Thursday, March 07, 2013

My Pocketnet - your smartphone is "not-so-smart" without the Internet

First things first, this is not a review of a My Pocketnet because I have not used it... YET. That's because I'm in Perth, Australia and this product/service is only available in Malaysia.

This IS my friend's company and I'm doing this post not because he's my friend, but because I think this is a bloody BRILLIANT idea. Like... GENIUS! Seriously, this is the answer to all my data/wifi/internet problems whenever I am back in Malaysia to visit my family and friends.

What is My Pocketnet?

In summary, it's a portable wifi device that you rent for a duration of time.

I think it's the perfect solution for tourists or travelers visiting Malaysia. Everyone has a smartphone these days and unless you're superbly-anally-obsessively organized, I highly doubt you'd be prepared with maps and tips of the destination you're travelling to. Therefore, smart devices like iPhones, Android phones and tablets are a lifesaver with access to GoogleMaps and travel review websites. But you'd require a WORKING internet connection for those to work.

How does it work?

  1. Go to
  2. Register
  3. Book (choose all the details like data plans, rental period and location for delivery)
  4. Receive My Pocketnet and connect
  5. Have Internet access!
  6. Return the item by dropping it off at the airport before your flight (How convenient is that?!?!) Drop box locations.

Why use it?
Seriously, do I even have to answer that? It's the INTERNET man... I'm an internet addict and I can't live without my smartphone. If you're asking why rent My Pocketnet and not get like a prepaid SIM card with data.

Why? Because Malaysian telco providers are a pain in the arse when it comes to data pricing-that's why.

I have first hand experience being burnt by DiGi. I turned on my data thinking "How bad can a few Whatsapp messages be right? It's probably just a few kbs, I'm prepared to pay RM20 for my 10 days stay of data..." 


Like OMG... that was like for 200mb? Less? I MEAN IT'S WHATSAPP MESSAGES!!! I turned off ALL my other auto push notifications. I DIDN'T EVEN GO ON FACEBOOK! (I only used it to the max when there was free wifi around; not like there were many places with wifi that actually worked)

So, a 200mb plan on My Pocketnet costs 15USD. That's about RM47.

I would've gladly paid that and had wifi with me ALL THE TIME. Rather than sit myself at Starbucks waiting for my friends for 6 hours and order like a coffee (RM15) each time I sat down as I couldn't just leave my things there to go to the toilet, I'm alone goddamnit! So I average 2 cups of coffee at Starbucks (I choose Starbucks only cause their wifi works 100% of the time, their coffee is horrible) whenever I am waiting for my friends, so that's RM30.

Now, if I sat at a local coffee shop and ordered a full breakfast set (with amazing kopi peng), it would cost me RM8.90 and I'd STILL have internet thanks to My Pocketnet. I'd spend RM8.90 + RM4.70 (dividing out RM47 for my 10 day trip) = RM13.60 for the equivalent time I'd spend waiting for my friends. Not to mention I can always hang out somewhere else and STILL have internet and not have to buy anything.

Now you do the math and tell me what would you prefer. It's a no-brainer really...

Anyways, for more information, visit the site

No, I'm not getting paid for this. I'm doing it because it's a great idea and I'm definitely renting one for my next trip back home to Kuala Lumpur. Fine, the only incentive I'd get from this post is that my friend, the owner of this company, will deliver the device to me PERSONALLY and maybe buy me a full breakfast set at Papparich or some kopitiam which would cost like RM10. So if THAT makes this a paid post, then alright, it's a paid post. Happy?

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