Clash of the Titans: YES 4G vs Maxis vs Digi vs Celcom vs U Mobile

The aftermath of YTL’s YES 4G Official Launching.

There have been mixed reactions from various groups of people. Some said YES to YES, some said NO to YES. Hell, some even created a Facebook fan page to say NO to YES.

So, after all the hoo-hahs and hype, it’s time to sit back and digest all the facts that have been given.

First all, there’s no speed test of YES 4G given by YTL. Despite all the hype and all the discussion about the prices and rates of YES 4G, I can’t find anyone showing the speed test of YES 4G in the Internet. That is the one of most important factor to consider whether I should subscribe to YES 4G. None. Anyone who is using the YES 4G, especially the KLites can help?

Now, let’s see whether you should jump into the bandwagon. Analysis of the rebates/discounts of YES 4G prices if you are still confused with what pricing.

YES 4G prices and rebates.

From the chart, I can conclude that YES 4G is meant for light to medium bandwidth mobile users. For those heavy bandwidth users or home users, well, it’s DAMN expensive. Those of you who love to download HD movies, PPS or torrent, well, you might still need to stick to Streamyx or Unifi. Who says that Streamyx is bad? At least you don’t get throttled down or being charged extra for the extra bandwidth. There are worse guys out there. =P

Now, let’s compare ‘the most affordable’ YES 4G with other mobile internet providers.

YES4G Digi Maxis Celcom U Mobile Comparison

YES 4G vs Maxis vs Digi vs Celcom vs U Mobile – in terms of mobile internet plan.

It seems that U Mobile leads in term of pricing. Note that, in that chart, we are comparing the price only with factoring other consideration like the network coverage and the speed. YES 4G is indeed cheaper than the main 3 telco players.

YES Buzz, a 4G phone from Samsung and YES Zoom, home gateway still have no price tag yet.

The issue now is that who are willing to forgo their current handphones and smartphones just to enjoy YES 4G. Those iPhone users, Android users and Blackberry users will certainly not willing to let go their devices unless there’s a newer version with 4G capabilities, right?

I am actually waiting for YTL to bring HTC Evo 4G to Malaysia. Any chance?

Ok. Now, let’s compare YES 4G with the boardband plan provided by telco companies.

YES 4G Digi Maxis Celcom U Mobile mobile broadband comparison

Still, YES 4G is cheaper in certain ways but becomes more expensive when the data usage goes up. My conclusion is still the same. YES 4G is for those on the go and light to medium usage.

I would like to stress that there is no bad or good Intenet provider but  only the right Internet provider for us. Although by overall standard, our broadband speed and customer service level are not up to par. Still, there’s nothing much we can but to look at the bright side of it, right?

I might consider using YES 4G on its YES Go because it’s really cheap and I don’t use that much data when I am on the go. It’s kinda nice to be able to use the Internet when you are travelling the North South Highway or while you are sitting in a train.

That’s all for now.

What’s your say?

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24 Responses

  1. YSLim says:

    Is true that when the data usage goes up, the price will be expensive.
    One thing compare to other providers is it didnt come with a “LIMIT”of how much it would charge. Some like others maxis or celcom, that’s the monthly amount it charge monthly, but they would cap the speed once you reach your bandwidth limit.

    Just that if the speed like what they claimed, 5x faster than 3g, then user might exceeded using it to download without noticed their bandwidth usage.

  2. johnkhor says:

    Indeed, if you compared to the prices of other telcos. It’s very expensive if you are a heavy user.

    YES 4G doesn’t have a limit because it’s a Pay-As-You-Use method, unlike existing method where you pay the subscription fees. So, YES 4G will not limit you but your pocket will limit you. 🙂 For Maxis, Digi, Celcom and P1, they have to limit you because their method is subscription-based. The more you use, the more the telcos have to pay.

    You will never exceed the bandwidth usage because you can only use up to the maximum data based on your credits. So, reload wisely.

    Hopefully, this answers you questions. IF you still have any questions, feel free to ask.

    So, as a conclusion, YTL’s YES 4G is very suitable for light-medium users. It’s really cheap compared to Maxis, Digi, Celcom or PI as shown on the comparison table above.

  3. johnkhor says:

    Wow.. This is superb. YES 4G is really 3-5X faster than 3G. Incredile. Thanks for your sharing.

  4. samsidhu says:

    Can anyone advise on digi’s new offer of blackberry torch?also where can i get an authorised dealer of apple iphone 4 in kl…tks guys,lot’s of info here

  5. mcdamia says:

    If I’m not mistaken, the minimum spend per month is RM 30 on YES, irrespective of how little you use.

  6. johnkhor says:

    Very true. YTL’s YES 4G even advertised as having no contract or monthly commitment. That makes us feeling bad. Anyhow, this is Malaysian standard and we can only accept as it is and make the best out of it. It’s really cheap for light users like me.

  7. ran says:

    i beg to differ.
    “The more you use, the more the telcos have to pay.”
    currently working in telco for 5years now,i have to say u’r wrong regarding this. telco operator pay for every radio & transmission served.
    eg: 1 radio for for gsm 1800 can serve 8 user. if u’r the 9th user,thats when u get network busy. for 3G almost the same but not limited to user, its limited to capacity..let say 1 3G radio serve 10mbps,thats it. if ur the only user that time + u’r location near the tower, thats when u get what u pay. if not, let say 50 user at 1 small area, u’r 1 of unsatisfied user (10mbps / 50users = 200kbps) 😀
    hope i simple explanation help.
    p/s: those capacity/user per radio not accurate.its depends on brand/model.

  8. ran says:

    err..sorry. i forgot the main point 😛
    main point is,each ‘site’ or tower u see have minimum 1 radio per sector. 99% sites around malaysia have 3 sectors each. so, whether u use or not,this telco will have to pay for that. even if u use more, they still have to pay the same amount unless they upgrade their radio.

  9. johnkhor says:

    I am not a fan of Blackberry, so I can’t give you any advice. You can get iPhone 4 from Maxis, Digi or Switch, the authorised reseller of iPhone. The resellers are mostly in every major shopping malls in KL.

  10. johnkhor says:

    Ya. After recheck, it’s my bad. Sorry. It’s supposed to mean that they throttle our speed because they want to prevent us from using too much of their allocated capacity, not getting expensive.

  11. tk says:

    Stumbled upon this blog when I was searching for some reviews on YES broadband.
    Speed is important, but most importantly is, how ‘steady’ the connection is? I am using Celcom, and at my condo, connection can be bad, in the sense that it gets disconnected every 3 min or so. Ive tried using it in other places, some are very fast, but most of it, gets dc every now and then. I heard the same goes for Maxis, Digi and P1 too.

    Can any YES users give a review on how is the performance of YES 3g in tems of stability? TQ

  12. johnkhor says:

    I have personally tried Maxis broadband a few years ago. Very bad especially in apartments. I am now using P1 Wimax at home. Connection is quite ok but sometimes it’s quite slow also. What I hear is that YES 4G does lives up to their claims. It’s very fast. You can test one before subscribing.

  13. BangMo says:

    Stumbled across this site. YES is fast now because not many people are using them. Once they pick up with the sales, it will be the same like others.

  14. johnkhor says:

    Yeah. I shared this sentiment also. During my recent participation in Yes 4G event, YTL Comms CEO Wing said that they have 2500++ base stations in the whole of Malaysia. Up to now, they have just deployed 1000++ base stations and they still have 1500++ standby to avoid the issue. Still, now Yes 4G is still a good alternative to your other mobile Internet. Should give it a try. You will be amazed.

  15. David says:

    My house have stable 13Mbps download and 3Mbps upload for the pass few month till now.(Selangor)

  16. johnkhor says:

    Holy shit!!! That’s a super-duper great speed!!! I am really amazed. I am staying in condominium, high rise. So, the signal is not so good but still the speed is around 1-2MBps for download. I forgot about the upload already. 🙂

  17. Leongwhg says:

    Same as me, connection speed around 8~10Mbps for download, and Upload around 2~4Mbps. Area : Segambut Kuala Lumpur.

  18. mk says:

    Anyone has fully tested yes4g when comes to download movies n mp3 compare to streamyx or unifi would appreciate w test results.

  19. I did a rather crude comparison of Yes Against Unifi in terms of the connection speeds. Yes is faster than a standard 5Mbps Unifi connection, but not by much. Read more here:

  20. Nabilah Rahman says:

    can anyone please explain to me how does YES works? like Celcom, i understand that we have to pay ie; rm68/month, fix. no extra charge. how about YES?

  21. M. Sitandra says:

    I signed up for the 4GB @ RM68 with the Huddle. Total was RM350 yest. I turned on my Huddle , then spent 5 hours on YouTube and now I am down to just 2.8GB. Oh shit! I wished I had signed up for the RM98 for 6GB.

  22. johnkhor says:

    Yup. Fast speed means more usage without any notice. Well, is yours a contract? If it’s a contract, then you have to wait until your contract is over or you can contact YesCare to ask for an upgrade of your plan. Hope this helps.

  23. noriah md isa says:

    broadband YES saya langsung tak dapat di gunakan,kerana kawasan rumah saya tak ada coverage.bila saya nak batalkan perjanjian saya diminta membayar keseluhuran bil selama setahun mengikut kontrak.Adilkah buat saya? dan saya amat rasa tertipu dengan package yang merugikan pengguna.Percayalah saya akan menuntut hak saya sebagai pengguna hingga saya rasa keadilan dapat di berikan pada saya;

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