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Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin recently announced that the government will be extending the free data initiative announced during the first phase of the movement control order (MCO) to last until 31 December 2020.
The free data initiative was meant to help Malaysians access education, news, and video conferencing services online. However, unlike the initial offer, this new initiative does not include free data for gaming, music, social and video apps.
Recently, Malaysia’s three big telco companies, Celcom, Digi, and Maxis revealed more information about this new free data offer.
They stated that while their data will be applicable to all active postpaid and prepaid customers, the use of their free daily 1GB of data will only be limited to selected education, productivity, and information-related services between 8am and 6pm.
This means that telco users will have to subscribe to your original data plans to access frequently used entertainment apps like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and WeChat to name a few.
Below is the list of applications, services and websites that are NOT included under the free 1GB offer:
Besides that, Celcom’s FAQ section states that users will only need to redeem for the free daily data once a month, while Digi will require users to redeem the service on a daily basis.
Maxis has not mentioned its redemption process.
Other telco companies besides these big 3, such as U Mobile and TM Unifi Mobile, are also offering free daily 1GB data, but additional information of their offers could not be located at the time of writing.
Meanwhile, TM also announced that they are offering free daily data between 8am to 6pm for Unifi Mobile users until 31 August but did not disclose any usage restrictions.
It might be comforting to know that the telco companies are still offering free and unlimited access to use the government’s apps, such as Gerak Malaysia, MySejahtera, and MyTrace, along with other important news sources and government websites.
They will also continue to offer free calls to emergency hotlines such as the Crisis Preparedness Response Centre (CPRC), the Health’s Ministry’s state departments and other Covid-19 related hotlines.