During the Budget 2013 speech by Prime Minister Najib Razak around three months ago, one of the things promised was a RM200 one-off rebate given with the purchase of a 3G smartphone. Today we have additional details on this initiative.
Officially dubbed Pakej Komunikasi Belia (Youth Communication Package) this package is part of the National Broadband Initiative (NBI) and will be live on January 1st 2013, five days away. The program ends on December 31st 2013 or after the RM300 million allocated has been used, whichever comes first.
The RM200 rebate is applicable only for select 3G-enabled smartphones approved by Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) that are priced below RM500. That will probably only leave us with a handful of entry-level smartphones. The list of devices will be made available on January 1st 2013.
To be eligible, applicants have to be between 21 to 30 years old and has a monthly income of RM3,000 or below. Only one device per person is allowed for purchase.
All our major carriers are participating, which includes Maxis Berhad, Celcom Axiata Berhad, DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd, U Mobile, YTL Communications and Tune Talk.
According to Amanz, Senheng and SenQ will also be carrying the MCMC-approved devices and offering the said rebates for eligible applicants.