Celcom Broadband is here!

After completed the available malaysia’s available mobile broadband’s product offering, pricing and service coverage and quality studies . Ive come up with a conclusion that, in our country, the service offering and quality of coverage is at introductory level, the trend has just started last year and will soon become the next big thing, and will leave streamyx via copper line way behind.The offering,and network capability is somewhat similar esp within digi,maxis and ezzynet, however it Celcom Broadband is currently having the best advantage in terms of having the widest coverage thus personally i consider celcom broadband as the best mobile broadband in malaysian market. Why?

1. No frills deal, Subscribe to the data package at your convenience and pocket size; RM68/monthly for flat rate data speed up to 384kbps or RM98/monthly for flat rate up to 3.6mbps data speed.

2. Personally to me, its much more wiser, to purchase our own modem instead of taking up modem package due to the fact that

a)the modem is not being disable by the Telco to stop the user from using the modem with other service provider.
b)If we are not satisfied with the service, we can terminate the data plan anytime with no penalty.
c) if say, after using for 1 and half year and we want to terminate the data plan, we need to return the modem to Celcom. which is a loss at the customer side.

However, before you make your own decision to join in the mobile broadband user community, make sure you are all aware on the product limitation esp in Malaysia. However, have a peace of mind that, the mobile broadband technology in Malaysia is currently expanding, its currently at it establishment phase, so expect network upgrading, and so on and so forth.

If you currently is a user of streamyx, do not quickly terminate the service just yet. Since streamyx is a wired technology thus the service is much more stable than wireless. (what can we expect for wireless?even our astro service cant avoid the service distruption whenever rains falls right?).

Most importantly for avid torrent, bandwidth suckers out there, i personally think you better stay with streamyx since it is wired. Subscribes only if you can afford 3.6mbps plan or if you are satisfy with the service strenght at your areas(personally i hope you all stay loyal to streamyx coz im fear of bandwidth congesttion if all of you migrate to celcom broadband.hehehe.kidding!) and of course wired technology offer more service stability compared to wireless.

you will be the most suitable celcom mobile broadband user if you fit into this category.

1. your area is currently cannot be serve by streamyx.
2. your are always travelling or always carrying your notebook wherever you go and want to use the internet beyond the “hotspot” or “wifi” area. (the usb modem can be use with desktop PC with USB aswell tho).hence your lepaking time with frens includes, enjoying latest music videos, or reading latest gossip on the net. :P or of course having internet available anytime, anyway will be the ideal best fren for business travellers.(basically you do not need to have a cup of starbuck just to enjoy surfing at their wifi area). With celcom broadband, your connected to internet anytime, anywhere.
3. your are aware of the service coverage. currently Celcom offer the widest coverage. Probably the coverage strenght at your home is not as good at your office, if your lucky all of your favourite areas are all covered. (So possibly its best to bring your fren who subscribe to the service to come to your house just to confirm on the service strenght/coverage).
4. last but not least, your notebook, or PC fit the spec requirement for the service.(windows XP/2000, USB port, enough harddisk space and minimum 128MB RAM.(if you dont, consider some desktop pc/notebook upgrading first ya..)

In my case, currently Celcom covered my housing area quite well, since im subscribing to 384kbps, the speed is as what i expected to be, but its far faster than dial up. I will upgrade my data plan to 3.6mbps when i have enough budget to pay the monthly fee of RM98. (im not really a heavy internet users and not really a torrent users).I initially subscribe to plan RM68/384kbps for introductory/trial purposes, looking at the speed that celcom is currently providing me at home, i think i can upgrade to plan RM98/3.6mbps whenever im ready with the money.

thiese are the steps that i took in order for me to become the celcom broadband user community.

1. i did some studies on all mobile broadband provider on the net, read through all the hate mails,-Ve and +Ve comment available posted by the current existing users on google and make my own conclusion in order for me to choose my most appropriate provider.
2. register to celcom data plan at TMpoint outlet.(i register 2 weeks before i have the modem)
3. get myself a usb modem.( huawei E220 usb modem).
4. soonest as i got the modem, as a tech-no-savvy person, suprisingly what i need to do is just insert my celcom data simcard in the usb modem slot and plug in the usb modem into my notebook usb port,and voila! its all done. no cd installer and what not.
5. whenever i plug in the usb modem, the windows will automaticly launch my celcom broadband startup bar, and i just click “connect” button on the startup bar, and the “dialer” will connect me with the celcom broadband world.

and surprise, suprise….i just discover that i can sms like mad to anyone “free” using the data unlimited plan using the “inbox” tool at the celcom broadband startup bar.

usbmodem1.jpg
(inner packaging box)-yes no celcom logo, means this modem is yours,free to be used with celcom,maxis or digi data card.

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(outer packaging box)

About the charges and bill info.

1.buy usb modem on ur own
2.buy usb modem from celcom i think at rm699.

then subscribe to celcom broadband package.

1. get urself a new set of simcard for data usage. i do not recomment you combine your data with voice. coz u might get headache with the bills.

2. choose which broadband package you prefer.
RM98/month or RM68/month

3.for first bill, you are required to pay for 1 month deposit. for example. if you take RM68, RM136 will be charge in your first bill. the following bill is back to RM68

4. bear in mind, if you send sms using your dialer,there will be additional sms charges on top of your RM68/98. *wink *wink.

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37 thoughts on “Celcom Broadband is here!

  1. speed depend on.

    1. package that you subscribe.
    2. the signal strenght from your location to the nearest celcom’s tower.(aka coverage)
    3. quality of the usb/card aka lifespan.(original and new will give you better performance than the ‘clone’ or 2nd handed item).

    p.s. as similar to any other modem,handphone or any electrical appliances, usb modem/card have their own lifespan. thus avod buying from non autorised dealer to avoid buying a “clon” or 2nd hand item.

    p.s.s be careful on the existance of 2n hand /clone modem of usb modem/card in the market. always check for SIRIM label and ask for the original warranty card and wat sort of warranty thus the dealer offer for your purchase.

    well we buy stuff at our own risk and we must accept the flaws of the item, for eg. if buy 2n hand item dont expect it will work as good as first hand item.

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  4. cekwan,
    got any picture of it? or did you blog bout it in ur blog?sharelah.
    i wanna know more bout the new modem.ehe

  5. celcom bband-its up and running after 24 hours.
    to make it easier for you and to avoid confusion later on, Avoid DIY installation. let the celcom officer/dealer sales staff insert the simcard into your modem for you at the registaration counter(if you buy the modem on your own, you on your own then..).

    then if possible, let the sales staff/officer install the modem into your laptop. then after all configured, go home and tryin login on after 24 hours.

    you may try your luck and login before the expected time.

    if any problem arises, call celcom helpline, for any problem on the service. (modem problem, go ask your modem dealer, unless you buy the modem at celcom centre).

  6. May I know I or my other family members need to register three 3G celcom broadband account for 3 computer PC in my home? If only one customer is eligible for open his/her account, can his/her account be used for connect to internet using 3 computer at the same time?Then, will he/she need to buy 3 package moden from celcom RM499 for 3 computer? Does any router/moden from celcom will share the connection to internet? By the way, if using the moden we buy outside not come with the celcom package? will it connect slow than modem from celcom package- RM499? Is the modem I buy outside is easily heated than modem celcom package? If using the handphone as modem, how to do it? By the way, the handphone should be 3G phone? If continuously or always connect to internet- celcom broadband, is my phone(modem) need always to be charged/ changed all the time? And will my phone faulty if using for a long time?
    I heard if the modem is open regularly or for a long time, the Sim card will be faulty for continuously heating up? So if I use the modem from celcom package, will it reduce the faulty of SIM card??Can you answer my question, please?Thank you for answering.

  7. wyy.

    May I know I or my other family members need to register three 3G celcom broadband account for 3 computer PC in my home?
    answer:nope, one account belong to 1 person, regardless how many pc he or she will use, provided the pc have all the required spec by the
    broadband provider.if the registered user wish to share the internet from his account, he or she must purcase a wifi modem provided all the 3 pc are all wireless enable, but you have to purchase a specific terminal for that. but the internet speed will decrease if the more users accessing the shared network at the same time.

    If only one customer is eligible for open his/her account, can his/her account be used for connect to internet using 3 computer at the same time?

    answer:yes. but must purchase a wireless terminal/modem/router.

    Then, will he/she need to buy 3 package moden from celcom RM499 for 3 computer?

    answer:no need.

    Does any router/moden from celcom will share the connection to internet?
    as of now, i think they dont have. but maxis have :)

    By the way, if using the moden we buy outside not come with the celcom package? will it connect slow than modem from celcom package- RM499?
    answer:the connect time is as same as the modem provided by celcom, it depend on the service quality. however, the quality of the modem does effect the smoothness of the data speed. modem is just like cars, the brand new car, will not be similar to the second hand or old cars.all product have their own lifespan.

    Is the modem I buy outside is easily heated than modem celcom package?
    answer:you have to ask the dealer where you purchase your modem from :) but im sure they will tell you “no problem one..”. if your a heavey internet users, and you use it for long hours, desktop PC + fixedline broadband will give you a much better satisfaction.

    If using the handphone as modem, how to do it? By the way, the handphone should be 3G phone?
    yes. 3G phone. using cable or wireless auto detect connection.

    If continuously or always connect to internet- celcom broadband, is my phone(modem) need always to be charged/ changed all the time? And will my phone faulty if using for a long time?

    yes,if we drive our cars for longer distance it will run out of fuel too right :). if you sayang your phone and want to keep on using it for many many years to come, get a specific modem for your internet connection, connect tru your 3G phone only during emergency time :) hehe

    I heard if the modem is open regularly or for a long time, the Sim card will be faulty for continuously heating up? So if I use the modem from celcom package, will it reduce the faulty of SIM card??

    answer: yes. any simcard from any provider be it celcom or maxis or digi, is a made of plastic. plastic meet heat = melting.

    additional note:in my own opinion its better for you not to depend on wireless broandband to set up internal network sharing if your are a very heavy internet users.

    get yourself a fixed broadband. its more stable.

    HOWEVER, :) if you have budget to purchase wireless modem/router and really have no option in getting the fixed broadband into your home. go on.

    whatever it is, do you own research first okay. then ask around at any shops/dealer.

    i took me months before i finally decided to subscribe to wireless broadband.

    anyway im not a heavy internet users,i dont downloads movies or torrent for movies etc.(i copied them from my friends), i travel alot,in a nutshell im an occasional internet/pc users. thus thats why desktop pc + fixed broadband is not a convenient combination for me.

    read more at
    http://www.celcom.com.my

    http://www.maxis.com.my/personal/broadband/broadband_main.asp

    i think these 2 companies shall keep on updating their offerings to their new customers. be wise :)

  8. dear miloskilos, could u suggest to me how long should i online using wireless broadband to avoid the simcard to melt and is there any possibility that the modem will defect.. thanks

  9. hafizd. i think at least have your notebook to “rest” probably after you go online for more than 24hrs. im no expert. but we can all use a logical common sense rite?. anyway one should always try not to sit in front of the pc 3 hrs straight non stop. have a break gap look at trees, etc etc. to rest your eyes etc.

    worst case, you can always try to feel the notebook and usb modem heat by placing your hands on it. if its too hot for your,better have it cool down first. :)

  10. hey. how much did you buy Huawei E220? what logo is it on the modem? i’m surveying for one myself but it’s kind of trivial with so many different prices and labels yet they’re claiming it’s original modem.

  11. isa.

    i tak paham.simbol H kat mana tu? boleh print screen n post gambar tak?

    ilyani

    RM699 price before fuel hike. it has huawei logo on it. no celcom logo.it doesnt matter if its original or not as long as it fit your budget.you can buy clone, but you have to understand of its capability and limitation. its always easier to buy at dealer that is nearer to you so that any prob you can go there again to ask. one thing important. ask for warranty card. and how long does the warranty card cover you. 1 year is acceptable.

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  13. bought Huawei E160G USB Modem recently..the
    miloskilos,
    first time connecting was no hassle..after two days,whenever i try to connect,it failed n an error 619 appeared stating..’a connection to the remote computer could not be established,so the port used for this connection was closed’..i’d reinstall the modem and if im lucky,i can surf,if not i have 2 repeat the reinstalling process..im using windows vista basic..what am i dealing here,modem or com problem???

  14. dear, im not sure if it work effortlessly on vista. try to check on the modem casing see if the written instruction includes vista as OS.

    you can try installing your modem in other OS,using ur friends notebook.

    then try to install ur friends usb modem in ur notebook.

    and try to compare the result.if its more stable on theirs.

    then you will know if its becoz of ur OS or ur modem.

    goodluck :)

  15. I subscribed to Celcom broadband Rm68/month package. I am a heavy user and guess I have used up my allocated bandwidth of 5 GB/month. Celcom says it will throttle user breaching the condition. But I can tell you that Celcom goes beyond that by barring me to access the internet. I think I can go online again during my next billing period (next month). For me Celcom broadband is currently not suitable and I will terminate my account when my first bill arrives to discard my headache.

  16. Personally, i think.obviously,celcom broadband RM68 package does not suit you.

    i wonder why do you subscribe to a low end package at the first place. you shoulve read the term and condition of the package.

    the term and condition of the package is clearly stated here:-

    http://www.celcom.com.my/cep/xresources/CelcomCORP/broadband/html/basic_tnc.html

    Fyi, maxis max bandwith allocation to the user is 3GB/month.

    read more here:-

    http://www.maxis.com.my/personal/broadband/termncon.asp

    You does not belong to RM68 user segment at the first place. i guess budget is your concern since your prob actually can be solve by upgrading to a higher end package.

    if you happened to terminate your RM68 package. pls share with us, you new mobile broadband package(and which telco).

    im sure many of us here, would want to know as well.

    p.s dont forget to read the terms and condition thoroughly dear.exesssive internet user shouldve stick to wired broadband/streamyx. dats a painful fact that we all users have to swallow for the time being.

  17. i’m using celcom 3.6Mbps currently but i just curious. if the modem heated, is it effect the connection speed?
    im using the huawei modem E169.

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  20. hmm sorry i wanted to ask why is the broadband not connecting to the second computer? i have already istalled it in my laptop and it worked just fine,but when i tried to install it onto my sister’s computer it couldn’t connect,can u tell how can i rectify this?

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