UPDATE: Is Bit Torrent Blocked on YES4G? Answer is at below. Check it out!
I went to the YES4G Launch this… evening. Ya it start at 4pm. If you are wondering why the time so weird? Because they did it in London too! (I found out when i was there. Ooo thats why…)
Sadly, i dont have any camera, so no photos.
I figured out the info they give is not the whole story, and they got no FAQ on their site, and their site is now either facing slow loading or down (Congrats YTL, Good job! — do you know there is a thing called cloud?) Let me tell you the story that you want to know.
This is the unofficial FAQs of YES4G compiled by joshuatly!
Chapter 1: Service
1. Whats the speed of the service.
YES says: 3 to 5 times faster than 3G.
I says: This answer is bull shit! Let me tell you whats the 3G rate supposed to be: a minimum data rate of 2 Mbit/s for stationary or walking users, and 384 kbit/s in a moving vehicle (according to Cellular Standards for the Third Generation) which means minimum data rate 10mbps? Well, from what i find out, its not true at all.
RUMOR: From what i overheard is the data rate can range from 3mbps to 10mbps depending on the signal coverage.
TRUTH: They are comparing with Malaysia local 3G service provider’s speed, which is REALLY REALLY REALLY…. bad. 3 times to 5 times of that, that can range from like 3kbps to 10mbps. They will never give an actual minimum rate, (so smart so you never get to complain to MCMC).
From what i tested out today at Lot 10, their flagship store: Result is as below:
(Tweet) #yes4g speedtest 4.87mbps download and 1.3mbps upload (Tested on speedtest.net, connection to local malaysia server, device tested is individual device a Go dongle connected to only one PC)
(Tweet) #yes4g speedtest 4.87mbps download and 1.3mbps upload (Tested on speedtest.net, connection to US server, device tested is individual device a Go dongle connected to a PC)
(Tweet) #yes4g connection to china is very very bad. Ping 1075ms. Download 0.88mbps upload 0.08 swt (Tested on speedtest.net, connection to China server, device tested is individual device a Go dongle connected to a PC)
I saw a speedtest on their own YTL website reach up to 10mbps, well, first thought tell me its fake, but i got no comment on it. Although sometimes i didnt trust speedtest.net result too.
Ping of the YES4G from what i see can be range from 10ms to 200ms to local server, not bad for a wireless broadband service.
(What else you want to know regarding speed, ask in the comment section, i can tell from a user’s perspective although im not really subscribed to the service. or i rephrase, i can tell my 1st impression about the service.)
2. Is YES4G really 4G?
Yes says: Yes of cos it is. You can know by reading the name.
I says: This answer is bull shit! Till now they are using Wimax technology, and the matter of fact is, WIMAX is NOT 4G! LTE is 4G. Read this: http://www.suresh.my/2010/04/wimax-is-not-4g-why-its-abused/. Report showed they are planning to switch to the real 4G (LTE technology) later, which is good for all of us.
Well, engadget also tell that what the ITU says about 4G standards.
(Well there is debate about this part. so i will let you decide. i dont tell the truth, i tell what i think i know. Read comment)
3. Coverage of YES4G
Yes says: Our service cover 60% of the population in malaysia.
I says: NOTE: 60% of population in malaysia does not equal of 60% places of Malaysia.
Truth: Check is your place covered here, Other than KL, some places that (might) have coverage are: North South Highway, ERL, Penang, Johor, Kuantan and some major highway. They claim will increase coverage to 75% of population in Malaysia in the coming year.
4. Will the free 300MB for university expands from public university to private university?
Yes says: Yes, we will approach them.
I says: Go ahead and offer that everywhere so you can get RM30 per month from everyone. Smart move. (Refer to this post: Reasons to Say (Yes/No) to #Yes4g)
5. Mobile Number Portability (MNP). Possible or not?
Yes says: Yes, Possible.
I says: I wonder why they didnt state this anywhere else. 😀 And the truth is i didnt try, and by the way, mind you the phone is not out yet. More about the phone please read chapter 3 where i will write about device. (And after you read you might want to reconsider MNP :P) But technically, its possible.
6. Is my internet being throttled (BitTorrent P2P Skype etc)
Yes says: No. Your internet is not being throttled in any way.
I says: I checked the terms of service, yes, they doesnt say they will throttled your service. Is this too good to be true? Well i cant tell since i got no chance to do a full review of the service. Well i believe and hope YES4G will keep their promise for not throttle any protocol in anyway.
And if YES4G You guys are reading this, im more than willing to do a full review for you guys provided you guys give me to use your service for free for a certain period. Like that time P1 gave bloggers to use for 6 months for free and want them to review their service. Im more than happy to do the same thing to YES4G too! 😀 (And who know later i might become your customer?!?)
Next Chapter: Pricing. Lets find out if YES, We Have The Lowest Rate (they claimed)
Lets see if thats true 😀
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And please note that im not paid to write all of these things. Im telling from a perspective of an end-user. And since im not using the service myself, things i tell from my first impression hands on which i got from Lot-10 flagship shop launch.