Telcos to continue offering free 1GB data daily until further notice


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 17 May 2020

The initiative to offer free mobile data, valued at RM600mil, started from April 1 as part of a fiscal stimulus package announced by Muhyiddin. — Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP

PETALING JAYA: With the conditional movement control order (MCO) extended, local telcos say they will continue to honour the free 1GB daily data offer.

Maxis, Celcom, Digi and U Mobile confirmed that they would continue to offer free data to both prepaid and postpaid customers until further notice.

All users will also continue to get free calls to the national and state-level Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre hotlines for Covid-19.

While Yoodo, a digital mobile service under Celcom makes the data available the entire day, data from other telcos must be used up from 8am to 6pm.

Yoodo has switched from offering 1GB free data weekly to 1GB daily.

Maxis and Yoodo customers must redeem the offer daily while Digi users only have to redeem once to qualify. Both Celcom and U Mobile subscribers get their allocation automatically.

Celcom also offers customers unlimited access to WhatsApp for messaging, voice and video calls, as well as for Microsoft Office 365 apps from 8am to 6pm.

The initiative to offer free mobile data, valued at RM600mil, started from April 1 as part of a fiscal stimulus package announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Social media manager Ina Mohd is thankful for the initiative.

“I use a lot of Internet data for work, especially when I’m helping to conduct Instagram live sessions for my clients. Then, I noticed that Zoom meetings, which in my case can be up to two hours long, also consume a lot of data,” she said.

She has to spend RM40 extra a month to keep up.

“I think the time limit from 8am to 6pm should be extended because some of us need more time to fully utilise the data,” she said.

Insurance agent Vivienne K, who stays in Puchong, said she appreciated the free data offer although the 4G signal in her neighbourhood was sometimes unstable.

She said she mostly used the mobile data for surfing and playing mobile games.

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