Offers rebate on select phones to promote access to information and education
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/04/2013 -- The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission is preparing to launch applications to its Youth Communications Package, with a system wherein the young tech-savvy generation can request $65 rebate on specific 3G smartphones at costs that do not exceed $163.
The MCMC does place certain restrictions on the purchases, but the concept is simply to allow those younger individuals who are not yet utilizing mobile devices to do so. The MCMC is looking to bolster the number of young Malaysians with handheld broadband devices to encourage youth within rural areas to become connected.
The targeted group, and those who can apply must be between 21- and 30-years-old. Each individual is capable of registering starting January 1 of 2013, and the rebates are on a first-come first-served basis while the stock of the smartphones lasts.
The list of smartphones that are included in the deal are not those that can be found on the higher end of the spectrum, which is to be expected. The choices are: Alcatel 993D, Alcatel OneTouch Inspire 2 The Buzz Phone, HTC Wildfire, Huawei Ideos X3, LG Optimus L3, Nokia 2730 and 7230, Nokia Asha 305, 308 and 311, Nokia Lumia 610, Samsung Galaxy Chat, Mini, Pocket and Y, Sony Xperia Tipo, and a select few others.
The Youth Communications Package was first announced by the Prime Minister of Malaysia as part of the 2013 Budget speech in September.
Dato' Mohamed Sharil Tarmizi, who chairs the MCMC, stated that studies conducted showed that more than 90% of users were on prepaid phones, and there was little incentive to interest individuals of purchasing more quality handsets.
Chairman Sharil Tarmizi stated: “The idea is to spread the incentive across to those who do not yet use smartphones. We really want to help those who cannot afford to change phones to upgrade from their old 2G phones to a basic 3G smartphone. Those who can afford phones priced above RM500 are really not in the intended category or target market. Some of those phones can reach prices of over RM2,500 without contract. A RM200 rebate does not even make a dent but if the phone is priced at RM500, a RM200 rebate goes a long way. Again, the target is the lower income group and the youths”
Allowing Malaysian youth access online through mobile devices is something the government hopes empowers more individuals to gain access to information, education, and more efficient business-based connectivity.
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