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Google Nexus S exclusive to Maxis in Malaysia

Maxis today announced the availability of the Google Nexus S in Malaysia.The Android(2.3) Google smartphone is exclusive to Maxis and it is offered to current & new Maxis subscribers.

Maxis postpaid customers will have to sign up for a data plan and purchase the phone with contract. Details below:

  • 12 months contract- Buy Nexus S @ RM1799
  • 18 months contract- Buy Nexus S @ RM1699
  • 24 months contract- Buy Nexus S @ RM1499

Choice of data plan- 500MB at RM58, 1.5GB at RM78 or 3GB at RM88.

The retail price of the Google Nexus S is RM2499 however there are no details about purchasing the phone without contract.

About the Google Nexus S

The new “Gingerbread” OS contains user interface improvements for simplicity and speed.  It allows for faster and more intuitive text input as well as one touch word selection and copy or paste functions.  It gives users improved power management, better control over applications and also provides for new ways of communicating and organizing materials on their mobile phone.

The Google Nexus S is sleek in appearance, with a 4” contour display; this slim device featuring a more ergonomic design in terms of style and feel. The brilliant touch screen provides an unmatched viewing experience and is powered by a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor which produces rich 3D graphics as well as providing for faster upload and download times. Equipped with a 5 megapixel rear facing camera and camcorder as well as a VGA front facing camera, the Google Nexus S comes with 16GB of internal memory for data storage.

The powerful device also includes existing Android features such as portable WiFi as well as Near Field Communication (NFC) support, a feature that future proofs the device as it will enable users to use it for mobile payments as soon as the infrastructure is in place.

Press Release from Maxis below:

Maxis customers will be the first to enjoy the latest, revolutionary Android device, the Google Nexus S, also known as the “Google Phone”.  Maxis Berhad (“Maxis”), Malaysia’s integrated communications service provider, today announced its exclusive rights to the smart phone, as it continues to lead in the Android market in Malaysia by providing the latest and widest choice of Android devices. The device is the first Android smart phone to feature the latest Android Operating System (“OS”) 2.3, also known as the Gingerbread OS.

Jean-Pascal Van Overbeke, Chief Operating Officer of Maxis Berhad said, “Maxis is focused on delighting our customers and enriching their lives with the latest, innovative devices to keep up with their ever-changing lifestyle needs and demands. We were the first communications provider to bring Malaysians the smartphone experience, allowing them to conveniently access the web for work and play from the palm of their hands. Today, Maxis is again the first to bring our customers the revolutionary Google Nexus S, the new jewel in our extensive range of Android devices. The market is becoming increasingly mobile; many of our consumers are part of a new generation of go-getter’s and jet-setters. Our leadership position enables us to forge partnerships with leading device manufacturers such as Samsung to ensure that Maxis customers experience the latest and most advanced devices first. Their experience is further enhanced by the fact that Maxis today has the widest broadband footprint in the country, enabling them to enjoy the features of the smart device on seamless high-speed mobile data networks.”

Speaking at the launch of Nexus S, Mr. Yu Jai Sul, Managing Director, Samsung Malaysia Electronics Sdn. Bhd. said, “Samsung and Google are working hand-in-hand with Maxis to make the best Android smartphone experience available to the Malaysian market. The Nexus S will give you both functionality and a stunning user-experience as it integrates Samsung’s world-class hardware and award-winning technology with exciting new features.”

Maxis customers would be able to access popular Maxis applications such as Maxis Movies and Maxis Finder301 from this fastest Android phone to date. The device is available for purchase by Maxis customers with any data plan at affordable prices:

Choose any data plan from Maxis

( 500MB, 1.5GB or 3GB )

Contract Period

Device Price

Savings on retail price

12 months

RM 1,799

RM700

18 months

RM 1,699

RM800

24 months

RM 1,499

RM1000

Retail price

RM2,499

Maxis was the first to introduce the BlackBerry and iPhone to Malaysia, and has the widest range of Android devices in the market. The company presently offers Malaysia’s widest variety of smartphone devices, encompassing all major mobile operating systems. With an investment of RM1.44 billion in 2010, Maxis successfully modernised and solidified its network, including growing its network infrastructure to support data growth with a record number of base stations rolled out i.e. more than 1,250 3G sites and 1,400 HSPA sites, continuing with network quality enhancement, expanding into new geographical areas and augmenting 2G network. With its end-to-end smart network, Maxis provides the best user experience from simple voice usage to meeting the growing demand for data-intensive applications delivered across an exciting range of smart devices.

Maxis aspires to fulfill the dreams of our customers through the best that communications technology and human creativity can offer; making our customers lives better in ways that matter.

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