Happy™ or Not?
UPDATE (22 Jan 09) : The HAPPY rates has been revised. Please click for my post about the NEW RATES @ http://me.zestful.org/2009/01/happy-telco-new-rates-mahal-siot/
I got another number. Yea, besides using my main number (012) and my secondary number (019), I got another 0143 number from Happy (which is actually under Digi). Just for calling out tho, coz its bloody cheap. 1 cent per second with a max of 0.99 cents and a max of 45 minutes. Ha? Tak faham? (Dont understand?) Here’s the breakdown:
1 second = 1 cent
2 seconds = 2 cents
3 seconds = 3 cents
99 seconds = 99 cents
100 seconds = 99 cents (max)
101 seconds = 99 cents
2700 seconds (max) = 99 cents
So basically, after 45 minutes (2700 seconds) the call gets cut off. Cheap yes? Of course not as cheap as postpaid lines with free calls/sms/mms Family Plans but still pretty cheap for a prepaid line.
The starter pack is RM 5 (get from most Giant stores in Klang Valley) with a RM2 reload value.
You can topup at Giant, some Kiosks, some ATMs and some online banking sites [more details]. The pack is blank with no fine print (as you can see from the pic on the left). There’s also a bunch of cute stickers they give. Green packaging with red simcard – very christmasy packaging kan?
- The lack of fine print means that there is no ‘manual’ for users. How to check credit, where and how to reload, details of charges, etc. Yes I know its all online but not everyone has internet access. My fren actually texted me asking how to check credit.
- The ads claim that its only RM0.99 per call – but there is no mention of the limit of 45 minutes. I found out about the limits only coz friends told me. That is why we should have fine print.
- Upon switching on your simcard (and thus activating it), you’ll receive this message “Your <handphone model> supports GPRS and MMS service(s).For free activation, type Y to 2000…” Note that is says its FREE.
After doing so, check your credit. You’ll find that its less RM2. This is my statement from the website. I got my simcard on the 21st at Giant Sunway Pyramid.
But despite all its faults, its still one of the cheapest prepaids around for calling. So if you get a call from 014322-something-something, its probably from me :)
Edit (19 July 2008): You can only get their simcard from their website. The cheapest is RM30 which has RM30 topup inside so basically the simcard is free. Credit card payment only.
I actually forgot to reload my Happy number for about 2-3 months so the number expired and thus I had to buy a new one. Then I misplaced that one and when I called the cust service, they will not replace the simcard with a new one. So I had to buy another one. I found the simcard eventually tho.
Edit (22 August 2008): Maybank2u payment is also accepted. GPRS & MMS charges are not confirmed FREE.