Before I first took my Apple iPhone in Malaysia for a spin, I already read about it’s compatibility issue of my telco provider; Maxis. The Maxis compatibility issue is it disapproves any incoming calls when my Maxis simcard is inserted in my Apple iPhone. I also experienced this first hand on the first day I got my Apple iPhone because a client of mine tried calling me. Oops! But he’s forgotten about it ever since I showed him the device. *grin*
And ever since I started blogging about the Apple iPhone in Malaysia, many potential buyers and owners have expressed their distressed over Maxis incompatibility with the Apple iPhone. There was a blogger who mentioned he wrote to the Maxis support. All the support could do was reply the Maxis network doesn’t support the Apple iPhone in Malaysia at this point of time. It’s just sad I tell you. Especially when DiGi and Celcom networks have no related issues. On the other hand, good news seems to be in certain areas now.
Based on what I’ve been reading at the Low Yat iPhone Club, members are reporting Maxis (Malaysia) support for incoming calls in certain areas. The mentioned areas so far are:
- ARA Damansara
- Saujana Subang
- Kelana Jaya (certain areas)
- Damansara Heights
- SS2, PJ
- Bangsar KL
- Section 14, PJ
- Damansara Perdana
- Taman Tun Dr.Ismail
- Mutiara Damansara (Ikea)
- Bandar Utama (Centrepoint)
- PJ 222/223 Area
- Section 16, PJ near Phileo Damansara area
One commenter; Isaac, was informed to upgrade to Maxis 3G for his Apple iPhone to work with Maxis in Malaysia. It is NOT necessary to upgrade to Maxis 3G in order for your Apple iPhone to work in Malaysia. Proof is a fellow Low Yat member on a normal 128k Maxis sim card is receiving incoming calls at the moment.
I have to say Maxis (Malaysia) is not fully supported around the area of Kelana Jaya. I just swapped the sim card and asked a friend to call me. He said he couldn’t get through. Therefore, the entire area of Kelana Jaya is not supported.
Certain forum members reaching Sabah has also tried but failed to receive any Maxis incoming calls. Based on the list given, you should assume the entire area of the above mentioned isn’t fully supported. In other words, it may only be a small radius of the huge Maxis (Malaysia) network.
Well, at least this gives a breather to all Maxis (Malaysia) users – like myself; they are doing something about it. Let’s all hope they’ll get this done by year end so all Apple iPhone users in Malaysia can start 2008 with a bang.
I’ll write a follow-up article on the Maxis Malaysia support for Apple iPhone in Malaysia once my area is finally supported. Until then, have you seen how sharp is the Apple iPhone built-in camera?
Simple question: Is it working in your area? And where?
[tags]Apple iPhone , Malaysia, Maxis, Malaysia telecommunication, Maxis 3G, Maxis support[/tags]