0.00 + RM 204.80 + RM 5.12 = RM 209.92
Celcom charges RM 99/month
Monthly fee: RM 99.00
20 MBytes = [(20*1024kByte) / (10kByte) ]* RM 0.00 = RM 0.00
500 kBytes = [(0.5*1024kByte) / (10kByte) ]* RM 0.00 = RM 0.00
Total charge (Monthly fee + DL + UL) = RM 90.00 + RM 0.00 + RM 0.00 = RM 90.00 per month
Hope you get the point here.
Celcom’s 3G is running at peak speed of 384 kbps. Download files from reliable sites, i.e. Microsoft.com could obtain DL speed of 320 kbps or more. So your download of 20 MBytes file will complete in less than 10 minutes. If you do this with Pay per use plan, you already lost RM 200 in 10 minutes.
I just heard from a friend of mine, some idiot received a RM20k bill from Celcom because he thought he was using the 3G unlimited plan. Well, if you’re going to apply for Celcom 3G, do confirm your registration with the agent. There are a lot of complaints from other users about their 3G subcription because the agent marked their application as Pay-per-use instead of Unlimited usage.