[COMPARISON] U Mobile U28 vs Digi SmartPlan 50 vs Celcom First Basic 38 vs Maxis 48


[COMPARISON] U Mobile U28 vs Digi SmartPlan 50 vs Celcom First Basic 38 vs Maxis 48 

The four major telcos are going head-to-head, competing to provide the most affordable, under RM 50 mobile postpaid plans. Most recently, U Mobile entered the market and came up with their own affordable postpaid offering, the U28.

We will be comparing the U Mobile U28, Digi SmartPlan 50, Celcom First Basic 38 and Maxis 48, based on the free voice calls, SMS messaging and Internet data, in addition to the sen per unit.

Here’s the breakdown of the 4 postpaid plans, if you are looking for that affordable solo plan:

Free calls

If you are a heavy voice-call user, SmartPlan 50 and Maxis 48 offers better value over U28 and First Basic 38, with 100 minutes of free calls to all networks. While Celcom First Basic 38 offers 60 minutes of free calls, U Mobile U28 only offers 50 minutes of free calls per month.


Free SMS

Every single one of these plans offer free SMS, but this is where a small variation separates them. The SmartPlan 50 offers 200 free SMS on its own network and 100 units to other network. The U28 offers a little of both, with 100 free SMS on the same network and 200 free SMS across networks, which means you are getting a fair amount of SMS messaging. The Maxis 48 offers 100 free SMS on both the same network and across networks, while the First Basic 38 has just 60. This basically puts the U28 (more free offnet SMS compared to Digi SmartPlan 50) in the lead if you are looking to use SMS more often.

These days, we are seeing far less people using SMS, but relying more on data for instant messaging instead. But this still puts Maxis 48 and SmartPlan 50 as the best value for traditional calls, and ample SMS texting when necessary.



Free data

Maxis and Celcom provide 4G LTE in most major Malaysian cities, and Digi and U Mobile have also recently expanded their coverage as well. However, Celcom’s 4G coverage is the best overall, which highlights who the First Basic 38 is targeted at: the heavy data user, with 3 GB fast data for RM38.


Maxis 48 is also a viable option but with a little less data, with its 1 GB free all-day and 1 GB free in early morning hours. With the SmartPlan 50, you would be getting an additional 1 GB, but you would be hamstrung by limited 4G coverage and lack of free calls.

You should go for the U28, as it has the best value with 3 GB for just RM28, though with slower 3G internet speed and less 4G coverage.



If you are looking for the best all-around plan, the Maxis 48 is hard to beat, as you get the best value for your calls and SMS, while getting a good allotment of 1 GB 4G data that you can take everywhere.

But for the heavier data user, perhaps the First Basic 38 is recommended. But if price is the main consideration, the U28 should serves you fine with 3G data in most areas and 4G data in Klang Valley. Digi SmartPlan 50 also worth to be considered with plenty data along with a handful of calls and SMS freebies.



This article is contributed by ShopBack.my

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