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UniFi – TM’s New Broadband Service

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As promised, Telekom Malaysia (TM) launched UniFi today, their high speed broadband service with connection speeds of up to 20Mbps! (Read details here). I must admit that I’m impressed that they met their targeted launch date – when I last blogged about it back in October 2009, I wasn’t quite sure whether they would meet it.

At the time of my writing, I was unable to obtain pricing details on the TM website but they will be having a media briefing tomorrow – so I expect full details should be available then.

So, I was glad to read that they had indeed launched it today. Sadly, only selected areas – Shah Alam, Subang Jaya, Taman Tun Dr Ismail and Bangsar – will get to sign up to enjoy the faster connection immediately. Fortunately, a further 22 areas are slated to be added by June with a further 22 areas be added by December 2010.

My fingers are now crossed to be eligible for the first 22 areas – since I’ve have seen trucks (with HSBB signs) working around my area ;)  Waiting till June is a pain but still bearable, December is definitely out of the question.

Animal Alphabets Lite and Fruit Alphabets

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Last week was a pretty hectic time for me – we had submitted for approval an app version update for Fruit Alphabets as well as a new lite version of Animal Alphabets.

Apple’s approval times have become quite impressive. The version update i.e. the inclusion of fun facts for Fruit Alphabets was approved within 2 days! Check out the latest version of Fruit Alphabets here.

We are also launching the a new lite version of Animal Alphabets on the App Store soon – 23 March 2010. The fun facts feature is not available on the lite version and it is supported by ads – meaning its free for download at no cost.

Animal Alphabets Lite is our first foray into the ad-supported business model. We had blogged about it earlier (see here) decided to include a lite version of Animal Alphabets for free download after considerable thought – hopefully, it will work out as planned.

iPhone Coming To DiGi?

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I haven’t been posting much the last 2 weeks – have been very busy working on the latest iPhone app! But I couldn’t resist after seeing this teaser below on the DiGi website.

Apparently, the iPhone 3GS will be coming to DiGi soon. Not only am I expecting more iPhone users in Malaysia but also future prices of the iPhone to get more competitive, given DiGi’s history for providing its customers with good deals – sweet!

Fruit Alphabets – Waiting For Review

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Our latest iPhone app, Fruit Alphabets, which is part of the Alphabets series has been submitted to Apple for review yesterday. At the moment, the app is still waiting for review but we are hopeful that approval will come before the end of February. If the approval time of approximately 6 days for Animal Alphabets 2.0 is any indication, this should not be a problem.

Once approved, Fruit Alphabets would be our first iPhone app launched in 2010 – can’t wait :)

Plans For 2010

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So new year’s eve has come and gone and we are now 3 days into the new year – time surely flies when you’re having fun. Its back to work tomorrow so (as a first blog entry for 2010) I thought it would be good to set out Better Logic’s plans for the year (or at least for the first quarter).

Apart from an updated and improved version of Animal Alphabets, we are planning to launch up to 3 more brand new iPhone applications by the first quarter of 2010. Work on these 3 applications has already begun but progress has been slower than expected (due to the numerous number of public holidays in December 2009). Working backwards after building in the time required for Apple, Inc. to approve apps, this means the apps ideally have to be (substantially) ready  by end-February – so the rush to complete the apps is now on!!

Happy New Year Everyone!! All the best for 2010!!

The iPhone is Infallible??

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I just read this article on the New York Times on the iPhone. Its about AT& T apparently being blamed for the iPhone’s shortcomings. Its an interesting read – thought I’d share it with everyone.

Animal Alphabets – Now Available on the App Store

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Our first iPhone application, Animal Alphabets, was recently approved by Apple and listed on the App Store on 11 December 2009. It was truly a joy to be able to finally find out if there was actually any demand for a product that has taken weeks to develop.

The response so far – although not overwhelming – has been beyond expectations. Apple via iTunes Connect has this nifty feature which allows you to track the number of downloads on daily, weekly and monthly basis. And so I find myself faithfully each day logging in to iTunes Connect to obtain the latest download figures – its a combined feeling of suspense, excitement and fear all at the same time :)

With the listing of the app on the App Store comes new worries e.g. what if no one downloads the app? Action had to be taken – so I recently signed up with Google AdWords, it made sense to start advertising Animal Alphabets. If you’re reading this blog entry, my advise to you is this – delay no longer, download Animal Alphabets now!

DiGi, Maxis and My New iPhone 3GS!

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So I finally bought my iPhone – its the 32GB version as I would have to wait at least a month if I opted for one of the other versions with lower memory size. By upgrading my girlfriend’s standard plan to the iValue 1 plan, I only had to pay RM1,990 for it – a savings of RM1,000 over the RRP of RM2,990. On the same day, I finally ported over to DiGi via the mobile number portability (MNP) route – after more than 10 years as a Celcom customer. This way, I get to retain my 019 number. It was a relatively easy move save for a slight hiccup with my personal details with Celcom, which led to the first attempt being rejected. A day later, I finally got the text message from DiGi asking me to replace my SIM card.

Since the iValue 1 plan comes with 500MB of free data each month, I have yet to subscribe to a data plan with DiGi. For my normal usage of checking emails and surfing the Internet (with the occasional tethering when my other broadband services are down), I figured that 500MB might just be sufficient for my needs. I plan to give it a try first and perhaps (at a later date) subscribe to DiGi’s Internet Unlimited Monthly 58 plan. For now, my net savings after the change of my cellphone service providers – RM100 per month :) .

On another note, I discovered a quirk with the iPhone 3GS as I was trying to log into my Gmail account via Safari. It wouldn’t let me log in – despite changing the settings several times, it kept insisting that my browser (i.e. the pre-installed Safari) was still set to not accept cookies, which left me stumped for awhile. I finally figured that I might have to re-boot the phone for the change in settings to take effect. This was definitely not the norm for all the other Smartphones I have used and definitely does not apply to the Safari on the Mac. Although re-booting the phone was not a major inconvenience (given the iPhone’s super-fast boot up times), it definitely felt a bit strange that I had to do so for a setting change to take effect.

More Than 100,000 Apps!!

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According to a recent New York Times article, the number of available apps in the Apps Store has now surpassed the 100,000 mark. The surpassing of this mark took only 2 years – more than 4,000 apps developed and uploaded each month. Since it opened in July 2008, there have been more than 2 billion downloads from its Apps Store – that’s a pretty amazing figure!

It also means that any budding app developer would have to work pretty hard to distinguish his / her apps from the 100,000-odd other apps available, which is not an easy feat!  On a more optimistic note, Apple has to-date sold worldwide an estimate of 37 million of iPhone and iPod Touch combined, which means an average of 54 apps downloaded per phone. All I want for Christmas  - just a tiny fraction of the 37 million downloading my upcoming new app would do nicely :)

WiMax Laggers Fined – MCMC Finally Takes Some Action!

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I was pleasantly surprised to read in a local daily today that 3 local WiMax operators have been imposed fines (ranging from RM200,000 to RM1.9 million) for not meeting the target of 25% population coverage by end-March 2009. Personally, I think these fines are long overdue and perhaps even a little too lenient for some of the operators that have yet to roll out any service two years after the receiving the license! Until these operators start rolling out their wireless services, the competition amongst the existing operators will continue to be limited.

With limited competition, I feel that the inferior quality of existing broadband service in Malaysia will continue to the detriment of consumers. At the moment, I already subscribe to the services provided by the two leading broadband providers – both of which I find severely lacking in terms of speed and reliability. Despite my displeasure with them, I have no choice but to continue my subscription for a very simple reason – the lack of any viable alternatives. Yes, I could subscribe to the mobile broadband service via HSDPA provided by the telcos (which I already do) but in reality these are not viable alternatives given their inferior connection speed and comparable lack of reliability.

So, these fines IMO are a step in the right direction. Hopefully, it will spur all operators to improve their services. Until then and unless anyone of you has any bright ideas for alternative broadband solutions, I guess I will have to grit my teeth and continue to suffer in (relative) silence :)


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