YTL does it again- this time it “reinvented” the mobile phone with the Yes Life Apps for iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
A little of history of YTL Yes 4G- it was the first in the world to launch a “nationwide” 4G network(LTE upgrade will be called 5G) and probably the 1st broadband operator in the world to use the pay-per-use model(remember TMNet dial-up?).
Well you see, the whole thing sounded like you can’t make calls on the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad unless you use the Yes Life App. So YTL took a BIG step in the mobile industry by creating Yes Life App that needs to be installed on a device to make calls and SMS. It reinvented the mobile phone, am I right YTL?
Oh wait, there are Skype, Fring(world’s first video calls to iPhone & iPod touch), Tango, plus few other apps out there that allows voice and VIDEO calls on the Apple iOS devices. So what did YTL’s Yes reinvented, an app with voice/sms service using broadband connection?
On the PC, Maxis Voice2Go(Voice & SMS) is offered to users with a 015 number. I really don’t see anything that was re-invented here by YTL, a copycat maybe?
Never mind, I will save it for another time.
First of all, you need to find a free WiFi-hotspot at the roaming countries to use the Yes Life App, if not you get billed for DATA roaming charges which is more expensive than voice roaming rates. What BIG difference(re-invented the mobile phone?) does it make with Skype/Fring/Tango which offers video call and chat services?
(“The Drink” aka Soya Cincau talking about Yes Life App- picture credit)
Secondly, making a voice call over 3G/WiFi(especially in Malaysia) can never give users a good experience if compared to mobile voice calls. If I use Maxis 3G on my iPhone and make a call using the Yes Life App, does YTL Yes guarantee the call quality at 9sen per min? The call quality over the broadband connection is going to be bad and at the end of the day, I’m gonna need to pay more for that call. Although a few cents more expensive than Yes rates, voice using mobile network offers a better experience. Unless you don’t mind calling from DiGi/Maxis/Celcom/other broadband service, say “Hi” and then get a response after 10 seconds!
If the 018 number makes a big difference to you while roaming then try Flexiroam, at RM10 per day, receive all your calls at local (Malaysia) rate and make calls back to Malaysia(unlimited) for free using the existing mobile operator’s network while roaming, no broadband required!
What did YTL re-invented again?
By the way, it took months for an iOS Yes Life App and YTL plans to develop the Android version within 2-months(Top Story- YTL reinvented the Android devices?).
I was told that the Yes Life App has a couple of bugs and requires more improvements- Enough talking BIG and get to work YTL.