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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Exclusive from Celcom

Celcom today announced the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 which will go on sale starting tomorrow. It will be exclusive to Celcom for 45 days, according to Samsung Malaysia.

[Zalman Aefendy Zainal Abidin, Chief Marketing Officer from Celcom Axiata Berhad (2nd left) along with Afizulazha Abdullah, Chief Operations, Advanced Data of Celcom Axiata Berhad (middle) & Lee Jui Siang, Head of Mobile Phone Division of Samsung Malaysia Electronics (2nd right)]

Malaysian Wireless was first to reveal the pricing of the device yesterday. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be priced for as low as RM1468(24-months contract) and RM1528(12-months contract). There is a RM150 upfront payment and two broadband plans are made available to customers. Full details of the plans will be updated on the Celcom website sometime tonight.

It will be available at all Blue Cube outlets nationwide starting 20 August 2011. For Klang Valley customers, the first 300 customers tomorrow at The Piazza, The Curve, Kota Damansara will be able to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 RM999. Additionally, 20 randomly selected lucky customers will be walking away with this latest tablet at only RM99!

For Northern and Southern regions, the launch events will be held at the concourse area of Queensbay Mall, Penang and Celcom branch at Jalan Kempas, Johor Bahru respectively. The first 50 customers at these two venues will get to purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at RM999!

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 retails at RM1,899.

Official press release below.

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 AUGUST 2011 – Celcom Axiata Berhad, the first and foremost mobile telecommunications provider in the country, is proud to work hand in hand with Samsung Malaysia Electronics to be the first telco to launch the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1, the much awaited Android tablet in the market.

“We are pleased to work together with Samsung to be the first in offering our customers the experience of the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1. With the introduction of this lightweight tablet paired with Celcom?s undisputed network coverage plus value-for-money packages, it is the perfect tablet that gives customers the ultimate experience in both work and play. Additionally, this partnership further cements our commitment to continuously introduce new products to our extensive range of devices, providing customers with more choices and ensuring that they find one that suits their usage and fits into their lifestyle seamlessly,” said Zalman Aefendy Zainal Abidin, Chief Marketing Officer of Celcom Axiata Berhad, adding that Celcom also places significant focus in managing customer satisfaction and fulfillment, from corporate customers to the mass market.

Also present at the launch of Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 are Afizulazha Abdullah, Celcom’s Chief Operations, Advanced Data; Lee Jui Siang, Head of Mobile Phone Division, Samsung Malaysia Electronics (SME) Sdn Bhd; and Dato’ Mohd Fauzi Zakaria, Managing Director of Dream Chorus Sdn Bhd.

“Tablet PCs have impacted our lives greatly. It is no longer for early adopters and the tech-savvy. The tablet has now evolved into a lifestyle device, showcasing the gadgets and industry?s tremendous growth and potential. Soon, the tablet will no longer be a luxury, it will be a need, a necessity as it organises, enhances and simplifies your life, “said Lee.

“Here at Samsung, we recognise this potential. This is why the Samsung GALAXY Tab brings a unique proposition to the market. It is designed to be a device to fit the sweet spot between both “portability” and “maximum multimedia” usage. With „more possibilities on the go?, it embodies the concept of mobility and communication to ensure that the tablets will your best companion for work and play, anytime and anywhere, “ he added.

In conjunction with this event, Afizulazha alongside Lee and Dato? Fauzi presents this newest tablet in town to 25 lucky winners who participated in the Call Me Tones contest happening between 15 July and 20 August 2011. Via this contest, Celcom is giving them the opportunity to experience the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 first hand for absolutely free! All they did is simply download any two Call Me Tones or more during the contest period. Apart from the device, these winners will also be getting a limited edition casing, 30-days Instanet broadband access, 30 popular songs and 30 popular artistes’ images preloaded into the device. All of these for free!

In conjunction with the launch of the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1, Samsung is working exclusively with Celcom to offer attractive packages to the public. Celcom will be having three consumer launches tomorrow (20 August 2011)! For Klang Valley customers, be the first 300 customers at The Piazza, The Curve, Kota Damansara to get your hands on this hottest tablet from Samsung at only RM999, with savings of RM900. Additionally, 20 randomly selected lucky customers will be walking away with this latest tablet at only RM99! The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 retails at RM1,899.

For Northern and Southern regions, the launch events will be held at the concourse area of Queensbay Mall, Penang and Celcom branch at Jalan Kempas, Johor Bahru respectively. The first 50 customers at these two venues will get to purchase the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 at RM999!

Celcom has always understood its customers? diverse telecommunication needs and Celcom?s competitive plans enable them to enjoy affordable yet consistent services anytime and anywhere. Hence, to provide its customers firsthand experience of this slimmest, lightweight Android tablet from Samsung, Celcom has tailored several special packages exclusively for them. By subscribing to Celcom Broadband packages, customers can saveup to RM431 as they get to purchase the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 from as low as RM1,468 instead of its retail price RM1,899.

The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Android tablet is available at all Blue Cube outlets nationwide starting 20 August 2011. To find out more about the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 and our cost effective broadband plans, please visit www.celcom.com.my or www.samsung.com .

Taking the opportunity to recognise the media for their continued support, Celcom launched the Celcom Biz Media promotion that will be happening from today onwards for three months. To celebrate the introduction of the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1, two lucky media members are walking away with the device at only RM99, savings of RM1,800; while 50 media members get to purchase this latest tablet at only RM949, enjoying 50% discount! Under the Celcom Biz Media promotion, media friends are able to enjoy exclusive value-for-money privileges on Celcom?s extensive range of smartphones bundles as well as mobile broadband bundles. For more information on the Celcom Biz Media Plan, kindly contact 1 800 111 777 or email to [email protected]

With the advent of new smart mobile devices, Celcom has invested heavily in network infrastructure and is set to cater to our customers? high demands especially for data. Some of the key network infrastructure projects aimed at enhancing Celcom?s network include the upgrading of all 3.5G sites to support data speeds of up to14.4Mbps; the appointment of Ericsson and Huawei to replace the current 2G and 3G infrastructure nationwide with the latest Single Radio Access Network (RAN) technology that will triple Celcom?s network capacity; ongoing trials towards deploying even faster LTE (Long Term Evolution) 4G infrastructure; and the appointment of Celcom Timur (Sabah) Sdn Bhd and Sacofa Sdn Bhd to fiberise the company?s Node-B and base stations in Sabah and Sarawak which will enable upgrades of up to 100Mbps.

The brand new GALAXY Tab 10.1 features Samsung?s TouchWiz user interface on Android Honeycomb 3.1 platform, offering superior multi-tasking and enhanced user interaction and navigation. At only 8.6mm in thickness and at 565g in weight, it is the slimmest and lightest Android tablet available in the market, adding up to the outstanding mobility of the device! Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 also supports HSPA+ (High Speed Packet Access Plus) network speed of up to 21Mbps with surround-sound stereo speakers plus support for Flash 10.3, delivering more rapid response and a premium entertainment experience. With all its superior features, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is the ultimate powerful tablet for work, play and rest!

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