Updated on 25th July 2018
The argument as old as time, well, at least since mobile phones came into existence. Which is better: using a prepaid plan or a postpaid plan?
And it's become a well known fact that Malaysians prefer using a prepaid plan. A prepaid plan is one of the easiest ways for you for control your mobile usage and save some money (as compared to a postpaid plan).
While it does really depend on your lifestyle and usage, choosing a prepaid mobile plan has many benefits that one can't ignore. It’s a great way to save you from the headache of being stuck in a contract, paying a fixed monthly commitment fee and other high charges. Now, we've done the work and compiled a list of all the available prepaid plans for 2018, so all you need to do is compare and choose the best option for you!
We've looked at at the telecommunication players in the market, all 8 of them, and separated our list into Prepaid Starter Packs and Best Value Data Plans (for RM30 - RM40 per month). We then summarize each product and give you our unbiased opinion of which are the best prepaid plans in Malaysia for 2018.
Prepaid Starter Packs
Prepaid Data Plans
The Hotlink Red starter pack is priced at RM10, and it comes with RM6 credit (valid for 5 days), 300MB mobile data (valid for 2days), 10GB Facebook, and free basic internet. Call and SMS rates are at 30 sen per minute and 15 sen per SMS to all local networks.
For those who still love calling and texting, you can enjoy the lower call/SMS rates with Activ10. Rates are 6sen/30s for voice calls, and 1sen/SMS to your 10 favourite contacts on the Maxis network.
Whether you’re on a daily, weekly or monthly data plan, you’ll get to enjoy the more non-stop internet benefits. The Hotlink RED internet plan at RM35 offers an ideal internet plan as well. You do need to choose between RED Social or RED Chat though. RED Social gives you unlimited internet on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and Pinterest, while RED Chat gives you unlimited access to WhatsApp, WeChat, LINE, QQ and IMO. To enable these unlimited passes, you’ll need to redeem it via the Hotlink RED App.
With the Celcom Xpax prepaid pack, you'll get 10GB of internet and you have to select one from four available monthly freebie options which include 10GB of high-speed Facebook, 10GB of high-speed Instagram, 3GB of YouTube or Unlimited WhatsApp, WeChat and Twitter. You can select your monthly freebie via the Celcom Life App.
The monthly data plans are all now Triple Quota and for the cheapest option, we'll go with the RM30 internet plan. It's pretty straightforward with 15GB of monthly data with benefits for late night, social or video usage. As part of its triple data promo, you also get additional 200% of your base data but take note that the bonus data is valid only for the first 3 days.
The Digi Live starter pack is pretty cool as for a mere RM8, you'll get 500MB of basic internet and free 10GB of high-speed internet for videos monthly. Take note that the 10GB actually gets divided into 2.5GB per week for YouTube, YouTube Gamin, Twitch, iflix, Astro GO, tonton, dimsum, Spotify, JOOX and Smule. You'll also get 1000 calls and SMS to 6 Digi Buddyz.
Digi offers a very strong front for the prepaid internet plans. We have three prepaid internet plans from Digi for reference, one of which is for only a limited time (until Digi announces its termination).
Digi Super Terrerr gives you 12 hours of unlimited internet usage plus 24 hours of unlimited voice calls, but is limited only from 12AM to 12PM daily. Take note that you cannot use that internet usage for hotspot tethering. Digi Kaki Social, on the other hand, provides you with only 3GB of internet quota at a lower price of RM30, but you do get an additional 300 minutes of local calls, suitable for those who like to talk on the phone a lot.
The limited plan is the Digi biGBonus; they're offering 2 times more data that will give you a whooping extra of 60GB for everything and anything all month long - from only RM38/month. Do note that the 60GB is divided into 2GB daily between 1pm - 7pm. You will, however, still get a standard internet quota of 7GB.
U Mobile is often the telco that offers the best prepaid plan in town. The Unlimited Power starter pack is only RM8.50 and it comes pre-loaded with free 1GB basic Internet every month along with 200MB of high-speed internet. The lowest call rate at only 12 sen/30 sec to all local networks. With an additional RM10, you could even get unlimited data for social apps!
The UMI36 is a great prepaid internet plan to go with U Mobile's prepaid starter pack. They're also bundling a free JOOX VIP membership worth RM14.90/month. UMI36 offers the most data with 7.5GB of high-speed quota and 7.5GB of Video-Onz for RM36/month compared to the other internet plans in our comparison. On top of that, you’ll also get unlimited streaming on Music-Onz platforms, unlimited WhatsApp & WeChat, unlimited usage for App-Onz (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram) and free YouTube streaming between 2AM to 10AM daily.
Yes has been ranked by OpenSignal as the Best 4G LTE for speed and availability in Malaysia. For those favouring Internet speed and connectivity, this could be reason to consider their prepaid plan. The Yes 4G LTE Prepaid starter pack retails for RM10, and you get pretty basic stuff like RM5 credit, free basic internet and free yes-to-yes calls. Their internet add-on plan is 10GB for RM30 per month. No other benefits or freebies. If you're looking for a simple prepaid and internet plan that's reliable, you should consider Yes 4G
Mcalls is a set of digital solutions that aims to be the centre of a user’s “mobile lifestyle”. Designed and priced competitively for Malaysian youths, the plan offers lots of value for money, and has some interesting add-ons that would appeal to its target group. For a monthly top up of RM30, Mcalls Y33 subscribers get a generous 5GB of 4G LTE data, as well as 33 free minutes local calls to all networks, and 33 free SMS. The airtime credit can be used to make calls (RM0.15/30 seconds) and SMS (RM0.20 per SMS), or even make IDD calls from as low as RM0.15/30 seconds.
Part of the appeal of Mcalls is MMspot, a rewards management app. Using unused airtime that is convertible into M-Airtime redemption rewards, Mcalls Y33 subscribers can redeem rewards from over 1,200 business alliance partners nationwide.
To refresh your memory, +VIBE is a hybrid plan offering from TuneTalk. Unlike typical prepaid plans where you top up credit and then activate a data plan, +VIBE is an upfront subscription service and you can only subscribe to the service on their website via credit/debit card. There’s no need to top up manually as the plan will be renewed automatically with your registered card details. In short, it is like having a prepaid plan with auto debit.
The most affordable is +Vibe 15 offers 4GB of data, 30 minutes on-net calls, 30 minutes all-net calls, and RM5 credit. +Vibe 30 offers 12GB of monthly data, 40 minutes on-net calls, 40 minutes all-net calls, and RM5 airtime credit.
Malaysia’s latest mobile brand, Yoodo, is the first in the country to offer a customisable digital mobile service. This means that you can choose how much data, calls, and SMS you require each month, and pay accordingly. The SIM card is absolutely free. To get it, you'll have to sign up online, get the SIM card delivered, download the app, and start customizing your plan.
With up to 1000 possible combinations, users can pick anywhere from as low as 2GB for RM20 a month, to 100GB of data for RM150 a month. Calls start from 50 minutes for RM5 a month and 50 SMS for RM3 a month. There are add-ons for Facebook, Instagram and YouTube usage. For the purpose of review, we only chose RM30 amount that gets you 5GB of data per month.
Which are the best prepaid mobile plans in Malaysia for 2018?
It ultimately boils down to your lifestyle and needs. Keep in mind that these plans change every now and then as the telcos and MVNO companies adapt to the changes in trends and technology. A plan that could be value-packed now could probably be discontinued later on or be overshadowed by newer prepaid plans.
Let us know which prepaid plan you prefer to use in the poll below!