Would You Pay RM9K For An iPhone 3Gs?


Maxis hope you would. That’s how much you’ll end up paying for your so called “FREE” 16GB iPhone 3GS. Maxis just started it’s The Big Year End Offer which also reads “Year End Sucker Deal”. To get your pathetic 16GB iPhone 3GS, all you gotta do is sign-up for its lame ass iValue 4 Plan at RM375 per month x 24 months. In total, you’ll be paying exactly RM9,000. Way to go Maxis – you really do think we are idiots. Don’t you?

UPDATE: Eric T pointed out that the bundled 2500 minutes is not limited to Maxis to Maxis. But the image below is kinda misleading. Under all those charges, it says “* Only applicable for Maxis to Maxis”. So maybe Maxis need to make it less ambiguous.



10 Responses to “Would You Pay RM9K For An iPhone 3Gs?”

  1. 1 zzeed November 2, 2009 at 8:26 pm

    I might as well get a Mac Pro with RM9k.

  2. 2 BigMacky November 2, 2009 at 8:37 pm


    Year end. Maxis need funds for bonus pay out. Support a bit la. 🙂

  3. 3 Dan November 2, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Bro, don’t just look at the surface. The package comes with airtime and data, not just the phone.

  4. 4 BigMacky November 2, 2009 at 10:03 pm


    Of course I am aware that it comes with airtime and data. But with iValue 4, you’re getting 3GB data (worth RM99 with iData 3) plus Maxis to Maxis talktime of 2,500 mins. Note its Maxis to Maxis. Calls and SMS to other Telcos are chargeable. It comes with 400 sms. You can get 500 for RM8 with value Extras. iValue Plans are known to be rigid and not as of value compared to iData plans. With iData, you have more freedom on how you use your monthly credit instead of having fixed number of SMS or fixed number of minutes.

    Clearly, this promo is for people who make a lot on Maxis to Maxis calls. But wouldn’t you rather get a 16GB Maxis iPhone 3GS (iData 3) + RM8 for 500 SMS with a Value 80 call plan.

    RM99 + RM8 + RM80 = RM187 x 24 months = RM4,488 + RM1,999
    TOTAL = RM6,487

    You can save up to RM2,513 on Maxis to Maxis minutes. That’s another iPhone 3GS there. See my point? Of course, if you really need that 2,500 Maxis to Maxis minutes, by all means. Then its a fantastic offer that no one should resist.

  5. 5 zzeed November 3, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Maxis is banking on those who can’t do math.

    Support a bit? Yeah right… 😀 They’re not my dependents

    Further more, they’re trying to trick me into free iPhone at RM9000 over 24 months.

  6. 6 BigMacky November 3, 2009 at 7:14 pm


    Or maybe on people who just look at the surface? Like me, for instance.

  7. 7 Eric T November 3, 2009 at 7:20 pm


    You’re looking from a single perspective. It’s like reading a book of 30 pages but did a summary at page 15. Here’s the example why (i think) both VP80 + iData 3 versus iValue 4 make sense.

    iValue 4 gives u 2500 mins local calls (includes calls to fixed line, digi, celcom) + 3GB data + 40 MMS + 400 SMS.

    Let’s calculate: (acc. to Maxis iPhone leaflet)…
    2500min local calls + 3GB data + 40MMS + 400SMS
    (2500min x RM0.1) + RM99 + (40 x RM0.25) + (400 x RM0.1)
    = RM250 + RM99 + RM10 + RM40
    = RM399.
    And by paying RM375, you get RM399 back + FREE iPhone 3GS 16GB.
    Isn’t this a deal?

    Let me try another method, like you, substituting the free 400 SMS with Value Extra SMS (RM8 for 500 SMS).
    The calculation will become
    = RM250 (calls) + RM99 (3GB data) + RM10 (MMS) + RM8(Value Extra)
    = – RM8.
    RM8 for iPhone 3GS 16GB?? Wah…Still a deal what!

    You are calculating the iPhone price based on the assumption on individual who would only use RM80 airtime, but need to pay RM375, which doesn’t make sense. People who subscribe to iValue 4, RM375 should be people who would use around that amount of airtime. You can’t use the amount of Value Plus 80 to try to balance off the iPhone price.

    People who use RM375, if, were to subscribe to VP80 + iData 3, will be wasting more $$ by paying RM1690 for the iPhone.

    Correct me if I am wrong…


    Terima Kasih

  8. 8 BigMacky November 3, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Eric T

    Very good point. My mistake was the call minutes were only from Maxis to Maxis. Please check my update above. As a visitor, I am still not sure, if that “Only applicable for Maxis to Maxis” is referring to the calls, minutes, sms or was it referring to the free minutes between family lines.

    But my point was, as my last line of the reply to Dan. If one needs 2500 mins of talk time. Be it Maxis to Maxis or otherwise, then it’s a pretty good deal. I like your analogy of reading a 30-pager and summarizing it based on 15. It made me giggled.

    Hello people at Maxis. Thanks for dropping by. 🙂
    (me … still waving hello)

  9. 9 epool86 November 9, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    who r goin to buy from maxis super duper expensive.. i prefer buy outside, or at other country.. i can save a lot. furthermore im not really interest with iphone, iphone is not a really worth that price, even the specs is not soo good.

    unless u have lot of money then go ahead, no one stop you.

  10. 10 pixtiny November 15, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Maxis is smart to lock you in on a plan when you buy the iPhone. The iPhone being exclusive to them in Malaysia, they would want to squeeze out more from you.

    Anyway, I have a unit of sealed Maxis set of iPhone 3GS 16GB Black for sale. I’m letting it go at RM2,800 COD. You no longer need to be tied to Maxis plan. Anyone interested can contact me at pixtiny@gmail.com

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