Rent a phone? You’re kidding right? Well, not quite according to Celcom. The blue team has just revamped its EasyPhone device instalment programme that lets you rent a smartphone from as low as MYR35 per month. How’s that for a shocker?
Before we get into the phone rental bits, let me refresh your memory about EasyPhone.
Celcom first introduced its Zerolution competitor last year together with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. It’s a device instalment programme or easy payment programme if you will that lets you own a device for a monthly fee.
A typical 24-month contract tenure applies. The great thing is you don’t even need a credit card, and if you’re an existing Celcom customer with a good payment record, upfront payment is also waived.
You can opt for device protection for a small monthly fee to help protect your device from damage or theft.
Celcom subsequently brought EasyPhone to its Xpax prepaid customers too, with a range of over 30 devices to choose from.
So, what’s changed?
The new EasyPhone programme now lets you upgrade at any time, a feature that was offered with Celcom NewPhone.
Previously, once you’ve completed the 24-month tenure on the plan, you get to keep the device.
However, now, Celcom has added the option for you to rent the smartphone for a low monthly fee. This rental option is the first of its kind in the local telco industry.
For instance, the iPhone X 64GB with EasyPhone costs MYR138 per month. But now you can rent it for just MYR99 per momth. This translates to a saving of MYR912 across 24 months.
You can also rent other latest flagship Android devices like the Galaxy S9 for MYR79 per month or Huawei P20 for MYR52 per month.
Customers are encouraged to take up the optional Phone Care device protection to ensure the device is in good condition when returned at the end of the rental period.
Reading between the lines, this is actually similar to what Zerolution offers if you opt for the yearly upgrade. You’ll need to return the device in good condition, prior to upgrading to a new device.
The new EasyPhone programme will come into effect starting 1 June 2018.
For more information, visit celcom.com.my/personal/devices.
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