[Review] Maxis’ New #Hotlink: Can Mobile Internet Really Be Free?

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New #Hotlink

New #Hotlink

Just several weeks ago, Maxis unveiled the new #Hotlink, a re-think and re-boot of its prepaid service. The new #Hotlink is the nation’s first and only prepaid plan that gives users continuous free basic internet. Yes, free internet. Anytime, anywhere. I took the new prepaid plan to the test.

What’s free basic internet?

Free basic internet simply means throttled data access that covers popular apps like WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter and Google. As long as the prepaid plan is active, users get free basic internet access at 64Kbps. There are caveats, which we’ll explore in a bit.

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What else?
The new #Hotlink offers low flat rates of 12 sen per 30 seconds for voice calls and 7 sen per SMS to ALL networks.

The prepaid plan also rewards users with 8% free airtime every 2 months, based on users’ cumulative top-up amounts. Not only that, users’ stand to gain other rewards via the new Hotlinks Rewards Program.

#Hotlink also offers the lowest IDD rates with IDD132 to Top 10 countries.

The new #Hotlink also supports data roaming to other countries although a minimum credit balance of RM10 is required.

Users can opt to subscribe to Mobile Internet Passes which provide flexible Daily, Weekly or Monthly data plans. With these passes, users will enjoy high speed mobile internet access of up to 42Mbps.

How much is the new #Hotlink plan?

A Starter Pack sets you back just RM8.80, that includes RM5 preloaded airtime. You get a 5-day active period upon activation and an additional 50-day de-active period.

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Sending WhatsApp messages to yourself is quite… weird.

Free basic internet tested

So, I obtained a #Hotlink Starter Pack from Maxis to test. Just like any other prepaid service, you’ll need to have it activated with a valid IC or passport (if you’re a foreigner). Unfortunately, this cannot be done online, so I couldn’t get it activated until the next day when I stepped into a Maxis Centre. It took just five minutes to register and activate, and away I went.

Now the goal of the review was to see how I’d cope with basic internet speeds of 64Kbps, and how long I’d last without reloading. Also, the difference in performance and usability when subscribed to a Mobile Internet Pass for unthrottled access.

Continued on next page

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  • http://fionachanjf.com/ Fiona Chan

    Thanks, I couldn’t really find information on how this works so this is great.

    • http://vernonchan.com Vernon Chan

      Great. Glad you found it helpful. Do let me know how it fares if you decide to try the new #Hotlink :)

  • John Loo

    24 sen/minute, no such thing as a free lunch.

    • http://vernonchan.com vernieman

      Indeed.

    • http://vernonchan.com/ Vernon Chan

      Oh, of course not, John :)

  • onn

    do we have to sign up any option like e.g daily 100mb or monthly 350mb to use the free plan? or just on the data automatically can surf for free without any surcharge once we pluged in our new sim card?

    • http://vernonchan.com/ Vernon Chan

      Good question. Ok here’s how it works. You do not need to subscribe to an Internet Data Plan if you don’t wish to. You do need however, to do a couple of things.

      Download the Opera browser. Using the supported Opera browser will give you free unlimited browsing, and also you’ll be able to use mobile-based Twitter and Facebook for free.

      You will of course need to keep the account active by reloading.

  • Vie

    When we had subscibe monthly internet, the expiry validity will goes to the internet expiry date or the reloading expiry date?

    • http://vernonchan.com/ Vernon Chan

      Monthly internet data plan has no effect on your main reload expiry date.

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  • boby

    If i subscribe for Validity365, can i enjoy free basic internet eventhough i have no credit left in my account?

    • http://vernonchan.com/ Vernon Chan

      Yes, as long as the account is still active. Also, ensure you are browsing using Opera Mini. You can tweet and Facebook using web as well.

    • http://vernonchan.com/ Vernon Chan

      Boby, slight error in my previous post.

      Validity365 is not available for #Hotlink, because the proposition of #Hotlink is FREE Basic Internet. 5-day active and 50-day inactive validity.

      if you wish to have low maintenance and long validity for your Hotlink, you may stay in current plan and purchase Validity365 or Validity90 for long validity period.

  • Broken Axe

    What if I’m still using the old hotlink plan ? Will the reload expiry be still the same ? Or will it be switched to the eg. RM 10/10 days reload expiry ?

    • http://vernonchan.com/ Vernon Chan

      If you’re on the old Hotlink plan, you can switch to #Hotlink and enjoy the benefits.

      All plans can migrate, except for Hotlink Youth Club, Hotlink Campus Edition, Hotlink Broadband, Hotlink Sabah/Sarawak/Terengganu/Kelantan Plan.

      1. Just dial *108*25# to upgrade to #Hotlink Plan.
      2. Alternatively, you can dial *100# > Hotlink Specials > Upgrade to New Hotlink Plan.

  • lc

    How long is the reload expiry If I only top up rm5 each time?

    • http://vernonchan.com/ Vernon Chan

      5-day active, and 50-day inactive period.

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  • HARDY

    Hye, i’m currently subscribing to validity 365, will it be cancelled if i change to #hotlink. My expiration date is on September 2014. I don’t really understand. Thank you.

    • http://vernonchan.com/ Vernon Chan

      Hi Hardy, Validity 365 and #Hotlink are two different products. Yes, once you’ve switched, you will lose the benefits of Validity 365.

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  • kamen91

    hai, i would like to ask. can i use this simcard for broadband to play online games with my laptop because online games need a consistent data transfer but they does not take alot of data

    • http://vernonchan.com/ Vernon Chan

      IMHO, for gaming, get a wired connection like fibre which will give you better performance.

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