Samsung Malaysia Electronics launched the 2016 version of Samsung Galaxy J Series- Galaxy J1, Galaxy J5 and Galaxy J7.
All Galaxy J-series phones come standard with dual-SIM support. Samsung said this gives users the flexibility to keep their existing number without porting; while still have another SIM to enjoy the best data and voice service. This is particularly convenient for frequent travelers in managing their Malaysian SIM and international SIM.
In collaboration with Yes, a WiMAX and LTE operator in Malaysia, all three Samsung’s 2016 Galaxy J Series smartphone comes bundled with a Yes 4G SIM card. Users will receive free 30GB data valid for 2 months (15GB a month), 100 minutes of voice calls and 100 SMS to local network, unlimited calls within Yes network.
Yes 4G claims that it has the most advanced 4G LTE in Malaysia with 85% population coverage however it is unclear on how this is measured. The Telco also said it enabled Voice over LTE (VoLTE), the 1st in Malaysia to do so.
“We are proud to have built the nation’s first 4G network with a massive 85% population coverage,” said Wing K. Lee, CEO of YTL Communications Sdn Bhd. “As Malaysia’s 4G champion, we have updated our entire network with the most advanced LTE service complete with VoLTE (Voice-Over LTE) — another Malaysia’s first. To celebrate this major milestone, we are glad to offer owners of the Samsung J Series (2016) our blazing fast 4G LTE speed and high definition voice service built for us by Samsung. Stay tuned for our official 4G LTE launch on 30th June for the unveiling of our innovative service plans!”
YTL Communications Sdn Bhd was awarded the 2.6Ghz spectrum in 2012 by the Malaysian Government to deploy Time Division Duplexing-Long-Term Evolution (TDD-LTE) network. TDD-LTE is one of the version of LTE and have very limited phone support compared the widely adopted FDD-LTE version used by Maxis, Celcom, Digi and U Mobile. According to GSA, there are 494 commercially launched LTE networks globally as of April 8 2016. Out of these only 72 LTE TDD system were commercially launched in 43 countries.
Yes 4G said it will reveal more details about its 4G LTE network on 30 June 2016.
The Samsung Galaxy J1, J5 and J7 (2016) will be available beginning 16 June 2016 at all Samsung Experience Stores and authorised dealerships at a recommended retail price of RM449, RM849 and RM1,049 respectively (inclusive of 6% GST). The smartphones are offered in three colour options – Black, White and Gold.