As some of you might already have known from our previous posting, we’ve recently got ourselves the U28 plan to replace our Celcom line. The reason for change ? Celcom service seems to be getting from bad to worse and despite paying a higher price the data seems to be inconsistent and unreliable. Based on feedback from friends and existing U Mobile users, speeds are excellent as long as there’s proper coverage; so we decided to put it to the test. After all at RM 28 a month with 1GB data usage and no extra charges if we were to exceed the quota sounds really good and there was nothing much for us to lose.
We decided to do speed test at the various locations we were at and we were very surprised and impressed with the results. Being a long time DiGi subscriber, we were used to their consistent data speeds. On a good day, we could get 1 – 1.5 Mbps but on average it was more like 800 kbps – 1 Mbps depending on the area you were in.
Just check out the speeds we were getting with U Mobile U28 plan, we thought that taking the cheapest package would mean we wouldn’t be getting the full speed available but boy, were we wrong. We initially wanted to compare speeds between DiGi and U Mobile but after seeing the results we just couldn’t be bothered.. Honestly after surfing with U Mobile, surfing with DiGi feels like a downgrade back to EDGE; and we all know how fast that is.
One thing to note is in our test in location 5 (Publika, Dutamas) there was little or no 3G coverage and at times we were on Celcom instead of U Mobile. For your info, U Mobile is currently utilising Celcom as their backup for areas which they do not have coverage. I was also getting EDGE on DiGi at that specific location so it was a relief to know that it wasn’t just U Mobile/Celcom which had poor coverage there.
Suffice to say with all that speed, surfing was a pleasure where images and web pages load almost instantaneously and there isn’t a need to sit and wait. Watching Youtube, streaming audio, listening podcasts was without any delays. The only drawback we’re currently facing is that we’re fast approaching our 1 GB quota on the U 28 plan but since U Mobile doesn’t impose any extra charge for exceeding the quota there’s nothing much for us to be afraid, especially being slapped with a hefty bill at the end of the month. U Mobile will instead throttle the speed of the connection until the next billing cycle.
As far as voice, SMS,MMS was concerned there wasn’t much of an issue and making and receiving calls went without any problems. We’ll do a few more tests on data once we’ve hit the limit to see how connections speeds are. Based on our usage so far around Petaling Jaya, we certainly give U Mobile’s U28 plan two thumbs up !! Not only is it affordable but its also bloody fast !! Two combinations we absolutely love