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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.

Recently we moved to a new place in Shah Alam. After many months of planning, renovation, painting, and moving, we are living in a place we call home, with a neat kitchen we now cook 4-5 times a week, an AV room for TV, a deck, dipping pool, koi pond, and all that.  All said, it is pretty nice, except for one little problem – the lack of fiber Internet service.

my data usage is quite staggering
my data usage is quite staggering, this was just for just a few days

This has prompted me to start looking for mobile plans with a heavy dosage of data cap that can not only serve as a atop gap measure, but as someone who loves to stream music and video (I love my life NFL games) on his mobile phone, a plan that I don’t have to worry by the 2nd week of billing cycle.

U Mobile Hero P70

That’s when I was told about U Mobile’s Hero P70 plan, which seemingly check all the boxes in a plan for such type of user.

Let’s look at what you get under the Hero P70 plan:

  • 7 GB of high speed Internet data
  • Unlimited call to all network
  • No contract needed
  • SMS – 3 sen to U Mobile, 8 sen to other networks
  • Share data among member line

All this is for RM 70 per month and there is no long term contractual obligation. This is making some of the plans I used previously looking pretty pale in comparison, usually with 3 GB or a maximum of 5 GB monthly internet quota that comes with 1-2 years of contract period.

u mobile internet roaming

Best of all, there’s also 50 MB of daily internet roaming for the following countries, which should cover all your instant messaging needs while being abroad:

  • Australia
  • Cambodia
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand

I know a few friends who travels a lot to Singapore/Thailand and has a habit of flipping SIM cards, this plan would put an end to that annoying practice.

upgrade to P70

For existing users, there’s no extra charges to upgrade from current postpaid plan, and the upgrade can be done online right now.

The promotion ends 31 December 2015, so act now. Head to http://www.u.com.my/postpaid for more information.

They say there’s no free lunch in life, but sometimes we don’t need to take what “they” say in face value, for in this case there is really a free meal when you do something that many of us have to do in the first place – by reloading your prepaid mobile plan.

uMobile Free Meal promotion

You see, there’s now the uMobile Free Meal promotion that is going on until 31st August, 2014.

What you have to do to get this free meal is rather simple. With a top up of RM30 you’ll get a free Revive Isotonic Original 500ml, great for quenching your thirst in this heat, or to rehydrate yourself after a game of street football, badminton, or any other physical activity.

With a top up of RM50, you’ll get a Mamee Express Cup Curry Flavour plus the Revive Isotonic Original 500ml, essentially a full meal!

uMobile Free Meal
uMobile Free Meal – Mamee Express Cup Curry Flavor and Revive Isotonic Original 500ml

The redemption can be done at all 7-11 outlets in the country from now until 31st of August, 2014 while stock lasts.

All you have to do is just head to 7-11 and hand in the used reload card to the cashier, it’s that simple!

I redeemed mine at Ampang Park 7-11
I redeemed mine at Ampang Park 7-11

I got mine from Ampang Park 7-11 and it took all of 1 minute to get my Revive Isotonic drink and the Mamee Express Cup noodle. By the way, you can also use the hot water dispenser and most 7-11 and actually eat it there and then.

#TheBestFree available until 31st August, 2014
#TheBestFree available until 31st August, 2014

The redemption is not a one-off thing, if you reload 10 times, you can redeem 10 times! #TheBestFree

To find out how to top up and the listing of top up locations, head to https://www.u.com.my/prepaid-packages/top-up-locations

activated and reloaded!
activated and reloaded!

For those who might not be familiar with U Mobile Sdn Bhd, it is a Malaysian 3G mobile telecommunication service provider founded in 1998 as MiTV Networks Sdn Bhd. The cellphone prefix is the “prosperous” 018, allocated by MCMC. You can migrate your current number to uMobile network.