Application for a RM200 rebate on smartphones under RM500 begins January 1st 2013

Youth Communication Package

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.

The full list of FAQs can be seen on the NBI site here. To apply, the form will also be available on January 1st 2013 over at MCMC’s site,

Reuben Thum's love for technology dates as far back as the Sega Master System era when people are still rocking out on an 8-bit "Dixie's Land" chiptune. His gig as a bartender later did not douse his interest for tech one bit, as he then dedicated a few years of his life assisting users to achieve the same love, deep in the bowels of the tech support world. Currently, he just feels weirded out writing about himself from a third person's perspective.
  • Vinz

    Under RM500 is it including the price for smart phone with data plan signed up? or just the original price without sign up any data plan…

    • Reuben Thum

      Probably just the phone.

  • Satwant Singh Bhattal

    I’m perplexed on how ytl (yes 4g) is gonna offer a 3g phone. If they offer their MiFi device rm200 off than it would be worth it.

    • Reuben Thum

      A Mi-Fi device may not fall under the ‘smartphone’ criteria though. But that would be nice.

  • pavitra sekar

    wer do i must apply for the rebate?