So you’re set up with a telco and they give you what sounds like a really great deal: unlimited data! You activate your plan, visions of Youtube binges and endless Facebook scrolling dancing eagerly in your head. And everyone lives happily ever after...or do we?
Awww yisss gonna stream ALL the K-drama
You might think a plan with no set quota saves you money and stress, but we’ve got 5 reasons why ‘unlimited’ can actually end up bringing you unlimited stress instead.
1. The limit(s) on unlimited
Ready to cruise on that Internet fast lane all month, every month? Slow down there, brader. Some plans only give you unlimited data on certain days, or at certain times. Most plans will also throttle your streaming quality after you hit a certain data cap each billing period, turning your data flow into a trickle and making laggy mush out of those delicious multi-season binge sessions. They might also cap your bandwidth from the get go - where’s the ‘unlimited’ in that, we ask?
Nowadays it’s more like invisible images, but...you get the idea
Thinking of using your phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot? Certain telcos won’t let you try. They also set quotas on the amount of data and the number of devices you can use. Tell your friends it’s not that you don’t want to share; it’s just your telco.
2. Don’t use, you lose
Now think about your daily routine. You wake up, at home, with your Wi-Fi. You head off to work, where you probably sponge off the office Wi-Fi. You go home (Wi-Fi again) or out for dinner, most probably at a shop where there’s Wi-Fi too. So if your daily life has you relying on Wi-Fi more than your own data connection, is it really worth paying for unlimited?
3. The price you pay
All kinds of people sign up for unlimited plans, from data dieters to big consumers. And everyone pays the same price each month. So if you’re not using your data to the maximum (and cursing the eventual bandwidth drop), you’re really paying extra for whatever you don’t use. It just isn’t worth having that extra GB you never, ever end up using.
‘fess up, you know it’s you
4. Calls, texts and what happens next
Unlimited voice minutes and SMS to go with your plan? Also great. But let’s be realistic here: how many of us still regularly make phone calls or send SMSes? Most Malaysians are happily glued to Whatsapp and other messaging services already. Short of business calls, saying hello to older family members or having heart-to-hearts with your sweethearts, it’s a bonus you don’t really need.
5. Phantom savings
With an unlimited plan, you might think you’re saving...except you’re not. You pay for extras you don’t need and data you don’t use - and when you do bump up your data usage, your telco punishes you by throttling your bandwidth. Really, what’s a telco user to do?
Sorry, the ghost savings cannot help you
Choose to break free
It’s always best to go through all the plans available so you can pick that suits you, not your telco. But what if you could actually create your own plan?
Yup. You totally can
With Yoodo, you get to pick exactly what you need every month and change it up when you want to. There’s no throttling and no interruptions, and if you run out of anything before the month is up, you can top up your plan with an affordable booster or social media add-on. Now you can set your own limits, and save on time, money and stress!
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