PUTRAJAYA: Effective May 1, mobile phone rates for incoming roaming calls and SMS between Malaysia and Singapore will be reduced by 20% and 30% respectively.
Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the cuts will be reduced further to 30% and 50% for voice and SMS respectively from May 1, 2012.
The cuts are applicable to prepaid and postpaid users subscribing to Celcom, Digi, M1, Maxis, SingTel, Star Hub and U-Mobile, he added. “These are minimum reductions in rates as traffic between both countries increase,” he said at the joint-launch of the rates reduction with Singapore Information, Communications and the Arts Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Wednesday.
The rates reduction follows Dr Rais and Lui’s joint announcement in June last year to cut mobile phone roaming rates for both countries.
Thumbs up for the discounted roaming charges. What about data charges? I think both countries should consider having a flat rate data charges. Most of us use our phones to check on emails, update status, downloading maps for directions and traffic abroad. We don’t want a huge ‘surprise’ when we receive our bills.