23 Feb - 7 min read
There is a common perception that when it comes to mobile telco plans, postpaid plans tend to be pricier and while prepaid plans are cheaper, they usually come with some strings attached. In recent years the telcos themselves have begun to address these claims, but we always seem to know someone who has an issue with their telco plan.
At a time when high speed mobile internet isn’t a luxury, but an absolute necessity, the onus is on the telcos to provide excellent service, easy and transparent plans – and of course, at affordable prices. Thankfully, Yes is the latest telco to step up to answer the rakyat’s call, with brand new prepaid and postpaid plans that put affordable data at its core.
But are these plans as good as they claim to be? Let’s dig a little deeper.
Right off the bat, Yes ticks one box: affordability. At just RM49 a month, this is the most affordable standalone postpaid plan in the country (non-MVNO). There are no tiers or different offerings; for RM49 a month, you get unlimited calls and a whopping 100GB of data, no strings attached.
Actually, if there are any asterisks to the offerings, it’s for the better: the data quota can be increased thanks to the Yes Databack feature. Every RM50 spent on anything on Shopee earns you 5GB of data, up to a monthly maximum of 100GB – effectively doubling your monthly data quota! Given that Shopee is one of the two mega e-commerce platforms, you can buy your groceries, pay your bills… and earn extra data in the process.
Since there is a hard cap on the data you can use per month, this so-called negative is actually beneficial as you can use the line as a mobile hotspot at uncapped speeds. In theory, it means you can set up a hotspot for your house or whenever needed at up to 200GB, which is a fantastic solution if you do not have a home broadband.
If that’s not enough, Yes is also offering some of the cheapest data add-ons ever: available in 10GB, 20GB, and 30GB options, you’re paying RM1 for 1GB of data. No “buy more, save more” illusions here.
Finally, how does the Yes Kasi Up Postpaid 49 compare to the competition? The table below compares the postpaid plans with similar features and/or price points from the top four telcos:
|Yes Kasi Up Postpaid 49||Telco A||Telco B||Telco C||Telco D|
|Monthly mobile data quota||100GB*
(*can be increased up to 100GB more with Yes Databack)
(*up to 2GB data rollover/month, additional “loyalty bonus” up to 40GB
|SMS||Unlimited SMS (same network)
99 sen/SMS (other networks)
|20 sen/SMS||10 sen/SMS||Unlimited free||3 sen/SMS (same network)
5 sen/SMS (other networks)
|Mobile hotspot quota||Cap follows monthly data quota||5GB|
|Mobile data speeds||Uncapped||Capped at “standard definition video streaming” speed|
|Data Add On||10GB: RM10
|10GB: RM10/month||1GB: RM6
As it turns out, it gives a good run for their money – the Yes plan is by far the most affordable plan based on the monthly data allocation provided. And if that’s not enough, Yes has a final ace up its sleeve: customers who sign up for a 24-month contract during this promotional period enjoy the first six months absolutely free of charge. That’s right, no rebate-over-time or anything of the sort – you instantly enjoy RM294 in savings!
Now, as mentioned earlier, prepaid plans can be quite confusing. We’ve seen telcos claim free unlimited high-speed data… but only during a specific off-peak time. It’s also common for a prepaid plan to offer seemingly generous data quota, only for them to be split into weekday/weekend or peak/off-peak allocations.
With the Yes Kasi Up Prepaid plans, the telco is offering some flexibility in choosing the most affordable plan that fits your data needs. Yes Kasi Up Prepaid 15 offers 10GB of high-speed data for just RM15 a month, while Yes Kasi Up Prepaid 20 doubles the data to 20GB for RM20. Need even more data? RM30 gets you the Yes Kasi Up Prepaid 30, offering unlimited data at 7Mbps, and a dedicated 9GB of hotspot data.
Need more data? Buy them at the same RM1 for 1GB rate, with varying validity periods so you don’t over-spend. Just as important: all Yes Kasi Up Prepaid plans offer 30-day validity, which means you’re never forced to spend more just to keep your line active. One thing to note, however: calls and SMS are not free for any of the Yes prepaid plans – they’re charged at a rate of 9 sen/min and 9 sen per SMS.
Here’s how the three Yes prepaid plans stack up against the best in the market:
|Yes Kasi Up Prepaid 15||Yes Kasi Up Prepaid 20||Yes Kasi Up Prepaid 30||Telco A||Telco B||Telco C||Telco D|
|Monthly Commitment||RM15||RM20||RM30||RM35 (with unlimited internet pass)||RM35||RM35||RM35|
|Monthly mobile data quota||10GB||20GB||Unlimited||Unlimited||40GB||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Calls||9 sen/min||Unlimited free||Unlimited free||Unlimited free||Unlimited free|
|SMS||9 sen/SMS||15 sen/SMS||10 sen/SMS||15 sen/SMS||3 sen/SMS (same network)
5 sen/SMS (other networks)
|Mobile hotspot quota||Cap follows monthly data quota||Cap follows monthly data quota||9GB||3GB||Cap follows monthly data quota||Unlimited (add RM5)||6GB|
|Mobile data speeds||7Mbps||3Mbps||Uncapped||3Mbps
(add RM10 for 6Mbps)
|Data Add On||1GB: RM1
|2GB: RM3 (24 hours), RM10 (7 days)
5GB: RM19 (7 days), RM30 (30 days)
|N/A (unlimited)||N/A (unlimited)|
The Yes Prepaid plans certainly take a strong swing at the competition. Even at the most expensive RM30/month option, it still provides plenty of value: it is the cheapest unlimited data prepaid plan, it offers the fastest data speeds (but not by much), and has the largest hotspot quota. If you don’t need so much data, you still get fantastic value with the RM20 and RM15 plans.
Of course, simply choosing the cheapest telco doesn’t mean you’re getting the best bang for your buck. There are other considerations to make, and the most important one in this case is whether the telco has a strong network in the areas you will use them the most. There’s no point buying a cheap plan only for you to suffer from poor network coverage!
Unlike other telcos, Yes runs a 100% pure 4G network. This means that when you’re in Yes’ network coverage, you can expect high-quality connections and some of the fastest 4G speeds in the country, as verified by Ookla. And according to Yes, it has a network coverage of 90.1% across Malaysia.
So, if you’re looking to reduce your telco bills and are within Yes’ network coverage, the new Yes Kasi Up Prepaid and Postpaid plans are worth taking a closer look. Find out more at www.yes.my or even better, subscribe to the plans without stepping out of your home by downloading the MyYes app for Android and iOS!
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