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Test-driving U Mobile Broadband at 42Mbps

U Mobile 42Mbps USB Modem
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U Mobile, recently recognized by Frost & Sullivan as “The Most Promising Service Provider of the Year” 2011 and also named the industry’s “Rising Star” at the 12th Readers Choice Awards 2011, has been one of the rapidly growing, exciting 3G players in the country. It has stood out amongst the bigger telcos by offering unique, affordable value plans both in the prepaid and postpaid space. Earlier in the year, it also claimed the crown of ‘Malaysia’s Fastest Broadband’ with the availability of its 42Mbps broadband service in Klang Valley, Seremban, Port Dickson and Johor Bahru.

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With over 1,300 42Mbps sites in Malaysia, it is now the leading telco in the data space to offer these high speeds, utilizing the power of Dual-Cell HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access). Its network is also LTE-ready and promises a steady upgrade from the current 42Mbps to 84Mbps and eventually 100Mbps in the near future.

As you may know, I’ve been a happy paying customer of U Mobile since last year, since the launch of the unlimited internet plan. I’m currently on the U28 prepaid plan with an added RM19 for BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS) used on my BlackBerry Bold 9790. The prepaid plan is cheap to run, no frills with sufficient 500MB per month quota. I’ve been impressed with the data speeds and more importantly the latency and consistency.

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I’ve been happy enough, in fact, that I took the plunge to subscribe to the MB128 postpaid broadband plan with a 20GB data allowance a month back. This plan comes with the 21Mbps MiFi device which allows me to share the connection with up to 5 WiFi devices. Perfect for the home. Since I’ve been using it at home, my girlfriend has commented that it’s great for browsing, YouTube streaming and watching movies with the PPS app on my iPad. Consistent, low latency and stable all the time. Mind you, I live in Taman Desa where mobile connectivity is best described as ‘challenging’. More accurately, it’s akin to living in a ‘blackhole’. Ask my neighbors, I’m not lying.

Being the ultimate geek though, and for the sake of testing, I’ve also recently acquired the 42Mbps USB modem, running on a prepaid plan. Rates are low (from just RM1.33/day) and offers long 30 days prepaid access. I use this when I’m on my feet and moving around, no thanks to my nature of work.

I’ve been able to consistently get download speeds of at least 3Mbps where I live with upload speeds hitting 1Mbps. Some places where I’ve worked remotely have seen 3-7Mbps downloads, with uploads of 1-2Mbps. What’s extremely important for me is the sustained, stable DL/ULs speeds which I’ve experienced so far with the orange U.

If you’re interested to give the new U Mobile broadband plans a shot, try it risk free – U Mobile offers a 7-day money back guarantee for its postpaid plans.

For your reference, here snapshots of U Mobile’s different postpaid and prepaid data plans.

U Mobile 42Mbps broadband plans
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U Mobile 42Mbps postpaid broadband plans
U Mobile 7.2Mbps broadband plans
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U Mobile 7.2Mbps prepaid broadband plans
U Mobile prepaid and postpaid voice user broadband plans
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U Mobile prepaid and postpaid voice user broadband plans

Visit U Mobile for more detailed information.




By Vernon

Vernon is the founder and chief editor of A graphic designer by profession, he has a deep love for technology, cars, gadgets, food, and travel. He tweets too much and is also known as a caffeine bacterium ("life's too short for bad coffee"). Bleeds Blue (go Chelsea FC!) and considers BMW, Porsche, Alfa Romeo cars to have in the garage--for true petrolheads, that is.