The soft-launch of YTL’s Yes 4G was back in November 2010 but I didn’t subscribe to it until about a month ago and I must say that I’m impressed.
Choice of Device
I bought the RM 1.2k package with free Yes 4G Router called ZOOM. I was in a dilemma on whether to go for Zoom or Huddle. I’m aware of how all their products work, the GO (USB Modem) was NO GO for me as I already have my Celcom 3G enabled mobile device using my N900. I’d rather have something else. BUZZ was a phone, I don’t need that either, my N900 is already doing the job. I may consider the BUZZ some other time when I see the need for it.
So it’s down to HUDDLE and ZOOM. Both are for sharing networks but since I intend to use it for my home network as a secondary line, I decided to go for the ZOOM. I still have HUDDLE in my shopping list, probably a few months down the road. 😀 It will certainly be faster than my Celcom 3G when I’m on the go.
The availability of device is subjected to the retail partners. Best to call them up ( refer to the retail partners list ) before visiting them.
Speed / Coverage
I’m using the device at my residence here in Bandar Sri Damansara, a nice community on a hill. I placed the Zoom at the hall near the sliding door and I usually get 3 – 4 bars signal strength. Moving it further into the hall and the reception drops to 2. 🙁
This is the highest speed I got so far……..
This on the other hand, is the usual speed I get (taken on a weekend, at night)
While I’ve not the opportunity to bring the Yes 4G connection around, I do have friends that can testify of their good coverage across major towns and cities in the country. 🙂
Is it enough for gaming? Yes it is, I’ve been playing Call of Duty : Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer and I full bar for the connection strength indicator but it’s not perfect, there were times during wee hours in the morning where I get only 1 or 2 bars, you wouldn’t want to play those games when the connection is that bad because it’s just frustrating.
I’m most impressed by the response of their customer service at @YesCare on Twitter. They’ve always attended to me and responded to my questions.
I also like the facility that allows me to check on my usage and balance, however too bad it’s not real time. Not a big issue.
Till date I’ve not need to make a phone call to them, I had an issue where I was penalized for months that I did not use the account, despite I wasn’t an active user yet. They got it resolved for me and all communications were only done via Twitter. Kudos to YTL for such good service!
Value For Money
Yes offers Valuepacks that lowers the cost of usage even further. Usually it’s 0.03 sen per MB (that’s RM 30 per GB) and you could get it cheaper with rebates but with the Valuepack, you pay RM 150 (from your credits) to get 10GB worth of data to use (that’s RM 15 per GB). 😀 That practically halves the price per MB, and you get to carry the leftover un-used data to the next following month.
For those who download a lot of games, applications and other media content by the gigabytes, then you’re better off not using Yes 4G. It’ll cost you much more in the end. I’m still using my Streamyx connection for the most part, nothing beats paying only RM 66 and not having to care about how much I’m downloading.