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Earlier we talked about the best mobile plan currently for those big data users, the instagram addict, the serial YouTube surfers, or like me, someone who actually stream NFL games on mobile, and together with the recent auto-play video feature on facebook, these activities can really chew up your data quota in a jiffy.

So of course, having more is better, but you want data that you can actually use, right?

U Mobile on iPhone 6
U Mobile on iPhone 6

So this week, I got a chance to test drive U Mobile’s network on an iPhone 6 to see how it actually perform, to see if the P70 plan with its 7 GB quota is fast enough for everyday use.

I loaded the sim card, which comes in 3-in-1 size to suit every phone model, and fire the baby up.

instagram is usually the app that uses most data for me
instagram is usually the app that uses most data for me

Within the minute, the phone is connected to U Mobile’s 4G LTE network, I was at the office at KLCC. First thing to load is of course, the all important Instagram application.

For the purpose of this test drive, I also installed the Open Signal App from the Appstore to properly gauge the performance of U Mobile’s network. Applications installed from Google Play Store without a hiccup, so far so good.

U Mobile 4G Network coverage

Now U Mobile has recently been very aggressive in upgrading and expanding their 4G coverage in the country. Many parts of Klang Valley, from Ampang to Cheras, Damansara to Shah Alam, and even Skudai and Port Dickson are now covered under their 4G umbrella. You can check the coverage on u.com.my/4G 

test driving the iPhone with U Mobile at various locations
test driving the iPhone with U Mobile at various locations

To be more systematic in evaluating the network, I’ve conducted some tests at several somewhat random places with the for download speed, the most important indicator for me. Open Signal is used for this purpose:

  • badminton court at Kampung Kayu Ara – 12.9 mbps
  • Sunway Pyramid by the ice skating rink – 14.3 mbps
  • by the i-City intersection in Shah Alam – 10.5 mbps
  • Sup Hussin, Setapak (best sup kambing & they even have sup lidah!) – 27.0 mbps

LTE connected, set, go!
LTE connected, set, go!

From my personal opinion, I think the 4G coverage is currently good enough for probably over 90% of my usage, which is more than satisfactory, 3G speed is pretty decent and would be able to do what I need to accomplish if and when I’m out of the 4G coverage.

In the couple weeks of testing, network hiccups only happened a couple times (solved by disable/enabling data), and video streaming on NFL Game Pass and YouTube application were pretty smooth as well. I find no huge difference between U Mobile and other mobile networks I’ve used in the past.

Having said that, 4G coverage for U Mobile outside Klang Valley is still somewhat of a work in progress, so for those residing in other areas, your experience may vary. Then again, the value offered is pretty much unbeatable if you are OK with 3G speed (which is sufficient most of the time).

So if you are looking for a data centric mobile plan and don’t want to break your bank, do check out U Mobile, after all, it’s doesn’t require any commitment.