A very exclusive soft-launch it was, with very minimal guests – most of us were already familiar with each other in the Twitterverse – the guests were mainly bloggers and active social media users of Malaysia. 😛 I guess I was invited as both a tech blogger and Twitter user.
The event was held at Cafe Vienna.
A word of thanks to our hosts for arranging a delicious buffet session, and on top of that, allowed us to order some other dishes to savor.
What other dishes you say? Well it’s covered on my article at buurps.com and I hope you already had your meal because you could be tempted.
Let’s cut back to the YTL event – the key speaker for today’s event is Mr. Wing.
It was a casual setting for this soft launch, Mr Wing presented to us the details on YTL’s set up for the 4G service and also their plans and directions. No media kit available so I can’t go into details about what’s it all about but basically it’s about YES – that’s the name of YTL’s 4G Mobile Internet service that’s coming to you soon.
More details at www.yes.my – book your 018 number and ID.
Besides highlighting the new service, what drew my attention were the products that come along with the service.
These products are for real – here’s Mr. Wing holding them.
Put it simple, GO is the USB device for laptop, if I’m not mistaken it also is thin and has a flexible USB connection point for ease of usage and storage. The Huddle seems to work like a MiFi device. The Buzz is a phone (very obvious, no?). Lastly, the Zoom – which I could best describe it as a router.
Here’s a video of the event before I proceed with my thoughts.
The 1st thing I like about this service is that it gives you both voice and data and it DOES NOT REQUIRE a SIM CARD!!! WTH!?!?! That’s really awesome.
The 2nd thing I like is that it works with User ID – I got my ID already and my ID is also attached to an E-mail and also a 018 number, cool eh?
The 3rd thing I like is that you can use multiple devices, meaning if you have 4 phones – you can log in with your YES ID and if someone calls you, it’ll ring on all 4 phones and you’ll just have to pick up any.
The 4th thing I like is that address book is tied to your number. So log in through any phone that supports the service and there ya have it, your contact list is there. It’s like logging in to Windows Live Messenger.
The 5th thing I like (ok, this is starting to look like a Christmas shopping list………. either that or a primary school kid’s mid-semester homework. *shrugs* ) is that I could have my subscription running on various devices, like say having the Zoom at home to cater for my family’s Internet connection while myself being some place else and using the subscription via my mobile device.
The 6th thing I like is the speed (obviously) – which is anywhere from 3 to 5 times faster than 3G. They did a live test (why didn’t I think about video-ing it, I don’t know) and the connection had like 11Mbps download and 2Mbps upload to a local server using Speedtest. International lines, if I’m not mistaken it dropped to 2Mbps – that’s still faster than my Streamyx account!
I can’t think of any other thing else right now. Rates? No one knows, it’ll be unveiled at the launch which is a few weeks away. From what I gathered at the event, it is supposed to be pay-per-use so we’ll see how affordable it is.
For me, I’m most keen with the YES Zoom as I am hoping to have an alternative Internet connection. A gamer and a blogger who utilizes video technology, a stable and fast Internet connection is very helpful when it comes to uploading high-resolution video. I most certainly look forward to give YTL’s offering a go!
Go get your number and ID!!!