With 5G becoming a thing, you might think it’s time to get a new mobile plan. Or maybe a student looking to get your first plan. If you want to keep your costs low and pay only for what you use, your best bet is to sign up for a prepaid plan.
Mind you, there are many mobile prepaid plans in Malaysia. So, what plans are available, and which one should you choose? Well, that’s what we hope will help you decide today. Here are those best mobile prepaid plans available in Malaysia in December 2022.
Flexible plans – Celcom XPax
Celcom gives you a lot of flexibility with its Mix & Match program. First, you can choose a monthly, weekly, or hourly pass. This setup can be used if you have a limited budget. For example, your parents give you an allowance for a weekly plan for your school holidays (or a school trip). With the RM12/week plan, you get unlimited calls, 20GB of 3Mbps mobile Internet, and 1GB of wireless hotspot data.
Of course, the 30-day plans provide more value if you can afford them. You can get the same 30-day plan for RM35, with 3Mbps Internet capped at 60GB and 3GB wireless hotspot. If you want something faster, the 30GB High Speed monthly pass offers 30GB of 4G/5G high-speed Internet, unlimited calls, and 1 month of free Blacknut Cloud Gaming .
Mind you, these are all preset passes. The idea behind Mix & Match is to provide Malaysians with a flexible plan. You can check all the options available on the Celcom website.
Direct value – Digi Next
In general, Digi’s prepaid plans are straightforward. There are a total of six different fixed prepaid plans available, and they are more or less the same. The difference between them is the data and wireless hotspot caps. For example, the Next 30 (RM30 for 30 days) plan gives you 20GB of high-speed Internet and 2GB of wireless hotspot data.
On the other hand, the next 35 plan comes with 30GB data, 3GB wireless hotspot, and unlimited calls. This is a great deal considering it is only RM5. There’s also the new, more gaming-focused RDY plan (RM68/30 days) that offers 50GB of high-speed Internet, unlimited calls, and unlimited mobile data gaming with OGL. It also gives you 5% cashback when buying game credits.
For streaming and WFH – Maxis Hotlink
When it comes to prepaid plans, Hotlink comes with two types of base plans and two types of digital plans. Each plan has different features to make them unique, so it’s great if you have specific needs.
First, you can choose between Hotlink Patas or Hotlink Unlimited plan. The former gives you 8 to 25GB of high-speed Internet data and unlimited calls for 30 days. You also have the option to drop unlimited calls for 365 days validity, which can be good if you mostly use Wi-Fi. As for Unlimited, you get slower speeds but no data cap. You also get unlimited local calls, unlimited wireless hotspots, and uncapped high-speed Internet from 2am to 2pm.
On the other hand, the digital plan is for online use. Hotlink Streaming gives you 5 to 25GB of high-speed Internet and unlimited high-speed streaming from 6 am to 6 pm. This is great if you watch a lot of videos on YouTube/TikTok or listen to music on Spotify. Hotlink Work From Home is the same, except it gives you unlimited data for apps like Microsoft Teams, Skype, WhatsApp, Zoom, and more.
Widest 5G coverage (as of Dec 2022) – Yes Prepaid
Unlike most telcos, Yes is a small player in the prepaid mobile space. There is only one plan – Yes Prepaid FT5G Unlimited – that will be offered to customers. But what’s great about it is that it offers unlimited 5G right off the bat. At the moment, it may also be the best network when it comes to 5G, due to an early start.
If outside of 5G coverage, you can still get up to 7Mbps connection on 4G. The best part is that the 4G connection comes with 60 days of account validity. Plus, you get unlimited calls and 9GB wireless hotspot for 30 days. If you want the telco that currently has the widest 5G network in Malaysia, this could be a good choice.
Replacement 5G and no active expiration limit – Unifi Bebas
Telekom Malaysia’s Unifi Bebas mobile prepaid is available at RM10 starter which offers 3GB of 4G data, 20 cents per minute for calls, and 10 cents per SMS. It’s the cheapest, but you can also choose one of three types of add-ons – Bebas2njoy, Data, and Voice. It offers unlimited data, high-speed data and talk time, respectively.
If you’re hoping to get 5G access, Bebas monthly (30 days add-on) is your best bet for RM55 (currently on RM35 promo). You can also opt for calls of up to 200 minutes for only RM20, and no need to worry about your talk time running out. This is because Unifi Bebas prepaid plans with no time limit have no validity period. In other words, you can accumulate talk time and energy data in your account and use it when you need it. All you need to do is to keep your account active by using it regularly.
Unlimited 4G data – U Mobile Prepaid
U Mobile also offers simple mobile prepaid packages. Customers have a choice of three 30-day plans here – Prepaid U25, Prepaid U35, and Prepaid U40. All three offer unlimited 4G at 3Mbps or 6Mbps and unlimited calls. It doesn’t sound like much, but there is more.
If you need more speed, the U25 plan offers 1GB of high-speed data per day for a total of 30 hours per month. The U35 and U40 plans go a step further by providing unlimited 5G for the weekend. Apart from that, U Mobile offers add-ons for wireless hotspot and high-speed data.
Amazing customization – Yoodo
Yoodo is an interesting company, because it doesn’t really have prepaid plans. However, Yoodo claims that it uses a hybrid prepaid and postpaid model. With Yoodo, you can customize your mobile plan to your liking. The website provides sliders that you can use to select the maximum data, voice, and SMS you want. Customers can also choose between high-speed or unlimited data.
Of course, that flexibility can also mean you’re not sure what to do. In that case, the company has prepared some preset packages that cater to different needs. These plans range from those focused on social media to plans that provide more talk time.
As you can see, there are more companies offering mobile prepaid plans than most people expect. The big telcos offer solid plans and are well-known, so you can trust them to be reliable (usually). However, we recommend checking out Yoodo or Yes, especially if you want customization options or 5G.
With that said, what prepaid plan do you have and how do you think it will improve in 2023? Is there a service or feature you hope to see from Malaysian telcos? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook and stay tuned to TechNave for more articles like this.