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Which 3G mobile broadband should I choose in Malaysia?

Internet is part of our life now. Most of us cannot live without get connected. We surf Internet for information, playing games at Facebook, watching video at YouTube… Lot of interesting stuffs can be done with Internet. And 3G mobile broadband is becoming a norm now. There are 2 type of 3G mobile broadband ~ USB modem and mobile phone. Both of them have different pricing. I am going to cover 3G mobile broadband for mobile phone only now. Why? Most of the smart phones like HTC HD2 can be acted as 3G modem. There is no need to subscribe another package for home usage if you are using it alone. There are 3 main 3G mobile broadband providers in Malaysia ~ Celcom, Maxis and DiGi. Let’s see how they perform…

Factors to consider when choosing 3G mobile broadband

  • Coverage
  • Connection speed
  • Usage quota
  • Price

Celcom Broadband Mobile Internet Review

I started to use Celcom Broadband since I got my very first smartphone ~ HTC HD2. That was Celcom Broadband Basic with 384kbps. Got upgraded to 512kbps after few months. Then I downgraded to Celcom Broadband Entry on Voice with 384kbps connection speed only but cheaper price. Then it changed name to Celcom Broadband mBasic. And once again speed was upgraded to 700kbps.

Celcom Broadband Mobile Internet is my backup Internet access at home and primary when on the road. There are 4 Celcom Broadband Mobile Internet Plans currently ~ Celcom Broadband mLite, Celcom Broadband mBasic, Celcom Broadband mAdvance and Celcom Broadband mPro. All of them have the same connection speed at 3600kbps but have different bandwidth volume and price. Once again, I changed to the cheapest plan as I want to get 3.6 Mbps connection speed compare to 700kbps on old plan. How is the Celcom Broadband Mobile Internet performance? Let’s find out…

Celcom Broadband Mobile Internet SpeedTest

Celcom Broadband Mobile Internet Sucks

Celcom Broadband Mobile Internet sucks! Yes, Celcom Broadband suck. Why? Because I exceeded my usage limit and it is running at throttle speed @ 64 Kbps now. I still have 1 week to suffer before back to normal speed @ 3.6 Mbps. Yeah… I am back to 56K modem old age. I still remember the Internet speed is slow as turtle back then. Luckily, there is not much P2P, Flash, online video during that time.

Celcom Broadband Mobile Internet Suck

Slow TMNet Streamyx, UniFi connection speed. Why?

Slow… Slow… Slow… My Internet connection is very slow since early morning today. Especially connection to US. Guess what? TM announced that there is a fault on the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable network linking Malaysia to the United States and North Asia. Therefore, all TMNet Broadband customers who use Streamyx and UniFi are affected by this.

Streamyx Turtle
Slower than turtle?

Celcom Broadband mBasic upgraded to 700kbps

Yeah… Celcom Broadband mBasic (Mobile Internet) connection speed upgraded to 700kbps from 384kbps. No wonder my Samsung Galaxy S II is loading webpage faster than previously. Okay, without further ado, I benchmark it with SpeedTest. And the result…

Celcom Broadband mBasic SpeedTest

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