And Jamaluddin Ibrahim, F-You too!
Nobody can ever come close to Maxis.net for being the best ISP in Malaysia - Best for cherry-picking to benefit thyself.
This evening, the Consumer Product unit at Maxis.Net started to transmit email notices to its dial-up subscribers:
As of 31st October 2003, Maxis will no longer provide Internet dial-up access service.
The good news is that we will continue to provide Maxis net Portal services. Hence, your e-mail account, photo album, storage and other Portal privileges will not be affected by this move. [...]
Due to this change Maxis have migrated your original dial-up package plans to Portal Access package at RM7 per month. Please login here to make payment to continue your Portal Access subscription.
To affected subscribers, including this blogger who has been paying RM10 per month just for a dial-up back-up, Maxis has this to offer, call it value creation or value destruction however you see it:
As part of our commitment to you and in recognition of your loyal support, we have made an exclusive arrangement with Jaring (ISP), for you to sign up for Internet dial-up services and enjoy savings of up to RM35.
Maxis.Net further justifies its service termination by hard-selling that its Portal Access service offers customers the following benefits at RM7 per month.
- Email storage of 40MB.
- Photo album services @ 30 MB.
- FREE 70 online SMS worth RM10.50.
- Match Making service with Heartclicks.
- E-cards, Personalisation service from updated news to entertainment.
Jamaluddin 'F-You' Ibrahim should know that there are Internet users who don't need a photo album or a match-making service. We are not the Yahoo generation. We just need a F-You' back-up for dial-up.
Would MCMC walk away from this and let Malaysia's digital vision be left at the mercy of two dial-up ISPs: TM Net and Jaring?
Right now, I could only think of one thing that MCMC should do tomorrow: Suspend Maxis' broadband provisioning licence until it puts back the dial-up service.