In line with the government announced the budget  last year, TM is now launching the RM50 RM38 per month package for university students. This package is for a netbook with free Streamyx broadband (384kbps) for 2 years. Some people have been asking me regarding the package, so I guess I want to share my opinion on it here.

The Package

The RM50 RM38 per month package comes with:

HP Mini 210 (Intel Atom N450, 1GB Memory, 250GB hard disk, Windows 7 Starter, 2-year warranty)

  • HP Mini 210 (Intel Atom N450, 1GB Memory, 250GB hard disk, Windows 7 Starter, 2-year warranty)
  • Unlimited Streamyx 384kbps
  • FREE wireless modem with 12 months warranty from the date of installation.
  • FREE Streamyx Zone ID
  • Free Installation and Activation Fee
  • Hypptunes (50 songs download/month) for 12 month
  • Free Netbook delivery (usually within 14 days depending on the availability of stock in your area)
  • Update: 50% discount on your first monthly bill if the netbook reach you AFTER 14 working days.

Now, the package looks good on paper, but wait til you see the long list of terms and conditions. Here are some of them:

  • The package is only eligible to 1st or 2nd year IPTA/IPTS with endorsement from the respective universities.
  • You must have a TM Homeline or TM Home Prepaid before subscribing to this package.
  • A deposit of RM75 will be chargeable in your bill. You will also need to pay for the internal wiring during the installation of TM Homeline which will be paid by the student direct to the installer
  • Internal Wiring for TM Homeline is chargeable (RM30- RM50)
  • The minimum subscription period of 2 years upon successful activation of Streamyx is applicable for this package. For any premature termination, an administrative fee of RM600 will be chargeable
  • After 24 months , student still enjoy monthly fee according to their packages (except for the Rm38 package)

More details at Streamyx Website

Is this a package for students?

I personally think it’s a big NO NO. Here are the reasons why:

  • Students are not staying at HOME!! Well, more than 60% of students are studying away from home and most of them are staying in the campus. How on earth are they going to be able to install a fixed-line connection for Streamyx? But if you’re staying outside campus (e.g. renting a house with friends), then go for this package.
  • Students are always on the go. Mobility is the key. With Netbook, you expect students to stay at home? A wireless broadband would have been a better choice!
  • This package are only applicable for 1st and 2nd year university students, what about the rest? They are not students?

While RM50 RM38 per month is a lure for most university students, I do think students these day can afford to buy laptops as most of them are able to secure loans or scholarships. Plus, the price for laptops and netbooks are very low now. There are also other Wireless Broadband options available out there which offers better service, mobility and price! TM should in fact reduce the price of existing packages to encourage people to continue using its service!

68 Comments

  • MH, April 17, 2010 @ 1:24 pm Reply

    Thanks Afad.
    Finally, i managed to subscribe for this package after 3 attempts in two weeks, luck was on my side the day i submitted. I was nearly give up in pursuing this, after several calls to the TM hotline, and personally sit down discuss with one of the branches’ manager. Indeed, they are very inconsistent in carrying out this offer, i must say. typical TM, they must change only then we will talk about the changes of Malaysia.

  • vince, April 17, 2010 @ 5:22 pm Reply

    when is the promotion end ???

  • KeeMan, April 18, 2010 @ 12:19 am Reply

    No specific expiry date. It’s part of Government budget for 2010, so expect it to ends by 31 December 2010.

  • MH, April 20, 2010 @ 11:03 pm Reply

    Understand from one of the branches’ manager, they will review the program in May, could be continue(according to him), but i remain sceptical , as this is co-sponsor program by the government, doubt it will continue after that. Grab it asap if you are eligible.

  • opie, May 4, 2010 @ 7:57 pm Reply

    can u explain about the hp mini 210? is it free or it will be deducted from our ptptn?? explain me in details plizz…

  • KeeMan, May 4, 2010 @ 9:49 pm Reply

    Opie: If you managed to sign up for the package, you’ll get the HP MIni 210 for free. All you need to pay is RM50 monthly. No deduction from PTPTN.

  • Shaz_89, May 8, 2010 @ 1:46 pm Reply

    why price per month not RM 50? but i take UNi pax cool..streamyx

    • KeeMan, May 8, 2010 @ 2:43 pm Reply

      Shaz: What do you mean? Berapa yang ko bayar tiap bulan?

  • aniymous, May 12, 2010 @ 6:24 pm Reply

    is the package include phone rental?

    • KeeMan, May 12, 2010 @ 8:54 pm Reply

      No. You need to pay the rental separately for your TM Homeline.

  • AhDo, May 13, 2010 @ 8:16 pm Reply

    Well, i think this is a quite nice plan.. Pay only Rm88 ,then able to enjoy 4mbkps speed

  • charlene, May 31, 2010 @ 10:13 pm Reply

    im 3rd year student~ can i apply ?

    • KeeMan, May 31, 2010 @ 11:53 pm Reply

      Charlene, you can try. Some students manage to get it.

  • md_dus, June 1, 2010 @ 1:57 am Reply

    brape lama netbook akan dapat dari tarikh pemasangan streamyx.hp pos atau costomer pegi ambil kat tm

    • KeeMan, June 1, 2010 @ 2:57 pm Reply

      Selepas Streamyx dah dipasang dan diaktifkan, HP mini akan dihantar oleh TM ke rumah dalam tempoh 14 hari atau boleh dituntut dari TM Point.

  • stephen, June 4, 2010 @ 4:42 pm Reply

    why i still not get the hp mini after 14day of activation? i went to tm point ask they say normally the netbook will be delivery in 30day !

    • KeeMan, June 10, 2010 @ 5:35 pm Reply

      Depends on the stock availability in your areas. I know some students got it in less than 2 weeks.

  • yan, June 9, 2010 @ 11:47 pm Reply

    i want to ask can i apply this without school cop, just by showing my student ID ?? because now is sem break, i’m unable to go back my uni which at penang.

    • KeeMan, June 10, 2010 @ 5:34 pm Reply

      Yan: I think you can. Bring along your admission letter/copy of your matric card.

  • Desmonice, June 26, 2010 @ 2:06 pm Reply

    May i know whether this package will be terminate after I had finished my Diploma or Degree level? For example i subscribe 1Mbps now with monthly RM68 charged, will it remain RM68 after I finished my study but I instead to continue using this package? Or it will change to 1Mbps price with RM100++ in normal combo package? THX!!!

    • KeeMan, June 26, 2010 @ 2:21 pm Reply

      The subscription period is 2 years, after 2 years you will continue to enjoy the same subscription rate (like in your case RM68) even if you are no longer a student except for RM38 package (the broadband is free only for two years).

      However, as stated in the terms and condition, TM has the rights to amend the rates accordingly after the 2-year period. But then, if you’re unsatisfied with them after that period, you can just terminate without paying any penalty.

  • Rosa James, July 1, 2010 @ 12:41 pm Reply

    Hello..
    I heard only selected universities are entitle to this page.
    Can you list down, are university malaysia sabah (UMS)-labuan entitle to this pakage.
    Between im a 3rd year student.Can I apply?

    • KeeMan, July 1, 2010 @ 2:17 pm Reply

      As long as you’re a university/college student (1st to 2nd yr) you can apply for the package. The problem is not all TM points follow the same procedures. Some might just tell you they don’t accept.

      What you can do is to bring along a letter of confirmation that you’re a student of a university to TM Point and try apply.

  • sien, July 6, 2010 @ 6:42 pm Reply

    erm… if i already have a streamyx line in my house at RM66 per month, do i still need to pay extra RM50 for the netbook package?

    • KeeMan, July 6, 2010 @ 6:50 pm Reply

      By right, this package is only for NEW SUBSCRIPTION. But in some areas, TM Point allows you to switch package as long as you can prove you’re a student. So you only pay according to the new package, not the old one.

  • ren, July 29, 2010 @ 4:40 pm Reply

    dia ada limit x slpas umur 25 thun atau slpas x brgelar student dia trus kembali kpd harga normal x?

  • HuaHa, August 23, 2010 @ 11:19 am Reply

    Whoa, Intel Atom N650?! New product? I never heard this model since till now except N450 honey~ ^^

  • ihackerz, August 28, 2010 @ 3:53 pm Reply

    Can age 31 and currently studying with IPTA apply?

    • KeeMan, August 29, 2010 @ 3:57 pm Reply

      Yes, as long as you can prove that you’re a student.

  • ihackerz, August 29, 2010 @ 11:08 pm Reply

    noted, will try it out. thanks

  • Trious, September 5, 2010 @ 2:57 pm Reply

    Hiya, we subscribe streamx under the rm88 package and i’m currently ipts 1st year student. So am i eligible to get the laptop and i heard rm88 above is a MaC book

    • KeeMan, September 6, 2010 @ 11:24 am Reply

      I didn’t know that there is Macbook promotion for Streamyx Cool Uni Pack. Maybe you can check out TMPoint for more info.

  • ann, September 27, 2010 @ 11:25 pm Reply

    i wud like to ask is this package still available to apply???

  • mun2, October 8, 2010 @ 4:29 pm Reply

    using cool uni pack free streamyx zone at campus, will get any charge…? or juz used it for free? as i knw streamyx zone will charge rm28 per month or rm5 per day…..

  • sherlly, November 1, 2010 @ 4:36 pm Reply

    now stil can apply this package ?

  • jin, November 16, 2010 @ 12:04 am Reply

    i have a question, i plan t sign up for this unit pack, but the problem is , im currently study in kl, since im interested in free notebook, but the streamxy i plan to apply in my hometown penang, since my family is using streamxy oso. can i do that?

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