Get on 4G

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TECHNOLOGY - Per­for­mance. The IPS dis­play res­o­lu­tion and colours are also not that great. At the end of the day, how­ever, one shouldn’t ex­pect too much from a de­vice with such a rea­son­able price tag. For those who are will­ing to give a lo­cal brand a try, the

U Mo­bile is the lat­est to launch its 4G Long Term Evo­lu­tion ser­vice which is now avail­able in strate­gic ar­eas in the Klang Val­ley and Jo­hor Bahru.

Ex­ist­ing users of its pre­paid and post­paid plans, as well as broad­band cus­tomers, can now en­joy faster In­ter­net ser­vice with­out ad­di­tional sub­scrip­tion, reg­is­tra­tion or hav­ing to change the SIM card.

For in­stance, users of its po­spaid or pre­paid plan can ac­ti­vate the ser­vice via SMS by send­ing the mes­sage to 28118 with the text “LTE ON”.

The faster In­ter­net ser­vice will al­low its cus­tomers to browse the Net, stream videos, up­load and down­load files, and, most im­por­tantly, stay con­nected with friends and fam­ily.

“As the lead­ing data cen­tric op­er­a­tor, the roll out of 4G LTE ser­vices is a tes­ta­ment that we un­der­stand our cus­tomers, as well as in­dus­try needs and trends,” said U Mo­bile chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer and act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Wong Heang Tuck.

For now, the LTE ser­vice cov­ers Ban­dar Sun­way, Subang Jaya, Pu­chong and Ber­jaya Times Square, as well as Ta­man Molek in Jo­hor Bahru.

The com­pany will be ex­pand­ing its cov­er­age grad­u­ally to more ar­eas so that more of its sub­scribers can en­joy speeds of up to 75Mbps (megabits per sec­ond).

U Mo­bile is among the nine in­dus­try play­ers that have been awarded with the 2,600MHz spec­trum by the Malaysian Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Mul­ti­me­dia Com­mis­sion (MCMC).

As part of the 4G LTE launch, U Mo­bile is of­fer­ing spe­cial de­vice-bun­dle plans un­til the end of Jan­uary. For in­stance, cus­tomers can buy a Sam­sung Gal­axy Note 3 for RM999 if they sign up for the Ul­ti­mate De­vice 158 plan which has a com­mit­ment fee of RM120 per month.

For more info, visit www.u.com.my. —

Nine­tol­ogy U9 R1 isn’t such a bad op­tion.

Per­forms smoothly; trendy; slim; af­ford­able; dual SIM-en­abled.

Dis­play colours are a bit dull; cam­era could be bet­ter.

Pros:

Cons:

Surf the waves: Wong Heang Tuck (sec­ond from left) and U mo­bile chief tech­nol­ogy of­fi­cer Too Tian Jen launch­ing the U Mo­bile 4G LTe ser­vice.

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