Thursday, March 19, 2009

yes to iPhone for me!

Like our Malaysia PM, my adventure with iPhone and maxis is a flip flop adventure. Yesterday I received a call from maxis to say that they now allow people in Corporate Plan to buy iPhone. And all I need to do is sign an addedum to the agreement. No penalty for me. The only caveat? I can't get it in KLCC during the launch time which starts tomorrow and ends Sunday. I can only get it on the 26th and from an assigned 3rd party vendor. I do hope that the vendor is based in PJ.. preferably the one in One Utama.

The best thing is.. I still get to call my co-workers for free! (here's hoping there's no flip flopping on this one)

Monday, March 16, 2009

254 days ago..

Sometimes conversation between Anne and I are funny:
"Have you eaten mah tai (a type of fruit) before?" she would asked one evening while peeling the skin off the fruit.

"Yes, I have"

"When was it?"

"Um, let's see.. 254 days ago.."

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"So, did you go toilet this morning?" she would ask. I have constipation problems.

"Yes"

"How much?"

"Huge shit load!"

"Really?"

"Yeah.. if you don't believe, I will take a picture in the future as proof!"

"EWWWWWW!"

Friday, March 13, 2009

no iPhone for me!

I am disappointed.. I am not getting the iPhone, not because I don't want to but because maxis refused to let me to.

This morning, ZipD told me that he received sms and email confirmation for the iPhone. I wondered about mine. We submitted at about the same time.. ok maybe 20 minutes later for me.. but I didn't hear anything.

I called 123 to find out why and was told that I am currently on a corporate plan. I remember this plan. I signed up because it gives a free phone (for my mother).. and the best thing about this plan is that I can call all my coworkers for free! And what's more, Anne could call her sister (who works in the same company as I do) for free. She used my phone a lot for that.

So I am already on this plan for 20 months. It expires in June. According to the iPhone FAQ, when you are signed up to a plan and you have met min 20 months criteria, you can change to the iPhone plan. I reminded the Customer Care lady about this clause and she said "ya hor.. you are right". She put me on hold to consult someone and then told me that I could go to a maxis Center to change my plan to individual plan and then call 123 and sign up for iPhone.

So after work, I braved the after-office traffic and drove round the block for a parking to finally reach the nearest maxis Center. I consulted the guy at the front door on my issues and he gave me a number. I waited for my turn and the Customer Care consultant checked my info and said "sorry Sir.. you need to go upstairs since you are a corporate customer" - I wonder if the guy at the front door knew about this!

Nvm, get another number, went upstairs and waited for my turn. Talked to this Customer Care (do they really care for us, I wonder) consultant who then told me that I cannot change to individual plan unless I pay a rm120 penalty! What the ****?

I drove all the way here in order for you to tell me the same thing that your 123 guy said? So what was the reason that 123 guy asked me to come to maxis Center?

Why can't you waive this bloody rm120? After all, I am signing up for another 2 year contract for the iPhone .. and it's a more expensive contract and I lose the benefit of calling my co-workers for free, therefore, translating into more $ to maxis! In fact, with the iPhone's iValue plan, I can't call my supplementary line for free too! So, are you saying I have to pay rm120 penalty in order to give you more business? She can't answer .. or she couldn't be bothered - not her business.

CRAP!

So I called 123 and lodge a formal complaint - the consultant said she has to refer to her supervisor and will call me back. It's an hour already. No return calls. Like I said, do they even care?

So, I'll wait.

I have waited 2 years for the iphone.. what more another 4 months. In fact, maybe I should wait till they do promotion to corporate customers.. and I get to call coworkers for free and get an iPhone. In fact, today I read that there could be a launch of new iPhones by Apple in June.

Yeah.. but I can't help feeling disappointed!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I placed my order...

He he he ... I went online and placed my order. Am waiting for a confirmation SMS to say that my order is confirmed. It's been 20 hours.. no SMS. Maxis sucks! But, they were well prepared for the onslaught of enquiries. If you dial 123 to call maxis, there is a Option 6 just for iPhone enquiries.. cool...

Am I having buyer's remorse? Slightly .. not sure why - 10 years ago, I would not have blink much for getting a 1K phone. Now.. things were different. Maybe I am more stingy!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

iPHONE in MALAYSIA!

It will be under MAXIS!
There's definitely a plan/contract you have to sign up.. one that includes data plan.

WOW! I WANT ONE! NOW!
I have waited for 2 years! It's FINALLY here!
There will be an official launch in KL Convention Center on 20th March.
I will not miss my current monochrome Nokia.
But I will miss my ringgit..
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Sunday, March 08, 2009

World of Goo

This wonderful game is on sale in Steam for US$5 after a 75% discount. I have been waiting for this sale for a long time. It's finally here and I am a happy camper!


GTA

I really like how games designers find new ways to do things. Take, for instance, GTA 4. Usually you get from one destination to the other through the in-built car GPS. That's nice, but what other ways could one innovate? For one, in a more expensive car, they have audio GPS - you know, the woman voice-over which would tell you how many yards/mile before your next turn.

Last night, in one particular mission, I picked up a guy and he instructed me how to get to the destination. That was refreshing. It's almost life like - he was unsure of his instruction, asked you to slow down so he could get his bearing better and would even make mistakes. That's innovation, IMO. I wish there were more of these innovations.

There was a couple of innovations in the game that I appreciate but it slipped my mind at the moment. I'll be updating this when I remember them.
Edit: the other innovation is one mission where someone would send me a MMS to my handphone. The MMS would have picture of a car. I need to look at the picture, figure out where it is and then drive around the city looking for the car.. it makes good use of the city environment and forced player to appreciate the details. Nice!

Economy is bad?

Have you noticed that it is very difficult to get home improvement work done these days? My roofing (pergola, to be exact) had some problem ...